I’ve added links throughout my posts.

But  here are six of a general nature.

small-pic-book-coverDr. Brian Weiss — chairman emeritus of psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical Centre, Miami, Florida,  uses past life regression to help his patients to understand the origin of a particular problem. At the same time, in one of his recent books, Same Soul, Many Bodies, he  projects from a patient’s specific karmic stream of this lifetime into what their future lifetime might look like if they do not change their karmic stream. Whether or not you believe in a “soul,” this book is helpful with many life-examples.

As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives,” which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’s family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.

cfrb-radio-station-logoCFRB radio station (Canada) Richard Syrett show, link to “past shows” re listening to past life regressions live, namely, October 20’08 and January 13’09.

eckhart-tolle-bookEckhart Tolle — In his book A New Earth, Tolle describes in Plain English the factors that create and maintain karma.

Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are—which is something infinitely greater than anything we currently think we are—and learn to live and breathe freely.

contemplating-reality-bookcoverAndy Karr – Contemplating Reality – Suffering is caused by our ignorance of the true nature of reality. This is a readable, Plain English description of this basic fact of our existence. Only by an understanding of this fact can we clear confusion, cut through suffering, and transform karma.

There are two ways of seeing everything. Clear seeing sees genuine reality, suchness, things as they are. Confused seeing sees projections and delusion. From clear seeing comes liberation. From confused seeings comes suffering. That’s the gist of what the Buddha taught. Contemplating Reality,  written by Andy Karr, explains in plain English these two ways of seeing, and presents the progression of Buddhist teachings and contemplations that help transform confused seeing into clear seeing. This site is an introduction to the book and provides additional resources for the journey.


Loving What Is – one way to work with our karma

Are you suffering because you’re being unfairly targeted or being used as a scapegoat? Feeling set up for a fall by people you thought were your friends? etc. etc.  If you’re looking for a way to relate to these situations that takes you beyond simply complaining, that involves some kind of mind training then you might like the book entitled Loving What Is by Byron Katie that my sister Stephanie sent to me in 2002. The title appealed to me right away. We spend so much time unwittingly resisting what is happening to us and around us in order to shield ourselves from the pain. We say, “This shouldn’t be happening to me.” We argue with reality. But when I received this book on tape, I thought “There’s so many of these types of books on the market today with titles that ‘grab’ the book-buying public, but I often find the content disappointing if it’s based on strategies that are designed to make one person — the reader — the “winner” and the other one the “loser.” In other words, the strategies are based on ego. I started to listen to the cassettes of the book. I liked it. Actually, I loved it! But when I heard that there was an exercise to do, I groaned. Don’t tell me that I have to write something down, I thought. I just want to be lazy and listen, not have to do any work. Not only that, but the exercise seemed to be at the kindergarten level. But I was impressed enough by what I had heard on the cassettes so far that I tried the exercise. What happened was a revolution at the level of the mind. And that’s what I liked about it. It doesn’t give the reader “strategies” or lists of things to do to be “successful.” It starts with the premise that everything — including suffering — comes originally from our minds. And further, that arguing with reality hurts:  “I’m a lover of what is, not because I’m a spiritual person, but because it hurts when I argue with reality.” And “when you argue with reality you lose — only 100 percent of the time” (author Byron Katie). So rather than running around doing this, that and the other thing,  start with your own mind. That’s the bravest and most fearless thing anyone can do, I believe. If you work with your mind in the proper way — in other words, based on mindfulness — the proper action to take, if any, often follows. Maybe not right away, but in time. If you’re interested, you can by the book or cassettes or borrow them from your the local branch of your plublic library. There is also a website. If more of us worked with our own minds, we would cause a lot less pain and suffering for ourselves and others. “Only when we give up ‘what should be’ can we experience the perfection of ‘what is.'” <book review by author of this weblog, Maggie Scott>

Listen to Byron Katie on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio One, on programme Tapestry, March 28, 2010

Dr. Ian Stevenson –20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation

I’m writing you to recommend that you read “20 Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation” by Dr. Ian Stevenson which I mentioned during the weekend. I am reading it myself for the first time… and finding it really helpful. Stevenson was an MD and professor at the University of Virginia. He seriously investigated hundreds of reports of people remembering their past lives and this book provides a sample of his findings from around the world. These stories are amazing. They bring the teachings on karma and reincarnation into the real world very clearly and powerfully.<source: e-mail, March 21, 2010 from teacher Jay Lippman>