In the secular west, we have been living in a society that for 2,000 years has denied the phenomenon of reincarnation. It began with the church, which as the Bible was being collated, decided to omit any reference to reincarnation as a method of controlling the population by fear. The church used fear to keep control of the masses by saying that if they sinned, they would be condemned to eternal torture in hell for their wrong doing in this life.
In all other cultures, religions, and traditions around the world, going back in time to our ancient ancestors, there was a strong belief in the afterlife, and reincarnation. Ancient texts describe how the circle of life is always moving forwards and as we are born, live, die, and then are born again, this is the progress of the soul, able to experience different lives and cultures so that it can learn its lessons.
We are in fact only able to exist because of the reincarnation of the stars. We are made up of carbon elements that were created as a star exploded as it died, and we, in turn, will return the carbon to the land when we die. It will then be recycled- nothing in nature is wasted. Once we die, we no longer have any need for our body, and we move onto our next incarnation or place of being.
We will never be able to prove that reincarnation is real until after we die. By that time, I am sure it will not matter much either way. However, whilst we are on earth, there are a few methods that you can use to see if you are able to experience your past lives.
Firstly, are you particularly drawn to a place, culture, land, or tradition? It could be that this is where you spent some time in former incarnations. Do you ever have the experience of having been somewhere before even though you know that you have not?
Secondly, go into the quiet part of your mind, and ask to be shown images from your past incarnations. If you are not used to meditating or sitting quietly, then it can be difficult to trust what you receive. However, keep practising, and you will find out about who you have been and which lessons you were learning.
Another way of finding out about past lives and your lessons is to find a professional who can help you to go back. Sometimes the lessons we were supposed to learn in a former life can be brought into this one if they were not completed. Past life regression can be a very powerful method of releasing you from current life patterning.
There are countless books that have been written about the subject, and if you are unsure but interested, then pick up a book, and see if it resonates with you. Brian Weiss is a great place to start.
Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, looking into the subject can really open your mind to other possibilities. We have been conditioned in the west to believe that this life is the only one we have. Find out for yourself what your beliefs are about reincarnation- such an important topic as we enter a new era.
Written by Caroline Nettle
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