Blog: More on Past Lives: Real or Imagined? - 2017-11-18
One of the most vexing questions for me when I was in Scientology was whether past lives were real or imagined. Before I ever went in session for the first time, past lives had been solely a component of fantasy novels. In fact, until I routed onto the OT Levels, I avoided going "beyond this lifetime" whenever I could.
I was always reluctant to declare I'd lived before this life, and for as long as I could, I limited myself to looking at incidents I knew had happened since that birth date on my driver's license. Images earlier than birth were as real as the ones I'd mock up while reading the likes of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Ray Bradbury. And just like those worlds I painted while flipping the pages of those novels, I could manipulate scenes at will while in session. I could just as easily take the point of view of the hero as the one receiving the sharp end of the spear through his chest. I could change and manipulate wardrobes, scenery, characters and viewpoints—pretty much anything—without any one version being more or less real than the others.
"Is there an earlier/similar incident?"