Have you ever gotten the feeling that you’ve lived before?
Reincarnation is an ancient Eastern religious belief that has caught the attention of many in the West. It is the belief in an ongoing process of death and rebirth where the body dies but the soul remains intact and moves on into a new body. The concept has its roots in almost all religions, dating back throughout history.
In Hindu belief, souls may pass through humans or animals, and possibly divinities, plants or stars. The body and soul are tied together as a sort of punishment for misdeeds or ignorance in a past or present life. Each reincarnated life is another chance to get closer to enlightenment through your thoughts, words, and actions. Over many lifetimes, a person can become free from the physical body and eventually reach the enlightened state of moksha.
The Buddhist belief in reincarnation differs slightly from the Hindu belief. In Buddhism, a person’s soul does not literally transcend to the next body, but continues as a stream of consciousness, linking each life. The Buddha taught that there are ten realms of being: Buddha is at the very top, hell is at the bottom, and humans are somewhere in the middle. Humans can move up or down this scale according to their karmic intentions, living in a self-created hell or enlightened state depending on their own actions.
Reincarnation comes to the West
In the 19th century, the Eastern beliefs of reincarnation and karma traveled to the West. New philosophies formed from these “new” ideas, including the “New Age” beliefs.
“New Age” beliefs are a cocktail of many older religious beliefs, including Buddhism and Hinduism. Some New Age schools of thought even believe in reincarnation beyond our planet, that people can be reincarnated as an organism in another solar system or as energy in another form. Regardless of the individual ideas about reincarnation, most people who embrace New Age philosophies believe in some form of life after death which makes the inevitable transition to death a more positive prospect than simply the end of life.
Spiritualists know that life is eternal, we know that death is not the end, but whether we can reincarnate or not is something that there is no official position on, leaving it up to the individual to decide for themselves.
Can reincarnation be proven? Maybe not, but the Spiritualist principle of personal responsibility, like the law of Karma, reminds us that we are responsible for our own actions, and that we create our own happiness or unhappiness according to our thoughts and deeds.
So, what do you think? Have you ever gotten the feeling that you’ve lived before? If reincarnation is a concept that interests you, I think you will find this book which was originally written back in 1908 by William Walker Atkinson interesting.
"Have You Lived Before? Reincarnation and the Afterlife" ISBN 978-1-926826-04-2
Most religions throughout history have held a belief in reincarnation. Even the early Christians believed it. Is it possible? What does the Bible have to say about reincarnation?
Find out what many of the great thinkers throughout history believed and decide for yourself.
This book discusses:
The ancient beliefs and how they evolved throughout history
The arguments for and against reincarnation
What happens between incarnations
The justice of reincarnation
The law of Karma
This book is an easy-to-read version of the New Thought classic “Reincarnation and the Law of Karma” written by William Walker Atkinson, and originally published in 1908. This updated version includes information not contained in the original book.