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Little wheel spin and spin, big wheel go round and around

Published December 3, 2015 by murgcat

“Welcome back kids! Was that fun or what? Did you find what you were looking for? No matter, let’s spin that wheel and see what it gets you this time round!”

“I’m gonna be the king of Siam.”WheelofFortune

“Well I’m gonna be an Iroquois princess, nyah!”

“You’re both wrong. To quote that great philosopher Steve Martin, ‘I was born a poor black child…’”

I have noticed that people looking for a past life experience want something exotic and of mythic proportions. Most people on the planet have the epic struggle of everyday survival. That my friends is heroic. What are you looking for?

If the goal is to learn, how can that happen when you’ve always been the hero? We all want to be Wellington; someone has to be Napoleon. Or more realistically, Napoleon’s groom or the poor peon who scoops up the horse crap and dries it so he can have a warm place to sleep at night. I’m sure we’ve all worn a white hat just as we’ve all worn the black hat and mask.

When you start the search for your past lives, are you ready for what you may find? We have all been the victim just as we have been the victimizer. It could be that what we hate the most is something we have recently experienced.

Can your current ego deal with the atrocities you may have committed in the last lifetime? Are you abused now because of the hardships heaped on native children as you destroyed their culture? Have you been blessed with comfortable life because of altruistic acts through several lifetimes? Makes you wonder if the feminist of this lifetime was the misogynist pimp in Budapest in 1600.

The revelations of your deaths can be horrific. In western culture contemplating your death is morbid. The freaks and weirdoes are the ones that obsess about mortality. When you dig into those past lives in their totality you get to experience those deaths also. The Déjà vu of place with the remembrance of your passing at that same spot can be a bit spooky. Without a true acceptance of the reality of death, some past life memories can be devastating.

It is that cultural context that also makes it so devastating. There are actions and attitudes that were common place in the past that are repugnant now. The torture of the witches and heretics, in which were you the prosecutor, the defendant or one of the throngs screaming for “justice”? Marriage contracts for children as young as 5 or 6 were undertaken. Those marriages were consummated by the ages of 13 or 14. In our current culture that’s abhorrent, and to abuse victims it’s impossible to understand and unconscionable.

How do you handle the sudden realization that you were what you hate the most in this lifetime? You were the sultan that accepted that wife because it was the way of the times. If you didn’t consummate the marriage as soon as physically possible the business or political advantages could be lost. You’re an atheist in this lifetime yet you’ve spent many centuries as that hammer and enforcer of god. You are a devote Jew but in the 40’s you drove a tank while wearing a black uniform with the skull and crossbones insignia.

It’s a careful what you wish for moment. If you are comfortable with your personal demons, what’s a few more to the party? However, those issues you have the most difficulty with may be issues you have dealt with before. You may not be too happy with what side of the coin you were on the last flip.

If you are well grounded the journey can be mystical and healing. You can release patterns that have been reoccurring even prior to this incarnation. Realization of the deep dichotomy that exists in life builds an understanding compassion. That compassion can bring a peace of heart. You might not agree with the actions of another but you can understand their motivation. You’ve been there.

Reincarnation but which one!

Published November 26, 2015 by murgcat

IMG_0208The Comedian spoke a profound truth. “Death is Natures way of saying thanks for playing, try again!”
Reincarnation is one view of the soul’s journey. There is validity to this idea. Now, which view of reincarnation I believe in is up to debate. There are two main concepts that appeal to me. The first is the basics that everyone is familiar with, the one soul journeying lifetimes to the grand prize of enlightenment. The second is the belief that upon our deaths our energy gets dumped back into the great pool of source. We can examine both from my point of view, my subjective grooviness. You can make up your own mind.
Traditional reincarnation, if you will, consists of a single soul striving over and over to reach liberation from the cycle of rebirth. Lessons are learned; karma is balanced again and again. Always one cohesive soul learning life lessons. As the spirit travels through its journey it becomes more enlightened. The more advanced, the more of the previous lifetimes are remembered. Once one has reached a high level, the memories and lessons of the previous lifetimes are retained. Spiritual teachers tap into all of these lifetimes to help us and them understand life.
Once you have learned all there is, or more probably, all your particular soul has chosen to learn, you get to break the bonds of this world. Now the soul gets a choice to move on or continue to play the game, but on their terms. When a particular spirit is so moved by compassion and love for those of us still caught in the throes of birthing pains again and again, it comes back to teach and heal. That’s where we get our bodhisattvas like Kwan Yin and the Dali Lama.
The second concept is the shaman’s idea of reincarnation. In this view, source is the origin of us all and it’s where we return upon death. The Toltec shamans call it the eagle. We live and strive and learn and then our spirit is devoured by source. There is an incentive in this view; you work harder at your studies and practices so that you may avoid the eventual disintegration back into source.
This view would explain why many of the past life experiences are so fragmented. We dissolve back into the pool. As a new soul is created, bits and pieces of a myriad of life experiences and vibrations come together to form a new being. The more enlightened we become the more the spirit starts to coalesce. Eventually the soul is able to gather the totality of ones self; we break the cycle.
The second argument has always appealed to me. It explains quite a few anomalies in the past life experiences that have been reported. A person could only remember those vibrations and memories that becomes part of the new being. A convenient excuse for the big holes or the small remembrances.
I have to say due to recent revelations and epiphanies, I am now more inclined to validate the first point of view. I think what you remember of your past lives, if that is part of your journey, are points you need to focus on. It can guide you to your Dharma, your purpose in life. The final transcendent goal is to reunite with source and stop coming back.
Rather than argue about it now, let’s have a chat after we’ve passed but before we spin the big karma wheel for our next walk on our beautiful Gaia. That’s one of the downsides of being an atheist, if they are right, they won’t get to say, “I told you so.”