ONE-TIME-AROUND VS. PAST LIFE REINCARNATION

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Knowledge of one's previous lives, which is available to virtually everyone via hypnosis, automatically changes one's perspective. The disabled and chronically ill discover that such difficulties are usually only for a lifetime or two out of many. A macho male may discover a wimpy female or gay lifetime. The feminist may discover that last time around she was a man who thought women were scum. Gays and lesbians discover they were homophobic heterosexuals in other lifetimes. African-Americans discover white lives, also black lives as the majority race. Caucasians discover lives as blacks. Parents whose children die young discover long lives with such children in earlier times. Such knowledge of prior lives changes one's current beliefs and one's feelings about this life's problems and difficulties. Acceptance is a frequent result. This acceptance does not lead to inaction but to taking much more effective action to change one's current situation.


The history of beliefs in reincarnation goes back to the dawn of time and was even present in several early Christian teachings. Then, during the Dark Ages, the Catholic Church decided that such beliefs did not help to promote the authority of the clergy or the church. Why pay that much attention to my clergyman if I'll just cycle through again no matter whether I follow what he says or not? Why fear hell and damnation if I just come back here to earth if I fail to do it right this time around? One would expect that clergy concerned with their own power and influence over their followers would come to consider the idea of reincarnation to be extremely sacrilegious. So they did. The words of Christ, as written in the gospels, however, seem to neither condemn nor approve the idea. The topic apparently is not mentioned. In the tradition of Judaism, on the other hand, there has been significant approval of the idea of reincarnation. And, of course, major Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism have reincarnation as an integral part of their beliefs.


If we would want them, most of us could have out-of-body experiences. They are useful for giving us different perspectives than those that are currently popular.

The question is always raised, "If I had those lives, why don't I remember them?". That question can be answered as follows: if this is Reincarnational Earth School, where for our advanced degree we need to experience different sides of the same experience (such as man/woman, gay/straight, black/white, cynic/idealist, expressive/retentive), then we would have too much knowledge of the opposite experience if we remembered prior lives. Therefore, our other lives need to be generally shielded from us. Questions often are raised too about the increasing population on this earth. Reincarnationists have explained this by saying (1)that new souls continue to come into our system, (2)that our higher selves can have more than one soul here at a time, and (3)that we are now coming back more often with less time between incarnations. (This last point was corroborated by Helen Wambach's research in Reliving Past Lives: The Evidence from Hypnosis.) A major objection to beliefs in reincarnation comes from the scientific community, which "doesn't see any past lives." Most scientists haven't looked very hard and tend to discount even their own members who have some personal experience. To them, this author says, "Try it and then see if you are still a non-believer." My direct experience has led me to the opposite opinion about reincarnation from the opinion I had when I was making my living as a nuclear engineer many years ago.


The advantages to believing in one-time-around are: (1)that I can feel the comfort of being in the majority of this society (small comfort) and (2)that it allows me to be a perpetually unhappy helpless victim who never has to assume responsibility for my own happiness. I don't want that for myself. Do you?

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"He whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed"... Confucius

Other Past Life/Reincarnation Pages:
   One Time Around vs. Proof of Reincarnation
   Past Lives Therapy - Past Life Regression
   Past Life Regression Questions about Memories and Your Past Lives
   Past Lives Websites
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   GOLDEN RETRIEVER MAGIC
   SPIRITUALITY - TRUTH OR QUACKERY?
   SPIRITUALITY IS NOT RELIGION
   WHEN DOES RANDOM CHANCE BECOME A FRAUD?
   EARTH SCHOOL
   HAPPIER CHOICES
   TWO HAPPIER BELIEF SYSTEMS
   ONE-TIME-AROUND VS. REINCARNATION
   PAST LIVES THERAPY
   ASTROLOGY
   THIS IS A SAFE UNIVERSE
   I GET EXACTLY WHAT I NEED
   WHAT ABOUT BEING A VICTIM?
   SUMMARY OF BELIEFS HAPPY AND UNHAPPY

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