all "lifetimes" are connected to this dominant essence -- there may be multiple experiences/life times in the same calendar time
these are what I refer to as "concurrent lifetimes"
no matter . . . all the "individual lives" are both individual (in the sense that they are truly "one of a kind") yet still rolled WITHIN the dominant essence
so they are both singular AND part of the "totality"
each lifetime is actually a holographic slice of the primary essence; therefore, there are common elements among all incarnations of a singular essence
yet each experience and combination of "traits" is unique -- it reflects the "whole" of the essence it its physical expression and emotional makeup . . . yet "external circumstances", Astrology, and DNA (all three !!) act UPON the individual life in a singular fashion, as well
translation: every "past life" comes out of something we might imagine as a "pod" and each lifetime we might think of as a single pea
the pod holds all the peas but the pea is unique when compared to another pea from the same pod
yet they are still "pod members" and were birthed in that particular pod
we won't even go into the stalk and the seed !!!! :)
long story only sort of long -- the spiritual essence is timeLESS
we choose to collect experiences through our assorted lifetimes (in unique bodies with unique identities and circumstances) ONLY
as a means of "clarifying intention" within the dominant singular "essence"
so -- we are both stand-alones and roll-ups, at the same time