What’s up, Pogue,
Well, here some craziness that’s been running around my head. As Gordon Lightfoot once wrote:
If you could read my mind loveIf you could read my mind
What a tale the thoughts would tell
It’s the letter I wrote you last week concerning Time. It really got me thinking. In fact, when I began writing I had no intention for it to finish as it did and never imagined that it would raise a question such as reincarnation. What am I like!
My thoughts are currently a series of questions and focus on our existence as spirits, or souls, having a human experience. Remember that in the last letter?
Well, for those who think as I do and believe that they are principally a spiritual being currently traveling along a human path there is a belief that we will not come to an end when our bodies die but rather we will vacate our bodies. For a period now I have thought that we pass on to Heaven or become one with the Universal force, however you like to term it. Whatever rock your boat, ehh? But currently I’m wondering.
Now there are those who think that this life is ‘it’. Like, you close your eyes for the last time and…nothing! The party is over. In religious language, “Elvis has left the building”. Don’t share this letter with them. They have far better things to do with their time!
What am I wondering? Sorry, I got side tracked for a moment. I was wondering whether one life time really gives us, that is us as souls, the ‘Human Experience’. Take a look around you today and try to see what is going on. How many human experiences can you see from your limited viewpoint?
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You’re having your experience (and very nice it is too) while others are living lives very much removed from yours. Some have great wealth and live unconcerned whilst some are worrying over where the next meal is coming from. Some get up and go out running 6 or 7 miles whilst there are those who rise to sit in a wheelchair day after day. You get what I’m trying to say? Which is having the ‘Human Experience’? Indeed, will it be that only in having the other’s experience that they will be able to appreciate what the ‘Human Experience’ truly is? Then, only if men and women swop gender will they ever to able to understand that part of being human? And cultures? Let’s face it, one span of human life even lived to its fullest extent can only give a very limited insight into what it is to be human. Think of a jigsaw. One piece, one life.
I am hoping that these rather errant thoughts make a little sense?
I suppose the crux of the matter is whether we really are spiritual beings seeking to understand what it means to be human.
Since these thoughts took root, at least tentatively, I have been reading around and, yes, there are numerous accounts of people recounting having been here before often supported by compelling evidence if we would but give it a thought. Children who know things about people from times gone by that they really shouldn’t know. Take a look around and you’ll find plenty.
If you ask me: ‘Is there a next life after death? Can you show it to me?’
I will ask you: ‘Is there a tomorrow? If yes, can you show it to me?’Ajahn Chah
How do we explain these? Well the usual approach is too ignore them. After all, if we were to lend them any credence it would really mess with a lot of our religions. Just like near death experiences which, again, we abundantly record but generally push to one side. Are we really so closed minded to the world when it contradicts our common understanding? Or maybe I’m just one on my own running where angels fear to tread. Whatever, I’m enjoying the moment.
So I’m going to hand you this and challenge you to give it some thought.
Yours, thinking a lot,