May 11, 2012
Although this phenomenon can be traced
back to various esoteric movements that flourished from the second
half of the 19th century, it gained significant ground with the
explosion of popular interest in Eastern spiritual approaches in the
60s. And it was reinforced by a proliferation of therapists offering
to regress people into their past lives.
For some years the emphasis has been moving more towards the idea that we are all part of,
...or whatever we choose to call the ‘universal consciousness’.
Of course this is not a new idea. But
what is changing is that especially more intellectually minded
spiritual seekers are tending towards the view that anything outside
of the ‘One’ is mere ‘illusion’.
Of course readers would all agree that the physical world itself is to some extent an illusion, at least inasmuch as it is underpinned by the nonphysical planes and states of being that science is increasingly pointing towards.
But what about the idea that we only reincarnate for as long as we fail to see through the ‘illusion’, and that as soon as we gain ‘enlightenment’ we can ‘break the bonds of karma’ and ‘reunite with the Source’?
More radical still, what about the idea
that any notion of individuality is completely illusory on all
levels, and that as soon as we die there is no sense of continuation
of any sort of individual soul consciousness?
Yet to see the world in this way is entirely at odds with what we might call the ‘experience model’, which holds that we lead many lives in order to see all sides of every emotional coin, and to learn to deal with the manifest challenges that life on this planet provides.
In other words, a model in which the
emphasis is on an individual soul growing by experience over many
The idea that ‘we are all one’ is also a common element of transcendental experiences, whether spontaneous, meditative or induced by hallucinogens.
So our next step must be to investigate
whether, at the same time, there is any real evidence to support the
idea of an individual consciousness that exists or survives
independent of the physical body.
In particular we are interested in cases
that involve subjects returning with factual information that is
subsequently verified, and yet so obscure that they could not
reasonably have acquired it in any ‘normal’ way.
& Reincarnation Cases
His work on chemical brain transmitters was sufficiently valued by the KGB that they were not prepared to lose his expertise to the US by letting him take up an invite to further his research at Yale. On the day of his departure, as he stood on the pavement in Tbilisi waiting for a taxi to the airport, he was deliberately mown down by a car and pronounced dead at the scene.
His body lay in a morgue for three days,
but as the autopsy began his eyelids flickered and he was rushed to
In particular he was drawn to a newborn baby in the hospital adjoining the morgue because she would not stop crying, and doctors had been unable to diagnose the problem.
Much to his surprise he found that he
was able to communicate with her telepathically, and also to scan
her body and establish that her hip had been broken, probably at
birth. Incredibly, as soon as George was well enough to pass on this
information, the doctors x-rayed the baby and found that she did
indeed have a fractured hip.
Although historically most of these cases have come from Asia, one of the finest involves a young American boy called James Leininger of Lafayette, Louisiana. Born in 1998, his fascination with toy planes from the earliest age took a more sinister turn as he approached his second birthday, when vivid nightmares began.
He would thrash around in his sleep, kicking out with his legs up in the air and moaning:
His mother Andrea had no particular religious convictions but, when her mother suggested these might be memories of a past life, she began to encourage little James to talk about them.
And he began to reveal startling details, such as that the pilot of the plane was also called James; that he had been shot down by the Japanese; that he had flown Corsairs; and that one of his fellow pilots went by the name of Jack Larsen.
He also mysteriously mentioned the
single word Natoma.
He ordered a book about this, and was flicking through it one day when James pointed to the island of Chichi Jima on a map and exclaimed,
He then made contact with the ‘Natoma
Bay Association’, who confirmed that Jack Larsen had been one of the
pilots, and also that only one pilot had been lost at Chichi Jima:
21-year-old Lt James M. Huston Jr.
But when he made contact with Huston’s elderly sister she kindly sent him some photos - including one of her brother standing proudly next to a Corsair. Military records then showed he had originally been part of an elite special squadron who test-flew these planes.
But the real clincher involves three ‘GI Joe’ dolls.
When Bruce asked his son why he called them Leon, Walter and Billie he replied,
Again military records confirmed that three of Huston’s fellow Natoma Bay pilots were,
...and that all three had died before Huston on other engagements.
None of this detailed information is available on the internet pages about the Natoma Bay even now, let alone in popular books and so on.
With this we must first appreciate that the human brain appears to store a complete record of everything we have ever been exposed to, no matter how briefly or how long ago, and that although most of these memories remain inaccessible to our normal consciousness they can be accessed in trance.
So apparently authentic and detailed
past lives, even including strong emotions and strange accents and
so on, have sometimes been proved to come from perfectly normal
sources - not least historical fiction, which is often overlooked by
spiritual researchers. Nevertheless, there remain some cases
involving information so obscure that only a paranormal explanation
She first visited him in the late 60s and proved a responsive subject who, over the course of a number of sessions, regressed into six separate lives from Roman times onwards. She would go on to be the star of a 1976 documentary made by the initially skeptical BBC producer Jeffrey Iverson, entitled ‘The Bloxham Tapes’.
Her most celebrated past life was that
of a persecuted Jewess in 12th century York, but on close
investigation this case is somewhat inconclusive. In fact her
strongest life in terms of obscure evidence involved Alison, a young
servant to the 15th century French financier and
merchant, Jacques Coeur.
For example, she said,
Perhaps more impressive was her knowledge that Coeur was an avid collector of art, with paintings,
More impressive again was her report
that Coeur had a “body servant” called Abdul, who was “dressed
differently from the others” - because it was only from obscure
French court records of the time that Iverson was able to confirm
that he did indeed have an Egyptian body slave.
All of Iverson’s initial attempts to verify the existence of such a piece drew a blank until his last night in Coeur’s home town of Bourges, when he returned to his hotel to find a message from a local historian.
The latter reported that he had been searching through contemporary archives when he found “an obscure list of items confiscated by the Treasury from Jacques Coeur”, and in that list was a “grenade” of gold - a pomegranate.
Of course this is so like an apple in shape and size that the English word contains the French root pomme.
It is also worth noting that one
skeptic's supposed attempt to trace all these details to a
historical novel is a complete travesty, because the novel has an
entirely different plot and contains virtually none of these obscure
Probably the strongest evidence that
these are indeed memories from the subjects’ own, individual, past
lives comes from subjects also being regressed into the time between
lives, or ‘interlife’.
Their subjects’ reports are extremely consistent, so that the experience can be broken into five main elements:
This evidence from what now constitute thousands of subjects from diverse backgrounds suggests strongly that there is a continuity of individual soul identity across many lives.
Although the most profound spiritual sources have hinted at the truth throughout the ages, the most simple yet elegant solution has only become available to us in recent decades with the discovery of the hologram.
And it involves applying this principle not to the brain, nor to memory, nor even to the universe as a whole, but instead to soul consciousness itself:
The other message that comes through loud and clear from interlife research, as well as from the most profound spiritual sources, is that free will and personal responsibility reign supreme.
This is what allows us to learn from our mistakes, and to grow as souls.
So any next-life previews seen between
lives merely represent major probabilities and lesser possibilities,
and there is no karmic punishment or predestiny. Indeed the idea of
karma itself has arguably outlived its usefulness, because it is
clear that the dynamics of how our attitudes, intentions and
experiences feed into the futures we create for ourselves, both
across and within lives, are far too complex to be reduced to
The physical world is not an abomination created by fallen angels. Nor is the reincarnation cycle something to be escaped from at all costs, either by suddenly gaining the enlightenment to see through the illusion, or by learning to give up all ‘attachment’ so as to generate no more karma.
Although we would do well to aim for a
degree of emotional detachment and balance, and regular meditation
is absolutely invaluable in trying to bring our ‘higher selves’ to
the fore, life is to be lived and experienced!
Interlife evidence, again backed by the most profound spiritual sources, suggests that we continue to reincarnate until we have exhausted all the possibilities for growth in the physical plane. And this is only the ‘end of the beginning’ of the soul’s journey, because there are many other opportunities for new experiences in other realms.
As for the idea of ‘reuniting with the
Source’, the concept of the Holographic Soul suggests that we never
split off from It in the first place, and that It is always within
us and us within It.
What is the whole point of the universe in the first place, and how do we humans fit into the ‘big picture’?