Life Between Life Regressions?
Definitions & interpretations
Life between Life regressions, sometimes referred to as LBL, is the practice of using regression hypnosis for a very specific purpose, namely to analyse and record what happens to the higher self or soul, in between lives. In orther words, to investigate the consciousness of the soul after death, but before the incarnation into the next life. Normally, past life regression involves hypnotising a subject to a level of trance and a relaxed state where life from a previous incarnation can be remembered. In so doing, many practitioners have published many accounts of individuals who recall multiple past lives. However, what is of interest in this study is the time that lapses between lives whilst a soul is in the spirit world. It appears that the access to this part of soul existence is somewhat more complex than mere past life regression. The level of hypnotic state seems to also require an added dimension or depth.
According to Newton (2005: 1), at the moment of death, our soul rises out of its host body. “If the soul is older, and has more experience from former lives, it knows it has been set free and is going home. “ Such advanced souls therefore do not, apparently, need any one to greet them. Newton continues to describe the process of death by elaborating on how most souls are greeted by guides, just outside of earth’s astral plane. Coleman (2008:55) explains an interpretation of the “Tibetan Book of the Dead” to mean that the mind dissolves and the spirit leaves the body at the moment of death.
Browne (2003:1) records a channelled conversation between a spirit called Francine and herself. In the record Francine elaborates on the reasons for life itself. She suggests that we decide to incarnate, and we ourselves, pick a life chart. She continues to explain that we do not do it for ourselves only but that two thirds of our life is lead for the experiencing of God. Thus, she postulates, that we will take on more and more difficult experiences in order to perfect our souls for God. Thus, accordingly Francine implies that there is always a reason to incarnate and that a soul does not just do so without having carefully considered its options.
Newton (2005:355) refers to what he calls “the ring of destiny “or, the so called screening room for future lives. The place of future life selection is seen as a sphere containing highly concentrated force fields of glowing energy screens. In this place, we behold our next body. This room, place or state of mind is normally characterised by the presence of wise beings, elders or guide spirits that help us plan and chart our next life on earth. Newton supports his theory by the publication of Case 62, a record of a regression analysis during which a subject explains how the planned incarnation is being managed in the ring of destiny. The subject explains how hard the body choices are, where the incarnation is to take place, and what the life theme would be. The subject also makes mention of karmic debt that has to be paid in the next life. In addition, lessons that need to be learnt in order to advance the soul is also investigated. Browne (2003: 24) continues on the same principle where an explanation is offered on how we plan our lives before we incarnate to often be more than what we can handle once we are here. This phenomenon is due to the fat that we feel so good in the spirit world and are so optimistic about what we could achieve in the next life that we tend to take on too much. Thus, the soul is overeager to learn and to evolve itself to the point where it overloads, all at risk of actually harming the soul’s progress.
Brown (2005:168) considers one of the most difficult things in writing our chart on the other side, the decision on the purpose of a specific live, thus implying again that no incarnation is unplanned. We actually select two life themes to develop a game plan for the life to come, whilst on the other side. The primary life theme is who we are going to be in a life, whilst the secondary theme deals with another aspect of the self when incarnate. The primary theme determines our main route from A to B. Te secondary theme is the obstacles we face as the journey continues. This, primary life theme seems to have similarity to destiny. The primary theme is like the road we will travel on. The principle of destiny suggests that we will be travelling a predetermined path – implying a diminished role of self determination and free will. However, if a route is determined between two cities by a traveller that finds himself with no choice to the road, the question still remains whether the traveller can proceed at his own speed. Can he stop where he wants to and can he rest where it suits him? Moreover, the question has to be asked – who determined the road or destiny that the traveller will follow once on earth? Is it the work of a distant, omnipotent God, or is it the traveller himself, having planned a set of lessons and experiences when he was in a prior reality to this incarnation. This study will explore the origins of destiny and the elements of free will. Comparisons will be made to determine how strong and certain destiny is, and how much free will can accomplish. In order to do so we will have to explore the minds of many, but only when such minds are in a higher state of consciousness, as in the case of between lives, during deep trance regression analysis.
Reincarnation refers to the belief in the ability of the spirit to survive the death of a body and to enter a new body after time to continue a new life. Such practise or the belief in such practise, is on the increase. In earlier years, reincarnation was considered an eastern religious belief and had little to no place in western, Christian religion. However, with the increase in reports and case studies of people that experiences past life regression and even out of body experiences, the belief in the afterlife and an eventual new life, is gaining popularity every day. The purpose of reincarnation is to afford the soul an opportunity to grow and learn. To perfect itself and to evolve into a higher being.
Reincarnation is also closely linked to karma. Karma refers to the balancing of experiences. The Bible state s “What you show, you shall reap” This expression really explains the law of cause and effect. Cause and effect suggests that you get what you give. That you shall experience that which you create, that you shall suffer the consequences of your deeds and enjoy fruits of your toil. Thus, as you are reborn, you are born into a situation that reflects the creation you left behind in your previous life. Thus, prior to an incarnation, the soul is already engaged in reality creation.
Carrington (1986: 284) refers to reincarnation as a doctrine that contends that the same individuality is maintained throughout different lives as a background, but each life is also an individual experience that is destined to teach the soul one or more particular lessons which it needs to learn for its progression.
Redfield (2002:192) makes reference to a study of Dr. Ian Stevenson, a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia where more than two thousand seven hundred cases of reincarnation are investigated. The evidence for the case of reincarnation is conclusive.
Master Hsing Yun (2003:1) suggests that some people laugh at the idea of rebirth. “It is because of the workings of rebirth that we are born into either a wholesome or unwholesome realm of existence, of which there are six.” The master continues to explain the rebirth in nature, the coming and going of seasons, the living and dying and regeneration of plants and also that of humans. There are circles of life, ever ebbing and flowing in an eternal rhythm of rebirth. But what is the point of such rebirth to us? What is the point of understanding such rebirth? As the circumstances of our rebirth are always as a result of our past deeds, knowing why and how we are reborn is the key to the end of karma.
Knowing what it is that you are to experience and allowing the full force of such experience to happen enables the soul to go through the learning and not past it, as we often do for millennia before we actually chose to learn the lesson. Almaas (2008: xiii) asks the question – what if transformation is a natural process that takes place once we stop being so busy? Rebirth, reincarnation, is all about that very transformational experience – to become more of who we are. Reincarnation provides us with the opportunity to balance such experiences. Master Hsing Yun (2003:8) further explains that happiness and fortune are the products of our own doing and so is misery and tragedy. Even the creator cannot protect us from the consequences of our own crimes. There is therefore, no such thing as luck, as we are the creators of our own destiny. Rebirth gives unlimited hope though. Only trough rebirth can we, eventually, go through the experience and not pass it by.
We need to learn to live in the moment and not to avoid it, post pone it or pass it over. Reincarnation or rebirth is also about creating a new consciousness of the soul. We already know that consciousness is the ultimate determinant of reality, as it is our very consciousness that aligns the particles of the universe to create the reality we decide upon. Braden (2008:39).
If this is indeed the case, then investigation needs to be mounted into the connection between incarnation, consciousness, reality, destiny and free will. If then we are the masters of our own destiny, and there is no luck, then surely, there is no forgiveness as well? For if we always have to experience the effects of a cause created by ourselves, then there is no escape, no one that will wipe the slate clean, and no one that will carry your “cross for you”. However, at this juncture it would be wise the site the work of quantum physics where the Copenhagen interpretation suggest that matter is effectively, the result of our own consciousness. The Bible tell us “as you believe, so shall it be” meaning that our faith determines our reality. If this is the case, then forgiveness re-appears if we believe in it. This ties in perfectly with the belief of the Master Hsing Yun (2003:8), for now, forgiveness itself, is a cause, a real, deliberate action, with a real effect or result, thus both proving & nullifying in one sentence the argument about cause and effect. Proving it – basically if the subject believes that life is only cause and effect and that no deviation is possible, and disproving it by introducing forgiveness, the true creation of the belief that a cause could have an alternative effect!
To forgive oneself is thus to free oneself from the consequences of ones own action. To forgive is to acknowledge a cause (an action taken by the self) and to own such a cause, but none the less, to allow the self to let the effect pass or chance. Therefore, the wise action to take is then to understand rebirth, to be freed from rebirth, to transcend the realms and to transcend into the Dharma wheel of Buddha’s and bodhisattvas. The above authors seem to suggest, at least indirectly, that the creation of a new reality is a function of observation of from the higher mind. If the higher mind is creating the experiences, it would be safe to assume that these choices are carefully selected thus proving that all experiences are good.
Given the explanation of destiny, karma and cause & effect, soul destiny can be devolved as the sum total of Karma. Soul destiny is determined by what happened in a previous incarnation. Soul destiny is a result of Karma. Soul destiny in an incarnation simply refers to the effect a previous cause had on a current incarnation. Newton (2005:355) refers to the “ring “of destiny as the place where we first behold our next body. In this ring the soul can view parts of the future life like extracts from a movie – forthcoming attractions. Souls report that they can see scenes of childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age of the bodies they are reviewing; whilst others say that they can view all such scenes at once. Newton postulates based on a number of case studies, that the body choice is that of the soul itself. Spirit guides and various entities in the spirit world guide us and lead us, but the decision of an incarnation, what we are to learn and what body would be best suited to learn it in, is our choice prior to an incarnation. As we stand in the spirit world prior to an incarnation, we stand there as the sum total of all we experienced, accomplished, said and done, prior to that moment. Thus, as the here to date version of our self, we are to decide on the next level of experience we wish to have. Much like progressing in a school, we are to promote to the next level, once we have accomplish the lessons, experiences and life choices of a certain incarnation. Weiss (2005:103) refers to the cycle of birth and rebirth in context of a patient named Catherine, giving a detailed account of multiple incarnations she experienced on earth. These incarnations follow on each other, each one referring to the last and building on the each other. In one life the incarnation experienced is often balanced off by an almost opposite experience in the next.
The connection between metaphysics and quantum physics also needs further investigation at this point, specifically dealing with the destiny of the soul and the position of consciousness relative to reality. There is some giant reservoir of energy, called the Zero Point Field. The uncertainty principle developed by Werner Heisenberg implies that no particle ever stands still, but is constantly in motion due to a ground state field of energy constantly interacting with all subatomic matter. It means that the basic structure of the universe is a sea of quantum fields that cannot be eliminated by any known laws of physics. McTaggart (2003:24). The question is, how does the soul relate to this quantum field? Braden (2007:33) tells us that the behaviour of particles (the quantum field) is determined by conscious observation. We know from the exhaustive research of reincarnation reports that the soul re-incarnates on the physical plane, the quantum field, as a physical consciousness, able to engage in observation and as such, manipulation of particles. As the soul observes the universe, the particles align to give us what we want – thus, creation itself happens. This creation is a function of the higher mind, a state of consciousness that can only be accessed under hypnosis or meditation or some form of trance. The soul has free will. Although certain choices are made within a confined context that can be viewed as destiny, the reaction and actions we take are always our own.
Deep level change in humans and in humans on a soul level at least appears to be highly probable. It is also probable that such change is designed to take place on the incarnate level rather than on the spirit level. The evidence to prove this notion is limited, but if the alternative is considered, the deduction seems sound. If the soul, in its spirit life or de-incarnate state, has all its energy, connected to other souls, why not simply stay there and evolve there? There has to be a reason why the incarnate state is engaged in, even if it is a decision by God himself.
Trough various texts, research reports and other documented evidence on reincarnation, we know that the purpose for all incarnation is to learn and to perfect the soul. In the incarnate level, the human soul exists with limited access to its own energy, much like a student that takes only his pocket knife as a dare, on a school camp to learn to survive and adapt with limited resources. Deep level change is thus affected whilst in the incarnate state – so much so that this is the creation chamber where Karma itself is created! This incarnation is the only place where the soul can learn its lessons, experience what it is meant to experience, to forgive itself and to change its path! Thus, even destiny can alter, trough observation – the very particles of reality can changes if the consciousness of the soul so decrees. The net effect is that nothing stops the evolution of the soul other than the limited thoughts of consciousness of the affected soul.