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Reincarnation is making a comeback

Updated on May 4, 2011
Each year nature reincarnates from its soul source.
Each year nature reincarnates from its soul source.

Ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? Why some people seem so familiar that you feel like you have known them forever? When you study history does one time period strike your interest more than another does? All of these scenarios and many others have been explained by others as the possibility that your soul has lived before. Some religions have worked diligently to remove any trace of giving their followers a "second chance", insuring that they behave appropriately in this life or face eternal damnation. And while I may not be able to "prove" the concept to you with any reasonable assurance, it does seem as though we must have more than one life in order to get things right.

Buddhism is a religion that believes in reincarnation and when one great lama passes away, they seek the reincarnation of another lama to fill his place. In the movie "Seven Years in Tibet" the current Dalai Lama of Tibet was found and gave clear unknowable fact to the monks that a child could not know unless he was closer to the "veil". When children are small they often will tell their parents stories of previous lifetimes through what seems to be fantasy play. One friend told me her small toddler was once looking at his hands in his car seat and indicated to her that he was "much darker last time". We can all laugh at this little child's words, but what it they were words of truth? 

Schooling appears to taint the child's recollection of his past life memories because the child now has been told to stop his or her foolishness or has been indoctrinated into the ways of the classroom. Sit, be quiet and do as you are told. Many children who are on the brink of death have experienced near-death experiences and have been recorded in the works of Melvin Morse and Raymond Moody. These children have no heaven or hell concept at their young ages and often draw pictures of angels and people awaiting them at the end of a long tunnel.

I have spent a great deal of time reading accounts of those who have lived through near death experiences and the monumental changes they have made in their lives once they recover from their illness or accident. In these wonderful books are testimonies to how we become a presence in an all knowing state and know the answers and reasons for everything.

So how can reincarnation be used to explain the horrible things people endure in their lives and why they must face illness, deformity, losses and abuse? How can a loving God allow these people to go through all this pain and suffering for no good reason? The answer may astound and confound you. We choose our lives, our parents, our lessons and our circumstances before we incarnate. We know full well what we are doing and we choose these lives so we can grow. Life is a school and we are the students. Once we learn all the lessons and perfect our lives, then we are allowed to choose whether or not we ever wish to come back. We then remain in that space between lives learning and growing in another way. To come to the earth is to have the most growth, but also the harshest lesson. I will try to edify what I have read and has made sense to me.

Let's say we were horribly prejudice in our last life. Maybe we were slave owners and tortured and lynched slaves or were intolerant of those less fortunate than we were. Then perhaps in our next life we would choose to be poor, or ethnically different or handicapped. In this way, we would learn the effects of the karma for which we must now pay. If a child dies it is the worst travesty in the world for a parent. But perhaps the child had some heavy karma to rid themselves of (or the parents of), and took this life as a quick way to set things right. Can we choose to help our parents or family or "group"  by sacrificing our own lives? People do it all the time for reasons seemingly unrelated to karma. 

Karma means :what goes around, comes around, or what you reap so shall you sow. It is a Sanskrit word used more modernly in John Lennon's song" Instant Karma". If we are good people in our last life and learn our lessons, we move up a notch in our next life. Some Hindu's believe we can also move backwards, so the cow is never eaten as it may be a reincarnated relative. This may sound silly but this is a sacred animal to the Hindu. And to understand how this is important to them in their religion is to respect the differences in beliefs.

What about the group reincarnation idea? There is a belief that we reincarnate in groups and that people we know from previous lifetimes incarnate around the same time in order to complete a much larger group project. Many people think that the times we are currently living in will be a major shifting of planetary paradigms. There is also a large contingent who believe that the "Rapture" is approaching at break neck speed. this has occurred in the past and it usually is around the end of a century. Right now with the end of the Mayan calendar, we have many people exploring the meaning behind the reason they chose to incarnate.

How do we explain the instant feeling we know someone, or how quickly some people fall in love? What could account for feeling connected to a place or a time period? Perhaps it is because you have known each other, loved each other or been friends in a prior lifetime. If we consider that no one we meet is by accident then it would appear we do know the soul of that other we have met. It also accounts for any animosity or uncomfortable feeling someone may have when meeting or dealing with another. You have only just met and do not like them. Why is that?

Our world history is rife with persecution of another. We cannot argue that there have not been many wars and acts of violence against another over time. And to explain away the horrific extermination or mass killing of a group of people in one quick word, such as reincarnation or karma would diminish the respect people would have for the suffering of the other.But what if those souls came here deliberately to grow in that lifetime because in their part life they were the perpetrators of such unimaginable horror themselves?  What if someone as heinous as Hitler or Polpot or Idi Amin decided to come back and take his lesson by being abused, beaten or any number of scenarios? What if these people were made to pay for the horrors of their previous lives by being handicapped, paralyzed or aborted over and over again? That would be their hell wouldn't it?

Some of the lessons it appears souls need to work on are: relationships-with the self and the other, greed, avarice, crime, addictions, the inability to learn from mistakes, misuse of power, how to be charitable and the list goes on. We seemingly could never have enough lives to be a perfected soul. Whenever I see men and women who have no spiritual foundations in life, or who have no direction, no spark or passion I find myself thinking they are incarnating for one of the very first times in their lives. It seems the key to making strides in life come from our willingness to work on something until we master it or at least balance the ability with something that works in our lives. We do this in our life in earth and perhaps in the bardo or middle state where we make the decisions with the advice of the wise and almighty creator to move ahead and work on ourselves once again.

Circling amongst the parents we choose to give us life, we make the decision to place ourselves where we will learn the most for that particular lifetime. If we need poverty to help us understand our life we seek a poor family. If we are working on making a family from the womb of an unwed mother willing to give birth so another family can raise us, we seek this opportunity.

Before we skeptically dismiss this entire Hub out of hand, the possibility of this or something else could be something that occurs whether we believe it can or not. There is no real proof in the world that cannot be doubted by someone. But wouldn't it be wonderful to think that we are the architects of our own lives, given free will by our Creator to manifest the best life we possibly can from what we believe we need to do so.The God concept never is in question, it is the idea that we create our reality through our thoughts, words and deeds. Sometimes we must pay the price for things that do not work out as well as we please. Read some of the books and discern this information yourself. it is a fascinating journey.


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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Aley, beautiful!

      The first few paragraphs had my hairs standing on end in silent recognition.

      Christianity and Judaism are full of reincarnation, yet many of those who profess to believe are too hardened (arrogant, lazy, blind?) to look.

      One needs humility in the search for answers. To think that one's interpretation is the "gospel" truth, remains the height of hubris. This is the evil they profess to hate. Ego is the master of this world, and yet they follow it unknowingly.

      When the Nazarene carpenter told his students that Elijah had already come as prophesied and that no one recognized him, but did to him all that they wished, his students understood that he was talking about John the Baptist. How any Christian cannot see reincarnation in this is incredible. For those who quote the one line in Hebrews about how man lives only one life, they are not looking very closely. Of course physical man lives only one life, but the spirit is eternal. After all, Genesis tells them that they were created in God's image -- non-physical, spiritual and immortal sources of creation. And what did the Nazarene tell his enemies who wanted to stone him for calling himself the son of God? He said that in your own holy book it says, "ye are gods." He was declaring that we are all spiritual children of the most high -- all siblings of the one who returned to help us wake up from the long sleep.

      Hitler suffering in this life being hell? Not necessarily. Living in ego (self-importance, rage, resentment, lust for power) -- this might more accurately be called "hell." Karma is not good or bad -- it is merely an opportunity to cleanse oneself.

      Is it possible the heavenly father cares not for the Homo sapiens shell? Could it be his real (non-physical, "flesh of His flesh") children for which he deeply cares? Why else would he flood the world, if indeed that was a real event instead of metaphor?

      We are in the physical bardo (between), searching for the paramita (perfection). I have tasted that paramita and it is like nothing on Earth. It is timeless, it is nothing, it is infinite.

      That we take responsibility is our highest goal. And another way to spell this responsibility is "love."

      I have parted an ocean of metal just as Moses parted a sea of water. I have walked the naked strands of space seeing the world around me without physical eyes, all while my wakened body sat with a counselor a few meters away behind closed blinds. And I have wept a river of tears of joy at the vibrant memory of a lover I thought I had lost, but found alive, nearly twelve thousand years ago. The memory was that vivid!

      We are all suffering the poison of the forbidden fruit which we ourselves have taken -- and that poison manifests itself as ego. The action-reaction mechanics of karma are a product of this matrix of dichotomies (good-evil, right-wrong, compassionate-indifferent, wisdom-stupidity, generous-selfish, and others). We seek balance and neutrality at zero, the reciprocal of which is the infinite. Only at that zero (no ego) can we access our infinite selves.

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      thanks Happy BN: sometimes we cannot contain all our thoughts in first posting! haha

      Acer: I think we retain it, but it is deeply embedded in our psyches, and because we have free will we can choose to screw any of our hard work up by sabotaging our long efforts. I, like you, wish to ascend to a higher place and not have to come back to take math classes again or go through puberty! :)

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I hope I'm reincarnated to a higher plane of existence,but feel the loophole in this belief is that one does not retain memory to a higher degree for the purpose of redefining their effort.;)

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Well said. Your comment was very much in line with my thoghts about this topic.

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      Thanks for coming by and commenting Happy BN.I agree it would be easy to "justify" bad things by using this reasoning...and although I totally is hard to explain this topic without mentioning the soul choices the person makes without including some of that area. I know we all have free will, and in making the choice to come back I cannot imagine anyone says they want to come here to learn lessons by being a serial killer. So it implies that some souls must incarnate and utilize their free will to make horrible choices as well, and these may affect others who did not intend for a life of those lessons. Free will is key....but of course, it is no easy explanation...and as such it would seem that one would need to use some discernment when it comes to that fact, there are probably more questions than answers surrounding this topic, but to me it is a most fascinating subject to explore. Again, thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I have always been fascinated by this topic and by accounts of near death experiences and found this hub quite thought provoking. I do believe, however, that we must be careful about explaining away horrible things that people endure as being retribution or punishment for something they may have done in a previous life. Even if that may be true, striving for an attitude of compassion for the circumstances in others' lives is the attitude I try to cultivate.