Red Cells & Souls

A review of Eric Pepin’s views on the soul

As I’ve been listening and reading works by Eric Pepin and Higher Balance Institute, I’ve felt a bit compelled to give some of my own views on the works.

While I agree with some of Eric’s views, one view that I have aversion to, is his ideas about the human soul (or lack thereof.)

Persistence Beyond Death

One of the most common questions any spiritual teacher will be asked is, “what happens when we die.”  Everyone has a view on this.  Buddhists have a view that one’s consciousness is not the body. It exists and continues to exist.  Hindu’s similarly believe that one’s soul reincarnates or persists into Brahmin.  Christians believe in a Heaven/Hell eternal experience after death.  Modernists like Robert Monroe thought that we persist in a form of energy that is beyond all religious preconceptions (belief systems.)

Eric’s view is somewhat unique.  To me, his view on the soul feels nihilistic.  Eric states throughout his lectures that non-spiritually focused individuals (“Red Cells” as he terms them) melt back into the planet’s energy field.  They do not persist. They do not become one with God, they simply dissolve into nothing – their experiences are merged into the collective experiences of all those who past before them.

His view on this matter is detailed in his lecture “The Source Realized.”  

Soul Creation

I’ve talked about this in my review of his book “Handbook of the Navigator” to some extent.  Eric views the soul as something “created” by the seeker.  Without the seeker creating a soul, they do not persist beyond body death.

It is the spiritual seeker (what Eric Pepin terms “White Cells”) who with training, establish a soul that their memories and experiences will persist through.  Everyone else melts back into the ocean of collective memory (he likens it to a sugar cube melting in the ocean.)

What This Means

It takes many years, according to Pepin, for one to create the soul.  In this frame of mind, a five-year-old who dies prematurely, simply doesn’t move on. Doesn’t persist.  A mundane worker who never thought about the spiritual never persists after death.

Hence the reason I feel his beliefs are nihilistic. Just because I don’t like it, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s wrong though.  But if you continue with me, I think we can find some logic flaws with his philosophy.

Electrical Beings wanting Physical Manifestation

Before getting to the common complaints with this philosophy, let’s examine Eric’s own views and how they seem disconnected to this.  Eric Pepin states that in his world-view that electrical beings (non-corporeal) come to this dimension to manifest as physical beings, so they can experience life as we do.  He feels that they lack the sensory abilities we have and they desire to taste, touch, feel, see and hear.  They come here to have this experience.

If we take these premises as they are, they don’t align.

Consider these premises carefully:

  • Non-Corporeal beings desire to be in physical bodies to experience life as we do
  • All beings (God, entities, humans, animals, insects) want to survive
  • Those physical beings who don’t achieve a spiritual awakening (Red Cells) will not persist

By his own premises, we have a gap in logic.  Why would a non-physical being (who desires physical experiences) come here to manifest a body, when they know it’s most likely they will die with the body?

After all, all beings want to survive, according to Pepin.  This seems like a death wish. Like spiritual suicide.  It’s like a cosmic tourist brochure: “Come to earth, enjoy yourself with the experiences we have to offer… but when you die, if you didn’t create the soul you won’t be coming back.”

I suppose he could re-work his theology a bit and say that red cells are not from the electrical being – and white cells are.  I suppose he could modify his beliefs a bit.  But this isn’t in his teachings.  It also flows logically that if we can’t recall being non-corporeal beings before this life, we might make mistakes and become simple Red Cells in this body.  Which flows back into this logic flaw – why would any being want to take a chance of ending up as “nothing?”

It’s more logical to assume, that a non-corporeal being desiring a physical experience, returns to non-corporeal consciousness at the death of the body.

 Common Complaints

Above I covered some philosophical points of Eric Pepin’s that don’t seem to mesh up.  Now, let’s consider the complaints others have raised in reviews of his books.

Out of Body Experiences (NDE’s)

Many a review of Handbook of the Navigator (on Amazon), brings up this issue of lack of soul, asking “well then how do you explain Out of Body Experiences, like Near Death Experiences?”

Pepin does explain that in his book. He believes such individuals “remote view” at death.  Eric Pepin also has mentioned in the Handbook of the Navigator, that if this experience is only happening to a minority it isn’t real.

To these points I offer a counter idea:

  1. If one person has a verifiable experience, it’s enough.  Not everyone remembers their dreams, but we know dreams do occur, as some do remember them.  Similarly not all remember their NDE or OOBE.
  2. If this is remote viewing, on the part of the Red Cell (who isn’t a spiritually minded person), how did they learn to remote view without training?

It’s more logical to assume that if you believe in external perception, it is the result of consciousness being external to the body awareness.

Eric is very close to this view in other lectures.  He often brings up (such as in his lecture “The Source Realized”) the human body.  “If I cut off your arm, would your arm be you?”  When he talks about the body in that way, he’s using an ancient Buddhist analysis. Master Shantideva delves into this very subject, some 600 years ago.

The point in Buddhism in discussing that (and Eric’s point), is that YOU are NOT the BODY.  Where is “you?”  Is it in your finger? Your arm? Your brain?  If I removed your arm, would you stop being YOU?  No.  Where do you start and where do you stop?  Shantideva discusses this in depth (which I highly recommend reading.)

The secular folks (Red Cells) would say “I am my brain.”  This means when the brain goes, so do they.  Oddly, this is the view Eric Pepin is relating in the idea of the soul.

Weird right?

Eric tells us compelling ideas about the mind and consciousness. He explains our nature, God and the Universe… but then tells us we vanish at death (unless we create the soul.)  That sounds more “red cell” than “white cell” to me.  I mean no offense to Eric or his followers, this simply doesn’t compute.

Buddhists and Hindu’s who studied consciousness for 3,000 years believe that it exists beyond the body.  At death, the conscious mind remains.  One doesn’t “create” a soul, to persist it.  It is and always will exist.

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