Heard Jim Tucker interview on radio recently. His comments anent consciousness possibly being a separate phenomonon from the physical body reminded me of an "out-of-body" experience I had one time after being injured falling down a cave in Mexico.
I broke a couple of ribs and was generally bruised up and in a lot of pain. The next day we rented a horse so I could get back to friends who had the car. The horse had a wooden saddle and stirrups way too short for me to use so every jolt on the steep trail back was excrutiating.
At a certain point I realized I was going to pass out and fall off the horse. At that moment it became as if I were floating above our group as we passed through a settlement and on down. I could see "my" body still on the horse, although I did identify with it, but rather felt compassion for its suffering.
The "I" of the floating consciousness was not the self-identified "I" of ordinary ego consciousness. There was in fact no sense whatever of I-ness. My only memory covering that time is of being the floating consciosness - not the guy hurting on the horse.
I "woke up" in my body about the time the trail leveled out and the paid began to subside. The only "conclusion" I have come to as a result of the experience is that perhaps corporeal existence and consciousness are distinct and separable under circumstances such as extreme pain or stress, death or some forms of meditation.
I am a congenital non-believer. Terms such a "astral travel", "reincarnation" and so on strike me as mere place holders pending further penetration of mysteries or a conclusion such as ones drawn by Gautama and others that certain ontological questions are unanswerable - only to be held in don't-know-mind.
Kate said:January 5, 2014 3:05 pm PST
My son at age 2-1/2 recounted his birth experience and how he came from a place where his grandfather (my father) also resided. My son said that he recalls leaving his grandfather, who bade him farewell, and falling backward through a chute or tube. He said his memory stopped at that point. He repeated this story until he was about 3 and then never mentioned it again.
Liz said:November 25, 2013 7:36 pm PST
Wow! I heard your segment on the Bill Carroll show on KFI in Los Angeles. I was so interested that I bought your book on iBooks. Fascinating stuff! I'm a doctorate student in clinical psychology about to start my dissertation...maybe I will need to rethink my topic. Thanks for a great read!
Malcolm Gibson said:November 23, 2013 1:49 pm PST
I have been wondering how many of these children that have this knowledge of reincarnation were born bu C section vs through the birth canal?
Kadri-Liisa said:July 30, 2013 10:50 pm PST
Thanx for putting this site up. I am bit surpised about the info what i have read about it - like those energetical books of Akarashi are book of Life mentioned in Bible. Have not thought about it before but it can be so.
I am christian from new apostolic reformation movement and recently started to look about the reincarnation and its connection with christianity and bible.