01. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Disappearance of the Universe – Book Overview · Categories: Afterlife, Consciousness, Death, Healing, NDE, OBE, Power of Thought, reincarnation, spiritual healing, Uncategorized · Tags:

the-dissapearance-of-the-universeLately my partner and I have been studying A Course in Miracles (ACIM) for the second or third time. (ACIM was originally published in 1976 and gained immense popularity in the 1980s.) At the same time we’ve been reading books related to ACIM as well. The book that most captured my attention was The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, which was published in 2003. I purchased it then and felt that now would be a good time to review it.

The story goes like this. In the early 1990s Gary Renard underwent a powerful spiritual awakening when he began to be instructed by two ascended masters named Pursah and Arten, who eventually identified their previous incarnations as including those of Saint Thomas and Saint Thaddaeus. He said that they appeared to him in the flesh in a series of 14 meetings spaced out over 9 years. I know that’s a hard story to believe, but whether you believe the storyline or not, The Disappearance of the Universe has become an enormously popular book based on the teachings of ACIM. And I believe that you will get a lot out of it regardless. The reason for this is that the  conversations center around the ACIM material and how it relates to events in Gary’s everyday life as well as to world events of the 1990s. This method of teaching, I feel, makes it more understandable.Gary Renard-2

As we have been reading the ACIM it has become ever more apparent that ACIM was written almost specifically for the Scribe, Helen Schucman herself, who was basically an atheist psychotherapist  living in a Judeao-Christian world. All the way through the scribing process, which took 10 years, she resisted and had grave doubts about the validity of the material. And later, after it was complete, she still had grave doubts and never really related to or believed in the material fully.

The problem that we have with the ACIM material is that it seems based primarily in a Judeao-Christian-Freudian psychological framework.  And furthermore, the material keeps pounding away at the concept of the Ego in endless approaches, which after a while becomes difficult to endure.  This approach, I suspect, may have been perfectly tailored to convince the author, Helen Schucman herself, after reading so many variations of the theme it eventually becomes oppressive.

a-course-in-miracles-acim-bizThe Disappearance of the Universe book, in my opinion, makes a wonderful transition and shapes the ACIM material into a more modern framework of understanding. There have been other authors who have attempted to translate the ACIM material into their own understanding, for which many have been criticized.  I say, So What?  I never believed that God ever stopped speaking to humanity. He/She/It, whatever you want to name It, keeps on trying!

Amazon has a powerful and insightful review of The Disappearance of the Universe book which was written by Michael Wilkinson. “THE PREMISE: When you dream at night that someone is chasing you, in the dream it feels very real and no one in the dream could likely convince you that it was not real. But in truth you are home in your bed. When you wake up, the dream disappears, because it was never real in the first place, and you find you were in your bed the entire time. Well, the basic premise for the Disappearance of the Universe is that we are really home in God, but dreaming a dream that we are bodies living this life. Of course our true home is out of our awareness. Yet when we wake up, the universe will disappear, because it was never real in the first place, we were at home in God the entire time. This is indeed an incredible and hard to believe premise. But what if it is true?”  This description, I feel, is much more succinct than the hundreds of rambling pages of ACIM.

Michael Wilkinson summarizes nicely with, “If you are already familiar with A Course in Miracles, this book is a must-read. I had studied the Course for over a decade, and even served as a group facilitator for several years. I was humbled by how little I understood and truly practiced non-dualism and how I had missed the critical message of practicing forgiveness every moment of every day as THE key tool for making the “journey without distance.” The conversations in the Disappearance of the Universe make crystal clear the purpose of practicing “advanced” forgiveness, the steps in how to do it, and the way to live in this world as a teacher of God. Perhaps most importantly, the message is completely consistent with A Course in Miracles, which is quoted over 300 times by Gary Renard’s special visitors.”

The concept of practicing Forgiveness is a simple concept that is also emphasized in the teaching of Hoʻoponopono, which is the ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. This point is easy to overlook in the voluminous ACIM text, but is critical to understand if you want to experience Miracles. For myself, I like to go one step further and simply bless people and situations by visualizing the Light of the Holy Spirit around them. It doesn’t get any easier or simpler than that! Try it for yourself and you will see Miracles!

The Disappearance of the Universe is a great book, which will magically transform your “Ego Mind” thinking to that of your God Mind. As Michael Wilkinson says, “So read this book if you are ready to have many of your beliefs challenged and if you are ready to learn how to truly experience and express the peace and love of God.”  Then, as Jesus said, “All things are possible!”

24. September 2014 · Comments Off on Healing Through Past Life Regression · Categories: Afterlife, Healing, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression, reincarnation, spiritual healing · Tags:

What makes Past Life Regression Therapy so powerful and effective? By now I have probably read a dozen or more books on Past Life Regression Therapy. Some of the books were written by Ph.D. therapists and they cite case after case of how they used hypnosis to access deep levels of memory to heal difficult issues that could not be healed through traditional Freudian or Jungian style “talk therapy.”

Brian-Weiss-MD Past Life Regression Therapy in its modern form was famously accidentally re-discovered and then reluctantly promoted by hypnotherapist Dr. Brian Weiss when while working with a difficult case he, out of frustration asked his subject to ‘go back to a time related to the cause’ of her current issue. Before trying this idea, he had been fishing around in session after session trying to find the cause in the woman’s childhood. So he was shocked when her sub-conscious mind literally obeyed the command and took her back to a past-life situation centuries earlier.

At first Dr. Weiss could not fathom what had happened, and he was in deep denial, but the ‘proof was in the pudding’ as they say, and after some time Dr. Weiss realized that his patient no longer suffered from the same issue. This made a deep impression upon him.

Dr. Weiss was not the first to discover the benefits of Past Life Therapy. Back in the late 1920s there was a man named A. R. (Asa Roy) Martin who lived in Sharon, Pennsylvania who accidentally discovered and then developed his own method of past life regression therapy while trying to develop a better method of memory recall for use by students in taking tests. Little by little, Martin and his family and friends – working on each other – became successful in these experiments.

A.R. MARTINSince Mr. Martin had been studying metaphysics and hypnosis, the death of his mother prompted him to try use what he had learned to tap into the subconscious mind for answers to the questions about death and the afterlife, “since the subconscious theoretically remembers everything it has encountered and learned.”

Mr. Martin then tried relaxing some of his subjects (family members and friends) using what he had learned in hypnosis. One such session related by Mrs. Woods, one of Martin’s daughters went like this: “Then… quite suddenly, the reviewer (the subject) would be recalling a past life, speaking in a different voice or language – a high pitched voice or a child’s voice, for example – or many times reviewing what she was doing between lives, how she was planning to return to a physical body and was choosing her parents. For example, a woman who desired to be an opera singer was selecting parents who genetically could give her the vocal cords which would be required to accomplish her goal in her next life.”

A.R. Martin came to know Edgar Cayce and visited Cayce in Virginia about five times, the first time probably in 1935. ThroughEdgar Cayce those visits, Mrs. Woods says, Martin and Cayce became friends, and some correspondence passed between them. Martin never had a reading from Cayce, however. Cayce died in 1945.

It is estimated that A. R. Martin conducted over 500 past-life regressions before he gave it up for other spiritual work, so “it is really not possible to gauge the impact of Martin’s regression work or its continuity through time after Martin’s death. However, considering the large number of people Martin came in contact with after 1928, it would be surprising to find that no one had continued his work with past-life regression.

Martin self-published Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond – a hardcover book of 211 pages – in 1942. However, since it is such a rare book, much of the details for this article came from a small Kindle book titled, A. R. MARTIN: Pioneer In Past-Life Regression by George Schwimmer, PhD. As one book reviewer stated, “A.R. Martin did so much with past life regression… so long ago. The book he wrote was produced in an edition of 1,000 copies so obviously not something we would come across very easily. George Schwimmer not only describes Martin’s unusual regression method but also how his wife and daughters assisted him in this work. The booklet [also] contains amazing stories of past lives that the people he worked with had experienced. A.R. Martin was a true pioneer in this [work]. If you are interested in reincarnation and/or past life regression, this booklet contains some really amazing information.

The most distinctive characteristic of the book is its focus on the spiritual values of past-life recall. In his introduction, Hamid Bey noted the purpose of Earth life and of reincarnation: “Reincarnation (is) the only logical acceptance of justice, power, law, and love…. It is not only the evolution of the spirit, but also the liberation of the spirit from the confinement of substance. This cannot be accomplished in one life…. Man must be able to accept the responsibility of life and know that even though he is a unit of this universe, he is also the center of his universe, and this center is so complete within itself that he has become the expression of the divine power which we call God.”

And A. R. Martin wrote that: “The superconscious mind or self is the highest portion of man, for it is the eternal spark of the Divine…. The purpose of life is to bring ourselves into perfect alignment with this Higher Self. When man in sincere simplicity attunes himself through silence to this great God within, all power, all strength, and all knowledge is perceived by him, and he becomes I AM THAT I AM…. When all error and misbelief has been erased from the subconscious mind and the conscious mind operates in perfect unison with the superconscious, then is man the master of himself. Those things which the soul desires are the things to which he polarizes and wishes to express, and as every unfulfilled wish of the soul must be expressed, man must come back again and again into earthly flesh to fulfill those desires. There is a lesson to be learned in every unfulfilled desire, and all these lessons must be learned before man is master of himself.”

And one of Martin’s entranced subjects stated, “To what goal? Eventually to their main goal, the right of Christhood. Mankind will then know all there is to know, all he can gain upon the planet earth. …Each will become a Christ….”

Past Life Regression Therapy is not only a method for healing difficult issues, but when used intelligently can become a fast track to liberation! Martin’s conclusions about man’s mental experiences were identical to those given by Edgar Cayce: “Man lives not in the world of conditions and events around him, but rather lives in the world of his reactions to such conditions and events…. The individual himself, through thought and emotional reaction, creates the world in which he lives, and he alone has the power and choice to change in any and every way, through his inner thought reactions, his inner and outer world of conditions and affairs. The life energy… flows in and through all space and matter [and] is unlimited, fluidic and impersonal. As this emotional energy flows in and through man, it is he – as a free-choosing moral agent – who conditions and qualifies it.”

My desire for anyone who resonates with this work is to seek out a qualified Past Life Regressionist for yourself! Today there are many options including therapists trained by Dolores Cannon and others.

Book Credit: George Schwimmer, Ph.D. / A. R. MARTIN: Pioneer In Past-Life Regression

01. January 2014 · Comments Off on Reincarnation: Are You a Skeptic? · Categories: reincarnation, Uncategorized · Tags:

Concerning Reincarnation, do you consider yourself to be a skeptic? Where does this term come from and why do so many people claim to be skeptics?   There are various schools of skeptical thought, but mostly skepticism is a response to the claims of the major religions concerning the existence of God and everything that comes after that; in other words, the claims of the Church.  In my opinion, maintaining a skeptical attitude about religion is a healthy thing especially when it comes to asking for proof of the claims of religion that must be accepted by faith alone.

However, one must be careful not to be so skeptical that one becomes closed-minded.  At a recent Christmas dinner I was able to speak with dear old Uncle Ed, a kind mild mannered man who lives alone in a tiny apartment near Chinatown in San Francisco. He’s never been married and doesn’t indulge in deviations from the ‘straight and narrow’.  What I find interesting is the fact that he has no belief in God or the Afterlife.  So I challenged him saying, “Ed, if you have no belief in the afterlife, heaven or hell, then you could lead a life of total abandon, yet you chose not to. Why do you think you are the way you are?”  He had no plausible explanation, but I secretly felt that he may have been involved in a strict religion in a recent past life and so that his current life may be a reaction to that sort of confinement.  (Without a regression we may never know.)

I have tried on a number of different occasions to get him to look at how life is continuous whether we are in a physical body or not; at the concept of living many lives (reincarnation); about the concept that what you die believing can have a powerful effect not only upon your next incarnation but what happens or doesn’t happen to you in the life between lives.

For instance, in all my research I have found that if one does not believe in an Afterlife, then that soul may sleep for hundreds or even thousands of years as we measure time here on Earth.  I have now read so much material on Reincarnation that I am always shocked when I come across someone who denies its validity.  Like Uncle Ed, when presented with the facts of numerous cases, they might say that they are a ‘skeptic,’ but what exactly is a skeptic?

According to the Free Dictionary a skeptic is defined as, “a person who questions the validity, authenticity, or truth of something purporting to be factual, esp. religion or religious tenets.”  Another definition from vocabulary.com; “This word comes from ancient Greece, where a philosopher named Pyrrho taught his followers that we can never really understand the true nature of things, only how they appear to us. (So basically, we should stop searching for the meaning of life and just relax.) In Pyrrho’s view, the true sage was someone who realized that it was impossible to be certain about anything. His followers were called Skeptikoi, or Skeptics; the Greek word skeptikos means “given to asking questions.

Let’s now continue my conversation with Uncle Ed about proof of on-going existence. This field of research would include the work of hundreds of mediums in the Spiritualist movement since the mid-1800s who have brought through the spirits of the so-called dead, and the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson and his successor, Dr. Jim Tucker of the University of Virginia, who have investigated over 3,000 cases of young children who have somehow retained memories of their past lives.

Dr. Stevenson and now Tucker tend to focus their energies on investigating only cases that provide hard evidence. This would mostly include things like physical scars like rope burns on the neck or knife wounds that would have been the cause of the death in the previous life that can be verified. In many of the cases, the child can name the town they lived in, state their correct name and the names of relatives still living, etc. This is the kind of hard evidence that you would think would have some effect on a true skeptic.

Dr. Stevenson and Dr. Tucker were both TRUE skeptics when they started their investigations and maintain that attitude in order for their work to have scientific validity. As a noted atheist, George Smith concluded in his article about skepticism, Only reason can tell us whether a knowledge claim should be rejected, or perhaps accepted as possible, probable or certain.”  I have therefore come to the rational and reasonable conclusion that Dr. Stevenson and Dr. Tucker were able to maintain their objective skepticism in a true scientific manner and have provided proof beyond a reasonable doubt that reincarnation does in fact exist and that therefore life is indeed continuous!

This is the reason why I have so much respect for Spiritualism. Since its inception it (collectively) has been trying to investigate and thus provide proof of the Afterlife.  Along the way the S.P.R. (The Society for Psychical Research) has provided a very valuable service to the movement by applying scientific investigative techniques to determine the validity of the claims of the mediums.  With this concentrated investigation, Spiritualism should be viewed as a rational religion because it is trying to offer proof based on actual experimentation and communication with the souls who have passed over. They are not asking you to accept anything concerning God and the Afterlife on faith alone as most religions do. 

In conclusion, it is important to keep an open mind when it comes to matters of consciousness and religion and to remember that the true skeptic is one who questions in a rational manner, not one who has pre-conceived or fixed opinions that they are unwilling to examine.  Bottom line: keep an open mind, or as Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, used to say, “Remain open at the top!”

28. November 2013 · Comments Off on Extraordinary Evidence of Past Lives · Categories: reincarnation · Tags:

In my on-going study of Life, Death and Beyond, I have been examining the concept of Past Lives. Most people in the West dismiss the concept of past lives and reincarnation out of hand without ever considering that learned scientists of our time have been devoted to researching the available evidence with the goal of discovering whether or not reincarnation does indeed exist.  One such devoted researcher was Dr. Ian Stevenson, who documented over 3,000 cases spanning 40 years where children as young as two got impossible facts right about their past life experiences.

Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives

Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives

Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence For Past Lives is a non-fiction book by journalist Tom Shroder, editor at The Washington Post, who traveled extensively with psychiatrist Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia.  Stevenson conducted past life and reincarnation research in Lebanon, India, and the southern states of the U.S.  Dr. Stevenson investigated children who spontaneously remembered recent ordinary lives. He was mainly seeking hard evidence such as birthmarks that occur at the sites of injury in the previous life. To him these marks constitute important proof of reincarnation. Many of the stories cannot be dismissed by simple explanations. The events and the recollections are just too incredible.

Dr. Stevenson’s methodology involved listening to stories, comparing and contrasting variants of stories, verification of empirical claims, and constructing long, detailed narratives that attempted to “capture” the complex experience of his informants, who claimed to remember incidents from past lives. At the outset, Shroder saw his role not only as an observer, but also as a skeptic. But as his journey with Stevenson progressed, Shroder found it increasingly difficult to reject the possibility of past lives and I think you may agree once you read the case details of the case of Hanan Monsour / Suzanne Ghanem, which is one of the few that are Western based.

Hanan-Monsour

Previous Life / Current Life

The Reincarnation Case of Hanan Monsour / Suzanne Ghanem is a story about a little girl who telephoned her still living past-life husband every day and was heartbroken and angry when he re-married. Hanan was born in Lebanon, in the mid-1930s. When she was twenty, she married Farouk Monsour, a member of a wealthy Lebanese family. The couple had two daughters, named Leila and Galareh. Hanan had a brother named Nabih, who became prominent in Lebanese society, but died as a young man in a plane crash.

After giving birth to her second daughter, Hanan developed heart disease and her doctors advised her not to have any more children. Not heeding the warning, she had a third child, a son, in 1962. In 1963, shortly after the death of her brother Nabih, Hanan’s health started to deteriorate. She then started to talk about dying. Hanan’s husband, Farouk, said that Hanan told him that “she was going to be reincarnated and have lots to say about her previous life.”   This was two years before her death.

At age thirty-six, Hanan traveled to Richmond, Virginia to have heart surgery. She tried to telephone her daughter Leila before the operation, but couldn’t get through. Hanan died of complications the day after surgery.

Ten days after Hanan died, Suzanne Ghanem was born. Suzanne’s mother told Ian Stevenson that shortly before Suzanne’s birth, “I dreamed I was going to have a baby girl. I met a woman and I kissed and hugged her.  She said, ‘I am going to come to you.’  The woman was about forty. Later, when I saw Hanan’s picture, I thought it looked like the woman in my dream.” In other words, Suzanne Ghanem’s mother had a dream that she would have a child that had the appearance of Hanan Monsour, and this dream became reality.

Little Suzanne trying to call her daughter from her previous life!

Little Suzanne trying to call her daughter from her previous life!

At 16 months of age, Suzanne pulled the phone off the hook as if she was trying to talk into it and said, over and over, “Hello, Leila?” The Ghanem family didn’t know who Leila was. When she got older, Suzanne explained that Leila was one of her children in her past life and that she was not Suzanne, but Hanan. The family asked, “Hanan what?” Suzanne replied, “My head is still small. Wait until it is bigger, and I might tell you.”

Suzanne Names & Identifies 13 Past Life Family Members
By the time she was two, she had mentioned the names of her other children, her husband, Farouk, and the names of her parents and her brothers from the previous lifetime—thirteen names in all.

In trying to locate Suzanne’s past life family, acquaintances of the Ghanems made inquiries in the town where the Monsours lived. When they heard about the case, the Monsours visited Suzanne. The Monsours were initially skeptical about the girl’s claims, but they soon became believers when Suzanne identified all of Hanan’s relatives, picking them out and naming them accurately. Suzanne also knew that Hanan had given her jewels to her brother Hercule in Virginia, prior to her heart surgery, and that Hanan instructed her brother to divide the jewelry among her daughters. No one outside of the Monsour family knew about the jewels.

Before she could read or write, Suzanne scribbled a phone number on a piece of paper. Later, when the family went to the Monsour’s home, they found that the phone number matched the Monsour’s number, except that the last two digits were transposed. As a child, Suzanne could recite the oration spoken at the funeral of Hanan’s brother, Nabih. Suzanne’s family taped the recitation, though the tape was eventually lost.

Suzanne Still Loves Farouk, her Past Life Husband
At five years of age, Suzanne would call Farouk three times a day. When Suzanne visited Farouk, she would sit on his lap and rest her head against his chest. At 25 years of age, Suzanne would still telephone Farouk.

Suzanne Identifies Past Life Friends from Photos
Farouk, a career policeman, accepted Suzanne as the reincarnation of his deceased wife, Hanan. To support this conclusion, Farouk points out that from photographs, Suzanne accurately picked out scores of people they had been acquainted with, and knew other information that only Hanan would have known.

In the image comparison, Hanan Monsour is on the left side and Suzanne Ghanem is on the right.  There is a striking physical resemblance which supports the premise that facial features remain consistent from one incarnation to another.

We in the West have a very limited understanding of the nature of reality, and as this case demonstrates, there is much more to our life than we presently acknowledge. This is one of many examples of people who have died only to return with the memory of their past life, and when the rebirth occurs while past life relatives and family are still alive, the evidence can be verified and shared.  We need to be more open and be especially attentive and inquisitive regarding the statements of little children who may have much to say about their life before this life. What they say should not be ignored as mere imagination, but should be thoughtfully considered, for we are much more than we presently understand.