“I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.” Goethe
Also known also as “metempsychosis” and “transmigration”, Reincarnation and the concept of past lives has existed for thousands of years. Reincarnation, or the rebirth of energy, or life, occurs all around us in different shapes and forms every day. Especially in nature. When a plant grows, dies and releases its seeds. Its seeds burrow into the earth, begin to sprout, and new life is reborn once again. Perhaps this is why for many of us reincarnation is something so visceral. All life on earth completes a maturing process so, it’s likely that the soul also has the ability to mature just as naturally as any other maturing process in life.
Clues about our past lives can be found in our dreams, our bodies, and our souls. From deja vu to unusual memories and even birthmarks, for those who believe in reincarnation, these experiences are very significant. The truth is that all of us have most likely reincarnated, however, some of us have gone through this cycle more than others and therefore experience these characteristics more than others.
The new acceptance of past lives and reincarnation has prompted more and more people to ask questions about their past lives.
Although as modern day humans, we are only able to access a very small part of our brain at one time. However, all of our knowledge is still stored. It’s just deep in our subconscious. With regards to past lives though, this can be taken as a blessing and allows us to start each new life seemingly afresh. Could you imagine if you’d done something bad in a past life & were forced to live with that every day in your new life. The guilt would be soul destroying.
On the other hand, if a person could see what they had experienced before their current life, they could use this information to make better choices in this life. However, that person would need to have sufficient detachment from their past life to not allow the past life memories to have a negative effect on their current life.
One popular method for exploring a past life is meditation, which a person can do themselves by allowing their mind to wander back through your current lifetime, to earlier memories, and then telling your mind to go back to the lifetime before.
Hinduism and Jainism in particular teaches that reincarnation is the transmigration of souls and that the soul continues to learn “life lessons”. Likewise, Buddhism also holds reincarnation as a pillar in its religion. So much so, it is said that the main focus of a Buddhist life is the effort to accumulate good karma and acquire merit to achieve a better reincarnation in the next life.
The point is that, regardless of your past life, if you dedicate your new life to being a good person with values and a selfless service to helping others, your next life is likely to provide you with the experience you need to be of even greater service and advance spiritually.