by Derek Ayre
According to many people we are guided by spiritual beings - guides that ensure we fulfil our life's obligation. I have to ask myself how true this is and to do this I have read many books, the latest of which is Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss.
Before I get on to Dr. Weiss's book I want to examine my own experiences regarding spiritual guides...
Beck in the early 70s I was persuaded to visit a clairvoyant. It wasn't that I had never visited a clairvoyant before, it was just that I was fed up of receiving mundane generalities that could have applied to anyone. Generalities like, "do you know someone in spirit who passed over with a heart condition?" and "do you have a grandmother in spirit? No? Well it must be your grandfather perhaps?" I would say that most people I knew had a grandparent in spirit.
Many of these psychics had a way of asking questions and then feeding back information I had given them using different words. Whether or not they were conscious of doing this I have no idea. The mind is a truly fantastic instrument when it comes to the art of self-delusion. On this visit, I was determined not to give anything away. I would not answer any questions asked of me.
All I said to the psychic (a little old lady of about 75), was a cheery "hello" before she started reeling off information with strong tone or confidence. Here is what happened with two major issues in my life...
Clairvoyant: You have a guide - a young boy who is directing your life. He is directing it away from music.
My situation: I had no idea (and still don't to this day) whether or not I have a guide. I was a musician but had no intention at the time of giving it up.
Clairvoyant: For the time being you need your music for it is going to take you down south where your life will change. You will be seeing people and giving them some sort of counseling linked to healing.
My situation: Whilst I took this with a pinch of proverbial salt, I did move down south and not through choice, I quit the music business, as a result of clubs closing their doors to live musicians in favour of canned (recorded) music. Then, in a nightclub where I was working, I met and talked at length with a hypnotherapist. I was fascinated by his sort of work and said I would love to do it. He put me in touch with a training organisation.
There were many other things that this little lady said that turned out to be spot on. Although my scepticism may be saying that I was predisposed to enter my new career simply because she had suggested that I would. Whether or not it was auto-suggestion it is what I did. It happened.
By 1976, I had studied and registered with the National Council of Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy and had quit my music career. My only conclusion is that the clairvoyant was a) either in touch with her spirit guides as she claimed or b) in touch with the collective consciousness referred to by Jung and other spiritual gurus. What do I make of it? I do not know, but there must have been something, or some incredible coincidences (synchronicities) operating in my life.
That's my story in brief. Now I will come to Dr Weiss' book.
In Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Weiss's information on spirit guides, reincarnation and existence after death, comes from a young patient he worked with over a period of about 18 months. She was suffering from anxiety and phobias and as he released memories of past lives, the patient began to realise complete cure. To his amazement, the patient went on to describe existence between lives and began to channel spiritual beings called, "The Masters."
Dr. Weiss surmised that human beings have a higher self that contains knowledge that we are not always conscious of, but that these beings weren't separate entities altogether. I believe the "higher self" may well be true, because it would explain things like child geniuses like Mozart who were "receiving" profound original creative intelligence that were beyond most others of their day.
Again, when it comes to "The Masters" I do not know. I prefer to maintain a healthy degree of scepticism. In Zen, practitioners would refer to this phenomenon as makyo and instruct the student to move on towards enlightenment and not become attached to any of it. It isn't that makyo is negative or incorrect in any way, it is just that a practitioner needs to become at one with all he encounters and transcend toward the realm of enlightenment, the core of all creation - but that's another topic altogether.
I found the Many Lives, Many Masters, to be a good read. Written in easy language, a good account of a fascinating subject and I am pleased I purchased it.
Questions? I encourage you
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