A Step into Other Lives
Can a Christian experience reincarnation? In a thought provoking book, the author asks what the real meaning of life is as under a normal hypnotic session to cure his fear of snakes, the author suddenly began to recount events from another life. As the hypnotist hastily began to write down the scenes he was describing, they both began a journey that not only found out why he was terrified of snakes in this life, but what the meaning of life is as past and different ones came to the surface.
The author had been no great emperor or discovered anything new. He had been an ordinary human being learning to live each life through the devastation of war, human suffering and emotional pain, as he came to realize the only true and important thing in life – to learn to forgive and to learn to love.
What the experts say:
“This book offers a fascinating story about one man’s past life experiences and spiritual journey. It is a must read for those who have questions about past life regression and their own soul growth.?
Barbara Angelo. Past Life Hypnotherapist. New York.
“After reading your book, I felt I was sitting in your Lecture, and could ask any question? I wouldn’t feel uncertain about asking, because you write in a manner for all to understand. Anyone can embrace, and grasp easily the knowledge you share from your mind. Your work has so much distinctive influence upon us all.”
Denise Nakata. Mother and Teacher. Japan
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Chapter Two Does God exist?
“It may seem a ridiculous question if you believe in God, but many people today do not. After all, if you believe in God, I mean really believe, you would never lie, you would never say wrong things about another, you would never harm any animal unjustly and certainly not a human being. You would never kill. You would also value the body that houses your soul, and so be careful what you eat, how much alcohol you drink and never smoke. This does not mean that you should become a recluse or abstain from the pleasures of life. It simply means that you are aware of the need for balance in all things. For when a balance is lost in how much food you eat, how much alcohol you drink, how much television you watch or computer games you play, then you risk injury not just to your body but also to your mind in the ways you behave to others. And when you do this, you risk creating problems for yourself in this life, and if you believe in reincarnation then also with karma.
Therefore, to some this question will seem irrelevant, for they will know with certainty and so respond with a definite “Yes” or a ‘No”.
For those who say ‘Yes’, it may be because they were raised to believe this, and so say they do without a spiritual experience to back up their reasoning. Equally, they may have had a deeply meaningful experience that did not leave them with any question in the belief they hold.
Those who say ‘No’, may judge the question on their lack of faith in a religion. As people were taught to be devoted to their religion, as it convinced them it was the only link to God, so in their rejection of that religion they rejected the god that came with it. In a sense this is understandable, because many people today have drifted away from the religion their family held to in the past, due to their understanding of how it interfered if not sought to control the ways people lived. As religion faded in relevance in their lives, so also did their awareness of God and the real meaning of who and, as we shall see, what they are.
If I were to answer the question “ Does God Exist?”, I would do so by saying: Yes. I know God exists. I would also say again that I respect all religions and I love all people who are pure in their heart. I am happy to go into any Christian church, Mosque, Synagogue, Buddhist or Hindu Temple, and pray to God there because I know God is above religion.
To me, a religion is a path to help people find God and there are many, many paths. I have been in great cathedrals and simple mosques and attended very humble shines, but the only real place where I felt the peace and love of God was in a place of nature where I had buried our dog. There were no bibles, incense, orders or rules to follow in that place, only a deep, deep loving peace in nature. God, after all, is always with us.
Yet, another might say to me, “Ok you believe and I don’t”, or as we find more today, someone will say ”that is your perception of your world,” which means the same thing. But if they asked me why I believe, I may tell them what has happened to me.
I may explain that when my daughter was about five years old, that I wanted to teach her that God is all about us and not just in church. I may describe how we sat on the step outside our home, and then how I asked her to come with me to a small tree in our garden. As I and my little girl stood by that tree and began to say our prayers with closed eyes, I would say that I suddenly felt a warm loving sensation about me. I may say that this feeling of love was so intense that I was caused to slowly lift one eyelid to see what was happening. I could not describe the beam of pure energy that I saw that was shining down on me and my daughter, and could only say that this happened in broad daylight and yet that energy of love was so strong it was shining like a torch beam. I did not remember now how long it lasted, but I could offer this as evidence that God does exist. Some will wonder if I had imagined it, and others that I mistook some natural event, but if I wished to help them understand that it was a force of God and so bring some comfort to the troubles in their life, I may tell them of other incidents.
I may tell that when my other daughter and I were riding our bikes, how I had told her we could race with fun, because the road was empty. I may explain that as my little daughter rode her bike as fast as she could that I followed just behind her, for I wanted to be close enough to protect her but distant enough not to be a danger to her in case she should swerve. I could not show the horror I felt as she suddenly and without any warning stopped dead in front of me, for I am a big man and I was riding very fast seconds behind her. I could try to demonstrate how I slammed into her and was thrown over the front of my handle bars. I could explain that as I was flying through the air directly towards my daughter, I somehow managed to twist my body in mid-air to avoid hitting her, and I remember looking at her face as I sailed past, and then how I was coming straight down on to the road head first. But, I could never really describe how a very powerful hand appeared from no where, how it caught me on my chest, turned the angle of my body and gently lowered me to the ground.
They may think I was crazy, because this is not a normal experience, but I could only promise with all my heart that there was no sign of anyone. Then, I could relate that as soon as I touched the ground I picked myself up thinking that my daughter must be hurt by the impact, and was astonished to find her sitting on her little bike as if nothing had happened. I could well demonstrate that when I went to see my bike, how the metal frame had snapped with the impact, but I could never explain how my daughter had not been touched by that impact. I could only say that “in the world in which I lived”, my daughter’s shoe lace had become tangled in the gears of her bike, causing the bike to halt abruptly, and that ‘some’ force came between our bikes and then saved me from serious injury. How could I explain how deeply grateful I was and am to this day.
I would most adamantly insist that none of these experiences make me special in any way. I know of other people who have had similar experiences. I can only offer a knowledge of what has happened to me as a way of saying why I KNOW that God exists – and that we are never alone, as a way of offering reassurance to those who may seek this…..”
“ …“ While the religions that stem from Abraham do not today recognise reincarnation, it is to be known that for the first thousand years of Christianity there were strong debates about this concept from leading authorities within the church. Eventually internal politics settled on the concept of a singular life. A one chance to get it right, if you may consider the implication. Yet, there are many passages within the Bible that hint to reincarnation….
… After all, is it not true that although each of us is born with a unique personality, that we are trapped by circumstances to respond to and so behave in certain ways that challenge that personality? And, does the fact that we are born with our own personality not lend itself to a suggestion that we enter this world with some earlier conditioning, which has already molded our behavior towards others?
If we follow this thought and consider reincarnation, it prompts us to realize that we would not be the same person in each life. This would make no sense, because then we would be limited in how we understand, and so interact with the experiences that are seeking to develop us. This leads us to prompt the questions, how could a man who is always born white, ever understand the inferiority a colored man is constantly subjected to? Sense has it that we have different bodies, perhaps in one life white skinned, another life brown skinned. One life rich, another poor. One life as a male, a different life as a female. After all, the opportunity to experience different gender is vital to encompass all experiences as a human being, because each gender sees life through totally different perspectives.
Since, the only way we may understand ourselves is through our happinesses, fears, hopes, plans, and dreams, and how we physically manage these mental designs as they are related to the purpose we have in reproduction and so in the protection of our mate and offspring, it is natural we think of ourselves in the gender we exist. Thus, a man and a woman will behave and see different perspectives to the same issue, because their emotions and bodily design are created by different hormones. The difference in these hormones is essential for the continuation of the biological species. But, a soul is not biological, and so has no need to reproduce. It follows from this that a soul does not have a gender.
To realize this is to realize that the soul may use which ever physical body, male or female, it needs to gain the enlightenment it requires. Indeed, the more we examine the past lives of different people, the more obvious it becomes that roles of different gender provide a greater scope of development than that of only one gender. Therefore, it would be a naturally spiritual process for a soul to travel through the lives of a man and of a woman. This is a logical concept that should appeal to all of us, and should not be ridiculed by ignorance or narrow mindedness.
The subject of sexual irregularities or abnormal sexual behavior is certainly not the interest of this book. This book was simply written to discuss the concept of reincarnation and the greater purpose to the life we lead. Yet, the possibility of a a single soul traveling through different genders opens a consideration that would explain some cases of gender confusion. Because gender dysphoria, as it is better known, appears to affect the lives and happiness of millions of people today, it is a subject that should not be ignored in our understanding of the journey of a soul.
After all, in all of the many thousands of gender dysphoria cases examined by psychologists, the strong alienation to their normal gender and the deep desire to be of the opposite gender tends to begin within the third or fourth year of life. This is a time when the infant child, totally innocent to any sexual desire, becomes aware of an identity being imposed upon them by others, which their inner-self realizes is wrong for them. While there is no medical explanation for gender dysphoria, it can be very easily explained spiritually.
I found it interesting to find support with this reasoning in an article by Barbara Angelo. Barbara is a hypnotherapist well versed in past life regression, and was following up an episode of NBC’s The Today Show regarding transgender children, when she wrote, ”These little children were dressing, acting and assuming the personalities of the gender that they insisted they were meant to be. Little boys are now little girls, and vice versa.
At first, the parents of these children were upset and confused. But, after much soul searching, they decided to allow their children to be what seemed so natural to them. They allowed them to be themselves. Barbara wrote that she found it fascinating that all of these kids knew, most definitely at a very young age, that they were born the wrong gender. They would tell their parents, siblings, even teachers that they were not in the right bodies. These were very strong feelings and not fantasies or stages that all children go through. At two and three years old, these children were already adamant about being someone else – and didn’t care who disagreed. Who has that kind of will and insight at that age? Watching clips of these children, frolicking in pretty dresses or sporting crew cuts, and mostly looking happy that they are free to be who they feel they really are, had me, of course, thinking about past lives. Were these children identifying with a gender that they had had
in a previous life?”
Barbara is right, of course. There can be no other explanation for a little boy of three years old to demand that he is not in the right body, and in putting on a dress feel free and happy as he becomes a delightful little girl in all manner of his behavior. He is who he knew he was in a previous life. Indeed, from a logical point of view, it makes absolute sense that as the soul moves from one life to another, very strong emotional feelings will linger with it as it takes up a new body.
If the previous life gender of a person provided them with either an intensely happy or a deeply meaningful experience, they may be expected to very naturally carry this gender familiarity with them into this life. The stronger their identity with that gender of a previous life, the greater will be the likelihood it will remain a part of ‘their’ identity in this life.
How it develops in each individual will much depend upon their domestic and social conditioning, and the experiences they are raised in and develop through. It certainly cannot be bullied or beaten out of them. However, it does not follow from this that because a man was a woman in his previous life, or that a woman was a man in her previous life, that they will automatically experience gender confusion in this life. Not at all, and it would be only ignorance that thinks this to be so. However, the explanation of past life experiences could open up alternatives to the drastic reconstruction that too many adults are today taking and children being considered for by psychologists who do not understand the simple need to help the individual come to terms with who they are in this life and so what the purpose of their life may be……”
This book considers the construction of various religions and their views on what happens after death. It considers the accounts of people who have had Near Death Experiences and Out of Body Experiences as evidence in the existence of a soul. I also share my own experiences under hypnosis and the meaning this has brought to me in this life. The book seeks up open us all up to the greater purpose of life with a meaning that we should be more conscious of our actions, for we are being constantly evaluated by the universe and rewarded in kind.
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