I thought I’d write about my thoughts on reincarnation.
I never use the word “believe” when I talk about these sorts of things. I like to say “I work with the idea”, or “I think in terms of”… something like that. I think the real, actual truth is something beyond what most of us are capable of understanding at our present level of consciousness, so saying I believe in any particular thing would seem a bit silly to me.
So I like to say I work with the idea of reincarnation, because I find it is a useful concept. If a better concept comes along, I will drop it in a flash in favour of the new concept.
Just as one example of how the concept could become outmoded… many of us like to try to live in the present moment, after being inspired by The Power of Now and lots of other writings on the subject. I like the idea, that I picked up somewhere, that time actually does not exist—time is an illusion that got invented to teach us to use the present moment better. If this is the case, the past does not exist… all the past and our past lives must be happening consecutively right now in the eternal present moment. We are both ourselves and Cleopatra at the same time! This reasoning could get very messy very quickly so I’ll stop right here… my point is that we just don’t know (in my opinion).
In my view (for now), when someone dies, their soul/spirit/identity leaves their body and moves on to a different plane of existence (people have words worked out for these sorts of things—sorry but I forget them). While there, the person has a rest.
Many people are under the impression that the state after life is full of magical wonders. I have read that this is true, but that we can only be aware of things that reflect our current level of consciousness while on this plane of existence, the same as happens in life. This is explained in the book Autobiography of a Yogi and elsewhere.
If this is the case, we are blind to the wondrous colours illuminating existence there, unless we have the eyes to see them, the same as we might be totally unmoved by a beautiful sunset here on Earth if we are feeling depressed. We also cannot feel “God’s love” while in this state any more than we can feel it while we are alive. Our state of consciousness will be exactly the same in this place as it was while we were in a body, according to my reading. Our higher self can see further, the same as it does while we are alive in a body.
I think the paradox is that we can’t experience the wonders of these other planes of existence unless we love life in a body so much that we don’t want to leave, and we are capable of choosing whether we do. When we have reached this point, we can visit other realms if we want, and we can also come back when we want.
Being with God
I do not think we “go to be with God” or “go home” when we die, because we are already with God (or whatever we may call the universal creative energy) all the time anyway. We can’t escape being with God! Whether we are alive or dead. I don’t think “God is watching us, from a distance”, as sung by Bette Midler… I think God is the creative force that animates us. God does not watch me when I go to the toilet, God is inside me experiencing it too.
If we cannot feel at one with God (or the universal creative energy), and it’s an issue to us, we need to work on raising our consciousness, right here and now. Dying won’t do it for us.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that we can’t escape from ourselves.
I like the way Ruby Nelson’s The Door of Everything talks about God being with us (it’s a channelled book, authored by God/our guiding voice):
The truth is that I am always with you, no matter where you are, for in me you live and move and have your being.
If you would become conscious of my presence, look squarely in my face; stretch your mind and heart and take a long, thorough, independent look. I will be everywhere staring boldly back at you. If you look at the sky you will know that I am blue, if you look at the night you will know that I am black, if you look at a leaf you will know that I am green. If you look at the midday sun I will dazzle you with my brightness. If you look into the eyes of your husband or wife, you will see me twinkle.
Anyway, to continue with the cycle…
After some time, the person feels they want to continue with their progress. They know that being alive in a human body is the best way of doing it, because while in a body they can see the results of their thinking played out in their health, relationships and life. So they get the urge to incarnate again.
Their higher self looks out for the life situation that will teach them exactly what they need to know. They choose the parents, siblings, country, time, economy and whatever else that will give them the experiences they need to grow. When they spot their parents having sex, WHEEE… in they go! (I put this last sentence in for light entertainment).
In their new life, the emotional climate of the previous life is recreated, so that the journey continues on. A person who needs to learn to stop being a victim might be born into a situation where they are victimised, for example. A person who knows they are loved will probably continue to feel loved. A person who is not very independent might be thrust into situations where they get to learn to be independent.
Choosing physical immortality
I really do think we can choose to live on and not die. We can choose to believe it’s possible to do so, and see what happens next.
Many people talk about how we create our lives with our thoughts and emotions—this is either true or it isn’t. It can’t be half true, like we can’t be half pregnant. If it’s true, then we cause aging, illness, accidents and dying with our thoughts, and we can avoid them by working with our thoughts (and the emotions that hold them in place).
Because I see life in terms of the cycle I outlined in the section above, I think that death itself is not something to be afraid of—we just go on anyway.
But I think death is a huge and unnecessary waste that achieves nothing. The journey is the same whether we go through the death part of the cycle or not, and we don’t need to begin new lives to get ourselves into the situations we need for growth—our higher selves do that for us continually anyway. As I mentioned once before on this blog, I think of life as being like going on a bus journey… why would you get off at the bus stop and wait for the next bus, only to continue on the same journey?
The problem with death is the lead-up to it. It affects people psychologically for their whole life if they believe they are going to grow old and die one day (even if they don’t think about it consciously). This causes aging and illness.
Support from God
Some people think aging and illness are God’s way of teaching us things. Their “God” is perhaps an entity that they feel is outside of themselves doing things to them, which might be why they probably also think they go to be with God when they die—a thought that would never occur to them if they really felt they were with God now, while alive, I’d suggest.
I think the God, or universal, energy is a loving one, and it wants the best for us. It supports us by making our thoughts come true. Another way of saying this is that we have creative freedom. If we want aging, illness and death, that’s what we get. If we want everlasting life, joy and fulfillment, it’s ours.
From my perspective, it’s up to us to choose.
I’ll finish with another quote from The Door of Everything:
It is true that life is everlasting regardless of how many times the body dies. It is true that the soul lives on and creates a new body for itself. But it is also true that the soul is endowed with wisdom, it knows death of the body is out of harmony with my universal law of Life.
This is why death has such a morbid connotation to my earthbound children. Your soul knows it is the way of earth-believers. It yearns to be exalted by the vibration of the Ascension Attitudes so it can travel the way of saints. In order to travel this high way, it needs a body which overcomes the destructive earth vibrations and is transmuted into Light.
Death is the way of separation, it is not the way of Oneness. Although death may, on rare occasions, be painless and easy for its victims, it is never painless and easy for the loved ones left behind. This is because I created all my children to be together in love, together in Spirit, not separated by unknown universal vastness. Though you were able to roam the cosmos when you knew it as the Garden of Eden, you were also able to be bodily in the presence of a loved one, whenever your heart desired, with the speed of thought. Death is contrary to this perfect law of non-separation which all exercised most freely before the foundations of the earth were ever laid.
Death not only leaves you physically out of touch, it leaves you mentally out of touch. It is most assuredly the sorrowful road of separation. And I would never have penalized any of my beloved children by setting them on this road of pain. Death came into existence along with all the unhappy experiences, as a result of your misthinking.