Awaken Conscious Creation!
by Tom Razzeto
© Copyright 2007 - Tom Razzeto
Did you know that some people claim to consciously remember their past lives, even without hypnosis?
Dr. Ian Stevenson, a highly respected professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia Medical School, accumulated over 2,000 cases of people who had seemingly normal and natural conscious memory of their past lives. This was without hypnosis. Just as we might expect, Dr. Stevenson found most of these lives to be rather ordinary but he did find 30 that were worthy of meticulous investigation. The work of Dr. Stevenson and many other researchers is covered in an excellent book called, "Reincarnation, a New Horizon in Science, Religion, and Society" by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams.
Since most people don't recall their past lives, people generally doubt that they exist. But consider the following. Have you ever had a dream and yet had no conscious recollection of it until a day or so later when you encountered something that reminded you of the dream? All of a sudden, you remember parts of the dream and that triggers even more memory. Past lives can be like this, existing but unknown to us. For many people, hypnotic regression can trigger the memory of these past lives.
There is an outstanding book by Ian Currie titled, "You Cannot Die - The Incredible Findings of a Century of Research on Death". One of the short stories in it is about a woman named Anna who was born in 1938 and hypnotically regressed to a past life in Westfield, New Jersey in 1917.
At that time, Anna wanted to add some excitement to her life so she became involved in illegally selling government supplies on the black market. Anna reported with intense emotions her fear of being discovered and her great sense of shame and guilt when the plot was uncovered by the police. In fact, Anna says she was so overcome with guilt and shame that she committed suicide. She reports, "I place a gun to my head and then all I see are magnificent colors. I don't hear any explosion. Oh, no! I haven't escaped! I am still aware of everything!"
The woman psychologist who was working with Anna was able to gather many details from Anna during hypnosis including the name and description of the police chief, the name of the police officer that discovered the plot, the name of the local druggist, the names of several streets and other places.
Later the psychologist discovered that there really is a town in New Jersey called Westfield. Anna said that she lived on Mud Lane but the psychologist could not find it on a modern map. She soon discovered that it was paved in 1924 and renamed to Crestwood Drive. But the real treasure chest of information was the copies of the local newspaper.
The newspaper provided many details about the case. The psychologist not only verified the name of the police chief but she was able to match Anna's description to his picture. She also confirmed the name of the police officer that discovered the plot, the name of the druggist and many more details.
At the cemetery, the psychologist found headstones for the people Anna named as her family but there was no record of Anna herself. It turned out that suicide victims were often buried in unmarked graves. Cemetery records show that a body was placed in an unmarked grave in 1917.
But verifying details is not the only important thing. Another important thing is the benefit that we can realize today. With the help of a skilled past life therapist, people's life long problems with phobias, personal relationships, alcohol, et cetera can be dramatically improved. Some cases are completely cured immediately. What is really surprising is that this can even happen when both the therapist and the patient do not believe that past lives actually exist!
Let's take a quick look at one dramatic case from the book, "Past Lives, Future Lives" by Dr. Bruce Goldberg. 25 year old Judy had recently caught her boyfriend using drugs. She quickly became completely blind. The doctors at Johns Hopkins University could not find any physical reason for her blindness so they declared her to be blind due to psychological reason. This type of blindness is rare but not unheard of.
Through her past life therapy, Judy was able to uncover a life in which her mother had abandoned Judy and her drunk, abusive father. One day, 11 year old Judy caught her father injecting himself with morphine. In his drunken rage, he severely beat Judy and locked her in a closet over night. This was the traumatic event that was associated with seeing her boyfriend using drugs. This is what made Judy not want to see anything anymore. During the hypnotic session, Judy was able to resolve this issue and she completely regained her sight immediately.
Before I go on to the next chapter, I would like to mention a few things.
The first is an excellent book by Dr. Joel (Wit ton) Whitton, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School, and Joe Fisher called, "Life Between Life". It covers a thirteen year study of not only past lives but also the period between physical lives. It provides compelling evidence that we choose our lives before we incarnate and shows us that it's possible to resolve severe problems with past life therapy. Often several people choose to come back together for the specific purpose of achieving harmony between themselves.
An interesting question posed by some people is, "What good are past lives if we don't remember them?" This is a deep question but for right now, I'll just comment that you can gain wisdom in a past live and benefit from that wisdom in subsequent lives although you will not remember the circumstances pertaining to the gaining of that wisdom.
It can be like that in this life, too. You use many things during your day that you learned thoughout your life but you do not consciously remember when or where you learned them.
I also want to point out the excellent work by Carol Bowman, which you can find at childpastlives.org. There's plenty of material for you to read on this website and I hope you take the time to at least read some of the fascinating case studies.
Let's finish this section by paraphrasing Dr. Ian Stevenson:
"A rational person can now believe in reincarnation on the basis of evidence rather than believe or disbelieve it on the basis of religious doctrine or cultural tradition."
That concludes this chapter.