At the end of last year, I wrote an article on the final What the Bleep newsletter. It had several articles on past lives, including Knowing You’ve Lived Before by Martin Vieweg and Nancy Seifer.
The article began a correspondence with the authors and I ended up reading their book, When the Soul Awakens. The book offers a different perspective on the process, including an interesting take on global history and politics and some great background on people such as Leo Tolstoy. The book is rich with examples I was unfamiliar with. One forgets what a profound effect spiritual experience and awakening has had on our culture, politics, and history.
The framework behind the book is basically Theosophy but the authors were not constricted to that work. When I explored a bit of Theosophy many years ago, I found some of it fascinating but I didn’t really resonate with some of the models, even stuff I’d experienced myself. It seemed a little too structured and analytical, thick going. Lost in the details.
This book does not have that issue at all. It has a clarity I find refreshing in the field and I was surprised they had not used a professional editor.
There are a few things in it I don’t agree with. And there are a few things I describe differently. For example, I differentiate soul and Self. And I avoid some terminology like dimensions and planes as I find them misleading. But the underlying message was not lost in such secondary ideas as many are prone to be.
The book touches on some less well known details I’ve touched on elsewhere here, like our return to a level of awareness not seen for over 13,000 years. And a few points I had not considered before, like past lives showing up after soul awakening. (an article on this will follow)
The book is focused on the initial waking process, but does talk briefly about higher initiations, roughly what I call states of consciousness. It’s framed as a series of tasks and tests which I consider a little too literal but it’s still a worthwhile study.
If you have studied Blavatsky and Alice Bailey and wish to understand it better from an awakening perspective, this is a great book. If you’ve not studied them but wish a flavour of that perspective, it’s also a good book although it’s more about awakening than Theosophy. An interesting read in any case.
Quite a bit of further material is available on their web site, including chapter excerpts.
The book is available through their web site and from Amazon.com