What India Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

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India

India has been described by some traditional texts as Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara, the first and supreme culture in the world. To this day, the South Asian country remains a hotspring of ancient wisdom on mind-body health and spirituality.

This wisdom has been steadily permeating American life for the past century. Mindfulness — the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment, a concept with origins in ancient Indian philosophy — is “gaining its fair share of attention” in the West, with increasing numbers of Americans practicing meditation, according to a recent New York Times Magazine cover story. Words like “guru,” “karma” “nirvana” and “om” are firmly situated in our cultural vocabulary, and yoga and meditation have become the favorite pasttime of everyone from supermodels to high-powered CEOs.

The Indian way has spread far beyond the U.S., and tourists from around the world are flocking to the densely-populated country in search of inner peace. India is the fastest-growing destination for wellness tourism, with an average of 22 percent annual growth, according to recent data from Stanford Research Center funded by Spafinder Wellness.

Here are 10 reasons we should look to India as an example of what it means to live well.

It’s the birthplace of yoga.

yogi

Arguably India’s most popular export, yoga (Sanskrit for “divine union”) has been passed down from guru to student for many centuries. Traditionally, yoga is practiced with the goal of stilling the thoughts of the unruly mind so that the individual can eventually achieve moksha (liberation). Aside from yoga’s spiritual aims, the physical and mental health benefits of the practice are extensive, from decreased anxiety to reduced neck and lower back pain to increased sexual function.

They view health from a holistic perspective.

ayurveda

The ancient Indian wisdom system of ayurveda is founded on two guiding principles: 1) that the mind and body are inextricably linked, and 2) that the mind has more power than anything else to heal and transform the body, according to The Chopra Center.

This Indian “science of life” has used natural remedies to treat a wide variety of physical ailments for centuries, and modern science is just beginning to catch on to its wisdom. Through dietary and lifestyle changes, ayurvedic principles are used to prevent and treat illnesses, and to help individuals achieve optimal health and well-being.

They embrace vegetarianism.

india vegetables

An estimated 80 percent of India’s population identifies as Hindu, and the traditional Hindu diet is vegetarian. In the traditional yogic text the Mahabharata, a vegetarian diet is said to be sattvic — meaning that it is linked with purity, goodness, and enlightenment.

“The practitioner of yoga has to adopt a vegetarian diet in order to attain one-pointed evolution and spiritual evolution,” master practitioner B.K.S. Iyengar writes in “Light On Yoga.”

Additionally, a vegetarian diet has been linked with major health benefits, including increased longevity and a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

They have strong family values.

india family

In Indian culture, there is a strong emphasis on family as the primary social unit, and families tend to be large, providing a strong social support system and network of community ties (a key factor in longevity). Indian families often live together in multi-generational “joint family” units.

“Through a multitude of kinship ties, each person is linked with kin in villages and towns near and far,” according to the Asia Society. “Almost everywhere a person goes, he can find a relative from whom he can expect moral and practical support.”

They cook with turmeric.

india spices

Turmeric is a popular spice in Indian cooking, and it’s a superfood that can boost longevity and ward off illness. The spice has long been used medicinally in the Chinese and Indian traditions, and for good reason: Turmeric is packed with anti-inflammatory properties, and is also anti-carcinogenic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Plus, it makes a delicious (and colorful) curry.

They’re making low-cost health innovations.

india hospital

Although the Indian health care system is often criticized (and is certainly an overburdened system), some Indian institutions have succeed in creating a model for good-quality health care at a low cost.

“U.S. hospitals would do well to take a leaf or two from the book of Indian doctors and hospitals that are treating problems of the eye, heart, and kidney all the way to maternity care, orthopedics, and cancer for less than 5% to 10% of U.S. costs,” Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti write in a recent Harvard Business Review blog, explaining that the Indian hospitals they studied still met international care standards.

Low cost, in this case, doesn’t mean low quality — Govindarajan and Ramamurti argue that because patients pay 60-70 percent of health care costs out of pocket, Indian hospitals have had to cut costs while also improving their standard of care, doing so through task shifting, frugality, and a “hub-and-spoke” model of dispersement. More and more Indian corporations are also joining the fight to provide good quality, affordable health care.

They live in color.

india silk

Every year, India celebrates the arrival of spring with Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, which ushers in the season with singing, dancing, and bright colors.

Many visitors to India (sometimes called the “land of color”) are taken with the bright, beautiful colors everywhere. Many of these colors are symbolic in the culture and in the Hindu tradition — and according to some color experts, these bright hues may have a positive effect on mood.

They have a culture that prizes compassion.

india poverty

Compassion is a traditional Indian value, and also central to Buddhism, which espouses a philosophy of compassion balanced by wisdom.

In Indian culture today, there is also a belief in karma. According to the law of karma, every action must have a reaction, and every individual reaps what he sows. In the yoga tradition, karma yoga, the path of selfless action and selfless ervice, is one path to liberation.

“Once you become selfless you are free from attachments,” wrote Swami Rama, explaining that one can achieve freedom from both the laws of karma and from mental confusion.

They know that breathing is crucial to good health.

calm down

Breathing is a critical aspect of good health that’s frequently overlooked in Western cultures, where we tend to focus more on the role of food and diet in preventative health care.

For thousands of years, the yogic practice of pranayama (Sanskrit for “extension of the life-force”) has been used as a method for reducing stress and healing the body and mind through targeted breathing exercises. In Kundalini yoga, a traditional method of yoga popularized in the West by Yogi Bhajan, the breath is thought to be an individual’s connection to the divine within, and breathing exercises are used to connect us more deeply with our own life force.

They celebrate the power of music.

kirtan

The birth country of the legendary Ravi Shankar — and the place that “transformed” George Harrison’s life — has produced some of the world’s greatest music. In India, music is often a spiritual pursuit. Devotional chanting, also known as kirtan, is thought to be a healing practice.

When the reknowned Indian guru Paramhansa Yogananda performed a kirtan at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1926, the event had a strong impact on the audience.

“For one hour and twenty-five minutes, the thousands of voices of the entire audience chanted…in a divine atmosphere of joyous praise,” Yogananda later recalled. “The next day many men and women testified to the God-perception and the healing of body, mind, and soul that had taken place during the sacred chanting.”

They know how to do a memorable tribute.

taj mahal

They value inner wisdom.

india meditation

Indian spirituality, stemming from the teachings of the Vedas, the source of ancient yoga philosophy and the early foundation texts of Hindu and Buddhist faiths, stresses the truth of inwardness. Within the Indian belief system, divinity is to be found by accessing the divine Self (atman) within the self. Liberation can be attained through realizing the unity of atman and brahman (the whole of the universe).

According to “American Veda” author Philip Goldberg, this inward-facing spirituality that has spread out from India is creating radical change in the West. Goldberg told the Huffington Post:

We’re becoming a nation of yogis. What I mean by that is that there are people whose orientation towards life and their orientation towards their spiritual life is very yogic. They may never set foot on a yoga mat, they may never do an asana in their lives. They have a meditation practice and turn inwards in their approach to whatever they define as spiritual –- their relation to the universe and their development of an inner connection to something bigger than themselves. People are taking charge of their spiritual lives in a very yogic way.

Clarification: Language has been amended to reflect that Yogi Bhajan’s form of kundalini yoga is part of a much older tradition.

Humans do NOT come from Earth – and sunburn, bad backs and pain during labor prove it, expert claims

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By: SARAH GRIFFITHSDailyMail, Guest

A U.S. ecologist has claimed that humans are not from Earth but were put on the planet by aliens tens of thousands of years ago.
Dr Ellis Silver points to a number of physiological features to make his case for why humans did not evolve alongside other life on Earth, in his new book.
They range from humans suffering from bad backs – which he suggests is because we evolved in a world with lower gravity – to getting too easily sunburned and having difficulty giving birth.
Dr Ellis says that while the planet meets humans’ needs for the most part, it does not perhaps serve the species’ interests as well as the aliens who dropped us off imagined. In his book, HUMANS ARE NOT FROM EARTH: A SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION OF THE EVIDENCE, the ecologist writes the human race has defects that mark it of being ‘not of this world’.
‘Mankind is supposedly the most highly developed species on the planet, yet is surprisingly unsuited and ill-equipped for Earth’s environment: harmed by sunlight, a strong dislike for naturally occurring foods, ridiculously high rates of chronic disease, and more,’ he told Yahoo.
Dr Ellis says that humans might suffer from bad backs because they evolved on a world with lower gravity. He also says that it is strange that babies’ heads are so large and make it difficult for women to give birth, which can result in fatalities of the mother and infant.
Dr Ellis says that humans might suffer from bad backs (illustrated) because they evolved on a world with lower gravity. He also says that it is strange that babies’ heads are so large and make it difficult for women to give birth, which resulted in fatalities in earlier times. 
No other native species on this planet has this problem, he says. He also believes humans are not designed to be as exposed to the sun as they are on Earth, as they cannot sunbathe for more than a week or two – unlike a lizard – and cannot be exposed to the sun every day without problems. Dr Ellis also claims humans are always ill and this might be because our body clocks have evolved to expects a 25 hour day, as proven by sleep researchers.

‘This is not a modern condition; the same factors can be traced all the way back through mankind’s history on Earth,’ he says.

He suggests that Neanderthals such as homo erectus were crossbred with another species, perhaps from Alpha Centauri, which is the closest star system to our solar system, some 4.37 light years away from the sun.
He also believes humans are not designed to be so exposed to the sun as they are on Earth, as they cannot sunbathe for more than a week or two ¿ unlike a lizard ¿ and cannot be exposed to the sun every day. 
 
Dr Ellis said many people feel that they don’t belong and feel at home on Earth.

‘This suggests (to me at least) that mankind may have evolved on a different planet, and we may have been brought here as a highly developed species.’

‘One reason for this … is that the Earth might be a prison planet, since we seem to be a naturally violent species and we’re here until we learn to behave ourselves,’ he said.

Dr Ellis said the book is intended to create debate, instead of being a scientific study and hopes it will lead to people getting in touch with him with further suggestions of ‘evidence’. While other scientists have said some bacteria arrived on Earth from space, Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at NASA, said that to jump to the conclusion that it is alien life is ‘a big jump’.
Was this home? Dr Ellis suggests Neanderthals such as homo erectus were crossbred with another species, perhaps from Alpha Centauri. Star Proxima Centauri is pictured in the star system, which is the closest to our solar system some 4.37 light years away from the sun.
 
Professor Wainwright from the University of Sheffield plans to investigate further, and believes that life is constantly arriving from space that did not originate on Earth. Dr Ellis says that while his idea is an extreme evolution of that idea, it is intended to be thought-provoking and he claims to have had a largely positive response to it. He is interested in whether humans came to Earth separately, perhaps by arriving on meteors and comets, before evolving into the species we know today.

‘My thesis proposes that mankind did not evolve from that particular strain of life, but evolved elsewhere and was transported to Earth (as fully evolved Homo sapiens) between 60,000 and 200,000 years ago,’ he says.

Source: DailyMail

If you are interested in learning more about the subject of alien intervention, I suggest watching this seminal lecture by Lloyd Pye called – Everything you know is wrong. Lloyd Pye is a researcher and author known for his work with the Starchild Skull and Intervention Theory. Lloyd began writing in 1975, then became a screenwriter in Hollywood in the 1980s. In 1995, he found his passion writing nonfiction in Alternative Knowledge.

“Alternative Knowledge” is information rooted in mainstream science, but in areas normally kept from public discussion because they cast doubt on the currently accepted paradigms and dogmas of the mainstream.
 
Lloyd’s fields of expertise include Intervention Theory, the origins of life, of human life, of alien reality, of hominoid (bigfoot, yeti, etc.) reality, which makes him a dynamic platform speaker in about Alternative Knowledge.

This lecture points out many of the discrepancies with the “mainstream version” of history that we find currently in our textbooks. He talks about topics regarding the “missing link”, the Annunaki, Ancient Advanced Civilizations, and Nibiru.

– See more at: http://www.themindunleashed.org/2013/11/humans-do-not-come-from-earth-and.html#sthash.uO72QsyM.dpuf

The reincarnated children: New book tells the extraordinary story of the children who believe they are a WWII pilot, star golfer and a Hollywood agent from a past life – and have this scientist utterly convinced

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  • Dr Jim Tucker has spent the past ten-years documenting children who claim to have lived past-lives
  • Has encountered many examples of American children who claim to have been anything from a World War II fighter pilot to legendary golfer Bobby Jones
  • Through his research Dr Tucker has come to believe that the children are speaking the truth and that they have indeed been reincarnated
  • Bases the science for his theories in advanced quantum physics, arguing that human consciousness can move in time and space

By James Nye

PUBLISHED: 12:48 GMT, 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 17:17 GMT, 20 November 2013

A world renowned professor for a start. Dr Jim Tucker’s remarkable experiences with these children, many who can recall intimate details of their past lives in pin-sharp detail – and with no prompting – has led him to the conclusion that reincarnation is real.

Over the past 10-years, Dr Jim Tucker has traveled the country meeting  families and hearing fantastical incredible stories just like these, which he outlines in his new book, Return To Life: Extraordinary Cases Of Children Who Remember Past Lives.

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Dr. Tucker, in a follow-up to his book Life Before Life, explores American cases of young children who report memories of previous lives

Dr. Tucker, in a follow-up to his book Life Before Life, explores American cases of young children who report memories of previous lives

Convinced: Dr Tucker, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia, has written in his upcoming book about the experiences of American children who he believes have been reincarnated

 

 

 

‘The world just doesn’t work as we think or assume it does. The cases I have examined don’t come under a normal explanation of how we perceive the world,’ said Dr Tucker, the Bonner-Lowry associate Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia.

What he has found is that each child reveals their past life at an extremely young age – at usually two or three – and the memories manifest themselves as unusual episodes of streams of consciousness, recollections and sometimes as intense, thrashing nightmares.

 

 

 

CAN OUR CONSCIOUSNESS TRAVEL TIME AND SPACE?

Dr Tucker’s explanation for his belief in reincarnation may be mind-boggling but it is far from outlandish.

He bases it in the ever-developing field of quantum mechanics, pioneered by scientific luminaries such as Albert Einstein.

Dr Tucker believes that because quantum physics demonstrates that conscious observation can be critical in determining physical events, he argues that consciousness might actually be separate from the brain and exists apart from our physical bodies.

He believes that the brain might in fact simply be a conduit for consciousness to inhabit our bodies but is transient through time and space.

He provides the analogy of a television set and the television transmission; the television is required to decode the signal, but it does not create the signal. In a similar way the brain may be required for consciousness to express itself, but may not be the source of consciousness.

Through almost a decade of research, Dr Tucker has achieved international renown in his field so parents come to him as soon as their child appears to claim to recall memories from a past life.

Using strict scientific methods to match the children’s statements with as much detail of the deceased person they claim to be, Dr Tucker has traveled as far as the remote islands of Scotland in his quest to prove that reincarnation is a fact of our existence – even if that proof is intangible for now.

He can then meet the children at the peak of their past-life recollections and witness them recall details as mundane as their previous childhood home to details about the opposite sex that no two-year-old would usually know.

In each case the parents and the child can find the sudden onset of these memories to be extremely disturbing and they call on Dr Tucker to help the families to work through it.

This usually means traveling to where the previous life was lived or in some cases meeting the still living relatives of the deceased.

Ultimately, Dr Tucker’s research finds that as these children approach the age of reason these unsettling memories of past-lives fade.

Outlined below are four outlandish cases that Dr Tucker admits are not proof positive of past lives, but in his own words, ‘the evidence provided by these cases makes it hard to come up with an adequate explanation.

 

Dr Tucker explains child reincarnation

See more of Jim Tucker’s interview

 

GOLF PRODIGY CONVINCED HE WAS 1930s STAR BOBBY JONES

One particular case which stood apart for Dr Tucker was that of Hunter, a three-year-old golfing prodigy – who said he was the reincarnation of 13-time major winner Bobby Jones.

Gifted a set of plastic clubs at the age of two, Hunter, who lives with his parents in California was watching the Golf Channel one day with his father when he saw a clip of Jones, the dominant force in the sport in the 1930s who helped establish the Augusta National course, home of the Masters.

Hunter told his parents he had been Bobby Jones when he was ‘big’ and demanded to be known from that moment on as Bobby.

 

 

 

Reincarnated in a two-year-old Californian?:Bobby Jones, American Amateur Champion, Bids Fair to Capture British Golf Title. Muirfield, Scotland Reincarnated in a two-year-old Californian? Friends of Hunter’s father have remarked – completely unprompted – that his son’s swing is similar to that of Bobby Jones, American Amateur Champion 

His Christian parents initially laughed off his behavior as that of a child choosing to be different by ignoring modern-day golfers such as Tiger Woods.

However, his father decided to test his son one day and showed him six pictures of golfers from the 1930s and asked which one was Jones.

Correctly picking out the golfer’s image, Hunter replied: ‘This me.’

Taking this further, Hunter’s dad printed off pictures of several different homes, including Jones’ childhood house and showed them to his son.

He called five of them simply ‘house’, but called the property where Jones grew up ‘home’.

Meanwhile, his golfing ability increased exponentially and his parents bought him a real set of clubs and their local club in California accepted him for lessons aged three, even though five was their usual starting age.

Indeed, several older golfers there made the innocent observation to Hunter’s father that his son’s swing, even at an early age reminded them of Bobby Jones’s.

When Dr Tucker visited the boy he found him uncooperative, not unusual for a three-year-old faced with an inquisitive stranger.

However, his development continued to include designing golf courses with pillows and sheets in his room – declaring that Augusta was his favorite course in the world.

While Hunter’s parents asked Dr Tucker to keep their identities and that of the child secret – Hunter is not his real name – Dr Tucker has followed his development with interest.

Hunter is now seven and has won 41 out of the 50 junior tournaments he has entered, including 21 in a row and is seen as potentially the next Tiger Woods by those who know him.

However, Dr Tucker says his memories of Bobby Jones have faded.

 

Ryan the Baptist Minister’s son who was a big-shot Hollywood agent

Marty Martin was one of the first super-agents of Hollywood’s Golden Age in the 1930s, with actors such as Glenn Ford on his books as icons like Rita Hayworth as friends.

He lived a life of luxury, married four times, vacationed in Paris and had influential contacts such as New York Senator Irving Ives, before dying from cancer in LA in 1964.

 

 

 

Hollywood agent from the 1930s: Ryan Hammons wearing his fake agent glasses that he would wear when he was having a 'Marty' kind of day
Marty Martyn

Good times: Ryan, left, recalls fast cars, big boats, actor friends sunburn and trips to the Eiffel Tower that mirror the life of Hollywood agent and bit-part actor Marty Martin, right. The five-year-old is pictured in the glasses he wears when he is having a ‘Marty kind of day’

50 years later the five-year-old son of two Oklahoma Christians began to exhibit strange behavior – calling ‘Action’ for imaginary movies and waking at night screaming – claiming that he was in Hollywood when his heart exploded.

Little Ryan one night told his mother, Cyndi, that when you die it is important you go towards the light and that everyone comes back.

He also said that he picked her to be his mom.

The mystery of Ryan, whose mother was a county deputy clerk and father a small-town cop, deepened when he picked out a picture from a book his mother had brought home from the library for him.

It was from the 1932 movie, Night After Night and showed a group of men, including actor George Raft.

Ryan excitedly pointed at the man next to George, who specialized in playing gangsters and starred in Billy Wilder’s legendary hit Some Like It Hot.

Ryan said: ‘Hey Mama, that’s George. We did a picture together. And Mama, that guy’s me. I found me.’

From that point on memories seemed flood back to Ryan, writes Dr Tucker.

He recalled how he was once punched by Marilyn Monroe’s bodyguards for trying to talk to her.

He said that he liked being Ryan but wanted to go back to his big house on the hill with a swimming pool.

Every time he saw a picture of the Hollywood Hills on television, Ryan would exclaim that was where he was from.

He recalled in detail trips to the cafe-lined boulevards of Paris and trips to the Eiffel Tower.

 

His parents noted that when Ryan spoke of his past-life, he would switch from a fun-loving five-year-old into a serious manner-of-fact delivery that was slightly disconcerting.

 

 

 

Famous friends: Little Ryan began to bemuse his parents by claiming to have been friends with and known Hollywood legends such as Rita Hayworth
Recollection and reunion: Ryan sitting in the window sill inside of Marty Martyn's agency in Los Angeles - over 50 years after the agent died from leukemia

Famous friends: Little Ryan, pictured in the LA office of Martin on a visit there, right, began to bemuse his parents by claiming to have been friends with and known Hollywood legends such as Rita Hayworth

Ryan spoke of things that no young boy should or probably would find interesting at that age.

‘Mommy, I can’t wait until I get big again and I get to go on these big boats, wear fancy clothes, and dance with all the pretty ladies. That’s how you see the world, Mommy, from a big boat.’

Ryan recalled how he drove a Rolls-Royce, suffered sunburn from his compulsive tanning, had a daughter and that he was homesick.

He also mentioned a mysterious Senator Five from New York. Dr Tucker later discovered New York had a politician who served through the 1940s and 50s with the sound-alike name of Senator Ives.

However, no one knew who this man was in the picture that Ryan claimed to be as he wasn’t a famous actor or listed on the cast or crew.

 

A documentary crew heard about Ryan’s story and utilizing an archival footage consultant they discovered that the man in the photo was Hollywood agent Marty Martin in an uncredited cameo role.

The breakthrough led to a meeting with Martin’s daughter, who was still alive.

The meeting was not successful, as Ryan could not seem to understand why the woman was no longer a girl.

‘She got old. Why didn’t she wait for me?’ Ryan sadly remarked after the meeting.

However, Martin’s daughter did confirm an incredible number of claims, small and large that Ryan had made.

It was estimated that she accepted over 50 of Ryan’s claims were accurate for her father, including her father’s wealth, love of dancing, sunbathing and friendship with the luminaries of Hollywood.

Martin did indeed live in a huge Hollywood mansion, with a pool and was well known for his love of socializing with the rich and powerful such as Senator Ives.

As Dr Tucker found in his research, in the months after Ryan met Martin’s daughter he became calmer and his memories of the past-life faded.

THE BOY TORTURED BECAUSE HE THINKS HE DIED AT IWO JIMA

It began after a father-son bonding trip to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum outside of Dallas.

Bruce picked up a video of the Blue Angels navy flight exhibition team for his 2-year-old son, James, who had become instantly enamored with the jet fighters in high speed formation.

However, soon afterwards James began to smash his toy airplanes repeatedly into the coffee table screaming that the aircraft was on fire.

 

 

 

Fighter pilot: James Leininger with his parents Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, who say they are 'probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives.'Fighter pilot: James Leininger with his parents Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, who say they are ‘probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives’ 

It was then that the nightmares began. His mother Andrea would find her son thrashing around on the bed letting out blood curdling screams, shouting, ‘Airplane crash on fire! Little man can’t get out!’

The disturbing nightmares were physical too, with James kicking upwards on his bed as if trying to kick open the canopy from inside an aircraft.

It was over a bedtime story that James suddenly began talking to his parents about the nightmares, turning them from night terrors to lucid details and conversations.

James told his staunchly Christian parents, that he was flying a Corsair during the Second World War and that the Japanese shot him down.

‘Mama, before I was born, I was a pilot, and my airplane got shot in the engine and it crashed in the water and that’s how I died.’

He told his parents he flew off a carrier called the USS Natoma Bay and his name was James and that he had died during in a horrific plane crash.

The growing implications of what their son was telling them began to trouble the religious beliefs of Bruce and Andrea.

When James was two-and-a-half he was sitting on his father’s knee going through a book on the Battle for Iwo Jima.

Opening the book to a picture of Mount Suribachi, James exclaimed, ‘That’s where my plane was shot down. My airplane got shot down there daddy.’

 

 

 

Pacific campaign: James would suffer horrifying nightmares in which his plane would crash land in a fiery wreck to the sea during the intense battle for Iwo Jima in 1945Pacific campaign: James would suffer horrifying nightmares in which his plane would crash land in a fiery wreck to the sea during the intense battle for Iwo Jima in 1945 

James began to draw disturbing pictures of fiery plane crashes – Dr Tucker believes this kind of compulsive repitition had all the hallmarks of how children deal with PTSD.

Bruce in particular wanted to get to the bottom of his son’s insistence that he was indeed describing the past lives of a downed pilot named James.

He attended a reunion for USS Natoma Bay veterans under the ruse of writing a book and was stunned to discover the only pilot killed during the Iwo Jima operation was a 21-year-old from Pennsylvania named James Huston.

Further unnerving research revealed that Huston’s plane had been hit in the nose and lost its propeller – exactly where James had intentionally damaged all his toy planes.

As their belief in their son’s extraordinary claims grew, Bruce and Andrea began to take what he said seriously.

One night Andrea said that she was told by James that his past-life father was an alcoholic and when James Huston was 13, they put their drunken dad in hospital for six weeks.

By now they had tracked down Huston’s sister Anne, who was in her 80s by now and asked her if these claims were true – which she confirmed.

More staggering coincidences began to occur.

James knew details that no four-year-old or even 40-year-old would know about the operational details of a Second World War fighter.

He knew that Corsairs were notorious for getting flat tires and when handed a model of the FM-2 planes he would fly aboard the USS Natoma Bay he noted that a small antenna was missing from the side, which research by his father noted to be true.

The most incredible moment though was when James attended his first USS Natoma Bay reunion.

There he was stopped in the hallway of the hotel by Bob Greenwalt, a Natoma Bay veteran.

When he asked ‘do you know who I am?’ James replied, ‘You are Bob Greenwalt.’

Asked how he knew that by his father, James replied that he simply remembered the man’s voice.

Indeed, after that, back at home in Dallas, James was sweeping the front lawn with his dad when Bruce bent down to hug his son and tell him that he loved him.

James replied that when he saw Bruce and Andrea eating dinner in Hawaii on Waikiki Beach he knew that these were the right parents for him.

Bruce still has no idea how his son knew about the romantic trip he and his wife went on to start their family – before James was born.

Boy who was Gone With The Wind’s tragic screenwriter
One particular case held the fascination of Dr Tucker as he traveled to visit three-year-old Lee, who believed that he was Sidney Coe Howard – the Oscar-winning screenwriter for arguably the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of all time Gone With The Wind. 

Living with his family in a small Midwestern town of only two-thousand people, Lee had developed an ‘obscene fascination’ with Hollywood and told William and Jennifer, his parents, that he worked on movies.

Quizzing him more on this developing obsession, Lee’s parents asked if he acted in movies, to which he replied, no, he wrote them.

Saying out loud famous film titles, it was when they got to the fifth of sixth one, Gone With The Wind that Lee said, ‘Yes, that was my movie. I wrote that movie’.

1923 --- Sydney Howard, American playwright and screenwriter. --- Image by © E.O. Hoppé/Corbis
ca 1930 --- Portrait of Sidney Coe Howard (1891-1939), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Howard wrote the screenplay for Gone With the Wind. --- Image by © CORBIS

Sidney Coe Howard was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in 1940 for the screenplay for Gone With The Wind – he died in a tractor accident just before the release of his greatest work

 

The idea that Lee was recalling the past-life of Howard began to seem more real when his parent’s realized it explained some of his behavior – such as insisting his birthday was June 26 and no June 21.

 

This seemed odd, because children usually want to celebrate their birthday sooner, not later and became even weirder still when Jennifer and William discovered that Howard’s birthday was June 26 1891.

Lee would speak about his home in Hollywood and also revealed a fixation with tractors that made sense when his mother and father discovered how Howard had died at the age of 48.

Just before the release of Gone With The Wind in 1939, Howard was at home on his Massachusetts farm when he went to take his Cleveland Cletrac tractor out of his garage to work on his property.

Tragically, a hired hand had left the tractor in gear and it lurched forward, pinning him to the foundation wall of the garage and crushed him to death.

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Indeed, little Lee from an early age showed an aversion to anything being near to his upper body and although interested in tractors, was terrified by them too.

He would also suffer terrible nightmares in which he would cry out that his arms were broken and that a car had somehow managed to pin his arms down.

Keen to take Lee back to the farmhouse where Howard died, Dr Tucker incredibly discovered that Howard’s daughter was still alive and living there.

Initially reluctant, she agreed to allow Lee and his parents to come, but scheduling difficulties meant that the trip was postponed twice.

Sadly by the time Lee made the journey to Massachusetts, his past-life memories had faded and Lee was bemused by the trip.

Dr Tucker found the case to be unresolved, but intruiging nonetheless and laments the unfortunate inability to unite Lee when he was younger and Howard’s daughter sooner.

  • Return To Life by Dr Jim Tucker, is published by St Martin’s Press on December 3. To order your copy, click here

 

Galactic Lightship Dreamflights 23NOV2013

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You are invited to join the next Galactic Lightship Dreamflight this Saturday night (23 November 2013) during dreamtime.

All who have expressed their intent to join us will be teleported on board our fleet of Galactic Light Ships.You may express your intent to join a specific ship (all are welcome!). We will be meeting during dreamtime on Saturday night, but you do not need to “schedule” the time you are asleep, since you will be timeshifted to the appropriate “place” in time in order to join us. Passwords provided are intended to enhance intent, not to limit access.

Our Fleet includes the following ships

GLS Mothership OcaTAwa (Password “Center Spiral Wings Unity”)
GLS Aeterna (Password “Wings“)
GLS Algiz (Password “Center“)
GLS Blaze (Password “Helix“)
GLS Chimera (Password “Emanate”)
GLS Salcys
GLS Angelon
GLS Susan
GLS Space Wave (Password “Unity”)
GLS Athabantian (Password “Radiate”; website: Up2the5th, Cosmic Paradigm)
GLS Aurora (Password “Mocham”; website: Auroradreamflight2)

Our fleet has also been joined by the GLS Tulya, GLS Neptune, GLS Athena, GLS Olympia, GLS Balthazar, GLS Phoenix and GLS Eui.

Standard equipment includes rejuvenation pods, translation modules, navigation equipment, and healing platforms. Materials are crystalline in nature, and may be variable in size and shape.

Collective dream experiences (shared dreams) have been successfully established.

You may wish to read about background information on our process, or more about our Galactic Fleet.

Your Astral travel / Dreamflight experiences may be shared in the comments of this post, or in any way you feel comfortable sharing your experience.

Please note that dreamflights are always free and do not require membership for your participation. Only your intent to join the dreamflights is required.