I went to breakfast the other day at my usual feeding ground in downtown Madison, Connecticut. One of my blog followers, Marge was there in the morning and she mentioned that she read and commented on my Wednesday column. There is a typical breakfast crowd there and my friend and I got to discussing my blog. Somehow we arrived at a conversation about past lives and reincarnation.
She mentioned that on her grave stone she wants:
I’ll be back soon engraved.
Well that caused a discussion from another frequent visitor. He didn’t understand so my friend and I started talking about our strong belief that we all come back. Bill (Not his real name) said:
Ah we have two peas in a pod here.
C’mon! He said.
Marge turned to Bill and asked him if he ever met someone for the first time and had an immediate reaction. She was attempting to get him to understand reincarnation on a simple level. He said he hadn’t. No matter. Not everyone has to believe what I believe, what SOME of my blog followers believe. Faith and spiritual matters are personal. What would be interesting and what I’d love to see is someone who has no belief in reincarnation to have them be given the option of coming back, THEN have them recall the non belief body their soul was in when they didn’t believe we all return. I wonder what their reaction would be if they were faced with it.
There is so much circumstantial evidence that points to our souls returning again and again. I’ve written here previously about two books I think should be on your reading list if you want to begin to have some feeling for this:
This is is what Publisher’s Weekly says about Old Souls:
While it is easy for Western science to dismiss as fantasy or wish fulfillment the recollections of individuals who “remember” being Cleopatra or Napoleon, how is one to explain a young boy’s insistence that he is really a nondescript auto mechanic who died in a car crash a few years before? American psychiatrist Ian Stevenson has spent more than 30 years studying the cases of some 2000 children who spontaneously remember concrete details about dead strangers whose experiences can be documented. On his two final field trips, to Lebanon and India, he was accompanied by journalist Shroder, Sunday Style editor of the Washington Post. Shroder’s account of these expeditions emphasizes physical detail over in-depth analysis but nevertheless makes for engrossing reading. In many cases, the subjects exhibit birthmarks or extreme phobias corresponding to injuries or traumatic events in their “past lives.” They recognize the deceased’s relatives and friends; in one case, a Lebanese boy asked the deceased’s mother if she had finished knitting the sweater she was making for him when he died. That the compelling questions raised by such cases are ignored by the scientific establishment causes Stevenson great disappointment. “For me,” he claims, “everything now believed by scientists is open to question, and I am always dismayed to find that many scientists accept current knowledge as forever fixed.” The journalistic objectivity Shroder brings to his material makes this an exceptionally valuable treatment of an often disparaged subject.
Here’s what one reviewer said about Soul Survivor:
Soul Survivor describes the case of James Leininger, a spectacular example of the phenomenon of young children who seem to remember previous lives. We are fortunate that one of our guides for the story is James’ father Bruce, who approaches the situation with a critical attitude. His insistence on doubting each piece of information until it can be verified makes the eventual conclusion that James’s parents reach–that he is indeed remembering the life of a deceased World War II pilot–well-earned. Anyone interested in the possibility of past-life memories, or anyone who thinks it can be easily dismissed, needs to read this book.
–Jim B. Tucker, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia and author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives
I think it’s time to start taking some of these stories a bit more seriously. What if my example above where the person who DOESN’T believe comes face to face with the fact that we do ALL return? And what if at some point the new body in the old soul recalls his non belief and now he is faced with the conundrum that yes we do all come back. How do you think that person will react?
We should all consider the likelihood that there things in this world that we cannot comprehend and just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean we should automatically dismiss it.
Be Happy! Be Well! Be Positive!
Blessings to you.