Reincarnation Part III

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A stir began in 1956, when, The Search for Bridey Murphy, was published. The book, written by Dr. Morey Bernstein, is an account of past life memories under hypnosis, of his patient, Virginia, who claimed that she was an Irish woman named Bridget Murphy, who went by the nickname of Bridey. During hypnosis, Virginia spoke with a pronounced Irish brogue, of her life in 19th century Ireland, revealing many details about Bridey's life, including her birth date in 1798, her childhood amid a Protestant family in the city of Cork, her marriage to Sean Brian Joseph McCarthy, names, dates, places, events, shops, songs, and her death in 1858. Since then, an influx of memories from past lives, documented in books, journals and movies, have surfaced.

Scientific research into the possibility of past lives began in 1960 when Dr. Ian Stevenson, then head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, heard the story of a young boy in Sri Lanka named Sujith. Barely old enough to speak, Sujith began telling his family of a previous life as a man, named Sammy, who was a railroad worker, and a dealer of a bootleg whiskey, called Arrack. While walking along a busy highway, Sammy was struck by a truck and killed, just 6 months before the birth of Sujith. When Sujith was introduced to Sammy's family, his familiarity with them, and his knowledge of their pets’ names, amazed them.

It has been observed, that young children, can easily access information from previous lives, and often do. Carol Bowman, who has conducted much research, on children’s past life memory, found that children before the age of 3, can easily recall previous lives. Memories begin to fade by age 5, and by age 7, their busy little minds, have pushed that part of their history, deep within, accessing it as adults do, in dreams, as intuition, or when in hypnosis.

Dr. Ian Stevenson, thoroughly investigated Sujith’s story, by extensively questioning him, his parents, and others Sujith recalled from his previous life as Sammy, who were still living. The results confirmed the details provided by Sujith to be accurate. This was the spark that ignited 40 years of research, on the possibility, of former lives, using scientific methods, by Dr. Stevenson, who founded The Division of Perceptual Studies, as a research unit, of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine, at the University of Virginia, in 1967.

Stevenson limited his research to children from around the world, who had spontaneous recall of a past life, then verified the facts of the deceased person's life, that matched the child's memory. Additionally, he was able to match birthmarks, scars, and birth defects to wounds and scars on the deceased, also verified by medical records. From interviewing those reporting past life memories, to studying wounds and birthmarks, Dr. Stevenson has documented more than 3000 cases. His strict methods, systematically rule out, all possible "normal", explanations for the child’s memories.

Near-death experiences offer compelling evidence, of soul life after physical death. Patients in operating rooms, who are temporarily “brain dead”, provide accurate information, about what was done, and said, in the operating room during their “death”.

Dr. Raymond Moody, a psychiatrist and founding member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, recorded and compared the experiences of 150 persons who died, or almost died, and then recovered. He outlined nine elements, that generally occur, during near death experiences:

  • Hearing a strange sound: A buzzing, or ringing noise.
  • Peace and painlessness: As soon as they leave the body the pain vanishes and they experience peace.
  • Out-of-body experience: The sensation of rising up and floating above their own body while it [the body] is surrounded by a medical team, and watching it down below, while feeling comfortable. They experience the feeling of being in a spiritual body that appears to be a sort of living energy field.
  • The tunnel experience: The next experience is that of being drawn into darkness through a tunnel, at an extremely high speed, until reaching a realm of radiant golden-white light.
  • Rising rapidly into the heavens: Instead of a tunnel, some people report rising suddenly into the heavens and seeing the earth and the celestial sphere as they would be seen by astronauts in space.
  • People of light: Once on the other side of the tunnel, or after they have risen into the heavens, the dying meet people who glow with an inner light. Often they find that friends and relatives who have already died are there to greet them.
  • The Being of Light: After meeting the people of light, the dying often meet a powerful spiritual being whom some have identified as God, Jesus, or some religious figure.
  • The life review: The Being of Light presents the dying with a panoramic review of everything they have ever done. That is, they relive every act they have ever done to other people and come away feeling that love is the most important thing in life.
  • Reluctance to return: The Being of Light sometimes tells the dying that they must return to life. Other times, they are given a choice of staying or returning. In either case, they are reluctant to return. The people who choose to return do so only because of loved ones they do not wish to leave behind.

This study was replicated by Dr. Kenneth Ring, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, at the University of Connecticut, and co-founder and past president, of the International Association for Near-Death Studies.

One of Dr. Ring’s patient’s, Vicki was blind, her optic nerve having been completely destroyed at birth, because of an excess of oxygen she received in the incubator. Yet, she appears to have been able to see during a near death experience. In a two-year study into the near death experiences of the blind, Dr. Kenneth Ring and Sharon Cooper documented the solid evidence of 31 cases in which blind people reported visually accurate information obtained during a near death experience.

If not for reincarnation, how could we explain intuition? That voice or feeling, that tells us something is happening, or about to happen, which turns out to be true? How do birds know to flap their wings and fly as soon as they leave the nest? How does the tiny kangaroo (joey), born at a very immature age, know to crawl up its mother’s body and enter the pouch, until it is mature enough to leave? According to Thomas Moore, “The experience of intuition cannot be explained in terms of the five senses, because it is the voice of the nonphysical world.” [P. 91]

Although Socrates had many disciples, he did not teach, by method of formal education, and he never wrote a book, or even a journal, of his experiences, and teachings. Instead, he and his followers, would meet in the streets of Athens, and ponder the answer to questions of life, knowledge, and virtue. One question was answered by another question, to the depths of reasoning, until they deduced the truth.

I see the earth, as an institution of higher learning for souls to advance, spiritually. A place where souls take up residence, in a new body, and act out their roles, in a new persona, with a different set of circumstances, and obstacles, to enable it, to experience life, from different perspectives, including gender, race, ethnicity, physical and emotional health, and socio-economic advantages or barriers, as the case may be. When their semester is over, they depart the body and return home, where they can clearly identify their accomplishments, and any setbacks. Then, the soul chooses to return again, to continue with its studies. If the soul successfully completed its previous studies, it proceeds to advanced lessons, with more difficult conditions. If the soul failed to successfully complete its previous studies, it returns, to repeat the lesson or lessons, with more difficult obstacles on the path to eternal peace. Is this the hell we’ve all been warned about?

Strict Judeo-Christian followers would have you believe that reincarnation liberates you from following the straight and narrow path. However, the nature of reincarnation creates a strong desire to remain on the path, because if you don’t accomplish your goals for this lifetime, you will return to do it again. And, each time you repeat the lesson, it gets harder and harder. No one wants to do it again. We all want to get it right the first time so that the soul can continue its evolution until it achieves everlasting peace.

We are out of the darkness and moving toward the light. This is evidenced by the number of people who have shared their experiences, whether through spontaneous recall or near-death. The New Age has come, bringing with it hope for wholeness and sacredness. According to Deepak Chopra,

“The spiritual needs we all have for love, compassion, meaningfulness, total acceptance, devotion and inner peace are not grand goals to be achieved in a distant time and place. They exist here and now and exert powerful influences on our lives. Only by transcending to the higher self can you achieve total, spontaneous fulfillment of these needs.”

Followers of The New Age movement have abandoned the confines of strict doctrine and have adopted a metaphysical approach to life, embracing elements of older spiritual and religious traditions from both East and West. They find common wisdom, a common thread, in all these philosophies. Yes, there are discrepancies, perhaps due to language or translations, but the path to enlightenment is wider and brighter now. Already we’ve come a long way in embracing each other and living in harmony.

What does all of this have to do with us? How does knowledge of reincarnation affect our daily lives? Everything happens for a reason, and sometimes the reason lies in our past lives. By tuning in to your higher mind through hypnosis, you can better understand and accept whatever is happening in your present life. As Shirley MacLaine, expresses in one of her many previous life experiences:

When I walked across Spain on the pilgrimage called the Santiago de Compostela Camino, I encountered myself in a former life. I discovered a part of me that lead to a greater understanding of myself. I also realized the karmic importance of some of the people that have been close to me in this existence.

You can stop asking, “Why me?” There is a purpose behind it. You chose it to release negative karma. Knowing the purpose makes the most devastating of situations bearable. Accounts from those who have had near-death experiences report a totally new outlook on life.

The message, the gnosis is clearer today. You don’t have to go to the mountain or to the desert to find Truth. As George Harrison wrote , “The farther one travels, the less one knows.” You only need to look within. “Arrive without traveling. See all without looking.” Within you will find Truth, your Higher Self, the knowledge and the answers to all your questions, problems or concerns.

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Merrell-Wolff, Franklin. Transformations In Consciousness. New York: State University of New York Press, 1995.

Moody, Raymond A. Coming Back, A Psychicatrist Explores Past Life Memories. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Moore, Thomas. Care of The Soul. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 1992.

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