Teasing Out Our Different Lives

Well, we finally wormed our way back home just an hour ago. The flooding we passed was indescribable. We saw military helicopters flying to and from hospitals, convoys of Texas National Guard vehicles, escorted volunteers towing boats to be used in rescues and just a lot of devastation. Please send prayers to Texas. We need them. There’s a possibility that more will come tomorrow. Rune, Lukas and I are supposed to go overseas to visit relatives Friday, but that might not happen. I’m kind of sick of living out of a suitcase anyway!

I had a little drama on my personal Facebook page that I think needs explaining. First of all, my personal page is just that–personal. I have the right to express my beliefs. I was complaining about all the confederate statues being removed or shrouded and many, despite making myself clear otherwise, attacked me as a racist and white supremacist. I am NOT a racist. I am NOT a white supremacist. Far from it. I was raised listening to my father being called a Spic and I’m part Cherokee so…  And I’m not a Republican or Democrat much to everyone’s assumption. I’m not happy with either side of the aisle and have a jaded view of all politicians. I’m a libertarian. My point was that I’m against history being erased or revised because we need to learn from our dark past rather than bury it. That way, we hopefully never again repeat the past. I feel like taking these statues down to soothe hurt feelings is the same as telling those overly sensitive people that we don’t have faith in them to confront and acknowledge our mistakes. Furthermore, when we do things like this, it only serves to divide us on racial lines rather than defining ourselves as a collective of humans who all bleed red and who all are (or should be) willing to embrace our past as a valuable teachable moment.

I DO understand the other point of view, but I believe people should respectfully disagree rather than attack with insults. 

Enjoy today’s Best of Erik. Tomorrow, I’ll post the rest of the series about God.

Me: Here’s a question about past lives and knowledge. “You recently said we do have struggles and things to learn in the afterlife. The reader who posed this question said he or she is glad, because otherwise we’d just get bored and want to come back to Earth. So, if once we’re there, and we access all we’ve learned in our other lives, then it seems like we would cease to be the being we were in our last incarnation.  It wouldn’t matter if we looked the same. So, who are we in the afterlife? I’m not sure if I totally understand the question.” Do ya’ll understand it?

Jamie (giggling): Erik does.

Me: Okay, good, cuz I don’t.

Erik: Don’t worry. Just because you can understand who you were in other lives, it doesn’t take away the character you built in the last incarnation. Honestly, it’s like a Rubik’s Cube. You make one adjustment, then every side—almost every side—of the cube changes, you know, the bulk of it.

Me: Okay.

Erik: But you’re still a Rubik’s Cube. No matter how many times you shift and move it, that’s still who you are. You’re still going to be you.

Me: Hm!

Erik: But you can adjust your viewpoint. Let’s call it viewpoint, okay Mom? And if it becomes confusing, I’ll explain it more. You can adjust the viewpoint to the last incarnation you had or you can adjust your viewpoint and tap into the incarnation you were in the 1400s and sloooowly just pull out that thread and get more into that character and that personality and that bit of history—or future.

Jamie (to Erik): Let’s not do that!

(She’s referring to his confusing rants about timelessness in the afterlife.)

Erik: Okay. Or, you can broaden your viewpoint and simultaneously, without overwhelming yourself, see more than one thread very clearly. It’s not like putting ingredients into a bowl and mixing them to create another substance. You put all of the ingredients in the bowl, but it’s still easy to pull out the flour and pull out the egg and pull out the milk, the salt and the sugar without interference from the other elements with it. Even when it’s mixed, you know, all of these threads, they’re wrapped around to make a rope. We are the rope in itself, but every thread is a life lived with different ingredients and elements.

Me: Fascinating. You’re so great with analogies, Erik! You make it so easy to understand.

Jamie (whispering as though in awe): I know!

Me: Wow.

Jamie: I agree with you. I so agree with you. Better than the other spirits that I chat with.

I beam with pride. That’s my boy!

Me: That’s why you can dumb it down for us, Erik. That’s what makes you such a great teacher.

Jamie (giggling): He’s saying, “Thank you,” and he’s showing me this image in my head. It’s a yellow ribbon, and it has the “For Dummies” in black like those books, “Meditation for Dummies,” “Tarot for Dummies.” Like he got the award from the dummies that he was the best dummy.

Me: Aw! Number one dummy! “And know the award goes to…”

Jamie laughs.

Me: Anything else on the subject?

Jamie (still laughing): He’s standing up on my couch pretending like he’s accepting an award!

Me: Aw.

Jamie (to Erik): Sit down.

Me: Yeah, don’t fall down and hurt yourself, Baby.

Erik: It’s so scary, the edge of the table. Oh, no, Mom!

We all get a big laugh out of that.

Erik: Yeah, you know, tell the reader that you can’t compare the afterlife to how you live your life now. The brain can’t wrap around it, and there’s a reason for that. We don’t want to wrap our brains around it. We’re not there. Why are we living somewhere where you consider to be the future instead of living in the Now? You know, HELLO PEOPLE. You’re human! Look at it. Look at the beauty of it. Step up!

Me: Okay. Ding?

(That’s our little signal that means”On to the next question!” in case you didn’t know.

Erik: Ding!

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  • Paulette Roberts

    That was so enjoyable to watch, so interesting and so much thrown in! Thank you all!

  • M&M

    To those impacted by Harvey, lots of love sent your way as you all start the recovery process, I cannot even imagine what that must be like. And Elisa, it took me a while to understand that my opinion was just that, my opinion, and not meant to be thrust on others unless the situation called for it. It took a certain level of awareness to realize that I hated it when others did that to me and therefore I should not do that to anyone else- no matter how much validity I “knew” my opinion had. It took time and dedication to learn “the softer approach” when dealing with people of differing ideals. Some people don’t have that awareness or the interest. Doesn’t make what they said right, and that would bug me to no end too, but hopefully it helps a little. This is the downside to the written public forum, but maybe with enough time, people will learn to be more aware.

  • Lorri Lewis

    I’m relieved that you made it back safely.

    As far as the statues, the decision is up to the individual communities they are located in. They belong to those communities; not to protestors who set out to destroy property.

    That said, knowing their history, I would like to see the communities decide to put them all into museums instead of staying in public squares. General Robert E. Lee was asked when he was older if confederate statues should be erected, and he said it was a very bad idea and would not be good for the South. These statues were not put up immediately after the Civil War. They were put up in the Jim Crow era when there was a concerted effort to harm Blacks . . . so those statues were not put up for positive reasons.

    It would be great if museums would welcome these statues, or perhaps one comprehensive museum dedicated to the Civil War could be built.

    That said, I’m hearing that some protestors want to go as far as to get rid of statues of the founding fathers because some of them had slaves. That idea is offensive for many reasons and they will make more enemies than they can imagine if they try it.

    • Lorri Lewis

      Oh, I need to add this.

      Elisa, I’m sorry you were called a racist just for having a discussion. That is what happens now. The word “racist” is carelessly and cruelly thrown at people now in order to shut them up. Rather than having discussions that need to happen, they just call people names and the exchange of thought stops cold.

      Even sadder, this tactic is rampant on college campuses these days. Remember when college was a place where all topics and opinions were thoroughly hashed out? Back in the day, only an idiot would use name-calling as a way to shut down ideas.

      • Exactly and it’s sad that college campuses, which used to be a bastion for free speech, not oppresses it.

      • animalfarm100 .

        Hi Elisa, please do not take those comments to heart. The earth is splitting off into different dimensions and the worst in people are coming out right now. You are the least racist person I know. I should know because I am a visible minority on many different levels. Heck, you don’t even mind dealing with ET’s and spirits for that matter. It just means so little as to what someone’s race is because we are all the same in our spirit form. These are simply skin suits that we wear. I’ve never seen this level of hysteria and over-reaction from people before. The fact that people have to hide their political views in order to avoid being accosted is insane. The same goes for people who claim to be channeling Erik and saying that he is evil. That is sooo outrageous! Erik has helped me and my friends and family tremendously in ways that one cannot even imagine.He has literally changed my life 180 degrees and the lives of my family and friends.

        You are doing this tremendous service for humanity and doing an amazing job of it. So, please do not listen to the negative attention. This is what happens when you become famous, which only means that you are successful in what you do. You then become the highest tower to tear down.

        With great gratitude,

      • Okay!

      • Rachel Nichols

        it is not outrageous! your sick in the head! and dont know it!

  • Léon Vrins

    Before bringing down statues we must ask ourselves for what reason they were erected. In most cases to honour the man or woman for what he or she did/accomplished. Next question is if they still deserve to be honoured. If not, I think the statue can be replaced by a brief story about that person whose statue is removed. History will not be erased by removing statues, because all history is written down. In my country, the Netherlands, we have the same discussion about the statues of some ‘heroes’, for example J.P.Coen who played an important part as employee of the V.O.C. in Indonesia. He was a mass-murderer, not to be forgotten but neither to still be honoured by statues or streetnames.

    • Patrick

      In the USA there have been strong efforts to get money for slavery, euphemistically called reparations. Problem is, slavery ended more than a century and a half ago. How many grandchildren of former slaves are alive today?

      Many Confederate leaders supported states’ rights versus central government authority. Principally for defending state sovereignty were they memorialized. Nobody has defended slavery since…..the 19th century?

      The current movement is ANOTHER attempt to undermine the president, a diversion and distraction tactic. Trump = agent for Russia or Trump supports neo-Nazis and racists. These ridiculous side shows are going to continue for years.

      • Callies’ Pet Human

        Also reincarnation… Those who were slaves in 19th century, if in other bodies today, may be different race, sex, nationality (one could even be Donald Trump. Who knows? Not me.) Ditto slaveowners from that era. Ironically then, it is possible for that someone who owned slaves in that era to receive reparations paid today, due to the metaphysical possibility they have changed races as part of the soul evolution process.

      • Patrick

        Money has no meaning or purpose for or to our souls.
        My grandfather was taken slave at gunpoint; where do I get the reparations?

      • Interesting concept!

      • Sad but true.

    • Rachel Nichols

      it isnt something you are supposed to think about! you know better!!!

      • Léon Vrins

        I don’t get it. What do you mean?

  • CT

    You called them over-sensitive pussies and that is also insulting. Much love to you

    • I know, but I didn’t direct it to any one individual. I AM human and very stressed by the disaster surrounding me, so I’m sure that was partly behind my venting.

    • animalfarm100 .

      But, what if that is an accurate description? I find it despicable when people use race as a sword and that is what is happening in America right now. Allow me to say on behalf of me and my friends, also visible minorities from different races, that the way that people are using race to shut down freedom of speech is offensive to us.

  • T Diaz

    Glad you and yours are safe and sound, Elisa.

  • Oscar Perez

    Wow! Nowadays, as tempted as I’m to voice my opinion on FB, I don’t because people have become very sensitive.

    Charles Barkley’s take on the statues is really amazing. No doubt he will be called a racist by many university students, but his statement below is simply priceless!

    “I’m not going to waste my time worrying about these Confederate statues,” he said. “That’s wasted energy. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things. I’m gonna keep trying to make a difference number one in the black community — because I’m black — but also [I’m] gonna try to do good things in the world. I’m not gonna waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what, and I’m not gonna waste my time worried about these statues that they’ve got all over the country.”

    So the proper response is to ignore the statues, Barkley was asked.

    “I’ve always ignored them!” he said. “Rick, I’m 54 years old. I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you asked most black people to be honest, they ain’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues. What we as black people need to do: We need to worry about getting our education, we need to stop killing each other, we need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that. Those things are important and significant. You know, I’m wasting time and energy [if I’m] screaming at a neo-Nazi, or [saying] ‘Man, you’ve got to take this statue down.’ ”

  • Elisa, don’t listen to those rants on your Facebook page. These people, and all of us, want racism to end, but just exploding like that and calling you a racist is just another form of racism! I agree with you; taking down these statues is hiding history away. And where history is not known, history is doomed to repeat. We must keep these atrocities that has happened in the past from ever happening again! I mean, look at Italy; you don’t see them hiding away statues of emperors Caligula and Nero because of the major atrocities that they have done in ancient Rome. And what they have done is much worse than what we are talking about with America!

    • Patrick

      Promoting racism has brought influence and money to more than a few people.

      • So true. I hate when people, especially politicians, play the race card, and they particularly target Blacks when they do. We enslaved the Chinese and forced them to build our railroads, yet society doesn’t frame them in a picture of victimhood by using the race card. In fact, Asians, free from the oppression of victimhood, often excel in our society. Focusing on differences does no on, particularly the collective, any good.

    • Wow, you’re right! It IS another form of racism! Little do they know that my first boyfriend, George Taylor, an engineering student at Rice University, was (and is) black. So there, peeps!

  • Sandy Olson

    I totally get what Elisa is saying. My take is that I feel both the Dems and the Republicans create and perpetuate this PC culture so the attention is off of them. Then, they don’t have to do any real work in Washington. They continue to pit American against American and it is disturbing. Removing a statue isn’t going to change our history.

  • MasiGaHo

    I honestly don’t know why I’m writing this on your blog at 11:50 PM MST, but I wanted to share my experiences with past-lives. My soul for some weird reason is always drawn to particular times and eras where humanity is facing a crises. I remember going through a past-life regression and standing in a place called Atlantis and watching this wall of water barrel down on us. All I can think of is, “This is it”. I looked over and saw a mother hugging her child by a fountain and there were cobble stone paths all around and that was it.

    Another life was in Egypt in the year 1330 BC, I was the son of a priest and priestess and somehow I was killed for penance due to the sins of my family. Well come to find out from research this was around the upheaval after Akhenaten’s reign. I guess my parents were followers of Aten and to redeem them, I had to sacrifice myself. I was only 18 or 19 years old. I was in San Jose a couple of years ago for work and my boss took our team to the Rosicrucian museum. I found myself answering all the questions posed by the guides it was weird. It took everyone in my group about an hour to go through the museum. I took an extra 30 minutes and I wasn’t done at all, I wanted to stay there all day. I felt at home and for some reason as I drew near Akhenaten’s exhibit a voice in my head said “I release you Akhenaten”. No idea what it means or meant till this day.

    Rome 200 AD, about the time the Roman empire started to come apart. I was a roman solider, and it so happened that I met my Centurion in that lifetime in a spiritual class I took in Salt Lake City UT. It was amazing, everything just came together, we were like old pals just hanging out. He’s about 30 years older than me in this life, but it was awesome when we met, our souls just knew and it was funny how quick we put two and two together.

    Another was as a civil war soldier, a confederate. Till today I keep thinking that the South should have won and heck I ain’t even white in this life.

    Most recent was a German soldier fighting for the third Reich and I knew I had to fight to defend my home. I was from Austria. I’ve always hated Nazi’s and the German language ever since I was a child and never knew why and now I know. I was killed when a bomb exploded right next to the tank I was close to as we were advancing on American positions.

    I’ve had peaceful lives too. One as a female little person in Poland, I’ve been a peasant Chinese woman in ancient China, I believe during the Qin dynasty. A Japanese woman, a pacific islander in Vanuatu, an Australian Aborigine. A gay Frenchman in the 16th century.

    In this my present lifetime, I’m a mixed mutt with so much rich history behind me, I kinda count myself like Tiger Woods. I’ve come to realize that perception makes our reality. If I were to see past the constructs put up by society I can see a person for who they really are, magnificent, wonderful and loving beings spiritual beings.

    Thank you so much for sharing Eriks life with the world. I started listening to your book on my drive to work every morning. Erik and I would have been good buds, even though I’m about 9-10 years older than him. Your audio book has been on my Amazon audible suggestion list for years, but I just picked up a month ago and started listening to it. I’m actually kicking myself now for not picking it up earlier. But there’s a reason and season for everything, I believe now is probably the right time for me to pick it up and start listening.

    Thanks again for sharing Doc!

    • What a wide variety in lives you’ve had!

      • MasiGaHo

        Yeah, it explains a lot about who we really are when examining past lives. I found myself contemplating the meaning of life when I was a child. I grew up in a very mixed religious family, my dad is Muslim and mom is Christian. On top of that I am a melange of different ethnic and racial groups but only 5% white according to my DNA analysis i.e.

        I wish people would get over the racial and ethnic components in today’s world. I honestly have never faced racism from white people, I’ve faced it from my own, but never the other way around.

        Anyways, I wanted to ask you a question though, in a meditative state several years ago I found myself looking at a future life. It was towards the end of the 21st century. It was a dystopian world and I was a black teen playing a form of basketball with my friends. It was just a glimpse but I was hoping if you had an article on your blog about the future. I believe the future is fluid and it can change according to our individual and collective energies. I just wanted to get your thoughts on it, since it would seem like the next century we’re going to be facing great upheavals on the earth. I hope I’m wrong, but I really don’t know about the future, since its so fluid.

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