Dé Jiáo Hùi
Throughout the entire episode, there was no medical or psycholoigical consulatations. There was certainly no medicine, drug, or herbs taken at any time - before, during, or after.
"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood." -Helen Keller-
Glass Slippers left a comment in my last post saying, "I was talking to papa last nite. He said unlike Christian, Buddhist does not work on forgiving present sins and what you receive in this life is a result of your past life. Any brownie points earned this life will only be redeemed next life. Christians only need to confess and repent."
First of all, Christians not only need to confess and repent, but also "sin no more". In other words, whatever mistake you have made, God will forgive you and that you must not commit more "sins". The whole concept is based on loving sinners unconditionally, and moving them with such love that they will see the light.
Chinese Buddhism has a saying, "Put down the butcher knife, and stand to be a Buddha." This is another way of saying that all sins can be absolved if one repents and begins to do good. By and large, the layman's concept of Buddhism has instilled fear among the commoners with Hell and Heaven, and the only simple things people can understand is that whatever sin you have committed this life, you will pay for it either later in this life or in the next one. Likewise, whatever good you have done this life you will be rewarded later in this or in the next life (...Any brownie points earned this life will only be redeemed next life...") I believe this is a gross distortion to the original purpose of the teaching, for it makes "rewards in the next life" as the condition of "doing good in this life". Doing good should be unconditional, and without thought of being rewarded.
The purpose of reincarnation is NOT about the redemption of the rewards that you earned in your past life; we reincarnate to learn more lessons. The journey of a soul through each life is to learn, through giving and receiving, not only the pleasures, but also the pains and sufferings of human emotions and desires (Buddhist's seven emotions and six desires), in order to understand ultimately what unconditional love is. There is a parallel between a soul's journey and a human's journey in that we all start from kindergarten, then primary school, high school, and eventually graduate with a tertiary degree. Through series of lifetimes a soul will advance through stages of their wisdom to attain it's enlightenment ultimately. Planet Earth is not the only place the souls would go, in the infinite space of universe, there are other places we know nothing about that the souls can go to learn, maybe learning something that we cannot possibly imagine with our limited knowledge and senses. Dr Michael Newton has explored this concept in his second book (in reference to the previous post).
The karma we talk about should not be interpreted as "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth". As we cannot remember what we have done in the past lives, we cannot tell if a particular experience we are undergoing is the cause or the effect of the karma. If we are suffering under another person's wrong doing, we must break the cycle of karmic effect in this life by forgiving and letting go all the ill feelings. Do not gleefully hope that the other person will suffer in his/her next life for what he/she has done to you in this life. He/she is here in our life for the very reason that we may learn and grow. He/she will learn his/her lesson similarly in the next life. Remember, all the lessons we go through are for the advancement of our souls. Frequently, a glimpse of past lives through regression hypnosis will make us understand better the particular experience we are underdoing, and allow us to forgive more readily. This in turns will accelerate our growth spiritually.
Are we just vessels that hold the soul?
Dr Brian Weiss: Yes, exactly. We are vessels, and we contain this eternal and immortal, much more knowledgeable part of ourselves. Now, probably as you get more mystical you find out that these souls, as well as the bodies, are connected to everyone else's, because really everything is of the same substance.
Why do people find reincarnation a difficult concept to accept?
People fear the unfamiliar. If only they would keep an open mind. Not just scientists, but everybody. Just observe it, watch it. Meditation can teach people to do that. If they can let go of their fears.
Philosophers and mystics once incorporated reincarnation into their explanations of life, and Plato wrote about soulmates.
Yes, Plato wrote about reincarnation. So, the Greeks believed in this too. And so did ancient civilizations.
Reincarnation is in all religions. Where did this knowledge come from?
It comes from so far back that we don't even know where it comes from. We only lost it recently. I think we lost it for political reasons.
In Judaism, belief in reincarnation or gilgul is not just ancient, but existed until early in the 1800s, and it was only with the migration out of
But not in the Chassidic (Ultra-Orthodox) populations. They still believe in reincarnation. In Christianity it went underground much earlier, in the 6th century at the Second Council of Constantinople where reincarnation was officially declared a heresy.
Christianity was becoming a state religion, and the Romans felt that without the whip of Judgement Day people wouldn't behave, they wouldn't follow.
They would think: "Well, I'll do it next time around." And so reincarnation was consciously made a heresy. But this was at the Council, centuries after Jesus.
How is the time period between lifetimes determined?
People who die violently, or children who die, often come back faster. And people who live longer lives, and die more peacefully, there can be a much longer time between lives, a hundred years or more.
How many past lives do people generally have?
That varies, but the numbers that come up most (in my work) is about 100. Not the thousands and thousands that the Buddhists talk about.
Is there a finite number of souls?
To me it doesn't matter because ultimately we're all connected.
Are new souls being created?
I'm not sure, but my inclination is to say no. We're probably all ageless and have been (around from the beginning).
Are families more spiritually connected from life to life than strangers are?
Yes, and I do think that people come in groups for the working out of debts and responsibilities, the concept of karma. These are the people that we're learning and growing with. I even put love at first sight, or hostility at first sight into that category, a recognition of souls.
I know the old saying: blood is thicker than water. Well, I mention in Through Time into Healing that spirit seems thicker than blood.
So people can be male in one lifetime and female in another, and vice versa?
Yes, there seems to be frequent switching. You may have a preference, but you've tried out the other to see what it's like. This is also true of races and religions.
How do you explain souls that occupy bodies that are biologically damaged?
If this is all to learn-and this is what my patients keep telling me-to grow, to become more and more Godlike, then whatever experience you have is a learning experience. Sometimes, though, it's a teaching experience as well, so you may come back into this for others, maybe as an act of charity.
How do pre-determination and free will co-exist?
Someone told me this once: Life is like being on a bus. It has a certain pre-determined route. But the person you sit next to, how you act, what you say, that's all the free will part.
Why don't we automatically, consciously remember our past lives?
For one, more and more people are remembering. Through therapeutic techniques such as hypnosis, but also through dreams, spontaneously, through meditation, déjà vu. When they're in a place they have never been before and they know their way around.
This may be an evolutionary shift. I don't know why we don't all remember. The Greeks had a myth that when you were born again you drank from the
So you think some of us are born with certain values and ideals?
Yes, that's the whole purpose. That it gets ingrained at a deeper level. At the level of the heart and the soul-where the real learning takes place so that you're not dependent just on what your parents teach you.
If one's parents were bigots, and the child is able to overcome that, this is a degree of independence that transcends what we're taught.
This is your soul saying: "You know it's not right to be a bigot, despite what your parents, what the church or temple is telling you. You know better. Follow your heart." And when you're doing that, you've really learnt it. This is the soul memory.
When we're 'out there', will we be with all the people we knew here?
I think so, and even with those who are still here. The vision is better coming from the other direction. They're aware of more because they are not limited by a body and the brain. But we are.
What's the state of reincarnation research today?
There are physicians doing this. Raymond Moody, the psychiatrist who coined the phrase Near Death Experience, is now writing about his research with past life therapy. Then there's the Association of Past Life Reaserch and Therapy (APRT). They publish a journal. It's a mixed group, so it's hard to characterize them as representative of the scientific community.
How can reincarnation be validated? Do you look for supporting information?
It's difficult to prove reincarnation scientifically because of what we consider scientific. As a psychiatrist I'm interested in my patients' clinical improvement, in their welfare, so I look at two levels: of therapy and helping people, and then the other level, that of validating, or proving. Both are vital.
But I function more these days at the therapeutic level. There's no question in my mind, or in the minds of all of these physicians and psychotherapists who are writing to me, that this has a therapeutic effect. It's quick, it's vivid, it's relatively inexpensive, and people get better.
Physicists are now researching how one subatomic particle/wave in one location senses instantaneously what's happening to another one. Is it similar to psychic phenomena?
Yes, and physicists have proof that these particles exist, that they travel at the speed of light, and time is relative, and can stop. It's just that we have difficulty in letting go (of our old concepts).
If I told you that you're really, physically, a mass of electrons, protons and neutrons and energy, and wave/particle phenomena, you would say, "but I'm solid", and I would say, "yes, but that's not really true, because at a deeper level you're energy".
Scientists talk about things being connected at a sub-atomic level-what we would consider ESP-between these subatomic particles. Since we and everything in the universe are made up of these, does this explain how people can have 'paranormal' abilities?
Yes, that summarises the millennia of mystical knowledge, and solves the problems of the universe! It's true. We need to develop the skills. How to do this, how to be aware. Mystics have always been saying that there is no time, it just appears that way to us.
And when you start talking about other states, there is no space, there is no time. It's all happening now. This is our conception of God and of nature beyond the three-dimensional. That's the fascinating correlation that physics is starting to prove.
In mystical Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, this is all part of the esoteric tradition: There is not time, no space, we're all connected.
Do you believe that physicists will find that science, mysticism, spirituality, religion and parapsychology are connected through quantum physics?
Physicists are the mystics of the 21st century. They've begun to study consciousness, time moving backwards, all of these phenomena that were called occult or esoteric. I believe they'll be found to have their roots in nature, in science.
As we begin to use more of our brains through meditation and other ways, we're going to find that these things do have their basis in science, in nature. To discover the truth you have to throw out your old assumptions and old knowledge.
You wrote in Many Lives… that the most important lesson you learned with past life therapy is that there is no death. How has this changed your life, and how can this change everybody's life?
When you stop fearing death you start to live more. What I value now that I perhaps didn't value as much before are love, relationships, family-not just in the genetic sense, but in the larger sense. And what I value less now are material things. You can't take it with you. That's a cliché, but it's true.
How do our past life experiences and relationships affect our present life?
They affect us in every way. Many of your most meaningful relationships are not new. That's how you connect. Past lives also affect us in symptoms, both emotional and physical. Certain fears and anxieties carry over. Physical symptoms, where one may have been wounded or hurt in a previous life frequently come up. It affects us psychologically, emotionally, even in obesity.
Have you had patients who, while reliving a past life under hypnosis, had detailed/technical knowledge about something they know nothing about in this life?
Yes, that happens a lot. One of Dr Jarmon's cases is one of the best. A woman was seeing him for hypnotherapy for weight loss. He didn't believe in past lives. This was his first case (of past lives), and it happened spontaneously.
A Jewish woman in her 30s, she started to develop a new symptom while she was visiting him. Her periods had stopped and she developed lower abdominal tenderness, and she was becoming more anxious.
He was alarmed and thought she might have an ectopic pregnancy (in a fallopian tube), which can be dangerous because it can burst. So he referred her to a gynaecologist. She tested negative.
But she continued to see Dr Jarmon, and they were working on her anxiety, and he said: "Go back to the time from which your symptoms first arose."
His patient went back to the Middle Ages. She was five months pregnant with an ectopic pregnancy. In that life she was Catholic, and she was with a priest who wouldn't allow abortion or surgery, and so she died.
And just before she died she repeated the Catholic act of contrition to the priest, word for word. Dr Jarmon is Catholic and recognized it. It's what Catholics say to atone for their sins.
The Jewish woman had never heard of contrition. This happens all the time, but again, it's hard to prove because you can say they probably read this in school, picked up a book or learned this while they were overseas.
If we can go back to past lives, can we go forward to future ones?
There are people who are doing this work, such as Chet Snow, the president of the APRT Society. I haven't found it, and probably the reason is I'm not looking for it.
Many look at God as a force outside the universe that regulates everything.
Instead of within. I say: "Why limit God?" Perhaps God can listen to all of our prayers, all at the same time and pay infinite attention to it, because God isn't a human being.
So, you're saying that if there are an infinite number of possibilities, then nothing is impossible, and therefore, God can be everywhere.
Yes, and we can all be part of God, and yet be separate, in our own perspective. But we are all connected.
So, if we're all connected to everything, then by definition aren't we connected to God, too, since God, or a higher being, created all of this?
Yes. Now you're approaching my very simplistic way of viewing everything. That God-love-is an energy that is in everything. Intelligence, wisdom, love, compassion and more-that's all we're made of.
Tell us about your past lives.
The first time I remembered was during an acupressure massage for an old neck injury that was flaring up. At that point, Many Lives… had been written, but wasn't published yet.
And I wasn't telling a soul. I was afraid for my reputation and career. So I mentioned nothing to the therapist. I would go into this very relaxed, almost meditative state, and during the third or fourth one-hour session I saw this image.
It was me, taller, thin, wearing a multi-coloured robe, standing in a large geometric shaped building. I knew I was a priest of some sort, very powerful, with the ear of the royal family. I had some psychic abilities in that life, too.
And I was misusing it to gain more power, sex, greed, things like that. It was a very good life! Very easy, but wasted. The word ziggurat kept ringing in my head. I had no conscious memory of ever coming across that word.
It doesn't prove that I didn't, in college or something, but I didn't remember it. I didn't say anything to the therapist, went home and looked up ziggurat. It's a word for architectural structures, temples of the Babylonian era, like the hanging gardens of
I had another experience years later. I had this dream of being imprisoned in a European dungeon, my arm chained to the wall. I was being tortured for teaching about my religious beliefs, which included reincarnation. And I died there.
I became aware, as I died, of a message: "When you had the chance to teach it, you did not." I knew that was referring back to that episode with the ziggurat. "When you didn't have the chance, you did."
And I knew that meant that I should have taught about love. I didn't have to teach about reincarnation and get killed for it. I went too far. The implication was: "Now you can have both. You have the chance, and you can teach about it." It's as if those two were the important past lives.
Who are The Masters?
This is what Catherine described as the source of the information coming to her. She would hear them, and then tell me. But she had no memory of it when she woke up.
When she was in-between remembering past lives she would go into this state. She said this was coming from the master spirits, The Masters. And out came knowledge that was very unlike her. Even the phonetics, grammar and style were different.