Dr Joel Whitton is a Canadian psychiatrist who in 1974, at the age of twenty-eight, performing hypnotic regression on a volunteer called Paula Considine, “stumbled upon the bardo”. He had already conducted many past life regression sessions, but “it had never occurred to him that active life goes on between incarnations”.
The Tibetan term bardo generally indicates the intermediate state between a death and a possible rebirth, what Whitton calls “interlife”. Paula in a deep trance was recounting a past existence in which she was named Martha, when Dr Whitton interrupted her saying: “Go to the life before you were Martha”. Then she started describing herself “in the sky”. “I’am… waiting… to… be… born”, she said to the astonished psychiatrist. “Could it be that Paula's unconscious mind was somehow tapping into the fabled bardo of the ancient Tibetans?”.