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Cosmic Cradle: Souls Waiting in the Wings for Birth Paperback – 1 Dec 1999

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  • Paperback: 738 pages
  • Publisher: Sunstar Publishing,U.S. (1 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887472711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887472715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Carman is a philosopher-psychologist, pre-birth researcher, author, and former social worker. After graduation from Michigan State University with a degree in psychology, Elizabeth did social service work with low income, minority families, and was a caseworker in adoption and foster care. Elizabeth learned first-hand that traditional methods were ineffective for dealing with the deeper problems of life. Problems are like a room filled with darkness and the solution is not looking for the source of the darkness, but bringing in the light. Then the darkness is no longer found. Ultimately, the answers lie inside of each of us.

Consequently, Elizabeth shifted gears from the field of social service to spiritual service. At this point today, she has spent more than forty-five years studying spiritual disciplines and researching consciousness, including participating in long-term meditation retreats in North America, Europe, and Asia. Elizabeth has taught meditation workshops and served on university faculty helping people work on the core of their existence and expand their consciousness as a way to leading a happier life.

Elizabeth's journey into researching pre-birth experiences began in 1989 with a focus on how women can prepare for a more elevated experience on the way to motherhood, and, at the same time, give birth to happy, smiling babies right from the first breath. Through interviews with mothers, Elizabeth explored the link between higher consciousness and motherhood/childbirth.
Elizabeth interviewed mothers who took time out for pre-conception health care, detoxification, meditation, exercise, before conceiving a child. Consequently some mothers transcended pain and gave birth in ecstasy. Due to their heightened sensitivity, mothers also met future children in dreams and telepathic visions. Following birth, some children recalled their birth, womb-time, conception, and even life before conception. Mothers also shared their natural memories of their soul's journey into this life.

In their newest book, Cosmic Cradle: Spiritual Dimensions of Life before Birth, Elizabeth Carman, PhD, together with her husband, Neil Carman, PhD, have synthesized forty-five years' worth of research, historical accounts, and firsthand natural experiences of the pre-birth realm.

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Pre-conception is an untold cosmic story -- the most mysterious, poorly researched stage of human life. This phase transpires before the union of egg with a sperm. This book offers over 200 inspiring stories on the baby's passage from heavenly worlds into the mother's womb. The stories are told by parents, gifted children, Christian saints, East Indian saints, Tibetan lamas, ancient Greek philosophers, and indigenous peoples of North America, Africa, and Australian, and more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thierry on 3 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Being interested in reincarnation,see my book.I wanted to know how we found our parents and how.The meditations I did correspond to what the book describes.
The numerous examples of children who communicate with their parents must have been a tremendous exercise.Well done those who have gathered all this information.
What i learned through these pages is amazing.
About to become a grandfather I go searching towards the origins of my future the thing...well,yes I have an idea who he is.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Editorial comments by co-author 1 Feb. 2001
By Neil Carman, Ph.D. - Published on
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Cosmic Cradle presents the initial findings of a 10-year interdisciplinary research project on the soul's passage from heavenly worlds into the mother's womb. This breakthrough book offers a new holistic paradigm to explain pre-conception, the most mysterious phase of human life which occurs prior to biological conception. It blends ancient and modern pre-conception experiences to create a new synthesis - a bridge between 165 cultures and sacred traditions around the world. Two hundred inspiring stories are told by modern parents, gifted children, Near-Death Experiencers, Christian saints, Eastern saints, Tibetan lamas, ancient Greek philosophers, as well as indigenous peoples (Native American, Australian Aborigine, African, etc.). Insights shared in Cosmic Cradle include: 1. Souls seeking families - parents (ancient and modern) report meeting their children before conception. As an example, some parents communicate with the souls of their unborn children prior to conception via a dream, waking vision, or an intuitive insight. 2. Cosmologies - describe where our souls dwell prior to entering our mother's womb. 3. Cosmic Contracts - prescribe a person's future plan for their lifetime on Earth. 4. Gifted individuals - memories of 58 persons who recall planning earthly life (natural memories, not based on hypnosis). For instance, some individuals recall being in a heavenly world and looking down and choosing parents at the moment of biological conception. 5. Veils - cause most people to forget pre-earthly life while they sojourn on Earth. Insights presented in 750 pages are supported by 1100 footnotes for the 532 bibliographic references in 35 chapters. An index helps find material easily. The 165 illustrations add flavor to the enjoyable reading.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An admirable combination of personal experiences with ancient traditions 24 Sept. 2005
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A counterpart of the Near-Death Experience is the conscious memory of a spiritual pre-existence that may occur mainly among young children. Elizabeth and Neil Carman have produced a very extensive and richly illustrated overview of more than 700 pages of anything related to this topic. They give attention to the most diverse cultures and thinkers. Of course many authentic experiences surrounding a pre-existence are included as well.

The mere fact that a concept is almost universal obviously does not mean that it must be true. Almost any ethnic group used to believe that the sun revolved around the earth rather than the other way round. For this reason, the book continually combines personal experiences with ancient traditions. These often overlap, e.g. in stories among the Australian Aboriginees about spirits in the Dream World that try to get in touch with possible future parents. If a father does not dream about his children-to-be, his wife will not be able to get to pregnant.

During NDEs people may also get impressions of souls who want to be born and sometimes they are reminded of the task they accepted to make this possible. This matches so called announcing dreams in cases of children who - after birth - recall a past life. I particularly liked a survey of traditional theories that might explain why most of us do not have any conscious memories of a pre-existence (anymore).

Based on their study of the relevant literature, the Carmans conclude, just like e.g. Pim van Lommel, that human consciousness and memory may exist independently of brain activity.

An example of memories of another world concerns Katarina (pp. 522-526). As a child she recalled that she had come from a world of pure light where she used to enjoy the freedom of not having to endure the limitations of a physical body. In this world she decided to choose for a particular life and a specific family. Another example is that of two-year-old Alan (pp. 550-551). When his aunt Lida died, he asked his mother who had 'taken' her. His mother told him that it was someone his aunt had known. 'Alan's face lit up. "Oh I know what it's like! Grandpa Clark brought me when I came to you. He'll probably take me back when I die."' In this life, Alan had never met his Grandpa Clark, as the latter had died 10 years before his birth.

Books are never perfect, and of course this book is no exception. The authors sometimes refer to cases that don't possess a lot of evidential value. Also, they close the book with sometimes odd spiritual tips, especially where they recommend avoiding loud music, rap and rock and roll (p. 663). However, I certainly hope that the subject of a spiritual existence prior to earthly life will become a lot less exotic through the admirable efforts of Elizabeth and Neil Carman.
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
We've all been in a Cosmic Cradle! 19 Mar. 2001
By Louis Chapman - Published on
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Such a beautiful book Cosmic Cradle.So well researched with stories of communication with future children from around the world. Who would have thought that so many cultures would have similar expierences. Story after story will thrill you with such touching realization that you know somewhere deep in your Self to be true. This is not just a book about preconception communication,this is a book about the evolution of our very souls, from one lifetime to the next, and everything inbetween. It helps show us that our souls are immortal and we are just passing by in our human existence for our own evolution, and enlightenment. I would recommend this book for anyone,maybe a gift for your expecting wife, or a friend. Beautiful illustrations through out, and the volume of stories and content will overwhelm you.So many years must have been set aside to make this book and it truly shows in the depth and sincerity of the authors. What a great job they did I commend them for it and look forward for more books written by them. Truly a book worthy to be discussed on several major talk shows.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Cosmic Cradle Really Rocks 21 Sept. 2000
By David B. Chamberlain - Published on
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Cosmic Cradle is a stunning achievement, comprehensive in scope, and spiritually illuminating! In one stroke, the authors have succeeded in lifting out of obscurity a world literature--ignored during the recent era of scientific materialism--representing virtually all cultures and religions from ancient to contemporary times. An introductory overview brilliantly and concisely documents the historical depth and paradigm-shattering significance of communications between parents and babies before conception. The logical succession of chapters which follow artistically blend ancient and contemporary sources of authoritative personal reports and prove that the experiences of preconceptual communication is a universal human experience. This work of encyclopedic proportions is the rare fruit of thirty years of passionate and scholarly exploration of human consciousness, the neglected step-child of 20th century psychology. Elizabeth and Neil Carman have thrown open a golden door.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
FANTASTIC!!! 24 Aug. 2008
By Kevin S. Kopp - Published on
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If you are looking for a resource on premortal existence, and how the belief in such is found in virtually every culture in the world - then you have to read this book! At first the book is very overwhemling, but as you get into it you see how the Carmans didn't miss a thing. I'm not sure if I've ever seen anyone cover a subject quite as in depth. Every once in a while a book comes along that you know you will refer to for years and years to come, and this is one of those books! I am happy that I found it, and it will always hold a special place in my library. Again - WELL DONE!
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