Life Between Lives


Hypnotherapy for Spiritual Regression, Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2006.

Life Between LivesDr. Michael Newton is a counseling psychologist, master hypnotherapist, and teacher. He has been on the faculty of higher educational institutions and has served as a group therapy director for community mental health centers and spiritual renewal organizations in cooperation with hospitals and social service agencies. Now retired after forty years of private practice, he is considered a pioneer in uncovering the mysteries of our life between lives through the development of his own hypnosis techniques.

Michael Newton is the author of the best-selling books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls (winner of the most outstanding metaphysical book award of the year at the annual Book Exposition of America in 2001), which have been translated into over twenty-five languages. Dr. Newton received the annual award of the most unique contribution by a hypnotherapist from the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists. He has been conferred as a Chevalier of Honor by the Order of Constantine for international education. Dr. Newton is the founder of the Society for Spiritual Regression (now called the Newton Institute for LBL Hypnotherapy), which is an international organization designed for the purpose of training experienced hypnotherapists in the techniques of life between lives regression.
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The Astral Plane


The Astral PlaneIts Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena, Kessinger Publishing Facsimile Edition, 1997, Originally Written in 1894

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena by Charles W. Leadbeater is a quite dumbfounding account of the astral world from the perspective of a highly-developed clairvoyant. Leadbeater was not a daydreamer and high-strung delusional, but possessed a scientific mind. Judging what he wrote from the perspective of the lesser developed ‘ordinary consciousness’ would be a pitfall of perception.

When I first came in touch with theosophy, thirty years ago, by reading Helena P. Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine and so much the more after December 1997, when I joined the Theosophical Society of Adyar in Germany e.V., I went to study the biographies of the notorious and more or less famous founders of theosophy, Blavatsky, Leadbeater, and Besant. With regard to Leadbeater this in-depth lectures reassured that he was not the high-strung and scandal-ridden Anglican bishop he was painted in the media, but a nobleman who made his life’s mission from his extraordinary gift of clairvoyance, by meticulously and systematically exploring its phenomena, building a scientific framework for explaining them in a verifiable manner. Continue reading

The Cosmic Game


The Cosmic GameExplorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness, New York: New York State University Press, 1998.

The Cosmic Game is perhaps Stanislav Grof’s best book. It is written in fluent style, summarizes the most important of his LSD research and his research with holotropic states, and is not grappling with conceptual issues as the ones reviewed before.

It is a book that every intelligent person can read, written in normal and descriptive language; it is clearly the book of an expert, a man who also has a clear literary talent and an incredible knowledge of mythology, besides his sharp scientific perception and reasoning that is always empirical first and conceptual second.

The book is clearly structured and an overview of the contents shows that it’s not a ‘research report’ of experiments but a sublimation of any such research, a retrospective that is contemplative and basically spiritual. I would even use the word ‘religious’ in the sense that the book talks about our true ‘religio’, the link with our source, our inner divinity. Continue reading

Life After Death


Life After DeathThe Book of Answers, London: Rider, 2006.

Life After Death is one of Deepak Chopra’s best books. I am talking about this specific edition that he published with Rider in London, not about the later version entitled Life after Death: The Burden of Proof, that he published in the USA.

What makes the strength of the present edition is that designers and the publisher really worked well to bring over Chopra’s poetic content to the distinguished reader. For this book is not just scientific in the modern sense of the word; it is scientific within the oldest traditions of the world, and among them the tradition Chopra himself originates from, the wistful Vedic tradition of India. In this sense, the book is an artful composition of poetic teaching tales and scientific text interwoven in a fantastic poetic tale.

I do not presently know an author who could do such a fusion without losing his style, and get into popular science jargon.  Continue reading

The Holographic Universe


The Holographic UniverseNew York: Harper Perennial, 1992.

The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot is an extraordinary book, and a captivating read from the first to the last page. Not only has this book merited more than five stars, it merits both a literary prize and a distinction for exemplary scientific research. As the author has already passed over into greater life dimensions, these are posthumous laurels. But my recognition of the author’s genius, his motivation, his purity, and his literary and spiritual maturity is real.

The book has been a true companion for me, and it accompanied me on all trips over weeks. To begin with, the author has not just delivered an extensive study on the vast realm of psychic phenomena, he also has consulted personally a number of researchers he refers in his book. As Talbot revealed in a few notes, he had himself strong psychic abilities and was psychic already as a child. This may explain in part his participatory experience as a scientist and his fundamental understanding of the topics at stake.

Talbot makes a strong point for the holographic nature of the universe and of psychic experiences in general, and I can virtually not see how his theory can be refuted, so well-founded it appears. An important point of departure, just as in Lynne McTaggart’s startling book The Field, is the acknowledgment of a plenum where mechanistic science claims to find a vacuum:

Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves./51

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