"It is no more remarkable to be born twice
than it is to be born once."
All right, let's get this straightened out if we can. Now that we've cleared
up some of our thinking about religious preferences, maybe we can see that it
really is no more remarkable to be born several times than it is to be born once.
In a way, it's sort of insulting to A.T.I. to assume that "He" can't accomplish this.
The truth apparently is, however, that most of us have been here, or will be (in
terms of time) hundreds of times. Of course the whole truth, since there really is
no such thing as time, is much more complex than that, and we are not prepared
to go into that right now.
For most people who are new to the concept of multiple earth experiences,
the idea creates more questions than answers. For instance:
* Why can't I remember other previous earth "lifetimes"?
* Who is this "us" we are talking about?
* Why doesn't everyone believe this?
* Where do I go when I'm not here?
* What about heredity?
* Could I "come back" as an animal?
If you have read this far, no doubt you have already come up with some of
your own answers to these and other similar questions you may have thought of.
Many of you, I assume, have been raised in a religious group where this is not a
difficult concept, or you have been reading some of the many other excellent
books available on the subject. There is no shortage of available information,
and most of it is helpful to our understanding. I would just like to use this chapter
to summarize some of the ideas I have found useful in my own life-long study.
Probably the first concept we need to be clear on to get some idea of how
reincarnation works is one we have discussed earlier - time. As we have noted,
the idea of time as a measurement of change is related to the 3-dimensional
energy level we inhabit when we are here on earth or at least in the area. This is
difficult for the conscious mind, a tool for earth, to work with, but as far as the
soul-entity is concerned, there is no such thing as time.
If that is so, then the idea of "sequential" lifetimes goes right out the window.
If there is no time, then there is no sequence. To our minds, there is definitely
the appearance of linear, one after the other, sojourns here on earth, but in
actual fact, they are all simultaneous, and because of that, they have constant and
immediate effect on each other. What is happening in our "current" experience is
altered by what is going on in our "past" and "future" experiences, and vice versa.
Students of reincarnation usually refer to this relationship as "karma", a
Sanskrit term that basically means that we reap what we sow. We just need to
get it through our heads that the "sowing" is going on at many levels at all times,
and so are the results of our input.
Far too many people, when they become aware of the "many lifetimes" idea,
are preoccupied with only the experiences they have had on earth in "previous"
lives, as though that will explain everything they do (or have) now. Doing that is
not a great deal more helpful than just paying attention to what we have done
while growing up here in this time and learning from that experience. It's the
same concept, but on a larger scale. It's far more complicated than that.
I suppose it is acceptable to be proud of something that our soul accom-
plished in another visit here in earth's past, but our current trip is the one we
should be concentrating on. We obviously haven't learned all we can learn here
yet, or we wouldn't still be here. Perhaps the Creator's view is more like, "What
have you done for me lately?'. The seer Edgar Cayce, who seemed to be able to
view all of an individual's earth history at a glance, often used the phrase: "The
entity gained in that existence", or "the entity lost in that existence". Obviously
the process is bigger than it appears to be.
Good "lifetimes" and bad "lifetimes" to a soul are something like good days
and bad days to a human being. They are all part of a timeless learning experience
that we share. What's more, we must realize that the days spent inhabiting a
human body during one of our trips here are only a small part of the puzzle. Earth
lives are very much like the hours we spend here in school classrooms. At the
end of each school day we go home to our real life and try to assimilate and apply
what we learned at school.
Some days we learn a lot, but as you can tell by the condition of our society,
many students are learning very little, and some are not paying attention at all.
Apparently, this is a long drawn out process, even if we only count years and
forget the eternal NOW. Why don't we take a few pages here and consider some
possible answers to the questions I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter?
That should give us some idea of the mechanism of reincarnation, and the rest
we can obtain with our further study.
Question #1 Why can't I remember other earth lifetimes?
It is only our "conscious" mind that cannot remember other parts of our
existence, for several reasons. The conscious part of our mind is a tool designed
for use along with our physical body to experience and work with the three-
dimensional realm we are now focused on. It was created at the same time our
physical body was, and as such it is sort of a clean slate to be used in the here
and now. It doesn't need to remember anything else to do its job, and probably
would be hampered by too much data if it could.
All of the information is always there at the sub-conscious level, and is often
recalled vividly during dreams, meditation, or hypnosis, which can bring the
memories to the conscious surface. This can definitely be helpful when the
conscious mind has developed to the point where it can deal with the new aware-
ness, but only then. If we think of our present personality as a role played by the
soul in the same way that a professional actor plays many roles, we will realize
that vividly remembering every other role played (past or future) while trying to
play the current one could be very confusing. Previous roles provide valuable
experience for the actor, and should make him more competent each time, but
concentration on each one in its turn is critical to a good performance.
The beauty of this creation is that every role we play here on earth or else-
where is a brand new one that has never been played before. There has never
been another personality exactly like you or me, and there never will be. We are
each creating brand new experiences, and thus new memories, all the time. On
other levels we can view them all, but not on this one unless we really need to.
Question #2 Who is this "us" we are talking about?
We have already covered this question at some length, so we needn't spend
much time on it here. We just need to remember that what we usually think of
as "us" is really the temporary personality that is the role we are focused on.
That's not really who we are, only one aspect of it, and in fact all of us are playing
many other roles on other levels, or even on earth, at the same "time".
The "us" that we really are, however, is infinitely powerful, and since power
tends to corrupt human personalities, we are not consciously aware of our true
nature unless we make a sincere effort to gain that awareness. That is how it is
supposed to work. Unfortunately, we are also capable of short-circuiting the
process with drugs or other misguided efforts, which usually results in the chaos
that goes with misused power.
It is also important to remember that we are not just the animals that we
seem to be. We are part of nature while we are here to be sure, because we are
inhabiting a highly developed animal form which allows us to function in a world
full of animals, but identifying totally with this form gets us in a lot of trouble.
Animals have a lot to teach us about quality of life, if we will try to learn from
them instead of exploiting them, but animal instincts are necessarily concerned
with survival, reproduction, and social organization, all concerns of three-
dimensional earth. We are here to help that process and learn from it, but not to
become totally immersed in it.
Earth experience is not less important or "lower" on the scale of conscious-
ness than other energy levels as some would have us believe, but it is somewhat
counter-productive to take the survival instinct to the level of warfare, and the
reproductive urge to sexual madness. Social organization becomes tribalism and
belligerent nationalism when over-done.
Question #3 Why doesn't everyone believe this?
A lot of people do. The ones who are unaware of the rather obvious facts
in the matter are the victims of misinformation that has been given them from
their childhood. They are in the position of those who used to steadfastly believe
that the world was flat in spite of the mounting evidence that was proving other-
wise. As we have already seen, our conscious minds are capable of inventing
all kinds of strange ideas in a effort to establish and maintain dominance over
ourselves and others as well.
If one really wants to determine the truth about any subject under question,
it is necessary to access a more dependable level of consciousness. Aladdin was
unable to solve his problems until he rubbed his magic lamp and the genie
appeared to offer assistance. This famous children's story is just an allegory
wherein the genie (or genius) in all of us (our sub-conscious mind) is available
by rubbing our lamp (giving it our attention). We do this all the time. We call it
inspiration, or creativity, but most of us don't pay enough attention to our genie
to make good use of it.
When accessed, the sub-conscious mind of anyone will unfailingly confirm
the existence of other levels of energy as well as make us aware of some of our
other experiences on earth or elsewhere. In some ways, the sub-conscious mind
can be thought of as the mind of the soul in the same way that the conscious
mind is the mind of the body. That's an over-simplification, but it's a good place
For those of you who were brought up, as I was, with the narrow view of
the organized Christian church, it will be necessary to make a sincere effort to
open your mind and look for some new information. In the early years of the
Christian era, the organization was so determined to distance itself from the other
religions of the time that a lot of basic truth was simply dropped or removed from
the accepted teachings. It is very unfortunate, but most of the omissions were
deliberately done for the purpose of controlling a large number of un-educated
people. There is really no conflict whatever between the idea of multiple earth
lifetimes and real Christianity, which is a personal matter, not an organizational
one. If we think about it, we realize that many "lifetimes" in a timeless situation
puts everyone in touch with the eternal "Christ", so the church should be happy
with the idea.
Question #4 Where do I go from here?
It depends. There is a famous line from the new testament of the Christian
Bible where Jesus is quoted as saying, "In my father's house are many mansions".
This is a very strange translation. Houses do not contain mansions. It's almost
as if the editors were trying to be obscure. The meaning of the original remark
was probably something like, "the universal creation is infinite - there's a place in
it for everyone.
There is structure in this creation, however, in spite of the confusion in minds
of the chaos theorists. All life is purposeful, and therefore wherever our true self
goes in creation, there is a reason for it to be there. Some of the difficulty we have
in jumping from one level to another arises from the fact that the rules are diff-
erent depending on the game we are playing. Here on earth, we are subject to
the limitations of time and space, for instance. Elsewhere we are not. At the
points of transition like "birth" or "death", this may take some serious adjustment
for those with a limited view.
Where you or I go when we leave the earth depends to an extent on where
we were before we came here. All of us seem to be at different levels in the long
process of soul education, so we are not all taking the same courses in the school
of life. Here again we are forced to over-simplify, but apparently we each have
our own teachers and classmates in this school and are constantly being helped
and guided by others who are more advanced, and concerned with our progress.
That's reassuring, and it seems to be constantly true.
Since in a timeless reality there is really no hurry, there are also rest periods
or "recesses", which might correspond to the Christian view of heaven, to allow us
to rest and recuperate between lessons. Some of our lessons are more difficult
than others, and from what I've heard, earth is a tough school. There's a lot to
be learned here, so those of us who are attending need all the help we can get.
One thing is very important for us to remember. In a universe where mind
is the builder, the possibilities are infinite. We can create with our minds and
attitudes a complete range of environments from the worst hell to the most
glorious heaven, and it's our choice. We will all spend most of our existence in
the company of other souls who have similar characteristics as our own, so it
behooves us to watch our attitude. No matter where we go, like still attracts like.
An environment full of mean-spirited souls in a timeless situation is by definition
an eternal hell.
I would like to offer some alternative reading at this point that will give some
wonderful examples of how the system works if you choose to read it. There are
at this time many fine books being written that will help our understanding. These
are only a few examples:
By author: Brian Weiss, M.D. (1) Many Lives, Many Masters
(2) Messages From the Masters
By author: Michael Newton, PhD. (1) Journey of Souls
(case histories of life between lives)
(2) Destiny of Souls
(more case histories)
By author: Gina Cerminara, PhD. Many Mansions
By author: Thomas Sugrue There is a River
(biography of Edgar Cayce)
All of these books, along with many others, are uplifting and inspirational.
They will not cause us to abandon our religious upbringing, only to see through
some of the superstition in it, whichever one it is.
Question #5 What about heredity?
By now, most of you have already figured out your own answer to this
question. Certainly there are hereditary influences in human life, but they apply
only to the animal portion of our reality. Earth has its own rules, and while we
are here we are at least partially subject to them. The extent to which we are
influenced is determined by how much we allow our minds to identify with our
primate instincts instead of our soul's plan. It's always a compromise.
When we, along with our helpers, selected the parents we were to have in
our present sojourn, we accepted the heredity, social situation, and prior
relationships that went with it. All of these factors, and more, were part of the
role we assumed when we decided to be born, and they all have their own
limitations. Our life consists of what we do about the role we have chosen. We
can be a victim of our heredity and our environment or we can view them as
challenges and use them. It's up to us.
Question #6 Could I come back as an animal?
I suppose you could if you wanted to, but why would you want to? If we
look at nature, which is a microcosm of creation, we observe a vast and ever-
changing variety of life forms. The changes in the animal and vegetable kingdoms
have sometimes been referred to as "evolution", because there seems to be
constant adaptation to outside circumstances. This is another over-simplification
based on our limited viewpoint. The process is much more complicated that that,
and involves changes at all levels of consciousness we are not normally even
The consciousness we call "human" is only one of the endless types available,
and is also constantly developing in many directions at once. The level of energy
we call "animal" is not the same arrangement. It has its own strengths and weak-
nesses which are not the same as ours. We can learn to identify withe earth's
animal forms, and even to communicate with them much better than we do,
which would be to our advantage, but it is not necessary to become one of them
to do this.
There are myths in our historical writings that refer to half-human, half-
animal creatures or "Gods". This is part of our racial memory, because these
experiments actually took place at various times in the "past". There is no
recent evidence of this happening, because our species has chosen to go in a
different direction. At this point, even though we look and act like the animals
in many ways, and should be identifying with earth's nature instead of trying to
manipulate it, we are not really animals, and there is no particular advantage in
trying to be one.
The entire story of man's interaction with this planet, which really involves
our whole solar system, is an epic tale in which every answer raises new
questions. It is called life, and it is not static. The process is always going on,
so there is no such thing as having all the answers. If we ever new it all, then
the game would be over. Those of us who were brought up in the so-called
western world would need to pull our heads our of the sand and see the larger
picture, however. Limiting our view of human life to one short visit here makes
it impossible for us to gain much understanding of humanity's objective, and if
we don't learn the rules, we will never play the game very well.