Book Review, 11/2015

The “Multiple You” Universe: Sacred Science for the 21st Century by Cassandra Lea Martin, 2013, 254 pp

Book Reviewed by Howard A. Jones, Ph.D and author of Evolution of Consciousness, Fairhill Publishing UK, 2012

Reverend Cassandra has used her professional experience as a Christian minister to interpret what she has gleaned from the worlds of quantum physics, philosophy and neurology to show how these disciplines all relate to the same cosmos and our place in it. The author clarifies the significance of her title at the start of the book. As a mystic who believes in reincarnation, she sees herself as a part of the community of selves who have successively incarnated through past ages.

The next point she makes is that all these selves have helped shape the soul that she is now. It is a fundamental principle of the universe that each of us undergoes a succession of lives in order to refine and develop our individual souls which together comprise a communal soul – The Multiple You Universe. This spiritual evolution represents a reciprocal relationship with the Divine inasmuch as each of us is a constituent part of the Collective or Communal Soul that is the Divine, so that we are in the Divine and the Divine is within us. What form does the Divine Communal Soul take? It is a universal consciousness that has existed from all time and will continue through all time.

This inextinguishable consciousness appears on the Earth plane in folk tales and myths, which are as significant in their way as science because they represent the aesthetic dimension of the human spirit. From a rational point of view, scientists now talk in terms of a universal quantum field, or spiritus quanta as the author calls it, equivalent to Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere and Jung’s collective unconscious. The author urges that every individual needs to be striving towards Teilhard de Chardin’s omega point, the point where each of us communes constantly with the cosmic consciousness in everything that we do. This realm of cosmic consciousness was described by the ancients as the akashic field.

We, as individuals, need to make positive contributors to this cosmic consciousness through our intention to work continually for the greater good. Volition or intention is shaped by our belief or faith, which also defines our vision of reality – we all live in a self-created world, for the external world that impacts on our senses has to be continually interpreted by our beliefs. Consciousness is energy and energy is both eternal and universal.

Chapter 6 on The Eternal Now builds on ideas from Eckhart Tolle and Buddhism; we have past and future streaming in the two directions of one dimension but everything merges in the eternal now, each event with its infinity of possibilities. Although the author is formally a minister of the Christian church, her philosophy is predominantly spiritual rather than dogmatically religious, and she talks constantly of “Christ consciousness”. She points up the very important differences between the world explained by science, which is deterministic, and the world of quantum physics, which is indeterministic and random. In quantum physics we can determine “laws” only from a huge number of observations which help us to establish a pattern.

Chapter 9 gives us an overview of some of the most important features of science relevant to spirituality. The author recounts past life experiences under hypnosis. Apart from her initial meditative experience that recalled past lives, she recounts more formal sessions of PLR with a hypnotist. There is an interesting discussion about the possibility of consciousness within DNA, such that it continually shapes our lives in a much more active way than merely through our hereditary genetic makeup. This would provide a mechanism for the contention that consciousness is primary to material creation. We now know through the work of Bruce Lipton and others that DNA operates continually in the human body through the agency of RNAs.

Part of the thesis herein is that it is necessary to have an evolving God in place of the unchanging and intransigent God of western religion. In later chapters the author moves into the realm of holofields – universal fields of the energy of consciousness that help shape our souls.

This is a readable book, very approachable, containing a wealth of ideas that help forge links between rational science and mystical spirituality.