I have read extensively about reincarnation and life between lives and near-death experiences where people explore other dimensions of reality. A thought I often entertain, and one that entertains me in return, is trying to imagine my next life.
To me this has become a wake-up call. It’s actually pretty scary. Oh, the woes of abundant empathy!
I’ve had a lot of friends who grew up in abusive situations. Listening to their tales of being mentally tortured, raped, and so on leaves me wondering if I’m so sure I want to come back for another life. What if I ended up in a family like that?
The American Dream is a lot different than it was in the 1950s and 1960s when I was a child. Leave It to Beaver and Father Knows Best and The Donna Reed Show and The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet were the social benchmarks of what American family life was like. Those ideals are long gone. These days those ideals are fodder for criticism and sarcasm. Life out there has gotten much more brutal.
THE TIPPING POINT
I often think it would be an improvement in society if we reached the tipping point and realized that we are most likely coming back to this planet many times over. How we treat the planet today literally creates our home for tomorrow. The planet we inherit in our next lifetime is the one we either nurtured or destroyed today. In other words, consequences.
What if we were brought up as kids pledging allegiance to that viewpoint? What if we were raised from early childhood to understand that we will be coming back. We cannot destroy this planet (including groups of people on this planet) to satisfy our current needs if we want to return to a healthy planet in our future lives. No magic Santa Claus will fix the mess we created through our avarice and neglect.
I often wonder why science and government have been so slow in investigating the nature of death and the possibility (probability?) of reincarnation. We seem to be much more interested in developing new weapons systems (gee I wonder who profits from that?) over answering cosmic questions that could truly revolutionize life on our planet. It’s almost as if the veil of ignorance is being kept over our heads on purpose. Gee, I wonder who profits from that?
When I grew up, I heard repeatedly that the Russians wanted to A-bomb the crap out of us. What if I would have grown up repeatedly hearing that if we bombed the crap out of some other country, we would have to spend another lifetime living as a child in a country that had the crap continually bombed out of it?
Within my own belief system, I believe that if I am filled with hatred, prejudice, and malice against an ethnic group or a gender, there’s a good chance that I will have to come back and experience it myself. So for example if I were to abuse or exploit women, a future life would see me incarnating as a girl with a soul contract with others for them to similarly abuse or exploit me.
Looking at reincarnating as a female while I am currently ensconced in a male body shines a very interesting light on the subject. Would I retain any of the insights that I have amassed as a sometimes brooding, usually sensitive male who loved a few times and lost? Would I understand male longing for female love? Or would I come back, encounter a bunch of hardships directly related to being a woman, like being exploited and abused, and in turn develop a new, seething hatred for men? (and would it actually be new, considering I’m not crazy how men in general treat women?)
Logically, many solutions to social problems could be embedded in and inspired by the knowledge that we do, indeed, come back and that we do, indeed, experience what we have sown — even if those seeds had been genetically modified.
Happily, this works in the other direction, too. The more we nurture the planet, champion diversity, cooperate and love one another, the more we build homes for tomorrow that we will like to return to.