Our understanding of reincarnation has always been completely linear.
A common misconception about reincarnation is that it is linear. That is, after you die your soul is sent to the body of a new born baby. I want to destroy that myth today and replace it with a new way to see the world. Although the idea of the immortal soul appeals to the ego, when followed to its logical conclusion it doesn’t make sense. Having a new body means you also get a new blank brain, a clean slate, the synapses shaped only by the experiences of the new life. You do not remember any previous lives. There is no evidence for linear reincarnation only beliefs and no reason to believe it. Actually, it is really a hollow promise in a religious system of control like the promise that you’ll get to heaven when you die. Really, does your brain survive death and move on? What part of you knows where you are after death. Ideas appeal to our intellect – our brain. Heaven is here now. Sorry, it is pointless waiting for a messiah. You must be responsible for your world.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could spend some time with your previous or future incarnations? That’s actually what happens all of your life. Your parents are the past you and your children are your future you. Your children share your genetic makeup and the children you raise, teach or entertain are going to inherit your character, values, beliefs, humour and prejudices just as you inherited them from those who raised you: your parents, your teachers, your idols, and your entertainers.
Did you ever hear your parents voice come out of your mouth? Or ever hear your children say something and suddenly realise how often you say it?
Another misconception is the idea of karma. Good karma will see you born into a rich family next time. Bad karma, you’ll be a slug. Not true. That only serves to justify a caste system.
Your karma is how stable your children are. And you can see it now in this life. Every day you decide what your next incarnation will be like. Remember that. In a power struggle parents sometimes intimidate and interrogate their children. The natural response from the child is stubbornness and becoming aloof. Well, how would you respond? Remember, it is you responding.
You are your children as you are your parents. You are your students as you are your teachers. You are your audience as you are your entertainers. They are your next hope. Support them, give them a boost. What do you want to pass on? Watch yourself pass it on. Take care deciding how to school your children and how they are entertained. Read up about how your future selves are learning about this world. Read up about what developmental stages they are in and how they are learning about the world.
The only way you will remember this life after you die is if you can pass on those memories to your children. Share your world with them when they are ready. This is why most of us don’t know where we come from or understand our parents. Our imaginations where hijacked by TV and movies so we never asked our parents about their lives. I remember my mother telling me about her father’s experience of the first time he saw an aeroplane flying over his farm. Can you imagine that being a novel experience? It was, and that is a glimpse of where we have come from.
Enjoy this insight. Embracing it may revolutionize your relationships. Realize that having children is a spiritual activity. Have fun with and love everyone you engage with until your last day as you, because, remember, they are really you.