Where was your soul before you were born? If your soul is immortal, did it have a "life" prior to birth? Did you choose your life and parents? Is reincarnation real? Elizabeth and Neil Carman, the authors of Cosmic Cradle, address these questions through interviews with adults and children who report pre-birth experiences (PBEs) not based on regression, hypnosis, or drugs. Instead, interviewees recall their pre-birth existence completely sober and awake.
In contrast to near-death experiences (NDEs), which have been well documented to show us what the soul experiences after death, PBEs throw light upon our lives before birth. People with NDEs sense that they "return home" when their spirits cross to the other side. What is the nature of this place we "return" to? PBEs suggest that we come from the same place we return to: we come from the Light and return to the Light. The same eternal "you" progresses through life before life, human life, and life after death.
This new edition of Cosmic Cradle explores your soul's journey into your mother's womb--where your soul comes from, the origin and purpose of your life, and the process by which you entered an earthly body. In pre-birth communications, parents meet a soul seeking to cross over from the heavenly realm to human birth. Persons with pre-birth memories recall existence in a luminous world before birth, in which they preview the upcoming life with a Divine Planner, and recall how they journeyed to their mothers' wombs.
Foreword by Bernie Siegel, MD
Introduction: Amnesia of Our Spiritual Origins
Part One: Pre-Birth Memory
1. Children as Messengers
2. Memories of the Cosmic Cradle
3. “I Was in Your Tummy Twice”
4. Scanning Soul Plans: Contemporary Pre-Birth Memories
5. Welcome to Planet Earth
6. Shirley Temple and the Blue Bird
7. Our Soul as a Tiny Spaceship
8. I Saw All My Costumes
Part Two: Pre-Birth Communications
9. Souls Waiting in the Wings for Birth
10. Soul as a Sphere of Light
11. Cosmic Conception
12. Miscarriages and Stillbirths in the Light of Pre-Birth Plans
13. Conversations with Unborn Children
Part Three: Pre-Birth Wisdom down through History
14. Spirit-Children Down Under
15. Lodge of the Great Manitou
16. The Cosmic Designer
17. Travelers from the Light
18. Journey from Forgetting to Remembering
About Elizabeth M. Carman
Pioneering prebirth consciousnesss researcher Elizabeth M. Carman, PhD, has taught meditation and personal growth since the 1970s. She has served on the faculty of Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa, and currently teaches at the Hindu University of America, Orlando, Florida.
About Neil J. Carman, Ph.D.
Neil J. Carman, PhD, former faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, is a botanist and environmentalist. The recipient of 15 environmental awards, he is a state and national environmental policy leader working for the Sierra Club on improving air quality in Texas. In addition to his research in the natural sciences, he has also taught courses in comparative studies examining the scientific basis of consciousness and meditation. The author lives in Austin, TX.
"Cosmic Cradle is such an enjoyable read and not just a dry esoteric or academic study. It is a beautifully crafted book with an almost universal appeal. Mothers will love it, fathers will be engrossed by it and grandparents will wonder at the cyclic patterns described by these young children."
—Peter J. Morris, alternative blogger, writer, researcher
“Cosmic Cradle is a must-read for everyone who has forgotten the life of their soul before birth. A penetrating and insightful inquiry into one of the greatest mysteries of existence—where we come from, who we are, why we are here, and why we forget.”
—Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Seven Paths to God and Minding the Body, Mending the Mind
“Modern research into the nature of consciousness is revealing a consistent picture: consciousness is nonlocal or infinite in space and time. It is not confined to the brain, the body, or the present, as many have believed. Cosmic Cradle puts a human face on this research. This fascinating book will bring comfort to anyone concerned about our origins and destiny—and who isn’t?”
—Larry Dossey, MD, author of The One Mind, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words
“Cosmic Cradle gives me chills of recognition. This book is the truth. And I found it both an affirmation and huge inspiration.”
—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“I love the concept of Cosmic Cradle. It relates most completely to the unequivocal reality of reincarnation, an essential understanding of life. Pre-birth memories and memories of previous incarnations continue to help us understand our complex Cosmos.”
—C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, author of Energy Medicine
“Cosmic Cradle is a stunning achievement, comprehensive in scope, 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.… This work of encyclopedic proportions is the rare fruit of forty years of passionate and scholarly exploration of human consciousness, the neglected
stepchild of twentieth-century psychology. Elizabeth and Neil Carman have thrown open a golden door.”
—David B. Chamberlain, PhD, author of Windows to the Womb: Revealing the Conscious Baby from Conception to Birth and The Mind of Your Newborn Baby
“Cosmic Cradle gives us a wider lens through which to view the questions every child asks—where did I come from and how did I get here? Cosmic Cradle is fruitful reading for couples planning to have a child, for parents, and family life educators. Thank you Elizabeth and Neil Carman for compiling this tome!”
—Jeannine Parvati Baker, coauthor of Conscious Conception: Elemental Journey through the Labyrinth of Sexuality and author of Hygieia: A Woman’s Herbal and Prenatal Yoga and Natural Childbirth
“An extraordinary research work, yielding a quasi-encyclopedic treasury of evidence for the soul’s preexistence. Cosmic Cradle makes it clear that pre-birth communication has been known and recorded throughout history and across cultures worldwide.”
—Elisabeth Hallett, author of Stories of the Unborn Soul and Soul Trek: Meeting Our Children on the Way to Birth
“Occasionally one comes across an exceptional book. Thus is Cosmic Cradle. Spanning the whole of recorded history up to contemporary times, Elizabeth and Neil Carman have collected and then shared with us the lesser-known mysteries surrounding conception, pregnancy, and birth. They have unveiled the soul in all its splendor and glory, and done so with meticulous care and irrefutable scholarship.”
—P. M. H. Atwater, LhD, author of Children of the New Millennium and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Near-Death Experiences
“Cosmic Cradle points out that the individual must search for the fulfillment of his own truth and depend upon that for his illumination. Cosmic Cradle is marvelous, a rare privilege, a tremendous teaching.… It opened new vistas and new horizons. It is a work of illumination. Thank you for the great opportunity to expand my consciousness.”
—Murshida Vera Justin Corda, PhD, founder of New Age Sufi Schools, author of Cradle in Heaven and Holistic Child Guidance
“Cosmic Cradle offers an extraordinary collection of stories shared by families who experienced pre-birth memories and communication from both the parent’s and the baby’s points of view. Their portrayals of the incarnation process from spirit to human realms are supported in the
book by the timeless understandings nearly every culture has had—that we are conscious spiritual beings coming into human life with purpose and design. We are at a tipping point in Western thought, moving from Newtonian views into a consciousness-based understanding of our core
spiritual nature. Cosmic Cradle inspires us forward into the new, yet ancient wisdom of that core nature at the beginning of life.”
—Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN, author of Welcoming Consciousness: Supporting Babies’ Wholeness from the Beginning of Life
“Cosmic Cradle is a global mind transformer. Not only is it a masterpiece in how it is written with such clarity, interest, and organization, but the scope of its contents is pointedly destined to change our ideas about life. The evidence is stacked up too high in this book to dismiss its message of the soul’s immortality.”
—Susan Herzberger, author of On Becoming Enlightened
“Cosmic Cradle is an unique book with a soul-inspiring subject matter. This book has the potentiality of awakening consciousness and enriching the human relationships of millions.”
—Swami Dharmananda, director of the International Vishwaguru Meditation and Yoga Institute, Ved Niketan Dham, Rishikesh, India
“I was amazed at the breadth and depth of the information which this book contains. It elevated my understanding of the subject to an entirely new level, and revolutionized my ideas, not only about the consciousness level of the in-utero baby but the extent to which mother and child can communicate and interact.”
—John W. Sloat, host of www.beyondreligion.com and author of A Handbook for Heretics
"Beauty, poetry, clarity: authentic convincing research."
—Reverend Lucille M. Rosen, PhD, director of Healing Process Workshops, New York