by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground e-Magazine
For the past three mornings, I have awakened from dreams of God. Truth be told, I don’t remember exactly what I was dreaming. Ocean. Sky. God. But I wake up with this as the first thought in my mind. “That was God.”
I’ve been through all sorts of spiritual iterations in my life, but my most recent one has been as an agnostic. I feel that discovery is best served from a place of agnosticism – not just discovery of God, but discovery of all kinds of the universe’s mysteries. So agnosticism is something that has served me well, allowing me to stay in a place with an open mind.
That being said, as I’ve experienced and studied the paranormal in the past year, some of my fence-sitting positions have tumbled towards one side or the other as I have discovered a preponderance of the evidence in one direction or another. For instance, I probably believe in reincarnation. My research on that subject for our September 2008 Paranormal Underground flipped me off of the fence on that one. In my blog at the time I wrote, in part:
For the past several weeks, I have been immersed in the subject of reincarnation – first with my past life regression hypnotherapy followed by my research for that article, then reading Mr. Keene’s book and talking with him, and finally following up with some of the resources with which he supplied me.
I’ve read about the history of past life regression. I’ve interviewed a practitioner of past life regression hypnosis. I’ve read what skeptics have to say, and I’ve read what believers have to say. I’ve viewed websites and read books from several experts in the field. I’ve perused bulletin boards where people discuss their experiences with reincarnation – some with amazing and compelling stories. And I’ve spoken with a man who has perhaps the most compelling case out there towards proving that he has lived another life as a Civil War General.
From all I’ve heard, read, studied, viewed, I would say that the preponderance of the evidence points towards reincarnation being a reality. Imagine the implications. How would you choose to live if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can come back? How would you choose to live if you realized that there was an overarching purpose to not only this life, but to all of your lives and your very existence? For that matter, how would you choose to live if you knew that you were made up of the same stuff as your best friend and your worst enemy – so much so that it was hard to tell where you left off and the other person began – and that all of you were here working towards a common purpose?
If I am you and you are me at our very basic level and we both know this, imagine how it could change the ways in which we interact.
In a world that is often harsh and cruel, the message of reincarnation is ultimately one of hope. In the words of Jeffrey Keene, “love never dies”. It goes on forever and ever, and we are lucky enough to have a chance to get it right. Maybe someday we will.
Likewise, I have been moving in the belief that there is something more to us than what we appear to be on the surface. I believe that our consciousness is something that is separate from the chemicals reactions and sub-atomic particles that make up our bodies. I believe that our consciousness – that which is the essence of who we are – is the energetic part of us that isn’t destroyed. Ever. This has come about in part by my studies into the field of quantum mechanics, which may have implications about human consciousness, as well as my studies into near-death experiences, reincarnation and other such subjects.
So – if I have seen a preponderance of evidence for these things, how far of a leap will it be for me to believe in ghosts. Or in God?
My beliefs are open, but my standard of proof probably won’t change. Things change. Understandings change. And as they do, where does that leave us? Moving forward. Or staying the same. We have to be open to the possibilities – no matter what we believe. If we aren’t, when one of those possibilities play out and becomes reality, we will be buried in our dogmatic beliefs of the past. And the world will pass us by.
I am open to the possibility of God. I am open to the possibility of souls. And I am open to the possibility of the paranormal. I guess in the end, my position hasn’t changed nearly as much as I thought it had.