Copyright 1999 - Robert Bruce (In The Land Down-Under = Australia)
Reincarnation is in my opinion an overly
simplified concept, designed to be easily understood and accepted
by the general population. But the theory of reincarnation falls
down sharply when closely examined. That is, if you understand
how standard linear time sense behaves in higher dimensional
levels, i.e., time sense fluctuates. As far as it goes, the theory
of reincarnation is clear enough to explain some very complex
esoteric matters in a simple way; without giving people headaches
whenever they think about it. It also allows for the illusion
of the continuation of present consciousness, unchanged and progressive,
with only an occasional memory loss to mar its course; marking
the division between each Re--Incarnation. This makes it easy
for people to accept the bones of the incarnation process. It
gives them the benefit of a rational afterlife belief-system
containing the simplified essence of the whole truth. This allows
a measure of independence and security, and a reassurance of
the continuance of self, i.e., life after death and reincarnation
= a kind of immortality theory that people can easily accept
and relate to.
But the whole truth of reincarnation
is so extraordinarily complex it is not so easily grasped.
At the top of the dimensional structure
is ONE consciousness. A SINGLE mind (call it universal consciousness,
The Great White Spirit, the mind of God: pick one?). Or split
it into three if you like: Father, Son & Holy Spirit, or
many more if you prefer the demigod perspective, i.e., Hindu
beliefs, etc. However you conceive this structure, at the top
of it all rests a single consciousness: the original spark of
consciousness that created and is continually creating the entire
multi-dimensional universe we call home. But grasping and relating
to the ONE is not an easy thing to do. The ONE is so far above
our understanding of what consciousness is, it becomes incomprehensible
to the human mind: except of course in the abstract; which is
the only realistic way this can be perceived and related to.
The most popular way of relating to the ONE is through abstract
simile, i.e., God is like the father of all fathers, or, God
is like the mother of all mothers, et cetera.
Beneath the ONE are layers of consciousness
(relating to subtle dimensional levels, i.e., the astral dimension,
mental dimension, etc) where the ONE fragments and splits into
multiple parts, with each lower layer splitting again and again
into many more layers and parts, and so on, until you get to
the physical dimension, the dimension of Maya, the dimension
of solid illusion where we as energy-cum-physical beings can
experience the limitations of the physical universe through our
physical bodies. This, in a way, makes us human beings the myriad
eyes, ears and consciousness' (in the physical dimension) of
the ONE great universal mind above us.
At the very top of the dimensional spectrum,
at dimension ONE, there is NO time. Mystically, this is understood
and experienced as The Eternal NOW. This means there is NO TIME.
There, time does not exist and everything, the past, present
and future, are happening all at once in the eternal NOW. Every
layer beneath this takes on a little more time sense (steadily
increasing in time sense) until we get back down to the physical
dimension; to our Real-Time dimension of solid illusion (our
normal physical universe) where time becomes relatively linear
To support this: whenever you experience
higher dimensions, say during OBE, you will always notice a significant
variability in time; in your sense of time passing during each
experience. Modern physicists are already working mathematically
in several different dimensions above but related (or linked)
to the physical universe. The great physicist Einstein stated
that at some point in the dimensional spectrum there must be
a point where time does not exist, where past, present and future
I have traveled to and experienced higher
dimensional levels where there is NO concept of time at all.
But the sensation and perception of time passing is also quite
variable in the physical universe, and time sense is entirely
relative to your state of mind. Look at how time flies when you
are happy, say when you are spending time with someone you love.
But oh how it drags and drags like a heavy stone while you are
bored, or while you are waiting or experiencing something you
In a way this can be likened to a simple
(Real-Time, here and now)
The above diagram shows the ascending
and descending layers of the ONE consciousness, splitting into
more and more parts as it descends into the real time universe
(the here and now). Each part of the layers directly above the
physical dimension can be more easily related to, if you consider
each as being an Overself or Oversoul, or Higher Self (pick one?).
In our dimension, each of these split into many separate parts
(hundreds or even thousands of people; how many is unknown).
And if you take into account this flow of multiple consciousness
units from above, from the eternal NOW, it is also likely this
spreads throughout all of time and space: possibly with each
Oversoul splitting into countless people; all who have ever lived
in the past, all those living in the present, and all those that
will live in the future. The bottom line is that these are all
living simultaneously in the shadow of The Eternal NOW. And if
you also take into account the countless worlds in our universe
that probably contain many other race, not to mention a plethora
of parallel universes, the mind simply boggles. And yes, I think
I am definitely getting a headache at this point:)
If you look closely at and ponder the
mind-split effect (see Astral Dynamics, or The Treatise on OBE
parts 7 & 8) you'll see before you the underlying principle
of incarnation at work. As above so below. And if you apply the
mind-split effect to incarnation, you'll see the ONE great mind
splitting and reflecting (or incarnating) into many billions
of parts, into many billions of people.
Now, if you take the above as read,
you will see that the linear concept of reincarnation is just
a little off the mark in explaining the higher nature of reality.
It leaves too many questions unanswered and has too many holes
in it's logic. Its way too simplistic an explanation to fit the
enormity underlying the reality of incarnation.
In my opinion, what is really happening
We are all essentially a part of the
ONE at the very highest level of consciousness. There is NO time
at the top (or you could say there is ALL time at the top) so
everything happens in the eternal NOW. Therefore, logically,
a single person would incarnate throughout time: past present
and future, living and experiencing multiple lives. But these
are lived all at the same time, all at once, all in the eternal
NOW. And therefore, if all lives are lived at once, then it is
also likely each 'person' incarnates many times in the same timeframe,
i.e., that you are incarnated many times in the present, and
are living many different lives simultaneously in this present
time, in the present NOW. This also applies to the past, present
and future; meaning you are now currently living throughout all
time. Scary concept maybe, and definitely headache material,
but its also extremely logical.
I believe the above, with a healthy
application of like-attracts-like and opposites-repel, also accounts
for what are commonly called Soul Mates. Individual incarnating
spirits would logically attract like-minded spirits to them from
among their own spectrum of incarnating brethren, i.e., from
among those incarnating from their own shared Oversoul.
The Buddhist concept of the Overself
is fairly accurate in describing what is happening at a higher
level of consciousness. This is a step up from the simpler concept
of linear incarnation, living life after life, as taken for granted
by most NewAge people today. Although the Buddhist theory also
includes linear reincarnation, you will find there are many gray
areas between fact, theory and experience.
Past life memories...or past life associations?
In my opinion these may be caused by
closely related links (call it a soul family clan) between some
spirits contained within a single Oversoul unit. These links
are not limited nor divided by our primitive concept of linear
time, but are all connected through the higher soul clan in the
eternal NOW. They are all existing simultaneously at the higher
level where they connect. Therefore, when a person remembers
or feels connected with, or affected by, dramatic events from
what is considered a past life filtering through into their present
reality; these events are actually happening right now, in the
eternal NOW. This may account for why these links can be so keenly
felt. Even though the actual events that are affecting or being
felt as stemming from a past life that may have happened thousands
of years ago, it is actually happening right now, in the eternal
NOW. And this goes a long way toward explaining why past life
memories can have such a profound effect on us.
I think past life experiences can also
be felt and experienced (shared) in varying degrees, by all the
individual members of a closely related soul clan. They are not
remembering events that happened a very long ago, they are being
'felt' and experienced by all parts as if they were actually
a part of that other time, as if these events were happening
The above hopefully sheds some new light
on the ancient but little-realized belief that we are all brothers
and sisters in spirit, all God's children; regardless of sex
or race; or even of species for that matter. Ultimately we are
all ONE at the highest level, all ONE in the eternal NOW. (RB)
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