Reincarnation

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Heb 9:27  “each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment”

Some excellent healers I’ve worked with sometimes mention that the trauma pain points they are working on releasing in my body are residual from one of my “past lives.” I’m a christian, I believe we live on earth during our one lifetime and then pass into eternal life after death. Thus I cringe a little inwardly when they infer something is causing my current pain based on another life I lived hundreds of years ago, i.e. their belief in reincarnation.

That doesn’t mean I don’t understand what those healers are ultimately referring to. Just this week I had a treatment session where something was going on in the right side of my ribcage around the liver area. The healer said they could sense a rolling, tumbling sensation and in my mind’s eye I felt like I was inside a box rolling over and over as if in a small enclosed carriage that had fallen off the edge of a mountain road. It felt coffin like and although I felt none of the pain, I sensed death occurred as the rolling stopped. But it wasn’t my death and it wasn’t any event that happened in my lifetime.

I believe we may have accidental access to brief snippets of ancestor’s memories through what is known as the quantum field physics principle where through a certain connection (i.e. DNA in this case) time and space become irrelevant and what happens to one, affects the other. How does this happen? I can theorize that during my bodywork pain relief session, my fascia released and when the pain and tightness let go, on a cellular level, trapped energy released and impacted my DNA triggering a very subtle sensation and cueing a brief “movie” snippet to run in my mind’s eye. It’s something that could easily be missed if you weren’t tuned into experiencing the awareness of your body.

I also believe in trauma trapped inside the body, everyone knows about PTSD. I believe in inherited trauma, epigenetics is a newer science that shows how roughly 85% of our genes can be turned on or off by an environmental event and those genetic based emotion triggers or survival patterns are then passed down at conception to children. I believe in learned trauma patterns, where the victim can grow up and exhibit helplessness or become a perpetrator. I believe in generational trauma being passed down, where a significant event creates poverty or shame or a type of branding on a family for generations.

Reincarnation seems to go hand-in-hand with the belief in karma. Do I believe in “karma?” No, like reincarnation, I do not by the traditional definition of karma that says what you do now affects your future existences. But I do believe what was done in the past can effect future generations. And that there is cause and effect in this present life, that sowing good seeds reaps a good harvest That type of karma I do believe in and that concept appears in the scriptures:

Ex 20:5 “You shall not bow down to them or serve them (false gods), for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.”

Dt 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”

Ex 34:7 “keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”

When I think of the system of beliefs in karma and reincarnation, I don’t judge those for holding those ideas but instead I reframe them through the possibilities that explain them from a christian point of view … through the science of epigenetics, the quantum physics principles of connectedness, the psychology of behavioral learning, societal conditioning, and perhaps even sometimes through supernatural influences of angels or demons or spirits. Although I believe God acts mostly through natural means and His laws of physics; i.e most people are healed through doctors rather than miracles but it doesn’t mean their isn’t room for mystery and miracles.

As a sensitive and intuitive soul, I have personally experienced how connected we are to each other, I can feel another person’s pain and emotional state. I also believe we can connect to God and also to those who have died before us. Each May, I say a little prayer and ask my long deceased Grandpa to help me find those delicious morel mushrooms.

What would be the point of thinking of a beloved deceased relative if I held the belief his or her soul wasn’t “them” anymore? If their soul reincarnated into a new person, my beloved wouldn’t really be my beloved anymore, they would be another persons beloved with a whole new history. How confusing to consider that to it’s end.

I think life is much simpler. I believe we are each a unique soul with a unique body and we have one lifetime to experience it all. Like Heb 9:27 says, “each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.” We need to make this lifetime count. And we need to pull together in charity and help others who are going through life in less fortunate circumstances through no personal fault of their own.

But I’m curious what you believe? How do your beliefs impact the way you treat others that are in less fortunate circumstances than yourself? What do you think of karma and reincarnation? If you believe in reincarnation, would you be open to explaining pains or “memories” or thoughts we experience that seem to come from other times in terms of the quantum field, epigenetics, ancestral conditioning, or through supernatural channels? Do you believe in karma? What type of karma?

Someday I may write a book to try and create a bridge on all these different healing ideas. To build understanding and common ground between people from very different world beliefs. But to do that, I’d need your interaction, comments and feedback. It takes vulnerability to write this blog, and I hope you’ll also be willing to be vulnerable and share your feedback. Thanks in advance!

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