Understanding Soul Contracts – Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

Knowing about soul contracts helps us to understand suffering

It’s possible that the discussion of soul contracts would not arise were it not for a felt need to interpret tragedy and suffering. One area in which the subject arises, for instance, is around Earth changes. SaLuSa turns to the explanation of soul contracts to explain why some people suffer as a result of them.

“Naturally Earth changes will impinge themselves upon you depending on where you live. Be assured however, we are fully aware of the likely results and are always present to lessen damage to life and limb. However, Mother Earth like you has a cleansing to carry out, and it is inevitable that some of you will get caught up in it. You will be found where it is intended that you be for the end-times, and you will have known this before you incarnated.” (1)

“We would remind you that where lives are put at risk and lost, the manner in which such souls leave Earth is part of their life contract. Many of you find that difficult to understand…. The trauma of violent death is short lived. Soon after they reach the other side, where loving helpers attend them until their emotional reaction is healed.” (2)

A second circumstances that results in discussions of soul contracts is in the explanation of lives of deprivation and desperation. These too are for our soul’s growth, Matthew Ward says.

“Prior to peace and harmony prevailing throughout Earth, many, many souls will leave due to the same causes as now—disease, starvation, injuries in wars and other types of violence, geophysical events—so the population will continue to decrease from those means.

“As sorrowful as these deaths may seem, the adversity that the souls experience beyond their pre-birth agreements gives them leaps forward in soul growth. They will greet their return to Nirvana knowing that if they choose another Earth lifetime, it will be in the splendor and glory of a revitalized world and the abiding love among its inhabitants.” (3)

Matthew discusses soul contracts in some detail when he directs his attention to radioactivity, particularly depleted-uranium poisoning. Matthew here speaks to his mother, Suzy, who is his channel.

Suzy: “Matthew, excuse me, but did all the people who are now or will be later affected by this radioactivity choose this in their soul contracts?”

Matthew: “The children and adults whose original contracts call for debilitating illness and relatively short life span did not necessarily specify radiation poisoning as the cause of their chosen experiencing, but it serves the purpose of those contract provisions.

“Infants born with severe physical and mental defects choose this very brief embodiment to complete third-density experiencing, and if their parents’ contracts do not include this kind of grief and hardship, they may amend them to permit the souls to come through; if they choose not to, then abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth result, and there is no judgment of any of these souls.

“The infants and parents whose third-density experiencing is being completed via the effects of radioactivity know at soul level that their next embodiment will be in fourth density, or higher in the cases of the more evolved souls who come in as the “volunteers” I spoke of in my last message. Thus all of these souls are moving forward in their evolution as they are suffering consciously.” (4)

In this instance, Suzy continues to hold herself back from accepting Matthew’s explanation. The resulting discussion sheds light on planetary karma.

Matthew: “Mother, by wondering why any soul needs to endure such traumas as these and the genocide, starvation, AIDS or suffering from any cause, you are resisting my many explanations that it is needed to balance other lifetime experiencing.”

Suzy: “Why didn’t this need for balance end long ago?”

Matthew: “Earth still is operating in the time your civilization devised for past, present and future, whereas in the continuum the ones whom you know are suffering are simultaneously causing or ignoring the pain of other souls and also they are flourishing in abundant health and joyfulness — their ‘past’ and ‘future’ lifetimes in third and higher densities respectively.

“Also there is the planetary karma that every soul on Earth knows about before birth and chooses to play a role in fulfilling. The plight of those living in heart-rending circumstances has stirred compassion worldwide. The light in those feelings and in the actions they motivated are helping to lift Earth out of third density, where the negativity of darkness thrives.” (5)

These points about suffering may not be easy to hear, but the fact that they are difficult to hear does not detract from the fact that they may very well be true.

Finally, we are not left to accept our karmic situation without hope of adjustment. SaLuSa and Matthew tell us that our soul contracts can be renegotiated and amended if our suffering is too great for us to bear.

SaLuSa: “Each of you have a specific life span which can be re-negotiated.” (6)

Matthew: “A petition to amend one’s soul contract is done at soul level, because only at that level can it be known if the person’s life circumstances are harsher than the experiencing chosen prior to birth. It is on the basis of excessive suffering that the petitions are granted.” (7)

Free will and the soul contract

How does free will relate to the determinism of the soul contract? SaLuSa confirms that we have free will by Divine Command: “Dear Ones, God has given you freewill and therefore ‘allows’ whatever you choose to experience.” (8)

“Freewill is a gift from the Creator that is sacred and covered by the Law of Attraction. Human beings sometimes blame others or God for their experiences, but in truth they are attracted to you by your thoughts and actions. How else could freewill operate?” (9)

Our life plan represents choices we already made prior to incarnating, he reminds us: “Your progress is in your own hands but as we often remind you, the pathway you chose is one that you have decided upon. That is in accordance with the freewill you have been granted, so that you are not restricted in your choices.” (10)

Thus the situations we face we freely chose and now we also choose how to respond to them.  Says SaLuSa:

“We hear some [people] question where freewill comes in, but there would be no plan unless you exercised [free will] prior to incarnating. Freewill is still your prerogative, but having agreed a plan for your life you are drawn to those people and experiences that will help fulfil [the plan]. Your Guides are also very active in keeping you on track, but the final word is with you.” (11)

Having chosen our life plan prior to birth, we are now subject to that choice. Because we have no recollection of having chosen our life plan, we have no experience of free will around the events that occur in our lives. But SaLuSa tells us that indeed we did choose these events.

Sometimes the free will of another takes precedence over our free will. For instance, Matthew says, the free will of the planet to ascend may take precedence over our own desires.

“Previously the law of the universe most directly applicable to this situation [Earth’s ascension] is the one that decrees that no civilization of light beings may interfere with the free will choices of another world’s population, and that law certainly hasn’t been changed!  What has changed is that Earth’s new free will choice to ascend at her desired pace is taking precedence in being honored by God and by extension, the advanced civilizations that are helping your planet.” (12

“The light brotherhood observe the laws of the universe which include that only if a soul requests help, may another civilization provide it. Earth herself asked and is receiving accordingly.” (13)

“More than half a century past, Earth’s soul cried out for help so her planetary body would not perish, and it is her free will to survive that God is honoring through the cooperation of light beings within, on and beyond the planet.” (14)

Therefore we have free will now and can respond as we like to events that we freely chose to experience before birth.

Another circumstance that seems to impinge on free will is the automatic, rigid responses we have to certain events. We’ve discussed on many occasions that, in the face of painful circumstances, we often make choices so strong that they operate as what Lisa Renee on occasion called “control programs” which I have called “vasanas,” or reactive habit patterns. (15) Lisa tells us that these also are part of the “incarnation blueprint” that we bring into this life.

“The control program is part of the incarnation blueprint and will have influences such as magnetic imprints (astrological configurations) that control how the consciousness perceives through its own lens, such as its personal likes or dislikes.

“This is similar to a ‘train track’ that keeps the consciousness of the being moving forward in the lifestream with some kind of directional impulse. This is chosen before birth and is considered as a part of your 3D birth agreement and it is the blueprint of your physical consciousness.” (16)

Some control programs are constructive and wholesome and some are not. Part of our life plan will be to complete those that are not.

Once upon a time we would have explained the situations we meet in life as simply “karma” and all our responses as being “free will.” But we can see that the subject is not quite as simple as that. The situations we meet in life are determined by a soul contract or life plan that we negotiate with ourselves prior to birth and our responses are determined not only by free will but also by control programs or vasanas.

Our life plans become a subject for discussion mostly when we hit inexplicably-tragic circumstances. Our control programs become a subject when we find ourselves behaving in ways that bring us and others pain rather than pleasure.


(1) SaLuSa, Aug. 6, 2010, at

(2) SaLuSa, Oct. 29, 2008.

(3) Matthew Ward, “Essay on 2012,” Dec. 31, 2007, at

(4) Matthew’s Message, Apr. 28, 2006, at

(5) Loc. cit.

(6) SaLuSa, Sept. 14, 2009.

(7) Matthew Ward, Sept. 21, 2009.

(8) SaLuSa, Oct. 26, 2009.

(9) SaLuSa, Sept. 18, 2009.

(10) SaLuSa, Apr. 16, 2010.

(11) SaLuSa, Sept. 18, 2009.

(12) Matthew’s Message, July 16, 2004.

(13) Matthew’s Message, Feb. 8, 2004.

(14) Matthew’s Message, May 7, 2004.

(15) On “vasanas,” see the series “Time to Complete old Issues,” beginning with and “Deconstructing ‘Me,’ Removing the Masks,” at

(16) Lisa Renee, “The Still Point,” Energetic Synthesis, April 2009, at

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