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More thoughts on lives between lives

candle What does happen to us between lives? The diagram  about the life cycle of death and rebirth, that I posted last time ( Evidence of what happens between lives? ) seemed to be met with general agreement by most of my readers that commented. Of course there are many different views, across many cultures and faiths. The truth is that we cannot be absolutely sure until we ourselves get there.

David Russell (projectglobalbrain.com) put a slightly different perspective on the subject. As I understand him, he sees part of our consciousness going on after death, but not necessarily all of us. Although we cannot really know, we probably re join the greater consciousness before being reincarnated.

He said “Each of us is like a candle lit from a larger flame. We burn until the wick is exhausted and then we go out. The larger flame, however, goes on forever. Our rebirth happens as another candle is lit from that larger flame. Essentially it is all the same flame.”

Aspects of reality

The enduring puzzle of life continuing after physical death, shows us that our physical reality is only part of the story.

 

 

Life cycle of death

between livesAs ever, as soon as I embark on a topic reader input makes it expand and expand. My simple question that, given reincarnation as as fact, what happens between lives, unleashed a torrent of comment and experience.

I found this interesting graphic on the internet which sums up all I have been told about life between lives beautifully.Unfortunately I could find no indication of the author.

Anyway, the cycle is said to go like this;

Death

Liberation from body

Welcome by passed loved ones

Meeting with soul group

Meeting with council of elders (to discuss soul progression)

Healing and restoration

Next life selection

Incarnation

I will look at some of these stages in more depth in the future. Would love your input as ever though.

Aspects of reality

The enduring puzzle of life continuing after physical death, shows us that our physical reality is only part of the story.

 

Evidence of what happens between lives?

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Last week I asked, given that we almost have certainly lived more than once, if anyone had any views of what happened between lives.

I had two particularly interesting replies.

Firstly, Jackie said that

“My Grandmother in spirit showed me a place that sort of looked like a rest home, she was among friends, there was no illness and there was much happiness and they seem to dance, listen to music, play games. But I am also aware that she spends time on the earthly plane with family members who are hurting/struggling with illness or distress caused by other peoples behavior. Though they can be near the people they love and can try to comfort them, they cannot directly intervene, but she was able to ask me to intervene. Not sure why I can ask God/Angels to heal others but those in spirit cannot, but it seems that that is the way it is.”

Secondly, Paul said

“After a Near Death Experience at the age of 10 I believe we go to a “clearing house” of sorts that enables us to review our previous life & decide where & when to go next.
I firmly believe that we can not only reincarnate on this world & timeline but anywhere else in the multiverse.”

Aspects of reality

Some people have visions or insight into places between lives. This can be seen as evidence for higher dimensions and a multi life existence.

 

 

 

The reality of reincarnation

reincarnationDuring my long thread on Karma, the assumption almost always was that we have many life times to both accumulate it and work things out. This also presumes that our soul/essence does go on after physical death in some form and enters new bodies for each life time. We may chose to be reborn in any sex, colour or social position. We can live lives from all angles. It also assumes, therefore, a bigger purpose in life and that there is on one big picture level, anyway, a degree of planning for our soul experiences. Some people believe that reincarnation is essentially a belief that a person has to live many lives and improve in each (reducing negative karma) until they become a pure soul and either finally lose self-awareness into the mindless soup of the cosmic mind or go on to a higher plane and not have to reincarnate again.

Does it actually happen? Well, there is yet no scientific proof, but re incarnation is accepted in many religions and cultures as a fact, and has been for centuries. There are many books written by people who have felt that they have lived before and have gone back and identified people and places involved in past lives, including things that they could not have known unless they were actually living there then.

We are supposed to be reborn with a clean slate, no knowledge of our past lives, but sometimes there is bleed through. Even your irrational fears can be clues of past life trauma. For instance, I personally do have past life memories coming up. I know I have been trapped under boat in a cold northern sea and drowned. I could feel the heavy beam on my chest and frustration and sadness when I could not escape. This may explain why sailing always freaked me out, even though I am a good swimmer and not afraid of the water!

Aspects of reality

There is much, albeit anecdotal, evidence that we live many lives.

 

The reality of reincarnation

 

Despite what the mainstream of society may think, I am personally sure we have lived before. Our consciousness, essence or soul, whatever you want to call it, seems to leave our physical body at the point of death.  Sometimes it comes back to inhabit a different body, and live a different life in the future. We can only speculate as to why this should happen, and what aspects of reality are indicated by the phenomenon. (more…)

Re-incarnation

Have we lived before? Many people  have  considered this a  possibility.  Glimpses of bigger realities than that we have been taught exist, sometimes make themselves known only as strange insights or feelings. This is particularly true in the case of possible re-incarnation. When looking at all the reflections of ultimate reality that we are able so see, none are more intriguing that the feeling many of us get, that we have lived more than once. Could this actually be true? If so, this would put a whole new perspective on our understanding of reality. All I know is that from a relatively young age, I instinctively knew I had lived before.

What does religion say?

In our Christian religion I believe that re-incarnation is not officially considered as a valid concept. Although I do know that, privately, some priests believe it to be a strong possibility. The rumour has it that the teachings about it have been long ago suppressed. I do not know if this is true, but I do know that historically many gospels and texts where edited or burnt if they did not comply with the current thinking of the time.

Even so some traces remain. Many think that some Bible texts can be interpreted to understand that, for instance, the prophet Elijah and John the Baptist may have been the same person but born at different times. The idea of re-incarnation was anyway in existence at the time that the scriptures were written and I am told that there is no actual outright denial of the concept in the bible. Mainstream Islam also seems to reject the concept of reincarnation. Some Sufi groups do believe in it in some form though, I understand. Many “Eastern” religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism still accept reincarnation as the norm today.

The view of the ancients

Many ancient thinkers and philosophers took the concept of re-incarnation very seriously. For instance; In ancient Greece, the great philosopher Plato took it for granted that we all live many lives and choose before birth what type of life we want to experience. The concept was not new then, it was accepted mainstream belief for some cultures. Interestingly the ancient Egyptians believed in resurrection, not reincarnation.

The new age view

For many, so called,  new age believers and practitioners, the belief in re-incarnation is axiomatic. One of the main theories is, that we live different lives and play different roles to learn what it is to be human. Some times male, sometimes female, sometimes rich sometimes poor. Sometimes we are a soldier, sometimes we are an aggressor, sometimes victim. We try and play as many roles as possible to learn and grow. All past life lessons and experiences are stored on our eternal memories. We chose possible lives to enhance and expand our knowledge and understanding. Things done or not done in this life can affect the path of future lives. We go though lives hopefully learning and improving. We may be subjected to the forces  of Karma. Our actions may be recorded in something called the askatic record.  Our essence/soul continues without interruption in one dimension or the other. Life is one continual stream. We all experience birth death and re-birth until we are developed enough to be able to leave the cycle.

 

Probabilities

Is any of this possible? What could be the mechanism? Well, If our soul/essence is separate from our physical body, then the concept is not necessarily out of the question. Consciousness could, in theory, leave one body and return into another after death. Why cannot we remember all of this? Memory of past lives are said to being wiped with every new birth. You are literally re-born with no memories of who you might have been before. Without discussing now the questions of why this should happen, and where souls go between lives, the major question is does it actually happen? Is it an interesting reflection of a strange reality, or a figment of overactive imaginations?

Possibilities

The general evidence that this happens today, is of course generally anecdotal. Yet again I find that if you ask, even the most unlikely people, time and time again they sheepishly mention that they have often thought this was a possibility. They often give examples of seeing familiar places that they could not have been too before, or meeting people that they feel they have met before but could not have done in practice. There may be other explanations, of course, but there is just too much anecdotal evidence to dismiss the concept out of hand.

Aspects of reality

If we have all lived before, and may even be choosing our lives, this this opens up the possibility for many different  strange realities. Why should this happen? What could the real big picture possibly be?  Has anyone got any good ideas? It certainly hints at an organized  master plan of some sort, whether by a God or ourselves on another level.