What Happens to Awareness after Death?

A discussion exploring Awareness after death and the notion of reincarnation.

Reincarnation and the Now Moment by Donna Quesada [ Updated Aug 8, 2017]

Presence and Reincarnation; A Contradiction in Terms?

We talked in class, about the importance of presence, and the role of meditation in bringing us back to the only moment that has ever, and that will ever, exist—Now. And then a student asked a question:

“But Hindus believe in reincarnation—isn’t that a future-worry?”

At the heart of meditation, in Hinduism, and in all the Dharmic traditions, including Buddha Dharma and Sikh Dharma, is the importance placed on nurturing our power of focused awareness. It strengthens the mind’s ability to consciously choose, anew in each moment, where to focus its attention. As it happens, the best thing to focus on is now, and although there are countless reasons why, these are the three most important ones:

1. Now is it the most incredible and momentous event of our lives.

2. Now is the only time and place joy lives.

3. Now is the only time and place we can discover how the mind really works, and thus, get it to work better.

Now starts with the simple sensation of our own breath flowing in through our noses, and down into our lungs. Watching this is where presence begins and where true meditation begins.

I can appreciate my student’s concern about reincarnation, and the idea that if it happens at a future time, then thinking about it would seem to constitute future thinking—a direct contradiction to the enterprise of staying present.

However—and this is at the heart of my response—Just because you know the rest of the staircase is there, doesn’t mean you ever walk more than one step at a time!

The subtler nuances of my response concern the idea of reincarnation itself, which may be conceived of in myriad ways.

Ask a Zen Buddhist what she thinks of reincarnation and get one answer. Ask 10 others and get 10 more. Ask a Hindu, get another one still. Life and death happens every moment. It happens because you change every moment. In each and every moment, the forces of creation, preservation and destruction happen within you and without you, on every level of your physical, spiritual and mental existence. On the cellular level there is a war going on, and in the world of our minds, as meditation clearly shows us, we are forever duking it out.

But we only notice the aftermath and inevitable changes that follow, when something moves us and shakes us to such a degree that we’re thrown into shock—when we’re sure nothing will ever be the same again. We must remember though, that at any moment, we may proclaim with absolute certainty, that nothing will ever be the same again. We always notice only later, when, seen through the bittersweet palette of our mind’s eye, we gaze nostalgically back upon the events of our lives.

Reincarnation, conceived of in the most brute sense, as the soul taking up residence in a new physical vessel, after the complete physical death of the prior, is still just an extension of the way life is already—you know there’s a tomorrow, but you don’t live there. You know you’ll die, but you choose to live, while you’re alive.

In this unrefined interpretation of reincarnation, the soul’s rebirth is determined by the karmic balance left after our physical existence is done. But in the meantime, and in realtime, through meditation, we can redeem our innumerable debts. When we say we choose to live, we can really do it, by waking up now. The Hindus call it Moksha. We can all call it liberation.

Source: AWAKEN

The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India by Vanamali (Author),


A complete introduction to Sanatana Dharma, the spiritual science of the Hindu sages

• Examines how many core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science

• Explores the scientific discoveries of the rishis, ancient Vedic sages, and how they have only recently been rediscovered by Western scientists

• Reveals the concepts of quantum physics hidden within the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas

Called “the scientists of Hinduism,” the rishis of ancient India were the scribes of the Vedas. They developed the spiritual science of Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma, as their way of ensuring the constant renewal and progress of India’s spiritual tradition and culture. Sanatana Dharma permeates every aspect of Hindu culture, from religion to the arts to the sciences. Woven within its Vedic texts lie all of the essential concepts of quantum physics and other modern scientific discoveries.

Providing a complete introduction to the science of Sanatana Dharma, Vanamali reveals how the core concepts of Hinduism, including Brahman, Atman, bhakti, karma, and reincarnation, relate to modern science and how the scientific discoveries of the ancient rishis have been recently rediscovered by the West. She examines the scientific principles within the classic stories and texts of India, including the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and the Puranas. Within the teachings of the ancient Puranic sages and saints such as Valmiki and Vyasa and legendary physicians and mathematician-philosophers such as Aryabhatta and Varahamihir, the author reveals great scientific truths–not those believed by the ancient world, but truths still upheld by modern science, particularly quantum physics. She explores Desha and Kaala (Space and Time), Shankara and his philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, and the Hindu sciences of mathematics, astronomy, and Vedic astrology.

In illustrating the scientific basis of Hinduism and the discoveries of its sages, Vanamali provides a window into the depths of this most ancient spiritual way of life.

Mataji Devi Vanamali has written 8 books on the gods of the Hindu pantheon, including Shakti, Hanuman, Shiva, The Complete Life of Krishna, and The Complete Life of Rama, as well as translating the Bhagavad Gita. She is the founder and president of Vanamali Gita Yoga Ashram Trust, dedicated to sharing the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma and charitable service to children. She lives at the Vanamali ashram in Rishikesh, northern India.

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Devi Vanamali on Gurus, Disciples and the Spiritual Path

Devi Vanamali is a famous Bhakta from Rishikesh, Teacher and Author. Here She speaks openly about Gurus, Disciples and the Spiritual Path.
http://www.vanamaliashram.org

Our Minds are like Whirlpools in the River of Consciousness


Published on Oct 2, 2015

A discussion exploring the intersubjective agreement in relation to the perception of objects.

The Philosophy of Reincarnation and the Now Moment by Donna Quesada

Presence and Reincarnation; A Contradiction in Terms?

We talked in class, about the importance of presence, and the role of meditation in bringing us back to the only moment that has ever, and that will ever, exist—Now. And then a student asked a question:

“But Hindus believe in reincarnation—isn’t that a future-worry?”

At the heart of meditation, in Hinduism, and in all the Dharmic traditions, including Buddha Dharma and Sikh Dharma, is the importance placed on nurturing our power of focused awareness. It strengthens the mind’s ability to consciously choose, anew in each moment, where to focus its attention. As it happens, the best thing to focus on is now, and although there are countless reasons why, these are the three most important ones:

1. Now is it the most incredible and momentous event of our lives.

2. Now is the only time and place joy lives.

3. Now is the only time and place we can discover how the mind really works, and thus, get it to work better.

Now starts with the simple sensation of our own breath flowing in through our noses, and down into our lungs. Watching this is where presence begins and where true meditation begins.

I can appreciate my student’s concern about reincarnation, and the idea that if it happens at a future time, then thinking about it would seem to constitute future thinking—a direct contradiction to the enterprise of staying present.

However—and this is at the heart of my response—Just because you know the rest of the staircase is there, doesn’t mean you ever walk more than one step at a time!

The subtler nuances of my response concern the idea of reincarnation itself, which may be conceived of in myriad ways.

Ask a Zen Buddhist what she thinks of reincarnation and get one answer. Ask 10 others and get 10 more. Ask a Hindu, get another one still. Life and death happens every moment. It happens because you change every moment. In each and every moment, the forces of creation, preservation and destruction happen within you and without you, on every level of your physical, spiritual and mental existence. On the cellular level there is a war going on, and in the world of our minds, as meditation clearly shows us, we are forever duking it out.

But we only notice the aftermath and inevitable changes that follow, when something moves us and shakes us to such a degree that we’re thrown into shock—when we’re sure nothing will ever be the same again. We must remember though, that at any moment, we may proclaim with absolute certainty, that nothing will ever be the same again. We always notice only later, when, seen through the bittersweet palette of our mind’s eye, we gaze nostalgically back upon the events of our lives.

Reincarnation, conceived of in the most brute sense, as the soul taking up residence in a new physical vessel, after the complete physical death of the prior, is still just an extension of the way life is already—you know there’s a tomorrow, but you don’t live there. You know you’ll die, but you choose to live, while you’re alive.

In this unrefined interpretation of reincarnation, the soul’s rebirth is determined by the karmic balance left after our physical existence is done. But in the meantime, and in realtime, through meditation, we can redeem our innumerable debts. When we say we choose to live, we can really do it, by waking up now. The Hindus call it Moksha. We can all call it liberation.


Donna Quesada is an instructor of eastern philosophy at Santa Monica College and a dedicated teacher of Kundalini Yoga. Her spiritual name is Dhanpal Kaur. She is the author of Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers and is a contributor to The Poetry of Yoga. She lives with her family in the heart of cinema land, Culver City, CA, where you’ll likely find her walking her nutty little terrier Marcel.

Bob Thurman: 1. The relative self and reincarnation 2. Reflections on the meaning of enlightenment 3. Reflections on the spiritual journey

The relative self and reincarnation – Bob Thurman

Bob Thurman discusses the meaning of enlightenment as it was defined by the Buddha.

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, asian history, world philosophy, buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of buddhist ideas in our daily lives.

Reflections on the spiritual journey by Bob Thurman

A conversation with Bob Thurman reflecting on his spiritual journey.

A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, asian history, world philosophy, buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of buddhist ideas in our daily lives.

Reincarnation: One Woman’s Exploration of Her Past Lives by Marilou Trask-Curtin (Author)

As a three-month-old baby lying in her grandmother’s arms, author Marilou Trask-Curtin had the fantastic experience of remembering herself in other bodies, times, and places. In this fascinating book, she tells the stories of soul lessons and past-life relationships that were too powerful to ignore. With a supportive community of like-minded seekers, Trask-Curtin achieves a remarkable transformation, and now she is able to affirm this important fact: Reincarnation is real.

It’s not easy for anyone to move past the limiting teachings of our culture, but Reincarnation shares a comforting idea— death is not the end, but rather a glorious new beginning. Join Marilou as she explores her soul’s path, returning again and again to fulfill what was unfulfilled in other lifetimes. With the true stories of Marilou’s remarkable experiences, this book reaffirms that empathy, forgiveness, and unconditional love are our soul’s most important lessons.


Marilou Trask-Curtin authored In My Grandfather’s House: A Catskill Journal (ProStar Publications, 2006), Dreaming of the Dead (Llewellyn, 2012) and Reincarnation (Llewellyn, 2014). She was also an award-winning playwright and a screenwriter. Sadly, Marilou passed away in January 2015 just before the release of her final book Three Journeys to Heaven. Visit her website at MarilouTrask-Curtin.com.

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Marilou Trask-Curtin on Schenectady Today

Marilou Trask-Curtin — Author “Dreaming of the Dead: Personal Stories of Comfort and Hope” will join us. Her first book was “In My Grandfather’s House: A Catskill Journal” (a memoir). She is currently working on several book projects, which she will tell us about. She is an award winning screenwriter and playwright.
Website: http://www.mariloutrask-curtin.com

Heart of Miracles My Journey Back to Life After a Near-Death Experience by KAREN HENSON JONES

Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.

With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.

Karen Henson Jones is a co-founder of Malibu Beach Yoga in Malibu, California. She also works as an assistant to Khen Rinpoche, the founder of the Siddhartha School and head abbot of the Tashi Lhunpho monastery in India. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University and London Business School.

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Heart of Miracles Book Trailer (Hay House)

ublished on Dec 18, 2014
Heart of Miracles is a new book by Karen Henson Jones. Published by Hay House Inc., it’s available all over the world.website: http://www.karenhensonjones.com.

Description: Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living. With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves.

What Happens to Awareness after Death? ~ Rupert Spira

Published on Feb 13, 2015
A discussion exploring Awareness after death and the notion of reincarnation.

Does Consciousness need a Brain? – Evidence for Reincarnation

Published on Oct 5, 2014

Dr. Bruce Greyson reports of cases that suggest that consciousness does not need a physical brain and in fact not even a physical body. Presented at the “Cosmology and Consciousness Conference” hosted by Upper TCV, Dharamsala, in 2011
This video is from http://www.scienceformonks.org
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sciencef…

Why Think Of Reincarnation ? Q & A ~ Rupert Spira

Q. I read you every day on your site and I’m so grateful to you for your teaching. I resonate a lot with it and I have a question.

Consciousness is all there is. Consciousness chooses to experiment with a body and a world with free will. I understand that there is no separate entity in the sense that it is impermanent and that all those apparent entities take form in and out of consciousness and so are impersonal.

If I know myself as pure Consciousness, formless pure light. Does that mean that when I quit that apparent entity, that personality, that ego, that apparent me will dissolve completely?

If yes, who are all those dead entities that some people have the ability to see and get in touch with and even help them to transition. This seem to be so real and quite confusing and what about reincarnation?

Thank you for your great generosity.

RS: If we truly know that Consciousness is all there is, this question would not arise.

It is more in line with non-duality to be honest about our thoughts and feelings rather than to adopt a new apparently non-dual belief. No belief is non-dual including the belief in non-duality.

It is not that the separate entity is impermanent – it is rather that it is non-existent. The apparently separate entity is a figment of the imagination whether it appears in the waking state, the dream state or an after death state.

That separate entity does not transition anywhere. How can a non-existent entity transition anywhere?

Why think of reincarnation? You are not even incarnated let alone reincarnated!

Incarnated means ‘born into the body.’ See clearly that the Awareness that you intimately know yourself to be in this very moment is not located in or as the body.

Be knowingly that Awareness and allow all appearances of the apparent entity and all ideas about incarnation and reincarnation to pass through you.

Who is the ‘I,’ the you, that will quit ‘that apparent entity, that personality, that ego?’ That one does not have to quit anything – it is already inherently free of the separate entity.

And who is ‘that apparent entity, that personality, that ego’ that needs to be quit? It dies or disappears every time the thought or feeling about it ceases. In other words, it is constantly dying.

In fact, it was never alive in the first place. As an entity it is just an object, like a table or a chair. However, if we look for that entity, we never find it. We find instead this presence of Awareness, that is, it finds or knows itself. That is what is alive in all seemingly alive things.

That is the light, the aliveness, the ‘experiencing’ in all seeming things and experiences.

Take your stand knowingly as this presence of Awareness and see that it never moves, changes, appears disappears, is born or dies.

With love,

Rupert

Reincarnation and Karma: How It All Works ~ Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

Do we only live once? It all depends on one’s perspective. If you think we’re nothing but chemicals with no soul, then yes, it is the end. If you believe in only one life and then it’s heaven or hell, then no. It’s especially not the end if you happen to believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation suggests this is not our first life on Earth and it’s most likely not our last. The Hindu perspective suggests we have been around for millions of lifetimes and that there may be millions ahead. In that sense, we are all “old souls.”

What is it that reincarnates and how exactly does it happen?

The Bhagavad Gita, the ancient text of India suggests that the soul leaves when the
body dies. The type of body and psychological disposition — likes, dislikes, phobias, etc., one receives upon rebirth is dependent on the actions (karma) within that one life combined with the actions from previous lives. By some inconceivable system, all of one’s positive and negative deeds are recorded. This means, no one gets away with anything. Moreover, all positive and negative actions create within the individual a psychological disposition to continue performing that action. For example, if one starts stealing or gets in the habit of lying and doesn’t try to change these tendencies, then in the next life, one will pick up where they left off. The same goes for positive actions.

The mind propels us into action based on its conditioning which is based on past actions. So, when the body reaches its demise, the mind and soul get transferred into, hopefully, another human womb. Even while in the womb, the mind remains active and is recalling events from the previous life. In a NYTimes article “Do Babies Dream,” Charles P. Pollack, director of Center for Sleep Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Weill explains, “Most dreaming occurs during a type of sleep called REM sleep…which ‘…occurs at all life stages, including infancy, and even before infancy, in fetal life.'”

This article doesn’t establish the fact that the dreams of the fetus are from previous lives, but it does indicate that the little guy is dreaming. If he or she hasn’t lived before, what in the world could it be dreaming of?

The mind functions kind of like a hard drive with millions of files on it. If a hard drive is transferred into a different computer, the new computer will have all the same information as the previous one. So, when the mind and soul are relocated into a new body, the exterior is different, but all the programming stored in the mind are exactly the same. This programming will make the person behave in very much the same way as they did in the previous life because the conditioning and impressions are the same. The car may be different, but the driver is the same. Hence, we are not very different from who we were in our previous life.

This might help to explain the phenomena of children with past life memories. The memories are very specific and can often be verified. Dr. Ian Stevenson, the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Division of Perceptual Studies researched and wrote about this phenomena extensively.

Most adherents of the Hindu and Buddhist traditions will have little difficulty accepting that the soul moves through different bodies until it ultimately purifies itself of anger, greed, envy and pride. This might be because life is seen as a cyclical phenomena in the East as opposed to a linear one in the West. All the intricacies of karma and reincarnation will always remain mysterious to the human mind, but knowing that I will get a second or third chance, gives me hope.


Pandit currently serves as a lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain of Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary. He teaches courses on the the Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu texts combining their messages with popular Hollywood movies. He leads workshops on mantra meditation and delivers lectures at the nation’s leading universities and yoga studios. Pandit spoke at a recent TEDx conference and was featured in the NPR piece “Long Days and Short Nights of a Hindu Monk.” He has also appeared in a PBS documentary on the Bhagavad Gita, as well as The New York Times. For more from Pandit, check out his website at nycpandit.com.

View his book “Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine HERE

A New Model of Karma, Deep Sleep and Death [updated Aug 8, 2014]


Published on Apr 25, 2014

In this video clip Rupert gives a new interpretation of karma using the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep as a model.

Beyond Past Lives: What Parallel Realities Can Teach Us about Relationships, Healing, and Transformation by Mira Kelley (Author), Wayne W Dyer Dr. (Foreword)

Pub Date Jul 29 2014

In this book, regressionist Mira Kelley shares the life-changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your own growth. Mira teaches you how to connect with your Higher Self in any moment to receive guidance. You’ll come to understand how everything around you is just a reflection of yourself, why is it important to forgive, why you have the right to love yourself, and how the Universe always supports you lovingly and unconditionally. The stories contained in these pages will help you discover how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you learn about the nature of time, karma, destiny, and free will—as well as how each choice creates a new reality for you. As you read Beyond Past Lives, you’ll see how regression has helped others shift to a reality of health and well-being, and you will be guided to achieve the same for yourself. Prepare for a powerful transformation as you experience the profound lesson of your past lives!
Mira Kelley grew up in Bulgaria, where at the age of 13 she had a powerful regression experience. With great courage and trust in her heart, Mira followed her intuition and came to the United States to go to college. Following her graduation from law school, Mira practiced as a corporate and securities attorney at a large firm in New York City. A painful physical condition led her to rediscover the instantaneous emotional and physical healing available through regression, and now she assists people in transforming their own lives in this way. Stories from Mira’s sessions are included in Wishes Fulfilled by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Miracles Happen by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.; they have also been featured on Oprah.com.

Website: http://www.mirakelley.com

Learn About Your Prior Reincarnations And Who You Are

Find Out Your Purpose In life

Resolve Emotional And Health Issues

Receive Guidance When Making Important Decisions

Understand And Heal The Relationships With Your Family And Friends

We carry over traumas, vows and unresolved issues through lifetimes and they affect us presently. We also tend to reincarnate with the same group of souls so that we can work together on lessons, resolve karma, gain understanding and grow spiritually. Through revisting a past life you look to experience where the problem began-to see the life time and understand the dynamics that originated the issue. The most powerful thing about every regression is the instantaneous healing. The re-living and re-experiencing creates the kind of understanding that is really transformative. You will also receive guidance and answers to your questions from your Higher Self.
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Speaks With Mira Kelley

I had the opportunity to join Dr. Wayne W. Dyer on stage at the I Can Do It conference. We spoke about regression, accessing the Higher Self and the simultaneity of existence.

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Mira Kelley Vancouver I Can Do It 2012.m4v

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer introduces Mira Kelley and discusses with her regression, past lives, parallel lives, the simultaneity of existence and the Higher Self

From Dr. Wayne W. Dyer:
“I spent one spectacular afternoon in a hypnotic time lapse in which I was taken on a magical journey into a past life with Mira Kelley. In fact, I was so taken by this experience that I included a verbatim transcript of the entire past life regression in my latest book titled Wishes Fulfilled. This remarkable woman put me totally at ease as she skillfully guided me through deeply ingrained but long repressed memories that brought me to a new level of awareness of who I am and what path I was to take.I can still recall vividly even the most minute of details that took place in our life changing session together, and I feel such a sense of clarity about my life path up until now, and more significantly about the direction I now feel compelled to follow. The thing that resonates so profoundly with me since our session together is that I understand not only what I have been doing and why, but what I now know I must do in the future.

This experience with Mira was truly one of the peak experiences of my life. She was so skillful and yet gentle and compassionate throughout every moment of this wondrous time I spent examining the world of the invisible. I am writing these words with profound emotion and I offer her my sincere enthusiastic endorsement. Whatever you do, don’t miss this opportunity to experience a regression with Mira.”

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Mira Kelley ~ Part 1 of 2

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer speaks with Mira Kelley about the regression Mira conducted with Wayne, as detailed in Wayne’s new book Wishes Fulfilled, and about Mira’s experiences as a regressionist.
http://www.mirakelley.com

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Mira Kelley ~ Part 2 of 2

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer speaks with Mira Kelley about the regression Mira conducted with Wayne, as detailed in Wayne’s new book Wishes Fulfilled, and about Mira’s experiences as a regressionist.
http://www.mirakelley.com

The End of Death: How Near-Death Experiences Prove the Afterlife by Admir Serrano (Author)

“The End of Death”

How Near-Death Experiences Prove the Afterlife.

Understand what happened to Eben Alexander from the inside out. “Proof of heaven” in every page. A book that explains what near-death experience really is, and why we survive physical death. The afterlife is real, and The End of Death shows why and how.

Using personal experiences and examinations of first-hand accounts, coupled with scientific evidence and academic experiments, the author explores the phenomena of Near Death Experience (NDE). Compelling and eye-opening, the book is an essential read for anyone interested in the afterlife, or those simply wanting to question why they are here.

Biography
Admir Serrano
, an unabashed believer in the immortality of the human spirit, is a long time researcher, writer and lecturer on paranormal phenomena such as out-of-body experiences (OBEs), near-death experiences (NDEs), deathbed visions (DBVs), after-death communication (ADC), reincarnation, mediumship and the afterlife. His interest in these topics began when he started having spontaneous OBEs and wanted to understand the phenomenon. He has worked as a hospice volunteer providing spiritual support to terminally ill patients, at which time he could witness first hand the deathbed vision phenomenon. Academically, he has studied Business Administration, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Theology and Neuropsychology. He is the author of three books on related topics in his native Portuguese language. In his native Brazil he has been a guest in several TV and radio shows. The End of Death is his first book book in English. He lives in Miami, Florida and is a frequent lecturer in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Click Here to read an excerpt

ENGLISH: Neglected Questions in Near-Death Research

What survives physical death?
What keeps the spirit body connected to the physical?
Why no NDEr ever lands in Heckensack after the tunnel?
What is Peak in Darien?
In this video, you will find the answers!

The Evolving Soul: Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration By: Linda Backman

Available: August 2014


Life continues after death. There is purpose to the struggles we face throughout this lifetime. Using information amassed from hundreds of hypnotic regression clients, The Evolving Soul shows why people often struggle in key areas of life, such as health and relationships. Dr. Linda Backman guides readers who are caught up in fear, regret, and confusion to understand that while it is important to realize and work with our life’s lessons, accessing and releasing particular past life experiences is the most important step in achieving physical and spiritual healing.

Providing examples from people who have realized accelerated soul growth, The Evolving Soul also includes questions and prompts at the end of each chapter, designed to help the reader access her own soul and the lessons it provides.

Dr. Linda Backman, Licensed Psychologist, has been in private practice for over thirty years. Linda’s degrees come from the University of Oregon, University of North Carolina, and Northern Arizona University. In addition, Linda has received training in numerous traditional and non-traditional techniques including hypnotherapy, Between Lives Soul Regression therapy, past life regression therapy, and shamanic soul retrieval. Linda has presented on numerous topics nationally and internationally for a number of years.

With the administrative coordination of her husband, Dr. Earl Backman, Linda provides individual regression sessions, training in past life and between lives regression, workshops about soul purpose/progression, spirit guides, and moving through grief with spiritual understanding, both in Colorado and the US and abroad.

Linda’s love and passion is to work in concert with the psycho-spiritual realm assisting individuals and couples on their path. Helping people to move forward in their lives, while understanding the connection between our grounded reality and what is not seen, but is spirit-guided, is her greatest goal. Learning the lessons of current life and moving forward can assist each of us as individuals and as a collective.

Pauline Interviews Dr. Linda Backman, Regression Therapist Part 1

Published on Apr 26, 2014

Pauline interviews licensed psychologist and regression therapist , Linda Backman. The interview is a discussion of Dr. Backman’s work as a past life and between life regression therapist. We talk about why someone would want to know their past lives and how it helps them in their current lifetime. Dr. Backman explains how she conducts between life therapy. She talks about how she takes clients through preparation and hypnosis to a between life state. There clients can see where they are and what they are doing before they incarnate into their next lifetime. Dr. Backman, along with her husband Dr. Earl Backman, conduct classes in regression training at The RavenHeart Center in Colorado. Dr. Backman is also the author of “Bringing Your Soul to Light” and “The Evolving Soul, Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration”. Part 1 ends abruptly…..Part 2 follows.

Pauline Interviews Dr. Linda Backman, Regression Therapist Part 2

Pauline continues her interview with Licensed Psychologist and Past Life Regression Therapist Linda Backman. Dr. Backman explains how she uses past life and between life therapy to help clients with present day issues. Dr. Backman is also the author of two books, “Bringing Your Soul to Light” and “The Evolving Soul, Spiritual Healing Through Past Life Exploration”. Dr. Linda Backman, along with her husband Dr. Earl Backman, operate The RavenHeart Center in Colorado where they conduct classes in regression therapies.

Listen to a blogtalk radio interview HERE

KARMA AND REINCARNATION: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment By Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis [updated Feb 26, 2014]

A comprehensive, visionary guide to the karmic cycle and its role within our life-both the life we’re living and the lives to come.

There is life after death, and Barbara Martin has seen it. Now for the first time comes her inspired, firsthand account of the intricate world of spiritual rebirth. The award-winning authors of Change Your Aura, Change Your Life reveal the afterlife in a work based directly on Martin’s personal explorations of the world to come and awe-inspiring clairvoyant experience with the spiritual world.

Both a fully practical handbook to the ins and outs of the karmic cycle and a field guide to the spiritual plane and how reincarnation works, Karma and Reincarnation:

-Brings together the design of the world beyond and the mechanics of karma;

-Gives practical guidelines and tools to deal effectively with karmic situations and avoid generating adverse karma;

-Helps align readers with their spiritual purpose;

-Shows readers how to face and resolve their karmic troubles; and

-Provides essential keys to spiritual development.

A true spiritual wonder in a single, fully accessible volume, Karma and Reincarnation is perfect for both those taking their first steps down a spiritual path and longtime spiritual students.

To illuminate their teachings, Martin and Moraitis incorporate reincarnation stories from their many students as well as examples of prominent historical figures. Highly readable and informative, this definitive volume answers countless karmic questions for readers from all spiritual traditions.

Q&A with authors of Karma and Reincarnation

Many of us use the word “karma”. We may accept our misfortunes as karmic retribution for past mistakes, or welcome small blessings as a reward for our previous kindness. Yet, do we really understand what karma means? Do we know where it comes from and how it can manifest itself in our lives? Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis explain everything we need to know in their accessible book, Karma and Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives to Enlightenment. They discuss the book in this Q&A…

Many people throw the word karma around without truly understanding what it means. What do you think our biggest misconceptions are about karma?

Not understanding how it works. Many people don’t realize the full scope of our past lives. They think that karma is a form of reward or punishment. Karma is a harmonizing law. The goal is to bring life back into balance and harmony. When you initiate a destructive action you disturb that natural harmony. Karma is the retuning process which can be painful at times. A constructive action accentuates the natural law of harmony creating more beauty in your life.

The other misconception is thinking everything that happens in life is karma. Karma is certainly a big part of our life but not everything that happens is karmic. There are other dynamics such as free will that come into the picture.

Karma and Reincarnation is a complete guide. What can readers learn here that has been absent from other books on the subject?

There has not really been an accurate depiction of the reincarnation process based on actual clairvoyant experience. All the material in this book is based on personal observations and interactions over a lifetime of study.

It is our hope the reader comes to understand the central part karma and reincarnation plays in the process of spiritual evolution. The soul takes approximately 800 lifetimes to reach maturity. In that time, we experience the joys and sorrows, the triumphs and tragedies of earth life. This builds character, making us rich and well-rounded. In addition, the book attempts to cover the board range of karma from personal to national and
even world karma.

You discuss how karma can impact entire nations. Does America have good karma?

It presently has both good and bad karma. The inception of America was built as a result of very good world karma. America is meant to be an example as to the potential that all countries have in the evolution of civilization. The global age is inevitable as humanity is growing and slowly, yet still painfully at times, heading into a more cooperative age. America has been at the forefront of this through its principles of liberty, equality and fairness.

Unfortunately, there have been times when America has taken advantage of its privileged position, and this creates negative karma. The recent economic crisis, although global in nature, definitely bears the mark of national karma. The actions we are taking now will determine whether we, as a nation, have learned the karmic lessons that these economic challenges have presented to us.

In Chapter 9, you analyze the karma of nature. What are the karmic implications of our current relationship with nature?

Nature is not there to use as we please. As with any relationship, there is give and take. Nature gives of its bounty to serve humanity and in return humanity is meant to help nature in its spiritual evolution. For example, how we treat animals is essential. When we show love and care to animals we help them in their own evolution. When we help animals, we are also helping ourselves to evolve. It’s our responsibility to treat them well. When we mistreat animals, we lose spiritual power and may find ourselves being mistreated in some way, not by animals, but by situations as a way to open our hearts.

Barbara, you’ve been to the other side and can recall your previous lives. What have you learned from those experiences? How have they informed the book?

The privilege of being taken consciously to the other side can only be described as sacred and holy. We are all familiar with the other side, but most of us do not bring back conscious memory. I have developed this skill over many years and it is always done as part of my own spiritual growth or in service to others, never just for the sake of curiosity. You realize there is so much more to life that you thought. You are never alone and there is a tremendous spiritual support system working with you at all times.

It is incredible to realize you have lived before and will live again. There is always wonder that such a thing is possible. Knowledge of past lives has given me much greater respect for life and for my own actions. You do not need to remember your past lives to progress, but you do need to make the most of your time here on earth.

What do you hope readers take away from Karma and Reincarnation?

To realize that karma and reincarnation is real. Too many people are not resolving their karmic challenges because they don’t realize what is going on. When you have the opportunity to resolve your karma but you turn away or react negatively, it gets tougher. So why wait? By working on your karma now, you progress faster and the karma is easier to handle. It is the hope that the reader will learn how to better use the gift of free will to make better choices that are in harmony with their divine purpose.

Barbara Y. Martin & Dimitri Moraitis: Karma & Reincarnation – Part 1/2

Barbara Martin & Dimitri Moraitis join Dr. Rita Louise on Just Energy Radio where they discuss the concepts of Karma & Reincarnation.

About the Guests:
Barbara Y. Martin & Dimitri Moraitis
Karma & Reincarnation

Barbara Y. Martin
Having been called, “The Mozart of Metaphysics”, Barbara Y. Martin is considered one of the foremost clairvoyants and metaphysical teachers working today. Barbara has been at the forefront of the metaphysical/New Age movement for over forty years.

Dimitri Moraitis is cofounder and executive director of Spiritual Arts Institute. Dimitri has been instrumental in organizing the teaching material and bringing Spiritual Arts Institute to the place it is today as one of the leading metaphysical schools in the country.

Together they have authored the books: Karma And Reincarnation: Unlocking Your 800 Lives To Enlightenment, The Healing Power Of your Aura and Change Your Aura, Change Your Life

Children of a Living Universe: Discovering Our Legacy Will Change Our Future by Paul Von Ward


Children of a Living Universe is a call to action unlike any other you may have encountered. According to cultural historian and cosmologist Paul Von Ward, the time has come for human beings to reassess just about everything we believe about our ancestry and global past. Drawing upon forgotten prehistory, clues from the world’s esoteric traditions, and new research in consciousness, Von Ward asserts we are more powerful beings than either science or religion has led us to believe. He exhorts us to embrace a bold, new model of human existence, one that explains our celestial origins, multidimensional capacities, and destiny as conscious co-creators of a self-learning and self-correcting universe.

With insight and clarity, Von Ward envisions that the discovery of our true legacy will inspire a global renaissance of inner knowing and unprecedented social progress. He sees humanity assuming its place as part of a universal community of conscious beings, and fulfilling our potential to serve as galactic leaders. Children of a Living Universe is a brilliant guide to this new and essential process in human spiritual evolution.

Previously published as Our Solarian Legacy.

Interdisciplinary cosmologist & psychologist, Paul is known internationally for his concept of “natural spirituality” based in an evolving, self-learning universe; research on the apparent intervention of advanced beings (ABs) in human development; and evidence of the survival of the individuated soul-genome. His books on these topics are Our Solarian Legacy; Gods, Genes & Consciousness; and The Soul Genome. Paul’s academic background (Florida State, Harvard and other institutions); military, diplomatic, executive, and clergical career; and research on five continents keep his provocative publications grounded in emerging science and credible human experience.

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We’ve Never Been Alone – ET Intervention with Paul Von Ward

Not only are we not alone in the universe, We’ve Never Been Alone according to interdisciplinary cosmologist and scholar Paul Von Ward. In this interview he discusses his book that lays out A History of Extraterrestrial Intervention, covering some of the most provocative and fascinating questions facing civilization today.

Agape, the Intent of the Soul by Eva Herr

For an intuitive description of your soul and life’s processes through spirituality, you will not find a better description than in this book. For your life’s path and the work that you’re meant to do, you will find guidance. This book is life’s handbook to peace – not just in your life, but in the lives of the masses. For agape my friend, is what it’s all about. Eva Herr is a Medical Intuitive who currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Eva does private consultations via phone and in person. For more information, visit http://www.evaherr.com

EVA HERR is author of the book, “Consciousness: Bridging the Gap Between Conventional Science and the New Super Science of Quantum Mechanics.” Herr is one of the world’s leading luminaries on the topics of alternative medicine and the science of consciousness. Herr is a popular talk show host whose no-nonsense, factual interviews and deep understanding of consciousness engage today’s top thinkers in the fields of alternative medicine, science, consciousness, and human experience. http://www.evaherr.com

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Pauline Interviews Eva Herr

Published on Dec 11, 2013

Interview subject: What Is Consciousness

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