The New Story of Humanity Begins With One Question: What Is The Self? [VIDEO]

“What is the “Self” with a capital “S” is a question that humanity has been asking for generations. Science is now beginning to open doors to the idea that we are more than biological entities; that we do go beyond the prolific borders of our bodies and well into the ethers of Universal existence. Do I even dare to go so far and say that we are the Universe?

Image result for we are made of star stuffWell, it’s true! In fact the oxygen, nitrogen and carbon atoms that are in our bodies were created in stars over 4.5 billion years ago! We are literally made of star stuff. Far…out.

So, if we know that we are not simply our bodies, are we then our minds? Our thoughts? Well, yes and no. We are what moves the mind; what creates the thoughts and what is aware of and observes it all. We are Consciousness.

Believe it or not you can entertain the ideas of the spirit and soul without the weight of religion to water them both down. And either one can and I’m sure does resonate with you on a very deep, personal level once you remove all of the labels of theology as well as the criticism of pre-Jungian Psychiatry.

My personal take on the Spirit is that is is “mana” or your life-force energy and is what connects you to Mother Earth while you are here incarnated as a Human Being. Once your Spirit is disconnected from the physical body, the Soul must leave. The Soul is the part of you that contains all of your past-life memories, and the part that merges with the Ego to create the personality of your current life or incarnation.

I am even writing on book on both the Spirit and Soul and continually doing research on them both. I often myself ending up researching on what the Self is defined as and came across the video below on one of my most favorite You Tube channels of all time, ScienceAndNonduality.

Please check it out! While it’s only a mere 3 minutes long, it’s full of some awesome and amazing information I’m sure you will find informative and that will definitely leave you asking NEW questions! 🙂

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Tamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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8 Cutting Edge Minds Answer the Question – What Happens After We Die?

By Dylan CharlesWaking Times

What happens after death, no one knows for sure. It is a question of theory and imagination mixed with ancient wisdom and intuitive guesses. However, most of us can agree that the human being is a soul which lives for a time in a physical body. The soul feels infinite, and records of near-death experiences clue us into the possibility that some greater journey begins the moment the body dies.

It may seem that the realms of science and spirit are at odds with each other, but when examining the greatest questions of human existence, such as what happens after we die, the two disciplines converge. Even Einstein concluded that science and spirit are intrinsically inter-related, noting:

“Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.” ~Albert Einstein

In his book The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality, author and researcher David Jay Brown asked several contemporary leaders in the fields of consciousness, spirituality, and science how they would answer the question. Their replies exemplify the broad possibilities, the hopes, and the 

1. Ram Dass, Psy.D

Spiritual teacher, former Harvard professor, pioneer of the LSD movement and author of the seminal book Be Here Now, Ram Dass shares his thoughts, referring to The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

I think it jumps into a body of some kind, on some plane of existence, and it goes on doing that until it is with God. From a Hindu point of view, consciousness keeps going through reincarnations, which are learning experiences for the soul. I think what happens after you die is a function of the level of evolution of the individual. I think that if you have finished your work and you’re just awareness that happens to be in a body, when the body ends it’s like selling your Ford—it’s no big deal. I suspect that some beings go unconscious. They go into what Christians call purgatory.

They go to sleep during that process before they project into the next form. Others I think go through and are aware they are going through it, but are still caught. All the Bardos in the Tibetan Book of the Dead are about how to avoid getting caught in the afterlife.

“Those beings are awake enough for them to be collaborators in the appreciation of the gestalt in which their incarnations are flowing. They sort of see where they’re coming from and where they’re going. They are all part of the design of things. So, when you say, did you choose to incarnate? At the level at which you are free, you did choose. At the level at which you are not, you didn’t. Then there are beings who are so free that when they go through death they may still have separateness. They may have taken the bodhisattva vow which says, “I agree to not give up separateness until everybody is free,” and they’re left with that thought. They don’t have anything else. Then the next incarnation will be out of the intention to save all beings and not out of personal karma. That one bit of personal karma is what keeps it moving. To me, since nothing happened anyway, it’s all an illusion—reincarnation and everything—but within the relative reality in which that’s real, I think it’s quite real.” ~The Tibetan Book of the Dead

2. Alex Grey

Visionary artist, a consciousness researcher, and psychedelic advocate Alex Grey also looks at this issue with reverence to Tibetan philosophy.

I accept the near-death research and Tibetan Bardo explanations.

Soon after physical death, when the senses shut down, you enter into the realms of light and archetypal beings. You have the potential to realize the clear light, our deepest and truest identity, if you recognize it as the true nature of your mind and are not freaked out.

If you don’t, you may contact other less appealing dimensions. No one can know, of course, until they get there. Some people have had experiences which give them certainty, but consciousness is the ultimate mystery. I’d like to surrender to the process on its deepest level when death occurs, but I will probably fail, and be back to interview you in the next lifetime.

3. Peter Russell, M.A., D.C.S.

Peter Russell is a leading consciousness researcher, presenter, and faculty member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. His views center around the nature of human consciousness.

I have no idea what happens to life after death. I’ve studied the near-death experience a bit, and it fascinates me. It would seem that one way of understanding it is that the individual consciousness is dissolving back into the infinite consciousness.

The consciousness that I experience has this individual limitation because it is functioning in the world through my body, through my nervous system, through my eyes and ears. That’s where our sense of being a unique individual comes from. When we begin to die and let go of our attachment to the body, consciousness lets go of that identity which it gained from its worldly functioning, and reconnects with a greater infinite identity. Those who’ve had near-death experiences often report there seems to be this dissolving of the senses, and a moving into light. Everything becomes light after death.

There’s this sense of deep peace and infinite love. Then they come to a threshold after death, beyond which there is no return. But we don’t know what happens beyond there, if there is indeed life after death, because the people who come back haven’t gone beyond it. When I think of my consciousness, when I think of “me-ness,” it seems to be something that is created during this life through this interaction with the world, but doesn’t exist as an independent thing. I think that a lot of our concerns about life after death come from wanting to know what is going to happen to this “me” consciousness. Is “me” going to survive? I believe that this thing we call “me” is not going to survive. It’s a temporary working model that consciousness uses, but in the end it’s going to dissolve. A lot of our fear of death is that we fear this loss of “me-ness,” this loss of a sense of a separate unique identity. It’s interesting that people who’ve been through the near-death experiences and experienced this dissolving of the ego and realized that everything is okay when that happens, generally lose their fear of death. They feel incredible liberation in life.

4. Bernie Siegel, M.D.

Bernie Siegel is a pediatric surgeon and author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles expresses the conviction that consciousness continues after death.

What I am sure happens to consciousness after death is that it continues on. I don’t see it in a sense of saying, “Oh, I’m going to be reincarnated.” No, your body is gone, but what you have experienced and are aware of will go on in the life after death. So somebody will be born with your consciousness, and it will affect the life they live.

I know people who see life’s difficulties as a burden and say, “Why is God punishing me?” and “Why am I going through this?” Maybe these people ought to be asking “What am I here to learn, experience, and change?” Rather than sitting there whining and complaining. “What can I do?” and “What am I here to learn?” Now, I don’t criticize these people because I remember Elisabeth Kübler-Ross saying that if you’re in high school you don’t get mad at somebody in first grade. So I think we’re at different levels of consciousness based upon our experience and what we are born with. But I personally believe from my experience, for instance, that one of the reasons I’m a surgeon in this life is because I did a lot of destruction with a sword in a past life—killing people and animals. This is not conscious, like the answers I gave you earlier, but at a deeper level I chose to use a knife in this life to cure and heal with rather than kill with. I often say to people, “Think about things that affect you emotionally, that you have no explanation for. This may be due to some past-life experience, and that is why you’re acting the way you’re acting.” Now, whether I’m right or wrong, I have to say that, as long as it’s therapeutic that’s what I’m interested in. But on a personal level, I believe that consciousness is nonlocal, and it can be carried on and picked up by people and so I believe in life after death. I think this shows in animals too. There’s a certain wisdom that they have.

5. Larry Dossey, M.D.

Author of Healing Words: The Power of Prayer, Larry Dorsey is a doctor and consciousness researcher.

If we acknowledge that consciousness is nonlocal—that it’s infinite in space and time—then this really opens up all sorts of possibilities for the survival of consciousness following physical death, that is, for experiencing life after death. If you reason through this and follow the implications of these studies, you begin to realize that consciousness that’s nonlocal and unrestricted in time is immortal. It’s eternal. This is as hopeful as the current view of the fate of consciousness is dismal. This totally reverses things. So we are led to a position, I think, where we see that even though the body will certainly die, the most essential part of who we are can’t die, even if it tried—because it’s nonlocally distributed through time and space. Our grim vision of the finality of death is revised. Death is no longer viewed as a gruesome annihilation or the total destruction of all that we are. So there are tremendous spiritual implications that flow from these considerations, in addition to the implications for health.

In fact, I believe that the implications for health are the least of it. A lot of people who encounter this area take a practical, bare-bones, utilitarian approach to it. They say, “Wow, now we’ve got a nifty new item in our black bag—a new trick to help people become healthier. Certainly these studies do suggest that this is a proper use of healing intentions and prayer, and I’m all for that, but the thing that really gets my juices flowing is the implication of this research for immortality. For me, that’s the most exciting contribution of this entire field. The fear of death and whether there is life after death has caused more pain and suffering for human beings throughout history than all the physical diseases combined. The fear of death is the big unmentionable—and this view of consciousness is a cure for that disease, that fear of death.

6. Rick Strassman, M.D.

Well-known for his research into DMT, as presented in the documentary The Spirit Molecule, Strassman leans on Zen philosophy while expressing his uncertainty.

I think life continues after death, but in some unknown form. I think a lot depends upon the nature of our consciousness during our lives— how attached to various levels of consensus reality it is. My late/former Zen teacher used to use the analogy of a lightbulb, with electric current passing through it. The lightbulb goes out, but the current continues, “changed” in a way, for its experience in the bulb. He also referred to like gravitating toward like in terms of the idea of the need for certain aspects of consciousness to develop further, before it can return to its source. That is, doglike aspects of our consciousness end up in a dog in a life after death, humanlike aspects get worked through in another human, plantlike aspects into plants, and so on.

7. Dean Radin, Psy.D.

Psychologist Dean Radin is the author of Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilitiesand an outspoken pioneer of consciousness research with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He questions the origins of thoughts and personal identity, wondering if that information is produced by the body or by something greater.

I expect that what we think of as ourselves—which is primarily personality, personal history, personality traits, and that sort of thing—goes away, because most of that information is probably contained in some way in the body itself. But as to some kind of a primal awareness—life after death—I think it probably continues, because it’s not clear to me that that’s produced by the body. In fact, I think that elementary awareness may be prior to matter. So when you go into a deep meditation and you lose your sense of personality, that may be similar to what it might be like to be dead. On the other hand, if you’re not practiced at being in that deep state, or don’t know how to pay attention to subtle variations in what might at first appear to be nothingness, it’s not clear that your consciousness would stay around very long. In other words, you might have a momentary time when you have this sense of awareness, and then it just dissolves. It goes back and becomes part of the rest of everything. So it’s like a drop that settles into the ocean and disappears into it. On the other hand, some people who either spend a lifetime preparing in meditation, or who are naturally adept, may be able to sustain being a drop. They may be able to settle into that ocean of life after death and still have a sense of their “dropness,” even though they’re also now part of the ocean. Then maybe one’s sense of awareness would expand dramatically, and yet still have a sense of unity. I imagine that all this probably occurs in a state that is not bound by space and time as we normally think about it. So, presumably, you would have access to everything, everywhere. I imagine that something like that is the reason why ideas of reincarnation have come about, because people remember something about it. They may even remember something about the process of coming out of this ocean into a drop in the life after death, into a particular incarnation, because a drop is embodied in a sense. . . . If there’s anything that psychology teaches it’s that people are different. So I imagine that there may be as many ways of experiencing after-death as there are people to experience it. And no one explanation is the “correct” one.

8. Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D.

Known for his theory of morphic resonance, Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist, biochemist, parapsychologist, and author of Science Set Free. He leans on the importance of considering human experience when answering this question.

For me the best starting point for this question of whether or not there is life after death, is experience.

We all have the experience of a kind of alternative body when we dream. Everyone in their dreams has the experience of doing things that their physical body is not doing. When I dream I might be walking around, talking to people, even flying, yet these activities in my dreams, which happen in a body, are happening in my dream body. They’re not happening in my physical body, because my physical body’s lying down asleep in bed. So we all have a kind of parallel body in our dreams. Now, where exactly that’s happening, what kind of space our dreams are happening in, is another question. It’s obviously a space to do with the mind or consciousness, but we can’t take for granted that that space is confined to the inside of the head. Normally people assume it must be, but they assume that all our consciousness is in our heads, and I don’t agree with that assumption. I think our minds extend beyond our brains in every act of vision, something I discuss in my book The Sense of Being Stared At, and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind.

So I think this idea of life after death, then, relates to out-of-the-body experiences, where people feel themselves floating out of their body and see themselves from outside, or lucid dreams, where people in their dreams become aware they’re dreaming and can will themselves to go to particular places by gaining control of their dream. These are, as it were, extensions of the dream body.

Now, when we die, it’s possible, to my way of thinking, that it may be rather like being in a dream from which we can’t wake up.

This realm of consciousness that we experience in our dreams may exist independent of the brain, because it’s not really a physical realm. It’s a realm of possibility or imagination. It’s a realm of the mind. It’s possible that we could go on living in a kind of dream world, changing and developing in that world, in a way that’s not confined to the physical body. Now, whether that happens or not is another question, but it seems to me possible. The out-of-body experiences and the near-death experiences may suggest that’s indeed what’s going to happen to us when we die. But the fact is that we’re not really going to find out until we do die, and what happens then may indeed depend on our expectations. It may be that materialists and atheists who think that life after death will just be a blank would actually experience a blank. It may be that their expectations will affect what actually happens. It may be that people who think they’ll go to a heavenly realm of palm oases and almond-eyed dancing girls really will. It may be that the afterlife is heavily conditioned by our expectations and beliefs, just as our dreams are.

Final Thoughts

The exploration of human consciousness is the next frontier in science and spirituality. Cutting-edge ideas lead to revolutions in human thought, science, and the arts. What do you think? What does happen after we die?

About the Author

Dylan Charles is a self-mastery coach, the editor of Waking Times, and host of the Battered Souls podcast. His personal journey is deeply inspired by shamanic plant medicines and the arts of Kung Fu, Qi Gong, and Yoga. After seven years of living in Costa Rica, he now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys spending time with family. He has written hundreds of articles, reaching and inspiring millions of people around the world.

Dylan is available for interviews and podcasts. Contact him at WakingTimes@gmail.com.

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Cosmic Confirmations: How the Universe Speaks Through Synchronicities

SynchronicityIf you’ve been reading my articles for a while, then you know that I believe we are all connected and therefore all part of the same, universal cosmic web. The web that contains everything that ever was, is and could be.  The place where all information rests, and everything that has ever been created, and everything waiting to be created (in some form of nothingness we cannot yet comprehend) reside. This is where all aspirations, inspirations, ideas, genius, madness, intuitions, inhibitions, and movement of creative force draw from. Some call it simply the Universe, others call it the Field, and yet others may say it is even an extension of the Akashic Records. All I know for sure…is this web of flowing energy is where the magic happens!

It is also where I believe guideposts or success markers in the form of synchronicities fall from. I believe there are different kinds of synchronicities; however they all at some level act as a sort of confirmation or redirection back to a previous thought or intention. A thought or intention that you had meant to act on, that for some reason perhaps you did not. And while it may have seemed like a trivial feat, plays a vital and significant role in your life plan or what I like to call your blueprint.

I’m an avid believer of reincarnation, but that belief is two-fold and we’ll save that for another article. Long story short, I feel that you can incarnate either “awake” or “asleep”. Of course, if you incarnate “asleep”, you can awaken during your lifetime. In fact, many people see that as the ultimate reason for reincarnation at all. My theory behind it goes a step further and has to do with what is called the Matrix.

(Here’s a sample from my upcoming book, All Within: A Quantum Guide for the Conscious Traveler I feel this fits right in with how what synchronicities are when viewed as program systems, i.e. calendar reminders, ROM-upgrades, etc.) …” I also believe we are living in an artificial Matrix system…and if you are reading this, then that’s most likely not a new or foreign subject for you at all. I tend to see this Matrix system exactly as portrayed in the famed film; like a simulation of sorts being run on, around and of us, and we act as individual computer programs – each with our own functions, abilities, and intelligence. There is an unseen force acting upon us, holding the illusion in place, and sometimes, once in a while, you see the lady in the red walk by and it stops you dead in your tracks. You instinctively know she’s valuable to connecting some previously existing data in your memory bank. And with emotion about to really get you into it, to get your awareness front and center with a racing pulse, warming lower extremities, shortness of breath, and a glistening sweat…your physical form has followed suit and takes the so-called coincidence of a beautiful woman who stands out like a sore thumb, deep into your consciousness to manifest a subconscious creative force that had previously lain dormant in a prior version of what we could call “software”.  In my understanding, there is also a holistic, organic system that this artificial Matrix runs in conjunction with…a system of spirit that draws directly from Gaia, or what we may know better as simply, Mother Earth.”

So, what exactly are synchronicities, and what purpose(s) do they serve? Essentially, synchronicities could simply be explained as meaningful coincidences. While I have a firm respect for the honesty and governance of mathematics, I don’t really favor coincidence much. I like to say there’s so much to synchronicities than mere chance and that they have everything in the Universe to do with energy, the Law of Attraction, and intention.  It seems not a week goes by these days that I don’t come across an article where scientists have come out with further evidence showing how our thoughts create our world. With this knowledge, we can confidently say that when we are focusing our thoughts on a certain person, topic, event, or thing we wish to happen or not happen…we subconsciously draw into our lives not only actual things that resonate with that person, topic, event or thing, etc. but even simple psychological representations and symbols of them as well. This can get as etheric as you wish…seeing repeating number patterns; each which carry their own energy signature. (Most famous I think are reports of people seeing 11:11 constantly).

If you are wanting a red Mustang convertible more than anything in the world, then chances are you are going to start seeing them on the road more often, you will hear about them more in conversation, you will attract people who are into Mustangs as much as you are, etc. This can happen with anything you enjoy and explains why we love being around people who enjoy the same things we do; there’s a certain frequency there and you are all tuned into it. You all most likely would bear witness to the similar type of synchronicities.

Examples: Thinking of someone and then them calling you on the phone two minutes later…When something causes you to be late for work and you later find out you avoided a car accident…Having a gut feeling over and over about a person that you cannot ignore and it turns out to be correct…Literally asking the Universe for confirmation on a choice you made and getting it through only things that make sense to YOU! <3

These parallel events that simply bear no logical explanation can get stranger and harder to deny. Sometimes they are even life-altering to the point they cause people to make huge life changes like quitting smoking or drinking or starting to treat others more kindly where previously they were abusive. I consider “Near-death experiences” to be synchronistic in nature, and perhaps of the highest form for the level of effect they seem to have on people.

Whatever the “level” of synchronicity, I feel they all appear in our lives for a greater purpose. Ultimately, perhaps their purpose is to get our attention, redirect, get us to think, notice, wonder, and ponder. They are inserted into the program purposely (by whom, now that’s another conversation!), and I believe they are there to help most definitely. I personally have taken more notice of the synchronicities occurring in my life and in doing so I feel like I’ve had some extra light shone in some otherwise dark and confusing areas. When I’ve had trouble making decisions or finding confidence that I was on the right path, there have been many of these confirming events that were nothing beyond miraculous to me. And I say that not because I can’t believe how these events aligned, but that I can believe it, and the simple beauty in that alone is what I feel allows the connection to these confirmations to occur in the first place…it’s what opens us up to our own power and ability to create in and interact with the web…you know, make the magic happen. 🙂

11407169_10207492860745352_1321554131300371313_nTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a Conservative voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. 

Tamara posts new original articles to CLN every Saturday.


Connecting to Your Higher Self Through Inter-Dimensional Travel

In the beginning, there was…

Well, this would depend on whom you’re asking! Personally, I feel that the All came from Nothing (Zero-point, the Void, and what Buddhism calls Sunyata); and thus became everything…ever-expanding. The infinite potential at rest awoke, and once self-aware burst forth splinters of its own consciousness outward. Without movement, there can be no creation…no manifestation.

I further believe that the moment Source Consciousness became aware of itself; the very first sound waves formed and thus began what we could call “divine motion”. Everything that grows needs movement in some form in order to do so. This is a rule of Nature and us humans are included. There is something hard-wired not only in our DNA but in the deepest roots of our hearts that tell us we are here to ultimately grow and expand.

We may think that we simply exist only in this third-dimensional reality, but this is just the playground of creation. We are all here, whether we know it or not, to make a difference in the lives of those we encounter during our time around. And also, to make a difference in our very own lives as this is how we grow inter-dimensionally. While we are traditionally taught to rely on our physical senses, to travel to other realms, you need to be in tune with those senses beyond your physical five. It’s the letting go of our “this world” attachments, which ultimately frees us to rise in frequency to match those “other world” spaces in the cosmos.

We’ve all been there where a certain area of our lives just feels so incredibly stagnant. The energy around it is heavy, dull, and while there is an underlying tone yearning to come forth, you can feel yourself literally holding something back within yourself. If we don’t understand we are actually doing this to ourselves, it can just feel like life is out to get us and no matter what we do, we continue to be “stuck”.

When we are in this kind of space, we are often closed off to inspiration, creativity, and of course the most obvious – action. But like they say that the truth shall set you free, so will a simple thought. A thought that can lead you to action, or to even change your actions from one resonance to another, is one that has tremendous energy behind it. And this is exactly the type of thoughts you want to have if you wish to visit dimensions higher than our 3-D plane.

You may have heard of your “Higher Self” and this could perhaps be the most popular reason that most people decided to “travel”. Your Higher Self is you, yet that part of you that is not attached to this physical realm and is your direct connection to divine guidance. Listening to your Higher Self could be equated to talking with your Spirit, or that inner voice that is always guiding you towards your greatness. The voice that always warns you with “gut feelings” and pulls on your heartstrings.

When we are open to this guidance, we begin to know ourselves as the multi-dimensional beings we are. And just like the first thought of creation, and just like the entire Universe itself (and the parallel ones all around us), we are ever-expanding. And the more we reach outward, by applying what we’ve learned from reaching inward, we begin to learn that everything travels in waves and that nothing is guaranteed except the potential of its existence.  We open a door for ourselves on a conscious level that allows us to remember that first sound, by hearing it within ourselves; the infinite beating of the cosmic drum that connects every single heart across time and space.

The following video shares more information on Inter-Dimension Travel…check it out! (Source: YouTube).

There are many resources out there to learn how to “travel”. I recommend the following terms: LUCID DREAMING, INTER-DIMENSIONAL TRAVEL, PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

Give it a try and who knows you just might meet yourself in the last place you’d imagine. 😉


tamaraTamara Rant is a Co-Editor/Writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, heart-centered Graphic Designer and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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The Benefits of a Past Life Regression

By Eli Bliliuos

There are those who believe that we Incarnate over and over to grow and learn from our many lifetimes on earth. The basic principle is that we choose various challenges to face. These challenges help us to grow spiritually from the experience. There is an opportunity to learn by having the experience of being born rich as well as poor, healthy or unhealthy. For those who believe in reincarnation or others who are just curious, the benefits of a past life regression can be profound.

What is a Past Life Regression

A skilled past life regression hypnotist helps clients to remember and experience past life memories by guiding them into hypnosis. In hypnosis the unconscious mind, the part of the mind where all memories are stored, can be accessed. These memories include experiences from early childhood, memories from the womb prior to birth, past life experiences, and afterlife memories. Clients are awake and aware of their surroundings but are able to experience memories prior to birth.

Experiencing Past Lives

Everyone experiences past life memories a little bit differently. Some clients are more visual while others tend to feel the experience in a profound way. It is not uncommon for a client to start to feel cold and then find themselves in a cold weather scene. Kinesthetic clients can experience the sadness, the excitement, or the fear attached to a memory from the past. In some cases, people felt the pain of an old war wound during a past life therapy session.

Deja Vu

Many of us had the experience of Deja vu. We find ourselves feeling very familiar, or comfortable with a place or city that we have never been to. This familiar feeling can apply to people as well. An instant connection with someone who we feel like we’ve known our entire lives may be someone we’ve incarnated with before.

Cast of Characters

Very often a client will recognize a past life family member or friend as someone they know now. Sometimes difficult relationships in our current life stem from a prior life experience where we were wronged by that person. Once we understand the source of the conflict, we can let it go and develop a healthier relationship with that same person.

It can also be very helpful to identify someone who has passed on. It may bring comfort to know that the people we care for, and who are no longer with us, can play a role in our future incarnations.

Feelings We Carry Forward

Whatever memories come forward relate directly to the client’s current life in some way. Phobias and fears can very often stem from prior life experiences. Falling off a cliff in a past life can cause a fear of heights in a current life. A skilled past life practitioner can reframe the event and help the client let go of the fear.

In some instances, the loss of a child or spouse in a past life can lead one to being very protective of that person in the current life. Once we understand where this fear of loss comes from, the need to be overprotective can be released.

Benefits of a Past Life Regression

As someone who has facilitated hundreds of past life regressions, I have witnessed the release of various fears, phobias, limiting beliefs, loneliness, insomnia, and unhealthy relationship patterns. I have also seen clients identify past life skills like artistry, music, and carpentry. These same clients found it easy to pick up those skills in their current lives. While the benefits need not be that dramatic, just the realization, or confirmation on some level, of a life beyond the one lived can be reassuring and comforting.

About the Author

Eli Bliliuos, Founder of the NYC Hypnosis Center is a well-established Hypnosis Specialist and Master Trainer transforming the lives of clients in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. Eli is based in New York and is endorsed by the International Alliance of Certified Hypnotists and Therapists as well as the National Hypnotist Guild and the IACT.

Eli’s expertise ranges from hypnosis to free clients from phobias, achieve their weight loss goals, stop smoking, build self-confidence, healing deep emotional wounds, managing chronic pain and overcoming a variety of other life challenges.  Eli is especially excited about his past life regression sessions that have enabled clients to identify and change life patterns that prevented them from realizing their true potential. Some past life regression clients come to Eli without a specific goal; more so a curiosity and those sessions have been enlightening in having a better understanding of their life’s purpose.


Eli feels very fortunate to practice hypnosis and the transformation he has seen in his clients inspires him to continue along this journey, with a commitment to identifying new and innovative techniques to maximize the benefits for his clients.

Will I Survive? A Look At The Afterlife

By Gary Lachman | New DawnWaking Times

What happens when we die? Human beings have asked this question probably more than any other, with “Does God exist?” and “What is the meaning of life?” coming in as close seconds. All three, of course, are intertwined, but while the reality of the deity and the solution to life’s riddle may be grasped in the here and now, what happens when we give up the ghost seems to be something we can know only by doing just that. It seems that the only way we can know for certain what happens after death is by dying. And while the attraction of that ultimate mystery is strong, the means of solving it appears, to most of us at least, somewhat less attractive.

But is it really the case that the answer to what happens after death lies beyond a threshold which, once crossed, cannot be uncrossed? While messages from the dead fill folklore, myth, and séances, and religions around the world and through the ages have in different ways assured their devotees of the reality of an afterlife, many of us are nevertheless not entirely certain that anything awaits us beyond the grave – except perhaps annihilation, which is, of course, the standard modern view. In recent times, however, assurances of a continuity of consciousness beyond the brain have come, not from the camp of religion, mysticism, or the occult, but from that of their often sworn enemy, science.

Dutch cardiologist Pim van Lommel

In 2001 a paper appeared in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet purporting to show evidence supporting the reality of Near-Death Experiences, or NDEs. In “Near-death experiences in survivors of cardiac arrest: a prospective study in the Netherlands,” the Dutch cardiologist Pim van Lommel and his research team presented the results of a twenty-year-long study of the strange experiences reported by patients who survived heart failure. That these patients reported being aware of anything during the cardiac arrest was strange enough. The standard view is that when the heart and lungs stop so do the brain and consciousness. What should have happened was that they experienced nothing at all. Nevertheless, they did.

The patients Lommel studied reported that during the period of unconsciousness brought on by their seizure, they experienced some very remarkable things indeed. Many recounted feelings of bliss and intense happiness; many spoke of bright white light, of a tunnel, of seeing deceased relatives, and of going through a kind of “life review,” in which their entire lives, as the cliché goes, “passed before their eyes.” Many spoke of having an “out-of-the-body experience,” of seeing themselves and their nurses and doctors from some vantage point near the ceiling. Many spoke of guides, angels, and spirits, come to comfort them. Many also assured Lommel that the experience was entirely beneficial, that it relieved them of their fear of death, that it had transformed them in some way, and that it gave them the certainty that the life we know here on earth is not the only one.

Lommel’s Lancet paper understandably caused an uproar, yet the research was impressive. The statistics Lommel and his team provided seem to show that the usual explanations are given to account for NDEs – from the mainstream scientific view – did not, at least in these cases, work. Lommel studied some 562 survivors of cardiac arrest and he discovered that up to 18% of them reported having had an NDE. Of these, none could be chalked up to oxygen deficiency to the brain, the effects of drugs, or the other physiological or psychological reasons usually offered as a way of explaining the phenomenon. Lommel and his team concluded the NDE was an actual, objective event and that it argued in favor of some kind of ‘post-death’ survival.

Perhaps even more controversial, the findings also seemed to offer proof that consciousness can exist outside or even without the brain. While most mainstream scientists will merely snort at the idea of an afterlife, they will positively bellow at the suggestion consciousness is anything more than a by-product of that three-pound mass of grey matter. According to a number of prestigious neuroscientists and philosophers of mind – I talk about some of them in my book A Secret History of Consciousness – consciousness is absolutely, positively, 100% produced by the brain.

Lommel was unrepentant and in 2007 he produced a book, Consciousness Beyond Life [available from New Dawn, see page 79], based on his paper, presenting his case studies in greater depth and bringing his research to a wider public. The results were encouraging. The book was a bestseller in the Netherlands, then repeated its success in Germany, the UK, and the US. Lommel has presented his ideas in interviews and videos and on television. Lommel’s work has, of course, attracted criticism. Yet his findings seem to stand and for the open-minded provide the kind of ‘hard’ evidence that scientists dismissive of any non-materialist accounts of consciousness demand, in order for them to consider changing their minds in any way about the matter.

A Neurosurgeon Visits “Heaven”

Lommel was not the only medical practitioner to take NDEs seriously and to subject them to study. Even more controversial than Lommel’s findings was the account by the American neurosurgeon Eben Alexander of his own NDE. Alexander had twenty-five years’ experience studying the brain and teaching others how to study it, at institutions such as the Harvard Medical School. Like most of his colleagues, he accepted the dogma that the brain produces consciousness. Then, in 2008, a bacterial infection – a rare form of meningitis – had him in a coma for a week and taught him otherwise. His chances of recovery were slim at best, and his family was advised that if he did survive, he would be little more than a vegetable: the infection had caused irreparable brain damage. Yet on the seventh day under a ventilator, Alexander opened his eyes and came to. This was a miracle enough. But the story Alexander had to tell was even more remarkable.

The white light was there, and also beautiful melodies, angelic choirs, fantastic landscapes with strange plant life, waterfalls, crystal pools, and thousands of beings, dancing, and a girl who came to him on a butterfly wing. During the week of his coma, when his brain shouldn’t have produced the slightest hallucination – should have produced no consciousness at all – Alexander went on a journey to “higher realms” and eventually to what he calls the “Core,” a center of reality “filled with the infinite healing power of the all-loving deity,” the source of everything. He was privy to fundamental realities, for which “God seemed too puny a little human word.” He speaks of experiencing a “higher dimensional multiverse” and an “over sphere” and that his notions of time, space, and everything else were radically changed. During his coma he underwent a kind of spiritual evolution, from what he calls the “Earthworm’s Eye View” to the Core, many times, learning truths about the nature of existence and our part in it. One truth was about the reality of the afterlife, knowledge of which Alexander has tried to pass on to his many readers in his bestselling books Proof of Heaven and Maps of Heaven.

Like Pim van Lommel, Alexander came to believe that human beings are much more than their physical bodies and consciousness is something more than a by-product of the brain. They disagree with the philosopher John Searle who argues that the brain produces consciousness as the liver does bile. Consciousness, they argue, is not localized in or produced by the brain because consciousness itself is the ultimate reality, not the physical world – an insight echoed down the ages by mystics and visionaries, but which in recent times it seems some scientists are cottoning on to as well. They see it as a way out of the cul-de-sac reached by trying to solve the ‘hard problem’ in mainstream neuroscience: how does a neuron, a physical phenomenon, become a thought, a mental one? The answer is it doesn’t. It’s the other way around.

Filtering Reality

Whatever we might think of Alexander’s account of the afterlife and his ideas about mankind’s spiritual evolution – he has since become a popular advocate of the union of science and spirituality with appearances on ‘Oprah Winfrey’ and other talk shows – the notion of a non-local consciousness has a history. What was remarkable about the cases Lommel studied and Alexander’s own, was that they reported vivid inner, transformative experience during a time when the brains involved should have been incapable of ‘producing’ anything. If brains ‘produce’ consciousness, this should have been impossible, rather like a flashlight shining without the battery. Some studies done in the 1960s suggest consciousness may not need many brains at all. In 1965 John Lorber, a specialist in hydrocephalus – “water on the brain” – published a paper as remarkable as Lommel’s. In “Hydranencephaly with Normal Development,” published in Developmental Medicine and Child Psychology for December 1965, Lorber presented several case studies in which people with little or no cerebral cortex functioned normally. In one case the subject had an IQ of 126 and an honors degree in mathematics. Two girls born in the 1960s had fluid where their cerebrums should have been, with no evidence of cerebral cortex, yet both had perfectly normal intelligence. Unlike ‘The Wizard of Oz’s Scarecrow, they, and the other cases Lorber studied seemed to get on perfectly well without a brain.

Such cases, though well documented, may push the believability barrier, but we need not resort to these extremes to argue the brain does not ‘produce’ consciousness. In the late nineteenth century the philosopher Henri Bergson argued eloquently that, rather than produce consciousness, the brain served an eliminatory function, acting as a reducing valve, filtering reality, and allowing only what was necessary for survival to reach conscious awareness. Rather than produce consciousness, the brain edits it down to something manageable, otherwise, we would be overwhelmed by reality’s complexity, a condition common to many mystics. Aldous Huxley resorted to Bergson’s idea when, in The Doors of Perception, he tried to account for the effects of the drug mescaline on his consciousness. The mystical effects of the drug, Huxley believed, were due to its ‘opening’ the filters of the brain, allowing more consciousness than needed for mere survival to flood into awareness. The fact that in the cases Lommel studied and in Alexander’s own, the brain was out of commission, seems to support the Bergson/Huxley thesis. With the filters off, much more of Reality – what Huxley called “Mind at Large” – became available. If the brain “mutes” reality, allowing, as Huxley said, only a “thin trickle” to enter consciousness, in the NDE the taps seem to be on full blast. The analogy is apt as our kitchen taps do not ‘produce’ the water in our sinks, but quite the opposite, they stop it from running. It’s already there in the pipes.

Some variant of Bergson’s idea is popular among ‘alternative’ scientists, such as the biologist Rupert Sheldrake who speaks of the brain acting as a kind of “tuner,” “selecting” different “wavelengths” of reality, rather as radio works by cutting out all transmissions except the one you wish to hear, or as television that picks up a broadcast but is not responsible for it. Neither my radio nor my television ‘produces’ the programs they play. They ‘receive’ them from the broadcaster, and Sheldrake and other scientists and philosophers like him, see the brain as a kind of inner TV, picking out different ‘channels’, broadcast by – well, we’re not quite sure. The general idea is that consciousness is the fundamental reality; rather than being stuffed into the cramp confines of our skulls, it pervades the universe. This is the “panpsychism” that philosopher David Chalmers advocates, following in the philosophical footsteps of Bergson and his contemporary Alfred North Whitehead, who, in different ways, envisioned some version of Mind at Large. Needless to say – or perhaps not – such an idea as an all-pervasive consciousness or mind is, of course, a staple part of many pre-modern worldviews.

Another who accepted the idea of Mind at Large was, oddly enough, an early investigator into NDEs, although in his aptly posthumous Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death (1903), the first “scientific” study of the afterlife, F.W.H. Myers did not call them that. Myers spoke of the “subliminal mind,” by which he meant something different than Freud’s “unconscious,” which Myers’ coinage preceded by some years. It was Huxley who in his foreword to Myers’ classic compared his “subliminal mind” to an “upstairs” in the “house of the soul,” rather than Freud’s “garbage-littered basement.” This upstairs had some unusual characteristics and in the late nineteenth century, Myers and his fellows in the Society for Psychical Research devoted their lives to studying them. Take, for example, the remarkable experience of Dr. A. S. Wiltse who in 1889 “died” from typhoid fever. Wiltse was pronounced dead but found himself “waking up” inside his body, and gradually being “released” from it. He felt himself emerge from his body and found that he could walk away from it. No one noticed him and, stranger still, he found that he could walk through people. Wiltse then found himself confronting huge rocks standing beneath storm clouds. A voice told him that if he continued past them he would enter eternity but if desired he could return to life, a common choice in many modern NDEs. He then “woke up,” four hours after being pronounced dead, and told of what he saw.

Myers’ account of Dr. Wiltse’s experience was preceded by an even earlier one. In 1871 Albert Heim, a professor of geology, fell some seventy meters while climbing in the Alps. During the few seconds of his fall, Heim experienced a panoramic “life review,” seeing his whole past “take place in many images, as though on a stage at some distance from me.” Like many who have experienced an NDE, he saw a “heavenly light” and was free from fear and anxiety. The conflict was “transmuted into love” and he found himself moving “painlessly and softly” into “splendid blue heaven.” Heim survived his fall but the experience so moved him that he began to collect accounts of similar experiences by other climbers. Forgotten for years, Heim’s work was re-discovered when what we might call the “NDE and afterlife boom” of the 1970s and 80s, in the work of Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, and others, brought it back to light. Another fairly well-known account of an NDE is that of C. G. Jung, who, in 1944, following a heart attack, found himself orbiting the earth and confronting a strange temple and Hindu floating in space. Jung was about to cross the threshold like Dr. Wiltse when he found himself whisked back to earth, disappointed at the prospect of coming back to life.

Do Lommel and Alexander bring anything new to this study? Their scientific and medical credentials certainly bring new attention to it, although to be sure, not all of it is positive, and the claims and expertise of both have come under heavy scrutiny and criticism. But part of what makes them and other studies convincing – at least to the open-minded – is the similarity between the accounts they study and older reports on what happens when we die. As Ptolemy Tompkins in The Modern Book of the Dead makes clear, there is much overlap between accounts of the afterlife found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, to speak of only the two most famous earlier reports on the beyond. And these two share much with recent investigations, such as the insights about the “life between death and rebirth” gleaned by the “spiritual scientist” Rudolf Steiner through his access to the “Akashic Record.” For instance, Steiner too makes the “life review” a central part of the process of dying, in preparation for reincarnation.

But, as Tompkins makes clear, there are also differences. The Swedish scientist and religious philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, who wrote much about the brain, journeyed to heaven, hell, and also to an intermediary realm he called the “spirit world,” not through an NDE but through inducing visionary states. He gave his own “proof” of the higher spheres in his book Heaven and Hell, yet his account is somewhat different from Eben Alexander’s, while both Swedenborg’s and Alexander’s differ considerably from Steiner’s.

Enough similarities exist among these accounts to suggest that in some way they and other voyagers were encountering different parts of the same inner landscape. And if the ‘proofs’ of heaven we have glanced at here are at all reliable, it is one that, at some point, we all will have an opportunity to journey through, in this life and the next.

About the Author

Gary Lachman was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, but has lived in London, England since 1996. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he is now a full-time writer with more than a dozen books to his name, on topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness and the western esoteric tradition, to literature and suicide, and the history of popular culture. Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His work has been translated into several languages. His website is www.garylachman.co.uk.

A Look at the Concept of “Soulmates”: from Plato’s Theory to Scientific Research


By Alexa Erickson | Collective Evolution

I’ve never really looked at the word “soulmate” and taken it into consideration in real life. It seems a fantastical term that can only be understood, in my world, as a word to describe just how magically strong the connection between two people is. I know for a fact it wasn’t love at first sight when I met my other half. He didn’t see me from across the room and think that I was the one, nor did I view him as anything else other than an adorable human whose eyes drew me closer, my feet uncontrollably walking his way. We were both attracted to each other, and as time unfolded, we found out that attraction was much deeper than met the eye. Soulmates, to me, are meant for movies, music, poetry, and novels.

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It’s an age-old concept that dates back to ancient Greek times; in his Symposium, Plato wrote about a theory that humans initially came with four arms, four legs, and one head with two faces. Zeus, intimidated by this, split the body in half, which caused them to spend their lives searching for the other half in hopes of becoming one entity once again. But in modern concepts, it’s a romantic idea that captivates audiences with the thought that, there aren’t plenty of fish in the sea, but truly, one perfect person out there waiting for us to refer to them as our better half.

But is there a science attributed to soulmates that we should take into consideration? Is it possible to really find “the one”?

Related Article: Soulmates: Soul Family, Soul Groups and Twin Flames

Are We Even Meant For One Person?

It’s not the type of dinner conversation people like to bring up with their significant others around — mostly because you can easily discover some interesting things about one another. For instance, one might suggest that monogamy is not in their nature and that they don’t believe we, as a human race, should have such boundaries. Others could take this personally, scoffing at the idea and assuming their partner to be the opposite of the person they assumed they were. But let’s get real for a second.

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Rafael Wlodarski, who is a physiologist at the University of Oxford, revealed that a mere 30 percent of primates and three percent of mammals are monogamous. For the study, Wlodarski and his colleagues took a look at the sexual attitudes of 600 British and American men and women, most notably in regards to their desire to partake in short-term affairs or casual sex. “When we looked at the data, it has this very weird shape,” Wlodarski noted. ” Rather than it being a whole gamut of mating strategies, there seem to be two potential phenotypes within males and within females.” This means that, as much as we love to put humans in a box, the reality is, we’re more complicated than that, making the idea of “normal” just that — an idea.


Good Vibrations – A Journey Through Transpersonal Density

Image result for law of oneIf you’re reading this right now, then chances are good that you’ve heard of The Law of One, otherwise known as The Ra Material, channeled by Carla L. Rueckert between 1982 and 1998.

But if you haven’t (and I’ve only dabbled myself), it is a collection of books which according to Wikipedia were ”…purportedly authored by a non-human entity named Ra…who is described as an entity composed of an entire civilization of extraterrestrial beings that are fused into one unified consciousness.”

As with most topics of this genre, I’ve heard many different opinions on the Ra Material ranging from it’s not to be trusted, to those who swear by the information it provides about who we are as human beings, why we are here on Earth, etc. And again with most topics of this genre, I find my happy ass square in the middle; cautious, yet absolutely resonating with and flabbergasted by a lot of what I’ve read and seen so far.

I first heard of channeling via the book, Bringers of the Dawn by Barbara Marciniak, although my interest in ETs and UFOs goes as far back as I can remember. When it comes to channeling information from other worlds, dimensions, densities, etc.,…while it’s a topic I’ve studied since I was a teenager, it’s one I tend to approach with my eyes wide open. But that doesn’t mean I’m closed and constricted as I try to keep a very open mind. And what I’ve come to learn is that any authentic source or information does not provide you with specific dates for major events because timelines and thus the future can always be altered.

Also, the simplest way to know if the information you are being fed is the truth is how it makes you FEEL. So from channeled information, I always take what resonates and what works for me and leave what doesn’t. And I think that is perhaps my favorite part of what I’ve experienced thus far of the Ra Material is that it assumes the same position. Let’s just say you won’t have them knocking on your door trying to share their word anytime soon. And they don’t have to force it onto others, because it appears as if it only reaches those meant to know of it.

So, if you haven’t heard of it up until now, then there’s a reason it’s making an appearance in your life and while I’m not a superstitious person, I never reject signs, symbols, patterns or synchronicities as these are the guideposts the Universe uses for your consciousness. And if you’re paying attention, it sometimes becomes as easy, seamless and natural as breathing to let the Universe lead the way…

Up until today, I hadn’t noticed that I had been stuck on someone else’s opinion I had heard like 3 years ago about these books and it’s not like me to not follow-up on things and check them out for myself. So, when they fell into my Facebook feed today, I spent a good portion of the morning, diving in and watching a video interview with the channel, Charla.

I gotta say I am glad I did because the way she explains dimensions/densities just resonated like nothing else for me…

1D = The Elements

2D = Anything basically that can reach for the light such as animals and plants

3D = That’s us, anything with a Soul

4D = Love

5D = Wisdom

6D = Unity (the union of love and wisdom), where RA is purportedly channeled from

7D = Density of Forgetting (returning to Source starts)

8D = What I understood to be a density of “in-between” right before full integration back into Source, but if someone can explain this better let me know

9D = Source Consciousness

I will leave with another useful insight into why it’s also good to be cautious when dealing with channeled information or when channeling yourself. Always come from the heart because as soon as ego comes into play, and you begin to “demand” answers, your connection will drop down to a lower vibrational entity, who can easily pick up and say it is the same entity who dropped your call, and go onto to give you the information your asking for. It might feed your ego, make you feel good and allow you to provide dates, but this is the type of thing you need to watch out for, both as a receiver of info from channel and channelers themselves.

So always set your intention on whom you wish to communicate and that it be done with love and for your highest good. That way, you know what you are working with. And always remember that a true, loving connection will not always give you all the information and answers you seek, but as long as your heart is open, you will feel what the right questions are and they will keep providing you with information. As long as there is a reciprocity of respect, it works. Bring in the ego, and the connection gets bad. Keep the lines open…as well as your hearts. <3

Have a great weekend everyone!

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How Learning About Your Past Life Helps Affect Your Current Mental State

When things go wrong in love or life, people often jokingly blame their past lives for committing them to patterns of failure. But what they don’t realize is that they’re onto something. This subconscious cry they try to mask as humor has some truth to it.

According to psychics, our past lives influence the romantic, emotional, and physical paradigms of our current life. Tracee Dunblazier, a spiritual author believes our past life has a hold on our perception and reception of life. It’s the looking glass through which we gaze into the complexities of our current existence.

For example, if you’ve lived a past life steeped in poverty, you may naturally come into this life having a proclivity for riches and financial independence.

The notion of past lives may seem cliché and overridden. But Dunblazier believes that’s no reason to kick it to the curb. She holds the firm conviction that everyone has experienced a past life, whether they’re willing to accept this reality or not.

For people who aren’t willing to think along these lines, they can think of these past lives as “soul imprints” embedded into the fabric of their being.

Many past lives reveal themselves in visions, episodes of heightened emotional stimulation, and dreams. It’s easy to disregard them as heedless and unnecessary, but they’re actually very telling about our current mental state.

Here’s why you need to understand the influence of your past to give yourself the gift of gratitude and loving with no regrets.

1. Phobias

Certain experiences in our past lives seep into the present day in the form of phobias. For example, you might have a soul-piercing fear of heights because someone close to you may have died after falling from a cliff in a past life. As a result, you might flinch at the mere idea of trekking a mountain or climbing a roof.

Knowing about these experiences may be just what you need to overcome your fears.  International Board of Regression Therapy (IBRT) reports that many people report phobias which are linked with events from their past lives. Sometimes, merely recounting a past event makes a world of difference to your mindset.

Furthermore, patients who’ve coupled past life therapy with other forms of therapy have reported even better results, according to a study published in the International Journal of Regression Therapy.

2. Emotional Outbursts

Many people who can visualize the events from their past lives undergo an emotional outburst. For some people, these events manifest as snapshots and glimpses, while for others their details are vivid— unfurling almost like an episodic story. According to the author of Miracles Happen, Amy Weiss, it’s not just the concrete details that help an individual, but the deeply transcendent emotions that stimulate as a result of their manifestation.

You may have found yourself asking the question, consciously or subconsciously, “Who was I in my past life?”. Past life regression is essentially a who was I in my past life test  which helps you understand your identity and life purpose. It’s going to give you the answers to many of your spiritual questions. Who you were? What you are? What suffering lays hidden deep within you and why you are here? As you understand these aspects of your past life, you set foot on a soul-searching journey of emotional healing.

3. Negative Behaviors and Patterns

Dr. Christiane Northrup says that the memories we retain from our past lives are riddled with negative energy packets. Once you come to accept that you’ve experienced many previous lives, your life takes a turn for the best.

When you go through the process of unraveling your past life, the emotions and sensations you experience are authentic. The energetic beams which you retrieve from their discovery affect the attitudes and behaviors in your present life. Remember, when these patterns stay hidden, they can block your energy pathways and result in a variety of negative patterns. But, when you take concrete steps to make past memories conscious, you take control of these patterns, thus able to free yourself from their insidious grip.

The bottom line is that the slave becomes the master when he’s aware of his past life.

4. Spiritual Longing

The knowledge of your past life opens many blockages in your being. It helps you delve into your subconscious mind and clear up fears, anxieties, and deep-rooted beliefs clogged in its pipelines. This purge has a drastic effect on the way you reach to situations and people.

Tibetan Buddhism wisdom dictates that there are essentially two pathways to reincarnation. The first is involuntary rebirth through karma, which pulls you back into life as a consequence of past negative energy and desires. The other is reincarnation for the benefit of others. A striking example of the second pathway is that of the empathetic person. When empaths see someone suffering, they jump to their help, and in doing so, reincarnate into whole new beings.

Many people float through life aimlessly, without forethought and a sense of purpose, and feel weighed under a heavy cloud of materialistic preoccupations. In this busy world, it’s easy to forget that a major part of our existence is spiritual. This negligence can cause emotional fog. Knowing about your past life may help you realign with your life’s passions, consequently giving you a fulfilling sense of spiritual reconnection. It can also play a huge role in making you more receptive to your surroundings and people, which in turn improves your mental health as well.

5. Karmic Relationships

When you’ve had a past life with someone, there’s no middle ground. You’re always exchanging affection and blows in the extremes. When you fight with them, it boils with anger and abuse, and when you hold them in your arms, it seems as if the whole world is witness to your love. Sometimes, you may experience such frighteningly real visions regarding your partner that they leave you with a lingering feeling of anxiousness. If you had unresolved issues with your lover from a past life, your current relationship may also seem explosive and intense.

Fortunately, there’s a way you can make things right. It all boils down to re-aligning your emotions to the present moment. If you wake up from a dream, sweaty and anxious, tell yourself that it was a dream and nothing more. Separate fact from fiction.

Sometimes, your emotions slip out of your hands, but taking a moment to breathe and evaluate your feelings before acting upon them really makes a world of difference.

Final Thoughts

Certain events that occurred in your past life may have an influence on your mental state in the here and now. They might have a role to play in your ability to empathize and trust. They also might be governing the patterns of your romantic relationship. The only thing that can provide you liberation or some sort of closure is to make yourself realize that even though these events happened in your past life, they only exist as an unconscious mass in your mind.

Even if you’re skeptical about the concept of past lives, there are some lessons you can learn from this — the first and foremost being: resolve your past life issues. This might be possible through past life regression therapy. People tend to get stuck in the same patterns because it’s a lot harder to let go and find something better. Often, their comfort zones become their coffins without their realization. But, when they finally unload their baggage, their resurrection starts.

Hold on to Let Go: The Perfect Personal Paradox

Forty-one years ago, I came cruising down the cosmic highway of incarnation in Phoenix, Arizona and was birthed into this world. I imagine before this lifetime, in my ethereal form, I was super stoked to embark on my next adventure, and knowing myself I had most likely stocked my spiritual stockpile with as many consciousness cliff-notes that I could to best prepare me on my journey.

I picture myself in the Great Hall of Records mapping out my next blueprint filled with a good deal of beautiful moments will that take my breath away, mixed in with some heart-wrenching pain I might not be sure I can handle; and some moments of laughter, confusion, solitude, anxiety to top it off. The scope of experience containing all the ingredients that I felt were best suited to help my growth, expand me out, and bring me even closer to love…to Source.

So, there I was…ready to go…”Let’s do this!” I can even envision doing some soul stretches in the Astrals, just before I shoot down the rabbit hole of incarnation; destination: Planet Earth. All is well, I’m floating, and it’s warm now. I am aware of new sensations again, the one thing that 3-D can offer that no other place in the Universe can…sensory perception in a material world. I start to focus more and more on these “feelings” and my surroundings…”Wait…what was I doing here again?”

And then BAM! …the proverbial “pop of amnesia” that we all experience at birth which forces us to forget who we truly are. It blinds us to our full magnificence and pulls a veil over our newborn eyes. All clear details of the goals and the plans we had made beforehand fade away and we find ourselves literally helpless; now contained to this tiny fragile container that requires constant care and attention. And our vast expanse of consciousness is now so limited and we literally lose our sense of Self.

Welcome to life as a human BE-ing.

For the next 7 years or so, we will pretty much act as sponges soaking up the world around us. What we are told by our environment and the people around us about ourselves, we will subconsciously record and believe for the rest of our lives. And this fact is the underlying cause for most of our “issues” in life; most of what causes us discomfort or unhappiness with ourselves, others, or our lives in general.

And this is often why it is so hard to identify the root cause of these issues because it stems from beliefs we did not initially agree to abide by. We simply recorded it as factual truth, during a growth phase where our physiology can do nothing but take in information about the world around us. And it is scientifically proven that we really do not have a choice at that young of an age. If we are told we are unworthy at 4 years old, we will subconsciously believe it when we are 50, unless we have previously identified it as not being our own belief and have addressed and corrected the issue. However, unless we work extensively with a therapist, or even have the insight to take that route, we may lack the awareness that this has ever even happened to us, nor understand that it still can have such an impact in our lives so many years later.

How Can Letting Go Make Us Stronger? | Psychology TodayThis simple fact is one of the most empowering things a person can learn about themselves if they are facing continuous struggles in one or more areas of their life and simply cannot seem to find the solution. Why? Because when we have the awareness of an existing belief that doesn’t actually belong to us, we are free to LET IT GO.

Unless we have super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents, that had super-conscious parents…then most likely there is a chain of insecurities, beliefs, false-realities (the stories we tell ourselves), perhaps even prejudices that have been passed down from generation to generation. And until the chain is broken, until awareness is raised to a level where there is no more instilling of non-serving beliefs into the next generation (either consciously or subconsciously), then this cycle continues. But the power to question where our beliefs truly come from is within each and every one of us and I find that the more I question my own beliefs, the stronger I become in knowing where the line is actually drawn; between beliefs, I’ve formed from the own depth of my heart and those that stem from old recycled beliefs from others.

This has helped me tremendously in my own personal growth and is something I often recommend to my Reiki clients. If you have taken a serious look at a reoccurring issue and have really sat with it, giving yourself time to think it through to find an applicable solution, and yet still nothing comes, then chances are that it stems from a foreign belief. And either way, once we identify the source, we give ourselves the freedom to no longer suffer from its unrelenting grip.

Certain beliefs might lead us to hold so tightly to things that we push them away. In the energy of a need to control, others can feel repelled, not attracted. There is a great lesson here of the difference between coming from fear .vs coming from love in situations like that when dealing with a significant other, child, friend, or even money or that new job you want. If we come at things with an unforgiving Kung-Fu grip, the Universe responds to your fear of losing it or not getting it, and most likely you will lose it or not get what you want. You must come from a place of love, from appreciation as if you already have what you want and are not separate from it. Then, you emanate the vibration that will call it into your reality with ease and grace.

“When you believe something is hard, the Universe demonstrates the difficulty. When you believe something is easy, the Universe demonstrates the ease.” – Abraham-Hicks

In just the past few months, I’ve had a tremendous amount of insight into my life, my path, and my own light. I’ve let go of SO much and with that have opened doors within myself where Self-Love has literally FLOODED my insides! This has caused a domino effect over the past few weeks where I’ve taken inner leaps and bounds that normally would’ve scared the crap out of me. But I finally jumped and what I landed on was a big fat pile of empowered freedom!

Let’s circle back and see how this how relates to our “proverbial amnesia pop“, upon our incarnation. One must consider that with all that planning our soul bodies do beforehand, it is not all in vain. It remains within us, hidden deep inside and comes out in waves through our creativity, intuition, talents, and insight. But what is the reason we forget at all? Why go through all that trouble of making a game plan if we all must go in blind and “wing it”?

I think the answer to life itself lies in that question. I have always felt in my heart, that we forget ONLY so we can live each day with a chance to remember who we are. Each day truly is another chance to awaken your greatness, to outgrow and shed these illusions; these beliefs attached to you since childhood. But it is only the brave; those willing to stop looking outside of themselves and instead turn inward that will ever catch a glimpse of their full magnificence (that which sparks our cosmic memory)…because that is the only place it resides. At least, that is where we must see it first before we can ever see it in our outer world.

I’ve always understood the concept of “letting go of what no longer serves us”, but when you actually begin to apply it in your own life, magical things begin to happen. It causes a ripple effect in your actions where one is fed from another. You conquer one mountain and the adrenaline rush flows onto the next area of your life. Another part where fear lingers and you know you are again onto something else that needs to be looked at and healed. And when you actually SEE what needs to be let go of, and face that fear of stepping out of your comfort zone, you also see it is just a fear of being left feeling empty inside.

But the perfect paradox is that when you finally do let go, keys turn, doors swing wide open and suddenly the Universe’s “abundance hose” you had all twisted up unwinds itself and begins to flow as it was meant to. You regain a connection to your true Self and all it knows and always knew before “the pop”. You begin to remember who you really are and why you are here. You once again know your magnificence and you are fulfilled.


About the Author

Tamara Rant is a writer for CLN as well as a Licensed Reiki Master, a heart-centered Graphic Designer, and a progressive voice in social media activism & awareness. She is an avid lover of all things Quantum Physics and Spirituality. Connect with Tamara by visiting Prana Paws/Healing Hearts Reiki or go to RantDesignMedia.com

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Who Were You in Your Past Life? How to Discover Your “Inherited” Core Wound


By Aletheia Luna | Loner Wolf

Most of us are curious about reincarnation and whether we have come to this planet “before.”

“Who was I in my past life?” is a common question asked these days and there’s no shortage of answers available. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find a handful of fun pop quizzes that narrow down what gender you were, what country you came from, what you did, and how you died.

Related Article: Reincarnation: A Look At The Soul’s Journey After “Death”

While these are fun ways to explore the topic, they are limited and shallow in their ability to really help us understand who we were in our past lives, and how we can use this knowledge to become more healed and whole people.

If you’re not that serious about answering the question, “Who was I in my past life?” I recommend taking the Past Life Regression Test I created instead of reading this article. But if you’re serious about becoming a happier and more balanced person, keep reading.

First we’ll explore what reincarnation really is.

Reincarnation Is Not What You Think It Is … Here’s Why

A few years ago I came to conclude that we are all divine fragments of God, Divinity, the Tao, Consciousness, or whatever you would like to call it. I came to this life-changing realization via the 6 questions described in this article. This is what Jesus, Buddha, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, Adyashanti, Gangaji, Ramana Maharshi, and every wise “enlightened” man and woman through the ages has pointed to and spoken about: The mind is limited. The self is an illusion. We are all One and the same at our very core.

Therefore, if our identity is an illusion, how is it possible to reincarnate? As Sol wrote in a previous article, “Reincarnation of an ‘individual self’ is only as possible to the extent of believing that your sense of ‘self’ – your ego – is real.

If you believe that you are your personality and are separate from everything and everyone else, you will believe what people traditionally say about reincarnation: that your identity will be reborn into a new body and circumstance.

Related Article: One Soul, Many Bodies: The Case For Reincarnation

Personally I don’t at all believe that this is the case. How is it possible for “you” to reincarnate, if there is no you (other than in your mind) in the first place? This is yet another illusion perpetuated by an ego that is obsessed with its survival. After all, why is reincarnation so appealing to many of us? Because it reassures us that our egos will live on after we die. But if you’ve come to realize that the self is a dreamlike fantasy, you will realize that this isn’t the case.

So what exactly is reincarnation?

Wheel of Dharma

In my understanding, reincarnation is the process of recycling energy. The Buddhist’s represented this in the Wheel of Dharma which reflected the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (called “Samsara”). From what I have learned, the conscious essence that animates us leaves the physical body after death and is “reborn” or remade into a new creation. All of the memories, experiences, lessons and wounds we develop during our lives are then left in a non-physical layer which Carl Jung referred to as the Collective Unconscious and others refer to as the “Akashic Records.”

Although this new being starts off with a “fresh slate” when it is born, as it matures its job is to heal the inherited core wounds of its predecessors.

Who Was I in My Past Life?

I’ve asked and searched for the answers to this question before too, but somehow always intuitively felt that I wasn’t asking the “right” question or looking in the right place. Have you felt this before?

While I don’t believe that our identities reincarnate, I do believe that we can discover who we were in past lives (because we are all One and share the same underlying consciousness). More precisely, we have been every person that has ever existed, but for practical reasons we each carry a unique imprint of inherited strengths and weaknesses.

Similar to transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (big words that describe the process of inheriting physical, mental and emotional information from your ancestors that doesn’t influence your DNA), it is also possible for us to inherit spiritual maladies of many kinds. As life itself is about evolving, advancing and maturing, it can also be said that our emotional and spiritual lives are maturing as well.

Related Article: Is It Possible to Experience a Past Life and a Future Life At the Same Time?

Collectively, we are all evolving, and discovering what inherited core wounds we have is vital in order to become happier and more fulfilled people. In discovering our transgenerational wounds, we also work to “raise the vibrations” of the world for this generation and the future generations.

What is it that your ancestors suffered from in the past that you can heal in the present? You may find that in the process of discovering who you were in your past life, you are linked to one specific person in a single era. On the other hand, you may have many flashbacks from many lives that all possess the same theme. Finally, you may not have any flashbacks at all, but instead have an overwhelming sensation that you must learn to “resolve” a certain issue.

Here are some recommendations that will help you to discover who you were in your past life:

1. Examine what attracts, interests, or creates a sense of nostalgia in you.

For example, you may carry a long-time interest in South American shamanism, you may be intensely attracted to ancient Asian culture, or you may feel a deep sense of longing and inexplicable nostalgia towards the English countryside.

Related Article: Past Life Regressions: Remembering the Good Lives!

2. Pay attention to repetition in your dreams.

Also, learn to distinguish between dreams that feel dreamlike, and dreams that feel distinctly life-like – these dreams may present doorways into the collective unconscious. Repetitive dreams in particular carry important messages for they reveal what our minds on a subconscious level are fixated with. For instance, if you frequently dream about being abandoned for no particular reason (i.e. no childhood abandonment issues), you may be carrying the inherited core wound of betrayal or the fear of aloneness.


Abraham Hicks – Your Loved Ones Are Still Very Involved With You, Don’t Let Them Be Dead To You


Video Source: Andrea Roman

Abraham Hicks in this video discusses how Death is never the end it is just a change in form. So we should not let out loved ones that have passed away be dead to us

Karma Isn’t Punishment or Cosmic Justice: Here’s the Truth You Won’t Hear from the Mainstream


By Jonathan Twiz | Collective Evolution

Now as a man is like this or like that,

according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be;
a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad;
he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds;

And here they say that a person consists of desires,
and as is his desire, so is his will;
and as is his will, so is his deed;
and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BC
In the West we look at Karma as a cosmic law of justice — cause and effect, what goes around comes around, etc. You may be of the large majority in the West that look at karma as the balancing scale of justice that distinguishes right from wrong. Esoterically we look at karma as something that will affect you lifetime after lifetime, as in, the actions that you make in this life will affect the way you live in the next life. I don’t have any knowledge of what is beyond the here and now; with regard to this present moment, living in the now, you and I are still here, and that is as much certainty as we can get. It is for this reason why I will not talk about karma with regard to its effects on the next life. What I will talk about is the way in which karma affects you in this lifetime.
There are a lot more subtleties and layers of the human psyche involved in the way karma plays out. Your reality is your perspective, and over time your perspective of yourself is going to change based on your memories of your past actions and intentions. This will project an identity of who you think you are, which will enhance or diminish your sense of self-worth. One thing that is for sure is that who we are at the present moment is not who we will be in the future. As we live life and collect wisdom in our library of experience, we become more conscious of ourselves. Whether we choose to use this ever-growing consciousness to guide our actions is up to us (bearing in mind the consequences if we don’t). The simple awareness of your ego, past actions, and intentions gives you the freedom to carve a new destiny that will release you from your karma.

“No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change.” – Jordan Belfort

Awareness is the first step when it comes to removing karma. If you are not aware of your actions, intentions, and feelings, you will continue to make free choices that are heavily influenced by these same feelings–>intentions–>actions. People who are unconscious do not evolve. They are forced to learn things the hard way in life, and the more stubborn they are the more difficult it becomes for them to break free of their karma. Living an unconscious life, even if you get away with your choices, puts you in situations that don’t allow you to be free. For example, greed will attract the most fickle and conditional friendships and relationships in your life. Your ego will be built on a false identity of fleeting possessions which can lead to status anxiety. You will attract situations in your life where people make unconscious greedy decisions against your best interests. There is a wide spectrum of less than optimal scenarios that can and likely will occur as a result of living an unconscious life.

Related Article: The Karma Trap: 3 Life-Changing Distinctions About Your Karma

Again, this isn’t a universal punishment or a cosmic law of justice. The universe is indifferent, and the notion of good and bad are constructed in our own minds. The more selfless you become, the more chaotic you become to humanity. The more selfish you are, the more disharmonious you become with humanity. This person has a total lack of empathy for the situations they cause and in time they will increase the likelihood of running into situations that reflect their behavior towards them. This is the aspect of karma where the external environment that you attract becomes your karma. When you take from someone or harm someone, you are adding chaos and causing more disharmony in your life and in the collective. When you are empathetic and selflessly contributing to the collective, you are more in harmony with it.

People who have awareness of themselves are in a much better position than the unconscious person. This person may still continue to make selfish, ego-based decisions, but they are far more likely to be slapped in the face by the guilt. This guilt may even become further magnified if a psychedelic is taken. The guilt one experiences should not become your identity, but rather a wake-up call to rise to the occasion toward becoming a more evolved person. This is the type of karma where you’re feeling judged from within; your own mind is telling you that you are out of sync with your higher self. A bad trip can be nothing more than a look in the mirror, seeing all the ugly sides of yourself that disgust you to the point where you feel very uncomfortable with yourself. This is how psychoactive substances force us to break out of negative patterns of behavior; they show us our shadow side, which ultimately scares the shit out of us. You become aware of the two fighting wolves inside you, one which is good, the other which is bad. From this point on you know that you are responsible for the wolf that wins, which is the one that you feed.

Karma is real, part of it starts with how you’re starting to feel.

Karma is not just about bad deeds but it is also about how you feel about yourself. Your feelings and emotions have a lot to do with your karma. Eckhart Tole talks about the “Pain Body,” which is another identification with the ego. It makes us feel like victims whenever we don’t get what we want, feel misunderstood, or victimized. There are legitimate times when we feel wronged, but the degree to which we wallow in sorrow and/or anger can create bad karma for ourselves, even if we truly were the victim. Continuing to identify with these emotions will affect your perspective, adding a negative filter to your world. You will then take actions based on this perspective, which could lead to more circumstances that caused the initial sadness/anger. You will begin to cause problems in your reality that don’t even exist, all because you are identifying with your pain body all the time.

Related Article: 17 Friendly Gestures That Create Good Karma

When working on your karma, everything on the radar is just a tip of the iceberg. Karma is often a lack of awareness of how your patterns of behavior (which often come from your emotions) are holding you back. This is why psychedelics are popular among some people, as they have a way of showing you the karma that you’re not aware of. Emotions can cause a lot of misunderstandings because they filter your ability to process reality when in an emotionally charged state of mind. Subconsciously, unresolved emotions navigate our Ego through potentially destructive terrain. This can leave karmic imprints that create a repeat cycle of more unhappy circumstances. Emotions that we hold onto can manifest into stress which can cause all sorts of physical symptoms. It can even change the way the brain is hardwired. This is what is called in Vedic and Buddhist philosophy as “Sanskara.

Sanskara is “mental impression, recollection, psychological imprint,” and this meaning in Hindu philosophies is a foundational element of karma theory.

16 Signs That Indicate You’re An Old Soul

By Gregg Prescott | In5d

How can you tell if you are an old soul? Are there differences in traits or behaviors? What signs can I look for that can help me differentiate the difference?

Generally speaking, we are all old souls, but some of us have been here longer than others.

The word “old” is only relative to time. Because time is linear and our souls are eternal, 10,000 years would be the blink of an eye.

Related Article: What Soul Age Are You? Learn About the 5 Soul Ages and Discover Yours

Dolores Cannon believes that we need to incarnate many, many times as inanimate objects, plants, and animals before we can become human. Then, as humans, we still need to incarnate many, many times to learn all of the lessons we came here for. For example, according to Cannon, we all had to be an air molecule and a drop of water to learn what it’s like to work together as ONE.

16 Ways To Tell If You Are An Old Soul

1. You understand many of life’s deeper lessons.

For some people, it is hard to fathom that the soul of a child may be much older than the soul of his or her parents. For these particular people, this is a sign that their soul might be younger than yours. When you begin to understand why you keep incarnating to this 3rd-dimensional reality, it becomes similar to the movie, Groundhog Day, where Phil wakes up each day to find out that it’s still February 2nd until he learns how to remove his ego and starts doing kind deeds for others.

Once you realize that time, space, energy, and matter are 3rd-dimensional products, the theory of time becomes irrelevant, thus the theory of how old your soul also becomes irrelevant.

But for the sake of understanding how old your soul maybe, we’ll continue!

2. You are in touch with your natural abilities or have an extreme interest in these abilities.

Some people are born with innate gifts, such as special healing abilities or psychic abilities. The truth is that we all possess these abilities, but an older soul is more in tune with how to access and implement these abilities in the name of humanity. If you don’t have any particular ability but have a strong interest in them, this is simply your soul trying to recall these abilities that you may have had in a previous lifetime.

3. You become spiritually aware.

Everyone is pure consciousness, but many people have a difficult time to understand what this means. Your soul is pure consciousness and love. It has a unique understanding of how the matrix is being played on this planet and understands that everything we do as a collective will help to facilitate the awakening of others.

4. You understand the importance of forgiveness.

Some people are old souls who still have much to learn because they are trapped inside the box with their ideologies, are stubborn or have not learned the importance of forgiveness. By forgiving yourself and others, we can release any karma between these people.

5. You’re able to transcend the ego.

It’s nearly impossible for anyone to completely transcend ego 100% of the time but simply being aware of our ego and how it plays against unity consciousness is a definite sign on an old soul. On the other side, there is no ego. During your life review, you will re-live your ego and will see how it affected others, as well as yourself. At this point in “time”, you will probably make a soul contract with the hopes of overcoming ego and atoning for whatever ego issues you had in your previous incarnation.

6. You’re able to transcend materialism.

Money and materialism are products of this 3rd-dimensional reality and it’s easy to succumb to materialism, especially when it’s in your face through advertising, programming, and peer pressure. An older soul realizes that money is non-existent on the other side and it generally takes away from who we truly are as spiritual beings. Those who are older souls will generally use money as a tool to either help facilitate their spiritual progression through spiritual retreats or by possibly creating a lavish feng shui home decorated with spiritual meaning versus the most luxurious furnishings. They may also use their money to help others who are less fortunate.

7. You are able to understand the concept that your body is a shell for your soul.

Before you were born, you not only chose your parents, you also chose your life situations and challenges that would help to facilitate your spiritual growth while atoning for any previous karma. The body that you are currently in is simply a vessel for your soul. Your name is what your soul currently refers itself as, but in previous lifetimes, you had many different names and you have lived many previous lives as either a male or a female. Your name and title are both associated with ego because ultimately, you are infinite consciousness and we are all on the same team.

8. You seem to have a special connection to eras long before you were born.

Did you ever watch an old movie or see some artwork from a specific era in time and have a connection to that era? Chances are, you lived a previous life during that time period and this is your cellular memory letting you know!

9. You have an understanding of what you need to do to complete your spiritual progression.

Just by making it this far, you are more awakened than most people on this planet. You have an understanding of Universal laws and what is left to do on your soul contract. Even if you are not specifically sure of either, your higher self and spirit guides will continue lead you in the right direction.

Related Article: Top 10 Reasons to Connect with Your Higher Self

10. You have a strong feeling that home isn’t Earth.

Did you ever look at a random area of the sky and star at an unknown star for no particular reason? Do you have a special connection with specific star systems such as the Pleiades or Orion’s Belt? Do wars and corruption make you feel uneasy as if they didn’t exist where you originally came from? Are you one of the souls who volunteered to come here at this specific point in time to help with the Earth’s ascension? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then chances are, Earth is not your home planet.

11. You tend to be a loner.

The stigma on the word loner is often condescending, but those who are old souls are merely looking for other fragments of themselves and will often distance themselves from younger souls who need more incarnations into a 3rd-dimensional planet. Older souls will seek out other like-minded people because there are comfort and familiarity with these types of people who will help to facilitate each other’s spiritual progression.

12. You have a rebellious nature.

Whether you rebel from religion, laws or anything else, this is a sign that your soul knows the only true laws… the Laws of the Universe. While you respect the reasoning and intention behind laws and religion, you might not be compelled to use these as absolute laws when you know there are a set of higher laws that are intended to facilitate our spiritual progressions.


What Happens When We Die? Quantum Theory Sheds Light On Life After Death

By Joe Martino | Collective Evolution

The biggest question so many of us have in life, one that we have been seeking to answer for years: what happens when we die?

Even modern-day science seeks to answer this question. Where does human consciousness come from and what is its origin? Is it simply a product of the brain, or if the brain itself is a receiver of consciousness. If consciousness is not a product of the brain, it would mean that our physical bodies are not necessary for its continuation; that awareness can exist outside our bodies.

Asking these questions is fundamental to understanding the true nature of our reality, and with quantum physics gaining more popularity, questions regarding consciousness and its relationship to human physicality become increasingly relevant.

Max Planck, the theoretical physicist credited with originating quantum theory — a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 — offers perhaps the best explanation for why understanding consciousness is so essential: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”(source)

Eugene Wigner, also a theoretical physicist and mathematician, stated that it’s not possible to “formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

Does Consciousness Move on After Death?

In 2010, one of the most respected scientists in the world, Robert Lanza, published a book titled Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding The True Nature of the Universe

An expert in regenerative medicine and the scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company, Lanza is also very interested in quantum mechanics and astrophysics, an interest that led him on a path to developing his theory of biocentrism: the theory that life and consciousness are fundamental to understanding the nature of our reality, and that consciousness comes prior to the creation of the material universe.

His theory implies that our consciousness does not die with us, but rather moves on, and this suggests that consciousness is not a product of the brain. It is something else entirely, and modern science is only beginning to understand what that might be.

This theory is best illustrated by the quantum double slit experiment. It’s is a great example that documents how factors associated with consciousness and our physical material world are connected in some way; that the observer creates the reality.

Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe could be a mental construction, or at the very least, that consciousness plays a fundamental role in the creation of matter.

Related Article: Consciousness Survives the Death of the Body – New Research Confirms

R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University  wrote in a 2005 publication for the journal Nature:

According to [pioneering physicist] Sir James Jeans: “the stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.” . . . The Universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual. Live, and enjoy.

(“The Mental Universe”; Nature 436:29,2005) (source)

Lanza’s theory implies that if the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies. But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. This is an example that’s commonly used to describe the enigma of consciousness.

The double-slit experiment has shown repeatedly that “observations not only disturb what has to be measured, but they also produce it. . . . We compel [the electron] to assume a definite position. . . . We ourselves produce the results of the measurement.”  (source)

The idea that we could be living in a holographic-type of the universe is not so far-fetched, and if the observer is required for physical matter to manifest, then the observer must exist before the physical body.

The hypothesis that the brain creates consciousness dominates the mainstream materialistic world of science, despite the wealth of evidence showing that the brain (and our entire physical reality, for that matter) could be a product of consciousness.

Below is a great quote to illustrate what is meant by “material” science.

“The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is a reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles.”

 Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science

Examining the neurochemical processes in the brain that occur when one is having a subjective experience is important, and does offer certain insights. It tells us that when ‘this’ type of experience is happening, ‘that’ is going on in the brain. But it does not prove that the neurochemical processes are producing the experience. What if the experience itself is producing the neurochemical processes?

Determining how consciousness causes matter to materialize is our next step. One thing is for certain, however; with all of the information out there postulating the existence of consciousness as independent from the brain, it’s time to push the boundaries of our current accepted framework of knowledge and question what we think we know.

The implications of this theory are immense. Just imagine if life after death were confirmed by the mainstream scientific community — how much would this impact not only our understanding of science, but also philosophy, religion, and many other areas of our lives?

A Great Lecture

Below is a great video from Dr. Gary Schwartz, a professor at the University of Arizona, discussing whether consciousness is the product of the brain or a receiver of it. It’s a little overview of a subject that is full of peer-reviewed scientific research that not many people have the time to go through. It would actually almost be impossible to go through all of it.

Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework is antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data that do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed a priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.

– Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona (1)

What About Near-Death Experiences?

Below is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the fathers of near-death studies and is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science at the University of Virginia.

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In the video, he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity) but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this — where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe. Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non-material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.

Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s) have been documented and studied for a long time. For example, in 2001, the international medical journal The Lancet published a 13-year study on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs):

Our results show that medical factors cannot account for the occurrence of NDE. All patients had a cardiac arrest and were clinically dead with unconsciousness resulting from insufficient blood supply to the brain. In those circumstances, the EEG (a measure of brain electrical activity) becomes flat, and if CPR is not started within 5-10 minutes, irreparable damage is done to the brain and the patient will die. (2)(3)

Researchers monitored a total of 344 patients, and an astounding 18% of them had some sort of memory from when they were dead or unconscious (no brain activity), and 12% (1 out of every 8) had a very strong and “deep” experience. Keep in mind that these experiences have occurred when there is no electrical activity in the brain following cardiac arrest.

Another study comes out of the University of Southampton, where scientists found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after death. In the scientific world, this was thought to be impossible. It is the world’s largest near-death experiences study ever published, and it was published in the journal Resuscitation: (4)

In 2008, a large-scale study involving 2060 patients from 15 hospitals in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Austria was launched. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study, sponsored by the University of Southampton in the UK, examined the broad range of mental experiences in relation to death. Researchers also tested the validity of conscious experiences using objective markers for the first time in a large study to determine whether claims of awareness compatible with out-of-body experiences correspond with real or hallucinatory events. (source)