During the winter, my heartstrings were tugged relentlessly by the passing of friend’s parents.
In particular, two of my BlogHer Soul Mates were facing the transitional loss of their mothers after giving devoted long term care. As their situations were similar to that of when my own father died, it was hard for me to witness their losses, so effectively posted on their blogs, Comments and Facebook.
I was thinking about both of them today, along with the passing of my grandfather, my mother’s father, who died on May 2. You know this must be years ago, because, it was when I was eight years old.
I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night, my mother talking to my father and the hustle bustle of preparation to go soothe my grandmother.
Memories of the funeral, big family meals and playing with my cousins have carried with me all my life. But, to this day, the most poignant memory is my mother’s story about her sitting on our front porch crying. Suddenly, without any physical movement behind her on the porch, she felt a warmth on her back and a hand touching her right shoulder, patting it while she heard her father’s voice say, “There, there, Marty. It’s OK.”
Growing up with this story, you can see why I have pondered the afterlife and reincarnation. When thinking of death and it’s assumed finality, I’ve always thought the reincarnation beliefs of the Eastern religions might ring true. And so, I have read anything I could about life after death and reincarnation.
Eventually I happened on to the book, “The Search for Bridey Murphy,” telling of a women, Virginia Tighe, being hypnotized and dictating stories of a Bridey Murphy who was born in 1798 while living in Ireland. Reading about these interesting hypnotic sessions, I soon was also reading how, when she was a child,Virginia Tighe lived across from an Irish immigrant named Bridie Murphy Corkell and must have had a memory base for her hypnotically induced tales. And so, although my interest was peaked for studying reincarnation, the facts of the Bridey Murphy case did not prove definitive.
But, fast forward forty years and the invention of YouTube later. I was tooling along through YouTube videos a while back, when one caught my eye: the story of James Leininger, who at two years old began talking to his parents about planes and the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, many things which a two year old probably wouldn’t know.
I was amazed by the videos and have played them several times since. I won’t ruin the videos for you, but I have to say, this is a most startling case of reincarnation memories with a defined, documented source. And, no matter how you personally feel about the validity of it all, you’ll have to admit, it’s very interesting. So, see what you think!
James “3″ says he’s lived before as James “2″
Said to be the MOST AMAZING Reincarnation Story
Tags: James Houston, James Leininger, life after life, reincarnation, spirit, WWII
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Well, how droll. Everyday I read comments and posts on BlogHer.com with one sided facts, allowing no accommodation for opposing points of view.
There seems to be no recognition that other spiritual beings may have experienced a side of the universe unknown to the posting authors. In fact, many BlogHers post their thoughts, while turning quickly to “take their toys and go home,” when a reader offers conflicting knowledge.
As long as Comments and congruently related BlogHer posts are aligned in like thinking, the “X’s” for kisses and “O’s” for hugs flow like virtual slaps on backs at an “old boy’s club.” But, let a reader offer a challenging Comment or information from an opposing, but equally defensible stand, and suddenly childish name calling and faddish labels such as “pseudoscience” seek to banish the offender to “from whence they came.”
This lack of interactive embracing is ill advised, as every known fact in the world has varying points of view and ways to support it. And, no one, not even one BlogHer, knows everything, including the discoveries that will be made tomorrow.
Anyone with a real thirst for learning wants to hear it all, warts and all, to add to their knowledge bases. Some new facts will be stored for future reference while others may be discarded or put “on hold,” for validation. But, intelligent people want to listen and learn from those coming from a different place, walking a different path. How else, in the world, does one learn something new? If BlogHers only interact with those who think like they do, the knowledge gained quickly lessens, but worse still, their interaction becomes like a cult.
Yes, it’s true! If BlogHers adhere to one view, affirming only slight variations of the same theme, the group becomes a cult. Cults restrict ideas, limiting thought and expression to a selected version of tenets. In cults, people consider themselves educated, even though they mindlessly parrot the collective thoughts of the group. If one conforms to the group’s collective beliefs, they are rewarded. If one speaks up with a diverse contribution, they are shunned. BlogHer was never meant to funnel thinking down into a space no wider than a computer screen. No! The BlogHer community was built to be like a Chavruta. You know, the partnership in learning that is the cornerstone of Jewish education.
Chavruta Style Learning in Grade 2
For years too numerous to count, Jews worldwide have maintain that knowledge cannot be learned in isolation. Knowledge is to be presented, discussed and even argued to the betterment of all that participate. It is the only way to see the other side of the mountain. And, it is practiced from the youngest in elementary school to the highly learned at the Yeshiva Universities. Each person in the discussion, which is often carried out in pairs, is respected for their interpretative offerings of text and tradition.
Advance Chavruta (or Chavrusa) Learning
Wikipedia shares that, “In contrast to conventional classroom learning, in which a teacher lectures to the student and the student repeats the information back in tests, chavruta-style learning challenges the student to analyze and explain the material, point out the errors in his partner’s reasoning, and question and sharpen each other’s ideas, often arriving at entirely new insights of the meaning of the text.”
“A chavruta helps a student keep his mind focused on the learning, sharpen his reasoning powers, develop his thoughts into words, organize his thoughts into logical arguments, and understand another person’s viewpoint.” The entry continues, “Chavruta-style learning tends to be loud and animated. In the heat of discussion, they may even wave their hands, pound the table, or shout at each other.” For the full entry, go here.
Many BlogHers take co-ed attendance for
granted, Yentl must attend as a male
student. Notice the chavruta in this clip.
I am left to wonder how such educated and so called articulate BlogHer-ians can be so collectively ignorant. How can intelligent minds believe the truth is determined by how many people believe it? How can they think if they gather and rally in like-ignorance, thronging their numbers into the streets, that somehow an ultimate consensus of “common sense” can be reached? Critically thinking minds recognize the world is replete with burgeoning knowledge, ever changing and accumulating.
The advancement of learning, by its nature, forever requires reassessment and evaluation, which only can be achieved if everyone in the BlogHer community contributes their share of ideas, while extending respect in our Chavruta or partnership.
Tags: community, consensus, discussion, Jewish education, learning, mental health
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