Roland: 1) These roles agreed upon before PMR would seem to indicate that all actions taken in PMR are not related directly to an individual's karma, so to speak. How does this fit in with your NPMR and PMR schema?
Tom: Entities can make plans to optimize an upcoming experience packet. They do sometimes configure (preplan) the basic challenges (learning opportunities) they feel offer the best opportunity for personal growth. Moderately evolved (lower entropy) entities can get more out of, and thus do more planning; less evolved entities tend to do less planning. A plan can set the stage and cast some characters, but freewill is in the driver’s seat and as we know, the best laid plans of mice and men "gang aft agley". Perhaps you should generalize your expression of karma to: many actions are directly or indirectly related to an individual's karma. Where “karma“ represents a sorted compendium of what an individual’s experience has indicated he needs to learn.
Roland 2a: Why all of the apparent confusion about NPMR?
Tom: Just being aware in NPMR does not make you any smarter or any more grown up. You are still you with all your personal limitations. You can grow up in NMPR as well as PMR, but it requires effort to accomplish growth in either frame.
Interaction in NPMR, with its lesser constraints, is much less objective and much more subjective — it’s not just another PMR. The objective sense of a PMR is created by its buttoned down rule set.
In third person books like “Journey of Souls, Destiny of Souls“, be aware that the souls being “interviewed“ have very limited understanding of what is going on or why it is going on and they tend to jump to conclusions and generate beliefs as readily in NPMR as they do in PMR. Also they are told only as much as is necessary to process them to the next step and only in terms that the individual asker can readily understand and appreciate — a typical exchange has the characteristics of how you would talk to a three or four year old about being forced to move to another city because of the crime rate in your neighborhood or because of a forced change in job location.
In many first person books, a typical exchange has the characteristics of how you would talk to a twelve year old. In some, like Monroe’s, the conversation is adult but still restricted or colored by the breadth and depth of the “interviewer’s“ and “interviewee’s“ conceptual understanding of the bigger picture.
Most of what you have read contains a thread of truth in it — it’s just not the whole truth and represents a limited, to a very limited, perspective. It does not express the way it is, but rather the way it seems from a personal (thus limited) viewpoint.
Roland 2b: What have you observed regarding life between lives and NPMR locations?
Tom: You are asking me to write another book here.
Combine the experiences of a bunch of pre-schoolers: 1) responding to a fire drill and 2) experiencing Disneyland into a single experiential event. Now imagine the adults/employees whose responsibility it is to matriculate the children through the process. That will give you the setting for the vast majority. Now imagine the same thing for a group of 12 year olds — that That will give you the setting for the top 1 percent. Now imagine the same thing for a group of 16 year olds — that That will give you the setting for the top .01 percent. Now imagine the same thing for a group of unsophisticated not particularly knowledgeable 25 year olds — that That will give you the setting for the top .001 percent.
Reality outside of the PMRs is, for the most part, subjective. We tend, out of habit, to make an objective place out of it. Forcing NPMR experience into the perceptual form factor of PMR, is the origin of most of the NPMR and afterlife descriptions you have read — they are not correct but do enable the experiencer to communicate his experience with other PMR residents who need the information put into a PMR spatial and objective context in order to comprehend it.
What have I observed? I have observed all four groups described above and have worked as part of the in-processing staff and as a special transition problems counselor for the first two — those need lots of staff. Like anywhere else, if you hang around and have useful abilities, someone will put you to work — (Everyone who can contribute is encouraged to contribute in a way that is helpful to both the individual and the system) also it is the best way to learn the way things work (from the inside).
Roland 2c: If there are all of these variations, do we actually have a choice after PMR, or are we automatically located?
Tom: You have all the choices that you are prepared and capable to make. Where you are not competent enough to make choices, choices are made for you in your best interest (as you would for the preschoolers.). It would be more accurate to say that you are led through a process and set of experiences that best suit your needs to grow and evolve your consciousness. You are not “located“ at all if such PMR conceptual structures such as distinct differentiated “locations“ are not necessary. There is no set place and process waiting for you or required of you — rather, you will find exactly what you individually need to continue your journey most effectively. The more you crawl out from under the fat part of the curve, the more individual will be your experience.