Reincarnation? Heck Yes

This is me pondering the universe from my home in Cebu, Philippines. I have always felt a connection beyond my current body. Reincarnation is part of that connection.
This is me pondering the universe from my home in Cebu, Philippines. I have always felt a connection beyond my current body. Reincarnation is part of that connection.

A fellow hubber, Robert the Bruce, recently wrote me an email asking if I believed in reincarnation. I couldn't answer his email right away with anything other than a short and incomplete answer. I was teaching an extra load of classes this last month at the college where I'm a professor of information technology. My email remained unfinished for more than a week. I finally decided that I needed to write an article out of my answer.

Even though I grew up in a Southern Baptist household (my mother's father was a Southern Baptist minister and former missionary to Africa), my father was an explorer for Truth. He wasn't satisfied with the Baptist dogma. He read constantly of Edgar Cayce, Bhagavad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi, and more. My mother was a little put off by all this stuff. She listened politely to him reading some of this material out loud. When he did, my brothers and I would be attracted to the living room like magnets. Listening to these stories of reincarnation felt like water being poured onto a dry and hardened sponge. I couldn't explain why it felt so good.

This book doesn't focus on reincarnation, but it reveals the reasons why reincarnation can be a part of God's plan for us.
This book doesn't focus on reincarnation, but it reveals the reasons why reincarnation can be a part of God's plan for us. | Source

Stories of Old

One story has stuck with me all these years of an old monk who told his students that he was about to die and to come get him in 4 years. He described the small town and the house where they would find him. Four years later, they traveled to the town and the house and found the parents of a 4-year-old boy. The monks told them of their master and said that they would like to come back for the boy in a couple of weeks. The parents were deeply honored to have given birth to such a prestigious person.

After taking the boy back to the monastery and giving him the old master's room, with the same prayer rug, cups and prayer roll, the young boy started to remember. All of the old lessons filtered back into his mind—the spiritual source seeding the young biochemical machine called the brain. I now suspect that when full Enlightenment (spiritual identity) is achieved, that continuity of consciousness can bypass the brain altogether, though it may still use it as a switchboard for controlling the body.

Is this Truth? Somehow, I suspect not. It might be close; it might not be close. It seems far truer than many of my older ideas. But unlike physical science, working with memories and spiritual things is far messier.

When I worked as an artist in Hollywood, one of my employers was a former Indian Jew who had migrated from that Asian country as a young adult. She remarked once that the headlines in India were far different from American headlines. In America, scandals rule the headlines; in India, spiritual breakthroughs are the norm. One article she remembered reported that a 5-year-old boy had contacted his former wife because he felt guilty for not telling her about his hiding place of the family gold before he had died. When finally he told her, she was happy, and he could place his full attention on being a 5-year-old boy.

Personal Experience

When I was about 10, my mother had a severe ear ache one day and, being relatively poor, going to the doctor was not an easy option. My father had read the book Dianetics and asked her if she wanted help with her ear ache. Reluctantly, she said "yes."

I remember that day clearly. It was the day my brothers and I had to fix our own dinner. We hadn't learned to cook, so it turned out to be sandwiches. A few hours later, my mother emerged from their room looking more beautiful than I had ever seen her before. The earache was gone. The past life incidents which had powered the physical pain were discharged so that the body could heal itself.

Not long after that, my father quit his job at El Paso Natural Gas and took a teaching job at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. This would give him three months paid vacation so that he could look for a job in the Washington, DC area. He wanted to move the family closer to the Scientology headquarters in the nation's capital so he could study there. Scientology was an extension of Dianetics and spirit-based, so it was in every way a religion. In those days, it was far less controversial.

When finally we moved from West Texas, we lived in an old farm house in rural Maryland while my father looked for work. We almost ran out of time, but he found a job working at a company called Documentation Incorporated (Doc Inc, for short). He worked at the NASA facility handling their contract for the government's space agency.

Through junior high and most of high school, my life was pretty ordinary. This changed, though. During my summer break after junior year and throughout my senior year, my brothers and I took classes at the Scientology center in Washington. My grades had almost always been A's and B's until my senior year. Because I was taking classes every evening, when other students were doing their homework, my grades slipped. In English literature, I made my first ever D's—nearly failing. I wasn't surprised. Most of the homework was heavy reading and equally heavy memorization. I hated memorization. I remember even now that one of those assignments included Shakespeare's sonnet 116. I needed help and let my parents know.

They suggested that I get some Scientology counseling. I remember shrugging and thinking to myself, "Why? What could that possibly do to help?" I was hoping they would suggest that I no longer take classes in the evening. Now, I'm glad they didn't.

The Scientology counselor, or "auditor," was a soft-spoken young man named David Aldrich. He asked me questions while I held two soup can electrodes attached to a sensitive, electronic meter. After one session, I was still skeptical. How could this possibly help me? Mid-term exams were in a little over a week, and I was anxious about my prospects.

A second session left me feeling more relaxed. We had contacted a number of past-life memories. Each contact was a fleeting glimpse—just long enough to discharge some of the emotional energy attached to them.

During the next week at school, something remarkable happened in English literature class. I took prodigious notes in my usual fashion, but my mind seemed to be soaking up the details like a sponge. After the exam, the teacher announced that only one person had made an "A." That student had been me.

Over the next several years, my experiences with Scientology counseling gave me even more startling insights into my own past lives. Before I left Scientology in the 1980s, I had contacted thousands of past life incidents. The spiritual unburdening resulted in many spiritual miracles and dozens of physical miracles.

Memories of a past life? This is the story of one woman who saved the future of civilization 6,000 years before our own history began. Available Summer 2015
Memories of a past life? This is the story of one woman who saved the future of civilization 6,000 years before our own history began. Available Summer 2015 | Source

Tale of Atlantis Lost

Perhaps the most profound example of reincarnation, for me personally, involved my long fascination with Plato's Atlantis.

I had been writing a novel about one woman who had lost everything when Atlantis sank. But she was helping others to start again. At a site in the Mediterranean for a new town, she was helping to consecrate the ground when the last of the refugees arrived. one of them remained near the ship looking out to sea. As I wrote this scene, the room suddenly darkened and the scene I had thought I had been imagining was playing out before me as vividly alive as if it were happening in the present.

Suddenly, I recognized the man as my own true love who I thought had died. Just as suddenly, I felt tears flowing down my face in rivers. I had never before experienced such a flood of tears and had thought such descriptions to be an over exaggeration.

Here, I was feeling an emotion stronger than anything I had felt in this life coming from either mere imagination or an ancient memory nearly 12,000 years old. I choose to think it was the latter.

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Science and Reincarnation

But reincarnation is more than merely newspaper clippings, or vague thoughts that could be memories or just as easily imagination.

One scientist dedicated much of his professional life investigating the subject of reincarnation. Dr. Ian Stevenson published a book in 1966 entitled, Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. Even after his death others, including Dr. Jim B. Tucker, continue his work at the University of Virginia.

I cover some of the more interesting aspects of reincarnation in my article, "Reincarnation Stories: Proof that We've Lived Before."

Reincarnation Poll

What is the nature of reincarnation?

  • Each person is a spiritual individual who can inhabit one body after another.
  • Each spirit can inhabit only human bodies, one after another.
  • Each spirit is part of a larger, broken spirit, so personal identity means little.
  • Reincarnation doesn't exist.
  • I don't know.
  • Other (please discuss in the comments section, below).
See results without voting

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26 comments

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Buildreps 22 months ago from Europe

Great information about this issue, lone77star. Reincarnation is hardly a believe, it's a mathematical fact. You might know 'The God Series' of Mike Hockey. It provides overwhelming mathematical evidence how the Universe really constructed, and how reincarnation takes part in this process.


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Say Yes To Life 22 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

I am new to the concept of reincarnation. I've often heard of it growing up, but was taught it's not true. My current flashbacks from inadvertently joining a cult have led to me questioning everything I'd been taught, so I'm considering it. I've noticed all my life, I've been attracted to various factors that most African Americans from the ghetto don't even think about. It makes me wonder if I lived in those places and times.

For example, when I wrote my series on the 10 most practiced religions, some were easier to write than others. Obviously, the Abrahamic faiths were the easiest, since that's what I was raised with. Hindu and Buddhism were the hardest. I was shocked at how easy it was for me to write about Confucianism and Shinto! Apparently, I must have lived in Japan in another life. I'd always found Japanese people attractive, and some people have even said I look slightly Japanese.

I need to look more into this! Thanks for this fascinating hub!


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Buildreps. Thanks for the exciting information on Mike Hockey. I'll have to look into it.


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, Yoleen. I hear you on cults and other factors. I've had my share of such things.

Southern Baptist seemed foreign and uncomfortable to me, even at age 3. The tales of reincarnation seemed to open doors in my mind.

Like your attraction to Japanese, I've long had an attraction to Atlantis and people with red hair and freckles.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

I saw your hub come up in my feed a few days ago and then lost it. I wanted to read it and comment on it and it finally showed in my feed again.

I answered your poll as other because I have been on another planet in that life form. it was a humanoid type form except I was blue and my extremities were elongated. There were two suns and they were orange an all the plants were all green and moe like a jungle than anything else that I can recall.

I had a past life regression way back about 22 years ago. I still have the cassette tape! I have lived several lifetimes and in each I was rayyypeeed. I was also of high status or wealthy or lived in a wealthy family except for one. I was on teh street of London and went to the back of peoples houses where they would feed me with their left over scraps.

I want to ask you when and what schoo you went to in or near Washington D.C. I lived in Friendly, now Fort Washington just about 15 miles south of Washington D.C. from 1968 to 1977.

Do you think people in the present life pass around or near or even meet each other from their past lives? I know of soul groups too.

BTW I grew up Welsh Baptist, converted to Methodist, then again converted to Roman Catholic and now I do not belong to any organized religion or 'faith'.

Life sure does get interesting!


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Yes, Lady G. It does get interesting.

I suspect that we are magnetically attracted to each other along the lines of past experience and interests. But that might be only one dynamic involved. We may also have several (hundred?) vectors of karma begging to be resolved.

I went to a junior high school in Bethesda for a year (1962-63), but I don't remember the name. I remember I lived on Clue Drive and today the sky is blocked by thick, old trees that were either young or were not there when I was a new teen. I then went to Broome Jr. High in Rockville, MD. Later, I went to Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville and graduated in the top 10% of the class (barely). That was from 65-66, 66-67 and to 67-68.

We left for North Africa to join Scientology's Sea Org the day after I graduated from high school. That was an interesting experience, but lasted only a few hours aboard the Scientology Flag Ship. Not long afterward, we spent a couple of weeks in England and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue Scientology. From the mid-80's to mid-90's, I studied Buddhism.

I suspect that there are several people who share some of the same past lifetimes that I did. We had too much spiritual stuff to resolve and the soul shattered again, breaking down the problem into smaller pieces.

What I understand of reincarnation, now, is that we will eventually merge into one spirit -- the creature or child of God.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Ah so you were at the other side of Washington D.C. What a wonderful experience you have had. We are experience junkies, someone once told me.


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Yep, experience junkie. And now I'm trying to make it more about other people than myself. It's hard, but it's worth it.


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Say Yes To Life 22 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

You guys, check out this link:

http://www.pastlife-test.com/

I took the test. It said I was a princess born in Newcastle, England, in 1578. That part makes sense. What doesn't make sense is that it says my castle was attacked, and I had to hide in the forest, where I died of starvation. Since I've never had issues with food, that doesn't seem likely to me.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Say Yes To Life Just because you had a food issue then does not necessarily mean that you will carry that to the next life. Perhaps that was Karma from a previous life before that last one and you fixed it. We can carry Karma through many lifetimes and they get fixed in a variety of lessons. Have you read my hub that has my experience of going to heaven?


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Buildreps 22 months ago from Europe

Hahaha, Say Yes To Life. Save us this bullshit :)

This pastlife-test.com is as fraudulent as hell, because they threaten you to go to hell if you don't share it with your friends, after you've taken the test.

I was a fortune teller on a fair :D I was "Enoch Baltazar Aldebaran", and born in the city of Ankara around year 1864. I checked this on Google, and there were many others who were this guy as well.


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Say Yes To Life 22 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

Buildreps - LOL!

LadyG - I'll check it out.


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Fascinating. There are some who will try to take advantage of any topic of interest. For those of us who don't think like them, such behavior can seem a bit bizarre. But it's one method of making money. Can't slight them for their creativity.

All you need is a database and a slew of canned answers. I'm running it now and one obvious flaw is asking for birth date and sign of the zodiac. But their program seemed to purposefully leave out my sign. Curious.

Buildreps, looks like you and I share a past life, according to their database. "The pseudonym you used was 'Enoch Baltazar Aldebaran.' You were born in the city of Ankara around year 1864."

Fake. I'm sure I could come up with a niftier fake with some expert programming.


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Debra, wow! Thanks for the link. I feel as though a huge load has been lifted from me by reading this. A work of soulful art.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

christian do not believe in reincarnation but buddhist do


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Lady Guinevere 22 months ago from West Virginia

Peachpurple, that is not always true.


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capncrunch 22 months ago from New Orleans

I find this topic interesting and a well written hub. I listen to talk radio late at night at times. I became hooked while driving at night when I found this station talking about paranormal subjects. And music didn't seem to keep my interest enough to alert my drive. Last night I heard researchers talking about deja vu and couldn't help but think back to how that may be associated with reincarnation. I'm really not sure how I feel about reincarnation but I have definitely experienced deja vu. In fact, so often, that I know I will experience it again.

I read a response you wrote about how religion benefits you and your answer is what caught my attention. You answered tastefully. That's usually what I want to do also. So many seem like debating is the only true motive in mind. But, when we keep love in mind it's so much easier to have a decent dialogue. We may have our disagreements but do we need to be disagreeable?


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

CapnCrunch, thanks for the uplifting comment.

I wish I answered tastefully all the time. I so much enjoy decent dialogue. Debate can be rewarding if each party is honestly digging for answers.

I recently realized that disagreements frequently occur because one party hears what the other is saying, but misinterprets it and then rejects the MISinterpretation. They never really hear the original statement, so miss the wisdom in it. They reject the false understanding that they themselves created.

Interesting idea linking deja vu with reincarnation. There may be some overlap there. Some deja vu may also come from prescience (seeing into the future) and then remembering the foresight when the actual thing happens.

I love when someone has an intelligent disagreement with me. I love learning their viewpoints.

I have come to love change. I realize that my current "truth" is imperfect and incomplete. I know that I will find this "truth" wrong -- perhaps only a little, but wrong nonetheless. And I will enjoy the new "truth" even more -- ever moving closer to absolute Truth.

Needless to say, my ego doesn't appreciate this at all. But love feels so much more rewarding.


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lone77star 22 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

peachpurple, like Lady G said, this isn't always the case.

I've heard some Buddhists say that reincarnation is not a part of that religion. Yet, I've heard the Dalai Lama talk about reincarnation.

Many Christians believe in reincarnation. Christ talked about it and so did his disciples. It's even mentioned in the Old Testament (Numbers 14:16 talks of reincarnation and karma). And the Kabbalists who wrote the Pentateuch (Bible) talk of reincarnation.


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manatita44 18 months ago from london

You touch on a fascinating and deeply meaningful subject. Follow your star. It's not so alone, after all. I have written a poem for you, not connected with this Hub. Much love, my Dearest Brother. http://hubpages.com/literature/On-The-Magnet-of-Go...


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lone77star 18 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you, Manatita44. Much love to you and yours. We will conquer the planet with love and help all of humanity prosper.


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Rodric29 16 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

My idea may be strange, but I believe that we all lived before we came to earth as spiritual beings and we were responsible for helping people on special assignment from God or who would become our progenitors.

For example, maybe I was the guardian angel of Martin Luther King. I was so familiar with his life that when he died and I was born I carried some of the memories of his life with me into my own life.

What do you think.?


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celafoe 10 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Heb 9:26-28

. 27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

NKJV

there is NO reincarnation in Christianity, only in many of the false religions which you continue to falsely promote. You are a false prophet/teacher.


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lone77star 10 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Rodric29. I don't know! But I'm still learning. Even my idea of what reincarnation is keeps changing, especially since the teachings of Christ have become clearer. Will I ever learn it all? I don't know that, either, but I'm loving the learning.

At first, I clung to the idea of a single identity which moved from one incarnation to the next, but the spirit itself is not permanent as a single, separate identity. Selfishness keeps us separate. Unconditional love brings us together. My most powerful experience with miracles taught me that taking 100% responsibility for the crimes of others against me opened the door to God's love. By no longer clinging to my own separate, selfish, self-concerned viewpoint, I was free to be one with God.


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lone77star 10 months ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Ah, yes. Hebrews 9:27. I've heard it (and read it) many times before.

Could your interpretation of the passage be wrong? I've been wrong so many times, I've lost count. And yet I keep learning. It takes humility to do that. Do you have any? If so, check out my article on "Reincarnation in the Bible."

http://the-love-of-god.com/reincarnation-in-the-bi...

Then, I invite you to talk about it. Instead of accusing me of being a false teacher, perhaps you could have some love in your heart to teach me your knowledge. I think that would be a far more Christian thing to do.

False teacher? Perhaps. But I would much rather be a false teacher who keeps searching, than a lazy, arrogant teacher who cannot be humble enough to keep searching, when they certainly do not yet have all of God's knowledge. Is that you?

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