by George Schwimmer, Ph.D.
Although past-life regression is considered by many to be a fairly recent technique, A. R. Martin, late author of Researches In Reincarnation And Beyond, began conducting past-life regressions sixty-five years ago, the first person known to do so in the United States. His ground-breaking research, book, and conclusions are important in understanding that the core of life is spiritual, that we come to Earth repeatedly to learn needed lessons, and that the purpose of past-life recall is to help us to grow spiritually. It is hoped that this will be the first of a series of articles about the early “pioneers” in our field.
Most people today probably date the advent of past-life regression in the United States to the mid-1970’s, although many will recall Morey Bernstein’s The Search For Bridey Murphy, published in 1956. However, very few people know about the work of A. R. Martin, who—on his own initiative—devised a method of past-life regression in 1928 and later wrote Researches In Reincarnation And Beyond, which summarizes twelve years of Martin’s past-life regression work with more than five hundred subjects (Bolton, 1952).
I had noticed a brief mention of Martin’s book in Many Mansions (Cerminara, 1950), whose paperback edition I bought and read in 1967, and I later saw Martin’s book noted once or twice elsewhere. But I paid little attention to those references. However, in 1989 I moved to Glendale, California and while browsing through a used book store in that city, I stumbled across Martin’s book, remembered it, and promptly bought it.