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Reincarnation: Do You Believe in Past Lives?

Updated on November 27, 2017
Like the Phoenix, are we reborn from the ashes of our past lives?
Like the Phoenix, are we reborn from the ashes of our past lives?

When I was in Kindergarten, I wanted to be a fire woman when I grew up. I have no idea why. I just knew that was my destiny.

But, why? Why would I just pull this career choice out of a barrel with no reason? At 6:48 am this morning, I was pondering my life, and this one of the things I pondered. As a kid, I wasn't into emergency themed TV shows, I didn't know any fire women or firemen personally, and I don't recall having a fascination for fire. Certainly, a fire woman was not an extremely common women's career choice, especially in the mid-70's. ( Yes, I'm dating myself).

The reason for picking this profession seemed to be emigmatic, even by a child's logic.

Needless to say, I grew out of my fire woman phase and I never regretted my decision not to pursue the fire management field. If I drive by a fire, I never slap myself in the head and say, “Damn, I should've been a fire woman!” In fact, if anything, I wish I had gone for my degree in Veterinarian sciences.

The only thing that makes sense is that I thought it sounded cool. Or, maybe in a recent past life, I died in a fire? Maybe a sliver of my past subconcious felt the need to save others from a similar fate?

Recycling: The Natural Order Of The Universe

Ever felt a strong feeling a déjà vu in a place you’ve never been or been attracted to something or some place strongly for no apparent reason?

Many cultures and belief systems put their faith on reincarnation, which Wikipedia defines as “the concept where the soul or spirit, after the death of the body, is believed to return to live in a new human body, or, in some traditions, either as a human being, animal or plant.”

You think about it, Heaven and Hell, they are dead ends. This always bothered me because it didn’t make sense. Going to Heaven sure sounds great, in theory; but how much paradise with no goal or challenges can a human soul take? We are creatures of progression, craving change and adversity. We would go mad in a place of eternal bliss.

Hell is certainty beyond horrible, but who really deserves eternal damnation? According to Christians, anyone who doesn’t believe in Christ. Well, you just damned more than 50% of the world population right there. No matter how generous, kind, and loving these people were, they are headed straight to infinite suffering, H-E-double hockey sticks.

Look at the world around you. We are in a constant cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. The seasons don’t stop at winter, they cycle back to spring, a rebirth of the earth. The moon doesn’t stop at being full, it waxes and wanes every month. The weather is a continuous cycle of rain, sun evaporating the rain, going back into the atmosphere, and then rain again.

Recycling is the natural order of the universe. It’s too obvious to deny.

There are many cases of people who recall another life. Triggered by a certain place or event, they relate details they couldn’t possibly have known in this life.


Other people may not recall a past life, but have little quirks about them that they can't quite explain.

  • For instance, I've always wanted to go to Arizona, especially Tombstone. The Old West feels like home to me, but I've actually never been there.
  • I'm very drawn to snakes, always have been, and there is no logical reason for it whatsoever.
  • Ever since I can remember, every time I cross a railroad track, I find myself longingly looking down the track, wanting to follow it and see where it leads.
  • I'm very much a loner, never seem to fit in with people, no matter how hard I try.
  • I'm very frugal, I reuse things a lot and hate wastefulness.

From these observations of myself, and with some mediation, I've come to a few conclusions.

  • In one of my past lives, I lived in the Old West, maybe in Tombstone.
  • In another, I was part of a tribe or culture that worshiped snakes. Ironically, snakes are symbolic of rebirth (shedding their skin).
  • In my most recent past life, I was a Depression-era hobo, riding the rails. This would explain my desire to travel on a whim, my loner, slightly-off personality, and my frugal nature.


What About You?

Many people think that learning about past lives is a useful tool in self-discovery; when common logic fails, it can shed some light on how you act, why you fear, and who you love.

So, if you are interested in finding out your past lives, you should first make some observations about yourself. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there a place you are inexplicably drawn to, especially place you have never been?
  • Do you have a unique interest/hobby/fascination that you picked up on your own (i.e. it wasn't something your parents, relative, or friend got your started on?)
  • Do you often think or dream about a certain time period?
  • Do you have a certain phobia that you can't explain by a traumatic childhood experience or otherwise? For example, you may have a fear of tight places or a fear of fire and there seems to be no logical reason for it; you have just always had this fear.

Next, I suggest reflecting on these characteristics and themes by meditating upon them. Meditation is an excellent method of opening your mind to the spiritual realm and unblocking your subconscious. In this relaxed state, you will have an easier access to the Akashic records of your past lives. If you don't know how to mediate, here's how to get started:

Is It Really Silly?

Einstein once said: "Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.” If you believe that, how is reincarnation so far fetched?

I believe our life force lives on, and rather reaching a dead-end destination, it mimics nature; a cycle of constant rebirth. We transfer that energy from one live to the next where we continue to learn, improve, and experience. I don't think it's any more ridiculous than expecting the sun to rise every morning or the leaves to return every spring.


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    • lalhtt profile image

      lalhtt 

      4 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Whether it is true or false, why people so much worried about re-incarnation? Because even if it is true you cannot connect your past life to the present. In this world there are billions of living beings. They may have past life or not most important thing is their present life. As far as each one doesn't harm to the other this world will be much better place to all.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I love the hub, but there are some problems in it. Whoever said there were no goals or challenges in heaven? You have jumped to a hasty conclusion with no foundation.

      "According to Christians?" Perhaps it would be better to say, "according to some Christians." This Christian makes the distinction that those who go to hell are only those who decide to go to hell.

      Instead of "believe in" Christ, it might be more appropriate to say, "follow Christ." But what does this mean? Was Gautama Siddhartha Buddha following Christ by his life of service, love, humility and spirituality? Perhaps. There may be more to this "following Christ," so we all need to remain humble and hungry for answers.

      If you look at the short term, you see a nice, repetitive cycle, but even this world comes to an end of death with no further cycles. In another billion years (possibly sooner), life will have a hard time on Earth, perhaps even being snuffed out. No more life-cycle. Why? Because as the sun burns up its hydrogen, it becomes polluted with heavier elements, causing the radiation output to increase, eventually making the Earth unbearably hot. Oceans boil and atmosphere evaporates into space.

      Reincarnation? Of course! Even Christ talks about reincarnation. I've remembered hundreds of lifetimes.

      I agree, learning about past lives can be helpful in self-discovery, but more importantly, it can be crucial in spiritual healing. This was the main thrust of Scientology, before it was corrupted by greed. Perhaps it became corrupted because it started out with a seed of corruption, but it was far better before the mid-80s.

      As Christ said, if you know the truth, the truth will set you free. That was the effect of Scientology counseling, finding the Truth in past lives and how they impinge on the present life. Someone really adept at this could blow entire chains of past life incidents and relieve new areas of thought and human concern. Such an adept no longer would need Scientology counseling.

      Your quote from Einstein is interesting, but inappropriate. Spirit is not energy, but superior to it. In fact, spirit consists of no space or time, either. In other words, spirit is entirely non-physical.

      Spirit has been blinded by Ego (the poison of the forbidden fruit). Ego is separateness and selfishness. Those who chose Ego over Love (following Christ) will end up in Hell, but it's still only a matter of choice.

      Reincarnation is a spiritual cycle and "tool." Christ talked about it when he said that Elijah had returned, but no one recognized him. His disciples then understood that he was talking about John the Baptist.

      There are many levels of Truth. Some people get stuck in lower levels and think they've arrived. Reincarnation is good for unsticking those people from their past arrogance.

      And karma is good for evoking humility in people who may have had hardened hearts in past lives of crime. With gratitude, the cycle of karma is broken. With love vanquishing ego, the cycle of reincarnation is broken and one has returned to heaven, even if their body is still alive. They are in this world, but not of it.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Right...we are on this earth for such a short period of time....how can we be judged so harshly (heaven or hell) for a finite flash of time..the infinite punishment does not fit the crime. Even if you are judged "worthy", then what...infinite paradise does not grow the restless human soul. Thanks for your comment!

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      ParadigmEnacted 

      5 years ago

      Let's put it this way. Besides the growing empirical evidence to support the concept, it makes a lot more sense than the heaven and hell myth doesn't it? Individuals in different evolutionary states building the soul's future every day.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks for reading my hub, Jamie Brock. :)

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      Jamie Brock 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Interesting hub and interesting comments as well :) Lots of times I don't take time to read other comments but I was interested in seeing what others had to say. I have always been open minded to reincarnation. It's a fascinating subject for sure. You spoke of fascinations.. I have never been to England in my life but have always been fascinated with the name, the place.. just everything about it really. I've never thought about it being connected to this subject but you've got me thinking now. Great hub.. voting up and interesting :)

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Qerasias, email me. I'll try to help, but I'm not sure I can. I mediated and did a tarot reading, didn't get much insight, but maybe you'll find it interesting...like I said, I don't claim to be a medium.

      I would like to know why you happened to be looking up "Hecate". Just curious.

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      qerasias 

      6 years ago

      Sorry, that was full of typos.

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      aqerasias 

      6 years ago

      What's a BAM? And the only major occurrence was the Venus transit thing. There are underlying details as well, i.e. it isn't a voice. um... It's a choir of voices, but the voices are all different. It's the transcript of what they're saint that let's me identify them. They're female, and 3 have identified themselves, or the closest conception, at least, of who they are. These are the messages: ”there's five, and I'm the oldest”, ” all my friends are laughing at me.” ” my sister is Pissed because I'm taking to loony.”” hurry home already, evenness waiting.” ”I don't feel the same way about you as I did then, I'm sorry, and will stay with you till the end.” I don't have dead friends or a sister.

      These are vague statements I'm making them done like they're saying... That's because there's more to it. When I walk by a street sign or a poster or anything with writing, including blogs and grocery coupons, the choir makes my eyes lock on to specific words to sorry of convey an extension of a message. I was able to quote smoking and drinking and (I apologize,) pick up women like I've never done before. I store sign for a software company that had reflexes in the name and before I knew it, my foot had tripped over a lose slab of sidewalk. I didn't fall.

      I haven't found any spiritual theories that pertain to a team of guardian angels, always a Shikari guard, and that kind of scares me. I've been unemployed for a year and a half, but I have been surviving and paying my rent through Asher luck, surviving. without a single hitch.

      I'm just so confused. The choir can't give a straight answer. They speak in riddles.

      Anyway if I sound insane,I don't blame you. the one question I couldn't figure or was whether or not I'm the only one, or if their mediums know what they're doing. Yes mediums. they've indirectly confirmed me to be the only one, but I really don't want to believe that because it's unfair. I'm nobody. Qerasias it's a name they have. Can I maybe email you more intricate details? This is a public forum and everyone probably thinks I'm crazy, me included. But I've nowhere else to turn to.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      I'm just wondering what could have triggered this occurance in your life. So, you went from being a logical, realist all your life with nothing supernatural happening to you whatsoever, to BAM, 3 months ago you are hearing this voice. Did anything else major happened 3 months ago...a move, an accident, nothing? Usually there is some sort of a trigger for a person to suddenly open up to this sort of thing...

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      aqerasijas 

      6 years ago

      From you're definition I'm not a clairvoyant at all. I have no visions or dreams. something has been communicating with me, I have no idea what they are. but they are anything but harmful, quite sweet, really, and have a wonderful sense of humor. it seems strange but they seem to know me very well, and they seem quite familiar to me too, but I've never had a death in my family... I don't even know my family. They cleverly talk to me with the wind, and the clues have led me to the moon and the past. I just want to know who they think I am so I can figure or who they are. They've asked me 'to dance...' I'm not sure if that means anything.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Qerasijas, I don't know exactly what has happened to you in the past three months; sounds huge and I want to help... I can only guess you had a huge supernatural experience that you are logically trying to wrap your mind around. From my quick research, Augury seems to have originated with the flight of birds... interesting. Bird omens/divination/totems always speak to me.

      My understanding is being clairvoyant and practicing augury are different. Augury seems to be more about interpreting signs and omens, whereas clairvoyant is getting mental visions, ESP, etc. That's just my understanding. I don't claim to be a clairvoyant, but I think it's something you can develop over time with practice.

      I use mediation, dream intereptation, and nature's signs to help me with divination.

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      qerasijas 

      6 years ago

      I found this when I searched for hecate. And recent events have been pointing me here. In the last 3 months, I have moved from being a realist, secular and logical person -into something else I don't know how to explain. Can you tell me anything about clairvoyance, specifically augury. I'm a little in shock still, but any informTion will do. Thank you.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Xamaria, that's a pretty cool idea that I hadn't considered. Anything is possible!

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      xamaria 

      6 years ago from Deep space

      I feel drawn to space and the future. Maybe in my last life, I was from one of those planets (which is btw, real but separated from us via hundreds of light years away). Quantum physics actually dictates that this is a possibility.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks AmyMarie, and I know what you mean. Thank you Suburban Poet. I love hearing everyone's thoughts on this.

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      Mark Lecuona 

      6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I wonder if some of our dreams are passed to us from our ancestors (in other words their dreams or memories) like other physical and mental characteristics.... if so what we think is a past life is in fact someone else's....

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      amymarie_5 

      6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Reincarnation always made perfect sense to me. I remember as a child thinking in awe of how leaves die in the fall and are reborn again in the spring. They come back in the exact same spot, and look exactly the same. I've always thought of that as proof that we are constantly being reborn. On the other hand, the concept of heaven and hell never made sense to me.

      I also have to add that I too have always been intrigued by the Old West. I'm a girly-girl so it's very strange that I've always been fascinated by that. Maybe I lived in that era as well!

      This was such a great read. I voted up, interesting and shared.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Lalhtt, and I believe in karma as well.

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      lalhtt 

      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      As buddhists we believe in reincarnation and so many occations in the doctrine it has described. In my country there were many cases studied and proved evidence for reincarnation. Anyway if you lead a good life now your next life (if you believe) will be better. This is describe as 'karma' in buddhism.

    • hecate-horus profile imageAUTHOR

      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Thanks Kittythedreamer, for sharing. You've had some really interesting past lives!

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      I just wrote a hub about my spiritual experiences and many of them include having dreams of my past lives. In one life, I was a young woman...and I believe I was a prostitute in the Wild West. It wasn't a very pleasant life...one of pain and low self-esteem and obviously my dreams of this past life are not dreams of pleasure or fantasy. But I have been drawn to the Wild West and have always had a desire to learn about Billy the Kid...is it possible that I knew him in that life?

      Another recurring dream is of me with long red hair and in a white dress, riding a horse up and down green rolling hills. I believe this is a dream of one of my earliest lives lived in Ireland...I believe I was a warrior woman in this life...later I came to learn that the Celtic people of Ireland had women fight alongside of their men in battle.

      I also believe that I lived during the 1950s...I've always been drawn to everything and anything vintage & antique 50s...and my grandmother used to say "girl, you were born in the wrong decade!"

      I loved this hub...and I COMPLETELY relate to it. Thanks for sharing your past lives with us!

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      RustyRubySlippers, first of all, thank you for your comment, and secondly, I like your nickname, it's intriguing! :)

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      RustyRubySlippers 

      6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      although I am christian, I am also open minded. I would not change my beliefs but I also don't criticize others only at the end of our life can any of us know the answers and even then we may not remember the question. Interesting how you have explained some of your souls yearnings.

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Genetic memory is also another possibility. Thanks for stopping by, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I totally agree with you, I have had so many dreams or feelings that are alien to me, that somehow we must have been here before. Of course the other explanation is genetic memory, maybe we have the memories of our ancestors? great hub, rated up!

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      hecate-horus 

      6 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Agreed, Markbennis, and thank you!

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      markbennis 

      6 years ago

      When I resonate over the concept of reincarnation I can’t help but feel it actually makes more sense, if I were an infinite soul that wanted to experience many lessons in life I would have to live many life times to even benefit or gain an infinite experience.

      Great hub and voted up!

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