Not a clue. I have never traveled around in conscious OOBE as Tom has. I don't have and may never have Tom's direct ease of parallel processing and conscious connection with NPMR. I'm just experiencing a plan set up in advance with a lot of proclivities, interests and activities of value to understanding and information placed in my conscious when and as necessary. Stumbling along in the dark like everyone else until I appear to need to know something. I have a tendency to accept information and evaluate it, accept or reject it, even from unknown sources. I have a tendency to learn and function based on principles, the way things work, and to deal with some kind of logic about things. To see when there is a hole in a model or description and somehow pull the pieces together that would logically fill that hole. I have had a fair amount of personal experience with neurological type consciousness problems, in myself or in others by fairly obvious plan, and have experienced possibilities and anomalies regarding possible changes to perception, consciousness. This, along with many widely known anomalies within PMR have led me to readily understand this PMR experience as a virtual reality. And I'm more tired of PMR and the constant problems and way it works and most of the people in it than anything right now. But as the poem goes, I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.
But one of Tom's latest posts should tell you a lot. He does not often reveal this kind of information. This was in the thread 'Seth books' at this link viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2721&p=4507#p4507
He clearly states that writing MBT was planned "well before the beginning of this experience packet" plus other fascinating hints. But Tom had to go through the long learning and testing experience in PMR that he describes in MBT. And either Tom has continued to learn and/or gain access to prior knowledge in NPMR, as the most probable situation, or he, like I, have been induced to repress certain information depending on circumstances. Not everyone is prepared or their plan does not permit access to information at a given time. So Tom doesn't provide any special information to me to explain my NPMR past as and if he has come to know it. That is for me to learn to access it, if that is part of my personal plan. But clearly Tom is recovering or has recovered full access to his NPMR experience. And I don't stumble along so totally (just relatively) in the dark as I once did.
So what knowledge you have in a new PMR experience packet is a matter of preplanning and your development within that life. But whatever entropy reduction you manage is retained within your Intent and is the basis upon which you operate the next time and at any time in fact. And what your next plan might be like is not something any of us are likely to know here. It is after all the future. There are great subtleties to entropy reduction and development of your being that are not obvious here in PMR. You cannot be sure what you may, with guidance, conclude is best for your development in your next packet, nor what you will be asked to attempt based on the needs of the greater system. AUM is an open ended system with no pre planned end state of perfection or otherwise. It is and will remain a dynamic balance of (sometimes opposing) free wills in an evolutionary process with entropy reducing features. While there is obviously a great deal of planning going on with all sorts of groups with an oar in the water, there is no PLAN or official course for the boat, only a lot of plans, including your own for your own personal development, all subject to gang aft aglee. Fortunately there is also an over riding Intent to maintain stability or better put, dynamic equilibrium.
I hope that this provides more information than confusion.