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Do You Believe in Reincarnation?

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Buddhist relief from the Dazu Rock Carvings in China, built sometime between the years 1177 and 1249, Mara, Lord of Death and Desire, clutches the Wheel of Reincarnation, which outlines the Buddhist cycle of reincarnation.
Buddhist relief from the Dazu Rock Carvings in China, built sometime between the years 1177 and 1249, Mara, Lord of Death and Desire, clutches the Wheel of Reincarnation, which outlines the Buddhist cycle of reincarnation. | Source

"My whole belief system is that our paths are drawn for us. I believe in reincarnation. I believe we're here to learn and grow. We choose how we come into this life based on what it is we have to learn. Some people have harder lessons than others." ~ Gillian Anderson

Soul Searching

Some people may recognize the sensation. They wake up from an intense dream, and they get a distinct feeling, so surreal that one can hear, see, smell, and taste the nostalgia of another time. A world long since past, yet lingering in our soul's consciousness.

There are many signals that trigger off within the brain and create remarkable feelings of recollection upon sensing a past life recognition:

  • Perhaps you've experienced a sense of deja vu?
  • A sudden feeling that you've been in that place or position before, giving off a pang of emotion you can not fathom?
  • More interestingly, have you ever met a stranger, and then suddenly had an overwhelming sensation like you've known that person for years, or an unfortunate aversion once you shook that person's hand?

If you've ever felt any of these sensations, then you might want to investigate further into what lies behind the intense reactions you've experienced.

"All souls must undergo transmigration and the souls of men revolve like a stone which is thrown from a sling, so many turns before the final release...Only those who have not completed their perfection must suffer the wheel of rebirth by being reborn into another human body." ~ Zohar

Alfred Jacob Miller

It is true that various Plains Indians would occasionally chase buffalo over a small cliff, but Miller probably never saw this scene and therefore exaggerated it a bit. The Indians, when they found a suitable bluff, would conceal themselves behind th
It is true that various Plains Indians would occasionally chase buffalo over a small cliff, but Miller probably never saw this scene and therefore exaggerated it a bit. The Indians, when they found a suitable bluff, would conceal themselves behind th | Source

Past Life Experience

I have been told by a psychic medium that I have an old soul. Supposedly, I have experienced many previous lives, as an Egyptian slave, the daughter of a wealthy Roman merchant who died of a broken heart, a poor Englishwoman who was the mistress of a married and titled landowner, and a German Nazi nurse during World War II.

I do not fully remember these said lives, but there is one of a few experiences that I do remember. Most recently, the very vivid memory of an incarnation of a Native American boy.

You can read about my experience "A Fear of Heights" published by Reverend John Sloat of "Beyond Religion" in this link that I have shared to the right:

Childhood Drawing of a Past Life

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Warning: Photo Not Available For Use | Source

Ancient Belief

Reincarnation or Past Lives as I often put it, is a simple concept.

It is the belief that when a person dies, their spirit moves on to a spiritual realm until they are ready to incarnate once again. Each birth is a new beginning, a spiritual lesson in which the soul must overcome familiar obstacles, and ford a new path from their previous incarnation, and somehow right any wrongs along the way. Balance is the key word, and once accomplished, when the soul passes, it can move on to a higher level of the spiritual plane.

A Measure of Peace

Religions Which do Accept the Idea or Belief in Reincarnation

Hinduism
Buddhism
Jainism
Sikhism
Pantheism
Orphism
Neoplatonism
Manicheanism
Gnosticism
Hermeticism
Catharism
Rosicrucians
Judaism
Druze
Spiritism
Theosophy
Eckankar
Native American

"Love is the hardest lesson in Christianity; but, for that reason, it should be most our care to learn it."

~ William Penn

Jesus Christ and the Cross

Jesus carrying a cross
Jesus carrying a cross | Source

'You Only Get One Life' Argument

Even though Past Lives or Reincarnation is practiced by millions throughout the world, the belief is still ostracized by many who practice Christianity, and believe that we only get to live one life. However, there are some Christians who would question the church's stance on the incarnation of the soul.

Reverend John Sloat, a forty year Presbyterian Clergyman, and veteran of the Christian faith once experienced an incredible past life dream as a Native American. This dream was so profound that he began to question his entire belief system. Realizing his own truth, he moved on from his service with the church and started his own following. Christians who still believe in the concept of Christianity, and accept the importance of Reincarnation.

John Sloat sums up his theological thoughts as thus:

"People who are afraid of the concept try to make it appear ridiculous by suggesting that if we are evil in this present life we will return as an ant or a skunk. This distortion needs to be seen for what it is, an attempt to avoid a greater truth: We are part of God. We have always existed. We will always exist. Our time in eternity is an evolutionary process through which we are to become more like God. Jesus told us that if we followed him, we would do greater things than he did! When do we get the opportunity for this spiritual blossoming if not through an enormous series of positive and negative experiences? This result cannot be achieved in a single lifetime. If we are part of God, our present life is no more than a semester-long class to learn a certain skill. There is more than one course in our spiritual curriculum."

The Tunnel of Light Enigma

Light at the end of a tunnel
Light at the end of a tunnel | Source

Personal Perspective

So you don't believe? That's ok. I do not judge, nor do I scoff, nor will I ever discredit you as a human being for having a difference in opinion. However, I will say this. We must embrace our destiny, work on that which is in need of balance, learn to forgive and love to the best of our abilities. Sometimes that is not so easy to do. I know. I'm still working on these issues, and it is very important to remember this is the journey.

An Investigation

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    Colleen Swan 3 years ago from County Durham

    Thank you for this. Sometimes it is not the belief that matters; for me it just happened. I knew.

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    B. E. Shaw Sr. 4 years ago from Atlanta

    I'd love to find a good, affordable, past-life-regression-therapist, so that I could determine who I was in a previous existence. I read Michael Newton's book "Destiny of Souls" and it really opened my eyes to the strong probability that we've all lived past lives.

    I wrote a very long, detailed, lens on Squidoo about "Near Death Experiences", but had to save it, because I have since deleted by Squidoo account because of all that's going on over there ...

    Anyway, great article, I look forward to reading more ... your post on Bubblews is what brought me to your hub.

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    A very long journey indeed! Thanks Anna :)

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    Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

    I am totally convinced in reincarnation and I think that we are on a small part of our long journey.

    Interesting hub.

    Anna

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Rose ~ Hope you don't mind the nickname ... thank you for stopping by, and YES - fascinating! There are so many personal stories to explore ...

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    Vincent ~ when you're feeling the tug, you mean "out of body" experience? Just curious ... Yes, I too wonder if the things that I'm fascinated about aren't reflections from previous lives. I've always had a thing for the Civil War since a very young age, but I have no recognition of a previous life during that era. I some times wonder if it isn't all for best, maybe some lifetime memories are better left dead and buried so to speak.

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    Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    This is a fascinating topic, interesting and intriguing and is something I have always wondered about.

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    Vincent Moore 4 years ago

    What an amazing yet very much intriguing story. I often feel the other side, I awaken at night feeling the tug. I've witnessed twice now an apparition, once in Kentucky and the other on the Canadian Prairies. I too feel I am an old soul, my Muse tends to take me off on different paths that I traveled from my past. I truly believe in reincarnation, we are simply a human shell, we die, we continue on the journey of learning and another life.

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    ziyena 4 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

    BW ~ It does make all the sense in world, doesn't it? Thank goodness for Theologians like Reverend Sloat who are willing to view all the possibilities!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    This subject has always intrigued me, Ziyena. I've often wondered if I've had past lives. If you believe in the soul, and I do, it makes sense that the soul can linger on until the mission is accomplished. Fascinating stuff!