A film about earthbounds, James Van Praagh's latest book, and memories of other lives, with or without regression
There is a wealth of information about the Spirit World and the soul's journey in James Van Praagh's latest book "Growing up in Heaven: the Eternal Connection between parent and child," HarperOne, 2011. Before sharing communications in his public demonstrations, James always asks his spirit guides to bring down spiritual protection on the assembled audience, and then starts to give readings. He sees the auras above individual members of the audience, and one time was able to see the diamond-like aura of the higher soul, rather than the usual astral colours which surround a person. Not only does he discuss how children grow up in the spirit world, but he also describes the soul personality and its progress through many incarnations, and has a discussion on the concepts of karma, cause and effect and retribution. Spiritual healing and how to overcome grief over the loss of a loved one are also topics which are dealt with as the author reviews some of the readings given over the many years of his public appearances.
"Heart and Souls," (1993) is a a poignant movie about four earthbounds who become attached to a a baby boy when they die in a bus accident. The baby is born in a carwhich is involved in the same crash, and until the toddler grows older he is able to see and talk with the earthbounds. When he is an adult (played by Robert Downey Jn.) the earthbounds in turn are able to take over his body and complete unfinished business, which finally releases them from earthly attachments.
This is a good illustration about how spirits in hospitals, at accident scenes and at bars and on battlegrounds, can become attached to a living person, even a newborn. In most cases this kind of influence, obessession or possession is undesirable, and release and rescue work is usually needed. As has actually happened, even if a person is inspired to write, conduct or perform music, for example, as if he (or she) were a genius, the person is not living his own life, but is channeling the energy of a former musician, who may be an earthbound. This movie provides a good starting point for a discussion concerning how far we should allow the spirit world to influence us.
There are two more useful books by Michael Newton to help those researching past lives through regression therapy. The first is:
"Life between Lives: Hypnotherapy for spiritual regression. Llewellyn Publications, 2004. As well as useful techniques and a comprehensive giuide for the regression therapist, there is valuable appendix containing spiritual principles and a description of the soul groups in the spirit worlds, which have already been discussed by Frances Banks in her communications reported in books by Helen Greaves ["Testimony of Light," and "The Challenging Light."]
The most recent book by Michael is "Memories of the Afterlife." Llewellyn, 2009.
Some of us are able to obtain glimpses of past (and future) lives quite naturallly without having to be regressed. Deja-vu experiences lead into memories of a past life, as do other situations, and even dreams, phobias and the occasional nightmare. Jenny Cockell has had many such periods of recall since her childhood, which she describes in her two books, "Past Lives, Future Lives," Piatkus, 1996, and "Yesterday's Children," [a.k.a. "Across Time and Death" in the U.S.A.] - Piatkus 1993. Earlier writers like Arthur Guirdham, Joan Grant and G.K. Challoner have had similar unaided recall of past lives, and most of Jane Roberts's "Seth" books discuss past and future lives, and her three "Oversoul Seven" novels illustrate how the soul integrates its various lives.
Finally, I would like to recommend for summer reading "The Globalisation of Addiction: a study in Poverty of the Spirit," by Bruce K. ALexander, Oxford University Press, 2010. The author discusses not only the current problems of addiction to drugs, gambling and alcohol, but also the dislocation of family, working and social life caused by unregulated global free trade and the corrupt financial organisations and international conglomerates. Rupert Murdoch and the current phone hacking scandals are only the tip of the iceberg. Professor Alexander concludes that only a return to spiritual values will prevent the crumbling of our civilisation. Let us hope that advocates of Spiritualist philosophy and Spirit Rescue and Release workwill lead the way.
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