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Mary's Recognitions

Written by Charles Spiegel from Unarius Academy of Science 
Excerpt of Monography "Past-Life Therapy - The New Psychiatry"

Mary Kontoulas grew up in a somewhat harsh environment as the daughter of Greek immigrants. She became as tough as her neighborhood, but her humanitarian nature eventually drove her to seek some meaningful existence and she sought refuge in a Catholic convent, taking her vows and serving her fellow man by traveling around the world as a physical therapist aboard the hospital ship, "Hope." Mary saw plenty of suffering and hardship, and inwardly she knew that what the Catholic Church offered these people was not enough to end the cycle of misery. Her personal search led her to examine alternatives, including the teachings of the Rosicrucians. Then she came across books from the Unarius curriculum authored by Dr. Ernest L. and Ruth E. Norman, who founded Unarius in 1954.

Like so many others, Mary delved in with a mixture of curiosity, skepticism, and total, fascinated absorption. Months later, she emerged from her study with a new perception. What if I've lived before? she wondered. Who was I? What did I do? Eventually, she began to question why she'd become a Catholic nun, when all around her in the convent she saw pain and cruelty, just as she'd seen in the poorest countries in the world.

The answers began to slowly filter into Mary's awareness--and it should be kept in mind that she had not yet attended any Unarius classes. She had merely read some books and started thinking about the possibility that her consciousness did not die when her body did, and that she may have spent time "in school" between lifetimes preparing for her return, when her spiritual knowledge would be tested by the tribulations of life on Earth. Because of her open-mindedness, the logic and reason of reincarnation became a reality to her. With realizations came change. She soon left the convent, as her religious practices became less and less meaningful to her. She realized that she'd been drawn to the Church because of past-life associations with it, and now she was discovering the reasons for her problems, which she had been unable to accept previously. This would be the key to helping other people to free themselves from the psychic amnesia that crippled their ability to "see" clearly and enjoy life.

Today, Mary works long hours as a physical therapist, even though she is near retirement age. She has learned to use her studies of reincarnation physics, a science of life, energy principles which are basic to the evolution of all life forms. When Mary experienced a serious knee problem that required surgery, doctors warned that she would soon be confined to a wheelchair. But by applying the principles of this healing science, Past Life Therapy, Mary quickly flashed back to previous lives when she had been a fierce fighting man (yes, we incarnate as both men and women). She saw herself piercing and severing the limbs of her enemies. Her current pain and disability was the result or "feedback" from her negative acts toward others, she realized. But Mary did not stop with the mere recognition of her past. She experienced tremendous remorse for the violent acts committed against others in the past. In future lives to be lived, her knees would no longer cause her pain, due to her recognition of the cause.

But what has this self-honesty earned her in the present? Mary is not in a wheelchair. Her knees healed quickly from the surgery. Although she still experiences some pain, she is fully mobile, strong, and capable of caring for herself and others. Most importantly, her work has taken on a new vitality. She's less motivated by a dull, nagging, unrecognized guilt and is now able to function with complete awareness of her past-life association with her patients. They, too, are helped by her understanding of what had drawn them together. Now, with this knowledge, that former adversarial relationship is not re-expressed or inadvertently strengthened.

Mary felt deflated by the recognition that she had not been the humanitarian she so desired to be. But she also experienced the emancipation of facing the truth about herself. Change comes about when we recognize what it is-that needs to change. The mental pain resulting from flashbacks and realizations of oneself in a past lifetime is followed by the healing, soothing balm of inner peace of mind. Mary's flashbacks answered many questions--why she was born into a violent family, and why she sought refuge under the guise of a nun's habit to hide that old warrior from herself, and why she sought to help her former "victims" by working in the healing profession.

Hate does not dissipate simply through the passage of time; if two individuals once fought to a bloody death, they will inevitably return to face one another again--but circumstances do change.