of the "Blind Buddha"
by Dr. Neil
and Elizabeth Carmen
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Cosmic Cradle Column by Elizabeth and Neil Carman, Ph.D. contains
excerpts from their book, "Cosmic Cradle." It explores
connections and communications with spirits ( usually with their
parents ) before they are born into a physical life.
gifted memory of the American mystic and author Norman Paulsen
exists in his "consciousness as a visual memorv recall with
vivid images, sounds, and colors."
descended toward a "bright blue pearl of a Earth." Her
waters and land appeared like "a celestial garden floating
in the cosmos and drew him like iron to a magnet. His life energy
and love merged with images of clashing waves, "'torrents
of spray ... clouds of mist, slowly settling upon glistening monoliths
searching, Norman flew East beyond the rolling bright green meadows
to a fertile valley. There a village greeted him and a silent
street ran north and south. He watched for a house facing the
rising Sun. Then, a picket fence, an open gate, and a green lawn
sprang out beneath two tall palm trees to welcome him. Indeed,
he found the home of the blind Buddha - his father to be.
Paulsen was the newly elected judge of the city and county courts,
as well as an American Buddhist minister. Deprived of earthly
vision, Charles walked with a white cane sensing the ground beneath
him. The blind man was "stalwart and precise." Using
his acute hearing, he heard "the message of the whispering
wind and the babbling brook as he extended his life outward into
all beings and images around him." " Silently Norman's
spirit approached the blind man by being as quiet as the wind.
But like an ocean wave meeting another wave, their souls could
found me standing there on the street in the midst of his life.
My spirit-image flashed before his inner vision, I had startled
him. He stopped walking to stand alert in a silent greeting. Time
stood still for him. "You have finally come to help me, to
be my eyes in the world."
explained: "Long have we been friends and again we meet.
My spirit is fixed upon rebirth here. Our lives must be joined
together for a time."
invited Norman into his home like any other guest. Although cheerful,
Charles harbored reservations that blindness might accompany Norman
if he was born in his family. Once Charles overcame his fear,
he prayed: " Man from the North, eyes for two, abide in my
house with my wife and me; be my friend once more. Your name shall
be Norman after the blood of our fathers: Nor (the) man."
answered the blind Buddha's call on February 3, 1929, and "lost
no consciousness in entering the planetary body of the earth elements."
maintained clear consciousness as an infant. Certain sights, sounds,
smells, tastes, and touch "assaulted" his awareness.
Sounds of a fire and the odor of burning oak, for instance, often
woke baby Norman early in the morning. His father was in the kitchen
making breakfast. As the morning coffee "assailed" Norman's
nostrils, he thought, "Give me a cup of coffee!" His
father replied, "No, not yet, Norman. Coffee is not good
for little boys."
infant also found that his "newly extended limbs were cumbersome."
Norman struggled, resenting the restrictions of the body "ball
and chain." At night, he overcame his confinement: he floated
out of body to join spirit companions.
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