Back at Samhain we talked about life and death, the spirit realm, and the like. We even touched on topic of Reincarnation although it was more done in passing then with any great detail. This week we’ll change that and look at it in detail. It is something that I consider a bit of a sacred cow personally, that is to say I view it as a traditional value or idea that may or may not have any value any longer. These types of things crop up in any organization religious or otherwise. Over time people do things a certain way or believe certain things without really understanding why. I look at a lot of different sacred cows in the book version of these Questions of the Week I am working on, so you won’t see too many of them posted here.
Let’s start by all getting on the same page just what is Reincarnation? How exactly does it work in your own belief system? I can give you a generic definition but that only gives us a basic starting point.
|1.||the belief that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back to earth in another body or form.|
|2.||rebirth of the soul in a new body.|
|3.||a new incarnation or embodiment, as of a person.|
How does it work? Is there a karmic scale the more good we do in one life the better our next life will be? Some believe that we have some say over what our lives will be like on some level so that we are able to decide what lessons we will learn in the course of our life time. I’ve also heard some people say that you always reincarnate in to the same species. So you can see already that there are lots of different theories behind just how reincarnation works.
I wouldn’t presume to guess how it works in your own faith. But don’t you think that it is something that you should consider if it is an important part of your own path. It is one thing to say that you believe in Reincarnation or that you don’t believe in it. Can you sit down with someone and talk about why you believe in it or not? It is about making an informed conscious decision.