Anders Breivik, the man who recently killed scores of people in Norway has a soul like everyone else. The problem, and why he could callously take the lives of so many fellow humans, is that his soul is severely damaged. He suffers from a past life fear of rejection that has acted to detach him from the collective consciousness. The fear is quite common, and not everyone who has it is a potential killer. Usually it will do little more than create a sense of not belonging, of being on the outside looking in, or making someone a bit of a loner. But in extreme cases, the detachment causes a person to become narcissistic, sociopathic, and arrogant. Separated from their soul’s guiding voice, they are unable to feel empathy for others. They often live in fear of “the other,” which, depending on their particular prejudices will manifest as anger toward those of other races, beliefs, religions, sexual orientation, or political persuasion. The fear of rejection is caused by deep, soul-level trauma from a past life experience of abandonment, cruelty, and isolation. In many places in history, rejection by the community meant death. Imagine being a peasant in Medieval England and discovering you’ve contracted leprosy. You’d find yourself ejected from your community, with the loss of your family, possessions, and freedom, relying on charity for your survival. Such a lifetime inevitably results in a fear of rejection being created. From then on, your soul will equate rejection with intense suffering. In subsequent incarnations, the fear may go virtually unnoticed until some incident rekindles the memory of rejection. I would expect Breivik to have had some major triggers in his early life. He will have felt a huge loss of love when his parents divorced, and will have suffered deep hurts from seemingly trivial events that his soul would have perceived as terrible rejection. These early emotional traumas would not have been enough to create the separation between his conscious self and his soul. But having a huge fear lurking in his past, they acted as triggers. When a trigger is encountered, the soul feels tremendous anxiety, causing overwhelming emotions to surface. Then the conscious mind blocks the emotions for protection, leaving the individual firmly locked in the Illusion. Living completely behind the Illusion, with no access to his conscience, Breivik created a worldview with little basis in reality.  Disconnected from his soul and the collective consciousness, he could act coldly and rationally (according to his twisted logic), and justify his actions using the same warped reasoning. Evidence for his delusional thinking and narcissism can be found in the pages of his 1,500 page manifesto. Many people have asked me what such a young soul was doing in Norway, a Level 10 country. The answer is surprising. Breivik is a Level 10 soul. And the reason he doesn’t look it is because his soul has been sidelined by the fear of rejection. Breivik’s violent attacks have been described as Norway’s 9/11. The cynic in me wants to say, “Oh, really? An inside job, followed by a cover up, two wars, and a clampdown on civil liberties?” There are similarities, of course. Both events have been traumatic, not just for the victims and the citizens of each country, but also, thanks to our collective consciousness, for people in all parts of the world. The long-term impact of Breivik’s actions on Norway’s collective consciousness will, however, be very different due to the population’s higher average soul age. In the short-term, the difference can be seen in the way the government of predominantly Level 10 Norway has reacted in the aftermath of the attacks (which stands in stark contrast to that of the USA’s predominantly Level 5 government after 9/11). Instead of cries for vengeance, there have been appeals for restraint. Prime Minister Stoltenberg has called for “more democracy, more openness and greater political participation.” Ultimately, the way to prevent acts of mass violence is to create a society in which the fear of rejection is not created or triggered. And that requires more caring and compassion, greater economic and educational opportunity, and greater respect for life’s less fortunate souls. Ironically, Norway is one of those societies, which is the reason recent events are such an anomaly. Anders Breivik’s soul will feel tremendous regret about the lives he took. It will spend many future lifetimes balancing the karmic debt. His conscious self, however, will never experience remorse. Though, in theory, it would be possible to cure the underlying fear of rejection, in practice, a sociopath like Breivik will never genuinely seek help.  Imprisoned behind the Illusion, acting entirely from his ego, he sees nothing to be fixed.