Reincarnation – Historical references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 reincarnation. The idea of reincarnation however is found in many ancient cultures, and a belief in reincarnation/metempsychosis was held by Greek historic figures, such as Pythagoras, around 590 BC, when he remembered his armor from a past life in a museum, along with Socrates and Plato. There are also indicators however that the idea was also present in Orphic times, many centuries before.
Ιt’s the basis of many modern religions and is also found in many tribal societies around the world. Reincarnation today is a part of the Saṃsāra 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 developed 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 an expert on the fate of our soul after death and according to Dicaearchus, Pythagoras was the first to introduce metempsychosis into Greece. Ion of Chios (5th c. BCE) says of Phercydes 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.» Here Pythagoras is again the expert on the life of the soul after death.
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.
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 experience enlightenment, or wholeness.
Reincarnation believes that very often negative programming, blocks and interferences stem from our unresolved past and other life issues. For this reason, we use SRT, a spiritual healing modality to heal our inner wounds that can result in depression, anxiety and chronic illnesses.
Why can’t we remember our past lives?
All knowledge from all lives is stored deep in our subconscious mind in our “Book of Life” (Akashic Records) but since we have developed our brain only to a small degree of it’s capacity, we are only able to access 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. Any interferences from previous lives can hinder us in this life since the memories, though they can be quite strong, they could also be quite out of context for our current situations and limit us and our potential by creating emotional distress and confusion. This is why clearing their influence can have such a positive result.
Is it possible to remember past lives?
Yes – it is. Sometimes people who lead quite ordinary lives including children, have spontaneous memories of past lives. We remember past lives every day in the way we learn. All the things that come to us quite “naturally” and become our “gifted passions” are in essence, vibrant memories from these lives. This is quite evident in musical or mathematical geniuses who exhibit an uncommon skill in certain areas of life. This happens because they have simply lived many lives in that particular field and don’t necessarily learn new things but rather just remember them.
Why should we remember our past lives?
This is helpful so we can see what we have done and experienced prior to this incarnation, so we can use this knowledge to make better choices in this life. However we don’t have to wait for these “memories to surface”. Through our connection with High Self and the use of a pendulum we can access the subconscious mind and gain knowledge of our Akashic Records and our past lives.