The Question of Reincarnation:
Process of Rebirth
For the most part, the period
between earthly lives is spent in synthesizing the experiences of the past
life and continuing in the life journey. It is important to remember that
we are spirits who live at all times. We are not alive at certain times and
dead at others.
Regardless of where we happen
to be, life is a continuous series of experiences, sometimes upon the Earth
plane and sometimes in other realms of the spirit. How much time we each
spend between earthly lives is an individual matter, but this we can say
with surety: we spend more time away from the Earth plane than we do upon
it. Our real home is in the Spirit world. We incarnate upon the Earth plane
to achieve certain types of experiences, but we are more "at
home" out of the physical body than we are within it.
When the soul feels it is time
to link again with the Earth plane, it does so freely. Reincarnation is
never forced upon the soul. Just as with everything else in life,
reincarnation is a matter of personal choice. Some souls choose to
incarnate many times, hoping they will move more quickly in their
evolution; others choose to spend less time in earthly incarnation; some
choose never to incarnate. There is a mistaken impression that we spirits
tend to hop in and out of bodies very quickly. The Earth plane undoubtedly
offers many unique experiences, and, for some, it can be likened to a crash
course. Therefore, life upon the earth does tend to quicken evolution. Of
course, one cannot make a categorical statement, but for the average
individual, the period between earth lives spans centuries rather than
years or decades.
Once the soul desires to feel
the uniquely special thrill of earthly incarnation -- this thrill is known
as trishna -- plans immediately begin: when; under what
conditions; what parents; what sex; what race; what general potentials will
the soul seek to unfold; what karmic circumstances need to be dealt with
and how; what type of body? All this, and so much more, come into play
while planning the new earth life.
These plans are made in close
cooperation and consultation with the soul's spiritual guide, with others
who plan to incarnate and work with the soul, with special spirit agencies
who help in this process, with God and God's Holy Spirit, and with others.
It is a wonderfully orchestrated symphony of plans, hopes, aspirations,
dreams, and prayers, all intended to help the soul along his or her quest
for divine love and understanding. A tremendous amount of work and planning
goes into the creation of the new earthly life. The birth of a soul onto
the Earth plane is truly one of God's most amazing miracles of creation. It
must never be taken lightly, regardless of circumstances.
Because the soul, guided by
the divine light of God and the spirit, makes these plans, it is the needs
of the individual, not the desires, which receive the greatest attention.
The new earth life is based on spiritual needs, not personality wants and
desires. Whether these spiritual needs become the actual motivating force
in the earth life depends upon how well attuned the person will be to that
There are three basic forces
which influence an individual while planning the new earth life:
of Evolution: This influences the
individual to be born under conditions which will give him or her an
opportunity to develop spiritual qualities and attributes most in need
at the time.
of Karma: This influences the
individual to be born under conditions which will create the best
avenue to correct errors of the past.
of Attraction: This influences the
individual to be drawn to another person or group of people, based not
on evolution or karma, but on the attractive powers of love and/or
These three forces guide the
soul into making specific decisions about the new earthly life.
Once the soul finally
transcends onto the Earth plane through birth, there is still a period of
spiritual planning and decision-making. This is why infants spend so much
time in the sleep state; they are still very strongly linked to the Spirit
world. For the first year or so, the baby spends more time consciously
within the Spirit world than upon the Earth plane. From the moment of
conception, through this period, the soul looks carefully at the plans made
some time prior. If he or she decides that this was not the proper
decision, or if something within the family changes dramatically, which
could influence negatively the course of the soul's life, then the soul may
make the decision to withdraw. This accounts partly for miscarriages and
sudden infant death. Of course, these tragedies may be specifically planned
to offer the parents and family a necessary experience of pain and grief.
In looking at the plans made
by the soul, it is very important to understand that nothing is etched in
stone. Changes can be made, accidents can occur, and outside influences can
greatly affect the soul's life course. The general plan of the earthly life
is predetermined before birth, but there is no guarantee that the
individual will follow this intended plan, or that some outside influence
may not affect or alter that plan. But here again, freedom of choice is our
Many feel that every little
detail of their life is predetermined and that everything that happens was
planned in advance. Accidents and unforeseen circumstances can and do
occur. If we find ourselves in a negative situation and feel, "Oh
well, this was meant to be" and do not try to change anything, we
become trapped in our ignorance of the law.
Lives and Their Problems
Any discussion on
reincarnation brings up the question of past lives: who, what, when, and
where was I? Is it wise to delve into the past in order to determine the
answer to these questions? The initial answer to this question is YES and
Past life therapy has helped
many to deal with current problems and frustrations, and we feel this may
be a valid and helpful form of assistance. However, we also feel that
delving into a past life merely for curiosity's sake may open doors which
are best left shut, at least for the time being. The information is all
there, and it should be allowed to come forward in a natural manner:
through inner awareness, spontaneous memory, and dreams. To force this
memory through artificial means could very well bring to the surface
something which the individual is not intended to or capable of dealing
with at the moment.
Here are a few problems which
we see with "peeking" into past lives.
looking at specific past lives, we tend to section things off, rather
than look at life as one continuous series of experiences. This could
cause us to make present-day decisions based on information received
about a specific past life, without knowing what may have happened in
the interim. Remember, we are alive always, and we continuously evolve
and deal with errors of the past, not just during earthly lives.
people have no, or very little, past life recall. There must be a good
reason for this. It is difficult enough dealing with the current life.
If we add another or multiple past lives, we can become very confused
and lose track of what is, as opposed to what was.
fact remains a simple one: what we are is based on what we have been,
and what we shall become is based on what we are. The key is the
present. We are living in the now. If we look at ourselves, today, and
determine what needs to be changed and, then, go about changing it,
then surely we are on the proper pathway. Many people are dissatisfied
with their current life and circumstances. They will often go to past
life readers, hoping to find a more glamorous or exciting life, and
very often they are given this. We should never escape into the past,
because we are not happy with the present. This is a trap into which
many past life inquirers fall.
Should people seek the advice
of past life readers? There is no right or wrong answer to this question.
To be sure, there are some instances in which this information can be
helpful; but an alternative course of action might be to study and
understand life, karma, and reincarnation, and then allow the necessary
information to come forward naturally.
As unfortunate as this may be,
the truth speaks for itself: there are too many past life readers who are
willing to conjure up fascinating past lives, in order to make the gullible
feel better or worse about themselves. A sincere and genuine past life
worker should link with his or her sitter on a soul level and offer
information regarding past lives under guidance. Syrsha, spirit
guide to Rev. Stephen Fulton, offers information on past lives. But, he
states clearly that this information is given only with permission from
that person's own spirit guide.
We must never seek to escape
into the past, in order to avoid dealing with the present.
The whole notion of past lives
is rather exciting, glamorous, and mysterious; but so, too, is our present
life. The possible glamour of the past must never overshadow the reality of
the present. Past lives are very much like karma. We know they are there.
We know we have lived. We know that the information is within us. But we
should deal with the present. For most of us it should be quite enough to
know that we have lived on the Earth plane before and that we shall very
likely do so again. What is of essence is that we live!
For clarification on the
difference between Spirit and Soul, you may wish to read an article on the Spirit-Soul-Body trinity.
Further information on this
and other related subjects on the Journey of Your
Soul and Spirit is available.
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