75 Lives of Haran: New Insights into Reincarnation provides new insights into reincarnation and the associated issues of karma and the soul. It tells the true story as experienced by me, a story full of ‘coincidences’ which determined the course of events. The lives described cover the period from the dawn of mankind to the distant future. Any conceivable life circumstances were encountered from the mundane to the exalted, from success to failure, from the plain and straightforward to the complex, strange and bizarre. This includes interactions with the past and the future and direct intervention with some of those lives via over-shadowing, walk-in and direct communication. Thereby a greater understanding is provided about our true nature and the complexity of spiritual reality. I believe that the regression stories encourage and empower us to live life with more meaning and purpose.
What prompted you to write this book?
Originally it was simply a desire to write about the workings of karma in our lives. I had reason to believe that my situation would lend itself to making a good case. However, the lives which were eventually revealed to me made it clear to me that other issues were more rewarding to explore.
Why did you choose the title?
The first part of the title ’75 Lives of Haran’ is quite obvious, I just report about 75 of some of my past and future lives and Haran is simply my spirit name (the lives are not really the lives of my present personality but the lives of my soul). The second part of the title ‘New insights into reincarnation’ refers to reincarnation being a lot more complex than is generally believed, which is one of the important conclusions from the book.
What do you mean by “New Insights”?
There are essentially three major aspects which are new or at least reaffirmed as significantly different to general beliefs.
The first insight is that karma is clearly not a straightforward linear cause and effect process going in linear time sequence through our incarnations. It appears rather to be an interactive effect among all past, present, and future lives simultaneously.
The second insight has to do with alternate realities which emerge at every decision junction, e.g. the decision to marry a particular person creates two subsequent lives, one in which the marriage happens in the present reality, and the other totally different life in which it does not happen and which obviously happens in another reality and which we are not aware of, but which we can delve into in our minds. This principle sets off an infinite web of alternate realities. A consequence of this is that we cannot be sure whether a past life of which we become aware happened in fact in our time line.
The third insight is that we can not only influence our future when becoming aware of where it is heading but also our past, which, of course, only makes sense when we accept
that time as we understand it does not exist and that everything happens simultaneously.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
There were the usual rejections which most publishers don’t bother to explain. Eventually I stumbled across the Strategic Book Group, which conventional publishing houses refer to derogatorily as ‘vanity publisher’. However, I have come to appreciate that publishing is a risky business and that the publisher and author should share the risk. I found my publisher thoroughly professional. Also their approach to roping the author into the marketing process and getting him to accept his responsibility in making it a success appears very sensible and productive.
Tell us something about yourself.
I grew up in Germany and became a mechanical engineer involved in designing mining machinery. Aged thirty I immigrated to South Africa which opened an exciting and controversial new world to me. I was still happily involved in working with ‘things’ which only changed after I retired. From there on I searched more consciously for the purpose of life which started a huge and rapid learning process. Particularly helpful were the exposure to the Theosophical Society, mountains of books, and a wonderful circle of spiritually minded fellow humans. Out of this grew my realization that we all need to contribute to the spiritual advance of mankind hence my engagement in life skill training for prisoners and the writing of this book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
It was not so much that I wanted to become a writer but rather that I wanted to convey insights about life which happened to require writing.
How do you go about writing?
I always have my best ideas just when I wake up. Then I record them as one aspect of the overall theme. Subsequently I engage in other activities until I get the next inspiration and only much later do I put it all together under appropriate headings which is, of course, the real slog.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book?
When I attended a writing class the teacher told us that we would have to read our manuscript 20 times to ensure it was properly edited, which prompted me to think ‘You must be joking’. As it turned out, I must have read it more like 30 times and I am sure if I read it any more I would still find things to correct.
The other significant message for me was to be careful about preconceived ideas about what reality is all about particularly if they deal with spiritual matters.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing, I enjoyed doing it.
What types of books do you like to read?
Generally I prefer book which expand my knowledge or which challenge my present concepts of reality.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
My next book is about the purpose of life. It is a deeper interpretation of what I am presenting as a life skill course for the purpose of moral regeneration.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Firstly I can’t claim from just having published one book to be an accomplished writer ready to dispense advice. However, I have learned to acknowledge that my way of writing can always be improved upon and that it is important to be self-critical to ensure that what I intended to say comes across clearly.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
I suppose it is really a question of who can benefit from my book. There would firstly be those who are interested in spiritual matters and ready to consider new concepts and, secondly, there are those who are skeptical about spiritual matters but willing to explore the validity of different views from their own.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?