Christians will especially find this book fascinating, as it allows them to follow Jesus and his belief in reincarnation. Did you know? Reincarnation was part of the early Christian belief system for almost 300 years, until the Church removed reincarnation from the Bible, then eliminated anyone who didn't follow this strict, revised doctrine, as set forth by the Church. Interesting note, some Biblical scholars believe that Jesus is the reincarnate of Buddha, who was the reincarnate of Kristina. Backed up with indisputable historical assumptions. A must read for anyone who strives for the truth about Christianity's original teachings.
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CHRISTIANS REMEMBER YOUR PAST LIVES LEARN HOW
By DOUGLAS CASIMIRI
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2013 Douglas Casimiri
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Introduction to Reincarnation
As I was watching television with my youngest daughter, we saw a scene where people were trying to get into a lifeboat. Out of the blue, my daughter said to me, "I was in one of those boats before." I sat there in astonishment. Then I calmly said, "Oh, yeah? Tell me about it."
My daughter went on to tell me that she and her daddy had been in a big boat that started to sink. Everyone was scared and yelling. Her daddy had picked her up and carried her to the little lifeboat. Her dress had gotten caught on the side of the boat, and he'd had to rip it to get it free. She had been upset that her dress had been damaged.
By then she had my attention. I asked her what her daddy looked like, and she said he had black hair and a big beard. I asked her what her name was, and she said it was Victoria. I went on with some more questioning, but she had been very young at the time of the boating incident and couldn't recall dates or last names.
This experience made me realize how natural it is for a person to recall past memories when they are properly instructed.
A past-life regression facilitator may come across many specific terms in this field of service. Before we discuss the facilitating process, let's define some of those terms and answer a few philosophical questions about reincarnation and past lives.
What Is Reincarnation?
I don't think anyone really knows for sure. What we do know is that our awareness and memories survive death, and we are reborn into new physical lives. Our souls, which never really die, pass from one body to another. We just change our physical form, forgetting who we once were.
Why Do We Keep Moving from One Lifetime to Another?
My best guess would be that our souls are striving for perfection, and most of us are totally unaware of this process. Those who are not connected to their spiritual side seem to identify primarily with the physical body. The fact is that our true nature is energy and spirit. Under a microscope, we see millions of particles, and all of them know where they are going and what they have to do. At that level, our bodies are nothing more than pure energy, and we know that energy never dies.
As far as we can see, our souls are forever growing and evolving, without beginning or end. Our individual souls have lived through lifetime after lifetime. We know this is a fact because we have memories from other times and places but don't know where they came from. There are thousands of well-documented past-life experiences. A lot of these past-life regressions have been facilitated by experts in many fields that study the human mind.
Another subject I find really fascinating is the area of pre-birth memories and communication. There are well-documented cases of this phenomenon and websites you can visit. In this situation, people recall existing in a spiritual plane before their births on earth. They often describe a spiritual existence that is very similar to the existence reported in near-death experiences. Not only do people with pre-birth memories describe a spiritual preexistence, but they also remember choosing their own parents and the types of challenges they will face on earth. Many of them recall seeing souls assembled together, waiting to be born again on earth. This offers further proof that we have lived before.
Through all the research that has been done, we know that every decision we have made in our past lives—and especially the decisions we are making in the present—are vital to our soul's journey. Our soul or spirit knows what it needs to evolve for its highest good. The soul wants to become whole and balance its energy. It must experience the effects that it has caused.
Although most of us may not always follow it, our own intuition is our soul's way of trying, based on its years of existence, to guide us along our path. Once we do start to follow our intuition, we will notice how many people, situations, and synchronicities start to appear, helping us along with our own personal journeys.
So, try to slow down, listen, and acknowledge your soul's wisdom. This guidance is there for you to tap into at any time.
A Brief History of Reincarnation
Reincarnation was discovered by accident. It started with various experiments with hypnosis. Early in the nineteenth century, in certain cases, a hypnotized person might have acted as if he was someone else. Sometimes the person spoke a different language from another place and time.
At the time, scientists had rejected the idea that the soul survives death. They called these memories "hypnotic hallucinations." It wasn't until the 1850s that the study of these hypnotic hallucinations started to be taken seriously.
Galitzin (1794–1866), a Russian prince and cellist who inspired Beethoven to write his last string quartets, performed a hypnotic experiment in 1862 with an uneducated German woman from Bad Homburg, who knew not a word of French. The observers were shocked when she began to speak fluent French.
The woman told a story about having lived before the eighteenth century, when she had been a countess in an Italian castle and had murdered her husband under circumstances that had appeared to be accidental. Therefore, her soul had had to return to live a hard life.
Galitzin later went to the place where the woman said she had lived, and he confirmed the historical existence of that particular countess.
This was a case of accidental regression, as it hadn't been the hypnotist's intention to take the person back in time.
The first intentional regressions seem to have been those of Jose Maria Fernandez Colavida (1819–1888) in Spain, a member of La Paz, a spiritist group in Madrid.
Esteva Espanola later reported about this phenomenon at a spiritist conference in Paris in 1900, after performing many regressions herself.
Another pioneer in this field was French spiritist Lieutenant Colonel Albert de Rochas d'Aiglun (1837–1914). He performed a number of these past-life regressions and published the first book on the subject, Les Vies Successive.
Sigmund Freud, during a phase in his life, also performed regressions—not to past lives but to a traumatic experience in the actual life of a patient who had suppressed the memory. Freud later left regression and developed his own form of psychoanalysis by means of free association.
Professor of psychology Theodore Flournoy (a teacher of Carl Jung) studied a spectacular case of Mrs. Helene Smith, who told of past lives while being regressed. Professor Flournoy called the phenomenon cryptomnesia.
Roy Martin, a teacher in Sharon, Pennsylvania, performed many regressions from around 1928 to the 1940s. He wrote a little-known book about his work called Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond (1942).
The British psychiatrist Alexander Cannon performed over 1,400 past-life regressions. He also wrote a book about his work called The Power of Karma (1936). The book was republished as The Shadow of Destiny (Kerringer and Whitefish 2005).
Another pioneer was the Swedish psychiatrist John Bjorkhem (1910–1963). He wrote a doctoral thesis entitled De Hypnotiska Hallucinationerna (1942). He reported a number of regressions where people went to different times and places.
Klein regressed a number of people in 1952, which is mentioned in The Effect of Suggestion on Past-Life Regression.
In 1956 a book was published by Henry Blyth: The Three Lives of Naomi Henry. Two of the past lives described therein were researched and confirmed.
Here is a brief list of some famous and influential individuals who have held a belief in reincarnation.
Plato believed that the soul is older than the body and is reborn continuously into this life.
William Wordsworth said "that our birth is but sleep and a forgetting. The soul that rises with us, our life's star, hath had elsewhere its setting. And cometh from afar."
Kahlil Gibran said, "A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me."
The ancient mathematician Pythagoras claimed to have remembered his reincarnations.
Plotinus, in The Descent of the Soul, claimed to have knowledge of the soul and its origin.
Salvador Dali claimed to vividly remember his past life as Saint John of the Cross.
General Patton, on the plains in Europe, said, "I have been here before. I remember the battle."
These are just a few of the pioneers in this field, as there are too many to mention here. Since the 1960s, there has been a major increase in the number of regressions being performed. It has been proven that a regression can have a therapeutic effect, which has led to the establishment of what is now called "past-life therapy."
Reincarnation and Christianity
It's amazing to me that Christianity appears to be against the concept of reincarnation. However, according to a Harris Poll conducted in 2011, 24% of Americans believe in reincarnation and 79% believe their soul survives death, and 76% of Americans according to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) claim to be Christians.
Let's go back to the early Christian movement, wherere incarnation and preexistence was a concept that was pretty well taken for granted. Jesus himself talked about John the Baptist as the return of Elias (Matt. 11:14; Mark 9:11–13).
Jesus told us that even the least among us could do what he had done—and even greater things. Jesus said this because he knew, through his own past lives and having returned many times, that the "God spirit" is in all of us. This makes anything possible, if we can truly understand what Jesus was trying to convey. Further proof is the fact that almost all of the principal founders of what would eventually become Christianity were part of the Essenes, who taught preexistence and reincarnation.
Remember that Jesus was an Essene rabbi. Essenes believed in preexistence and reincarnation. There is no denying it; it's historical fact. Jesus believed and taught reincarnation and karma.
For centuries the Jewish people believed that their spiritual leaders were reborn. Evidence of this can be found in the Dead Sea scrolls, early Christian and Jewish writings, the New Testament, and the writings of ancient historians.
The origin of resurrection and reincarnation in Jewish and Christian belief systems began with the Babylonian exile, a period when the Jews in Israel were conquered and taken captive to Babylon. Later, in 539 BC, Babylon itself was conquered by the Persians, who installed a Zoroastrian theocracy throughout the defeated Babylonian Empire. It was then that the Zoroastrian religion and its belief in resurrection began to take hold in Judaism.
Christianity, in turn, inherited the concept of resurrection from Judaism. In fact, it was the Zoroastrian religion that was the source of belief in resurrection, angels, the afterlife, rewards and punishments, the soul's immortality, and the last judgment. This is where Christianity's core belief system came from.
The first-century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, wrote that the Pharisees—the Jewish sect that founded rabbinic Judaism, to which Paul once belonged—believed in reincarnation. Josephus records that the Essenes of the Dead Sea scrolls believed that the soul is both immortal and preexistent before birth.
The book of Enoch, which is considered the oldest text of Jewish mysticism, was also found with the scrolls. Since evidence shows that Jewish mysticism existed in the third century BC, as Enoch indicates, then it would certainly have existed in first-century Israel. The ideas of divine union and reincarnation can both be found in early Christianity. It's quite obvious that reincarnation went to the very heart of Jesus's message.
The first great leader of the early orthodox church was Origen (AD 185–254), who was the first person since Paul to develop a system of theology around Jesus's teachings. Origen was a strong defender of preexistence and reincarnation.
Preexistence is the religious concept that the soul is not created at birth. Rather, before birth the soul existed in heaven or in a past life on earth—which we know to be fact from the thousands of people who have pre-birth memories today.
Origen taught that preexistence is found in Hebrew Scriptures and in the teaching of Jesus.
Origen was a disciple of Clement of Alexandria, who was a disciple of the postle Peter. Clement and Origen wrote about receiving the teachings of Jesus as handed down from the postles. One of these teachings was the concept of physical and spiritual rebirth. The existence of these secret teachings and mysteries from Jesus is recorded in the Bible. Here are some of those instances.
"He replied, 'The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more and he will have abundance" (Matt. 13:11–12).
"I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:25–27).
"Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not sleep, but we will all be changed" (1 Cor. 15:51).
The concept of preexistence and reincarnation were the secret teachings of Jesus, until they were outlawed by the Roman church in AD 553. It was during this time that the Roman church aggressively destroyed competing teachings and so-called heresies within the church. Along with the destruction of these teachings on preexistence and reincarnation came the murder of anyone who stood in the way of the Roman church's control. After this murderous rampage by the church, reincarnation became an enemy concept to Western Judeo-Christianity.
Gregory, the Bishop of Nyssa, gave us the five reasons that reincarnation was declared heresy:
1. It seems to minimize Christian salvation.
2. It is in conflict with the resurrection of the body.
3. It creates an unnatural separation between body and soul.
4. It is built on speculative use of Christian Scriptures.
5. There is no recollection of previous lives.
But in 1945, writings containing many of the secrets of early Christianity were unearthed in northern Egypt. This was an area where many Christians fled when the Romans invaded Israel. The writings revealed more information about the concept of reincarnation from the sect of Christians called Gnostics. As stated above, this sect was ultimately destroyed by the Roman orthodox church; their followers were burned at the stake, and their writings were wiped out. Those writings included some long lost gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The early Christians were spiritual critics of the orthodox church because of what they saw as a vulgarization of Christianity. The orthodox church stressed blind faith and obedience-or-death, while the Gnostic Christian church stressed spiritual knowledge and understanding. The secret teachings of Jesus emphasized spiritual resurrection rather than physical resurrection. A lot of these texts are at odds with the Bible today. Most Christians are not even aware of these original Christian beliefs. If anyone was to truly think about it, he would conclude that these ancient texts—rather than the rewritten Bible of today—hold the true meaning and intent of Jesus.
The early Gnostic Christians believed, as Jesus did, that reincarnation is the true interpretation of the resurrection, meaning that resurrection is of the spirit, not the body. The early Christians claimed that they possessed the correct definition of the resurrection, based on Jesus's secret teachings handed down by the apostles. The existence of a secret tradition can be found in the New Testament.
The finding of these writings in 1945 was truly an amazing discovery. Undisturbed since their concealment almost two thousand years ago, these writings ranked in importance equal to the Dead Sea scrolls, which were discovered two years later. These so-called secret teachings concerning life and death are strikingly similar to what we know about near-death experiences.
Reincarnation and the Secret Teachings of Jesus
There are many Bible verses that affirm the reality of reincarnation. Let's look at some of them here.
The episode in the Bible where Jesus identified John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet is one of the clearest statements that Jesus made concerning reincarnation. "For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who has come (Matt. 11:13–14).
In this passage, Jesus clearly identified John the Baptist as the reincarnation of Elijah the prophet. Later in Matthew's gospel, Jesus stated it again, and the disciples asked, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first." Before the Messiah. Jesus answered them and said, 'Elijah indeed is to come and will restore things. But I say to you, Elijah has come already and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand." Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist. (Matt. 17:10–13).
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Reincarnation.................... 1
Chapter 2 Reincarnation and Christianity.................... 7
Chapter 3 Jesus and Buddha.................... 23
Chapter 4 The Purpose and End of Reincarnation.................... 29
Chapter 5 Soul Relationships.................... 33
Chapter 6 Karma.................... 39
Chapter 7 Regression.................... 45
Chapter 8 Beginning Your Journey.................... 51
Chapter 9 Frequently Asked Questions about Past-Life Exploration........... 57
Chapter 10 Regression Therapy.................... 61
Chapter 11 Regression: A Method for Change.................... 71
Chapter 12 Past-Life Influence.................... 83
Chapter 13 Preparation for the Regression.................... 91
Chapter 14 Death and Rebirth.................... 101
Chapter 15 Dreams and Regression.................... 111
Chapter 16 Your First Regression.................... 117
Chapter 17 True Stories of Past Lives.................... 127
Chapter 18 Past-Life and Age Regression Facilitator Standards for
Examination for Certification as Past-Life....................
and Age Regression Facilitator.................... 143
About the Author.................... 153
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The newly published book, Christians Remember Your Past Lives Learn How by Douglas Casimiri is an attempt at reconciling Christian doctrine with Eastern and New Age concepts of reincarnation, karma, and mediation. This is an ambitious piece of work cleverly weaving a number of new age concepts and packaging them in "Christian" form. The author creates a curriculum to incorporate these various disjointed concepts and weaves them into one, cohesive field of study. In essence this book presents a new- hybrid religion related to the infamous spiritualist Cayce, known as the "Sleeping Prophet". This book, and its message, is the ultimate, logical conclusion of the ecumenical movement which refers to outreach of Christians to reach out to other religions and/or denominations. In this case, the author attempts to persuade the nominal Christian, that the new age and Eastern spiritual beliefs condemned by the bible, are in fact compatible. Using the phrase "Christian" is an attempt to make the teaching more palatable and to give credibility. Through compromise, alternate or out of text "interpretations" and unique and novel theories, the author asserts that reincarnation is a compatible with the Christian faith, and furthermore- Jesus is Buddha reincarnated and the concept of soul age basically explains all the ills of society. Basically if there was in existence a book that taught apologetics in reverse- this is it. This is the anti apologetic book, more subtle, yet powerful in its ability to distort or confuse biblical teaching. The author draws heavily on Eastern religious writings and practices as well as apocryphal works as well. One must remember that these so called "lost books" of the bible are not divinely inspired and do not represent biblical truth or Jesus' teaching.For those readers with an academic interest into research in the are of New Age studies, occult or Eastern spirituality, this book is a must read. Those readers who are easily mislead or influenced or less grounded in their beliefs, may find themselves not only accepting reincarnation wholeheartedly but possibly even believing they have revealed specific details about their own past lives. To the author's credit, this is not only a well written, thorough book, but an entire curriculum in the area of past life regression. Many readers may find it comforting to know that their unsuccessful, immature, or otherwise flawed loved ones are probably new souls who are not yet comfortable in their own skins. I can see how it might provide some assurance for those readers whose lives are less than ideal- whether financially, physically or emotionally, to have the excuse of being a new soul and that they will have an opportunity to perhaps try this life thing again at another time. On the other hand, successful and well known personalities in the arts and philosophers and religious figures are deemed to be old souls who have lived multiple lives acquiring much wisdom. This book tugs at the emotions and is powerfully convincing but even Paul warned in the bible that if anyone, even an angel teaches a new gospel or message, that it is to be rejected and furthermore, that even Satan himself can appear to be an angel of light and deceive people with believable sounding false doctrines. As a blogger I received this book, published by Author House for the purpose of writing this review.