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Reincarnation On Trial
The Central Issue:
Whose Memories Are They?
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Was this boy once a WWII fighter pilot?
"In 2004, ABC News aired a profound reincarnation story about a six-year-old boy named James Leininger who, at age two, began to have what many believe were spontaneous past life recalls. It all began innocently enough at 18 months old when the family visited a war museum. Gradually, the child's fascination over airplanes increased and developed into recurring traumatic nightmares of a burning plane crash. As he began to develop speech, James started telling his parents about his former life as a fighter pilot in the World War II Pacific Campaign. James not only named the kind of plane he flew, but also the name of the carrier he was on as well as the name of a pilot who'd witnessed his death. In addition, James's parents tracked down the pilot and James's sister from his former life, who is also convinced the boy is her brother reincarnated. Fox News did a more recent interview with James and his parents." (paranormal.lovetoknow.com/reincarnation_stories)
there are a great many stories suggestive of reincarnation; some of them, so dramatic and sensational, defy any materialistic explanation
"One of the most famous tales of reincarnation ... comes from the leader in the field, the late Dr. Ian Stevenson. The case centered around a young girl who began describing her previous life in a nearby village. Her parents didn't pay too much attention to her until she began naming 25 people whom she'd known during that lifetime. When Dr. Stevenson and his team of researchers learned of the case, he was pleased to discover it hadn't been contaminated by self-research as he'd found so often when investigating reincarnation stories. Dr. Stevenson documented over 3,000 cases of spontaneous past life recall by children. He wrote a book about the most provocative cases titled, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation." (ibid.)
The books of Dr. Brian Weiss, too, offer many astounding accounts of apparent evidence for reincarnation.
Are these reports "suggestive of reincarnation"? or, more fundamentally, evidential for the existence of the AfterLife?
had she been a scullery maid in old England
One of these "suggestive" stories had a big impact on me. I happened to see this on tv. A lady living in Australia claimed that, some hundreds of years ago, she had lived in England as a maid. Having never been to the British Isles, and with filming-crew as enterouge, she led skeptical investigators along a stream in the English countryside. Suddenly, she recognized a certain rock formation amidst the rushing brook, a landmark, she thought, and directed her party to a nearby property. As she approached, she announced that this is where she had lived many years before.
She spoke in detail of the barn; that it been added to and no longer featured certain windows. With the camera-crew filming, she knocked on the cottage door. A young couple greeted her. They were renters and had not been there long. Securing permission to explore the barn, she conducted a tour of the centuries-old structure. It was plain to all, from the inside of the barn, that, indeed, at one time, it had been added to; and windows, now boarded over, had existed where she remembered them to be.
But the very best evidence was yet to come. She remembered the nature of the barn floor, composed of cobblestones; moreover, most significantly, she stated that one of the flat stones bore a peculiar marking, a distinctive etching.
The original floor of the barn could not be easily accessed. The cobblestones, for many decades, had been covered with a foot or two of compressed gravel and ancient manure. Some of the attending fellows, swinging pick-axes, began to clear away the compacted refuse. Finally, the workers hit bedrock. The camera crew was ready. The mistress-of-ceremonies immediately directed them to a specific spot. All witnessed the discovery of an unmistakable etching upon the long-buried rock floor - just as she had prophecied.
This is the kind of evidence that cannot be discovered on the internet.
amazing, yes; but is it evidence of reincarnation
For a long time I accepted information such as this as conclusive evidence of reincarnation. How could it not be? I asked myself. These people know things that could not be known but by first-hand experience. They must have been there.
More discerning teachers, in recent times, have led me to ask the question, Whose memories are they?
excellent evidence - but of the afterlife, not reincarnation
In the last several years, I've changed my views regarding reincarnation; largely, the result of James Webster's research, The Case Against Reincarnation.
Editor's note: James Webster has spent over 60 years researching the scientific evidence for the afterlife. He participated in the famous Scole Experiments.
The amazing stories documented by Doctors Stevenson, Weiss, Newton, and others are best viewed, it now seems to me, as substantial evidence for the reality of the afterlife - but not reincarnation.
whose memories are they
An account of a little boy who remembers specific details of life as a WWII fighter pilot is not easily set aside; neither, that of young children who can speak ancient languages. Something out of the ordinary is happening here.
But James Webster helped me to see that there are other possible explanations - reincarnation is but one! After reviewing more data, I would say, not the best choice.
The central question becomes: Whose memories are they?
Reincarnation, if it is to be validated, must align itself with a very large corpus of related afterlife information. All things considered, it doesn't fit the data well.
The information in the following forty-plus sub-articles was meaningful to me. I will attempt to keep each item easily digestible. This issue is complicated, multi-faceted, and we cannot arrive at a verdict without a careful consideration of many factors; therefore, I will encourage you to read all of the following writings before rendering judgment.
The truth, if it might be known this side of Life - and I think some small part of it can be known - will be found, I sense, not in any single point of evidence but from a variety of arguments considered in aggregate.
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The reason behind the reason for what most people believe.
Why only the virtuous find the truth.
Let us begin with the conclusion of the matter: reincarnation, properly categorized, must be viewed as a subset of spirit-attachment, spirit-overshadowing, and spirit-possession. “Whose memories are they?” – they are the memories of mischievous and wicked discarnates, in their hundreds of millions, who roam the planet in search of the gullible. There is no such thing as “past lives” and “karma.” These are empty constructs, devised to lend credence to a bankrupt philosophy, a dark-spirit "fake news" campaign, a gigantic hoax.
The doctrine of reincarnation originated in the East and is taught differently over there. Primarily it was a tool to oppress women and other disadvantaged. Like politicians who change their message according to a regional audience, gurus sanitized, made palatable, reincarnation for the Western mind. Obviously, with this Machiavellian changeableness, we are not dealing with eternal truth but just one more quasi-religious tenet designed for power-and-control over the hapless masses.
The afterlife testimonies differ. Some affirm while others deny reincarnation. What's going on?
Those in the Spirit world who affirm the reality of reincarnation typically are vague and tentative in their assertions.
What about birth marks or identifying scars which correspond to those of another in a past life?
Reincarnation is a salvation theory. But we already have a most appealing and effective one.
Eric Hoffer and The True Believer: the psychology of mass-movements, the frantic search for the substitute-self.
Reincarnation's "infinite doing" theory: "I must do everything, become everything, in order to become a complete person and evolve as a soul."
Will the experiences of 1000 lifetimes create an evolved soul? Eckhart Tolle: The small ego seeks for enhancements as it believes itself to be “not enough.” If the small ego could speak it would say: “Please give me more time so that I can add something to myself, to complete myself." But you cannot achieve the new state of consciousness by "adding" something to yourself.
The doctrine of karma misunderstands and misconstrues the nature of suffering, spirituality, and what it means to be human.
Analogies might illustrate but cannot be used as proof.
Dr. Carl and Anna Wickland, Thirty Years Among The Dead. They helped thousands of confused spirits, some trapped in this world trying to reincarnate.
Silver Birch seems to say that reincarnation is true. But look a little closer.
Is reincarnation an option, one's right to choose?
Madame Blavatsky, who helped popularize reincarnation in the West, changes her opinion.
Emanuel Swedenborg, in his memoirs of out-of-body travel to Summerland, states that there is no reincarnation, no return to the Earth.
An unusual statistic: A sizeable majority of those claiming memories of so-called “past lives” recount a sudden or violent ending. This statistical anomaly means something and could not occur by chance. Earthbound spirits, obsessed with the “injustice” of an unscheduled departing, believe themselves to have unfinished business on this planet and attempt to consummate their affairs by attaching themselves to a surrogate mortal life.
Where is that race of supermen? - the result of ever-improving mortals after thousands of reincarnations.
A Spirit-entity testifies: "The ones who have found the Light are those who would never think of coming back to Earth again in a physical body."
An Indian teacher, The Great Brahma, speaks out against reincarnation.
Is the Earth our only classroom?
If reincarnation is true, why would the Dark Realms need to exist?
The feeling of "I have met you before."
How would you ever again see your lover, or grandmother, or good friend, if they reincarnate before you find each other?
Mediums with rigid belief systems can skew messages received.
Reincarnation: for the math-challenged?
Why some suddenly speak foreign languages.
Have aborted babies, or children who die young, missed their chance to learn important lessons on the Earth?
Is not progress a forward indicator? Don't die facing the wrong direction.
Spirit-Guide Abu, on the other side for 3500 years, speaks out against the "absurdity" of both compulsory reincarnation and that the "puny and petty" Earth is a unique classroom.
The child-prodigy virtuoso explained: not a product of "past lives" but spirit-attachment
Colin Fry, the TV-famed British medium, channels an ancient afterlife entity, "many, many thousands" of years old, who addresses the reincarnation issue.
The Course In Miracles rejects the fundamental error of "R," that of requiring endless time to evolve oneself spiritually.
The Course In Miracles states that "you cannot change your mind by changing your behavior" but the errant theory of "R" does preach this.
Some of the absolutely most accomplished scientists, philosophers, and writers of history were the least experienced. But, if experience is the golden key to becoming a super-advanced person, how could this be?
Dr. Peebles, Part I: from the other side, he speaks via trance-medium Anna Wickland: "Why should you want to come back again? Why should you go back to being confined in a small body and have no will of your own? In the spirit world you are free to travel everywhere; you do not need a physical body. Why go back into that prison again? Why should a child, ready to enter high school, go back to sixth grade? You can learn in one day here what it takes ten or twelve years to learn on Earth."
Dr. Peebles, Part II: from the other side, he speaks via trance-medium Anna Wickland: "If you think you want to return to the Earth, it's because you have not yet found God within, [the true self]."
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake: Just as last night’s television movie is not “in” the tv circuitry, the memory of a seeming previous life is not in the percipient.
Reincarnational dogmatism, a belief-system of this world, though ostensibly part of the proof-of-afterlife movement, effectively mutes and scuttles what’s most important for us to know concerning post-mortem survival.
Kant and Berkeley: Does experience shape the mind or does the mind shape experience? The work of these great philosophers destroys the foundational premise of reincarnation.
Jiddu Krishnamurti: “We think that by multiplying experiences we shall learn. We look to time to give us wisdom, through the constant change of experience. I say, you will never find truth through the gradual change of [experience] - only through immediate perception, immediate discernment, lies the whole of wisdom.”
There are some that preach, “Those who want to be done with this world are very immature and selfish. They should have more love in their hearts and want to come back to help people grow spiritually.”
“Promissory reincarnationism” involves issuing undated promissory notes for future discoveries. It is an example of blind faith, a quasi-religious belief.
Father Benson reports from the afterlife that his best sources of information, all the way up to an advanced person 4+ billion years old, know nothing of reincarnation, but for its error.
Reincarnational Theory: Just another form of Fake News.
The Small Ego "turns everything into a Me" - including the future.
The 500 tape-recorded testimonies from the other side, revealing a debate about reincarnation even other there.
Beauty: All great theories of science have in common a profound “elegance or simplicity of assumption,” Roger Penrose. This principle relates directly to our discussion of "R."
Eckhart Tolle: “A consciousness mesmerized by experiences, and conditioned to identify exclusively with form, finds it almost impossible to become aware of inner space. Even when you seem to be aware of yourself, you have made yourself into an object, a thought form, and so what you are aware of is a thought, not yourself.”
We have discussed that a sense of “past lives” results from attached spirits who inject their memories into our consciousness. Our mistake here, in principle, is not unusual and happens to us all the time, in a different context, during our years of spiritual immaturity.
Eckhart Tolle: “The majority of Buddhists believe that enlightenment was only for the Buddha, not for them; at least, not in this lifetime.”
Restatement: Why it is mathematically impossible to satisfy the “infinite doing” theory; neither should we want to, nor, even if it were possible, would it deliver to us what we think it seems to offer.
Ok, alright, I admit it – reincarnation is true. The average person will have thousands of lives. Here’s how it works.
The most important point I wish for you to know
Messier 13 (M13), or NGC 6205, and sometimes called the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules, is a dazzling mass of about 300,000 stars in the constellation of Hercules. (Wikipedia) But this small bejeweled array hardly registers against the universe’s unfathomable 200 billion galaxies each with an average of 100 billion stars; plus trillions -- trillions! -- of dwarf-galaxies, unworthy of mention, each with a mere few billion stars. And the question for us becomes: What undiscovered treasures, what advanced civilizations, what insight, knowledge, and marvel, await us out there? The future is a long time, our capacity for enriching our spirits is unlimited, and every day we shall thrill to some new perception revealing the hidden nature of reality. Best of all, we shall have left far behind the madness and incivility we knew on planet Earth.
But let us consider this: If only one in a million stars is orbited by a planet; and if only one in a million of these planets has given rise to life; and if only one in a million of life-bearing planets is home to intelligent life; then, across the universe, there are millions and millions of planets supporting intelligent life. Odds are, among this exceeding multitude, there are civilizations far older and far more sophisticated than our own. As Carl Sagan used to say, "Do you wanna take a ride?"
summary and conclusion
Many have wondered about this little boy. Was he once a WWII fighter pilot?
The empirical evidence presented herein, especially, Dr. Carl and Anna Wickland's 40 years of research, suggests that the popular theory is errant.
A more likely scenario is this:
This Earth is crowded with unseen discarnate spirits - hundreds of millions of them. So numerous, like barnacles covering the hull of a ship, confused entities, who, for whatever reason, having refused to go to the Light, prowl this planet. Many of these disoriented beings attach themselves to flesh-and-blood mortals, with a connection most subtle; yet sufficiently bonded, such that, the thoughts of the parasite-spirit become the "memories" of the host.
Children, in particular, are open to this spirit influence; some of these young ones are mediumistically inclined. Discarnates are especially drawn to these tender sensitives and "drift into" their magnetic aura. Amazingly, neither child nor attaching spirit might be aware of this nexus.
We presume that the fighter pilot was a good man; courageous men usually are. When he was killed, at a young age, he had his reasons for remaining on Earth; possibly, he became angry that he should die so young, that he would not be with his lover again; or maybe, as is so often the case, as Dr. Wickland discovered, he might not have realized that he had died! Be that as it may, the pilot's spirit found itself attracted to a young boy with psychic abilities. The warrior's memories of battle were transferred to his young unsuspecting charge.
James Webster spoke to the Leininger family, the parents of the young boy, offering better answers
Saturday, 23 November 2013, James Webster:
'Soul Survivor' - The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot set the pace for what was to become a seemingly perfect example to support the case for reincarnation and to prove 'past lives'. Those following the doctrine and those desperate to have a case to quote which would prove the theory and be impossible not to rebuke, were ecstatic as it became very clear from the international coverage in the media following the publication of the book.
My first book 'Life Is Forever' was about my research and personal experiences of my own psychic awareness and mediumship from a child and the many happenings and experiences that proved for me personally that there was no death, just continuation and progression of living.
Then I knew I had to write the second book entirely about the Reincarnation issue which was causing so much misunderstanding and confusion and much argument between the pro and the anti camps. And so my next book was 'The Case Against Reincarnation: A Rational Explanation'.
As soon as I heard about the 'Soul Survivor' case, in August 2009, and started following the news reports, articles, discussions, video, obtaining and reading the book etc, I knew what this really was and what it certainly was NOT! My heart sank realising that the 'hell and torment' which the two principal characters, James Leininger the child and son of Bruce and Andrea Leininger, and James Huston the fighter pilot (and their families) were put through, could have been prevented if only the right knowledgeable and understanding people had been there to advise and take charge of the situation in the beginning when the problems started to happen. An experienced 'spirit rescue team' could have nipped it in the bud and communicated with the pilot James Huston to get him to realise and understand what had happened to him and set him free from his earthbound/bondage condition and the overshadowing and obsession of the child giving him the false belief that he had reincarnated into the body of James L. At the same time young James L was encouraged to believe that he was the reincarnation of the pilot James H.
The brilliant work and services which Dr Carl Wickland MD and the fine mediumship of his wife Anna did in these such cases (early 20th Century) is essential reading ... ref the classic books: 'Thirty Years Among The Dead' and 'The Gateway of Understanding'.
It is tragic that this case was taken over, or allowed to be, by people who had no idea what was involved. They just wanted to show it up as reincarnation which it had all outside appearances of being ..... and popular with a ready huge market audience ... just needed the media to get to work with the interviews and cameras etc. Another big mistake was to allow the Foreword to the book to be written by Carol Bowman, a devout reincarnationist and author of books concerning Children's Past Lives.
Excellent confirmation came when I was led to having a personal valuable communication with the Leininger family (authors of the book) during the past year. They were in agreement with me and stated that:
"Reincarnation is a term that does not really describe what we have witnessed. Our book does not ascribe to it nor advocate it. The terminology in the title was used to provide some genre of the story."
I cannot state too much here as some of it was confidential, but there will be more to come out when the time is right. I can say that the young boy James Leininger is now a teenager and his own person with his own earthly parents and family around him. James Huston (the pilot) is his own person in the etheric world and his own family are aware of that. The families never thought of JL as JH.
The following is spoken by Tim, in the afterlife, channeled information, as he communicated with his mortal friend, a New York psychiatrist; documented in the book, "The Risen," by August Goforth.
“The experience of remembering past lives may be from the projection of character elements of an earth-bound spirit onto the ego-mind of a receptive embodied person. Those who are convinced they have lived a previous life are actually recalling memories of those who have gone before them… The word gets around fast [on the lower spirit levels] where there are willing Earthers who desire to [attempt] a ‘reincarnation experience.’ Earth-bound spirits will seek them out to try to relive their own previous Earth life to relieve certain discomforts… There is a noticeable parallel here between those on Earth who mentally or emotionally cannot or will not move on through difficult life challenges, and those on the lower Astral planes who cannot or will not accept the change and move on with their transition…
“Children, who have a minimum of life experience, are especially open and vulnerable to invasive Earth-bound spirits, and easily confused and led to believe they have lived a previous life. The misconception becomes more solidified when adults actively promote and push the child to continue the … fear-based beliefs in reincarnation...
"The evidence strongly indicates that we cannot be re- individuated again…my observation is that there is never any need to go back to do it again, for the universe is infinite and never-ending and will provide me with unceasing opportunities, always new, fresh, and alive, to explore, learn, and expand my self-awareness on a continual basis. I don’t need to claim more than one life because my one life is enough. Because this one life is eternal it will always be more than enough, which is the core meaning of ‘abundance.’ Clearly, we are reborn upon our transition, but this rebirth is always into a new world and a unique state of existence, not back into the old one. The old one no longer exists - life is experienced in the continual now. We develop and carry forward the template for our new life. We are the template, and a new world will simultaneously arise from us as we arise from it, as a direct result of how we lived our lives on earth or from wherever we are continuously transitioning. The more brilliantly we live, that is, the more light-filled, the more spectacular will our lives manifest as we transmute ever onward. There are no limits to brilliance except as self-imposed. But even that is an illusion, for there is no real limit to anything."
how cold is my room, how cold is my room
Pay You Back With Interest, The Hollies
"so many people need me, it seems unfair to leave you, and sell myself the way I do, most of my life I've been moving, and when I tire out I'll come home to you, but until then I'll be waiting... how cold is my room! how cold is my room! without your love beside me! we look at the same old moon, but you're not here beside me..."