Cosmic Cradle by Elizabeth and Neil Carman

Publication Details

    Cosmic Cradle by Elizabeth and Neil Carman
  • Author: Elizabeth CarmanNeil Carman
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Format: Paperback


It says a lot about modern society that most people only start to ponder the meaning of life once they are faced with their own demise.

Is there is an after-life? Do we re-incarnate at some later date and place? These complex questions are dealt with so much better in Eastern cultures and we in the West have a great deal to learn from them.

However, not all is lost. In the book Cosmic Cradle, authors Elizabeth and Neil Carman present their research into pre-birth states in a way that challenges the ideas that we experience just one single lifetime and that religious concepts regarding Heaven are out-moded.

Cosmic Cradle is, essentially, a composition of anecdotal recollections by parents, drawn from their own children’s descriptions of pre-birth states. They are arranged in sections, covering different themes.

These include stories of children’s pre-birth recollections, soul memories, re-incarnation, pre-life planning, premature or cot death and fetal communications inside the womb. The book draws no conclusion about the religious implications of its findings. Instead, the authors point to historical and earlier philosophical beliefs in a pre-natal state from a more enlightened period in human history.


Cosmic Cradle  has been universally acclaimed by a large number of experts in this field of research—and rightly so!

This is a book that manages to tread a fine line between circumstantial evidence and dogmatic supposition. Of course, there is no definitive evidence that what these children are saying is true. However, the sheer mass of common threads in their stories is enough to shake any reader’s perceptions about the nature of life and death.

Some of the stories in Cosmic Cradle are extremely sad and upsetting. Others are uplifting and enervating. Some  contain both of these, giving the strong impression that death is simply a prelude to life—and not the other way around.

Most of the children whose recollections of their pre-birth conditions quoted in this book are very young. In most cases, their openness and honesty about their lives in heaven or in a happy pre-birth location are, to them, quite unremarkable.

To their parents, their stories of earlier lives being in the same family or of watching their parents copulate and conceive prior to their physical birth runs contrary to all currently socially accepted norms.

This book is a roller-coaster of a ride. One that tugs at the reader’s heart-strings and even credulity at times.

I found myself having to digest it small amounts, savoring its wisdom and taking in morsels of it at a time while wiping away an occasional tear and then laughing helplessly at the apparent lunacy of the many synchronious events witnessed by the parents of the children involved.

Throughout its pages, the beauty of these children and the sheer personal integrity of the parents in the way that they deal with these metaphysical bombshells shines through, leaving the reader with a wonderfully uplifting experience.

Cosmic Cradle is such an enjoyable read. It is not just a dry esoteric or academic study. It is a beautifully crafted book with an almost universal appeal.

Mothers will love it. Fathers will be engrossed by it. And grandparents will wonder at the cyclic patterns described by these young children. Cycles of death and rebirth that they probably always suspected existed within their own ancestral heritage but weren’t quite sure how to express then.

If you are looking for a real insight into the nature of life, death and the evolution of the human soul, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book to you… whatever your age or religious disposition!



Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by North Atlantic Books.