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Reincarnation or Not?

Reincarnation or Not?

Who were you before you were you? Even though we all identify with a very limited slice of time and space, equating “me” with one body and one mind, in reality you also live outside yourself in the field of awareness.

The Vedic seers say, “The real you cannot be squeezed into the volume of a body or the span of a lifetime.” The package of body and mind that came before is a stranger to you now, and the one that might arise after your death is equally alien. But on a deeper level, millions of seeds have already been planted.

Some are the thoughts you will have tomorrow or the actions you will follow a decade from now. Time is flexible at the quantum level and nonexistent at the virtual level. As we watch these seeds sprouting in the fertile field of time and space, awareness wakes up to itself. This is how a single fertilized cell learns to become a brain–it wakes up to itself, not on the chemical level but on the level of awareness.

Imagine that expanded awareness is normal. Time and space could just be convenient concepts that hold true in the material world but dissolve gradually as you approach the quantum level. This is what I believe reincarnation is about.

Former lives fall into the unexplored territory of expanded awareness. It isn’t absolutely necessary to decide whether they are “real” or not. All of the quantum and virtual levels are open to us all of the time. To navigate them completely is impossible; they open up to us according to our own needs and abilities. But no part is intentionally closed off. Although we normally look no deeper than the personal domain, to look deeper is always possible.

It is more normal to learn from the past than not to, and people who shut out their former lives–if we want to use that terminology–are shutting out lessons that give this present lifetime its purpose and meaning. For someone who has absorbed these lessons fully, there is no need to go beyond this lifetime, and yet such visitations are still part of the natural order of things.

Adapted from How To Know God, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2000).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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8:57PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Oscar Wilde said "Be yourself, everyone else is taken".

11:28AM PDT on May 21, 2010

No, my answer is no, no reincarnation and therefore only resurrection. This is our first life, the quest begins here, as humans..

2:33PM PDT on May 7, 2010

I certainly believe in that we have been born before and I know I have a lot, lol. I have seen some of my lives when I have been and seen so many lives some good and some bad. I have met my husband 12 times and we are definitely very close. I have met several of my husband that I have met on earth. I am very happy to share this with you. I meet my last lives on earth in an angel channeling with Cynthia A. Silk and she has taught me a great deal. I am now helping other too. Thank you for reading this.

5:13PM PDT on May 3, 2010

This is a question I have yet to answer for myself. Always been curious but I know I have other lessons first. Well back to the other lessons.

4:32PM PDT on May 2, 2010

I have often wondered about past lives and believe I have lived before. I wrote the following poem about 15 years ago:
Where was I before I was born?
Before the womb?
Before conception?
Did I think and feel?
Can I remember?
What are these glimpses?
This undocumented knowledge?
Where will I go from here?
Will I remember being in this space?
And in this time?
What have I learned on Earth?
I believe
the Earthy thing of importance
has been love.
I hope love transcends all.

12:36PM PDT on Apr 22, 2010

Hi everyone; I don't claim to know all things; yet I am thankful for the format to read and comment of such a topic as reincarnation. I want to share with you what I have found in my studies and it has caused me to believe in reincarnation. I know it is a subject that many cannot embrace without proof.
I have researched a bit, wanting just to know and understand. I even asked in my prayers for the creator God to show me. In that quest I found some interesting information in Jesus's teaching that caused me to question the possibilities of reincarnation. Even in the new testament the religious jews thought Jesus to be John the Baptist and some said he was Elijah, which concluded me to think these people accepted reincarnation to the point of people coming back/or born at a later time. What really caught my eye was reading about a man named Edger Casey. I was impressed about his life from start to finish and his gift that he blessed mankind with and helped advance medicine and was accurrate in what he saw and told. He was a good man with Good works. He died somewhere if I remember right in the 1940's. There is an archive about him in Virginia. I guess it is still there. I read about him in the 80's or 90's. He was a good man. Jesus was all about goodness.
So I am open to the thought of reincarnation in one sense or another. I don't know about the animal and tree thing cause I have no proof or point of reference to make me believe it.

9:16PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Thanks for posting Deepak. I would like to know, where am I going after this life ........ hopefully to a much better place.

7:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

I forgot:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reincarnation

7:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

John L., may I respectfully suggest that you take a look at the subject in Wikipedia. You will references to Christianity and the Bible there, as well as many other spiritual traditions. It is enlightening.

It is not impossible for one who sees reincarnation as viable to learn some bits of information about a future lifetime, when it serves a purpose, sometimes one we don't understand yet.

Belief or not in reincarnation, having an open spirit can lead one to much more understanding of our existence, and the cosmos. There is nothing to lose by being open, rather than turning away from the fruits of the Spirit. That is very scriptural and consistent with Jesus' teachings.

My best wishes for you, John.

7:31AM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

I do not believe in incarnation as I cannot relate this to the Bible.
Even so, we know so little about it that if we do not know who we were and also who we will become after this life, what is the point?
Sorry Mr. Deepak Chopra, but thanks no thanks!

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