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Interview with Akemi Gaines: Akashic Records, Reincarnation, 2012 and More

September 25, 2009

One of the unexpected benefits of blogging for me has been the opportunity to learn more about other modes of thinking, whether on parenting, spirituality, healing, or other topics. I read a wide variety of blogs for this reason (a friend recently told me my blogroll was a very ‘odd mix’, which I think is a compliment:-) One I have read regularly for some time is Yes To Me, by Akemi Gaines. Akemi is an Akashic record reader (you can read more about her readings here), with some unique observations about trends occurring in today’s world. Although I had read about the Akashic records years ago, I had not explored them in depth, or had a reading done, until this year, and it has been fascinating. So I decided to interview Akemi as a way of presenting some of this information to others (and as a sidenote, over time I really want to interview the authors of a lot more blogs I visit, for this same reason.)

Hi Akemi, thanks for doing this today. For people who are not familiar with the idea of the Akashic records at all, how would you describe them?
The Akashic records are a history or collection of all the things every soul has ever been through. That is the briefest explanation I can give you. It is a complete history energetically. But really, I don’t think the Akashic records are just about souls, it’s about everything. It’s a complete record.

So you focus on reading the Akashic records of individuals, but theoretically you could go back and read about the energy patterns of historic events, apart from an individual?
I have not tried this, but yes, I think it is possible to do this.

How did you learn to read the Akashic records? Like many westerners, I first read about this idea of the Akashic records in the books of Edgar Cayce. Did you learn about them in Japan?
No, actually, I learned about them here in America, after I moved here. I had my Akashic records read, and I was so impressed with the information that I decided to learn it by myself. I studied with the individual who had done my reading.

And do you think this is something anyone can do, or do you think there are natural seers?
That is an interesting question. I think it is a little of both. Theoretically, I do think anyone can learn to read the Akashic records. But there are also natural tendencies involved. Not everyone is interested or will want to take it very far. I think of it like cooking. Anyone can learn to cook, but some people aren’t that interested. And others just want to learn to cook a few good meals at home, which is great. And then others have a natural talent and drive to be a professional chef. It is like anything really – anyone can learn it, but there is also personal preference and drive involved in how far you take it.

So what kind of things come up in an Akashic record reading for an individual?
Well, I believe we need to have some criteria for what we want to read before we start. Remember, the Akashic records hold everything, to the point of what did you eat for lunch today. But that’s not of much interest, so we need to have some criteria of what we want to read. In my practice, there are two main things I am interested in. The first is,   what kind of soul level gifts and strengths the person has, and the other is whether the person has any energy issues that need to be cleared. So these are the first things I look for. But it is also possible to approach it from more of a curiosity perspective if someone asks for that, like ‘what was my last life’, or ‘was I in Ancient Egypt’, etc. So then I can do that too. Also, this is just the way I approach readings, but I don’t think it’s the only way.

So do you ask someone what is going on in their present life before starting, and work off of that?
Sometimes people offer that. But really, my criteria is does this person have any major energetic issues. And then I can see when or how these energetic issues started, and advise some energy techniques to clear them. And in this area, a reading might cover several relevant past lives, or just one, it all depends. Or sometimes even, a client might not have any energetic carryover of this type, and my reading might not cover any past lives at all. And then I also cover soul-level gifts and strengths, because I think recognizing these and expressing them is a big part of why we are here.

Ok, great, so now let’s back up a bit. Obviously, you use this word ‘soul’ which I have to admit I am not entirely comfortable with because of how it is often defined in organized religion. But I have found that you use it a little differently than it is often used,  can you define it a bit for us?
When it’s necessary, I make a distinction between a ‘soul’ and a ‘higher self’. When it’s not, I use them interchangeably, like many people do. Sometimes I think it is necessary to distinguish the difference. I use the term ‘higher self’, but some people also use ‘over-soul’. So in our everyday life we of course have our physical body, and we also have our mind, and our emotions. The soul is beyond that, and has probably had many physical bodies, and minds. That is the classic idea of reincarnation. Our mind is tied to our physical body in one life, and our soul incarnates into this for one lifetime.
In my own practice, my ideas about soul, higher self and reincarnation started to shift when I observed a phenomenon called ascension soul-shift in some clients. This is when someone goes through such a shift that they experience what I call an ‘upgrade’ – like a software upgrade – to their soul. It is like a new soul coming in, but it is of the same soul type, and is related to the original soul of the incarnation – related to the same higher self. This is ascension. I usually describe it as a software upgrade – when you get an update to your software, it is new programming, but it is based on the old one and an upgrade to it. But it is new software.
Now, I understand, this idea of a soul-shift is not something many people have heard before, and it makes some people very uncomfortable. But really, when I researched it, I found that knowledge of this has been around for some time. The idea of a soul-shift is nothing new, really. What does seem to be new about ascension soul-shifts is a couple of things. First, that the new soul is always of the same kind as the old.

Hold on, when you say the ‘same kind’ do you mean the same starseed grouping, something else that you write about?
Same starseed and same energetic profile. Again, it is like a software update. When you get the update, it is not just for any software, it is related to the version you had. So this is what an ascension soul-shift is like. It is like a big life shift, and many people experience it this way. They feel very different, they experience a lot of changes in their preferences and life, but they still are the same human person, they still remember everything. But this new soul has no past-lives. This is the second thing that is unique about ascension soul-shifts. It is like starting fresh energetically, but with the knowledge you currently have.

I see. So I think this is the thing that is the most uncomfortable about this idea of ascension soul-shifts, because most ideas of ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’ define it as being the most essential, unique part of us. The immutable ‘seed at our core’ type of thing.
Yes, and there is this idea that the purpose of incarnation is to learn and evolve our soul.   So this leads to the thinking that an ‘older’ soul is better, because it has learned more things. This is very linear thinking. I don’t know how to answer this. I just am responding to what I am observing. I am seeing these soul-shifts and they are essentially soul upgrades with new souls. It just seems to be something different that is starting to happen.

So do you think this is the start of a trend?
Yes. And for awhile, I did not have a good explanation for what was going on. I just observed it, more than once. I just saw in a client’s records that there was this new soul coming in, related to the old one, but new. And most of the time, the clients could feel this. So when I started to look into, this is when my definition of higher self or oversoul and its relationship to soul started to change. The way I think of it now is, we are each a ‘spark of God’, a spark of divine source. For that source to experience itself, it has to break off. These sparks are our higher self or oversoul, and we are used to thinking of this as our soul. But we can have different souls related to our higher self. This idea does come up in writings about simultaneous incarnations and the like. So it is out there, it is just not that common. So theoretically our higher self or oversoul can relate to more than one soul. And that is why the new soul in these kinds of shift is of the same type – it is related to the same oversoul.

So is it almost like a new incarnation, without going through the death process?
Yes, right. But the new soul incorporates all the previous learnings, and yet doesn’t have the history attached. I think it is a positive shift, a new level of evolution perhaps.

So that gets to my next question – do you think this is related to 2012? Or first of all, what are your thoughts on all the discussion surrounding 2012?
I don’t really know, frankly. But I do think that a lot of things are accelerating. Our evolution is accelerating. And it may be that 2012 will be a time of mass transition, when we reach a tipping point. Now how visible that change will be, what it will look like in the physical world, I’m not really sure.
This has been going on for quite some time. People are just focused on it because of this date that has been put out there. And I do think this phenomenon I have observed of ascension is related to that, and to planetary changes.

Ok, interesting. So let’s circle back to starseeds, as you brought up that idea, but that’s another thing people may not be familiar with. Can you define them?
Well, some of us, at the soul-level, may have started right here on earth. But some of us may have been through other star systems, other types of incarnation. And we call these starseeds. They are like a soul type. And they each have different characteristics. There are many starseed groups. I know about 20, and some have sub-types.

So in this type of thinking is the earth unique in that so many soul types mix here?
Yes, earth is quite unique, although I don’t think this is the only place where different starseeds mix. I’m not sure why it is this way though. Earth is a very interesting place from that perspective.

Well, my last question may tie into that a bit. In your mind, where does religion and spirituality and everything that is going on in that realm fit into this? I mean, you do readings for people with all different religious and spiritual beliefs, right?
Yes, I have had everyone from Christian ministers, to Buddhists, to the non-religious, and of course many with new age beliefs as well. Christian clients used to be quite rare, because of course Christianity does not traditionally believe in reincarnation, but many things are changing and this has become more common.
The way I think about religion is this: When our spirituality on earth was very underdeveloped, these kinds of structures were necessary. The rules and ritual were useful. But we have evolved spiritually. I personally have learned a lot from reading the Bible and other religious writings. But I don’t really think institutional religion is useful or necessary anymore.

Ok, thank you Akemi! You can learn more about Akemi and her readings at her blog, Yes To Me and her Akashic record reading site. Feel free to leave questions for her or me in the comments as well.

44 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2009 8:32 pm

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you for this interview opportunity. It reads very well.
    If someone is interested in learning more about Ascension and starseeds, good posts to start with are:

    Ascension Ascension and Enlightenment

    Starseeds: Starseeds Alpha Centauri

    Let me know if anyone has any questions. I’m subscribing to the comments and will be happy to answer.

    Love & Light,
    Akemi

  2. mommymystic permalink*
    September 25, 2009 8:40 pm

    Thanks Akemi!

  3. September 26, 2009 2:41 am

    Lisa, this was so interesting I didn’t want it to end. I know Akemi read your Akashic records. Is there anything about your reading that you’re willing to share here?

    Akemi, Deepak Chopra said this recently on Twitter. “A new global mind is emerging and its neural and heart networks are being laid down in cyberspace (Akashic Field) thanks to Twitter.” Is there anything more you can share about your teacher and how you trained in this field?

  4. September 26, 2009 3:09 am

    Brenda,

    Glad you enjoyed the interview. And that is interesting what Deepak Chopra said.

    At this time, I choose not to discuss the details of my teacher because of some disagreement I have with her. I am grateful for what she taught me. However, she does not share the idea of Ascension and ascension soul shift (that was my observation and theory) and the way she has reacted to the idea and to me make me hesitate to recommend her.

    Btw I intend to write a book on how to read one’s own Akashic Records. So if that is your interest, please stay tuned.

    Do you have any other questions?

    Akemi

  5. September 26, 2009 5:03 am

    Hi Lisa and Akemi – that was so interesting!

    You know, I have vaguely, generally thought of ascension as being a transition to a state of being able to live on light/breath, dematerialise, bilocate, teleport (for want of a better word), light up like in ‘Cocoon’, and, of course, no longer see physical aging or death (unless by choice).

    But this material leads me to thinking it doesn’t necessarily need to look like that – the trick I guess is to express oneself in the way that is going to best suit our purpose and the times. (also – I’ve heard of such things as levitation described as “spiritual gymnastics”, meaning they don’t mean anything in themselves, – and some people who have mastered living without eating have still died involuntarily)

    Interesting that Deepak “gets” social networking!

  6. September 26, 2009 11:27 am

    Akemi, re training in this field, does it take the form of dialogue, meditation, text, correspondence, immersion, something else? I’m trying to picture Akashic Field school. It sounds fascinating.

  7. mommymystic permalink*
    September 26, 2009 2:43 pm

    Robin, it’s interesting what you say about ‘siddha’ powers. As I think you know, I teach and practice chakra and kundalini practice, and this is a big theme within that tradition. Some teachers believe siddhas are good ‘training mechanisms’, or that they catch people’s attention, but most agree that in the end they are ‘spiritual gymnastics’ in a way, not necessarily related to the development of wisdom, compassion, or enlightenment. I think that perspective has sort of colored my reaction to physical immortality – I don’t really doubt it is ultimately possible, I have just found myself wondering ‘why?’ thinking of it like a siddha power such as levitation, etc. But your writings have actually shifted my perspective on that a bit, in relation to love and evolution, especially, and this is also why I find Akemi’s ideas on ascension interesting too. I can’t say I am totally there yet with either idea, but they are very intriguing to me, and they certainly throw into question a lot of standard beliefs about the body and soul – and I am always all for questioning standard ideas!

  8. mommymystic permalink*
    September 26, 2009 2:52 pm

    Brenda – glad you liked the interview! There are some things I can share about my reading. It was a sudden intuition to do it, around the time of my birthday in March. I used to get astrology transit readings annually around that time, but have not done that in awhile. But I had this strong feeling to do this after starting to read Akemi’s blog, and I have learned not to ignore such intuitions, even when I don’t know why. I was expecting more a ‘past-life regression’ type thing, where she would tell me alot of my past lives, and since I have had those before, on the conscious level I didn’t see what the value would be. However, it was very different. She focused in on one past life, and a particular energetic problem that had been created in that life, and on how to clear it. I actually had been aware of a certain residual energy like the one she described in my awareness for some time, and was unsure how to release it. The meditation form I practice surfaces such things, so my own feeling is that this particular ‘karma’ (which is what these energy formations are in my own lexicon) had ‘risen to the top’, and I was drawn to her reading in order to help release it. She mentioned specific physical issues that I had not told her about as being related to this, and sure enough, after doing the clearing exercises, these problems disappeared.
    I think the other big thing that was interesting to me was learning my starseed type, which was Arcturian. I haven’t done a lot of reading on this yet, but several traits that she mentioned, especially the analytical and ‘protector’ role of this starseed group, really resonated with me. Interesting stuff.

  9. September 26, 2009 4:32 pm

    Robin and Lisa,

    I agree — the super power like levitation or teleportation are fun, but they are not the goals, they are some of the many things we can do as we ascend and realize our untapped power. They are showy, and like any showy stuff on Hollywood, it can work as an effective marketing and motivation tool, but it can also put off some people.

    Ascension is a lot more than that. I don’t know the whole story yet — I just recently realized physical immortality may be the same thing as transitioning to lightbody and therefore part of this. (And for this realization, I am so grateful to Robin.) It’s an exciting journey!

    Brenda,

    The way I see it — reading one’s own Akashic Record is easy because you just need to tune in to your spirit guides. They know.

    To read other people’s Akashic Records, we need to tune in to the Akashic field. This is typically initiated by attunement, and it also takes ongoing responsibility to keep certain “code of conduct”. I don’t think it is a good idea to go there just to satisfy curiosity, and worse yet, to manipulate other people.
    Manipulation sounds bad, but in fact, quite a few people do that with “good” intention when they don’t really understand the power of free will.

    So I can’t teach this to the general public — I need to know the person and make sure it is fine to teach him or her to do this. At this time, I don’t have a plan to do this, but if the time comes, it will take a form of one-on-one coaching of several sessions, accompanied with a book.

    Love the discussion! Let’s keep it rolling :)
    Akemi

  10. mommymystic permalink*
    September 26, 2009 4:55 pm

    Akemi, You know, I just realized I never read your Ascension and Enlightenment post that you linked to above – I think I was taking a break from the internet when this was posted, and never got fully caught up. Anyway, I wanted to note one thing that I find very interesting – every sign of ascension that you listed in that article is also a common sign of the kundalini rising in a person, when they practice chakra or kundalini-based meditation. Classic texts that discuss these forms of meditation often list symptoms like this as a sign the practitioner is going through a transit, and in those traditions, there are even certain yoga poses associated with helping smooth out the energy field during these times. In those traditions, a person can go through a transit like this many times in one lifetime, on the pathway to enlightenment. Each time is a form of karma-cleansing, too, which is interesting, considering that ascension is almost like a complete karma-cleansing, in the sense that the individual gets a new soul.
    I am not sure exactly how the two relate, but it is interesting how the symptoms correspond.

  11. September 26, 2009 4:59 pm

    Lisa,
    I heard about kundalini rising, too, and was thinking similar things. Now I’m not an expert on this, but it sure sounds very similar to ascension soul shift.

  12. September 26, 2009 6:40 pm

    Lisa and Akemi,
    Very nice interview and overview of so many interesting topics relating to our growth and life on this planet. I have a dear friend who reads Akashic Records and I have never had her do so for me. This interview is helping me reconsider.

    I concur with you, Akemi, about the soul upgrades. I believe that may be happening much more often than we are aware to many folks who are “ready for more” while still here in this form. As a collective, we need what these people have to offer for the betterment of humanity. There is no time to wait. :-) So I often wonder if many of the physical “jolts,” very odd physical sensations we have (even unexplained illnesses), which, when they’ve run their course, provide us with new insight or energy are upgrades. I’d be interested in your thoughts on this.

    Thank you both for enlightening conversation!

  13. September 26, 2009 9:57 pm

    Jan,

    Well, there are various situations that can bring similar symptoms. It may be soul shifts, but please not ascension soul shift is only one kind of many soul shifts. (If you are interested, please check this post.)

    Then it may be other energetic issues that are getting triggered by a certain time / situation. So without looking into the person’s Akashic Records, I really don’t know.

    Good luck with your Akashic Record Reading. Each reader is a bit different, I think, so if you don’t mind, let us know how it went.

    Love & Light,
    Akemi

  14. mommymystic permalink*
    September 27, 2009 12:06 am

    HI Jan, I do think spontaneous kundalini rising experiences can trigger all sorts of issues, physical and otherwise, although as Akemi said, this isn’t necessarily on the magnitude of a soul shift. And I do think that everyone experiences these to a certain extent, and that this is what is happening when people have dramatic mystic experiences, even when they have not been on any kind of explicit spiritual path. In fact, it was interesting to read in that last book I reviewed, Fingerprints of God, about the after-effects of these kinds of experiences (and the people who experienced them were from all different religious/cultural backgrounds). Many had physical symptoms of one kind or another for a long period afterwards, and more than one referenced feeling like they were going through a ‘cellular transformation’, which is exactly how I think of it. Although I don’t pretend to understand the ascension phenomenon Akemi is describing, it is interesting to me that many of the signs are similar to that undergone by those in the depths of a profound spiritual transformation/transit.

  15. September 27, 2009 10:19 pm

    Hi Lisa and Akemi.
    I enjoyed the questions you asked Lisa and thank you Akemi for answering them in depth.
    My mind is absolutely struggling with soul upgrades as I somehow think we are one soul experiencing a very long life with many chapters and this one on earth is just one of them.
    I think that thus we have many parallel experiences in all different ways and places and of different spiritual growth and is that what you can see when you do a reading, Akemi?
    However I too find it fascinating and I enjoyed the dialogue in the comments as well.
    Love Wilma

  16. September 28, 2009 1:46 am

    Hi Wilma,

    You are right in saying our souls go through many lifetimes, like chapters in a book. This is how we’ve been evolving for eons of time. I think the kind of soul shift that I call Ascension soul shift is a new phenominum and a new way of evolution.

    I’ve heard of simultaneous incarnations in parallel worlds. So including this phenominum, it looks like this:

    Source (or God) splits itself to many pieces. Let’s call them Xs.
    Xs split themselves to souls in much the same way. It may spit out multiple souls to do simultaneous incarnation, or it may spit out only one soul.
    Souls go through many lifetimes, through reincarnations.

    I call X higher self or oversoul. Ascension soul shift means the X spit out a brand new soul for the upgrade. So it’s not a take over by unrelated soul – the new soul comes from the same X.

    Hope this makes sense. Oh, and I don’t recommend going to parallel worlds for no real reasons.

    Akemi

  17. mommymystic permalink*
    September 28, 2009 4:17 am

    Hi Wilma, I just wanted to add that part of why I was intrigued by Akemi’s observations is because Buddhism, which as you know I reference a lot, actually does not posit a soul in the same sense as Christianity or other Eastern traditions. In Buddhism, we are a constantly changing collection of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energies. So there isn’t an unchanging essence that you could call a soul – we are ever-changing. Just as our physical body at 70 has virtually no cells left in it that were in it at 7 months, and yet we still know ourselves as the same ‘body’, we can change so profoundly between lifetimes (or even in one) on a spiritual level that you could almost say we are not the same soul. So for me, I’m not sure that what Akemi is saying is all that different, it’s just different language. And in fact, in Buddhism, that idea of ourself as at essence something unchanging or immutable at some level could actually be considered a block to enlightenment, as it keeps us locked in our idea of an individual ‘self’, it keeps us attached to our personal identity, instead of linking with the source completely and coming to reflect it 100%.
    I’m not sure any of this is really relevant at the level of day to day practice and happiness, however. I just enjoy spiritual philosophy/theology. I’m sure Akemi would say it’s the Arcturian in me;-)

  18. sandy permalink
    September 28, 2009 11:55 pm

    Buddhism does not totally deny the existence of a personality in an empirical sense. It only attempts to show that it does not exist in an ultimate sense. The Buddhist philosophical term for an individual is Santana, i.e., a flux or a continuity. It includes the mental and physical elements as well. The Kammic force of each individual binds the elements together. This uninterrupted flux or continuity of psycho-physical phenomenon, which is conditioned by Kamma, and not limited only to the present life, but having its source in the beginningless past and its continuation in the future – is the Buddhist substitute for the permanent ego or the immortal soul of other religions.

  19. mommymystic permalink*
    September 29, 2009 2:57 am

    Sandy, I agree with everything you have written, and if my own comment sounded different than this (which I guess it did or you wouldn’t have written your comment), I didn’t mean for it too. I was trying to juxtapose this with the classic idea of reincarnation as transmigration of an essential soul, which is what the Buddha was reacting to in his own teachings, and which I think is the source of the discomfort with the idea of ascension that Akemi was referring to. As Wilma referenced in her comment, many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a ‘new soul’, but of course it all comes down to how you define a soul. If you define it as continuum bound by karma, and therefore changing as the karmas change, then the idea of a ‘new soul’ could be just a step in a natural evolution. I think the phrase ‘new soul’ gets people worked up, because of the traditional, and more Hindu, version of reincarnation that most people are familiar with, and because of the Christian conceptions of ‘soul’ that have crept into mass culture.

  20. September 29, 2009 3:24 am

    Hi, just wanted to say I found Lisa and Sandy’s comments on Buddhism interesting. I can only say terminology is confusing . . . (I’m a linguist by training.)

    And Lisa, um, no, I won’t put words into your mouth like that, saying, “It’s the Arcturian in you.” :) I know enough to treat Arcturians well.

  21. September 29, 2009 12:48 pm

    Lisa,
    Just checking back in to say that I have enjoyed all the comments here. Great food for thought. Thanks again to Akemi. :-) I really appreciated your perspective, Lisa, on the role of the soul in Buddhism. That has always been a bit unclear to me and your explanation opened up a new doorway of understanding for me. Good stuff!

    Though because I am a “gatherer” by nature, I do not think I will have a cookie cutter or by the book spirituality—ever! Other’s definitions have never really suited me. So I take what resonates and leave the rest, as I sense do you. It’s nice to find support and kindred others for this eclectic path…(Though some would find that notion alone disturbing…:-) Ah, metta….

  22. September 29, 2009 2:52 pm

    In a way, belief in reincarnation resembles the Christian idea of resurrecion – new life from death. Since I was brought up in the Christian tradition, I understand the basis for belief in Jesus’ resurrection and in a general endtime resurrection – it’s in the bible and the bible is understood as revelatory by many Christians.

    What is the basis for belief in reincarnation?

  23. mommymystic permalink*
    September 29, 2009 5:06 pm

    Paul, yikes, this is getting pretty heavy duty for the comments! But I’ll give it a whirl from a Buddhist perspective. First, we should distinguish between rebirth and reincarnation, the former being the term more commonly used in Buddhism and the latter in Hindu/yogic texts (although some Buddhist translations just use reincarnation too, since it the more common term in everyday use.) I wrote an article at Bellaonline awhile back that summarizes : http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46824.asp

    Here’s a couple more extended articles on Buddhanet (a great source) too that I like:

    http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/reincarnation.htm

    http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/dharmadata/fdd47.htm

    But if you want to skip all that, the short answer is simply the continuation of all things, or the observation that nothing truly dies, it just changes form. The Buddha observed that this is true of the natural world, it is true of our inner thoughts and emotions, and, in deep meditation, we can discover that it is true for the subtler levels of our awareness and reality as well. So the continuation of these ‘streams’ as they are sometimes translated, the momentums or karmas that have built up, extends beyond death. That is the ‘case’ for rebirth, to the extent that there is one.

    I actually associate Jesus’ resurrection with this idea too, and with enlightenment, which on one level is defined as liberation from the ties that bind these energies together as one limited form. Many Buddhist teachers speak of the resurrection this way, actually, in my experience.

    It does make me a bit uncomfortable to get this specific and academic however, because I do think that it kind of misses the point in both traditions, and I’m sure you’d agree. At the level of our daily practice and experience, none of this is relevant. As I think you wrote in a prior comment, spiritually we experience what we experience, then we ‘translate’ it into concepts in our mind – and that’s where all the disagreements break out and distract us! I’ve heard many Buddhist teachers, when speaking with Westerners particularly, say not to get hung up on the idea of reincarnation/rebirth, that a ‘belief’ in it, or lack thereof, is totally irrelevant to practice.

  24. September 29, 2009 5:11 pm

    Am still loving this conversation. Most helpful. Thank you Paul for the great question and Lisa for providing insight. I do agree that, in the end, the whole issue is completely irrelevant to practice. We may “be here now,” be the love and peace to which we aspire….

  25. mommymystic permalink*
    September 29, 2009 5:33 pm

    Jan, thanks for following the conversation! I know you, like me, (and Paul for that matter!), love these theological discussions, but in the end you summed it up – can we ‘be the love and peace to which we aspire?’ And when you come at it from that angle, Buddha and Jesus said a lot more that was alike than different!

  26. September 29, 2009 5:46 pm

    Hi again,

    Boy you haven’t ever heard this much from me, eh? I am not usually this chatty… What’s funny, Lisa, is that as my path is progressing, I am really not too interested in theological or philosophical jargon any longer. It all seems so tiring, to tie ourselves up in knots about words, concepts, “truth.” I have no heart for debate.

    I find myself more and more being in camp with HH Dalai Lama. I heard a great story recently. His Holiness was at a conference with many other wonderful spiritual leaders. He was sitting in a “green room” waiting to go on, sitting with Desmond Tutu and Rob Bell. (Bell is the head pastor of one of the biggest mega churches in the US which just so happens to be in my neck of the woods.) Anyway, Archbishop Tutu was talking about current situations in the world and he started telling the story of the trials of Job. Apparently HH had not heard this particular story and wanted to know more. In the end, he marveled about the story and praised it and its wonderful outcome–such a journey of love, trust, and faith. His response? “I love your God.” To me, that is what this whole thing is all about. I just continue to hope and pray that we can stop trying to win each other over, convert each other, and celebrate how each of us is finding our “God.”

    xoxo

  27. September 29, 2009 5:49 pm

    p.s You might like this book:
    Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu: The Parallel Sayings by Richard Hooper. Have you heard of it?

  28. mommymystic permalink*
    September 29, 2009 8:33 pm

    Jan, sounds right up my ally, I had not heard of it. Also, thanks for the HH Dalai Lama story – this is really one of his great accomplishments that has not been written about much – the way he has pursued and opened up interfaith dialogue.
    And you can chat with me anytime – as long as you’re not using my blog to procrastinate working on your latest book;-)

  29. September 29, 2009 8:42 pm

    You are too funny! Actually, I laid the book down awhile ago. I needed room to breathe and grow. My creativity has skyrocketed and new projects are being launched. The book can wait for now…

  30. September 30, 2009 12:05 am

    Lisa and Jan –

    So there is this question you, Jan and many people raise about the relevance of religious and spiritual beliefs to life and experience.

    Yet people are rarely if ever won over to their beliefs in “things unseen” by evidence and logic – “I really didn’t want to believe in God, but now that I understand the theology, I just have to!” You just never hear that, lol…

    So the relevance must lie somewhere…

  31. mommymystic permalink*
    September 30, 2009 2:02 am

    In that book I recently reviewed, Fingerprints of God, the author quoted a study that said 60% of Americans said they had had some sort of experience that they themselves defined as ‘mystic’…
    You know, it’s not that I don’t think theology and philosophy have a role, because I do (or else I wouldn’t spend so much time on it here), but I can’t tell you how many times I have heard ‘debates’ or read articles trying to prove or disprove reincarnation/rebirth, or the various ideas of ego, soul, and/or karma. Although I haven’t read as much Christian theology, I know there are certainly plenty of debates there as well, especially re: grace, the ‘true church’, the divinity of Jesus etc. At a certain point the energy behind it just becomes divisive, so I am always cautious about that…also, so often lately theology is used in the political/social realm to justify various positions and that is difficult to swallow also…
    This is turning into an entirely different post here in the comments, maybe I will have to carry it over at some point….

  32. October 2, 2009 3:21 am

    Thanks Lisa and Akemi and others for these interesting additions and explanation.
    I am digesting :)

  33. October 5, 2009 11:20 pm

    Oh my goodness. Finally found a moment to read this with all the comments and now my sleep-deprived brain s about to fall to pieces. :)

    It’s not an important area for me – past lives, etc. However, the bit that did resonate with me was the clearing exercises you mention to clear energetic problems and residual energy that was causing a problem right now.
    I find it difficut to fit the belief of past lives into my own philosophies, and that’s ok, but I do believe everything is connected and nothing dies but simply changes form. And so energy does build up, stick to other energies, etc. I sense residual energy all the time.

    I am drawn to the idea of finding a lingering energetic issue (how ever it is discovered) that we have NOW and working on that.

    Great interview – I had been wondering about these records since you mentioned them.

  34. mommymystic permalink*
    October 6, 2009 3:28 am

    Mon – wow, and you read this on your birthday too, quite the effort, I actually feel kind of bad putting you through all that…the comments on this one did become a little mental-gymanstics like…as for past lives, although I do subscribe to past lives of some sort, what exactly it is that moves from life to life is pretty nebulous to me, not an intrinsic soul in the sense it is usually described. And I’m not too comfortable focusing on past lives, as I think it’s easy for it to just become another form of ego-aggrandizement…but what you say about continuation and energy sticking is basically how I think of karma – as energy momentums created by our current thoughts and actions, and in some cases, energy blocks…

  35. October 6, 2009 3:58 pm

    Hi Mon to Lisa,
    Just wanted to chip in about the past life stuff. I totally agree that getting trapped in the idea of past life is not productive. This is why I focus my reading on the healing of energy that is affecting us TODAY. Some readers do what I call curiosity-based reading — like, “Oh, you were in ancient Egypt, working for the pharaoh…” Well, that’s interesting, but what does that mean to you now?

    We want to live well NOW. Akashic Record Reading is just a tool for that.

  36. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi permalink
    December 9, 2009 5:12 pm

    My most Revered Guru of my previous life His Holiness Maharaj Sahab, 3rd Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had revealed this secret to me during trance like state.
    HE told me, “Tum Sarkar Sahab Ho” (You are Sarkar Sahab). Sarkar Sahab was one of the most beloved disciple of His Holiness Maharj Sahab. Sarkar Sahab later on became Fourth Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith
    Since I don’t have any direct realization of it so I can not claim the extent of its correctness. But it seems to be correct. During my previous birth I wanted to sing the song of ‘Infinite’ but I could not do so then since I had to leave the mortal frame at a very early age. But through the unbounded Grace and Mercy of my most Revered Guru that desire of my past birth is being fulfilled now.

  37. Tony Allen Stroy permalink
    January 12, 2010 11:20 pm

    My name is Tony A. Stroy and, this is ok to me. I am a human and I enjoy knowing that life is for ever one and it is for ever, and we are for ever, I know it is for us to enjoy and learn what is next in life. I am a premey and a follower of Prem Rawat we call Maharaji, He has taught me to lesson, and I do…
    You can see what he is doing on this earth. Go to http://www.mspeacks.com, and lesson what he is trying to say
    I do not write well but I know what I am saying…
    Please write me. Thank you…

  38. godrealized permalink
    March 4, 2010 6:09 am

    More on how to become Immortal… can physical immortality be gained in human form… how dominating kundalini shakti and practicing celibacy human beings finally reached stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)… became immortal… gained omniscience for all practical purposes!

    Who becomes immortal? One who after intense meditation is able to live longer compared to a normal human being or one, who does not have to manifest a body again and again and rests in peace in kingdom of god (termed Baikuntha in Hinduism)… not kingdom of heaven! Negating karma forever is reaching stage of immortality in human form!

  39. mommymystic permalink*
    March 4, 2010 7:08 pm

    HI godrealized, Thanks for commenting.. My own view is a little different – I feel like we are all already ‘immortal’ on some level, so actual physical immortality in this body doesn’t personally interest me all that much. But thanks for sharing your perspective.

  40. March 7, 2010 6:03 am

    mommymystic… you got me wrong… my fault! What I actually meant to say was… physical immortality is only gained in human form by reaching stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana)… never before! Enlightenment can only be gained by traveling path of spirituality as ordained in sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism!

    How difficult reaching stage of enlightenment is can be gauged from fact that in last about 150 years amongst 7 billion people existing world over only two persons reached stage of enlightenment… Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana! Reaching stage of enlightenment means our soul atman regaining its lost original pure prime pristine primordial form!

    Liberating self from cycle of birth and death is what enlightenment is all about! Having gained enlightenment… the human being gains salvation (moksha) and liberated soul atman finally reaches kingdom of God (termed Baikuntha in Hinduism)… a place of no return!

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