Reincarnation – Historical references
Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious concept that the soul or an aspect of a living being, starts a new life in a different physical body or form, after each biological death, thus having many past lives. Reincarnation is also tied in with the concepts of karma and soul age and it is often called rebirth or transmigration.
A belief in reincarnation or metempsychosis was originally held by the Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, around 590 BC, when he remembered his armor from a past life in a museum. Socrates and Plato had similar beliefs. There are indications however that the idea was present many centuries before, during Orphic times. Orphic teachings are a Hellenistic mystical religion, thought to have been based on the teachings and songs of the legendary Greek musician Orpheus. The idea of reincarnation has been found since then, in many other ancient cultures.
Reincarnation is the basis of many modern religions and is also found in many tribal societies around the world. Today, this is part of the Samsara doctrine of cyclic existence, a central tenet of all major Indian religions, namely Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. In recent decades, many Europeans and North Americans have redeveloped an interest in reincarnation and many contemporary works mention it.
The Fate of the Soul—Metempsychosis (Reincarnation)
The earliest evidence makes clear that above all, Pythagoras was known as the expert on the after-death fate of our soul, and the one who initially introduced metempsychosis to Greece, according to Dicaearchus. Ion of Chios (5th c. BCE) says of Pherecydes of Syros that «although dead he has a pleasant life for his soul, if Pythagoras is truly wise, who knew and learned wisdom beyond all men.» Heinrik Hellwig in his book «Theories of reincarnation in the history of philosophy – ancient perspectives» tries to make sense of this phrase and interprets it as «Although Ion says nothing of multiple reincarnations, his remark could be interpreted as suggesting that, if the soul undergoes a cycle of multiple reincarnations, its experience in between bodies is pleasant in Pythagoras’s view.» Here Pythagoras is again the expert on the after-death life of our soul.
According to Dicaearchus, in addition to the immortality of the soul and reincarnation, Pythagoras believed that «after certain periods of time, the things that have happened once, happen again and nothing is absolutely new». This doctrine of «eternal recurrence» is also attested by Aristotle’s pupil Eudemus, although he ascribes it to the Pythagoreans rather than to Pythagoras himself. The doctrine of reincarnation thus seems to have been extended to include the idea that we and indeed the whole world will be reborn into lives that are exactly the same, as those we are living and have already lived.
How reincarnation works
Traditionally, reincarnation is the developmental process of the soul, whereas, through its many and recurring lives, increases the depth of its awareness and consciousness, which is the soul’s ultimate goal. In other words, the more lives you live, the more experience and knowledge you collect and the more opportunities you have to resolve past life issues, often called karma.
Reincarnation believes that very often negative programming, blocks and interferences stem from our unresolved past and other life issues. For this reason, we use the GrecoDow® method, a spiritual healing modality, to heal our inner wounds that can result in depression, anxiety, and chronic illnesses.
Karma, however, does not have a punishing role, but rather serves as an opportunity to complete unfinished lessons. This «growth process over many lives» leads to soul maturity, which is the capacity to connect with the divine and to experience enlightenment, or wholeness.
Why can’t we remember our past lives?
All knowledge, from all lives is stored deep in our subconscious mind in our Akashic Records or «Book of Life». Since our brain is developed only to a minimal degree of its capacity, we are able to access only a very small part of our memory. This allows us to start each life on a clean slate and live it from a new perspective, which is actually the objective. And though each life is independent, interferences from previous lives, if we choose to bring them in and activate them, can hinder us in this life.
These memories, can be quite strong, but out of context for our current situations. This «out of place interjection» of blocks and interferences from other lives has the potential to create great emotional pain and hardship that limits us, in many unexplainable ways. This is why, a clearing and healing session can have such a positive influence and welcoming results.
Is it possible to remember past lives?
Yes – it is. Sometimes people who lead quite ordinary lives, including children, have spontaneous memories of other lives. We remember these lives every day, in the ease in which we learn. When things come to us, in an «innate and natural» way and become our «passionate gifts» are in essence, vibrant memories from these lives. This is quite evident in musical, mathematical or other geniuses who exhibit an uncommon skill in areas they had little or no training in. These geniuses, having lived many lives in a particular field (e.g. music), don’t necessarily learn new things in the here and now, but rather just recall their knowledge, from all their other lives.
Why should we remember our past lives?
Remembering our other lives is helpful because we can see what we did and experienced before this incarnation and use this «other life» knowledge to make better choices, in this life. However, we don’t have to wait for the «random surfacing» of these memories. Through our connection with High Self and with the use of a pendulum, we can have full access to our subconscious mind and gain full knowledge of our Akashic Records and our experiences from past and other lives.
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