Have You Lived Before This Life

Have You Lived Before This Life

"Have You Lived Before This Life" is a Scientology / Dianetics book published by L. Ron Hubbard in 1960.

It purports to be a collection of "forty-one actual case histories" of reincarnation and past-life experiences, gleaned from auditing with an e-meter at the Church of Scientology's "Fifth London Advanced Clinical Course" held in 1958.cite web | title = More on Have You Lived Before This Life by L. Ron Hubbard | work = The L. Ron Hubbard Bookstore | publisher = Church of Scientology | url =]

Scientology's official website says of the book: "The major portion of the book is devoted to the auditing case histories of individuals, detailing their memories of past lives. These case histories graphically show how a person’s attitudes and actions in present time can be affected by incidents in his or her past lifetimes. They also document the improvements that occurred when such incidents were addressed and run out in auditing." Their promotional text for the book also goes on to note that the book answers important questions such as:

* "How does a thetan behave when the body dies?"
* "When and how does a thetan pick up a new body?"
* "What causes someone to have a "famous person" fixation?"

The book has been consistently in print until 1989. There are still copies for sale but it is not currently offered for sale today by Scientology's Bridge Publications and New Era Publications websites. There was no new edition in 2007 although 18 new editions of earlier Scientology books came out.


Journalist Paulette Cooper, a critic of Scientology and the target of harassment and a failed frameup for writing her book, "The Scandal of Scientology", stated in her review of "Have You Lived Before This Life":

"Most of the Scientologists who relived their past lives believed that they had once been plain people, or very often space people, and for plots, their histories read like a type of science-fiction sadomasochism. Many of the preclears believed that they had lived on other planets ... One preclear remembered that when he was in another life and was five years old he was "already on the lookout for brothels," by fourteen or fifteen had learned all about "sex and homosexuals," and by sixteen had killed his father, baby, and captain, breaking up the body of the last, before finally being taken away to the "Zap machine" where he was decapitated and his arms and body placed in a space coffin." [cite book | last=Cooper | first=Paulette | authorlink=Paulette Cooper| title=The Scandal of Scientology | publisher=Tower Publications | year=1971 | url = http://www.clambake.org/archive/books/tsos/sos.html |chapter=4. Have You Lived Before This Life? | chapterurl=http://www.clambake.org/archive/books/tsos/sos-04.html]

Unpublished sequel

Hubbard, who was extremely enthusiastic about the project, announced a sequel called "Where Were You Buried?" was in the works. He instructed his auditors to check all preclears for recent deaths, and then to physically locate their place of burial. The book was never released. ("Ability", Number 114)

Proper title

Some editions of the book have a question mark in the title, but most, including the first printing, do not. Later editions added the proper question mark missing from its title in the original printings. Adding to the confusion, some editions use the question mark on the dust jacket but not on the book itself.

ee also

* Scientology bibliography



*"Ability" (Scientology newsletter) number 114.
*cite book | last=Miller | first=Russell | authorlink=Russell Miller| title=Bare-faced Messiah, The True Story of L. Ron Hubbard | publisher=Henry Holt & Co | location=New York | edition=First American Edition | year=1987 | id=ISBN 0-8050-0654-0 | url = http://www.religio.de/books/bfm/bfmconte.html |chapter=14. Lord Of The Manor | chapterurl=http://www.religio.de/books/bfm/bfm14.html| page = p.238

External links

*New Era Publications: Have You Lived Before This Life? waybackdate | site=http://www.newerapublications.com/trade/titles/hylbtl.htm| date=20070701072407
*Scientology Library: Have You Lived Before This Life? waybackdate | site=http://www.lronhubbard.org/p_jpg/book/html/SL12M.HTM | date=20061014000608

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