Something interesting came up during last night’s Q&A in my SoulWorld Community membership program that I’d like to share with you.

One of our members asked about plastic surgery, and how the spirit world felt about it, which led to a discussion about the Guinea Pig Club.

This exclusive organization was made up of Royal Air Force aircraft crew who’d been seriously burned during WWII. They were patients of a remarkable New Zealand surgeon by the name of Archibald McIndoe, who set up a plastic surgery unit in a hospital outside of London in 1939.

Guinea Pig was an appropriate name for McIndoe’s patients. He experimented with a host of brand new techniques to reconstruct the faces of young men who’d been horribly disfigured by their injuries.

Early in the war, McIndoe noticed that airmen who came to him after being shot down in the Atlantic (as happened to my Uncle John, who was an RAF navigator, and later became the first spirit guide to work with me), had burns that were much easier to deal with than those who’d been shot down on land.

This observation led to the use of saline baths to ease the pain and speed up healing, something that’s still used to treat burns today.

He was a brilliant surgeon, but more than that, McIndoe helped his boys (as he called them) adjust to life after treatment. Members of the Guinea Pig Club benefited from his insights as a psychologist, as much as his ability to handle a scalpel. He encouraged them to spend time in the community during recuperation, and worked with all his boys to help prepare them emotionally for going back into the larger world.

Spiritually, what motivated Archibald McIndoe above everything else was something many old souls use to make a difference in the world: a desire for immortality.

A desire for immortality is chosen prior to incarnation when a soul wants to leave a legacy or create some kind of ripple effect in their upcoming life. It’s this desire that impels authors to write books or, like McIndoe, for physicians to save and transform lives.

There are only a few Guinea Pigs left alive, and the club was recently disbanded after more than sixty years. But Archibald McIndoe’s legacy will live on, and the positive karma he generated will ensure that he’s never forgotten.

I wonder, do you recognize the desire for immortality in yourself?