Not all people agree that reincarnation is part of our natural cycle here on earth: it’s too abstract a possibility. I’ve so often heard, “you’re born and you die – it’s as simple as that.”
Religions often have views about the afterlife. Christians believe in hell and heaven, Muslims believe that the present life is preparation for the next realm of existence, Hinduism and Buddhism believe in reincarnation – that once a person dies on this earth, they will be reborn to a new life and the status of that life depends on the work they did before their death. (1)
I first learned about Reincarnation and Karma from the Buddhist teachings in my early 20s, but its reality did not sink in until Serge Benhayon expanded on reincarnation as part of The Way of The Livingness teachings.
When I fully understood that I would return to Earth again to have another life – a life that would continue on from this life – well, let’s just say, Serge had my full attention.
One thing was clear – I had to have a good look at how I was living, for hoping that I could just skip out early because I didn’t like it here or try to sleep, numb or entertain my way through it, was no longer on the cards. I had to become responsible… at all levels.
As I reflected on my younger days, I could see the evidence of how I had lived in previous lives and some of the choices I had obviously made, as they played out in the here and now. I didn’t need a story of what my previous life was like, as I just had to look at my life at that time. This wasn’t pretty at all; in fact, it was a dismal state of affairs.
The good news was that I had a choice – and the power to change it all.
We are fortunate that life will continually provide the opportunity to make different choices, which will then, of course, have different consequences. For many years now I have been re-committing to life in all the little day-to-day commitments and responsibilities that come our way, such as returning to work full-time, completing my studies, staying open in troubled relationships, speaking up against abuse, being fully present as a parent, caring for the home with more detail, and making better financial decisions. The main change though came in my relationship with myself and from here all other relationships changed to become more open, honest and real.
I knew I had a lot of wisdom to share, I knew that I cared deeply about others, and I knew that deep inside was a girl that had not yet blossomed. I was determined to let this amazing woman out, but I had buried her essence in layers of false beliefs, ideals and hurts, that one by one needed to heal. And so that is what I started to do – I began to heal my hurts.
At times I was stopped in my tracks when a situation presented that was so familiar to one of the past. It was so familiar, in fact, I would hear myself saying “Oh no, not again!”
Instead of running away, I would stop for a moment and ask myself “So, what is needed here?” Fleeting memories of how I handled things last time would come to me, and I would know from following my inner impulse, what was required of me next. It may have been to not hold back expressing myself, to bring more understanding, to connect more deeply to another’s essence, to deeply listen to what another had to say about how they were feeling, to do something differently, and sometimes it was simply to observe what was playing out before me.
By fully embracing the teaching of Reincarnation, I relinquished my lethargic given-up state and made different choices, determined not to spend another life like this one started or like others ended. I wanted the chance to live me in full, not the trodden on and hard done by way I had lived to this point and which I knew wasn’t the true me.
Life supports us to wiggle out of comfort and to address any disharmony, by presenting us with opportunities to learn, to see how powerful we truly are, and to return to our true selves.
But there was more.
Coupled with reincarnation was the teaching of Karma, otherwise described as cause and effect. I could always handle cause and effect as it seemed so logical. Something will occur as a result of a choice. If I was to drop an egg on a tiled floor, the effect or consequence might be that the egg will break. If I drive my car to the point where it has no petrol (which has happened on a number of occasions), the car will come to a stop. So too, if I was to verbally berate another without allowing myself to feel the lovelessness in that behaviour, then the ‘effect’ or ‘consequence’ is that I will one day be supported to come to the much needed understanding, that to verbally berate another is without Love.
These incidents were more than a broken egg or a car that wouldn’t move. These too were opportunities to pause and consider what they represented or reflected to me in my life and to help me to arrest a way of living that was perhaps not loving at all.
Despite what is a common belief, Karma is not punishment, but a rebalancing of energy. Its place here is not here to make us suffer but to provide the opportunity for us to feel what is true and learn that some of the choices we make do not come from Love. They are blessings for us, always asking us to be and live more of who we really are. And, if we truly feel the lovelessness in our choices, then we will not need the correction because balance has been restored when it is restored within ourselves.
“Karma does not wait until something is proven in court or by science for that matter. Karma registers disharmony instantly. Forget not that Karma is the science of measuring the energetic imprints of all actions. It is a science that belongs to the Law of Cause and Effect. An action of any kind is either in harmony or disharmony – it cannot be both. You are either in prana (spirit) or in fire (soul).”
(Serge Benhayon, A Treatise on Consciousness, p. 245)
So in life, there are neither coincidences, nor are there mistakes. Everything is perfectly planned for us to feel what is true in any given situation. How amazing is that!?!
Perhaps some will still say the teachings of Reincarnation and Karma are hocus pocus, but to me it just makes sense. It’s like the pieces of the puzzle have all connected. By living life in this way, making different choices and living with more responsibility, well, it just seems so natural, all so beautiful and perfectly balanced.
By Maree Savins, Tertiary Education, Australia
1. Views on Death According to Different Religions, Religious Movements. (n.d.). Retrieved April 02, 2017, from http://www.religiousmovements.org/views-on-death-according-to-different-religions/