Of all the important questions arising generally on these matters, few are deemed as confusing and mysterious as Reincarnation, due largely to a widespread understanding of how this process actually takes place.
Indeed many people live in fear that they will, for example, need to "return" to repeat their current "life" all over again, and might even return as an animal or other form of life.
So let us today then clear up this confusion by taking a closer look at the mysteries of reincarnation.
First of all the word "reincarnation" is, in and of itself very misleading. This word implies to "come back to Earth in another body", which in itself no doubt leads to much confusion and worry.
This confusion almost always arises due to the notion that after we "die" we spend some time in the Astral worlds before "deciding" to "take" another human body, at which point we leave the Astral and descend in to the new body at the time of conception or even after.
This perspective is completely erroneous and we will now take a look at why this is.
Our true Self our Individual Self, is actually our "Higher Self", Who is the total of all our personalities on Earth.
Each personality is born with a physical body, transitions in to a non-physical body after "death" to the Astral and then Mental realms, before eventually arriving back to the Higher Self with that particular "package" of experience.
Each "package of experience" adds to, and thereby enhances the Higher Self which steadily becomes more complete, balanced and more perfect with each package of physical life experience acquired.
It is the objective of the Higher Self then to collect as much experience as is necessary in order to move on from or transcend the cycle of reincarnation to much greater things, the likes of
which are beyond the comprehension of most.
It is worth pointing out at this stage that the Higher Self is a perfect reflection of Source, God, the Universe - everything that occurs does so in the direction of experience, expansion and thereby perfection.
This also applies to every level of life in the entire Universe in all spheres of Life and Reality from The Source, The Higher Self, all the way to individual expressions of personality on Earth.
As we evolve, groups of Higher Selves come together to form group Entities that empathetically cooperate to help evolution lower down the path. And so it is until eventually all Beings are just one single entity - The Source, The First Cause - God, the Logos.
Now the process of reincarnation can be related to a wheel.
If we look at a wooden cart wheel, we see that it has a hub at the centre, spokes radiating outwards from the hub, eventually joining the outer rim of the wheel.
In this context the wheel represents the following:
Hub - the Higher Self
Spokes - "time lines" relative to Earth
Rim - the physical Universe
Note: "Time" and "Space" and therefore "matter" and the "physical Universe" do not really exist. They are a temporal illusion created by the ego, conscious mind and organic brain. We Will for the purpose of this writing only assume that these do exist, because for most Human Beings it is the basis of their experience.
The hub, the Higher Self, is the total of all physical lives and "future" lives relative to Earth. It can be likened to the facets of a glittering rough diamond which eventually becomes a perfect diamond once all of the facets of the diamond have been polished - each physical life experience, through that individual personality, adds more polish and perfection to the diamond as a whole.
Each spoke represents an individual experience which takes place by first starting at the rim after originally travelling down that time-line spoke, to, for example Earth, and then, after that personality has concluded its mission, progressing back up each time-lines poke from whence it came, eventually returning to the hub - the Higher Self.
It should be pointed out however that as people become more and more materially focused and involved with the dramas of the material world, the personality forgets what its mission really is, thereby failing to fulfil it. This necessitates the High Self sending a further personality to Earth simply to repeat the same experiences through which to gain the necessary knowledge and experience.
Now - before sending another personality down a spoke to arrive on Earth for "another life", the Higher Self first needs to understand exactly what "package" of experience is required for a certain aspect of its own overall evolution and therefore perfection.
The Higher Self will then send a personality down that time-line spoke into the space-time continuum of the physical Universe, to be born, or "incarnated" in to the precise body, time-line and circumstances representing the best opportunities to gather the knowledge and experience required.
As you will remember - the rim represents the planet Earth and the rim is also circular - this means that the Higher Self can send a personality down any spoke and arrive at any time-line in the history of Earth or any other planet in the physical Universe - time only becoming significant upon arriving within the space-time continuum of the physical Universe.
As already mentioned - the Higher Self also chooses which country, location and parents would best present the opportunities for the experiences required for this particular "incarnation". So the Higher Self could for example send a personality to be born as a female to a family of bakers living in London, England during the middle ages. Another concurrent personality of the Higher Self might be a male born to a doctor and his wife living in India in 1999.
Another personality might be a son born to a Saxon noble family of land owners in early medieval times and so on.
It is important to understand that these personalities are not sent by the Higher Self sequentially, i.e. one at a time. All incarnations of a human being take place concurrently, i.e.
simultaneously relative to the Higher Self - we only experience the illusion called "time" and "space" while here on Earth. Beyond the physical Universe "time" and "space" do not exist, and it is accordingly entirely erroneous to think in terms of "past" or "future" lives - there is only the Eternal Now.
It is therefore possible for hundreds or even thousands of "yourself" to be living in the Astral all at the same time, although you might not know it. This is why the Astral is populated with countless trillions of people and beings from other planets living in the infinite Astral planes all at the same time.
The Astral planes are only transient however - they have been created by the Minds of Beings such as humans after what they experienced on Earth, believing it to be "reality", and craving to continue the material pleasures they left behind on Earth.
The reality is that the Astral will dissipate once this phase of evolution of the Universe is complete, an eternal process, just as all illusions are transient and will dissipate sooner or later.
The Astral worlds are neither "home" or "heaven", they are simply a necessary interim and transient step for most people on their way back to their own Higher Self with the package of information gained on Earth, followed by the Astral and then Mental realms of life and reality.
The spoke of each life passes through the Astral and Mental planes before reuniting with the hub of the Higher Self.
Once the Higher Self has gathered all necessary experience, it will withdraw all existing incarnations that are living on Earth or another planet, or Astral and Mental planes, regardless of their current situation, because Higher Self no longer requires the benefit of those experiences, now being as complete as necessary for that phase of evolution.
After this has taken place, Higher Self assumes the personality of the dominant, most advanced incarnation before moving on to much greater responsibilities as a powerful co-Creator in the Universe.
Also I must stress that notwithstanding the doctrines of some cultures there is no inter-species transmigration where a human has experienced a "bad" life will return as a dog, or a horse, or goat etc. Evolution will continue to take place as the Energy configuration of a human Being.
Aside from the fact that "good" and "bad" are erroneous human concepts of polarity that simply do not exist, we are here to learn through experience - there is no "good" or "bad" experience, only experience itself.
The Higher Self generally requires a vast range of experience as both genders, on many different time-lines and situations on Earth in order to achieve its objectives.
A word about "past-life" regression.
Many believe that such regressions are accessing linear "lives" that take place one after the other as the same basic personality.
This is not the case. Past-life regression therefore involves accessing the Higher Self Which has the knowledge of all incarnations.
Why do people not remember "previous lives".
The reason for this is because to do so would be so traumatic, the person may not be able to continue due to the very wide range of powerful emotions it would invoke such as self-pity, thereby compromising that incarnation.
Most will have experience lives in the stone ages starting with our distant ancestors, the various world empires during which there were times of great carnage, in the medieval ages where there was great suffering and torture, the two world wars and so on, experiencing life from all sides including victim.
These are all great, but different experiences, that we are concurrently experiencing in the Eternal Moment of Now, but which people need to be shielded from for the reasons just mentioned.
I do hope that this has answered many questions and resolved much confusion on this important subject of reincarnation, and that there is nothing to fear from this process - quite the contrary.
To fear reincarnation would be like fearing going to kindergarten as a young child. Which young child does not enjoy and learn from playing and learning at kindergarten, before going on to discard their toys to move on to new experiences?
Live each incarnation sensibly and with joy, and above all while being Mindful of who you are and why you are here, that there is nothing to fear, that your life will unfold perfectly in tune with the perfection of the Universe and of our Divine Creator who will always provide all of our needs for each incarnation if allowed to do so by allowing instead of doing.