I'm not in the mood to lead up to this topic. I am presenting cutting-edge information, I'm ahead of my time, and I'm ignored except for a relative handful of curiosity-seekers. I can prove that reincarnation is real, my pilot study is valid, and my own proposed past-life case is genuine.
So if it's not that my presentation is bogus; and if it's not that it's trite (which it obviously wouldn't be, if it was genuine); then, what is it? What prevents the public from responding?
I've been trying to sell my SUV. It had two unexplained problems, which I felt I had to honestly tell prospective buyers about. The first is that the accelerator hesitated. The second is that on rare occasions, it wouldn't start. But when I honestly explained these things, people immediately lost interest. That was enough.
The first one, I solved on the internet. It was the most amazing instance of solving a problem that way I've ever encountered. By entering the right keywords, I found one guy who had the same problem with his Cadillac. And somebody knew the answer--buried deep in the manual for that car, was the instruction that if the battery is ever disconnected, you have to leave the key in the ON position for three minutes, and then run the engine for 30 seconds. This effectively reboots some onboard computer, so that it knows how to run. SOLVED.
Ten years I've been driving that car, which has a powerful engine, but I've had to put up with this annoying problem. Now I like driving it a lot more! It seems to have made the all-wheel-drive handle better in tight turns, too, another issue which I honestly wasn't sure was normal, or not.
I think I figured out the second problem. It's not on the internet, and that, itself, is a clue. I think what happened, is that the battery cables were loose. I had heard of this before, but I'd forgotten it. So one time it wouldn't start, I replaced the battery. It's okay for a couple of months, and then it won't start, again. Second time I take it to the mechanic--really, a tire store that says they also fix cars (I won't name names, but it's close enough to walk to, which is why I took it there)--and they let some inexperienced guy sweat over it for hours. Finally, to save his job and get it out of their hair, as I suppose, he replaces a switch and pronounces it fixed. It works for another month, and then won't start again. The tow truck driver (the only one who knows what he's doing) says the battery cables were loose. The head of the mechanic shop says "No way." Finally, after I've already bought a new car, I take it to the wiring expert, who can't find any problems.
So I've been dutifully telling this whole story to prospective buyers. And they don't want an unreliable car, someone else's problems, so they don't buy it.
But what I think happened, is that the inexperienced mechanic/tire changer at the shop never checked the battery cables; and the shop owner is damned if he's going to admit it, because they charged me $182 for the *%#@*! switch.
Now--my question is, ethically, am I required to tell this entire story--albeit with my more favorable interpretation put on it--or am I released from that responsibility, so I don't have to mention it, at all?
Because it's killing my chances of selling the car, and I think essentially both these problems are because ignorant people screwed me over.
I think I'm no-longer obligated to tell anyone, unless it does it again. Because what happens is, if you tell someone something bad, they blow it all out of proportion and make a mountain out of a mole-hill. They don't get what you're actually saying. They get something else that they have created out of what you're saying.
Now, my seven-year anniversary with Abby--my marriage with my past-life soul-mate from the 19th century, with her still in the astral realm--is coming up tomorrow. For the past three days, in her own journal on this website, I have been channeling her reflections on the medium's psychic reading which brought us together on March 10, 2010. The reading, itself, has clearly been proven as genuine by the information I've been able to uncover in the historical record, since then. And the medium said, in no uncertain terms, the match is genuine, and I was who I believe myself to have been, in the 19th century. In other words, her abilities were proven against the historical record beyond a reasonable doubt, and she says I was that person.
But if I tell you that, you won't hear what I say. You will decode it into something else. You will hear what you replace my sentences with. Something like, "This nutcase imagines he's married to a fantasy woman, and he's been deluding himself like that for seven years. Obviously the psychic reading was phony, maybe using the 'cold reading' technique. This guy sure is interesting, as a goofy curiosity, but no way I'd ever waste $12 on his e-book."
If you replaced what I said with that (or something like it), you'd be wrong--and not only that, you'd be on the wrong side of rationality. But seemingly rational people don't care when they get on the wrong side of rationality. If rationality were the highway, there would be people driving on the wrong side of the road all over the place. I always flash to that priceless scene in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," which is highly symbolic--"You're going the wrong way!!!" "Oh, they're drunk. How do they know where we're going?"*
I think I know why people resist the clear evidence for reincarnation as they do. It's accountability. Reincarnation means karma; and karma means 100% personal accountability. In 553 AD, depending on how you read the history, Emperor Justinian's wife, Theodora, prevailed on him to prevail on a council of bishops, to have Origen's teaching of the pre-existence of the soul declared "anathema." The reason? Because reincarnation depends on the pre-existence of the soul, and reincarnation means she would be accountable for her life, as an actress, before she married the emperor.
I once worked as a consultant on a board game about karma, called "Cosmic Karma." I tried to get the originator to name it "Karma-Dharma," which would have been just as catchy and more apropos, but she thought it would have been too high-brow. She poured a great deal of money, and about eleven years of research and development, into this game. And it got essentially the same reception that my book has gotten. She may have sold, what, eight or ten copies, which is about where I'm at.
My question--to tie all this in, now--is, was there some "skunk" in the sales presentation? Something that killed it? Something which caused the prospective buyer to just turn off, so that they didn't hear anything else that was said? You know, like my SUV not starting?
I think so. I think it was accountability.
You see, once reincarnation was delegitimized--and this was done in the same way that Bernie Sanders was delegitimized by PBS during the recent Democratic Primaries (if you were watching that news outlet)--something had to take its place. Because when you take the cork off, and people don't think they are accountable at all, a large percentage of them will simply do whatever they think they can get away with, when no-one bigger is looking. How large a percentage? Up to half, according to the study that Reader's Digest did with planted wallets. You can Google that for yourself. In Atlanta, roughly half the people took the $50 in the wallet when they thought no-one would see them.
So to compensate, the Church came up with this absurd idea of eternal heaven vs. eternal hell. Now, no-one could love a God who would consign you to eternal torment--and for the stupidest things! Anybody who claims to love such a God is lying. Period. You know, "I love the emperor, because if I don't love him, he'll chop my head clean off!"
So enough people got fed up with that bullshit, that they decided to disprove it with the emerging scientific method (honestly or dishonestly). Then they conveniently threw the baby out with the bathwater, and replaced it with Existentialism and Humanism. We will just be nice to each other, because it's the right thing to do.
But what about that 50% in Atlanta?
So the world has run amuck with liars, cheats and scoundrels, who will screw you when they are sure they can get away with it.
But even if not a single person believes in reincarnation, every single one of them will reincarnate. And even if not a single person believes in karma, that law still operates. Therefore, every single person who has screwed someone, will get screwed. And so-on.
Just ask me--apparently, a long time ago, I must have lied to someone about a carriage wheel, or a horse's leg...
Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.
*I would say that this film, or whatever book or screen play it was derived from, was a modern remake of "A Christmas Carol"; and it was Abby, and myself in the early 19th century, who wrote the original version of that story. This scene, of course, is symbolic of the Neal Page character's life, as he is also "going the wrong way," but won't listen to those who are trying to warn him.
Audio opening this page: from the film, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"