by Barbara Lamb
Editor’s note: Spontaneous recall of past-life experiences has been well documented. The memories may surface readily in childhood, in dreams, in meditation, or during activities that facilitate a hypnotic state. Dr. Marshall Gilula (Journal of Regression Therapy, Vol. 1, No. 2) has described his experience of reliving past lives while running. The author of the two reports that follow demonstrates that such recall is also possible when visiting geographical sites where one has had important experiences in former incarnations.
Learning Trust in the Forbidden City
I had heard of people in extreme distress turning themselves over to an unseen power, but the thought had never occurred to me that I might one day do that myself. It took a dire emergency to bring this about—and it marked a significant growth in my life.
In May 1987, I traveled to the Peoples’ Republic of China with a group sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. In Beijing one morning we visited the enormous walled-in district called the Forbidden City, which contains the ancient imperial government buildings, courts, processional areas, and residences of the emperor and his retinue. This Forbidden City is more than a mile long and over half a mile wide. In my characteristic picture-taking zeal, I hung back to get some “arty” shots while my group strolled ahead to the next building.
After we had visited several buildings in this fashion, I saw my group entering a doorway in a long wall which separated this central area from a side area of the vast complex. I took some pictures and, at a considerable distance, followed the group through the doorway. I emerged into a confusing maze of hallways, doorways, small houses, courtyards, and alleyways, all within the Forbidden City walls.