Reviewed by Valerie A. Winn, R.N., M.F.C.C.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume III, No. 1, Spring 1988)
This book is not more fascinating than its two authors and the history of their relationship. Joel Whitton immersed himself in medical training at the University of Toronto while at the same time experimenting with hypnosis. Eventually he ventured into the investigation of past lives, approaching with the objective caution of a trained scientist. Meanwhile, his professional expertise led to his appointment as Chief Psychiatrist in the Toronto School System. It was to protect this position and the research funding for investigating an array of his career interests, among them the study of brain waves in children with learning disabilities, that led him to refuse Joe Fisher’s request in 1982 for material for his book The Case for Reincarnation.
Several years later, to Joe Fisher’s surprise, Dr. Whitton proposed collaboration on a book on interim experiences. Swallowing his feeling of rebuff from the earlier experience, Fisher enthusiastically took up the writing of the book, which is based on in-depth reporting of Dr. Whitton’s research and experiences with patients while they are regressed to the space between lives. Both authors feel that the interlife is educational, therapeutically valuable, and a source of enlightenment.
The interlife period, which follows death and precedes birth and is called the “bardo” in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, describes the human entity in disembodied residence between incarnations. The authors define the bardo as the particular altered state of consciousness that characterizes the awareness from one life to the next, and they provide a rich historical and precedental background for this concept. Dr. Whitton’s original research had been concerned with past lives and this had led accidentally into his search regarding the nature and dimensions of this bardo. In order to explore this area he began to ask the question, “What happens to us between earthly incarnations?”