As a follow-up to my previous blog, the truth about karma—which placed karma away from punishment into the realm of parasympathetic response, it’s important to now similarly place reincarnation.
Reincarnation and karma are so intrinsically linked in the religious paradigm. In that worldview, reincarnation is directly driven by karma. That is, we are forced to reincarnate again and again until we have cleared all our Karma, which given most of our collective and individual actions in life, is pretty much eternity. To borrow a phrase from Christianity, these two concepts are daring to cast the first stone. But the casting of the stone stems only from our misunderstanding of the concepts.
As with karma, we need to look at the concept of reincarnation with a spiritual lens in order to understand what it really is. This is because in the religious belief-scape there is something in the way of retribution and punishment. Life here in the physical universe is seen as punishment rather than as something to be consciously created and enjoyed. In fact, the idea of physical life as a theatre of toil and suffering is a common theme in many religions—even in those where reincarnation isn’t an accepted doctrine.
The first thing we have to understand when we put on the spiritual lens is that life in any realm is a creative exercise. It’s an exercise of spirit realising and experiencing the conceptual ideas of itself. It is a process of allowing ideas to be expressed. I’ve already covered how spirit achieves this in the blog, the philosopher’s stone explained as well as in my book, The Pocket Book of Little Big Things, so we won’t dwell on mechanics here.
Spirit (you and me) is infallible, cannot be hurt or brought to grief in anyway. So, what is to be gained in a process where punishment is dished out by spirit to itself, knowing its infallible characteristic? That indeed would be madness.
Reincarnation then is a choice
It is a choice by spirit, which is each of us, to do what we do—which is to ideate, realise and experience. That’s it. That’s all there is. We chose to come here because it’s what we do. We experience our ideas about ourselves.
And actually, to use the phrase ‘come here’ is misleading. It’s one of the beliefs we hold which puts an illusion of great distance between what we actually are and what we think ourselves to be.
The right terminology would be to say that we ‘physicalise into a localised density’. A perfect term for our physicality has been coined by Sue Hoya Sellars as our ‘cosmic address’—doesn’t that sound so much better?
Reincarnation as with karma, is anything but forced. We chose it because it is the natural impulse of the life that we are. And speaking of choice, it is the one key attribute which allows the myriad of creations to infinitely differentiate. We as creator, have free will. We are not bound by rules because rules restrict potential manifestations—rendering the infinite creative potential that we are, finite in some way.
Take a water fountain as an example. Even the most elaborate of fountains are bound by pipes which force the water into a desired shape. The fountain of life doesn’t and cannot work like that. Otherwise all the manifestations would be the same. We are constantly shaping the fountain of life with our decisions—it’s what makes each new universal emanation exciting and not boring.
What we do have however are ideas that represent our concept(s) of good. So, we choose to artificially ring-fence our creations within its boundaries. These boundaries then lead to specific expressions which reflect those concepts we’ve labelled as ‘good’. We then physicalise again and again to see if we can realise even grander versions of those ideas of ‘good’. That’s the game of life.
But to experience those ideas, we need something to compare it to. We need to be able to differentiate. This is where the comparator we call ‘bad’ comes into play.
Does that mean bad people get away with all the bad things they do?
This is the most complicated question when it comes to comprehending what karma and reincarnation are. The answer isn’t complicated. What it can be though, is challenging.
It remains challenging until we come to understand one thing with our entire being—not just conceptually but also experientially. It is that there is nothing to ‘get away with’. Why? Because of the infallibility and perfection of each and every aspect of spirit.
That statement is much easier to accept once you experience the concept of ‘no death’. No one dies. Spirit is forever. You are forever. And the good thing is, you can experience ‘no death’ for yourself whilst you are still manifested as a body. I cover how to in the chapter on death in The Pocket Book of Little Things, through astral projection or what’s called out-of-body experiences. We’ll get more into that in the coming blogs.
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