Bestselling author, Barbara Graham, joins Raghu to discuss the mystery of reincarnation and past lives in relation to trauma, fear, and collective karma.
Barbara Graham is the author/editor of the New York Times bestselling Eye of My Heart: 27 Women Writers Reveal the Hidden Pleasures and Perils of Being a Grandmother, her non-Hallmark take on the complexities of being a grandparent in the 21st century. She’s also the author of Women Who Run with the Poodles: Myths and Tips for Honoring Your Mood Swings, a national bestseller that offers a satirical look at the dark side of the self-help movement. Barbara’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at theaters around the country.
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What Jonah Knew // Reincarnation & Past Life Experiences
Welcoming bestselling author, Barbara Graham, to the Mindrolling podcast, Raghu invites her to share what first got her on the path of Buddhism and Nonduality. Through this lens, they explore how the spiritual perspectives of reincarnation and past life experiences play a deep role in her upcoming novel, What Jonah Knew.
“We are not this body and we are not what we learn to believe ourselves to believe.” – Barbara Graham
Mark Epstein & Raghu merge eastern spirituality with western psychology, on Ep. 424 of Mindrolling
The Mystery of Reincarnation (18:01)
Exploring the concepts of death, rebirth, and some sense of karmic continuity, Raghu shares what he intuited about the process of reincarnation through spending time with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba (Maharajji), in India in the early 1970s. From here, Barbara shares how she skillfully intertwines the concept of reincarnation and past-life remembrance in children into her current writing.
“One time K.C. Tewari said to Maharajji, ‘Why are you doing this? What is this about?’ And Maharajji said something like, ‘There’s no way to understand that with your head…but we’ve been together for 77 lifetimes!'” – Raghu Markus
Ram Dass explores the great mystery of reincarnation, on Ep. 62 of Here & Now
Ancestral Trauma, Collective Karma, & Navigating Fear (38:01)
Speaking to the role ancestral trauma and collective karma play in our daily lives, Raghu prompts Barbara to share her deep connection with these facets of spirituality, before circling back to how she is able to translate these lofty concepts into digestible and entertaining writings. To close, they explore how to navigate fear in the great mystery of life and death.
“It’s really helpful to remember to try to hold the longer view, because it’s so easy to shrink the view and get caught up in the story and the crisis du jour.” – Barbara Graham