"...There is rebirth of character, but no
transmigration of a self. Thy thought-forms reappear, but there is
no ego-entity transferred. The stanza uttered by a teacher is reborn
in the scholar who repeats the words.
Only through ignorance and delusion do men indulge in the dream that
their souls are separate and self-existent entities. Thy heart, O
Brahman, is cleaving still to self; thou art anxious about heaven
but thou seekest the pleasures of self in heaven, and thus thou
canst not see the bliss of truth and the immortality of truth."
The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
While some believe it's impossible to know whether there is life
after death, belief in immortality is timeless. People of all times and places in history have believed
that the human soul survives death. If there is no consciousness
beyond the grave, then life has fooled almost
everyone from the Pharaohs of Egypt to Jesus of Nazareth.
When we talk about rebirth or reincarnation, some people laugh at
the idea. They consider such belief is passe and obsolete. Others
may think such question is in arena of religion. After all, it
concerns what is after death.
The following text comes from The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
By Paul Carus, Chicago, The Open Court Publishing Company, 1894
THERE was an officer among the retinue of Simha who had heard of
the discourses of the Blessed One, and there was some doubt left in
his heart. This man came to the Blessed One and said: "It is
said, O Lord, that the samana Gotama denies the existence of the
soul. Do they who say so speak the truth, or do they bear false
witness against the Blessed One
And the Blessed One said: "There is a way in which those who
say so are speaking truly of me; on the other hand, there is a way
in which those who say so do not speak truly of me. The Tathagata
teaches that there is no self. He who says that the soul is his self
and that the self is the thinker of our thoughts and the actor of
our deeds, teaches a wrong doctrine which leads to confusion and
darkness. On the other hand, the Tathagata teaches that there is
mind. He who understands by soul mind, and says that mind exists,
teaches the truth which leads to clearness and enlightenment."
The officer said: "Does, then, the Tathagata maintain that
two things exist? that which we perceive with our senses and that
which is mental?"
Said the Blessed One: "I say to thee, thy mind is spiritual,
but neither is the sense-perceived void of spirituality. The bodhi
is eternal and it dominates all existence as the good law guiding
all beings in their search for truth. It changes brute nature into
mind, and there is no being that cannot be transformed into a vessel
The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
Identity and Non-Identity
The following text comes from
The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
By Paul Carus, Chicago, The Open Court Publishing Company, 1894
KUTADANTA, the head of the Brahmans in the village of Danamati,
having approached the Blessed One respectfully, greeted him and
said: "I am told, O samana, that thou art the Buddha, the Holy
One, the All-knowing, the Lord of the world. But if thou wert the
Buddha, wouldst thou not come like a king in all thy glory and
power?" Said the Blessed One: "Thine eyes are holden. If
the eye of thy mind were undimmed thou couldst see the glory and the
power of truth."
Said Kutadanta: "Show me the truth and I shall see it. But
thy doctrine is without consistency. If it were consistent, it would
stand; but as it is not, it will pass away." The Blessed One
replied: "The truth will never pass away."
Kutadanta said: "I am told that thou teachest the law, yet
thou tearest down religion. Thy disciples despise rites and abandon
immolation, but reverence for the gods can be shown only by
sacrifices. The very nature of religion consists in worship and
sacrifice." Said the Buddha: "Greater than the immolation
of bullocks is the sacrifice of self. He who offers to the gods his
evil desires will see the uselessness of slaughtering animals at the
altar. Blood has no cleansing power, but the eradication of lust
will make the heart pure. Better than worshiping gods is obedience
to the laws of righteousness."
Kutadanta, being of a religious disposition and anxious about his
fate after death, had sacrificed countless victims. Now he saw the
folly of atonement by blood. Not yet satisfied, however, with the
teachings of the Tathagata, Kutadanta continued: "Thou
believest, O Master, that beings are reborn; that they migrate in
the evolution of life; and that subject to the law of karma we must
reap what we sow. Yet thou teachest the non-existence of the soul!
Thy disciples praise utter self-extinction as the highest bliss of
Nirvana. If I am merely a combination of the sankharas, my existence
will cease when I die. If I am merely a compound of sensations and
ideas and desires, whither can I go at the dissolution of the
Said the Blessed One: "O Brahman, thou art religious and
earnest. Thou art seriously concerned about thy soul. Yet is thy
work in vain because thou art lacking in the one thing that is
needful. There is rebirth of character, but no transmigration of a
self. Thy thought-forms reappear, but there is no ego-entity
transferred. The stanza uttered by a teacher is reborn in the
scholar who repeats the words.
"Only through ignorance and delusion do men indulge in the
dream that their souls are separate and self-existent entities. Thy
heart, O Brahman, is cleaving still to self; thou art anxious about
heaven but thou seekest the pleasures of self in heaven, and thus
thou canst not see the bliss of truth and the immortality of truth.
"I say to thee: The Blessed One has not come to teach death,
but to teach life, and thou discernest not the nature of living and
dying. This body will be dissolved and no amount of sacrifice will
save it. Therefore, seek thou the life that is of the mind. Where
self is, truth cannot be; yet when truth comes, self will disappear.
Therefore, let thy mind rest in the truth; propagate the truth, put
thy whole will in it, and let it spread. In the truth thou shalt
live forever. Self is death and truth is life. The cleaving to self
is a perpetual dying, while moving in the truth is partaking of
Nirvana which is life everlasting."
Then Kutadanta said: "Where, O venerable Master, is
Nirvana?" "Nirvana is wherever the precepts are obeyed
replied the Blessed One.
"Do I understand thee aright," rejoined the Brahman,
"That Nirvana is not a place, and being nowhere it is without
reality?" "Thou dost not understand me aright," said
the Blessed One, "Now listen and answer these questions: Where
does the wind dwell
"Nowhere," was the reply.
Buddha retorted: "Then, sir, there is no such thing as
wind." Kutadanta made no reply; and the Blessed One asked
again: "Answer me, O Brahman, where does wisdom dwell? Is
wisdom a locality?"
"Wisdom has no allotted dwelling-place replied Kutadanta.
Said the Blessed One: "Meanest thou that there is no wisdom, no
enlightenment, no righteousness, and no salvation, because Nirvana
is not a locality? As a great and mighty wind which passeth over the
world in the heat of the day, so the Tathagata comes to blow over
the minds of mankind with the breath of his love, so cool, so sweet,
so calm, so delicate; and those tormented by fever assuage their
suffering and rejoice at the refreshing breeze."
Said Kutadanta: "I feel, O Lord, that thou proclaimest a
great doctrine, but I cannot grasp it. Forbear with me that I ask
again: Tell me, O Lord, if there be no atman [soul], how can there
be immortality? The activity of the mind passeth, and our thoughts
are gone when we have done thinking."
Buddha replied: "Our thinking is gone, but our thoughts
continue. Reasoning ceases, but knowledge remains." Said
Kutadanta: "How is that? Are not reasoning and knowledge the
is the same flame, but fearing the complications of a hidden
meaning, and trying to be exact, he said: "No, it is not."
"Then," continued the Blessed One, "there are two
flames, one in the first watch and the other in the second
watch." "No, sir," said Kutadanta. "In one sense
it is not the same flame, but in another sense it is the same flame.
It burns the same kind of oil, it emits the same kind of light, and
it serves the same purpose."
"Very well said the Buddha and would you call those flames
the same that have burned yesterday and are burning now in the same
lamp, filled with the same kind of oil, illuminating the same
room?" "They may have been extinguished during the
day," suggested Kutadanta.
Said the Blessed One: "Suppose the flame of the first watch
had been extinguished during the second watch, would you call it the
same if it burns again in the third watch?" Replied Kutadanta:
"In one sense it is a different flame, in another it is
The Tathagata asked again: "Has the time that elapsed during
the extinction of the flame anything to do with its identity or
non-identity?" "No, sir," said the Brahman, "it
has not. There is a difference and an identity, whether many years
elapsed or only one second, and also whether the lamp has been
extinguished in the meantime or not."
"Well, then, we agree that the flame of today is in a
certain sense the same as the flame of yesterday, and in another
sense it is different at every moment. Moreover, the flames of the
same kind, illuminating with equal power the same kind of rooms, are
in a certain sense the same." "Yes, sir," replied
The Blessed One continued: "Now, suppose there is a man who
feels like thyself, thinks like thyself, and acts like thyself, is
he not the same man as thou?" "No, sir," interrupted
Said the Buddha: "Dost thou deny that the same logic holds
good for thyself that holds good for the things of the world?"
Kutadanta bethought himself and rejoined slowly: "No, I do not.
The same logic holds good universally; but there is a peculiarity
about my self which renders it altogether different from everything
else and also from other selves. There may be another man who feels
exactly like me, thinks like me, and acts like me; suppose even he
had the same name and the same kind of possessions, he would not be
"True, Kutadanta, answered Buddha, he would not be thyself.
Now, tell me, is the person who goes to school one, and that same
person when he has finished his schooling another? Is it one who
commits a crime, another who is punished by having his hands and
feet cut off?" "They are the same, was the reply.
"Then sameness is constituted by continuity only?"
asked the Tathagata. "Not only by continuity," said
Kutadanta, but also and mainly by identity of character."
"Very well, concluded the Buddha, then thou agreest that
persons can be the same, in the same sense as two flames of the same
kind are called the same; and thou must recognize that in this sense
another man of the same character and product of the same karma is
the same as thou." "Well, I do," said the Brahman.
The Buddha continued: "And in this same sense alone art thou
the same today as yesterday. Thy nature is not constituted by the
matter of which thy body consists, but by thy sankharas, the forms
of the body, of sensations, of thoughts. The person is the
combination of the sankharas. Wherever they are, thou art.
Whithersoever they go, thou goest. Thus thou wilt recognize in a
certain sense an identity of thy self, and in another sense a
difference. But he who does not recognize the identity should deny
all identity, and should say that the questioner is no longer the
same person as he who a minute after receives the answer. Now
consider the continuation of thy personality, which is preserved in
thy karma. Dost thou call it death and annihilation, or life and
"I call it life and continued life," rejoined Kutadanta,
"for it is the continuation of my existence, but I do not care
for that kind of continuation. All I care for is the continuation of
self in the other sense, which makes of every man, whether identical
with me or not, an altogether different person."
"Very well," said Buddha. "This is what thou
desirest and this is the cleaving to self. This is thy error. All
compound things are transitory: they grow and they decay. All
compound things are subject to pain: they will be separated from
what they love and be joined to what they abhor. All compound things
lack a self, an atman, an ego."
"How is that?" asked Kutadanta. "Where is thy
self? asked the Buddha. And when Kutadanta made no reply, he
continued: "Thy self to which thou cleavest is a constant
change. Years ago thou wast a small babe; then, thou wast a boy;
then a youth, and now, thou art a man. Is there any identity of the
babe and the man? There is an identity in a certain sense only.
Indeed there is more identity between the flames of the first and
the third watch, even though the lamp might have been extinguished
during the second watch. Now which is thy true self, that of
yesterday, that of today, or that of tomorrow, for the preservation
of which thou clamorest?" Kutadanta was bewildered. "Lord
of the world," he said, I see my error, but I am still
The Tathagata continued: "It is by a process of evolution
that sankharas come to be. There is no sankhara which has sprung
into being without a gradual becoming. Thy sankharas are the product
of thy deeds in former existences. The combination of thy sankharas
is thy self. Wheresoever they are impressed thither thy self
migrates. In thy sankharas thou wilt continue to live and thou wilt
reap in future existences the harvest sown now and in the
"Verily, O Lord," rejoined Kutadanta, this is not a
fair retribution. I cannot recognize the justice that others after
me will reap what I am sowing now."
The Blessed One waited a moment and then replied: "Is all
teaching in vain? Dost thou not understand that those others are
thou thyself Thou thyself wilt reap what thou sowest, not others.
Think of a man who is ill-bred and destitute, suffering from the
wretchedness of his condition. As a boy he was slothful and
indolent, and when he grew up he had not learned a craft to earn a
living. Wouldst thou say his misery is not the product of his own
action, because the adult is no longer the same person as was the
"I say to thee: Not in the heavens, not in the midst of the
sea, not if thou hidest thyself away in the clefts of the mountains,
wilt thou find a place where thou canst escape the fruit of thine
evil actions. At the same time thou art sure to receive the
blessings of thy good actions. To the man who has long been
traveling and who returns home in safety, the welcome of kinfolk,
friends, and acquaintances awaits. So, the fruits of his good works
bid him welcome who has walked in the path of righteousness, when he
passes over from the present life into the hereafter."
Kutadanta said: "I have faith in the glory and excellency of
thy doctrines. My eye cannot as yet endure the light; but I now
understand that there is no self, and the truth dawns upon me.
Sacrifices cannot save, and invocations are idle talk. But how shall
I find the path to life everlasting? I know all the Vedas by heart
and have not found the truth."
Said the Buddha: "Learning is a good thing; but it availeth
not. True wisdom can be acquired by practice only. Practice the
truth that thy brother is the same as thou. Walk in the noble path
of righteousness and thou wilt understand that while there is death
in self, there is immortality in truth."
Said Kutadanta: "Let me take my refuge in the Blessed One,
in the Dharma, and in the brotherhood. Accept me as thy disciple and
let me partake of the bliss of immortality."
The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
By Robert Bruce
Copyright © 1994-1999 by Robert Bruce
Reprinted with permission
Reincarnation is in my opinion an overly simplified concept,
designed to be easily understood and accepted by the general
population. But the theory of reincarnation falls down sharply when
closely examined. That is, if you understand how standard linear
time sense behaves in higher dimensional levels, i.e., time sense
As far as it goes, the theory of reincarnation is clear enough to
explain some very complex esoteric matters in a simple way; without
giving people headaches whenever they think about it. It also allows
for the illusion of the continuation of present consciousness,
unchanged and progressive, with only an occasional memory loss to
mar its course; marking the division between each Re--Incarnation.
This makes it easy for people to accept the bones of the incarnation
It gives them the benefit of a rational afterlife belief-system
containing the simplified essence of the whole truth. This allows a
measure of independence and security, and a reassurance of the
continuance of self, i.e., life after death and reincarnation = a
kind of immortality theory that people can easily accept and relate
But the whole truth of reincarnation is so extraordinarily
complex it is not so easily grasped.
At the top of the dimensional structure is ONE consciousness. A
SINGLE mind (call it universal consciousness, The Great White
Spirit, the mind of God: pick one?). Or split it into three if you
like: Father, Son & Holy Spirit, or many more if you prefer the
demigod perspective, i.e., Hindu beliefs, etc. However you conceive
this structure, at the top of it all rests a single consciousness:
the original spark of consciousness that created and is continually
creating the entire multi-dimensional universe we call home. But
grasping and relating to the ONE is not an easy thing to do. The ONE
is so far above our understanding of what consciousness is, it
becomes incomprehensible to the human mind: except of course in the
abstract; which is the only realistic way this can be perceived and
related to. The most popular way of relating to the ONE is through
abstract simile, i.e., God is like the father of all fathers, or,
God is like the mother of all mothers, et cetera.
Beneath the ONE are layers of consciousness (relating to subtle
dimensional levels, i.e., the astral dimension, mental dimension,
etc) where the ONE fragments and splits into multiple parts, with
each lower layer splitting again and again into many more layers and
parts, and so on, until you get to the physical dimension, the
dimension of Maya, the dimension of solid illusion where we as
energy-cum-physical beings can experience the limitations of the
physical universe through our physical bodies. This, in a way, makes
us human beings the myriad eyes, ears and consciousness' (in the
physical dimension) of the ONE great universal mind above us.
At the very top of the dimensional spectrum, at dimension ONE,
there is NO time. Mystically, this is understood and experienced as
The Eternal NOW. This means there is NO TIME. There, time does not
exist and everything, the past, present and future, are happening
all at once in the eternal NOW. Every layer beneath this takes on a
little more time sense (steadily increasing in time sense) until we
get back down to the physical dimension; to our Real-Time dimension
of solid illusion (our normal physical universe) where time becomes
relatively linear once again.
To support this: whenever you experience higher dimensions, say
during OBE, you will always notice a significant variability in
time; in your sense of time passing during each experience. Modern
physicists are already working mathematically in several different
dimensions above but related (or linked) to the physical universe.
The great physicist Einstein stated that at some point in the
dimensional spectrum there must be a point where time does not
exist, where past, present and future coexist simultaneously.
I have traveled to and experienced higher dimensional levels
where there is NO concept of time at all. But the sensation and
perception of time passing is also quite variable in the physical
universe, and time sense is entirely relative to your state of mind.
Look at how time flies when you are happy, say when you are spending
time with someone you love. But oh how it drags and drags like a
heavy stone while you are bored, or while you are waiting or
experiencing something you dislike.
In a way this can be likened to a simple pyramid structure:
The above diagram shows the ascending and descending layers of
the ONE consciousness, splitting into more and more parts as it
descends into the real time universe (the here and now). Each part
of the layers directly above the physical dimension can be more
easily related to, if you consider each as being an Overself or
Oversoul, or Higher Self (pick one?). In our dimension, each of
these split into many separate parts (hundreds or even thousands of
people; how many is unknown). And if you take into account this flow
of multiple consciousness units from above, from the eternal NOW, it
is also likely this spreads throughout all of time and space:
possibly with each Oversoul splitting into countless people; all who
have ever lived in the past, all those living in the present, and
all those that will live in the future. The bottom line is that
these are all living simultaneously in the shadow of The Eternal
NOW. And if you also take into account the countless worlds in our
universe that probably contain many other race, not to mention a
plethora of parallel universes, the mind simply boggles. And yes, I
think I am definitely getting a headache at this point!
If you look closely at and ponder the mind-split effect (see
Astral Dynamics, or The Treatise on OBE parts 7 & 8) you'll see
before you the underlying principle of incarnation at work. As above
so below. And if you apply the mind-split effect to incarnation,
you'll see the ONE great mind splitting and reflecting (or
incarnating) into many billions of parts, into many billions of
Now, if you take the above as read, you will see that the linear
concept of reincarnation is just a little off the mark in explaining
the higher nature of reality. It leaves too many questions
unanswered and has too many holes in it's logic. Its way too
simplistic an explanation to fit the enormity underlying the reality
In my opinion, what is really happening is this:
We are all essentially a part of the ONE at the very highest
level of consciousness. There is NO time at the top (or you could
say there is ALL time at the top) so everything happens in the
eternal NOW. Therefore, logically, a single person would incarnate
throughout time: past present and future, living and experiencing
multiple lives. But these are lived all at the same time, all at
once, all in the eternal NOW. And therefore, if all lives are lived
at once, then it is also likely each 'person' incarnates many times
in the same timeframe, i.e., that you are incarnated many times in
the present, and are living many different lives simultaneously in
this present time, in the present NOW. This also applies to the
past, present and future; meaning you are now currently living
throughout all time. Scary concept maybe, and definitely headache
material, but its also extremely logical.
I believe the above, with a healthy application of
like-attracts-like and opposites-repel, also accounts for what are
commonly called Soul Mates. Individual incarnating spirits would
logically attract like-minded spirits to them from among their own
spectrum of incarnating brethren, i.e., from among those incarnating
from their own shared Oversoul.
The Buddhist concept of the Overself is fairly accurate in
describing what is happening at a higher level of consciousness.
This is a step up from the simpler concept of linear incarnation,
living life after life, as taken for granted by most NewAge people
today. Although the Buddhist theory also includes linear
reincarnation, you will find there are many gray areas between fact,
theory and experience.
Past life memories...or past life associations?
In my opinion these may be caused by closely related links (call
it a soul family clan) between some spirits contained within a
single Oversoul unit. These links are not limited nor divided by our
primitive concept of linear time, but are all connected through the
higher soul clan in the eternal NOW. They are all existing
simultaneously at the higher level where they connect. Therefore,
when a person remembers or feels connected with, or affected by,
dramatic events from what is considered a past life filtering
through into their present reality; these events are actually
happening right now, in the eternal NOW. This may account for why
these links can be so keenly felt. Even though the actual events
that are affecting or being felt as stemming from a past life that
may have happened thousands of years ago, it is actually happening
right now, in the eternal NOW. And this goes a long way toward
explaining why past life memories can have such a profound effect on
I think past life experiences can also be felt and experienced
(shared) in varying degrees, by all the individual members of a
closely related soul clan. They are not remembering events that
happened a very long ago, they are being 'felt' and experienced by
all parts as if they were actually a part of that other time, as if
these events were happening NOW.
The above hopefully sheds some new light on the ancient but
little-realized belief that we are all brothers and sisters in
spirit, all God's children; regardless of sex or race; or even of
species for that matter. Ultimately we are all ONE at the highest
level, all ONE in the eternal NOW. (RB)
Copyright © 1994-1999 by Robert Bruce
Reprinted with permission
The Catch Basket Concept
By Robert Bruce
A New Approach to Life and The Greater Spiritual
Copyright © 2000 by Robert Bruce
I found the following article, yet again, while searching through
my computer files. I had completely forgotten writing it. It seems a
shame to waste it, so here it is. It explains a little about who I
am and where I am coming from, and why I write the books and
articles I do. My life; it's been a learning process in every sense
of The Word.
In the mid-to-late nineteen-eighties, I experienced a serious
belief system challenge. Glaring contradictions arose at every turn,
between my ongoing hard-life experiences and popularly accepted New
Age concepts of spiritual reality. I struggled to comprehend and
integrate my experience with this paradigm, being forced time and
time again to accept illogical compromises. But adaptation of my
life experience soon became impossible and I began suffocating under
its awkward burden. The popular model rapidly became unworkable in a
practical sense. Either I was going crazy and experiencing
consistent, repeatable delusions, as were all the people I was
helping, or something was decidedly rotten in downtown Denmark.
Like many people down through the ages, I had spent my life
searching for spiritual truth and meaning to life. For many years, I
had sat in development groups, prayed, meditated, visualized and
read until my eyes burned and my mind reeled under the massive
contradictory onslaught. I developed psychic abilities, had
spectacular OBE's, visions and mystical experiences. I made good
progress, but still I need more. . .
I was eventually reborn and transformed when I raised my
kundalini to its highest level around 1987 (this was when the enigma
of my life became apparent to me). But raising kundalini, in itself,
does not bring instant enlightenment. Kundalini has to be raised
regularly and mastered, just like any other ability. The first time
kundalini is raised it causes 'abstract' enlightenment, not actual
enlightenment. You know everything while kundalini is raised, but
cannot realize this when you return to a normal level of
consciousness (the base level of consciousness in the normal waking
state). There are no shortcuts, and there is no way of avoiding all
the hard work and hard-life experience necessary for the abstracts
to filter down into your conscious mind and physical reality.
All of this gleaned me glimpses of the greater spiritual reality
above, with a few tantalizingly abstract snippets of abstract higher
truth thrown in for good measure. But my increasingly strong contact
with the greater spiritual reality provided me with a flood of
contradictions to the popularly accepted model. This intellectual
burden grew and grew as my belief system was stretched way beyond
its design limits. It rapidly approached critical mass.
I was offered a solution in 1990. I had a major experience where
an angel, or my higher-self (hard to tell which, and somewhat of a
moot point really) manifested to me as a powerful objective voice. I
could have recorded this had I a tape recorder handy; it was that
audible. I was wide-awake and standing up. I had just stepped out of
the shower and was about to start my evening meditation, around 9
pm. It was the most beautiful voice I have ever heard: deep,
masculine, eloquent, loving, forgiving and wise. The atmosphere was
intense. I felt like a small child might feel when standing before
God in a great cathedral for the very first time. The sense of awe
and loving fatherly forgiveness is overpowering. As I write, just
revisiting my living memory of this causes tears of deep spiritual
longing to flood down my face; such is the emotional impact of this
NB: This was the same objective voice that had spoken to me a
couple of years earlier, when it then instructed me to begin
teaching myself how to write. Since I barely finished grade eight,
this was no mean feat in itself. I had worked hard, and by the time
of the second visitation, had already mastered the basics of English
and grammar. Even so, I still felt I had not done enough. But direct
contact with spiritual beings from the greater reality always has
this effect, especially when they come to you.
The voice asked me to sit down, and then proceed to explain a
great many things to me, the most important of which was advice on
how to proceed on my quest for higher spiritual truth and knowledge.
I was instructed to dismantle my belief system, and then to
intelligently rebuild it from scratch. I was told to be disciplined
in my approach and to use personal experience, logic and commonsense
to build a new foundation belief system, upon which to continue my
quest for true enlightenment.
The foundation belief system lies deep within the subconscious
mind. This comprises a set of conceptual mental filters and shields,
which are fundamental to one's physical and spiritual existence.
These shape and affect your thoughts and perceptions by filtering
ideas and inspirations, making these conform to a central theme, as
set by your foundation beliefs. All knowledge lies within your
heart. But accessing this is extraordinarily difficult. Everything
has to pass through your conceptual filters before it can be
perceived or realized.
If one's fundamental beliefs are even slightly flawed,
information trying to pass through becomes distorted or blocked.
Imagine new truths as being delicate square crystals, and flawed
conceptual filters (contradictory beliefs) as being coarse round
holes. New truths are effectively blocked. If one forces them
through, the results are splintered octagonals, i.e., fractured,
distorted or incomplete truths.
Therefore, if a higher intelligence (be it God, one's
higher-self, holy guardian angel or spirit guide) tries to pass
contradictory new truths through a flawed belief system, these
truths are conceptually blocked or distorted. The greater the
fundamental errors in one's belief system, the greater will be the
distortion. All things being equal, this is why some people can
receive inspiration (be it scientific or spiritual) and others
cannot or receive only poorly.
This concept that you create your own spiritual reality is
nothing new. Versions of this can be found in a great many books of
spiritual philosophy. But actually realizing how this works and
applying it to one's own foundation belief system in pursuit of
higher truth and knowledge is an entirely different matter.
I was given detailed instructions on how to accomplish this. The
next day I sat down and made a list of all the things I believed in
concerning my spiritual reality. I then analyzed and erased all the
things I had not actually experienced or proven for myself. After
many days of pondering and revising, I ended up with a very small
list indeed. It went something like this:
- OBE is real: I've had Astral projections all my life.
- Clairvoyance is real: I've seen auras and visions all my life.
- Healing is real: I've both given and received it, seen and
felt its power.
- Kundalini is real: I raised mine to its highest level in 1987,
and many times since.
- We survive death: I've seen people after their deaths and have
visited the spirit worlds.
- A higher force is concerned with human existence and its
spiritual evolution: I've experienced this many times -- the
voice I heard above is just one example.
- Angels, masters, deities and good spirits are real: I've
interacted with these many times.
- Bad spirits are real: I've experienced poltergeists and
psychic attacks, been possessed and self-exorcised, and helped
many people and children with similar problems.
Gone were personal spirit guides (while I had learned to believe I
had one, I had never actually met or openly communicated with him).
Gone was the involvement of spirits in just about everything
spiritual and psychic (I had no hard experience to support this,
only vague assumptions). And gone was the entire organized spirit
structure above us that I had been taught to believe in (I had no
real proof this was accurate). I also had a quandary. Apart from
angels and other such exalted beings (which have such power and
presence they are impossible to mistake for who they truly are) I
had no reliable way of telling good spirits from bad spirits.
Therefore, logically, I had to reject all lesser spirits until I
discovered a reliable method of discernment.
The above might sound extreme, but it is eminently logical. Given
the source, I took the advice I had been given to heart. I would
learn to live this new way of truth and to apply it to my life.
My final list was real and true, as I had personally experienced
everything on it. As instructed, I would build on what was real and
discard everything else. I was told to shelve items of 'possible'
truth aside, until proven or disproven. However, this is easier said
than done and I went into what I can only describe as spiritual
shock. I felt empty, alone and depressed. I had to keep stopping
myself from talking to my spirit guide during prayers. If I was to
do this at all, as instructed, I had to go all the way.
In time, this new foundation belief system settled more
comfortably within me. I got over my emptiness and began filling my
aching void with practical truth and knowledge. From this point
onwards, slowly and surely, everything started to come together in
my life. As instructed, I began writing a journal of my thoughts and
ideas. I used the writing process to nurture my inner genius, to
free up the flow of inspiration between my physical-self and my
higher-self. This flow, I had been told, was blocked not only by my
previously flawed conceptual filters, but by the vast differences in
consciousness: between the level of consciousness of my normal awake
mind (my base level of consciousness) and the more rarified and
abstract level where my higher-self resided within me.
I turned my unanswered questions into journal articles. These
contained everything I experientially knew to be true about each
subject. I found myself putting in many logical subtitles and
question marks to represent gaps in my knowledge. I used the writing
process (revision, sleep, revision, sleep, and so on) to coax the
truth from my dreams, and from the deep recesses of my higher
spiritual-self. As instructed, I began shutting myself away in a
dark, silent room for several hours at a time, discovering a
profound new level of deep trance thinking. I thought, dreamed,
meditated and wrote on seemingly unfathomable arcane matters.
In time began receiving inspirational ideas. My dreams and
visions swam with sparkling clues; tiny pieces of the jigsaws I was
trying to build. My logical and inspirational processes began
working overtime, far more powerful than ever before. I found myself
waking many times during sleep, compelled to reach for pen and paper
to record new ideas. Mundane conversations and events triggered
intellectual storms through the mental associations they caused,
necessitating much frantic note-taking as inspirational ideas
surfaced like glistening dolphins leaping from the murky waters of
my subconscious mind.
In time, I accepted this process and began working with it. I
felt like I had been reborn. This is how I developed my Catch Basket
concept. During the day, I set my catch baskets by pondering
unanswered questions. These are baited with rich crumbs of personal
experience, tantalizing ideas and juicy pieces of logic. In the
morning, I check these for fruits that have been cast into them from
above. I record everything and add each small harvest to my
questioning articles. Pretty soon, these began fleshing themselves
out and filling in the mysterious gaps.
In truth, my work teaches me just as much as it teaches those I
share it with. Over the years since I began this process, my catch
basket repository began groaning with ripe esoteric fruits. As
instructed, I began pouring these into the articles, tutorials and
books I eventually began writing.
Over the years since my arcane riddle began, my inspirational
process grew into a finely-tuned subtle mechanism. Now, if I have a
serious question the answer always comes to me. Sometimes it
surfaces immediately, sometimes days, months or even years later,
but the clues that lead me to the answers always come. This has
given me drive and purpose, plus an ever-increasing fascination for
this many-splendored thing we call mortal life. Whatever the future
holds in store, I look forward to living it with great interest.
I hope the above explanation of where I am coming from is of some
help to people who might be struggling with their own beliefs. It is
neither my intention nor my joy to cast doubts upon anyone's
heartfelt theories and beliefs. But if my work causes you belief
system discomfort, then how solid were your beliefs to begin with?
While faith is a priceless jewel, if one accepts anything blindly
one risks polluting one's essential foundation belief system with
the curse of mindless dogmatism.
Please keep an open mind to the possibilities I have introduced
here. The popular New Age spiritual model contains a great deal of
beautiful, comforting philosophy. But it can fall down quite badly
in a practical sense, especially when applied to dark supernatural
problems. If one clings to this model, the development of new
concepts and the gathering of higher spiritual truths becomes
virtually impossible. The parameters of current popular spiritual
models simply do not allow for this. Because of this, many people
today bend the rules and invent elaborate explanations to get around
these problems, while dogmatically holding true to popular beliefs.
But this increased complexity prohibits a more direct approach. It
leads to belief system obfuscation and ineffective methods being
A Little Sage Advice To Close On:
Question everything, especially the sacred cows of dogma. Always
think for yourself. Experiment and learn from all that life has to
offer you. Listen to and consider the wisdom of others, and try on
their ideas as you might try on a new coat for size. Never buy a new
coat just because it seems to fit; it must be practical, within your
price range, and look good on you too. And above all, build your own
foundation belief system from the wealth of your own personal life
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Dynamics' and Practical Psychic Self-Defense, and coauthor of
Mastering Astral Projection. Robert is a true spiritual pioneer of
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Books and Video Materials - Near
Death Experience and More
The Gospel of Buddha, According to Old Records
by Paul Carus
The gospel of Buddha is now close
to its centenary. Paul Carus, a distinguished philosopher,
applied himself to the self-chosen task of a compilation
according to the old Buddhist records and published the
GOSPEL in 1894 which has since been reprinted often and
translated into other languages.
by Robert Bruce
1999 ::: 559 pages
A practical manual for those who want to
learn how to leave their body and undertake astral
Don't you love it when you pick up a book
that immediately explains experiences you've had but
had no explanation for when they occurred? This
doesn't happen often, but it might with Astral
Dynamics, Robert Bruce's straightforward how-to manual
on astral projection. Perhaps you've had a spontaneous
out-of-body experiences and didn't know it! This
extensive tome teaches you everything you need to know
to accomplish successful, planned out-of-body travel;
how to exit the body, how to get around on the astral
plane, and how to get back in with solid, provable
memories of the event. Bruce writes very clearly and
uses down-to-earth terminology so that you learn not
only how to create a "real-time double" to
astrally project but also about the physics of the
nonphysical world. Out-of-body experiences can be so
confusing that enjoying them or employing them
usefully can be a serious challenge. Fortunately,
Bruce now brings his 25 years of interdimensional
experience to the aid of astral explorers the world
over, and everywhere else too. --P. Randall Cohan
Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain
by Fredric Schiffer
||Reincarnation- The Karmic Cycle
by Swami Abhedananda, Christopher Bache, Paul Carus, sw
Chinmayananda, Swami Chinmayananda, Eknath Eswaran, Jack
Kornfield, Swami Nikhilananda, Swami Shantananda, Brian L.
Weiss, Swami Yatiswarananda
Reincarnation is a commonly held
view about life and death the world over. The authors in
this book help us appreciate the deeper meaning of the
"Theory of Reincarnation," as well as its
counterpart, the "Law of Karma." Aproper
understanding of these concepts gives us the courage and
strength to face life's many challenges with confidence and
Tibetan Book of the Dead,
by Evans-Wentz, W.Y. New York, Oxford University Press, 1957
This book brings to the forefront
the immediacy of what we all try to avoid....thinking of our
own mortality and our impending "end". And whats
more, it goes into the various stages we go through after
death and how we can mentally avoid certain pitfalls and how
we can use certain mental technologies (or approaches) to be
able to succesfully navigate through a kind of twilight zone
called the BORDO.
of a Soul: Reincarnation
- Your Life Today and Tomorrow
by Kabbalist Rav Berg
This groundbreaking book blazes
the Kabbalistic trail through the uncharted terrain of
birth, death, and life after death. Kabbalist Rav Berg
guides us from our familiar world of human suffering to a
startling new view of the laws of reincarnation, leading us
to a deeper, more intuitive awareness of problem solving.
Wheels of a Soul reveals where the causes of our physical,
emotional and mental afflictions are buried and gives us a
wealth of detail on the cosmic process and the evolution of
global incarnation. By discovering a spiritual process of
transformation we can give profound and lasting meaning to
Lives, Many Masters
by Brian L. Weiss
Psychiatry and metaphysics blend
together in this fascinating book based on a true case
history. Dr. Weiss, who was once firmly entrenched in a
clinical approach to psychiatry, finds himself reluctantly
drawn into past-life therapy when a hypnotized client
suddenly reveals details of her previous lives. During one
hypnosis session his client introduces the spirit guides who
have been her soul therapists in between lives. This is when
the story really takes off for Weiss, who discovers that
these guides have specific messages about his dead son as
well as Weiss's mission in life. No, we cannot verify the
truth of this story using the limited scientific tools we
have available. However, it is hard to dispute that this
well-respected graduate of Columbia University and Yale
Medical School has discovered a personal truth that has led
him to be an enormously popular speaker, author, and leader
in the field of past-life therapy.
After Life : The Investigation of a Phenomenon--Survival of
by Raymond A., Jr., M.D. Moody, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
In this fascinating book, Moody
reveals his groundbreaking study of more than 100 people who
experienced "clinical death"--and were revived.
Their amazing testimonies and surprising descriptions will
intrigue and offer strong reassurance to anyone who has
wondered "what comes next."
by T. Lobsang Rampa
The powers of the Lama are
unsurpassed in the West: here are insights into the Akashic
records, reincarnation as well as Rampa's journey to
unexplored dimensions and realms where he encounters a
variety of spiritual teaachers and has adventures with
After Death - Contact with the Beyond
Release Date: May 26, 1998
Life After Death, Episodes 1 & 2 - The Near Death
Experience / Contact with the Beyond
Round Trip- The Near Death Experience
Release Date: August 19, 1996
Run Time: 40 minutes
If you've ever wondered about death and or have
lost someone dear. This video is very insightful and helpful
in guilding you towards all the answers and an
understanding. There really are people who have experienced
it and are willing to share their thoughts and this director
leads them in this way of answering that we can understand.
Ultimate Task: Re-Creating the Universe in a Positive
by Rich Anders
The universe is collapsing and only someone with might over
all can save life from extinction. God the Almighty has to
re-create the universe in a positive dimension to undo its
pattern of ultimate destruction. This book reveals the
events leading up to the present situation. The task God the
Almighty has to accomplish is described in detail. This
account of things to come is more than just prophecy; it is
the work establishing the spiritual patterns that will
trigger and determine the events of the change of dimensions
on this planet, in the Solar System, and throughout the
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Georgia: Bolton Press, 1983.
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Recent Death. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1987.
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in the Wake of Suicide. New York: Bantam Books, 1987.
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The Division of Consciousness : Life After Death and the Binary Soul
ANCIENT FACE OF DEATH, RELIGIOUS CONSENSUS, SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT,
THE FOUR PILLARS, THE SOUL & THE SPIRIT, GHOSTS AND APPARITIONS,
NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES, PAST-LIVES & MEMORIES
Resources - buddhism related news, books and web resources
Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife
PASSING--AND LIFE AFTERWARD by Max Heindel [1865-1919]
Reincarnation. Includes vast links and resources.
Soul Travel Magazine, Out-of-body-experiences, astral projection,
near death experiences, Remote Viewing
in World Religions
Mysticism is concerned with the nature of reality, the
individual's struggle to attain a clear vision of reality, and the
transformation of consciousness that accompanies such vision. This
site explores the mystical traditions of six religions by comparing
and contrasting quotations drawn from their respective literatures.
These quotations have been organized by topic as seen below. Because
I didn't want to bias the presentation by using terminology unique
to a particular religion, I have tried to come up with broad,
descriptive names for the topics.
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