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.
spiritual teachings give the same answer to the questions: "Where
am I from?" and "Where will I go after death?"
Cosmological notion that equates the before-birth state with the
after-death state lends credence to the experiences of NDErs,
who travel "home" and meet children waiting for birth.
A Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic philosopher, declared, "The
way up and the way down are the same." Alongside the flow
of souls from the eternal realm to Earth, a current carries us
is a fulfillment of the soul's longing to return to its original
home, according to eminent philosophers, poets, and theologians.
Kabbalah - Souls yearn to return to the "palace of the divine
king,"" "the place from which ... [our souls were]
Da Vinci (Middle Ages Italy) - "Behold now the hope and desire
to go back to our own country, and to return to our former state.
How like it is to the "moth with the light."
(5th century Christianity) - "All things flow out from God,
and all will ultimately return to Him."
Father Origen (Early Christianity) - All souls return to our purely
spiritual home, an apocatastasis.
Vaughan (I 7th century Wales) - And how I long to travel back,
and tread again that ancient track ... But ah! my soul with too
much stay is drunk, and staggers in the way ... And when this
dust falls to the urn, In that state I came - return
consciousness is like an eighteen-wheeler with twenty-five gears.
At the time of death, we ascend to a higher frequency dimension
like a truck shifting into higher gear in order to climb a steep
hill. And, when we depart from our spiritual home to begin human
life, we downshift to Earth's frequency in the same way the truck
downshifts to come down the hill. Teachings which equate pre-birth
life with the disembodied after-death state include:
(ancient Greece) - Once the human soul becomes Purified throug
a series of human births, the soul is guaranteed immortality as
a Pure Intelligence in the Aether, the birthplace of human souls.
(3rd century Rome) - "To real Being we go back, all that
we have and are; to That we return as from That we came."21
On his deathbed, Plotinus commented, "Now I seek to lead
back the self within me to the All-self.
Tolstoy (1828 to 1910 Russia) - Birth is a rebirth from "the
other, more real life" to which later in old age, we prepare
ourselves to return.
Father Origen (Early Christianity) - Origen waited for his disciple
to arrive at his deathbed before he made his transition: "Eustochius,
I have been expecting you. Now my divine part will return to the
universal divine nature."
Honen (1133 to 1212 Japan) - The Buddhist saint uttered the following
message in his final hour: "I came from the Land of Bliss
and I am sure I am going back there .
(Holy book of Islam) - God generates beings, and sends them back
over and over again, till they return to Him.
(Africa) - At the end of human life, the people of West Africa
go back to the "Village of Thith," the before birth
realm where everyone knows the ultimate truth and deception is
unthinkable. The "Village of Earth," by contrast, is
a pretentious world where an individual "never gets to the
bottom of things."
Americans (Menominee, Iroquois, Ojibwa, Delaware, Oto, Lenape,
Omaha, Cherokee, Winnebago, Plains-Cree) -Spiritual friends still
residing in the "Land of the Spirits" can entice a newborn
back home. Parents circumvented a premature departure by making
newborns happy and fitting them with perforated moccasins, making
it impossible to travel the four-day journey over the Spirit Road,
the Milky Way. The infants then responded to the invitation, "I
cannot travel so far, my shoes are bad."
(Caribs) - Louquo, the first man to live on Earth, came down from
the sky. He returned to his sky home after producing many offspring.
When his decendants die, they too ascend to the heavens and become
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