The Really Big Picture
Reincarnation, OBE and NDE Experiences
Then death, so call’d, is but old matter dress’d
In some new figure, and a varied vest:
Thus all things are but alter’d, nothing dies;
And here and there the unbodied spirit flies. . . .
From tenement to tenement though toss’d,
The soul is still the same, the figure only lost:
And as the soften’d wax new seals receives,
This face assumes, and that impression leaves;
Now call’d by one, now by another name;
The form is only changed, the wax is still the same.
So death, so call’d, can but the form deface,
The immortal soul flies out into empty space;
To seek her fortune in some other place.
Ovid - Roman Poet (43 B.C. – A.D. 17)
In my life I have come to believe that we are eternal beings existing in a greater immaterial universe of which the material world is a subset. We enter into a body in order to experience from the inside this virtual reality field. This virtual reality program acts as a school where one chooses moment by moment lessons to be learned mostly on an unconscious basis. The determining factor is to become aware of the unconscious choices we make so as to exercise our free will. We have free will, but it is up to us to exercise that free will and take responsibility for our thoughts and actions.
This esoteric idea of a greater reality in which our material universe is embedded has a long historical history and is now beginning to be embraced by science. I was watched a series by Brian Green on PBS in which he stated that some physicists are beginning to think that what we experience as three dimensional reality is some kind of holographic projection from a two dimensional surface. He speculates that everything that we know is in its totality is on this two dimensional surface, perhaps something like the inside of an event horizon surrounding a black hole in a universe that is part of an even larger mega-universe.
I think just as we can’t understand terrestrial politics without understanding exopolitics because both are so intertwined, we can’t really understand both of these without understanding an even greater domain that involves life after death and reincarnation. I believe that when UFO/ET insiders say it’s all more than can possibly be imagined, that they are talking about this greatest domain.
The yogis have divided this larger domain into planes of existence where intelligent beings reincarnate in and out of this larger domain into vast numbers of physical worlds. The evidence also seems to suggest that there is incarnational trans-migration of intelligent beings between physical worlds to further complicate matters. All this tends to make the beliefs, ideas and perceptions of earth-centric yogis and Buddhists downright providential.
I was first exposed to reincarnation and life after death by the little metaphysical book store in down town Fairbanks Alaska when I was around seventeen years old. Later Patricia Degal an individual who considered herself a reincarnation specialist came to lecture on reincarnation at the University of Alaska. I got a mini reading from her right after the lecture and a few years later a very detailed report on myself and my past lives. She made some predictions about by life that came true, as well as gave the first names of people who would become significant to me later in fife that also came true.
It did not make much sense to me at the time when she told me that I had 144 lives on earth and seven before that on another star system. She said that I had been on earth for hundreds of thousands of years from the very beginning of the extraterrestrial colonization of earth. At the time I really had no idea of the overall context of these statements, but today they fit neatly into what I have learned over the years. It’s interesting how things tend to come together for the truth-seeker over time, but tend to fall apart over time for the deceiver.
There are plenty of good books providing evidence for reincarnation. I would suggest the very popular books, ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’ and ‘Only Love Is Real’ by Brian Weiss to begin with. The following Amazon book review by Subhamoy Das not only describes the book Many Lives, Many Masters but pretty darn well sums up this whole concept of reincarnation and past lives.162
“Many Lives, Many Masters is the true story of a prominent psychiatrist, his young patient, and the past-life therapy that changed both their lives. As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr Brian Weiss, M.D., graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and Yale Medical School, spent years in the disciplined study of the human psychology, training his mind to think as a scientist and a physician.
He held steadfastly to conservatism in his profession, distrusting anything that could not be proved by traditional scientific method. But when he met his 27-year old patient, Catherine, in 1980, who came to his office seeking help for her anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias, he was taken aback at what unfolded in the therapy sessions that followed, which jolted him out of his conventional ways of thought and psychiatry. For the first time, he came face-to-face with the concept of reincarnation and the many tenets of Hinduism, which, as he says in the last chapter of the book, “I thought only Hindus… practiced.”
For 18 months, Dr Weiss used conventional methods of treatment to help Catherine overcome her traumas. When nothing seemed to work, he tried hypnosis, which, he explains, “is an excellent tool to help a patient remember long-forgotten incidents. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is just a state of focused concentration. Under the instruction of a trained hypnotist, the patient’s body relaxes, causing the memory to sharpen… eliciting memories of long-forgotten traumas that were disrupting their lives.”
During the initial sessions, the doctor regressed her back to her early childhood and she strained and stretched her mind bringing out isolated, deeply-repressed memory fragments. She remembered from age five when she swallowed water and felt gagged when pushed from a diving board into a pool; and at age three when her father reeking of alcohol molested her one night. But what came next, catapulted skeptics like Dr Weiss into believing in parapsychology, and in what Shakespeare had said in Hamlet (Act I scene 5), “There are more things in heaven and earth… than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
In a series of trance-like states, Catherine recalled “past life” memories that proved to be the causative factors of her recurring nightmares and anxiety attack symptoms. She remembers “living 86 times in physical state” in different places on this earth both as male and female. She recalled vividly the details of each birth – her name, her family, physical appearance, the landscape, and how she was killed by stabbing, by drowning, or illness. And in each lifetime she experiences myriad events “making progress… to fulfill all of the agreements and all of the Karmic (from Hindu concept of Karma) debts that are owed.”
Dr Weiss’s skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives,” messages from the many Masters (highly evolved souls not presently in body) that also contained remarkable revelations about his family and his dead son. Often he had heard his patients talk about near-death experiences when they float out of their mortal bodies guided towards a bright white light before re-entering their discarded body once again.
But Catherine revealed much more. As she floats out of her body after each death, she says, “I am aware of a bright light. It’s wonderful; you get energy from this light.” Then, while waiting to be reborn in the in-between-lives state, she learns from the Masters great wisdom and becomes a conduit for transcendental knowledge.
Here are some of the teachings from the voices of the Master Spirits:
1. Our task is to learn, to become God-like through knowledge… By knowledge we approach God, and then we can rest. Then we come back to teach and help others.
2. There are many gods, for God is in each of us.
3. We have to be on different planes at different times. Each one is a level of higher consciousness. What plane we go to depends upon how far we’ve progressed.
4. We must share our knowledge with other people. We all have abilities far beyond what we use. You should check your vices, if you do not, you carry them over with you to another life. When you decide you are strong enough to master the external problems, and then you will no longer have them in your next life.
5. Everybody’s path is basically the same. We all must learn certain attitudes while we’re in physical state. Charity, hope, faith, love. We must all know these things and know them well.
6. Everything is energy. Humans can only see the outside, but you can go much deeper. To be in physical state is abnormal. When you are in spiritual state that is natural to you. When we are sent back, it’s like being sent back to something we do not know. In the spirit world you have to wait, and then you are renewed. It’s a dimension like the other dimensions.
7. The fear of death, that no amount of money or power can neutralize, remains within us. But if people knew that life is endless; so we never die; we were never really born, this fear would dissolve. We have lived countless times before and would live countless times again, and spirits are around us to help while in physical state and after death, in spiritual state. We and our deceased loved ones would join these guardian angels.
8. Acts of violence and injustices against people do not go un-noted, but is repaid in kind in other lifetime.
9. Everything comes when it must come. A life cannot be rushed, we must accept what comes to us at a given time. Life is endless, we just pass through different phases. There is no end. Time is not as we see time, but rather in lessons that are learned.
10. After death, we get to the spiritual plane, we keep growing there, too. When we arrive, we’re burned out. We have to go through a renewal stage, a learning stage, and a stage of decision. We decide when we want to return, where, and for what reasons. Our body is just a vehicle for us while we’re here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever.
Dr Weiss believes, under hypnosis, Catherine was able to focus in on the part of her subconscious mind that stored actual past-life memories, or perhaps she had tapped into what the psychoanalyst Carl Jung termed the Collective Unconscious, the energy source that surrounds us containing the memories of the entire human race.
Reincarnation in Hinduism:
Dr Weiss’s experience and Catherine’s transcendental knowledge might be awe inspiring to the Occidental, but to a Hindu, the concept of rebirth, cycle of life and death, and this divine knowledge is natural. The holy ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and the ancient Vedic scriptures embody all this wisdom; and these teachings form the primary tenets of Hinduism. Therefore, Dr Weiss’s mention of Hindus in the last chapter of the book comes as a welcome acknowledgement to a religion that has already established all of his new-found experience.
Reincarnation in Buddhism
The concept of reincarnation is not new to Tibetan Buddhists, too. His Holiness the Dalai Lama believes that his body is like a garment, which when time comes, he will discard and move on to accept another. He will be reborn, and it is the disciples’ duty to find him out and follow him.
Reincarnation in Christianity:
Dr Weiss also says that there were indeed references to reincarnation in the Old and the New Testaments. The early Gnostics – Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Saint Jerome, and many others – believed that they had lived before and would again. In A.D. 325 the Roman emperor Constantine the Great and Helena, his mother, erased references to reincarnation in the New Testament and the Second Council of Constantinople declared reincarnation a heresy in A.D. 553. They thought this would weaken the growing power of the Church by giving humans too much time to seek their salvation.
Many Lives, Many Masters makes for an unstoppable read and, like Dr Weiss, we too realize that "life is more than meets the eye. Life goes beyond our five senses. Be receptive to new knowledge and to new experiences. Our task is to learn, to become God-like though knowledge.”
If you are a scholar or scientifically inclined I would recommend the three extensively researched books on Reincarnation compiled and edited by Sylvia Cranston. I have her third book called. Reincarnation, the Phoenix Fire Mystery and it’s got just about everything available on reincarnation down through the ages to the present day. Whew! The material above about reincarnation and Christianity probably came from her book. I also see Sylvia has even another book out on the subject.163
According to Sylvia Cranston the greatest contribution to reincarnation research has been done by Dr Ian Stevenson. She says;
“He now apparently has over 1,700 cases in his files of people, mostly children, from all parts of the world, who appear to have memories of previous lives. He has found 90% of their memories to be accurate, and thus far four large volumes of his case histories have been published by the University of Virginia Press.” This Wikipedia entry on Dr Stevenson has a higher figure of 3000 cases and seems to have more up to date information on Dr Stevenson.164
ikipedia says, “Stevenson considered that the concept of reincarnation165 might supplement those of heredity and environment in helping modern medicine to understand aspects of human behavior and development. He travelled extensively over a period of 40 years to investigate 3,000 childhood cases that suggested to him the possibility of past lives. Stevenson saw reincarnation as the survival of the personality after death, although he never suggested a physical process by which a personality might survive death. Stevenson was the author of several books, including; ‘Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation’ (1974), ‘Children Who Remember Previous Lives’ (1987), ‘Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect’ (1997), ‘Reincarnation and Biology’ (1997), and ‘European Cases of the Reincarnation Type’ (2003).”
Okay so how are we to place exopolitics and terrestrial politics into this greatest possible perspective. My thinking is that there are three types of individuals incarnating on earth. A few seem to be highly intelligent predatory old soul individuals that lost a war in space, maybe even an Anunnaki civil war as described in ancient religious texts. I suspect that these few individuals and their families incarnating together could be the elite globalists whose agenda is to maintain dominion over earth and its peoples out of predatory self-interest. These individuals seem stuck in a lower state of consciousness that of a feudal nature that takes a win-lose approach to life.
A second type involves a few highly evolved old soul altruistic individuals who are incarnating to counter-balance the first type, so that free will can be maintained on earth for the large third group. These altruistic individuals and their families have a higher evolved state of consciousness and indulge in a win-win approach to life and living.
The third type and by far the largest type are all these young soul individuals caught in the middle between the first type and the second type. Their consciousness shifts back and forth between the first and second type consciousness as they gain experience and develop the free will necessary to evolve further.
It’s important to note that we do not seem to incarnate alone, but with our support networks unless we are just entering this earth system and have to build our networks from scratch. I really think of the big picture as a school, a learning experience for the development of character. The prime motivators seem to be the carrot and the stick. If we learn our lessons we get the carrot and if we don’t we get the stick. If we learn, we find peace and happiness in life and if we don’t, we continue suffer no matter how clever we get at covering up our suffering!
It’s still unclear to me that if we refuse to learn and continue to fault the lessons, what happens to us. Do we eventually destroy ourselves by indulging in destructive process or are the destruction and suffering only temporary until we give up the path to destruction? I somehow suspect it could both and this seems to be indicated in books like, The Journey of Souls. Journey of Souls talks about how souls are created, so maybe if one is determined enough one can undo what has been done.
Closely connected with reincarnation are Out of body experiences where the person finds themselves floating outside their body or up out of their bodies.166 While skeptics can come up with all kinds of conventional reasons to account for OBE experiences these conventional reasons just as with UFOs often come up short. Consider on case, for instance, where the person dies on a hospital table and floats up through several floors and to find three sets of shoes next to a window. When resuscitated they tell a nurse about the shoes and when she goes up to inspect she sees the shoes exactly as described. To say that this can be explained by unconscious brain activity just does not cut it with me.
It has been reported that perhaps as many a one in 10 people have experienced an OBE or Near Death Experiences (NDE). Actresses Jane Seymour and Elizabeth Taylor cases illustrate a typical OBE or NDE. Jane reportedly experienced a NDE when she delivered her twins.
"I literally left my body. I had this feeling that I could see myself on the bed, with people grouped around me. I remember them all trying to resuscitate me. I was above them, in the corner of the room looking down. I saw people putting needles in me, trying to hold me down, and doing things. I remember my whole life flashing before my eyes, but I wasn't thinking about winning Emmys or anything like that. The only thing I cared about was that I wanted to live because I did not want anyone else looking after my children. I was floating up there thinking, "No, I don't want to die. I'm not ready to leave my kids."
"And that was when I said to God, "If you're there, God, if you really exist and I survive, I will never take your name in vain again." Although I believe that I "died" for about thirty seconds, I can remember pleading with the doctor to bring me back. I was determined I wasn't going to die."
During an interviewed by Larry King on CNN's Larry King Live, Elizabeth Taylor shared how she had been pronounced dead for five minutes while on the operating table during one of her surgeries. She relayed that while she was clinically dead, she had encountered the spirit of Michael Todd, one of her former husbands. She had wanted to stay with Todd, she said, but he had told her that she had work and life ahead of her, and he "pushed me back to my life." Ms. Taylor told the medical team who brought her back to life about her experience.
"I went to that tunnel, saw the white light, and Mike [Todd]. I said, oh Mike, you're where I want to be. And he said, ‘No, Baby. You have to turn around and go back because there is something very important for you to do. You cannot give up now.' It was Mike's strength and love that brought me back."
Over my life I have talked to people personally who have had these experiences and they tell me that when one really experiences this there is no doubt in one’s mind that it really happened. A friend of mine even found himself starting to float out of his body while driving a car. Fortunately even though it scared him half to death the fear caused him to snap back into his body. This was the first and only time he ever had an OBE.
I have never had a OBE even thought I had at one time trained myself to become fully awake while dreaming. Being awake in a dream is really a lot of fun because one can manipulate mental imagery at will to fly, float about and even change landscapes at will. In lucid dreaming one is not really out of the body but simply awake in the dream landscapes. One time I reached down and felt the sand on a beach and realized that the sand I was seeing and feeling was constructed from all the perceptions of sand I had had in my life. I think a lot of people confuse real OBEs with lucid dreaming.
The Monroe Institute167 investigates these kinds of consciousness phenomena. Here on their website they give links to other organizations that support OBE and Near Death Experiences (NDE). An important site referenced here is that of:
“Dr Raymond A. Moody168 who is a leading authority on the “near-death experience”—a phrase he coined in the late seventies. Dr Moody's research into the phenomenon of near-death experience had its start in the 1960's. He is the best-selling author of eleven books on the subject of NDEs, and continues to capture enormous public interest and generate controversy with his ground-breaking work on the near-death experience and what happens when we die.”
A person who understands very well how UFO/ET material intersects with the really big picture is astronaut Edgar Mitchell who founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He has talked openly about the reality of extraterrestrial life. On the Noetic Sciences website169 is the following:
“Traveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him. As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he'd ever solved. He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, "in a universe of consciousness."
This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science's superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine. Within two years of his expedition, Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973.”
Edgar Mitchell is right, the deepest mysteries of the universe are to be found in the evolving field of consciousness investigation and research and we have yet to even scratch the surface of the really big picture. As I finish up this exopolitics rough draft I see yet another book in the wings waiting to be written which may be called, ‘The Long Hard Road to Enlightenment.’
On this rainy Christmas day in late 2011 I sit alone in body in my small cabin, but next to me real or imagined, I sense the presence of my long dead father who watches over my shoulder approvingly holding that book yet to be written. Dad was unable to pull all that he learned in life together in books before old age caught up with him and I am determined that the same will not happen to me.
I would hope that every person would write up an account of what they have learned in life to pass on to today’s youth to build upon. Everybody has an important story to tell and I mean everybody! Maybe someday soon, technology will allow the compilation and transfer of knowledge, wisdom and experience from the older generation to the young in some very surprising and fantastic ways.