From the spiritual point of view, organ transplants have serious consequences. One doesn’t merely acquire another person’s organ, but also part of their destiny – and the responsibility for it!
Our system of organ transplantation holds up a mirror to our society: grab what you can get, eat, booze, get stressed out and wound up, until one of your organs packs in. Then you go to the shop and buy a new one asap, with an upgrade on the old model whenever possible. Often, no regard is paid to expense, and just as little to origin (just as with food and money). The main thing is to get rid of the problem as easily as possible.
Of course, this might be slightly exaggerated. It may even feel like a slap in the face for those affected. Naturally, for most people, the waiting period for an organ is an emotional rollercoaster – flung back and forth between fear of death and hope for the gift of new life. Yet most organ recipients are not aware that the ‘new life’, which in their despair seems so promising, will always be that of an ailing patient. Not a single day will go by without swallowing innumerable tablets to suppress the immune system. Their lifestyle will undergo drastic change: not too much work and certainly no stress; no long journeys and no alcohol; having to follow a restrictive diet for a certain time, or indeed perhaps permanently, because of the medication. They won’t be able to keep pets or even have houseplants, for fear of germs that their suppressed immune systems wouldn’t be able to cope with. No contact with the sick – and being ‘sick’ starts with having the sniffles – and not a week or month will go by without constantly repeated visits to the doctor. On average, a new organ keeps going for seven years before the recipient finds himself at the same bleak point he started from: once again to go through the torture of waiting and hoping for a bit more life, or to bow to the inevitable and accept death.
No one who has received a stranger’s organ remains quite the same. Right from the start, immunosuppressive drugs distance them from their ‘ego’, leaving them in a kind of twilight state. Their very nature begins to change as the process continues. If they receive a substitute pair of lungs, it changes their perception of the world. Someone who was once active and alert can become apathetic and withdrawn, and vice versa. A new kidney can alter a person’s emotions, since the kidney is – astonishing as it may seem – an organ of love. The greatest changes are seen in those who receive a heart transplant.We have already described in detail the astonishing character changes that have taken place in heart transplant recipients.1 Most sense the presence of the donor nearby; some live as if with an invisible twin. There have been cases where lesbians turned straight; vegetarians became addicted to hamburgers; men in their sixties started snickering like teenagers and throwing up after every meal; cases where someone who only ever listened to rap and hip hop suddenly developed a life-long fascination with classical music.
Why does this happen? It’s because a person’s ‘soul’ permeates their every cell – a soul that consists of the thoughts, feelings, and memories which the person has produced in this and earlier lives, and which surrounds and permeates them in every new incarnation! With someone else’s organ, you get more than just a piece of flesh; you also get a piece of someone else’s soul – a stranger’s thoughts, capabilities, feelings, opinions, memories. The greater the difference between donor and recipient, the greater the dissonance created in the body of the transplantee.
The spiritual vibration too (consciousness) plays a significant role. If the average person receives an organ from someone who has already been through several initiations, and is therefore relatively spiritually advanced, this can lead not just to a strong transplant rejection, but almost to toxic shock – comparable to electrocution. The donor’s energy has a higher vibration and is connected with much higher levels: the recipient body just about collapses, unable to cope. Conversely, if a highly developed person receives an organ from someone who has a purely materialistic worldview, they will have difficulty holding on to their higher level, as the low vibrations from the organ bring them into resonance with duller levels. Seen this way, it is far less problematic replacing a body part with a mechanical prosthesis.
That’s not all, though. Organs speak the language of their owner. If an Indian, a Chinese, or a Russian comes along, it will lead to worsening integration problems. The root cause lies with the body elemental, that “spirit of the flesh” which in each incarnation naturally speaks the language of its master (the person living in its body).2 It has to be able to understand their thoughts, after all. It must always send part of itself along when an organ is transplanted, since the organ simply wouldn’t function without guidance. In the case of living transplantation, the problem is doubled: for one thing, the donor’s body will be handicapped for a while, because their body elemental is devoting part of its energy to something external; for another, there will be adjustment and understanding difficulties with the recipient. These become more pronounced the greater the disparity between the two as regards language, vibration, and cultural background.
The native body elemental absolutely does not want a stranger muscling in on it. This expresses itself in the body as the notorious immune system rejection reaction. During this whole process, the body elemental spirit undergoes changes (since after all ‘its’ body has changed). The transplantee may then have to change their diet in order to bring their body back into harmony. If, for example, they had received a kidney from an Indian, it might help them to eat Indian food for a while. Thanks to the donor organ, they too become partly Indian.
If the organ recipient adopts the right attitude, they can make the adjustment process easier. They should send the donor – whether that person is still living or not – thoughts and feelings of thankfulness every single day. They should pray for them every day. They should also show love and thankfulness to their own bodies, and meditate for their recovery and internal bodily harmony. This could lead to a weakening of the rejection reaction, meaning that they don’t have to shovel pills down any more. This would mean that the body elemental of the donated organ had departed, happy that ‘its’ kidney could be integrated into a new system.
Specifically in the case of heart transplants, an extra dimension has to be taken into account: that of the guardian angel. The donor is of course deceased, so the guardian angel accompanies the most important organ of its earlier charge to its new home. Wonderful, you might think – anyone undergoing a heart transplant could really do with two guardian angels. Guardian angels aren’t all gentle, harmonious creatures, though. It is often the case that the two simply cannot agree what is best for the patient. The person concerned may well feel more at odds with themselves because of that, than because of the fact that, well, two hearts, alas, beat in one breast: the physical heart of a stranger and their own, now only ethereally present. The situation drastically worsens if the organ recipient has knowingly accepted the heart of someone who was murdered for the purpose of the transplant – to speak nothing of the significant karmic consequences of such actions.
A donated organ brings not just alien thoughts, feelings, and memories with it into the recipient’s body: its new owner shares its fate as well. Its destiny is housed in the ethereal body and in the genes, which obviously can be found in every part of the body. In other words: accepting a stranger’s heart, liver or kidney means accepting part of a stranger’s karma as well. Not to mention the fact that their own lifetime is increased. Since their time had actually run its course, this means that they are spending longer on earth than intended. They can either spend this time hiding from life on the sofa, avoiding any further developmental experiences. Or they can accept that life on earth means constant learning – after all, the Earth is a planetary classroom – and that they have to pass more tests that otherwise would have been due in the next life. What makes this more difficult is having to do without the abilities one might have been able to develop in the time between death and a new life on earth.
Anyway, let’s get back to karma. During an organ transplant, the donor – if still living – suffers from a loss of karma; the recipient from an excess. It is possible that the recipient will have to work off some of the donor’s karma, having received it along with the new organ. For their part, the donor loses part of what they learned during their lifetime. In the case of a kidney transplant, the emotions, which belong to this area of karma, are blunted. A kind of blind spot is created there.
In any case, the donor and the recipient find that their fates are bound together. In the case of heart transplants, the (dead) donor accompanies the recipient for a while from within Kamaloka.3 If someone receives the heart of a murder victim, they are also going to get a lot of unprocessed, unfinished karma to deal with as well. The recipient’s task is then to help the donor bring their unfinished karma from this life to completion.
How can that be possible, though, when the donor isn’t even alive anymore? By meeting the donor at night, while their physical body is asleep.4 There, on the other side, they can help the donor to pay their karmic dues, so that they get a good start in the next life. The recipient is really duty bound to do this, and indeed should carry on with it for at least seven years. The corollary of this is that the recipient is now unable to work on themselves and their own karma while outside their own body, in higher realms at night. As a result, a transplantee will often become a stranger to themselves – cut off from their own destiny. Having received this cuckoo’s egg of a stranger’s karma along with the stranger’s heart, they now have to work out a symbiosis between their own karma and the stranger’s. It should be patently obvious that this can never be easy, especially when you are alienated from yourself by massive doses of immunosuppressants. It’s even harder when the donor is from another culture: the recipient is forced, in a sense, to live two lives at once. For the rest of their time on earth – even if mostly at night – they have to try and cut through this ‘karmic knot.’