First off - what do you believe?
Reincarnation, according to Wikipedia, is described as: “also known as rebirth, transmigration, or in Ancient Greek-inspired texts metempsychosis, is the philosophical or religious concept that the non-physical essence of a living being begins a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death."
Reincarnation to me is, “Oh crap, we have to do this again?”
Please don’t mind this temporary rant…
This concept or belief of reincarnation has always intrigued me. I’m not sure what happens after we die, and I consider this idea a possibility, let alone all other possibilities. Contemplating reincarnation reconfigures my entire thought process about grief, loss, death, and my existence.
The Japanese Beetle
I just had an experience with a Japanese Beetle THIS morning. I was talking to someone and noticed one flying close to me, and I said out loud, “Bugs have been coming close to me a lot lately. I wonder if someone is watching over me.” Partially to entertain my sarcastic, dry sense of humor, it was also a genuine rhetorical speculation. Moments later, in the middle of a little bit of a personal crisis that the moment got triggered, the beetle came out of nowhere and landed on me. I’d normally freak out a little bit more, but I was calm and observed this beetle. I felt a moment of “Huh, I wonder” as I watched it fly off, simultaneously bringing me back down to earth into immediate contemplation about the “crisis” with a bit of a different perspective. I just thought I’d share my Japanese Beetle story as an introduction to sharing some more information about Reincarnation from the web.
There are a lot of cultures and religions that thrive off the idea of reincarnation. Such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Ancient Egyptian Religion, Tibetan Buddhism, and even Plato and Pythagoras in Greek Philosophy explored this idea. I find it fascinating how these beliefs have a lot of underlying similarities and differences at the same time.
The central belief seems to be that life and death are not a beginning and end. They are one part of the same cycle. This concept comforts me, so sometimes I can’t tell if I gravitate towards it because of my desire for comfort or strong belief. We know energy cannot be created nor destroyed, so where does the energy that is “us” go? At a minimum, the idea of karma, at least, is a notion that would have us do our best to be conscious of living a life of compassion and kindness because if we don’t, then it'll shape our experiences in the future!
Is reincarnation real?
Man, I don’t know. Not sure anyone does for sure, and if they do based on ‘experience,’ then it’s just a conflict of modern science due to lack of tangible evidence. Plenty of stories of children remembering past lives seem to defy logic. And, despite those anecdotes, people still dismiss it to their imagination. These stories of remembering past lives are fascinating, and I don’t dismiss it. We’re floating on a rock amongst the potentially infinite universe, which we still barely know anything about, and you will tell me that reincarnation is IMPOSSIBLE?
Look into the night sky and how vast and absurd this is, and return to me.
Again, the common idea behind this is that life continues after this singular existence that we know now. Let’s say it is real for sure. Then, it leads me to conclude that we are here to learn, grow, and transcend. Until we’ve reached the ‘pinnacle.’ And if that happens, what’s next?
And now I’m questioning my entire existence again..
Tune in to some episodes below where we discuss a little about past lives, reincarnation and more personal stories from these incredible guests:
Her near-death experience about our purpose to LEARN: https://youtu.be/MKmQEPqCuA4