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 2cancanoe
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One of the Fathers of Physics supported the notion of reincarnation with the universally accepted Law he quoted. Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it only changes form. Thank-you Sir Isaac Newton.
 honest_nice_guy
Joined: 9/18/2006
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Posted: 3/1/2007 10:00:37 AM
Hindus believe in reincarnation, denying reincarnation would be denying such a profound religion as Hinduism.

that is sort of an odd thing to say - it suggests that we shouldnt deny the tenents of any religion - why not? I dont feel any responsibility to affirm or deny any religion. did i miss the point, perhaps?
 NewWayHome
Joined: 9/20/2006
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Posted: 3/2/2007 12:07:33 PM
Possible. However, highly unlikely.


we all carry all the memories from all our lives, tapping into those memories is simply done through intent


Find one of the millions of people that lived during the time of the Byzantine Empire and knew the secret of Greek Fire and divulge that secret, and I'll buy into this steaming pile of horse manure.

Give me one piece of lost knowledge or superior technology from an extraterrestrial civilization and I'll buy into it.
 Art Vandolay
Joined: 2/28/2007
Msg: 32
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Posted: 3/4/2007 2:18:13 AM
I have no decision on this either way, I don't have the required information to make a valid opinion. However to be the devils advocate in this thread, how can you explain that there are at least a billion more people on the planet today, than 40 years ago. (the bigger the year number, the higher the populace difference) Like I typed before, I'm not discounting reincarnation, just trying to level the playing field in terms of debate.
 agelespirit
Joined: 10/7/2007
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Posted: 10/16/2007 12:20:15 AM
Having accidentally encountered past lives and reincarnation, Dr Brian Weiss took time to accept what came to pass. He went on to research many such mystical and religious ideas, turning him into a doctor who has got enlightened. (he has written books on the subject)

Treating patients by guiding them through recollections of their previous lives is just about the last thing Dr Brian Weiss thought he would be doing.

A prominent South Florida psychiatrist, before the age of 35 he was the first Chief of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a professor at the University of Miami's medical school. He was publishing papers and becoming a nationally recognised expert on psychopharmacology and considered himself the kind of guy who rarely gave much thought to anything mystical, philosophical or spiritual.

One patient changed all that. Weiss calls her Catherine in his first best-selling book, Many Lives, Many Masters (1988), eight years after he began treating the young woman.

He had been using routine psychotherapy to treat her and after 18 months with little improvement, Weiss finally put it very simply to her one day while she was under hypnosis: "Go back to the time from which your symptoms arise." She did.

Back to the year 1863 BC when she was a 25-year-old named Aronda. Since treating Catherine, he has researched reincarnation, Eastern religions, mysticism, quantum physics, intuition and everything in between. He exudes an air of wise counsel, but does not come across as some kind of guru.

Much to his surprise, Weiss's work has been taken seriously by many in the medical community.

Shortly after his first book was published, the former president of the Dade County Psychological Association said: "Those of us who do hypnosis are not all that shocked by Dr Weiss's book. Many have had patients who have gone back to something-I'm not prepared to say it was a previous life. I think we are very interested and very afraid to talk about it…"

When asked why do people find reincarnation a difficult concept to accept? Dr. Weiss said that:
people fear the unfamiliar. If only they would keep an open mind. Not just scientists, but everybody. Just observe it, watch it. Meditation can teach people to do that. If they can let go of their fears.

Plato wrote about reincarnation. So, the Greeks believed in this too. And so did ancient civilizations.
 Masturbating Girl
Joined: 10/9/2007
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Posted: 10/16/2007 7:48:09 AM
I read about Hindu beliefs in reincarnation as well as some psychologists comments in their books from their patients confirming the existence of reincarnation...but, it could be that they wanted to increase the sales of their book but writing something unusual…it makes you wonder...Do you know why what are rules in Hinduism or any similar religion or belief, if any, determining if one was to be born as a human or an animal?
 trippy_hare
Joined: 5/30/2006
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Posted: 10/16/2007 9:18:26 AM
There is, as a matter of fact, a sort of reincarnation hierarchy: different rules regarding what variety of being one will be re-born as, or has already been. There is too much to put into a single post, and I am no expert on Hindu laws governing reincarnation, but I do have a few sources that may be of help.

Primarily, the Gita. If you can't get ahold of a Bhagavad Gita, then it will be much more difficult to comprehend.

Secondly, "Illustrated World's Religions", by Dr. Huston Smith. This is by far my favorite volume on the subject of faiths and their similarities and differences, and Smith is able to provide the core fundamentals of various big faiths without resorting to being preachy. If you can't get ahold of a Vedic or Brahmin or a copy of the Gita, "Illustrated World's Religions" is a great first step to take.

Anyway. To sum up:

As your soul "matures", the body you are born into "evolves": from plant, to simple animal, to vertebrate, to mammalian, to human. There are certain actions that increase your hierarchical level of reincarnation, and some that knock you down a notch. (Bear in mind, this is an extremely simplified account, only applies to Hinduism, and is in no way an accurate representation of the Hindu belief of reincarnation except at the most basic level).
 trippy_hare
Joined: 5/30/2006
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Posted: 10/16/2007 9:18:39 AM
Oops. Double post.
 sassyaquarius
Joined: 4/10/2006
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Posted: 10/16/2007 9:54:34 AM
I have always believed in reincarnation.. it is one of those things that when you read or hear about it something inside goes "yes!" And feels more like a memory than a discovery...

Reincarnation is integral to my belief system and my progression in life...

Underlying everything I do in this life is a desire to ascend... to raise my vibrational state to the point that I no longer need to be here of this earth... deep inside I do not wish to come back... that is not to say that I do not like it here... rather that I want to experience other dimensions.... which I absolutely believe is possible...

Does reincarnation happen? With everything in my soul I say yes :)
 Stonestongue
Joined: 5/18/2006
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Posted: 10/16/2007 10:11:29 AM
I believe in reincarnation... I also believe there is a hierarchy and that if we leave here knowing that we are a part of and have been everything, we can choose what we wish to be the next time around and are no longer in need of the progression that is the hierarchy.

In my belief system, our first carnation would have been whatever started the big bang... We have been the infinate amount of planets, rocks, beings and everything else up til now and in these forms, we have the capability to "awaken" which is the final step in our realisation that we are God/Buddha nature/Love or whatever you wish to call it.

Some would say they don't believe because they don't remember... I don't remember being born in this world but I know I have been.
 Ravenstar66
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Posted: 10/16/2007 1:30:29 PM
I absolutely believe in it. But I couldn't tell you why except it feels right...way deep down. Also when I do read about it I get that "click" that Sassy talks about. I do have "memories" flashes really, of things I know I have never experienced in this life time...and some areas of knowledge I don't really learn, I seem to remember them once I get the right cues. There are also people I have met over the course of my life where the feeling of familiarity and recognition was overwhelming (on both sides) It was like seeing a great friend after a really long time...but there was no way we could know each other.

Some of the best evidence is from very young children..

As to how it works...I'm not sure, but I subscribe to the maturation of the soul.. but I would start it at an even earlier form.. pure unformed energy, to mineral, plant, animal, human..and who knows what is beyond that. I don't particularly believe in going backwards..say from human to plant or animal...but do think we could remain at a certain maturity level for several lives while exploring a certain area of growth.I also think the "soul" is not the same as the personality..that our "self" as we experience it now is more of a vehicle to experience this life with, like our bodies are also.

I have more, but am not feeling well today...good topic!
 Two Hawks
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Posted: 2/4/2008 10:56:56 AM
Two Hawks takes the Talking Stick:

I never believed in reincarnation until 1998. I have always had a keen interest in our Civil War (better known as "The War Of Northern Aggression" to those of us with Southern ancestry). I had an incident in 98 that changed my way of thinking on reincarnation.

I was working in Kennesaw, Georgia and had the opportunity to visit a Civil War Battlesite. This was about 10 miles North of Kennesaw in a small town called Marietta. There had been a long session of conflict there in 1864

We drove up to the site where a battle had taken place. As soon as we got out of the car I had an incredible feeling of deja vu. I felt like I had been there before...but I hadn't....at least not in my present life.

We found where the Confederate Lines and the Yankee lines had been. A local man, very familiar with the battle showed us these. He told us that there had been a Confederate charge from that point that had been repulsed. We began walking across an open area toward where the Yankee lines had been. About half way across this area I got an incredible sharp, searing pain in my upper right chest and it knocked me to my knees. It only lasted about 3 seconds, but it was enough to knock me down. After that...nothing and I thought no more about it. I didn't seek any medical attention for it.

Now the dreams start. I began dreaming about battles and the horror of them. These were nightmares and several times I woke up in a cold sweat. Scared as hell about them! These came on for five nights...then back to normal sleep.

I get home to Seattle and the first person I encounter is an old friend. She asks me about my stay in Georgia and I tell her all about it. Then I go on to tell her about the incident at the battlesite. My friend is a professional Regression Therapist. She takes people back to possible past lives. She asks if I want to go back and check. I tell her I do.

So she hypnotizes me and takes me back. We stop in 1864 when things start becoming clear. She asks me my name. I tell her "Lucas Brown". She asks my occupation. I tell her farmer but now a private in the Army of Tennessee. She asks where I am. I tell her I am near Marietta, Georgia. She asks what I am doing. I tell her that my company is getting ready for a battle. I tell her that we are going to charge the Yankee lines and try to drive them back. Now everything goes black.

My friend brings me out of the hypnotic state. She tells me that I have just relived a previous death. I was killed at one of the battles of Marietta. She also tells me that I am very lucky to have been able to see a former life as I did because most don't get to do that.

So....I am a firm believer in reincarnation.

Two Hawks passes the Talking Stick.
 NeverCanezzer
Joined: 7/11/2007
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Posted: 2/4/2008 1:03:47 PM
Two hawks - just wonder why in this incarnation that you came back to the US instead of say India or Australia. Time for a change of local and culture..
 edge_of_dawn
Joined: 12/18/2007
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Posted: 2/4/2008 7:07:57 PM

If reincarnation really does exist, then I suspect myself to have been a WWII military leader in another life, considering my obsession on the subject!

I'm glad I'm not the only one with that feeling (even if it is your attempt poke at the humor behind it; who knows, it could be "true"... LOL).

I've had dreams that during my last past life as a human, I believe I was an industrialist from either France or Germany (most likely France, because the name "Franscois" or something like that, was always repeated over and over again.) although I might have done business in Germany as well, because I remember scenes that looked vaguely "German"); I definitily believe I owned a factory of some sort, because I remember gazing down at my workers from the rail outside of what appeared to be my office.

After my death in the mid 1900's (probably around the 1940's), I entered hell, where my soul was tortured for several decades until I was once again reincarnated as a black panther in the jungles of India. I also have a fondness of the animal (as it is my favorite) as well as India (although I have never been there) and there are times when I can "see" the jungle also in my dreams.

Now don't get me wrong, these are only "dreams" and I don't actually "claim" to have been any of these things in my past lives; I simply "dreamt" about them, that's all (so no I'm not a crackpot)...
 Two Hawks
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Posted: 2/4/2008 11:43:00 PM
Two Hawks takes the Talking Stick:


Two hawks - just wonder why in this incarnation that you came back to the US instead of say India or Australia


An excellent question! Unfortunately I don't have the answer for it. I have a friend up in Canada. She can't play a lick on a piano! But if she is hypnotized she is a master on it. She was taken back and in a previous life she was a concert pianist. I read a story about an adult male that had a deathly fear of water like the ocean and/or swimming pools. He had never learned how to swim because of this fear. This effected him greatly. He finally concented to be taken back to a previous life and it was discovered that he had been a passenger on the Titanic and had gone down with the ship. Another story I read was about a man who had a fear of things like fireworks displays, or things exploding. He was taken back and they discovered he had been a Civil War soldier and had been killed in a powder magazine explosion. So it appears that something drastic that happened in a past life can quite possibly effect your new life? Somehow you bring that forward with you?

Two Hawks passes the Talking Stick.
 Stonestongue
Joined: 5/18/2006
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Posted: 2/5/2008 3:51:51 PM
In my way of thinking, we have or will be everyone that has every been eventually... But if it actually happens or not is something that can't really be proven yet.


I have a friend up in Canada. She can't play a lick on a piano! But if she is hypnotized she is a master on it. She was taken back and in a previous life she was a concert pianist.


That's pretty darned cool!

By the way Two Hawks-- I love how you brought the talking stick here.
 Montreal_Guy
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Posted: 2/5/2008 4:46:11 PM
I tell her "Lucas Brown".


I did some research.


A Lucius H. Brown served in the 3 Texas Infantry, Co. I. The 1850 Census for Caldwell County shows Lucas H. Brown, 12, born in Arkansas to schoolteacher H.D. Brown and wife Eliza, of NC.

igam.org/history/Articles/Baylor_initiates.htm


OK, common name perhaps.......

I've found references that other units of the Texas Infantry were certainly involved in the battle of Marietta, and the Atlanta Campaign. It's not impossible that the Third did too.


the 7th Texas Infantry regiment participated in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign

Gilgal Church, Georgia, 15 June 1864

part of Battle of Marietta, Georgia, 09 June - 03 July 1864

Atlanta, Georgia, 21- 22 July 1864

http://www.cemeteryworks.com/army_tenn.html


If so, perhaps the extreme violence and hardship of those battles and campaign might have been quite memorable to a .....twenty six year old man.

( Might explain your rather passionate comments against Lincoln in my thread on him, as well )

Maybe the Band was LYING , after all ....



You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat.

....it's a time I remember, oh so well....


 Two Hawks
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Posted: 2/5/2008 8:39:57 PM
Two Hawks takes the Talking Stick:

"Brown" is a very common name as was Lucas back in those days. There could have been many soldiers named Lucas Brown on both sides??

As for my comments about Lincoln...I was raised to believe that he was a fair and just man and I never questioned it. After reading DeLorenzo's book 'THE REAL LINCOLN" I found out things about him that I didn't know. He brought out things that no one ever knew. He brought out the truth about ol' Honest Abe.

Two Hawks passes the Talking Stick.
 Montreal_Guy
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Posted: 2/6/2008 6:04:15 AM
Hey , I can't argue against reincarnation - even though it's totally "illogical" when one begins to think about it.

I've posted before about my experience with it, and I can't say it actually exists. All I CAN say is that a variety of really strange things have occurred in my life that make me think there's something to it.

I had a dream where I described (as a five year old) a scene that actually occurred, in perfect detail, and did that to such an extent my Mother talked about it right up until her death. I have a connection with both the Netherlands, and the military, which makes no "logical" sense.

I've never said that it IS a reincarnation experience, because I don't think that can be proven one way or the other. Like any belief, it's a matter of faith.

I just know what I've experienced, and what others have experienced - and a lot of that defies logic, and that experience has left me with no answers - and a great many questions.

In fact, my eventual trip to the Netherlands is based, to a large extent, on a "spiritual journey" much like your trip to Marietta. I may walk away from that with nothing, but I'm drawn to it like a moth to the flame.

A friend of mine had a great suggestion about doing a book about it all, and I'd already considered doing a documentary film. I may in fact do both.

Either way the die rolls, it might prove fascinating.
 pappy009
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Posted: 2/6/2008 7:45:59 AM
For me there is no other explanation. Ravenstar can attest to that one. Are you still living in the Church and hows the daughter doing.
 Mystral13
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Posted: 2/6/2008 9:51:48 AM
Montreal Guy - your story makes me think of an incident that happened to me while I was married to my ex - oddly enough, he was from Montreal too.

We were attending a wedding in the small town of Montebello, Quebec, a town rich in Canadian history. Several hundred years ago, a French aristocrat high in their military lived in this town with his family and tried to set up his own small country - there is an old fort that is now a posh hotel, and the original "family chateau" is a museum. The wedding we were attending there was of the last descendant of Louis-Joseph Papineau, and because of this unique situation, the chateau/museum was where the wedding reception was being held. We messed up on the time of the wedding, so got there approximately 45 mins. early, so had some time to kill, and as the hotel staff were setting things up, we went in, and strolled around the chateau. Then the strange stuff happened, because as we walked in, we KNEW this place. Neither of us had ever been there before, yet we were so incredibly accurate, we started guessing what was through the next door, around the next corner, up those stairs, etc. We were always right..... it was very very strange, to say the least. When we went down to where the kitchens were, we both had chills come over us, but kept going..... we both had images of being kitchen help in a time long gone..... and got out of there fast too. Later, we talked to the bride's grandmother, asking her questions about how accurate our impressions were..... she said were totally accurate from what she could remember from growing up there as a child. Sooooo..... do I believe in reincarnation?.... kind of hard not to when you have something like that happen to you.
 Ravenstar66
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Posted: 2/7/2008 10:51:29 AM
OMG!!!!

Someone who knows me from Port? You have no pic so I'm not sure who this is. Ummm... Hi!
No longer in the church.... had to give it up (very sad). Daughter is doing fabulous, as am I.

Sorry all for going off topic.

This is something that is almost impossible to prove. I want to address the idea of population. Most people I have spoken with who do prescribe to reincarnation see life as more than just this planet, and this plane of existance. "Souls" are considered to be as inumerable as the stars themselves and earth only one possible place to incarnate. There is no "shortage" of spirits to inhabit, or create, physical vehicles to reincarnate to... there is a whole universe populated by incarnate and carnate beings... of all levels. And for those who have reas some of the Seth material... there is also the possibility that we, as souls, have more than one personality - or incarnation going at one time... considering that "time" as we know it here does not really exist in a linear fashion anyway.

Just some thoughts
 scorpiomover
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Posted: 2/8/2008 7:18:24 PM
I've met a few people who claimed they remembered being in a previous life. Some were my friends. They weren't showing off or anything. I have no reason to doubt them. Particularly as these people had some very odd ways of dealing with life, that would have made a lot more sense in a previous millennium.
 pappy009
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Posted: 2/9/2008 5:13:38 AM
I've had two past life readings by different people, Both, almost exactly the same. It gave me an understanding of who I am. Plus everything they spoke of, I tended to do very early in my life. Pretty well everything they said I am repeating now. I connected with everything too.

From what I understand that with every birth your slate is wiped clean, you are not aware of your past life because its deep within the Super Subconscious. Our minds are the same but the vehicle the brain is new, so we have to program it in a new reality. Our instincts or attitude is what we carry over not our knowledge of past events. Its in our attitude that our karmic destiny is created. We create our own realities, separate from others. You reap what you Sow.


Ravenstar still reading tarot cards.
 jerry.au
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Posted: 2/17/2008 5:19:43 AM
Reincarnation exists, of that I have no doubt. There is just too much evidence to believe otherwise. Just because science can’t explain something does not mean that it doesn’t exist, just that they haven’t yet discovered a way to prove it. Everyone knows electricity didn’t exist a few hundred years ago, don’t they? I used to correspond regularly with a Lady in England who recounted her experience. Actually she was a Magician who lives on an island off Britain and she gave me the technique to recall past lives but I have never tried to achieve it, mostly because I have always been forward looking and just too damn busy, but I include her experience here for you: - At about five o'clock Ernest took the bus back to Southampton and I, with the evening on my hands, returned to the cathedral to wait for Evensong. It was the beginning of Lent and the Bishop of Winchester was to give the first of a series of Lenten lectures. I sat quietly until the service. As there were so few people attending we were invited to move from the nave of the cathedral into the beautiful carved stalls. I began to feel a shift of consciousness and closed it off for it was neither the time nor the place. After the service I spoke with the Bishop for a few minutes requesting a copy of the lecture which was to be published, then left by a side door and made my way round to the West Front. It was almost dark, a clock began to chime the hour, and I stood looking up at the West window and thinking how much I loved this old place. It then happened so smoothly I did not realize at first what had taken place.
Nearly all the familiar houses were gone, those that were there were very different. I was no longer a woman, but a man, middle aged and none too bright, in fact this other me was very confused. I knew everything about him, his name was Walter, and he had been in the monastery since he was quite young, left there by parents too poor to keep him. He was a simple soul and had never amounted to much and spent most of his monastic life in the kitchen helping to prepare the meals. I remembered quite clearly his opinion of Brother Cook and his overwhelming awe of the Bishop. The cathedral was his only home and he loved it with a passion that in his heart he was afraid might border on the forbidden. His confusion arose from a discourse he had just heard in the refectory. Something to do with the possibility of a man living not just one but several lives.
This had frightened him; he could not imagine living anywhere else and was too simple to understand the mechanics of the argument. All he knew was the fact that this was home and he wanted to always be here. He stood before the great window looking up, shivering with cold and as I 'slipped in' he was muttering somewhat desperately, 'If I come back again I will stand here and I will remember, I will remember, I will remember.' Then I was back, standing and shivering with the cold looking up at the great West window, telling myself desperately, 'I will remember' So there was Delores’ account, make of it what you will. Perhaps one day I will try the technique. One book she recommends is Five Keys to Past Lives by J.H. Brennan.
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