Have You Lived Before This Life?
An experiment in past-life recall containing forty-one actual case histories, Have You Lived Before This Life? is a fascinating account of a series of auditing sessions in which people recall their own past existences in other bodies and locations. The book makes no assertions; it merely recounts the experiences of the individuals who were audited, giving the details of what they recalled and how they felt about it. The reader is challenged to answer for himself the question posed by the books title.
History of the Book:
In the early 1950s, L. Ron Hubbard broke through the barrier of memory and the myth of "one life," as people receiving Dianetics auditing recalled earlier and earlier incidents in their own existences. These experiences sparked a rash of excitement and controversy about the subject of past lives, within the Dianetics community as well as outside of it. Skeptics questioned the veracity of past-life recall and the reliability of those who claimed having memories of previous lifetimes.
At the Fifth London Advanced Clinical Course held in October and November of 1958, forty-one Scientologists, many of them skeptical about the subject of past lives, were audited on a new engram-running technique. Asking them only for "the engram necessary to resolve the case," not requesting or even intimating past lives, the doubters were convinced as case after case recalled existences much earlier than the present life. The actual case histories of these Scientologists were first published in 1960, entitled Have You Lived Before This Life? An expanded version of the book was released in 1977, which contained additional articles by LRH on modern processing and on the phenomena of death. In 1989, the book was updated and rereleased with a full glossary, bibliography and detailed index.
The subject of past lives has been addressed by many religions through the ages. Have You Lived Before This Life? however, is objective rather than theoretical or opinionated. The major portion of the book is devoted to the auditing case histories of individuals, detailing their memories of past lives. These case histories graphically show how a persons attitudes and actions in present time can be affected by incidents in his or her past lifetimes. They also document the improvements that occurred when such incidents were addressed and run out in auditing. Throughout the book, death is put in its proper perspective. As Mr. Hubbard writes in the Epilogue: "The first thing one should learn about death is that it is not anything of which to be very frightened. If you are frightened of losing your pocketbook, if you are frightened of losing your memory, if you are frightened of losing your girl or your boyfriend, if you are frightened of losing your body - well that is how frightened you ought to be of dying, because it is all the same order of magnitude."
Some of the questions answered by this book are:
- How does a thetan behave when the body dies?
- Why do people forget having lived before?
- What causes someone to have a "famous person" fixation?
- When and how does a thetan pick up a new body?
Read the accounts and decide for yourself - have you lived before this life?
"A person with amnesia is looked upon as ill. What of a person who can remember only this life? Is this then not a case of amnesia on a grand scale?"
L. Ron Hubbard
from Have You Lived Before This Life?
Glossary and footnotes
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