Here is what I know: Reincarnation
the rebirth of a soul in a new body.
synonyms: rebirth, transmigration of the soul, metempsychosis
a person or animal in whom a particular soul is believed to have been reborn.
What is Re-Incarnation?
When you die, your conciousness picks itself up out of your body and pops itself into another body.
Some say we can incarnate as animals, some say we can incarnate as aliens, some say we can incarnate acrossed dimensions, some say we incarnate back and forth through time (the hypothesis that linear time is only to keep us sane, in reality time is a big bubble instead of a straight line).
Reincarnation helps us to understand ourselves and our destiny in this life a little bit better.
It helps us to recognize and understand repeating patterns in our life as, not problems or mistakes or drama, but to see the true purpose, which is a cosmic lesson .
Think of this as Schoolhouse Earth and these lessons are what we need to pass the test to level up to the next lesson.
I subscribe to the theory of reincarnation being all about learning the vast and many lessons that we have to learn as a soul to become a more complete and whole soul at the end of all of our journey.
*I also happen to believe that we are pieces of a much larger higher soul , but that is a personal belief and not necessarily tied into the basic concept of reincarnation.
Cultures that ascribe to reincarnation:
*many ancient Greek philosophers believed in reincarnation
as well as peoples in Australia ,East Asia ,Siberia , and in South America
Most within the abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe individuals reincarnate
Now,interestingly enough there are particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation.
These groups include the most followers of Kabbalah , the Cathars ,the Alawite’s, the Druze(sometimes self identifing as Unitarians) and the Rosicrucians.
The historical relations between the Sects and beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of neoplatonism, orphism hermeticism, Gnosticism of the Roman era have come under heavy research in recent years.
*Unity Church and its founder Charles Fillmore teach reincarnation
*Buddhism, according to various Buddhist scriptures, Gautama Buddha believed in the existence of an afterlife in another world and in reincarnation since there actually is another world .
Buddha Majjhima Nikaya that’s translated by the Buddha also asserted that Karma influences rebirth and that the cycles of repeated births and deaths aren’t endless .
Before the birth of Buddha , ancient Indian Scholars had developed competing theories of afterlife, including the materialistic School such as Charvaka ,which posited that death is the end -there is no afterlife ,no soul ,no rebirth, no Karma- and they describe death to be a state where a living being is completely annihilated/dissolved.
Buddha rejected this theory, adopted the alternate existing theories on rebirth, criticizing the materialistic schools that denied rebirth and karma, states Damien Keown. Such beliefs are inappropriate and dangerous, stated Buddha, because such annihilationism views encourage moral irresponsibility and material hedonism; he tied moral responsibility to rebirth
the Buddha introduced the concept that there is no permanent self and that central concept of Buddhism is called Anatta.
Tibetan Buddhism puts emphasis on the state of mind at the time of death.
It is said that, To die with a peaceful mind will bring a virtuous seed and a fortunate rebirth, but a disturbed mind harbingers a non-virtuous seed & an unfortunate rebirth.
History of reincarnation(lols):
The Origins of the idea of reincarnation are obscure.
Mentions of it appear in the philosophical traditions of India and
The Greek pre-socratics.
Also the Celtic Druids taught belief of reincarnation.
There are two different theories on how Ideas of & about reincarnation came about:
1. Ideas arose independently in different regions
2. they might have spread as a result of cultural contact
Some suspect cultural transmission and propose links between Iron Age Celtic , Greek and Vedic philosophies and/or religions.
☆There are a few who feel that belief in reincarnation was around in proto-indo-european religion.
Ancient European, Iranian & Indian agricultural societies recognized that the life cycles of birth , death and rebirth were a mirror of agricultural Cycles. Which would make a great deal of sense, when you think about it.
☆The Celts in the first century BC ,wrote the Pythagorean doctrine and it prevails among the Gauls.
It teaches that The Souls of men are Immortal and that after a fixed number of years they will enter into another body.
The Druids of Gaul , Britain and Ireland had metempsychosis(the supposed transmigration at death of the soul of a human being or animal into a new body of the same or a different species) as one of their core doctrines.
the principal point of their Doctrine is that the soul does not die after death ,
it passes from one body into another, a doctrine which robs death of all its Terrors.
This is also the main object of their education -to imbue their Scholars with a firm belief in the indestructibility of the human soul –
☆Now, there is some Documentation from as early as the Han Dynasty claiming that Lao Zhu appeared on Earth as different persons in different times beginning in the legendary area of three sovereigns and five Emperors the third Century BC,
Their theory being:
birth is not a beginning,
death is not an end
*there’s existence without limitation
*there is continuity without a starting point *existence without limitation is space *continuity without a starting point is time there is birth ,there is death ,there is issuing forth, there is entering in.
☆Reincarnation also pops up in Norse mythology.
In the poetic Edda ,
the editor of the Edda’s speaks of a love story between a valkyrie and a Norseman which held that the couple died and rose three times in three different life paths.
“The body dies” hazards the Hindu Traditions “but not the soul”.
All existence is believed to be connected and cyclical in Hinduism.
All living beings composed of two things , the soul and the body or matter.
Ones soul does not change/cannot change by its innate nature in the Hindu belief, in contrast the body and personality changes constantly……It changes, is born and dies.
Current Karma impacts future circumstances in this life ,as well as future forms.
In their belief set, Karma, a Life’s good intent & actions lead to a good future.
While bad intent & actions offer a bad future.
Karma impacts how one reincarnates as well (in the Hindu view of existence heaven & hell are abit less permanent).
In the afterlife- based on one’s Karma- the soul is reborn as another being in heaven ( According to Hindu cosmology, above the earthly plane, are other planes: (1) Bhuva Loka, (2) Swarga Loka, meaning Good Kingdom, is the general name for heaven in Hinduism, a heavenly paradise of pleasure, where most of the Hindu Devatas (Deva) reside along with the king of Devas, Indra, and beatified mortals), Naraka ( is the Hindu equivalent of Hell, where sinners are tormented after death. Yama, the god of Death resides there. … The stay in Svarga or Naraka is generally temporary. After the quantum of punishment is over, the souls are reborn as lower or higher beings, per their merits.) Or a living being on Earth..be it human or animal.
Gods die as well, once they’re past karma merrits run out, As do those in Naraka ,and they return getting another chance on Earth.
This reincarnation continues endlessly in Cycles, until one embarkes on a spiritual Pursuit -realizes self-knowledge and thereby gaines Moxa .
Moxa, being the final release out of The Reincarnation Cycles.
This release is believed to be a state of utter Bliss which New Traditions believe is either related to or identical to bRahman or Nirvana.
☆In African voudon, the Yoruba people believe in reincarnation within the family, familial or lineal rebirth.
This is not to simply say that your grandfather or great-uncle will come back as your child.
However when the time arrives for a spirit to return to Earth (otherwise known as, The Marketplace) threw the conception of a new life in the direct bloodline of the family,
one of the component entities of a person’s being returns while the other remains in heaven.
Accordingly , the spirit that returns does so in the form of a guardian or Orisha.
One’s guardian or Orisha, which is represented & contained in the crown of the head, represents not only the spirit and energy of the previous blood relative but also the accumulated wisdom he or she has acquired through a myriad of lifetime’s.
☆ Reincarnation is an intrinsic part of many Native American and Inuit traditions as well.
So as you can see, Reincarnation (while the particulars are still debated) is a remarkably widely accepted belief construct 😀
****But don’t just take my word for it , get out there and research it!****
~Alicia Anspaugh-Mccullough, DMNAS