I have begun looking at a topic that I didnt ‘t believe. I’m sure there are millions who don’t believe either, but come to find out there are millions who do. For some people this is ranked right along side UFO’s. Reincarnation is the belief you keep coming back to this earth until you have learned the lessons you need to learn.
I just completed reading a book by Brian L.Weiss, M.D. called “Many Lives, Many Masters”. It is a true story of Dr Weiss who is a prominent psychiatrist and one of his patients. Dr. Weiss had tried all the conventional methods of therapy which didn’t work on this trouble woman. He decided to try Past-Life Therapy since he’d been reading about it. That therapy changed the life of the woman but also his belief system. It is a book worth reading.
I have had an experience in my life that I couldn’t explain, but after reading and talking to other people, I know think it is explained. Let me tell you the story and you judge for yourself. I have always liked to travel and see new things but I have always been drawn to National cemetaries. I have visited many and I have always experienced a profound, almost numbing sadness. I would walk among the tombstones reading the names, one after another.
I was working as a contract nurse in Greenwood Ms. in 1995. I decided on my days off that I was going to go see the Vicksburg National Park. I made the tour of the park with a heavy heart thinking how could men do this to each other and the land they were supposed to have loved. I had no intention of going to the National cemetary, but I was drawn there like a moth to light.
You drive through the gates and on each side of the road is row after row of marble markers. I could hardly drive because of all the emotions bubbling inside of me. When I reached the last row of stones on the left hand side, I had to stop and get out of my truck. I started walking and reading names, when I came upon one Confederate officer grave (I can’t remember his name) I broke down into hysterical crying. I remember my mind telling me this is crazy but I couldn’t stop. When I got back in my truck I spoke out loud, “this man is the other half of me”. I have never been able to explain my reaction. I haven’t had the need to visit another National cemetary, but that experience has never left me. My question is, “Was he my husband during the Civil War? What do you think?
I read a non-fiction book this past week by Brian L. Weiss, M.D. that started me to start thinking seriously about reincarnation. The title of the book was, Many Lives, Many Masters. The book tells the story of one of Dr. Weiss’s patients and how she was healed from many psychological problems by past life therapy. It not only changed her life but also his. Up until this point in time I never thought it had any validity. It was as if a door opened and let me step through into a world I didn’t think possible.
The definition of reincarnation from Wikipedia is:
The word “reincarnation” derives from Latin, literally meaning, “entering the flesh again”. The Greek equivalent metempsychosis (μετεμψύχωσις) roughly corresponds to the common English phrase “transmigration of the soul” and also usually connotes reincarnation after death, as either human, animal, though emphasising the continuity of the soul, not the flesh. The term has been used by modern philosophers such as Kurt Gödel and has entered the English language. Another Greek term sometimes used synonymously is palingenesis, “being born again”.
There is no word corresponding exactly to the English terms “rebirth”, “metempsychosis”, “transmigration” or “reincarnation” in the traditional languages of Pāli and Sanskrit. The entire universal process that gives rise to the cycle of death and rebirth, governed by karma, is referred to as Samsara while the state one is born into, the individual process of being born or coming into the world in any way, is referred to simply as “birth” (jāti). Devas (gods) may also die and live again. Here the term “reincarnation” is not strictly applicable, yet Hindu gods are said to have reincarnated (see Avatar): Lord Vishnu is known for his ten incarnations, the Dashavatars. Celtic religion seems to have had reincarnating gods also. Many Christians regard Jesus as a divine incarnation. Some Christians and Muslims believe he and some prophets may incarnate again. Most Christians, however, believe that Jesus will come again in the Second Coming at the end of the world, although this is not a reincarnation. Some ghulatShi’a Muslim sects also regard their founders as in some special sense divine incarnations (hulul).
Philosophical and religious beliefs regarding the existence or non-existence of an unchanging ‘self‘ have a direct bearing on how reincarnation is viewed within a given tradition. The Buddha lived at a time of great philosophical creativity in India when many conceptions of the nature of life and death were proposed. Some were materialist, holding that there was no existence and that the self is annihilated upon death. Others believed in a form of cyclic existence, where a being is born, lives, dies and then is re-born, but in the context of a type of determinism or fatalism in which karma played no role. Others were “eternalists”, postulating an eternally existent self or soul comparable to that in Judaic monotheism: the ātman survives death and reincarnates as another living being, based on its karmic inheritance. This is the idea that has become dominant (with certain modifications) in modern Hinduism.
The Buddhist concept of reincarnation differs from others in that there is no eternal “soul”, “spirit’ or self” but only a “stream of consciousness” that links life with life. The actual process of change from one life to the next is called punarbhava (Sanskrit) or punabbhava (Pāli), literally “becoming again”, or more briefly bhava, “becoming”, and some English-speaking Buddhists prefer the term “rebirth” or “re-becoming” to render this term as they take “reincarnation” to imply a fixed entity that is reborn. Popular Jain cosmology and Buddhist cosmology as well as a number of schools of Hinduism posit rebirth in many worlds and in varied forms. In Buddhist tradition the process occurs across five or six realms of existence, including the human, any kind of animal and several types of supernatural being. It is said in Tibetan Buddhism that it is very rare for a person to be reborn in the immediate next life as a human
The way I understand it, is we go through this life and die. Our spirit goes to a different plane and if we still have lessons to learn we are reincarnated and sent back to the mortal life to do it all over again. I wonder if this is the Catholic’s purgatory. With each session Dr. Weiss had with Catherine he would ask her what she was supposed to have learned and she would tell him.
The Bible has passages that people use to say reincarnation is real and was accepted by the disciples of Jesus. The first text concerns the identity of John the Baptist, supposed to be the reincarnation of the prophet Elijah. In Matthew 11,14 Jesus says: “And if you are willing to accept it, he (John the Baptist) is the Elijah who was to come.” In the same Gospel, while answering the apostles about the coming of Elijah, Jesus told them: “But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” The commentary adds: “Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist” (Matthew 17,12-13; see also Mark 9,12-13). (comparative religion.com)
How do you feel about reincarnation? Have you had any experiences in your life that led you to believe you might have lived before? It’s something to think about. Take a look at the video’s from Prime Time. Enjoy
I decided to write my blog today about a book I finished yesterday that astounded me. I read Out On A Limb by Shirley MacLaine. Did I get a surprise. I was expecting a bizarre, far out story. The book was an easy to read and understand in her struggle to find spirituality.
Being a spirit filled Christian I also thought she would have things to say that wouldn’t set well with me. That wasn’t the case either. My understanding of what she wrote is we are the divine, spiritual, power. Since we are the body of Christ would that make us divine in nature? Every power that Christ demonstrated, we can have; when we reach his level of spirituality.
I was interested in her idea of reincarnation. We will live again, and I know the Bible says we will live again with Jesus. She believes that the human soul keeps coming back until he or she gets things right here on earth. The more understanding and giving of yourself, you are the quicker you will be staying on the other side. Bad folks are doomed to keep repeating their
life over and over until they change. Maybe that is where the term hell on earth comes in. That was my thought not hers.
She is a woman who struggled to discover who she was supposed to be. It took her years to come to terms with her life. She studied while she traveled around the world searching for understanding. This was all in-between her show business dates.
I would recommend this book just to give you an insight into another’s thinking about spirituality.