The Big Book of the Soul
our many lives as holographic aspects of the Source (2008)
by Ian Lawton
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"This book is filled with thorough reviews of research and thoughtful analysis of its implications. It makes a significant contribution to the field. I recommend it highly." Jim Tucker, University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies and author of Life Before Life
"This fine book is masterly and scholarly. It is invaluable to anyone interested in what a soul is, how it originated, and what happens to it after death; and to other researchers who want to further our understanding of an aspect of ourselves that has been of interest to philosophers through the ages." Edith Fiore, pioneering regression therapist and author of You Have Been Here Before
"After reading this book, I will be recommending it to my students. It is one that intellectuals need not be ashamed of having on their shelves. And I predict that the author's proposal of a holographic model of the soul will be one of the most important concepts of our time." Hans TenDam, pioneering regression therapist and author of Exploring Reincarnation
"The most comprehensive book on the soul, and evidence of its existence, ever produced. It is an incredibly informative and well-written book that will be used for reference well into the millennium." Andy Tomlinson, leading interlife regression therapist and author of Exploring the Eternal Soul
Rational spirituality… surely this is a contradiction in terms?
How can spirituality be rational, when it relies on faith and revelation?
The simple answer is it does not have to any more...
There is persuasive evidence from near-death and out-of-body experiences that the physical brain is merely the instrument through which our soul consciousness expresses itself in the physical world. There is equally persuasive evidence from children who remember past lives, and from past-life and interlife regression, that we are individual souls who reincarnate to experience and grow.
A careful analysis of skeptics' arguments in each of these areas of research proves in most cases just how reductionist, and in fact illogical, they are. Nevertheless not all the evidence put forward by believers stands up, and careful discrimination is required. Such a balanced and in-depth critique of both sides of the argument is rare if not unique. Equally unique is the accompanying collation and comparison of the interlife regression research of a number of pioneering psychologists.
But what of the idea that 'we are all One', which is the universal message of all transcendental experiences? Can it be squared with the idea of the individual, reincarnating soul, or is this merely an 'illusion' in itself? Perhaps the answer lies in a theory of total elegance and simplicity... that of 'the Holographic Soul'.
1 NEAR-DEATH AND OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCES
Common characteristics; normal explanations; unpleasant experiences; four veridical cases (Pam Reynolds/the saw, the Dutchman/the teeth, George Rodonaia/the baby and Maria/the shoe); out-of-body experiences; the seat of consciousness.
2 CHILDREN WHO REMEMBER PAST LIVES
A strong case (James Leininger/James Huston); common characteristics; two more strong cases (Swarnlata Mishra/Biya Pathak and Gopal Gupta/Shaktipal Sharma); skeptical critiques; normal explanations; paranormal alternatives; birthmark and defect cases; a question of balance.
3 PAST-LIFE REGRESSION
Normal explanations; two weak cases (Graham Huxtable/The Aggie & Jane Evans/Livonia); research into cryptomnesia; five inconclusive cases (Virginia Tighe/Bridey Murphy, Jan/Joan Waterhouse, Jane Evans/Rebecca, Bruce Kelly/James Johnston, Bob Snow/Carroll Beckwith); five unexplained cases (Jane Evans/Alison, Laurel Dilmun/Antonia, Cynthia Henderson/Amelie de Cheville, Gwen McDonald/Rose Duncan, Helen Pickering/James Burns); group regressions; xenoglossy; paranormal alternatives.
4 PAST-LIFE THERAPY
Background; research studies; emotional dynamics.
5 INTERLIFE REGRESSION
Opening the gateway; the consistency of the reports; the independence and objectivity of the pioneers; the objectivity of the subjects.
6 THE INTERLIFE EXPERIENCE
Fluidity and individuality; transition and healing; past-life review; soul group interaction; next-life planning; returning; blank experiences; anonymous pioneers; summary.
7 EXPERIENCE AND GROWTH
The unhelpfulness of karma; repetitive, progressive and altruistic behavior; corroboration from the past (Plato/the Hermetica; Theosophy/Anthroposophy; Spiritism; Silver Birch; Edgar Cayce; Pathwork; Seth; Sri Aurobindo).
8 THE HOLOGRAPHIC SOUL
The unity of all things; cosmic consciousness and the power of now; quantum mysticism; the big picture, enlightenment and types of illusion; holographic theory and consciousness research; fully conscious creation; transformation.
FURTHER INFORMATIONIncludes research by pioneering psychologists & psychiatrists such as Raymond Moody, Kenneth Ring, Peter Fenwick, Ian Stevenson, Jim Tucker, Alexander Cannon, Denys Kelsey, Morris Netherton, Edith Fiore, Helen Wambach, Roger Woolger, Brian Weiss, Hans TenDam, Peter Ramster, Joel Whitton, Michael Newton and Shakuntala Modi. Also discussion of the work of philosophers, scientists and spiritual gurus such as Plato, Helena Blavatsky, Rudolf Steiner, Allan Kardec, Silver Birch, Edgar Cayce, The Pathwork Guide, Seth, Sri Aurobindo, Stanislav Grof, Rick Strassman, Paramhansa Yogananda, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Eckhart Tolle, Sydney Banks, Fritjof Capra, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Hugh Everett, Ken Wilber, Timothy Freke, Karl Pribram, David Bohm, Itzhak Bentov, Ervin Laszlo and Nikola Tesla.