While I was growing
up, my religion taught me to fear God, and I would go to heaven if I were good and to
hell if I were bad. For many years I was guilt-stricken by this dogma and wondered how
the Source of my existence
could be this way.
I no longer believe
in these man-made fairy tales. I now live my life according to karma, reincarnation and a
God who loves me unconditionally. It's the only thing that feels right and makes sense to
me at the soul level.
reincarnation has been an ancient belief long before Christianity came into existence. It
is based upon the wisdom of the ancient ones. I have researched it thoroughly and
there is a lot of credible evidence available to support
the concept the we, indeed, have past lives.
A lot of
that evidence comes from Dr. Ian Livingston,
a psychiatrist. Dr. Livingston is former Head of Psychiatry, Virginia
Medical School. He has researched
thousands of cases of reincarnation, the most compelling of which are those
of children who spontaneously
talk about their past lives. He then painstakingly investigates and verifies
their accuracy. He has written 5 books describing his findings. The
American Medical Association favorably received his work and admitted it
would be hard to deny that reincarnation did not exist.
reincarnation are based upon the belief that we are caught up in the Earth plane and have
been stuck here since the Fall of mankind ages ago. Since that time, we have been going around on the Wheel of
Life in a continuous life-death cycle. We have to work our way out of this situation on
our own and in a way that offers us the opportunity to take responsibility for
all that we do through our free will choices. Everything we have ever done here
on Earth during past lives will have to be healed with love and forgiveness. Then we are free
to leave and move on to our next cosmic adventure in higher realms of
For those who
believe in reincarnation, we tend to focus on what went on during our past lives. Let's shift the
perspective a bit and ask a very thought provoking question. Given what
you know today, how would you plan your next life?
This is not
something to be done while watching television or having a quick cup of coffee. This is
serious stuff. A quiet walk in the woods, a rock to sit on by a quiet stream
really the place to be, because this question requires some very deep and deliberate thought.
lives by the simple law that all must be healed in love and forgiveness, this exercise can
be a bit overwhelming. Don't be overtaken by it. You have many lives to make it all right.
The most important starting point is that you sincerely want to do just that.
You may want to
think about the following...
- Who did I stay
angry with for a long time?
- What lies did I
tell that really hurt someone?
- Who did I abuse
physically or mentally?
- Whom have I not yet
- Who did I steal
- Who did I not care
for because of selfishness?
- Have I been too
self-centered at the expense of others?
- Who did I deceive?
- How has my anger
- Was I jealous and
- Was I
inconsiderate to others?
- To whom have I
- To whom have I
brought joy and happiness?
- How did my
unselfishness help others?
- How has my honesty
- Who did I please
with random acts of kindness?
- Who did I forgive
with sincerity and compassion?
- How did my
cheerfulness help others?
- Who has felt my
Think about some of
the people in your life with whom you have had long-term relationships.
All of them are your soul mates. Are you at peace
with those relationships? Are they based upon unconditional love? Is there unfinished
business that needs to be healed with love and compassion? Have you been living the
Whom have you seriously hurt in this life? Was it intentional?
There are many
questions and many relationships to take into consideration. When you pass on
to Earth heaven, you'll
have the opportunity to not only relive your experiences, but also feel what
you have done to others as well. Then you will take the time to plan your next life with some of these individuals to heal all
with love and to be in the presence of others whose energy you will truly enjoy.
This cycle will
continue until all is balanced with unconditional love and forgiveness. Not because we are forced to do so by an angry God.
Rather, it will happen because of free will choices we will make on our own. God will
support us at any time. All we need to do is ask.
I've read that the
path towards mastery and freedom from the reincarnational cycle of planet Earth
will not be an easy one. Over future lifetimes we will have to choose life
plans that are more challenging, simpler and based upon, humility and service for others. Assuming that is correct...
Would you choose a
life as a humble shoemaker in a run-down neighborhood and be a Light for God
over the better part of a lifetime?
Could you spend a
life as a homeless person, in order to bring out love and compassion in others?
Could you come back
as a crippled person to help someone else with their karma?
incarnate as a member of Mother Teresa's society to serve the sickest of the sick and the poorest of
Could you devote your
life to caring for a sick person so as to heal a past karmic debt?
as a poor villager in a distant land to learn simplicity and have joy in your heart at the
These are not easy
questions. There are many more one can ask. The path to karmic freedom will require a
great deal of unselfishness, unconditional love, compassion, humility, patience,
forgiveness. That's how we will become masters.
How would I plan my
next life? This has become a far more interesting thought than remembering the past ones
One thing is for sure. Now that I understand the way Universal Law
of "what I put comes back to me" works, I
do my best to accumulate all the positive, love-based karma I can. And I
actions that are negative and fear-based. Not because I fear retribution.
Rather, it is because
love is the highest choice one can make.