Reincarnation And Christianity
I have written and published this article to address the fears and guilts that a number of Christians feel about undertaking Past Life Therapy and Healing.
For many of these people – they walk through the back door of the church to get assistance from me and others like me!
This article is dedicated to YOU with `my love`. ~ Michael
There is a story in the New Testament, (in John’s Gospel) that depicts this “fear/guilt situation”, it is about Nicodemous.
He was a highly religious man, a member in the Pharisees religious echelons at the time of Jesus. He heard about Jesus and he too like many Christians today, walked undercover in the shadows of anonymity to hear about the freedom and love that Jesus represented himself. In fact, this guilty and frightened Nicodemous was brave enough to break through the suppression of the church then, and meet our good Lord. In fact he visited Jesus twice (according to the Gospel of John) and he was the one that brought spices to embalm Jesus` body when he was buried. This was a real gesture of his love and care.
So here we have a typical example of fear and guilt, yet enough awareness and desire to be part of love and freedom.
I hope you too will find your own love and freedom in this lifetime and perhaps after reading this article, it may give you the courage and understanding to think about releasing the blockages in experiencing your true self.
Early references to reincarnation in the New Testament were deleted in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Could it be that the emperor had felt that the concept of reincarnation was threatening to the stability of the empire? Citizens who believed that they would have another chance to live might be less obedient and law abiding than those who believed in a single Judgement Day for all?
In the 6th century, in the year 553 A. D., the 2nd Council of Constantinople officially declared reincarnation a heresy and the doctrine of reincarnation was officially banished by the Christian Church. It was banished for no other reason than it was considered to be too much of an influence from the East.
The decision was intended to enable the church to increase its power at that time, and to tighten its hold upon the human mind by telling people their salvation had to be accomplished in one incarnation and one lifetime, and if they didn’t make it, they would go to Hell. It would appear that the Church like Constantine was afraid that the idea of `past lives` would weaken and undermine the Church`s growing power and influence by affording followers too much time to seek salvation?
During the same Early Christian Era leading up to the Council of Constantinople, notable Church fathers like Origen, Clement of Alexander and St. Jerome accepted and believed in the reincarnation principle. So did the Gnostics and the Christian Cathars of Italy and Southern France and they were severely brutalized for their belief in reincarnation as late as the 12th century!
I say that the repression of past life teachings has been political and not spiritual?
However, the human mind today is beginning to unfold in such a way that this simplistic viewpoint (the Christian Church`s view) no longer makes sense to many people. Still, there are many who depend on this idea for their devotional support and for a feeling of comfort and indeed I respect this – it is their journey after all and part of their `karma`!
Aside of the history, the surprising thing is that there is actually a considerable amount of evidence for reincarnation in the Bible we are left with and generally speaking – people are unaware that there are definite references in the New Testament that unequivocally imply reincarnation. Not that the word itself is used; you have to dig a little. But once you understand what reincarnation is about, you can see quite a few references supporting the idea that after people die they will come back to this Earth if they are not ready to move on permanently to the heavenly realms.
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. IF THEY HAD BEEN THINKING OF THE COUNTRY THEY HAD LEFT, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN.
Instead they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:13-16)
In the context of this passage, which is talking about what happens when people die, the sentence in capitals I believe is a clear statement of the concept of reincarnation.
Orthodox and Conservative Christians are able to muster just one quote from the Bible to attempt to show there is no reincarnation: “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement…” (Heb 9:27)
This is often assumed, reasonably enough, to declare that each human being lives once as a mortal on earth, dies once, and then faces judgement. In fact, this verse could be applied to refuting modern Christianity’s definition of resurrection. Reincarnation states that the spirit leaves the body at death, faces judgement, then can enter a new and different body at a later time In this way, Hebrews 9:27 can be interpreted as not refuting reincarnation because it is not the same body that dies again. It could imply one man/one death, which agrees with reincarnation, but totally disagrees with modern Christianity’s definition of resurrection which holds that after a body dies and faces judgement, his physical body will rise from the grave at a later day to face possible death again and judgement. So Hebrews 9:27 could be seen not to refute reincarnation after all, but refute resurrection as modern Christianity defines it.
Furthermore, when this fragment of this sentence is read in its context – reading both the immediate verses around it, and that of the Paulian theology which runs through Hebrews – then it is not talking about physical death at all I believe, but about “dying to sin.”
There are many other Bible verses which are suggestive of reincarnation. One episode in particular from the healing miracles of Christ seems to point to reincarnation:
“And as he was passing by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who has sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” Jesus answered, ‘Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents, but the works of God were to be made manifest in him.'” (John 9:1)
The disciples ask the Lord if the man himself could have committed the sin that led to his blindness. Given the fact that the man has been blind from birth, we are confronted with a provocative question. When could he have made such transgressions as to make him blind at birth? How could a man sin before he was born, unless the sin was committed in another life? The only conceivable answer is in some prenatal state. The question as posed by the disciples explicitly presupposes prenatal existence.
Furthermore, the sin could have been committed either by the man in a previous existence, or by his parents. This implies both that the sins of the parents are visited upon the children, which is a biblical doctrine, and that the soul exists and therefore pays for the transgressions of previous lives.
It will also be noted that Christ says nothing to rebuff, dispel or correct the presupposition. If the doctrine had been alien to his mind, he would have told them that they were talking nonsense. He simply takes a different attitude. His answer: Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him, (John 9:3) implies that the doctrine of karma (and therefore its corollary, reincarnation) is not always understood rightly and that the calamities that befall humans should not necessarily be laid at its door. Here is incontrovertible support for a doctrine of human pre-existence.
Also very suggestive of reincarnation is the episode where Jesus identifies John the Baptist as Elijah.
“Whom do men say that I, the son of man, am” (Matthew 16:13) and the disciples answer: Some say that thou art John the Baptist, some Elias and others Jeremias or one of the prophets. How could Jesus be thought to be any of these except in a past life? Elias and Jeremias lived centuries before. As for John the Baptist, since he had recently been put to death, there could not have been a reincarnation, but it seems that some people thought that his spirit could have inspired Jesus. If people could speak in this way they obviously took the doctrine for granted. That Jesus is actually asking the question shows he is aware of the doctrine and considers it valid.
“For all the prophets and the law have prophesied until John. And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who was to come.” (Matthew 11:13-14)
Jesus himself tells his disciples who John the Baptist really was in the past:
For all prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias which was for to come. He that hath ears to hear let him hear. (Matthew 11:13-14)
“And the disciples asked him, saying, ‘Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ But he answered them and said, ‘Elijah indeed is to come and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also shall the Son of Man suffer at their hand.’ Then the disciples understood that he had spoken of John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:10-13)
So Elias, according to Jesus himself came back to earth in the personality of John the Baptist. This is repeated or confirmed in (Matthew 17:12): “But I say unto you that Elise is come already and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the son of man suffer of them. The disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” By identifying the Baptist as Elijah, Jesus is identifying himself as the Messiah. Throughout the gospel narrative there are explicit references to the signs that will precede the Messiah.
“Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Malachi 4:5)
This is one of the many messianic promises of the Old Testament. One of the signs that the true Messiah has come, according to this passage from Malachi, is that he be preceded by a forerunner, by Elijah.
Although the Bible also contains other reincarnational passages, these Elijah-John passages constitute suggested proof of reincarnation:
- The Old Testament prophesied that Elijah himself (not someone “like” him or someone “similar” to him, but Elijah himself) would return before the advent of the Messiah.
- Jesus declared that John the Baptist was Elijah who had returned, stating bluntly “Elijah has come”.
Now, based on these passages alone, either (A) or (B) must be true:
(A) John the Baptist was Elijah himself, meaning that Elijah had reincarnated.
If this is true, then reincarnation must belong in Christian theology and needs to be `put back`, and the West’s entire doctrinal interpretation of “Life After
Death” in general, and the “Last Day Resurrection” in particular, must be therefore radically revised, or…
(B) John the Baptist was not Elijah himself, meaning that Elijah himself had not returned. If this is so, then either:
- The Old Testament prophecy about Elijah returning before the Messiah failed to come to pass (meaning that Biblical prophecy is fallible), OR
- Jesus was not the Messiah.
Basically, it comes down to this simple question: What do you want to believe? One of the following A, B, or C, must logically be true:
A. Reincarnation is true, or
B. Jesus was not the Messiah, or
C. The prophecies of the Bible are unreliable.
As sure as eggs are eggs, one of the above must be correct? At any rate, the passage in which Jesus says in no uncertain terms that John was Elijah is “overt” and direct:
“But I tell you, Elijah has come.” (Mark 9:13)
The following verse is used to refute the John the Baptist/Elijah reincarnation connection. The Bible tells us that John the Baptist possessed,
“… the spirit and power of Elijah.” (Luke 1:17)
Those who refute this reincarnation connection say that John the Baptist merely came in the spirit and power of Elijah. However, this is a perfect description of reincarnation: the spirit and power. This is reincarnation – the reincarnation of the spirit. The Bible itself states that John the Baptist possessed the spirit that had previously lived in, and as, the man Elijah – not his physical being and memory, but his spirit.
John carried Elijah’s living spirit, but not his physical memory. And since John did not possess Elijah’s physical memory, he did not possess the memories of being the man Elijah. Thus, John the Baptist denied being Elijah when asked:
They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.'” Now some Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1:21-27)
But Jesus knew better, and said so in the plainest words possible:
“This is the one … there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist….
And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:11-15)
It basically comes down to this: Jesus said John was Elijah, and John said he wasn’t. Which of the two is to be believed – Jesus or John?
There is a prophecy in the Book of Revelation concerning the days before the second coming of Christ. Two prophets are predicted to appear at this time working the same miracles and performing the same ministries as those of Elijah and Moses.
“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” (Revelation 11:3-6)
While the verses in Revelation do not specifically identify the two prophets to come as Elijah and Moses, it strongly suggests that it is them. If Elijah and Moses are to “rise” again before the second coming of Christ, then it is clear the only possible way for them to do so is through reincarnation. After the death of John the Baptist, whom Jesus identified as Elijah, Elijah appears again along with Moses at the Mount of Transfiguration:
“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters– one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.
Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” The disciples asked him, “Why then do the teachers of the law say that Elijah must come first?” Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.” (Matthew 17:1-13)
The scriptures strongly suggest a connection between Elijah and Moses with the ministries of Jesus. Since Jesus already identified Elijah as appearing during his first ministry, it is not hard to conclude that Elijah will appear again at Jesus’ second coming. Even the Old Testament suggests this will be the case:
“Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Malachi 4:5)
This is one of the many messianic promises of the Old Testament. It was fulfilled during Jesus’ first coming and there is reason to believe it will happen again during Jesus’ second coming.
Another Bible verse has Paul discussing the process of “resurrection” (in other words – reincarnation):
“But someone may ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?’ How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendour of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendour of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendour, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendour.
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”(1 Corinthians 15:35-44)
Another verse suggestive of reincarnation can be found when Jesus declares the following to the believers in the Church of Philadelphia:
“Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it.” (Revelation 3:12)
Jesus is stating that people were once inhabitants of the temple of God. This is strongly suggestive of pre-existence and reincarnation. As soon as the person overcomes (the world) the person becomes a permanent inhabitant of this temple and never again has to leave it. The `other side of the coin` to this is that those who do not overcome must leave this temple of God only to return when they overcome the world.
Another verse in the Book of Revelation suggests reincarnation:
“She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.” (Revelation 12:5)
This verse describes the birth of a child who is taken to heaven after birth. The interesting aspect is that this child is to rule all the nations with an iron sceptre.
Because the child was taken to heaven after birth, reincarnation is the only way the child can return to the world in order to mature and “rule all nations”.
Although Revelations is mostly symbolic and is often quite abstract, this verse implies the ability to incarnate more than once.
Within the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus states the following:
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Such a statement only makes sense in light of the reincarnation principle.
There is another reference to reincarnation in the gospels; an indirect reference, yet an unmistakable one. In all three of the synoptic gospels, Jesus promised that anyone leaving their homes, wives, mothers, fathers, children, or farms to follow him would personally receive hundreds more such homes, families, and so on in the future.
“No one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or wife or children or land for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age – homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30)
Outside of the doctrine of reincarnation it’s difficult to imagine how such a promise could be fulfilled. In one lifetime, one can only have a single set of physical parents, and no one seriously proposes that each of the 70 original disciples, who actually did leave their homes and families, ever received as compensation a hundred wives, a hundred fields, and so on. Either this statement of Jesus’ was a falsehood, or he was making a promise that only many reincarnations could fulfil.
Indeed those that believe in reincarnation can even find scriptural support for personal disincarnate pre-existence.
Origen took the following Bible verse as proof of pre-existence:
“He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish in his sight and love.” (Ephesians 1:4)
Jerome interprets the passage to mean that we pre-existed, not in distinct disincarnate form, but simply in the mind of God (Against Rufinus 1.22), and from this throng of thoughts God chose the elect before the creation of the world. The distinction is indeed a fine one, for Jerome is asking us to distinguish between that which exists as a soul and that which exists as a thought. What is illuminating for the reincarnationist is that this passage from Ephesians offers very explicit scriptural testimony for individual pre-existence.
Malachi 1:2-3 and Romans 9:11-13 both state that God loved Jacob, but hated Esau even before they were born. These verses are highly suggestive of the pre-existence of Esau, a necessary tenet associated with reincarnation.
The same concept of pre-existence can also be found in the following Bible verse:
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
Other words uttered by Christ are suggestive of reincarnation. In the gospels, Jesus reveals information about His return and who will witness it. Several times, He has mentioned that some people alive during His day will be around when He returns. One example is when Jesus gave His Olivet Discourse about His second coming.
His disciples ask about His return and inquire as to the signs that would proceed His return.
After Jesus reveals the signs of His coming, He states,
“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” (Matthew 24:34).
It can be argued that Jesus is indicating a time in the future when those around Him inquiring about this will reincarnate and experience His second coming. Another example is when Jesus states,
“Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” (Matthew 16:24-28)
The question now is this: what is it to “taste death until He comes”? The concept of a person having to “taste death until the Lord comes” is a good description of reincarnation and of what the Bible refers to as the “First Death”.
The First Death is spiritual death, separation from God. When we are born, we are born into spiritual death and it requires some action on our part to break out of it and enter into spiritual life. These verses all are suggestive of reincarnation.
It can be deduced from the scriptures the fact that Christ Himself had many incarnations in the flesh. It is well known that the apostle Paul wrote of Adam as:
“… a pattern of the one who was to come (i.e. Jesus)” (Romans 5:14)
Paul drew between Adam and Christ a parallel that was also a contrast:
“The first Adam became a living being; the last Adam (i.e. Jesus) became a life-giving spirit.”
(1 Corinthians 15:45)
Christ is thus seen as the last Adam, the “one man” who by his obedience undoes the results of the disobedience of the first (Romans 5:12-21) Jesus Christ recapitulated the stages of Adam’s fall, but in reverse order and quality.
The belief in many incarnations of Jesus is not a new belief. The early Judaeo-Christian group known as the Ebionites taught that the Spirit had come as Adam and later reincarnated as Jesus. Other Jewish Christian groups such as the Elkasaites and Nazarites also believed this.
The Clementine Homilies, an early Christian document, also taught many incarnations of Jesus.
Another possible incarnation of Christ is the Old Testament figure known as Melchizedek, the High Priest and King of Salem, who:
“…without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, like the Son of God he remains a priest forever.” (Hebrews 7:3)
It is clear from the scripture that Melchizedek was no ordinary man, assuming He even was a man – for what kind of man has no father or mother, is without genealogy, and without beginning of days or end of life? Whoever this Melchizedek was, the scriptures declare Jesus to be a:
“.. priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 7:17)
It may be argued that Melchizedek was one of the incarnations of Jesus. Certainly it has to be acknowledged that Melchizedek was no ordinary man.
There are Bible verses that are highly suggestive of the “mechanics” of reincarnation. Before His arrest, Jesus stated:
“All who take the sword will perish by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)
Common sense tells us that not all people who live “by the sword” will die by the sword. This statement can only be true if meant in the context of a future life. If in this life you “live by the sword”, you will most certainly die, if not in the same life but a future life, “by the sword”. In fact, this concept is the ancient doctrine of “karma” as it is known in the East where reincarnation is the foundation of reality. Here are some other Biblical references to this concept:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A person reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7)
“Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” (Exodus 21:24-25)
“In anger his master turned him over to the jailers until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” (Matthew 18: 34-35)
“If any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.” (Revelation 13:10)
“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” (Matthew 5:25-26)
The above passages can be seen to at least be suggestive of reincarnation.
In James 3:6, some translations mention “the wheel of nature” which seems to resemble the cycle of endless reincarnation stated by the Eastern religions. However, in this context the reference is made to the control of speech in order not to sin.
The translation states:
“And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6)
The tongue out of control is compared with a fire that affects all aspects of existence, thought and deed, in a vicious cycle.
This means that sinful speech is at the origin of many other sins, which are consequently generated, and conduct man to hell.
Nowhere in the Old Testament is reincarnation denied. Job asks:
“If a person dies will he live again?” (Job 14:14)
But he receives no answer.
Another Old Testament verse states:
“Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again…What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4-9)
The Hebrew Kabbalists interpreted this quote to mean that a generation dies and subsequently returns by the process of reincarnation.
With regard to karma, an interesting passage is found in Luke concerning the Galileans whose blood Pilate has shed in the midst of their sacrifices. (Luke 13:1)
In his commentary, Jesus says:
“Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you nay; but except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:2-3)
The implication is that calamity does not occur to some because they have sinned more than others, but that all of us have wrong attitudes, and wrong attitudes lead us into misfortunes of one kind or another. To change one’s attitude, to transform one’s self, is the whole purpose of the many parables by which Jesus taught his disciples.
The important point of the Gospels’ teachings is the transformation of the inner man, the psychological man.
Transformation of the Inner Man
In Leviticus where we find the following:
“And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour as he hath done, so shall it be done to him. Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again”. (Lev. 24:19-20; cf. Ex. 21:24. Deut. 19:21)
In this Jewish expression of the law there seems to be no room for the transformation of the man, the change of heart and mind that would automatically bring about a different reaction. Jesus seems to have tried to counteract this notion of an inexorable law that leaves no room for human change of attitude in his new commandment: that ye love one another.
This commandment superseded all the others, and is the law of laws which conveys compassion, forgiveness and grace, and implies the possibility of transformation – interesting and wonderful!!.
I safely draw the conclusion that reincarnation was not only known by those in Christ’s day, by Christ Himself and indeed the Bible teaches it. It is my opinion that reincarnation should be a doctrine acceptable by every follower of Christ.
Direct personal experience beyond what we see and know with our rational (conscious) mind or what is taught or handed down by religious authority is a major source of spiritual wisdom to us all and my own work as a therapist and Past Life Practitioner has developed and reinforced this in me.
This direct personal experience I am talking about can powerfully promote spiritual and personal growth for you through your own Past Life Healing and Therapy.
When we go through the experience of having the life force leave our bodies and as we journey with that life force, our consciousness begins to identify with the soul.
The life of the soul is described to us by Christ and his disciples as the divine mind of God in human form. In the divine mind of God are all of the great ideas, power and energies that are necessary in order for us to effect and fulfil our life. Sometimes these ideas sound rather ordinary and banal, but the truth of the matter is that the power of creative imagination is the technique by which this can be accomplished.
Whether you consider past lives real or metaphoric – or as concurrent realities or experiences of the collective unconscious, there is great healing in exploring and transforming them. When we bring love and healing to these experiences and situations, great transformation is possible.
Our soul learns from and transends all the past difficulties and heals the old wounds and blueprints within us.
One of the great transformational tools we have is the ability to stand back and look at events from a state of witness consciousness; this gives us a wise eye and an expanded perspective. This `witness` is indeed our true self.
When we can see from this perspective, we are able to ask “What was the learning in this past life? What is the value in this trauma or event for my soul?
What am I learning now? What do I still need to learn?” There is invariably an emotional thread running through past lives to the present – moving us toward healing the thread of our samskaras, the deep emotional and mental impressions that dwell in our souls from lifetime to lifetime.
With regard to healing generally as well as Past Life Therapy, one needs to come to understand the trials of life as transformational experiences.
Everything can be transformed.
Inner transformation comes in three stages as you heal anything and all in your experience, be it past life, your own past now or the present that is blocking the experience of your true self.
Experience – Release – Transform
After experiencing whatever you need to experience, you are then able to release whatever you need to release.
In fact, paying attention to your experience may create a release in and of itself.
Even now in the present time, we can understand what the next incarnation will be if we will use the powers of reason, imagination and mind to evaluate what’s going on now for us.
If things don’t change within us, and if we continue to let the things that are now occurring go on within us and around us without trying to interpret and understand and do something subsequently about them through experiencing them, releasing them and transforming them – then our suffering and distress will continue into the next incarnation, just as the problems of one day tend to go into the next unless there are changes made.
Indeed in the present time, the laws of reincarnation have to do with the kind of existence we will have thousands of years into the future because we are making karma now and we need to take responsibility for ourselves both mentally and spiritually.
Then and only then, as well as removing the guilt, the blame, the flames and the sulphur – can we see the light !
Written by Dr. Michael G Millett (who comes from a Roman Catholic background). Was posted originally on the old Elevated Therapy website many years ago in the 90s.