We had some spirited feedback on last week’s story on progression – a discovery that we humans will live in future bodies just as we have lived in past bodies.
You will recall the true story about Rose who was taken into past lives to see if she could find the original source for her multiple fears and accompanying anxiety. When that did not work, Rose was taken into the future by her psychiatrist. She proved that she was there by *calling the winners of fifteen straight horse races, each time a day before the race was run, concrete proof that her spirit could move in time – forward as well as backward.
*You got your $2.00 bet ready?
But does progression go on forever?
And if not, what breaks the cycle?
Research by scholars in the field of psychiatry suggests that the cycle ends when we have completed a “Gauntlet of Virtues”. Brian L. Weiss, MD, foremost regression/progression expert and a named author in our attached bibliography, suggests that we begin this journey to Paradise with FAITH.
The bulwark of FAITH leads to a life of gratitude, compassion, and understanding which leads us further into a life of kindness, non-violence, and worthy activities.
How we complete our earthly journey for good
Over time – possibly by living just one exemplary life or maybe many improving lives, we complete our earthly journey, immersed in total LOVE of goodness (God) and for our fellow man. If we still are working our way through the gauntlet, we must come back again in a new body until we get it right.
And if we get it wrong and we get worse?
Hell? Eternal damnation?
Each of the great religions seem to understand a “part of the elephant”. Like the group of blind men who were asked to touch an elephant and tell the host what this was. The blind man holding the tail or the trunk or the ears had a completely different take from the man holding a leg or body corpus. Yet, each had part of the truth, right?
Similarly, the various religions teach some or most of these concepts – heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, gifts, reincarnation, redemption, faith, hope, charity, sacrifice, daily prayer, meditation, pilgrimage – but not necessarily all of them.
It does appear that we are being judged. Our reward for completing this spiritual journey from FAITH through the virtues into LOVE of God and man apparently takes us before the MASTERS, ostensibly Angels and Saints, who guide us to a state of incomparable happiness which they are already experiencing.
Over the coming weeks, we will put these concepts of regression, progression, and paradise into story form. For now, please enjoy the one-page excerpt on the next page. See you next week and thanks for joining us as together we take the most impactful journey of a lifetime.
Chapter 1: YOU and ME
I am you. Of course, you don’t know that yet. How could you? For one, I just told you. And two, it sounds a bit far-fetched. But it’s true, you’ll see.
April 10, 2021, 6:09 p.m., Downtown Manhattan, New York City
It is such a simple accident. We’re standing on the corner of Broadway and West 46th, Megan and me, watching one of those sketch artists do a caricature. Those people are clever. Their sketches really do resemble their subjects, but with that touch of playfulness we all love. Who doesn’t like to be entertained, right? Meg and I do. Going to see “Moulin Rouge” tonight at the Hirschfield Theatre. It’ll be our fourth Broadway play this week.
We just met. Well, not like this morning, but only nine months ago. Our marriage certificate just arrived. Meg is my first lover. That’s saying something given I’m one-hundred-twenty-one years old. Don’t cringe. I look twenty-five.
Meg had a high school boyfriend – smart as a STEM major but just as dumb about relationships. He got her pregnant at sixteen. Meg’s parents forced her into a nasty abortion, causing a seven-year rift in the Riles family. Neither of us have kids. How else could we take in four shows? Anyhow, we hit it off, Megan and me.
The sketch artist finishes and holds up his drawing to show his ten-minute subject – a darling little blonde girl. Blondie has glee on her face like you would expect of a five-year-old. The pink pastels match the shade of her dress. She doesn’t mean to do it, but she lunges toward the artist to snatch the sketch, then falls hard into my already-injured left knee. I lose my balance and cascade into the street. That’s the last I recall. Now, I’m up high watching scores of people, several with the look of horror on their faces. Blondie is smiling, holding her caricature tight to her chest, oblivious to the man pinned under a city street sweeper.
Talk about a view! I can see the entirety of downtown Manhattan and yet the most minute details of my accident below. Blood is freely streaming out from underneath the vehicle. My leg is broken in seven places, my face seized in pain. Still alive, but not for long. Man vs Sweeper? Don’t take those odds to Vegas.
Oh, my, what’s this?
More to come…
MUMPA’s Recommended Reading
“Many Lives, Many Masters” Brian L. Weiss, MD
“Coming Back: A Psychiatrist Explores Past Life Journeys” Raymond A. Moody, MD
“Same Soul, Many Bodies” Brian L. Weiss, MD
MUMPA Lawrence Durbin, is an award-winning essayist, and Best Selling Author. A connoisseur of mysteries and thrillers, he writes extensively on the fantasy of all fantasies – human immortality.
1000 Years of Talks with God, Science and Methuselah Speak! , release date November 15, 2021, is being relaunched by popular demand with a trilogy of thrillers to follow, each illuminating a newly-discovered aspect of human immortality.
Mumpa became interested in the twin mysteries of physical and spiritual immortality thirty-five years ago while living in St. Augustine, Florida near the site of Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery, the Fountain of Youth.
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Is that all there is?
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NOT BY A LONG SHOT!