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  Columnist: Kathleen Meadows

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Reincarnation is a misnomer

Posted on Tuesday, 29 July, 2014 | 6 comments
Columnist: Kathleen Meadows

I was watching a video by David Wilcock (author of The Synchronicity Key) recently, and not surprisingly he set off a maelstrom of pondering.

I like David. He’s passionate, diligent, sincere and intelligent. In this particular video, David was extolling with his characteristic confidence, proof of reincarnation. The soul re-incarnating in human form to live yet another life. A prospect I personally find less than appealing. Not because I’ve not had a good life but rather because the notion of beginning all over again is rather daunting and frankly exhausting to contemplate. After almost 60 years spent on this planet I can attest to life being a lot of hard work. The biggest problem I have embracing re-incarnation is the why. Why would my soul feel a need to return to another body? That just doesn’t seem necessary. Don’t I know all there is to know about embodiment once I’ve been here?

Edgar Cayce

There have been hundreds of documented cases of people in a hypnosis induced trance re-membering who they had been in a past earthly life. There was one such famous case described in an Edgar Casey reading whereby a man who had strangely loved railways since early childhood sought Casey’s guidance to help explain this obsession. Casey determined the man had been a railway man in his past life and died fighting in the American civil war. Casey was able to provide this nineteenth century man’s first and last name, when and where he died. This set his client on a journey to find this man’s grave.

Because Edgar Cayce was a devout Christian these past life readings reportedly disturbed him enormously. Since Edgar Cayce’s past life readings, thousands of people have sought to uncover the identities of their past lives. It’s a movement that continued to grow legs until it virtually exploded into the mainstream of reference on television programs, the internet and in everyday conversation. I get asked this question often, “Do you think I might have known him in a past life?” David Wilcock would say, “yes”, wholeheartedly.

David believes everyone in our lives, both the good and the bad, have been with us in other lifetimes and we continue to work through our karmic connection together throughout all our lifetimes. Another concept that completely flummoxes me. Surely if we must return to work more lifetimes we get to meet new people?

Past Life Regression Hypnosis

There are professionally trained hypnotists today who opt to take a specialized training in past life regressions. People are going to have these past life readings done by the thousands. It does have its appeal to some that they have lived before and will live again. Particularly for those living comfortably in the western world or those living lives of tremendous struggle, strife and destitution. You will have unlimited opportunity to “burn off your karma” meaning that the wrongs you have inflicted upon others in this life will be meted out to you in another life in the form of inflictions (but not in this life); it explains why you suffer in this life; why you connect so well with some and feel such antipathy to others; why you have so much in this life while others have nothing (or the other way around); why you know things at such a young age; why you were born where you were etc.; why some die young while others live long lives. There are as many reasons why this notion of reincarnation is appealing as there are people who adhere to the philosophy. It so neatly answers all sorts of whys.

Your Soul Embodies but Once

But it’s simply not true according to most mystic traditions. Your soul will embody once. At the heart of the issue is the difficult conundrum of what the soul is, where it comes from and where it goes once it leaves embodiment. Once you have answered this question for yourself through in-depth research and contemplation, you will be better equipped to understand why re-incarnation is an unfounded myth or misinterpretation of sacred writings. Perhaps even one perpetrated by those with something to gain by its proliferation but I don’t want to digress too far down that road. Not today.

Cora Richmond and Hazrat Inayat Khan

Your soul is the part of you that is divine. I’ve come across a couple of references to understanding soul that I’ve found especially helpful. One is Cora L. V. Richmond’s little book titled, The Soul: in Human Embodiments and the other is Hazrat Inayat Khan’s, The Message in Our Time.

Both Cora Richmond and Hazrat Inayat Khan describe soul as that which was born of the divine and makes a long arduous journey to manifestation in human form. At the end of physical existence, the soul carried by spirit, continues its timeless journey to rejoin the divine. This too may be a long and trying journey depending on how much work your soul must do in the spiritual realm to become pure once again. There is a reason why the archetype of the matured hero returning home resonates so eloquently to humanity universally.

Like a drop in the ocean your soul will be re-absorbed into the oceanic greatness of the one great spirit. To imagine that your soul could disengage yet again in exactly the same formation, to become an individual soul making its way back to another physical body is to imagine it can alter its progressive nature. It doesn’t have the energy or indeed ability to re-individuate from the Oneness of All That Is. The problem has come, according to Hazrat in the interpretation of what was meant by re-incarnation. The “re” should be dropped entirely.

How to explain the phenomena such as the one experienced by Edgar Casey’s client, the railway man? Hazrat explains that as the soul makes its journey back to the divine, it passes other souls on their way to embodiment and through the ether, information, experience and feelings are transferred from one soul to another. Dr. Carl Wickland (psychiatrist and spiritualist) explained his view on reincarnation thus, “The theory of reincarnation can undoubtedly be traced to early stages of mankind when departed spirits took possession of the bodies of sensitive individuals and lived and acted through them, thus seemingly indicating reincarnation. But in reality this was only spirit obsession or possession.”

I humbly admit that I’ve addressed some rather colossal and profound concepts in this article and distilled them down to such an extent that a tone of disrespect may be felt. My intention is merely to stimulate further query on the part of the reader. Don’t take notions of reincarnation lightly. This is serious soul business.

Kathleen Meadows, M.A. in the psychology of religion offers spiritual guidance at

Article Copyright© Kathleen Meadows - reproduced with permission.

If you are interested in the esoteric sciences and psychic ability development you will find the articles on my web site an interesting read. Visit my web site Exploring the Psychic Experience.

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