--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, Rick Archer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > on 8/7/06 3:30 PM, Jason Spock at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > > > Sir Rick Archer, I found this comment in another forum. What is your > > opinion on this.?? > > > > > > > > "" I find it amusing that everyone who 'regresses' to a past life seems > > to have led an exciting existence as a nobleman, diplomat, courtesan, soldier, > > pirate, painter, musician, etc. Nobody ever seems to discover that they were > > a filthy ignorant peasant who led a dreary, brutal life and died of an > > infected cut at the age of 28. Makes ya wonder what happened to the souls of > > all those slaves who built the pyramids and such."" > > > Not sure why you¹d want my opinion, but I tend to agree with the above. > ³Most men live lives of quiet desperation,² thus most people¹s past lives > are probably as dreary as their current one, maybe more so, if you agree > with MMY¹s comment that the past is always a lesser developed state. It may > be, though, that the recent lifetimes of people nearing enlightenment in > this lifetime (many on this forum) have been more interesting.
There was a study I read about years ago--but didn't note the citation info--that (as I recall) had around 1,000 subjects (from the U.S., I believe), randomly chosen, a statistically significant sample. They were put under hypnosis and asked to remember their past lives. The *vast* majority of these people recalled lives as brown-skinned people working in the fields. Only a very few--three or four, I think--remembered lives in identifiable historical periods, much less exciting existences. I keep hoping I'll come across a reference to this study somewhere to get a fix on the details. I doubt the study was published anywhere. I do recall that the researchers made a big effort to be as scientific as possible--the hypnotic inductions and the questions asked during hypnosis were the same for all subjects; the evaluations of their reports were not done by the researchers themselves, so the study was single-blind, at least; and so on. I *think* I recall that the researchers' hypothesis was that most of the subjects would improbably recall thrilling lives in historically identifiable periods and were astonished that they did not. I had a roommate once years ago who was very into New Age stuff, particularly reincarnation. She went weekly to consult a spiritualist and would come home bursting to share with me the past lives the spiritualist had told her about--a court fool to Henry IV, a slave girl of Cleopatra, the father of Patrick Henry, one of Walt Whitman's lovers (male), etc., etc. One day I asked her, "Did she tell you about your life as Benjamin Franklin's illegitimate daughter?" Her jaw dropped. "No, she didn't," she said. "I wonder why not? Maybe she didn't want me to know about that one for some reason. I'll have to ask her next time." To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/