Thursday, August 28, 2014

Remembering Past Lives; American Monsters

Pat Macpherson, Amber Larson, Wisdom Quarterly;host George Noory, guests Dr. Brian Weiss, Linda Godfrey (, 8-27-14)
Vajrayana: Tibetan Buddhist Master Simon Wong conducts a "Padmasambhava Hindrance-Removal Blessing and Soul Delivery Ceremony" (mastersimonwong/flickr)
Dr. Brian L. Weiss, M.D., does past-life regression therapy. With it he has seen cases of people -- more than 4,000 so far -- who were healed of psychological or physical problems when they recalled their past lives and thereby resolved issues from those previous experiences.
The "soul" (that part of us that seems to go from life to life, the gandharva and atman in Buddhism, the consciousness that does not travel but nevertheless relinks past and present, the ongoing process of consciousness/knowing) has a multidimensional quality.

It may exist as one level or one energy (as a concept of an "oversoul" of co-migrating group), but in our plane it is perceived of individually. That is what is reborn, or in conventional terms "reincarnates" (enters a new body, new flesh, new carne) in a new body after a person dies, Dr. Weiss notes.
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  • In his revolutionary book Miracles Happen, Brian Weiss M.D., the New York Times bestselling author of Many Lives, Many Masters, examines the physical, emotional, and spiritual healing that is possible when you freely accept and embrace the reality of reincarnation. Trained as a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Weiss began to explore how reincarnation and past life regression can lead us to our higher selves after a startling encounter with a patient. Now a leading proponent of past-life therapy, Dr. Weiss shows us that, indeed, Miracles Happen, with seemingly incredible but true stories that demonstrate how, by getting in touch with and understanding our past lives, we can dramatically improve the present.
As for accounting for the increasing population of Earth, one explanation the doctor has repeatedly heard from patients during their hypnotic regressions is that, "This is not the only place where there are souls. The Earth is just one school of many, many schools." That is, there are many places in the solar system, the universe, other universes, other "dimensions" to be reborn. The Buddha spoke of 31 general "Planes of Existence" where one might be reborn. The "Human Plane" is one, but that is not limited to Earth; they are not the same. Earth is one place where "humans" (manussya) are.
Dr. Weiss uses hypnosis -- relaxed concentration -- as the method to bring out the memory and information, regressing into past lives. This method serves his patients, helping them access recall of their past lives.
"Go through the door, and tell me what you find on the other side," he suggests to them. And sometimes the person comes up with very specific and verifiable experiences: "They're using all of their senses -- visual, smell, sounds, feelings, emotions, and taste, and...describe these scenes in great detail that seem to come from other times," he shared. (Dr. Weiss offers a set of CDs with techniques for meditation, healing, relaxation, and past life regression).
"I'm finding that we're here to learn, teach, and help others, and that's what we take with us when we die. We don't take our houses and our cars and our bank accounts; we take our knowledge and our wisdom, and how we've lived," Dr. Weiss observes. (See more at

American Monsters
americanmonsterscoverAuthor and investigator Linda Godfrey investigates and writes about the history, sightings, and lore surrounding the most mysterious "monsters" in America. What is a "monster"?

They are the strange creatures that people have witnessed on land, air, and water. A number of gigantic (pterodactyl) birds have been seen. Some have the appearance of raptors, like some kind of mutated eagle or vulture, Godfrey explained.

There was a sighting by a 6 foot man a few years ago in northern Wisconsin in very tall weeds. The somewhat stork-like appearing bird must have been around 11 feet tall since it was so far above the weeds. Its wings had an immense rolling motion, and he estimated its wingspan to be around 18 to 20 feet.

Godfrey revealed that there are various types of sea monsters and lake creatures, including "drowned-sters," her term for bizarre looking corpses that wash up on beaches. Sometimes it turns out these odd looking bodies are known creatures, such as raccoons that lose their hair or undergo changes while underwater, she explained. But sometimes they are inexplicable cryptids.

Speaking of the legendary Native American Windigo, often portrayed as a Dogman, Wolfman, or Bigfoot-type creature, Godfrey explains that tribes vary in their descriptions combining human, animal, and demon or dimensional-spirit qualities.

She also touched on the Jasper County Ear Eater, a baffling case involving a large predator that was never seen. The creature attacked hog pens and was known for tearing the ears off hogs and killing wantonly. (See more at

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