by David Ritchey, Ph.D.
In this paper, it is argued that a difference in neurological structuring, labeled “anomalous cerebral dominance” by neurologist Norman Geschwind, facilitates the experiencing of alternate states of consciousness and of other lives. It is suggested that all of reality, including the human brain, is organized holographically and that what quantum physicist David Bohm speaks of as the “implicate order” is the source of other-life experiences. Both this article and the Goldberg article which follows present some innovative theories linking the experiencing of past lives with the speculations of quantum physics.
Alternate states of consciousness (ASC’s) play a significant role in the experiencing of past lives, whether those experiences occur deliberately in the structured environment of a therapist’s office or spontaneously in everyday life. When past-life “flashbacks” do occur spontaneously, they can be quite unsettling and are often regarded as one of what Stanislav Grof (1989) calls “spiritual emergencies.” Other experiences which Grof also calls spiritual emergencies include: shamanic crises, awakenings of Kundalini, episodes of unitive consciousness (“peak experiences”), psychological renewal through return to the center, crises of psychic opening, communication with spirit guides and “channeling”, experiences of close encounters with UFOs, and possession states. All of these experiences are included in the category of phenomena which Grof calls “transpersonal experiences.”