As I grew and discovered the metaphysical side of life, my beliefs shifted and I was able to discover some of my past lifes through meditation. At one point I was a sailor for the Portuguese I believe. That was the oldest vision from my past life experiences that I am aware of, but I'm definately a firm believer on reincarnation!
Artemis365 wrote:Please share expierences and opinions about reincarnation
This is one way I think of Reincarnation. Once a person dies, (which I think it's called false death) that the soul begins a new life, which is reborn in to the other world or heaven, or what ever place you call.
and possibly that it is a souls choice to stay in the spirit realm and rest, and to also enjoy being there. and another which is to be reborn into the physical realm, and let yourself go through another experience.
This led me to consider that even if there is a soul that survives death, it too has a limited "lifespan."
When I look at a newborn baby I don't see a being with a load of "past life" baggage, I see pure expression of the "Universal Spirit", freshly incarnated into a personal form in the making. It seems unfair to such a pure spirit to impose previous experience on a being that probably does not have it.
Each time the self and Self unite, reincarnation happens. "You" and "I" are different selves but it is the same Self that shines within us all.
Sencha wrote:This led me to consider that even if there is a soul that survives death, it too has a limited "lifespan."
For all practical purposes, such a soul (with a limited lifespan) is still eternal.
Sencha wrote:If such a soul ceases to exist, how would it be aware that it has ceased to exist? Can you be conscious of your own death?
Sencha wrote:I don't believe in 'karmic baggage' either. What some call 'karma,' I simply see as the result of natural laws. If you 'break the law of gravity' by jumping off a cliff, you have to pay the consequences in resulting injuries. It's not that you have 'bad karma' as a result...it's simply that violating natural laws has natural consequences. Each time an infant is born, I believe that the slate is clean.
Sencha wrote:Each time the self and Self unite, reincarnation happens. "You" and "I" are different selves but it is the same Self that shines within us all.
Yes...I just don't see 'self' and 'Self' as separate. Perhaps the ultimate goal of reincarnation is to come to this realization...that self and Self are the same.
How? As in "there is no time" eternity? And for what practical purposes because I think I've missed the point?
Because when the "clean slate" is born its parents have lots of karma accumulated in the incarnated world to condition it with, cultural stereotypes, repression etc. Psychological compost
Quite. Conceptually they are different, and they are useful terms in my study and application of Psychosynthesis. But in that eternal mystic Way self is ultimately a manifestation of Self. Or so the mystics say...
Sencha wrote:How? As in "there is no time" eternity? And for what practical purposes because I think I've missed the point?
Practically...in the sense that 'consciousness' is defined as 'that which is aware,' and 'death' is defined as 'that which is unaware.'
If you don't live forever, you won't be aware of it.
Sencha wrote:Because when the "clean slate" is born its parents have lots of karma accumulated in the incarnated world to condition it with, cultural stereotypes, repression etc. Psychological compost
Yes, far too often we teach our children WHAT to think, and forget to teach them HOW to think.
Sencha wrote:Assuming reincarnation to be true...what learning/teaching would we take from one life to the next?
Humans "accumulate" this sort of learning from generation to generation. But it isn't limited to humans, because in way the whole Universe is participating in this Self-expressive evolution. We are an inseperable part of the Universe. We are part of its evolution. The Universe becomes a mirror for reflecting and manifesting Self through us.
Does anyone think that the new baby soul chooses where to be born , does it have pre knowledge of the life if wishes to learn about? Is there any 'thing' leading the soul in it's learning, are all souls connected to each other and so learn from each other through life in the manifest world?
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