"Progress has not followed a straight ascending
line, but a spiral with rhythms of progress and retrogression, of
evolution and dissolution." (Johann von Goethe) The scientific
model of evolution, when applied to the cycles of reincarnation,
Evolution operates over a long time scale:
Reincarnation operates across the widest
possible timeframe: it has been in operation from the beginning of time
and will continue to operate until the end of time (there is no longer
Evolution operates on parallel tracks:
Each person takes their own journey through the
universe. Although karma weaves our lives through the lives of others,
each individual must learn from their own experiences. Although one
interacts with others, the lessons they learn from that interaction
are uniquely theirs. Although one learns from others, the pace of
advancement is solely due to their own efforts.
Evolution is driven by changes in the environment:
Karma is always sending us lessons. If we fail
to learn from them, we get the lessons again. When we have mastered a
set of lessons, we get a new set. Life is all about change… the more
we wish to learn in life, the faster and harder the lessons become to
spur our growth.
Evolution is a process of trial and error:
When our choices are negative-unloving, we fail.
We can make the same mistakes millions of times. When our choices
become positive-loving, we succeed. Others can tell us what creates
success… but it is what life shows us and how we react that creates
Evolution is powered by learning:
Living is learning. Each failure brings us one
step closer to success. Each new life starts with a new (and hopefully
smarter) base of knowledge. Our progress as Soul is like a stock chart
(not linear, full of ups and downs). What matters is that we are
growing in our ability to love.
Evolution builds on success:
After awhile, the success of many past lives
guarantees the success of the present one. The Soul evolves through
mastering the challenge of each chakra over the course of many
lifetimes: starting from the Root and going to the Crown. When one
is fully centered in the Crown, they operate from their Higher Self
and from the evolved Soul perspective.
Evolution produces unexpected, totally
Our inability to see the future coupled with
the choices made through our free will means that life is bound to be
unpredictable. That is how karma works best to evolve character.
When the "Germ Theory" was first
proposed, it was universally ridiculed. Now the "Germ Theory" is
accepted as fact. The same arguments that were advanced against
the "Germ Theory" are the same as those advanced against past life
Hide in Plain Sight:
"To see what is in front of one's nose is a
constant struggle." (George Orwell)
The "Germ Theory" shared the same struggle
as does the greater acceptance of karma and reincarnation now.
"If you cannot see it, it cannot hurt you"
the old argument went. Just as germs can now
be seen under microscopes, the effects of past lives are increasing
being seen in the accumulation of documented cases of traumatic past
lives being reflected in birth defects (like deformities, abnormalities,
marks, etc) in present life biology (click here for
Too Little to Hurt:
"Even if you can see it, it is too little to
hurt" the old argument went. Since
germs are microscopic, people believed that they were too little to
do serious damage... now we know better. Since past lives cannot be
seen, people believed they could not do serious damage now. Yet there
are some disorders that are driven by past life karma (click here for
"There is no link between this new fangled theory
and real life" the old argument went.
Enough evidence exists showing that those who ingest or are injected
with germs will contract the illness carried by them... so that people
are not willing to chow down on germs. Similarly, most people see that
"what goes around comes around" enough to believe in cause and effect
and to respect the concept of karma (click here for
Legal Evidence of Past Lives).
It's All Faked:
"Any evidence for this phenomenon must be faked"
the old argument went. Before evidence started
piling up from different sources, no one wanted to believe in the germ
theory. It became overwhelming and so people started to believe in
germs. Although independent evidence from different sources is piling
up for past lives, reincarnation skepticism and religious belief keep
it from being accepted even though it is true (click here for
"There are Four Obstacles to Knowledge: Idols of
the Tribe, Idols of the Cave, Idols of the Theater, and Idols of the
Marketplace." (Francis Bacon) These obstacles to knowledge often keep
individuals from exploring past lives, karma, and reincarnation.
Idols of the Tribe:
This obstacle to knowledge is deceptive beliefs
which are common to the human race. Some believe that there is a higher
power that watches over us and keeps us safe (what karma teaches) while
others believe we are all on our own. The global beliefs we hold dear
can serve as obstacles to knowledge. For example, the removal from the
official Bible of most of the teachings of Jesus Christ about karma and
reincarnation still serve to block many from these teachings.
Idols of the Cave:
This obstacle to knowledge arises within the
mind of the individual. Their own unique beliefs, attitudes, and
behaviors are molded by their personal temperament, their education,
their habit patterns, their environment, and their life experiences.
These filters in our mind, including our
inborn reincarnation skepticism
(forgetting/disbelieving the past), are
obstacles to knowledge.
Idols of the Theater:
This obstacle to knowledge comes from learning
and philosophy that are accepted without question as fact by the
majority of the population. As civilization advances, learnings and
philosophies change with the times. These outdated teachings of the
times (including the
preachings) always serve as obstacles to
knowledge to spiritual seekers.
Idols of the Marketplace:
This obstacle to knowledge comes from the very
deceptive use of communication. When words undermine their purpose,
they end up hiding the very thoughts they are supposed to express.
The long and winding road between "what I said" and "what you heard"
always serve as obstacles to knowledge. Only someone's direct
experience of the
There is only one way to overcome all these
obstacles to knowledge. Question with your mind whatever does not
feel right in your heart. For mind and heart working together is
the surest way to know the greater truth of our existence.
"Moral Relativism" is the philosophy that there
is no universal, objective truth about what is "right" and what is
"wrong". This philosophy asserts this must be true because different
cultures have widely different moral standards about what is morally
The main objection to Moral Relativism is
there are core values (like love, freedom, joy, etc) cutting across
all religions-societies that are viewed as universal, objective truth.
In the context of the present society that is true... but it is not
true in the context of past life exploration. This is why it has
relevance to the philosophy of karma and reincarnation.
Inside Your Heart:
When it comes to karma, a person is judged by
what is inside their heart and mind. In the inner worlds, there are no
misunderstandings or errors. The truth about an individual is always
clear to the forces of karma. This is how and why karma can act with
such precision in ensuring what a person sows in one life they reap is
a future one. What is inside a person's heart is measured by what they
were taught to believe and how that measures up to what they decided to
do with their life and how these decisions were and were not like
Judging the Past:
It is very unfair to judge the past by the
standards of the present. For example, in past societies, one human
being "owning" another as a chattel slave (property) was morally
permissible. If the "owner" was kind and compassionate to the "slave",
the karma was balanced. If not, the wheels of reincarnation will act
to balance the karma between them. So the "owner" should not beat
themselves up for having been a slave owner (legal at the time) only
for any misuse of power (acting in an unloving way) arising from the
"superior" master position and made possible by the "inferior" slave
being under their control.
As we travel through our cycles of reincarnation,
karma teaches us what is and is not like love. As time goes by, we learn
to be and become more love, despite the changing morals, manners, and
mores of different societies. We learn to be true to ourselves, no matter
what others close to us or society tells us to do. We transcend conditions
of moral relativism to become unconditional love.