So is this it, is this the only chance we have at life? And if so, is there life after death? Since the dawn of humanity, people have asked questions such as these. There are records of children who speak of having memories of their past lives. Could these occurrences offer us a glimpse into the possibility of life after death?
Reincarnation in History
There are many theories surrounding this subject. In this post, I would like to address the concept of reincarnation. What is reincarnation? Literally, the word “reincarnation” means “entering the flesh again” in Latin. It describes the belief that after death, the soul or spirit, returns to live in a new body. Reincarnation is a central doctrine of many religious traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism.
It’s interesting to point out, that although religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam don’t officially subscribe to this doctrine, some groups within these religions, do refer to reincarnation. For example, mentions of reincarnation existed in Christianity, until 553 A.D. when they were banned by the Council of Nicaea.
Belief in reincarnation is alive in many tribal societies of the world. Although, without a written form, many tribes in Africa, North and South Americas and Australia believe in the spirit returning to a new body. The body that is either a human, or in some cases an animal.
Perhaps the best known scientific evidence confirming reincarnation, comes to us from the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson. His career spans over forty years of collecting and documenting data from thousands of children all over the world.
These children had spontaneous recollection of their past lives. Dr Stevenson had identified the deceased person who the children claimed to have been, and went on to verify their existence. He even went as far as matching scars and birthmarks described by the children.
As part of his research, Dr Stevenson would often accompany the child to the supposed home of the deceased person whom the child claimed to have been in the past life. Repeatedly, he would record data pointing to the overwhelming evidence that the child’s story was correct.
Dr Stevenson scrutinized his cases to rule out any inconsistencies and outside influences. His credentials are impeccable, and many sceptics and scholars agree that his body of work is the best scientific evidence available, pointing to reincarnation.
In my private spiritual practice, I’ve come across signs that lead me to believe in the reincarnation personally. And purely as an observation, living one lifetime, isn’t nearly enough time to work out our issues on the karmic level. In my opinion there is life after death.
I don’t mean to offend anyone, or any belief, and these are but my own personal observations. Adhering to the concept of going to heaven or hell after a single life on Earth, may have worked five centuries ago. It is now becoming clear that it’s an over-simplified explanation created by organized religion in order to manipulate the masses.
But no matter what it is that you do believe in, I suggest taking this opportunity to live the best life you can possibly live. This means treating your fellow humans with kindness. Learning and evolving spiritually. Offering your love freely. Whatever Higher Power you believe in, and by whatever name you refer to it, it is watching you right now from that cloud up in the sky. And if you don’t believe me, just look up!
Live well. Vlad