Those of you reading this blog may have noticed that lately I have been posting very strange things to this blog. I’m sure many of you are wondering to yourself, “What in the world has come over Jason?” I fully understand that it’s strange material. Let’s just say I’ve been digging into areas I never would’ve given the time of day in the past.
Today I want to share a little evidence for one of my strange posts. Not long ago, I talked about Gnosticism, and how these ancient texts were dug up in Egypt rather recently which talk about some rather odd things. They say that we’re living in a deceptive reality, that this false realm was created by a demiurge (some corrupt being pretending to be God), and his archons rule over this place. When we die, these beings swoop in on us and try to convince us to take on another physical incarnation, either using guilt and shame, or trying to convince us that suffering through another life in this place is all part of some spiritual journey and evolution.
Most people, on hearing that, would shrug their shoulders and think, “How can anyone know what happens when we die? Nobody knows.” I used to think that too. But as I’ve stated, after studying things like near death experiences, I’ve sort of changed my mind on the matter. However, one doesn’t need to resort to near death literature to find evidence for these things. Take this book.
This book is strange. REALLY strange. The author received his medical degrees from Columbia and Yale, and was/is a highly revered psychiatrist. He, at least at one time, was the chief resident at Yale Medical School. This guy is legit as they come. The book chronicles his experiences with a particular patient (named Catherine), who was suffering from all kinds of psychological ailments, none of which were responding to conventional therapy or medicine. The woman had all kinds of anxieties, she was afraid of water, of flying, of closed spaces, and all kinds of things. Though she was a beautiful young woman, her mind was such a mess that she could barely function. Her anxieties were making her so miserable, she sought the author for help in desperation.
The author decides to introduce hypnotherapy. It’s a Freudian, associative technique. First you induce the patient into a deep state of concentration, and then by association, you have the patient lead you to the root unconscious memories which are the cause of the problem. Once a person brings up these formerly unconscious traumatic memories, the problems often go away. This is a sort of advanced version of the “talking cure”. What happened next was beyond anything the author could have imagined.
He figured these ailments were rooted in traumatic events from this woman’s early life. However, under deep hypnosis, this woman starts regressing into past lifetimes. It turns out, all of this woman’s mental problems were rooted in traumatic events that had happened to her in past lifetimes. The book is a chronicle of the hypnotherapy sessions, and strangely, as this woman remembers these events, she’s cured of all her psychological ailments.
For example, why was she afraid of closed spaces? Once she was put under deep hypnosis, this woman starts remembering a past life where she had contracted something like leprosy in an ancient civilization. She was then wrapped up in bandages by the priests and closed off in a cave and left to die. Once she remembered this event, she no longer feared enclosed spaces.
Why was she afraid of drowning? Once again, under deep hypnosis, she remembers another ancient past life where she was a mother and a typhoon of some sort swept up their village. She’s frantically searching for her baby as the water levels rise, eventually drowning her and her entire village. Once she remembers this event, she no longer feared the water or drowning.
Why was she afraid of flying? Under deep hypnosis, the author leads her to memories of her living as a World War II fighter pilot. She (at this time a man) is a bitter German fighter pilot, and she’s been ordered to take part in some battle, and she knows she’s going to die. She think it’s all pointless and that the leadership is insane. She does end up dying a terrible death in the battle. Once she remembers this event, she no longer feared flying.
The book chronicles lifetime after lifetime, all uncovered during these hypnotherapy sessions. What really stuck out to me was that every single life she’d lived, lifetime after lifetime, they were all HORRIBLE. These were not good lives. Not a single one of them. In some lives she was a slave, working on the plantation, doing menial labor, bitter, jealous, and angry at the rich plantation owners. In other lives, she’s living in these ancient worlds, living a hard life of toil, and then getting old and just dying an old man or woman, exhausted, waiting for it all to end. In other lives, she’s some grunt in some army and dies mercilessly on the battlefield, not even understanding what she was fighting for, or why.
In the present life at the time of the book, Catherine was some twenty-something year old woman, working as a medical tech at the same hospital as the author. There wasn’t anything particularly remarkable about her. In fact, the author noted that intellectually the woman was rather dull. However, under hypnotherapy, this woman had knowledge of all kinds of history she never could’ve known otherwise. She knew all about German aircraft from the time period, could describe them in detail, knew all kinds of pilot slang, and could describe every aspect of how to fly the plane, the principles of flight, how to start and fly these different planes, the control panels, everything. She even knew ancient languages and could recall exact events, saying sensible things in these foreign, oftentimes ancient languages. Like she could speak in German, and recall events with her army buddies, recalling exactly what they said, in German, and translate. In another life, she worked as an assistant to some priest, and She knew all about ancient burial rituals, the prayers, the rites, could vividly describe the temples, the culture at that time, everything. She had knowledge beyond what even a specialist historian would know. She knew about insignias, swords, armor, and other aspects of some Dutch army back in the 1400’s or something. This stuff was later investigated and confirmed to be correct. All of it.
You could say, oh, the woman’s got a vivid imagination. She looked this stuff up in books, and is playing us all for fools. But really? Some twenty-something year old dull medical tech working in some hospital, that’s her idea of a good time? She’s suffering all these psychological ailments, which we must presume she’s faking, all so she could play an elaborate gag on some old erudite psychologist? She spends all this time studying precise details of all this random history? Oh, and over years of therapy, she retells many of these stories, over and over, recalling events each time, hundreds of lifetimes, and never ONCE contradicts herself, or fumbles up these made up events, etc., even when she had no access to notes? Her memory is that good? And she’d spend all this money for the sessions, and waste all this time, just for some attention? This isn’t some rich woman, she needs the money. I’m not buying it. The author is legit, and there’s lots of evidence collaborating it all. Something strange is going on here and we can’t just write it off.
This story gets even more fascinating though. Each time this woman would die, she could recall what happened! She would float above her body, and then the beings along with the light tunnel would come. She would then be sucked up into the tunnel, and the ‘masters’ would evaluate her life. Her entire life would be laid out before her, and this ‘life review’ would happen, and these ‘masters’ always focused on her shortcomings and failures. And then guess what, the masters would blab on some spiritual ramblings, and then pressure this woman to reincarnate into another physical body (presumably for her own good and development), to learn yet more lessons. She would listen to their advice, and she’s been incarnating over and over over, becoming more and more traumatized and broken.
I read this book and was like, wow, this is EXACTLY what the Gnostic texts describe. EXACTLY. It’s exactly what near death experiences describe. This is the fake light which the Tibetan Buddhist monks say you have to avoid at all costs, or you will end up reincarnating and suffering again. The Gnostics say this is the big scam operation run by the archons, where they’re playing God and enslaving people in some false realm. This same sort of process is described in occult literature.
It’s interesting to me that so many different texts and doctrines point to a similar story, if you put all the pieces together.