Reincarnation: Past Life Evidence?
The word reincarnation comes from Latin, meaning “re-entering the flesh.” Reincarnation is the belief that the soul or spirit carries on after biological death and begins life in a new way. The details of reincarnation vary from interpretation to interpretation, and in truth no human being can provide factual, provable evidence of these details. For most people, their belief or denial is purely faith based, either attached to a specific religion or a spiritual conclusion developed and held individually. But, how does reincarnation come about and what are its roots?
The Origins of Reincarnation really can’t be pinned down, but all roads point to the East and the Chinese and Indian cultures several thousand years ago somewhere between 1200’s and 500’s BCE, and seems to rise independently in many different religions. Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism are three of the main religious practices that have strong roots in a version of reincarnation. If it is believed to be truth received from a deeper dimension of understanding, it is quite possible reincarnation in some form was believed and taught all over the world, as it is found in all corners. It is seen in history books in Siberia, North America, Australia, and Africa, as well as the East. Most Abrahamic religions do not believe in reincarnation, some vehemently against it as sacrilegious nonsense, but a few small break-away groups do include some version of it.
Reincarnation in more modern times has gained more and more attention. Many of us believe reincarnation is gaining more popularity because more people are using meditation, yoga, and other methods to get in touch with the source energy and the sacred truths contained within. This interest is also increasing as more and more of us come online with the universal energy shift we are in the midst of that brings receptive individuals more in alignment with the source energy.
There are many interpretations of reincarnation. Some believe after death a consciousness may choose to re-enter another physical vessel, and some believe this is an automatic occurrence and there is no “choosing” involved. Many believe the choice is made for you based on the system of karma, which is basically a structured system where people are held accountable for their actions. Some religions teach the vessel you return to can be something other than human, such as a mammal or insect, again dependent on the karma system. Some believe reincarnation occurs because we harbor desires, and once those desires are fulfilled and extinguished the cycle ends.
Modern science has developed a little more wiggle room and tolerance for spiritual concepts like reincarnation, and there are some scientists that feel it is worth trying to prove. One of the most prominent among them is psychiatrist Ian Stevenson. He wrote down his investigations in a dozen books, documenting his interviews of thousands of young children who claimed to remember past lives. He went so far as to collect provable facts from the children and then pursued these facts to verify their stories. He also found physical connections between the children and how they perished in a claimed past life in the form of birthmarks and scars that correlated with wounds suffered in the precious life and death.
Most of the surveys I reviewed conducted between 1999 and 2005 stated that in the US and Europe 20-30% of people in the general population believed in reincarnation. Does this number correlate to the number of people that has crossed some “threshold” in the awakening? Is there some level of maturity your soul has to reach before being able to absorb and incorporate information involving reincarnation? Or, are we simply all waking up one at a time as we move further into the shift? To believe in reincarnation is a highly personal choice based on experiences, traditions, religious influences, and spiritual connectedness, among other things. It has been here for centuries and is certain to remain for centuries still.