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on 15 August 2012
I haven't read literally every word of this annoying little book, "Between Life and Death" by Dolores Cannon, featuring transcripts of her conversations with spirits - actually, regressed patients induced to remember their previous life-times and their respective stints in the spirit world. What I have read confirms some of my worst suspicions about "regressed", or rather regressive, New Age thinking.
I think we've heard it all before: everything that happens is for the best, there is no evil, there are only learning experiences, people who suffer have chosen their lives before being born and shouldn't bemoan their lots, etc. War, murder and other "imperfections" don't really matter, since nobody can die anyway. The soul simply returns to the spirit-world. One spirit tells Cannon that Adolf Hitler wasn't entirely evil. His father was to blame, and since Hitler didn't do the literal killing in Auschwitz and elsewhere, he cannot be blamed as much as the actual executioners.
It gets better. Well, not really. Apparently, Jack the Ripper wasn't all that bad, either. The "spirit" seems to understand that this is counter-intuitive (yeah, really), so he says: "And please, we tread very carefully here, for we wish not to offend your sense of proprieties nor your moral standards. For we feel that your sense of morals is very delicate and we wish not to disturb these". Then it comes: Jack the Ripper might have been a personage who was supposed to learn something about indulgence by becoming a vicious killer. The "victims" (quotations marks in the original) may have been volunteers from the spirit-world. Besides, you can't really kill anyone, blah blah.
There seems to be *one* sin that really is evil, heinous and hideous. Since serial killing or ordering the Endlösung doesn't quite cut it, what might? You have three guesses....why, it's suicide, of course! Since all suffering is self-chosen by the spirit before it's born on Earth as a human, suicide means that the soul cops out before the "lessons" are learned. In other words, suicide is an attempt to cheat your karma. Verboten!
If Dolores Cannon is right, the Earth is Hell. And so are the spirit-worlds.
However, there is one event in world history that even Cannon (or her regressed patients) cannot stomach, and that's Auschwitz. Apparently, the Jews burned in the ovens of this Nazi death camp didn't really deserve it, after all. (It's unclear why such an event could happen in a universe in perfect karmic balance!) This event will therefore be erased from the memory of the victims when they reach the spirit-world.
Yes, you heard me. The genocide at Auschwitz will simply be *erased* from human memory, and that's that! Indeed, Dolores' regressed subject is vague on *who* will get his memories erased: "It is also possible to erase this were it necessary. To remove perhaps a particular segment of an experience from the records that would serve no useful purpose, for example, the ovens of Auschwitz, the experience of burning Jews". The last words could mean that the Nazis will get their memories erased, no longer having the experience of burning Jews! But yes, I suppose it could also mean that the Jews will have their memories erased, or that everyone will...
Is "Between Death and Life" a true account of conversations with spirits? Since all spirits sound identical even stylistically speaking, I suspect Cannon has either heavily edited the responses, or the book is fiction. Had I been a Spiritualist, I could have coined a third theory: Dolores was actually speaking to Eva Braun!
This book shows the socially regressive and psychologically warped character of consistent New Age thinking.