Do you believe in reincarnation?

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  1. kathyinmn profile image59
    kathyinmnposted 10 years ago

    Many people believe in reincarnation, they have had some kind of glimpse into this past life in one way or another. Sometimes it’s just a feeling, sometimes it’s a passing memory of a place or person or if you meet a person and you know you met them before.
    What do you believe?

    1. Lisa HW profile image60
      Lisa HWposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I believe each newborn baby comes into this world with a nice and new "soul".  If God exists I don't think He'd recycle souls.  If He doesn't exist then one would question the whole concept of souls - at least as we often think of them -  anyway.   Nothing else - that I can think of - in Nature is duplicated and/or recycled.  I don't know why souls would be.

      1. CBartelmey profile image72
        CBartelmeyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        That is interesting because I have actually thought reincarnation a possibility because of how much nature seems to recycle and reuse.  The water cycle, the cycle of nature, I even watched a show the other day on how the Earth’s crust is being recycled in subduction zones.  It is fascinating how one thing is something, then it is changed or broken down into its simplest form to become something else.  It is a cycle, and that is how things here appear to work.  Everything is cyclical, from the seasons even down to the dawning of a new day.  The way we are positioned in the universe we see the sun rise, we see the sun set, and even that is a cycle that repeats every day.

        I think if anything our lives would only mimic that cycle, as it would seem more spectacular to me for us to be the one exception to that rule.  Given that it is a rule that seems to fair so predominantly here.  It is interesting because it begs the question, are we of this world or are we not?  Are we here simply because we evolved here, or are we here for some greater purpose where this existence in and of itself is serving a purpose?  I have always thought it a little of both.  I think we did evolve here and yet I think there is more to all of this than meets the eye.  I think we are subject to the rules that apply here, an existence being cyclical in nature being one of them, and yet I think that cycle is also being played out with some purpose behind it.

        I think that is where reincarnation comes in.  It allows for one to have the opportunity to evolve, which again I think mimics the circumstances surrounding our existence here, while at the same time providing for a purpose to our existence at all.  If we aren’t here for some purpose then I think the extent to which we have already evolved would never have even happened.  It wouldn’t have mattered if life stayed more simply in the form of a tree or an amoeba because there would have been no point to evolving.  If life was sufficient in being a tree then why didn’t it stay that way?  There seem to have been significant jumps in the forms that life can hold, from plant live, to animal life held by the restrictions of survival of the fittest, to human life.

        Those are three very distinct forms of life and how life itself was able to manage the jump from one to the other is still a question that we cannot answer.  Perhaps the matter holding that life itself evolved?  Its matter, its soul, its being, its essence, whatever term you want to insert there.  That would point to I think the evolution of the soul, and I believe the evolution of the soul could not happen without reincarnation.  That is my short answer, but now that I have written all of this I think that perhaps this really wasn’t a short answer at all and I should have just written a Hub?

  2. kirstenblog profile image82
    kirstenblogposted 10 years ago

    I don't believe in reincarnation but have liked the idea. It has a sort of symmetry that would be logical if I believed in the soul. What would make sense is the idea of the soul evolving, mirroring what life itself does, evolve into more complex forms.

  3. aka-dj profile image69
    aka-djposted 10 years ago

    Sadly, the concept of reincarnation does not give an answer to the very first incarnation (to the best of my knowledge).
    Therefore, the concept is a never-ending loop. Silly, to say the least.

  4. profile image0
    Emile Rposted 10 years ago

    Yes and no. I think everything is part of a cycle. I suppose it is possible that elements within the collection of energy that  gathers to comprise the consciousness of an individual could retain knowledge of a former life. The odds of it happening would be pretty high. Which would explain how a very limited few  throughout history have had strong memories.

  5. Disappearinghead profile image61
    Disappearingheadposted 10 years ago

    Reincarnation does not explain an increasing population, it implies the same people recycled. Who is the divine administrator of the scheme? Why do its believers always think they were a famous person previously?

    1. profile image0
      Emile Rposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think the growing population negates the idea only if you consider what comprises who you are at this moment is eternally unique.

  6. Tenerife Islander profile image68
    Tenerife Islanderposted 10 years ago

    Yes, I do but don't know how it works. I often wonder what happens to all the billions of animals and what they reincarnate as. Do they come back as the same species?

  7. A Troubled Man profile image58
    A Troubled Manposted 10 years ago

    Reincarnation is a cute fairy tale for adults.

  8. tom hellert profile image60
    tom hellertposted 10 years ago


    I gdo believe in reincarnation, I went to a psycic- dont laugh who read my mind about a person I was wondering about..., Is a younger gal that I work with I did not give her the freinds name all I said was I am wondering about someone I work with... I stopped ans she came up with this persons name telling me she was my daughter in a past life Its weird because- dispite the fact this young lady is absolutley gorgeous- I never felt right thinking of her or hearing others talk about her in a sexual way.... thats because she was MY daughter in a former life- no way the psycic could have known this or been able to pick that bame out of the air like that... being that I never mentioned that to ANYONE EVER- when I told my "daughter" about it she didnt even blink or say it was odd or anything of it. Itwas almost like she kinda knew it too, I asked her after I told her Do you think that is weird or creepy or odd and she said "No not at all"....mere coincidence I don't think so....

    1. kathyinmn profile image59
      kathyinmnposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Tom
      I had met a person at one time that I knew right away that she was my sister at one time. The strange thing is that she too felt the same thing too. She was black and I white, we didn't become close friends, it seems that we met just to let each other know we were here both alive. Very strange.....

  9. grand old lady profile image84
    grand old ladyposted 10 years ago

    I don't believe in reincarnation, but respect the opinion of others who do. Personally, I think life is such a huge task in itself -- finding meaning in the daily things, going through stages of loss and gain. I can't imagine having to go through all this again, whether as another person or an animal. I just wanna make my life have meaning and leave it at that, and go to heaven without having to go through earthly struggles all over again. Call me lazy, but that's how I feel. I find consolation in believing there is an afterlife where everything is good and things will always be fine.


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