Past-life Regression on Dr. Oz Show

On Feb. 20 this year, Dr. Oz presented a very interesting example of a past-life regression by Dr. Linda Backman,* one of my key sources in Frontiers of Knowledge on past- and between-lives regression. The whole regression part of the shown can be found here as a five part video (with 15-30 sec commercial breaks).

In the video, you will see highlights of the regression by Dr. Backman of a woman (who is present in the show’s audience), the woman’s experience of the regression and her learning, and functional MRI brain scans of the subject’s brain activity in a normal awakening state and after her past-life experience by neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Amen (the author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life). Dr. Amen work is on the generational transfer of behavior learned experiences and states, which Oz calls groundbreaking. In describing the MRI difference for the two scans, Dr. Amen notes that the after-the-past-life-regression scan is “lit up” in regions of the brain that have been identified with spiritual and emotional experiences. Dr. Amen state that “clearly something is going on.” I highly recommend the video.

Many other videos on past-life experiences can be found on the internet. One of most interesting is the experience of Dr. Brian Weiss’s 26-year old daughter Amy on how her vision threatening cataracts were healed in a group past-life session that her dad was giving at the hospital she worked. [It is the third video in the AfterLiveTV set found here] It is worth noting that Amy had never had any successful or meaningful past-life regression experiences before this one.

* Dr. Backman is one of mymain sources for spiritual regression (past and between-lives) in Frontiers of Knowledge.

Interview with Peter Smith, President of the Newton Institute on Spiritual Regression

A very interesting and good 50-minute (5-part) interview of Peter Smith is available on YouTube [click here for Part 1]. Smith gives a good introduction and description of the between-lives regression process and some of the interesting discoveries that it has provided: hybrid souls–those who have had lives on non-Earth planets–and why they are choosing to incarnate on Earth, how souls reincarnate together and switch roles, and other interesting insights.

Interview with Author Stephen Meyer on “Darwin’s Doubt” and Intelligent Design in Biology

There is a great interview on CSPAN Book Reviews in which Stephen Meyer talks about his book, Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. In the interview Meyer  wonderfully brings in several of the key ideas and concepts present in the mystery surrounding the origins of the animals that appeared during the “Cambrian Explosion” over 500 million years ago. Darwin had some lingering doubt about whether new fossil discoveries would support his theory of natural selection because there were no fossil records that would cover the gap between the simple earlier cell life forms and the more complex ones found in the Cambrian Wales fossils.

Meyers also very nicely presents the concept of biological information and how it becomes increasingly complex in more advanced species. As he presents it, the story of evolution is largely about how new information (code) is present/behind a new animal species. Meyers believes that intelligent design agents create the “codes” to support the creation of more advanced life forms.

He was interviewed at FreedomFest, an annual libertarian conference held July 10-13, 2013, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the interview go to [here]

Healing Through the Akashic Record

Last Friday evening, I had a very interesting experience on healing at a Network of Light event in which Bill Sanda gave attendees a short introduction to how he accesses information from an individual’s Akashic Records and then channels tonal noises and energy to heal the negative energy accumulated in an individual’s energy bodies from their experiences in past-lives. Sanda and other energy healers  described how these negative energies can affect our physical and mental health. Often, these are described as our “shadows.”

Sanda gave each attendee a 10-minute healing experience. It was very powerful and right-on for all of us. We could see the emotional angst and trauma being felt by each individual from their past lives and the relief that they experience from Sanda’s healing treatments. Their expression on their faces and in their bodies were very graphic for most of the subjects. You can get a little more information about Sanda from a Google search.

I have explored physical healing using hypnosis and other modalities and have learned that negative experiences stored as feelings in emotional bodies (theses can be considered negative shadows) are a major factor in creating our physical illnesses and limiting the ability of many healing modalities to bring relief and healing to the subject. Because of his ability to directly work on these shadows, I sense that Sanda is bringing a new and more powerful healing modality into being. Hopefully, in the near future, I will have more information on this method.

Intelligent Design in Cosmology and Evolutionary Biology

The concept of intelligent design as an agent in the creation and evolution of our universe and life within it has become a significant scientific concept in the last 20 or more years. It first showed up in the physics of astronomy (cosmology) as one explanation for the many incredible fine-tuned features in our universe’s physics and chemistry. In Frontiers of Knowledge, I include the role of spiritual intelligence in cosmology as a key element in my framework of reality. Below is a brief sample of the more than two dozen fine-tuned features that physicists have found in our universe (Frontiers pp. 59-61):

  1. If the early expansion rate of the universe had been one-billionth less, the universe would have re-collapsed almost immediately; if it had been one-billionth more, the universe would have flown apart so fast that stars would not have been created.
  2. If the weak nuclear force (holding the protons and neutrons together) was much weaker, all the hydrogen in the cosmos would have turned to helium in the early universe, and hence there would be no normal stars. If it were much stronger, exploding supernovas would not have ejected their outer envelopes, and hence would have failed to seed interstellar space with heavy elements (for example, carbon) that are required to create life.
  3. A small difference (by one-billionth) in the ratio of the strength of the electromagnetic field to the gravitational field would have prevented the existence of hot and stable stars.
  4. If the difference between the mass of the neutron and the proton were not precisely twice the mass of the electron, no substantial chemical reactions would take place and the universe would consist of nothing more than radiation and a relatively uniform mixture of gases.

Cosmologists discuss the universal fine-tuning that allows for life and intelligence under the term anthropic principle. Physicist Michio Kaku states that the strong anthropic principle assumes that an intelligence of some sort has tuned the physical constants to allow for life and intelligence. It is often associated with the idea of a cosmic creator.

Intelligent design as a scientific concept in evolutionary biology has been gaining some traction recently with the publication of several books by Stephen C. Meyer–the latest being Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design. I introduced Meyer and this book in a recent post. (See my Aug. 29, 2014 post under Science: A New Era / Evolutionary Biology titled: Spiritual Intelligence in Evolutionary Biology.) It must be emphasized that intelligent design as described by Meyer and his associates at Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, Washington is not the religious theistic story of creation. Meyer has two main arguments for his belief and theory that there are active design agents involved in evolutionary biology:

  1. The current theory of Neo-Darwinism cannot explain the explosive burst of new animal life within a short window of approximately 6 million years in the Cambrian geographical period. [First seen in the mid-19th-century fossil discover in Cambrian Scotland, and in the early and late 20th-century fossil discoveries in British Columbia and China respectively.] In these discoveries there is no fossil trail of life going from very simple-cell life forms in much earlier times to these much more complex forms found in these three large discoveries.
  2. Recent biological research discoveries point to many other factors and mechanisms being involved in the creation, evolution and stability of complex life forms that is present in neo-Darwinism’s gene-based concepts.

In several years when I make the first revision to Frontiers of Knowledge, I will include this information.

What Is 25 Years in Physics?

Previously, I posted about the seemingly dead end physics is in that was titled “Trouble in Physics–At a Dead End?” Below are excerpts from an Amazon reviewer of the book, Bankrupting Physics: How Today’s Top Scientists Are Gambling Away Their Credibility. The book’s author, Alexander Unzicker is a German theoretical physicist and science writer. His message is even more critical than those of Lee Smolin and Peter Woit I summarized in my earlier post. The reviewer’s point is that 25 years is not that long of a time for having the experimental capability to prove a radical new insight on physical reality. Here are the reviewer’s key examples:

  • The Bose-Einstein Condensate (a fifth phase of matter) was predicted in 1924 by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein. However it was not experiementally proven until 1995, more than 70 years later!
  • Zygmunt Florenty Wroblewski and Karol Olszewski conjectured in 1864 that electrical resistance would drop at ultra-cold temperatures. It wasn’t until 1911 that Heike Kamerlingh Onnes used liquefied Helium to cool Mercury that the superconductivity phenomena was discovered.

I believe that there is some truth in the reviewers comments. I have confidence that physicists will someday in the future have the experimental means to probe subtle-energy dimensions and fields.

Scientific Approaches to Validate Similar Reincarnation Appearances

One of the most unusual finding (or hypothesis) in the scientific and systematic reincarnation research is that  individual humans have the same appearance as they had in a past life. Walter Semkiw on his website and in his book Return of the Revolutionaries has paired up individuals with historical figures based on similarities in appearance, personality traits, and close family members and friends.

Paul Von Ward in The Soul Genome tries to take Semkiw’s work to a more scientific level. He posits that the soul’s “characteristics” are captured in a concept he calls the soul’s psychoplasm, the nonphysical equivalent of an individual’s physical genome. When a soul incarnates, Von Ward posits that the soul’s psychoplasm influences how the fetus’ genome is “activated.” [Note: in Frontiers of Knowledge, I describe how the physical body is influenced by its many subtle-energy bodies. Several of these subtle bodies are be believed to contain energy and information from past-lives that can be influencing the reincarnated human’s appearance and personality.]

To support his hypothesis, Von Ward has identified five characteristics from biometric science that are considered the most genetically stable features: body type, facial geometry, ear form, hand and finger shapes, voice, and odor. Von Ward considers the first four features the best ones to use in trying to pair up a historical personality with a person living today. Indirect evidence for assessment of voice similarities exists in some cases. While some small changes could possibly occur in one feature during reincarnation, he hypothesizes that the overall genotype influence should be clearly evident.*

Von Ward cites several cases of twins from Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker at the University of Virginia that he suggests illustrates how a soul’s information in its psychoplasm could influence its human appearance and personality traits even though each twin receives the same genetics.**

*Von Ward, Paul,  The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, 90 (Kindle Locations 1735-1738).

**Von Ward, 197 (Kindle Location 3637).

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Trouble with Physics—At a Deadend?

Since the rise of string theory and its derivatives (M-theory and superstring theory), physics has “stalled out” in its ability to achieve any major verified developments in our understanding of the universe. Two books published around 2006 describe the quandary it is in:

  • Lee Smolin, The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next (Mariner Books, 2006)
  • Peter Woit, Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law (Basic Books, 2006)

Both books describe how quantum physicists by 2006 had greatly committed themselves to pursuing the development of string theory and its derivatives as the “only game in town” for the advancement of physics. This is in spite of the fact that after over 30 years of work, the engaged physicists had not developed any predictions that experiments could verify. Also, Smolin describes how it has been unable to contribute anything significant to the three great problems of physics:

  1. Combining general relativity and quantum theory into a single complete theory of nature
  2. Resolving the problems in the foundations of quantum mechanics
  3. Determining whether or not the various particles and forces can be unified

Smolin also writes that any of the contribution and insights provided by string theorists are not unique.

After reading Smolin’s book and reading some reviews of Woit’s book, I wondered if anything had occurred in the last eight years to change their negatives views on string theory and its derivatives. Woit’s blog, “Not Even Wrong,”[see link at end] provided me with a place to catch up with developments: Woit writes a monthly article that captures highlights of the current state of physics, reviews new books on physics, and allows readers to comment.

In his July 2014 blog titled “String Theory and Post-Empiricism.”* Woit brings us up to date with the state of things by summarizing two presentations at the Strings2014 Conference at Princeton using highlights from a proponent of the current state of string theory and a critic. The critic, Paul Steinhardt, attacked the current practice of inflationary cosmology (based on string theory) in its inability to accommodate any experimental result; and so, on philosophical grounds, it is no longer what we have always thought of as science.

The pro string theory presentation was by physicist turned philosopher Richard Dawid. Woit summarized Dawid’s positions as “claiming that conventional ideas about theory confirmation need to be revised to accommodate new scientific practices and the increasing significance of non-empirical theory confirmation.” Nobody knows what the latter really is, though. At the end, it seems to me that the string theorists’ main argument is “there is no other game in town.” Both Woit and Smolin dispute that. (For more of details on their problems, the reader needs to go the blog article.) But I want to add a few last comments and thoughts from Smolin, Woit, and one blog commenter:

  • Woit: theoretical particle physics is in a stage where empirical results are not there to keep people honest, and new and better “post-empirical” ways of evaluating progress are needed. But these must come with rigorous protections against all-too-human failings such as wishful thinking . . . and I just don’t see those anywhere in Dawid’s proposal for new kinds of theory confirmation.
  • Smolin (in a comment to Woit’s blog about this article) writes: “there are several alternative programs for quantum gravity and unification and there are compelling theoretical arguments for several of them. This is why experiment is necessary for science to progress.”
  • Part of a reader’s comment: “I think Woit is mostly right to argue that string theory is more mathematics than science insofar as science has reasonably firm controls in place to falsify hypotheses and more generally control and limit wrong inquiry. . . . But where I think most of the disconnect and controversy occurs in these discussions is over the subtext that science is the crown jewel of human study, and that pursuits that are not scientific are at best somehow less valuable.” This person see string theory as more of a philosophical effort “pioneering developments in conceptual space.”

My summary perspective is that physics has “stalled out” in its ability to make major advances without new concepts of reality (for example, better insights and evidence of some sort on a more expansive conceptual space). My book Frontiers of Knowledge is about these conceptual expansions and evidence for them.

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Additional Update [Jan. 10, 2015]: A 2013 book by Jim Baggott also presents the same basic message as Smolin and Woit. Baggott’s book, Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth, is described in a review by the Economist magazine as

  • Baggott is not so confident that progress in physics is assured. In Farewell to Reality the former physicist—who left academia but still occasionally writes about science—bridles at the ubiquity of what he calls “fairytale physics”: the flights of mathematical fancy, based on nothing more than personal taste, that he feels have come to litter the theoretical landscape over the past two decades.

*Woit’s website “Not Even Wrong” link is:

http://www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress/

Reoccurring Cyclic Pattern in English-American History

William Strauss & Neil Howe in their bookGenerationsdescribe a reoccurring cyclic pattern that historians like them have noticed in English-American culture that has a cycle of 80-90 years. There are a lot of details in this cycle, but the most important ones for us to understand are:

  • It is made up of four periods of 20-22 years—each representing the length of the general phases of our human life: childhood, young adult, mature adult, and elder.
  • Within this cycle there are two major events that are two periods apart: (1) the spiritual awakening and (2) the crisis. Because of the cyclic pattern, each can be seen as setting up the other.
  • Children are brought up under the “energy” of the cycle within which they are born and raised because of what influenced their parents in the previous cycle. Think of how individual growing up during the Great Depression came to have particular views and perspective on life. All affected how they raised their children.

Let me give you a quick overview of these two major events within a full cycle, starting in the 1700s to the present. I provide more information on the spatial awakenings because they are not as well known as the crisis events. Search Wikipedia for great awakening for more details on the spiritual awakening events.

Spiritual Awakening Crisis
1730s: First  Protestant Awakening. (Individual protestants move away from ritualistic practices to personal revelation and moral commitment.)
1773-89: American Revolution (At one level, it can be considered a natural outcome from the inner changes brought by the Great Protestant Awakening.)
1820s: Abolitionist Movement (About resolving the unfinished business of slavery. It was part of the Protestant revival movement–the 2nd Great Awakening) 1857-65: Civil War (It can be considered a natural outcome from the dynamics wrought by the Great Protestant Awakening: abolitionist pushing to abolish slavery and the South resisting)
1885-1990: Missionary Awakening (3rd Great Awakening) & New Thought Movement–we can heal ourselves and others through spiritual prayer.) 1930-45: Great Depression & WWII (The unresolved debts of WW I seem to have set up many of the dynamics that led to WW II. Also, economic understanding and theory could not effectively handle WW I debts.)
1967-80: New Age Movement (Great expansion of spiritual information and practices: Eastern religions and views, channeling, etc. Also when university trained professionals started spiritual hypnosis and the study of near-death experiences–NDEs.) 2008- ___: Great Recession & ______ (Still waiting for historical insight on how the New Age spiritual movement set up the dynamics that lead to this crisis. But there was a desire for major changes by many and resistances to these change by many others.)
2050s: Next? 2090s: Next?

I strongly sense that the 2050 spiritual awakening will be the culmination of many ongoing trends: (1) more spiritual information available from multiple sources (NDEs, spiritual regression explorations, spiritual channeling, etc.), (2) integration of science and spirituality and the development of scientific means to explore nonphysical dimension (e.g., find the source of dark matter), and (3) the development of spiritual capabilities in the general population for communication with guides, seeing/sensing subtle-energy bodies, etc. It should be an amazing time. Almost enough to make me want to come back to have a human body again.

Development of Spiritual Hypnosis

The last several days I have been reading about some of the developers of past-life regression therapy in volume 1 of Regression Therapy: A Handbook for Professionals. The editor and the major author is Winafred Blake Lucas. The publisher is Transpersonal Publishing. (It is owned by NATH, the hypnotherapy organization that I trained under.)

The other contributors to Vol. 1 are major contributors to the development of this discipline: Ronald Wong Jue, Hazel Denning, Roger Woolger, Edith Fiore, Chet Snow, Tineke Noordegraaf, Rob Bentenbal, Irene Hickman, Edward Reynolds, Barbara Findeisen, Thorwald Dethlefsen, and Ernest Pecci. Almost all are PhD psychologists or medical doctors. Several are from Europe; plus some of the Americans studied in Europe. They represent a world-wide movement that came together to develop past-life regression as a discipline in the second half of the 20th century. It is fascinating to read their 2-3 page autobiographies, their past-life hypnosis techniques (including induction approach), and their views on the power of past-life regression.

Let me give you a few sample from one hypnotherapist, Edith Fiore. Flore wrote, “Currently I use hypnoanalysis exclusively in my practice because the roots of symptoms often lie in past lives, and we deal with those former incarnations that are responsible for the particular problems.” [p. 251] She goes to to state, “Any symptoms or problems that are not directly caused by current situations have their roots either in repressed memories or in possessions by earthbound spirits. . . . Headaches, pains, disorders, or weaknesses of certain areas of the body are often related to event that occurred in former lifetimes.” [p. 253] On pages 266-69, she describes how she uncovered the past-life source of a client’s insomnia and how she helped him eliminate the problem–basically through recalling the past-life events that were the source.