who believe in reincarnation say that when a person experiences
physical death, their soul is reborn into a new physical body
in order to learn a new lesson in life. This is all part of
the spiritual evolution of the soul. However, It is also believed
that eventually there is the potential to escape the cycle,
by joining God, or achieving enlightenment.
act of re-birth also includes a passage through the spiritual
world or inner planes between death and rebirth. Past lives
are closely linked with Karma and the
consequences of moral actions in previous lives. How some one
lives their life in a previous life effects the challenges that
present themselves in the present life. On each re-birth a new
personality is developed in the physical world, based upon past
experience and new acquired experiences,
in reincarnation is an ancient phenomenon; and ancient graves
containing both people and possessions testify to beliefs that
a person would have need for their treasured possessions once
again despite physical death. Past life is often associated
with Buddhism and Taoism but is also widespread amongst other
beliefs. In India the idea of reincarnation was first introduced
in the Upanishads around 800 BC), which are philosophical and
religious texts composed in Sanskrit.
is also a belief belonging to many modern Pagans and some new
Age movements, along with followers of Spiritualism
and students of esoteric philosophies. Some psychics
see it as part of a religion, others seeing in it an answer
to many common moral dilemmas, such as "why are we here"
and "why do bad things sometimes appear to happen to good
people". In Western culture, regression or near death experience
has provided evidence of claims to past life memories, some
of which have been verified. Recollections of these experiences
tend to be consistent with recollections of beings of light,
messages of love and peace, and passing trough a tunnel of light.
psychics practice past-life regression with the use of hypnosis.
During this state a person regresses beyond the point of their
birth through various lives in order to provide information
concerning a current problem or situation.
are many people nowadays who remember their past lives and use
that knowledge to help them with their current lives; this kind
of occurrence is fairly central to the New Age faith and amongst
many psychics. Some of the people who remember claim simply
to remember without any effort on their part. They simply "see"
previous times and see themselves interacting with others. In
many common new age beliefs, past life recollections also include
legendary places such as Atlantis and Avalon, (the final resting-place
of King Arthur and Merlin). It is also believed by some that
prior to life on earth there was a succession of lifetimes in
other life forms outside the context of earth where one was
working to become Human.
The most detailed collections of personal reports in favour
of reincarnation have been published by Dr. Ian Stevenson in
works such as 'Reincarnation and Biology, which documents
thousands of detailed cases where claims of injuries received
in past lives sometimes correlate with birthmarks or birth defects.
Here are a number of small children who have reported having
memories of past lives prior to their present life, and some
also report being able to recall a time between lives In some
cases these children have also reported being in a place like
heaven between lives, and sometimes that they were given some
degree of choice as to whether and when to be reborn, and even
in selecting their future parents.
concepts have also been embraced by some of the worlds
greatest psychics and philosophers, including Pythagoras
who was probably the first Greek philosopher to advance the
idea of reincarnation. In Platos Republic he tells the
myth of how Er, the son of Armenius, miraculously returned to
life on the twelfth day after death and recounted the secrets
of the other world. After death, he said he went with others
to the place of Judgement and saw the souls returning from heaven
and from purgatory, and proceeded with them to a place where
they chose new lives, human and animal. Doctrines of reincarnation
were also known to the early Church (before the 6th century
AD, and believers in reincarnation claim that these doctrines
were embraced or at least tolerated within the Church at that
American psychic Edgar
Cayce taught reality of reincarnation and karma, but as
instruments of a loving God rather than blind natural laws.
Its purpose is to teach us certain spiritual lessons.