Reincarnation Discussion Questions Part II
I started answering common reincarnation discussion questions in a recent post and quickly realized this was going to have to be a series, because damn. There’s a lot of information to cover on this journey, and for some fucking reason I’ve decided to appoint myself as your tour guide.
Selfishly I think I just enjoy organizing my own thoughts… but also, I like the idea of helping people make better sense of this complicated subject. And if piques your curiosity or maybe even makes you feel a little overwhelmed, like you desperately need more details, that’s okay too. My plan is to give you the short answers here and to eventually do more lengthy posts for each of the questions. For this reason you may notice links in some of the following sections where you can get additional information.
My first post in the series answers these questions:
And this post will cover these reincarnation discussion questions:
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Reincarnation Discussion Questions Part II
Is there any scientific evidence of reincarnation?
Yes! I was shocked when I discovered this. Many people have woo-woo personal experiences that open them up to spirituality and the metaphysical. For me, it was scientific research that brought me to my belief in reincarnation. (And then I started having my own woo-woo experiences…)
Dr. Ian Stevenson, an accomplished, well-educated man, held significant roles such as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia. He spent 4 decades researching reincarnation in an analytical way. When you read his books (including but not limited to Children Who Remember Previous Lives and Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect) it is clear he is writing for an academic audience and not to entertain the general public.
While studying children who had spontaneous past life memories, Dr. Stevenson documented a lot of patterns within his cases. After thoroughly researching thousands of them (not including twice as many he was not able to take on), he sifted them into two categories: “solved” and “unsolved.”
Ignoring It Isn’t the Same as Disproving It
Solved cases involved finding the previous personality the child remembered being and confirming the accuracy of the child’s memories. But even in “unsolved” cases there was usually mind-blowing evidence such as xenoglossy (i.e. a child speaking a language he was never taught or exposed to but claimed to have spoken in his past life).
Stevenson felt that birthmarks and birth defects might hold the strongest physical proof of reincarnation. For detailed examples of such cases check out this post about a girl who could sing in another language or this post about a kid whose birthmark started bleeding and matched the wound of his past life personality.
In a society that can only explain away Dr. Stevenson’s research by ignoring it, there are some bold scientists such as Dr. Jim B. Tucker who carry the torch forward. His books Life Before Life and Return to Life are fantastic, if you want an analytical look at reincarnation.
As far as reincarnation discussion questions go, this one deserves a full post and I intend on tackling it soon.
What about the population explosion?
I swear every time I post about past lives I inevitably get a comment like WhAt aBoUt tHe PoPuLaTiOn ExpLoSiOn? And, yes, I get it, it’s a valid question — and the very reason I started this series on reincarnation discussion questions — something about it always makes me involuntarily roll my eyes.
There are A LOT of legit answers to this one. (Yup, you got it, full post on the topic coming soon.) The simplest way to look at it is to remember that there are at least 2 different places a soul exists, the physical place (Earth) and the nonphysical (what some might call heaven). Regardless of what you call it, souls don’t usually reincarnate immediately, so there’s a place they have to go in between lives.
Want to know more about how long it takes a soul to reincarnate? Read this.
Even if you had one stable, total number of souls (and I don’t believe that’s the case), the number of souls in each place could fluctuate. Say you have 10 Billion souls total. Maybe when there are 3 billion souls on the physical plane there are 7 billion on the nonphysical. If there are 6 billion on the physical plane, that would put 4 billion on the nonphysical — but the total number would stay the same.
No, this doesn’t prove reincarnation by any means. But it does prove that reincarnation can’t be dismissed by the population explosion. Now don’t get me started on split souls and dual lives, multiple dimensions and nonphysical planes, or on reincarnating as aliens instead of humans. (I said what I said.)
Who decides the details of a person’s next life?
You. It’s all you, baby. Sure, there’s a Source we all come from and yeah, there are other, more evolved souls / spiritual guides on the other side who are there to help. But there is no mighty deity waiting to shame you or smite you when you get to the other side.
You will have a nice little life review, decide what you want to learn and experience in the next go round, and then map out the next life. Do you have a problem with your parents or where you were born or what you look like and what you’re facing in this life? You got nobody to blame but you.
BuT I WouLd NeVeR cHoOsE tHis
Except you did. Look, I get it. As far as these reincarnation discussion questions go, this one is a harder pill to swallow (depending on how much you liked your childhood and how much you like or dislike your life overall, I guess).
Realizing that you really are in the driver seat when it comes to your life… and your past lives… and your in-between lives… It’s empowering but it also comes with a shit ton of responsibility. Which is practically a direct quote from Spidey’s Uncle Ben, if I remember correctly.
It’s much easier to blame some sort of god or devil, but that’s just not the case. So start asking yourself, why would you choose to be born in the circumstances you were born in? For example, I was personally born into poverty. Chances are I had some experiences with wealth in a past life and felt the need to see life from a different angle this time.
Abraham Hicks gave a great explanation that has always stayed with me. They made the point that a talented tennis player probably doesn’t have much interest in playing against a beginner. She would want someone who matches her skill level, someone who would challenge her.
So if you feel like your life is hard, it’s probably the very thing that makes it fun for your soul (or at least teaches you the most). On the other end of the spectrum, if life feels fairly easy or even boring, you’re probably resting from a more intense life in the past. The bottomline is that this is all just a game, dude. And you’re the one holding the controller.
Is karma real?
Yes. But it’s not what you think it is…There are a lot of reincarnation discussion questions that branch off of this one, but I’ll keep my answer short here and go in more depth in a future post.
Karma is a real thing but most of us humans have no real comprehension of what it is. We try to grasp it, but it tends to get distorted. For example, there’s a kind of negative connotation on it, like it’s a punishment. Really it’s an opportunity, a gift. Here’s a quote from Seth/Jane Roberts that comes from Book 8 of The Early Sessions:
"The basic idea of karma is not punishment. Karma presents the opportunity for development; to make use of opportunities that were not taken advantage of, to fill in gaps of ignorance, to enlarge understanding through experience, to do what should be done."
This is a crude analogy, but basically karma is a chance to play the game again and see if you can get a higher score. The two main things I want to leave you with on this topic are
A) you don’t have to worry about vengeance or teaching anyone else a lesson while you’re here — karma and life reviews and spirit guides will handle that shit for you
B) karma does not mean that you might get demoted in your next life and have to be a bug or something. Check out my first post on reincarnation discussion questions if you want more info on animal souls and how that fits into reincarnation.
Even More Reincarnation Discussion Questions
If I didn’t get to your question in this post, keep an eye out for my next one where I will discuss such reincarnation questions as:
What about future lives?
At what stage does a soul enter a human body?
Do I have to come back to Earth?
Does reincarnation mean that heaven isn’t real?
How exactly does reincarnation work?
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Want a more extensive list? Check out this post: Best Books on Reincarnation. In that list, I organized the books into categories based on scientific research, spiritual insight, or whether a person is simply interested in reading fascinating true stories of reincarnation cases.
Old Souls by Tom Shroder
Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts
Life Before Life by Jim B. Tucker, M.D.
Return to Life by Jim B. Tucker, M.D.
Reincarnation by Paul Roland
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