I've noticed something interesting lately through my desire to remember my MILAB experiences while also trying to reaffirm my spiritual practice through witchcraft. There are so many instances where a healer or psychic or medium will mention the idea of soul retrieval (a concept referring to the rediscovery/reconnection with parts of the soul that have separated from the main soul body during serious traumatic events) specifically in relation to past lives.
This has recently come up very frequently for me, and it's become a sort of threaded connection I've been playing around with. During an episode of Cosmic Disclosure, Corey Goode described the process of preparing individuals for the end of their service, which included a sort of de-aging where the individual's physical body was age regressed back to its original state just prior to the MILAB abduction. Once they're put back into their original timeline, that individual essentially lives those years twice. I was taken around the age of 7, and assuming my service was for 15-20 years, my physical body will be reliving its own lifespan until I'm between 22-27 (which lines up with the time frame for my memories beginning to resurface).
I don't think it's at all irrational to believe that the trauma involved with participating in this program (unwillingly for me, as an astral operator) would cause a fracture in the energetic/soul body, which might not immediately return, either on its own or after being sought out. But this leaves an interesting notion with how the metaphysical community might be interacting with this phenomenon without really realizing what they're dealing with. I've only ever heard soul retrieval used in relation to past life trauma (unless it was explicitly for a trauma that an individual remembered as part of their normal lifespan), so it would be likely that those years people spend in MILAB, due to the process involved with blankslating, would in fact seem or feel like their own past life.
I suppose this realization came to me in a moment of frustration, when I recently within the last few weeks went to a local metaphysical shop to inquire about soul retrieval. The woman I spoke to insisted that it was almost always in relation to past lives, which didn't exactly fit for me because I know for sure that my MILAB experiences were far more horrific than my last few past lives (the most recent of which had me as an orphaned boy whose later wife died of the plague). So I was frustrated because I already knew the nature of this missing piece of my soul body, why it stayed away, when it returned to me, and the reason for its continued refusal to connect with the rest of me. I thought about this a lot for the next couple of days after I took up the woman's offer for a meditation to connect me with my personal Fetch Beast (an astral companion specific to the task of helping one travel to the astral, which I struggle with incredibly because of my MILAB service) and realized that my own frustration was keeping me from seeing the bigger picture.
Part of my journey in this life, I truly believe, is to help bridge the gap between metaphysics and this aspect of disclosure. Energy healers are going to start coming into contact with a lot of MILAB individuals and will probably have quite a time trying to understand this odd addition of 15-20+ years attached to the soul's current lifetime that are not reflected in the physical body. And I believe that simply due to the nature of blankslating, after having read Dr. Michael Newton's books on past lives and life between lives, those years spent during service will probably energetically feel like their own separate past lives, when that's not totally the case.
I'm sure there's more to it, or that some part of my rationalization is flawed, but ultimately the basic idea feels true to me, and I guess I just wanted the opportunity to write it down and read my thoughts for myself. It's difficult to pair these intensive disclosure aspects with the "woo woo" of metaphysics, but I think it's a really important connection to make.