"Hardwired into the Human Consciousness":
According to Tom Shroder ("Old Souls") Paul
Edwards in his book "Reincarnation: A Critical Examination" tries "to
make (Ian) Stevenson (author of "Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation")
look absurd for even raising the possibility that he may have uncovered
evidence for reincarnation… Edwards says 'Stevenson will no doubt claim…
(that he has) much better cases now. They do not even begin to overthrow
what I call the formidable initial presumption against reincarnation.'
What Edwards is really saying (here) was this: because something challenges
the accepted understanding of the world, it obviously cannot be true, and
therefore is unworthy of consideration. That is the position of dogma,
WHY? WHY? WHY? Why Is It That People Cannot Accept the Evidence for Reincarnation?
After more than 40 years and 3,000 cases "suggestive of reincarnation", Ian Stevenson asked Tom Shroder, the journalist who followed him on three research trips, "why is it that people cannot accept this evidence (of reincarnation)?" The answer is because the process of reincarnation works to "hard wire" the "formidable initial presumption against reincarnation" deeply into the human consciousness.
Bleeding on the Edge of Ockham's Razor
We are born forgetting the long trail of our
past lives and with a resilient skepticism that keeps us from wanting
to explore them. In people where the skepticism has an exceptionally
strong hold, it will prompt them to believe the most elaborate set of
explanations that are "anything but reincarnation."
The Powerful Force of Reincarnation Skepticism
Tom Shroder (from his book "Old Souls")
described this "powerful force" best:
That factor is the resilient, inborn, "hard
wired" skepticism which creates "the formidable initial presumption
against reincarnation". Reincarnation is it's own worst enemy. For
reincarnation to work to set the stage for life after life of
it, by necessity, it must work to obliterate
any evidence of itself.
Why and How Reincarnation Works to Regulate Human Awareness
How reincarnation works is best summed up by
this poem written by Sir Walter Raleigh:
"Even such is Time which takes all in trust:
Our youth, our joys, our all we have, And pays us but with age and
dust. Who in the dark and silent grave, When we have wandered all our
ways, shuts up the story of our days. But from this Earth, this grave,
this dust, The Lord shall raise me up, I trust."
Below are the reasons why we variously forget and remember our past lives. As you will notice below, there are far more reasons to keep the door to past lives closed than to keep it open. And the reasons for allowing the door to be open often result in it being open for a short time to resolve issues before it is shut again for good. Proof that reincarnation is extremely effective at it's job is that after millenia of reusing the stage of Earth, the very reality of reincarnation is not accepted and there is more of a "formidable presumption" against it than ever.
#1: CLOSING THE DOOR: ENSURING LESSONS ARE LEARNED
The Earth is nothing more than a gigantic
schoolroom for learning the lessons of karma. Logically, if we are
here to learn lessons - particularly if we are trying to correct past
mistakes - it would seem to be easier if we remembered our past lives.
That way we could "remember" what went wrong last time so we could do
it right this time around. And yet the vast majority of people come to
Earth agreeing not to remember their past lives at all (for more see
"Rules of Life Contracts").
#2: CLOSING THE DOOR: PROVING LESSONS ARE LEARNED
Getting a fresh start is vital to learning
our lessons. It is one thing for us to say to our guides when we are
that we have "learned our lessons and do not need to
repeat them". It is quite another to "prove it". Before we came into this
life, we agreed to walk along the path of all we needed to learn and to
"forget" we did so. We "forget" to keep from "cheating" and from being
overwhelmed by the totality of our past while making sure that we have
really learned our lessons.
#3: CLOSING THE DOOR: STARTING FREE OF BAGGAGE
In any lifetime, it is easy to become "stuck in the past". Reincarnation ensures that we are constantly moving forward in our journey as Soul through the universe by putting an end to "dead men walking" and "dead men sitting" mired in the past.
"Dead men walking" are those people who cannot forgive themselves for what happened - what they did or did not do - in the past. They mourn a past event for the rest of their lives and become frozen at the stuck point unable to move forward.From a reincarnation standpoint, both "dead men" have stopped their karmic evolution because they are stuck in the past. Their stuckness dies with them: having forgotten about it, they become free of past baggage. So, in new lives, the tides of karma once again get them to stop mourning or rejoicing in the past… by fully engaging them in new experiences, so that they can move forward karmically.
#4: CLOSING THE DOOR: PREVENTING PAST LIFE REVERSION
Past life reversion occurs when people overcome the tides of karma to "revert" to comfortable patterns from past lives (for more see "Rules of Past Life Reversion"). Left to themselves, people will naturally gravitate towards "doing what they have always done". Reincarnation will eventually work to put them in situations and places "where they have not gone before". The most essential part of countering past life reversion is to implant unusually strong past life skepticism inside them along with a strong and overwhelming desire to go out and master the unknown.
#5: CLOSING THE DOOR: CREATING NEW CHALLENGES
One of the primary reasons that people agree
to reincarnate is to see how they would react under ever more challenging
circumstances. When we look back on our old lives to create new one,
we wonder "was my success a fluke or could I do it again under even
harder conditions?" An integral part of doing that is coming back as
an "unknown quantity" and building your success all over again… without
others or yourself relying on your past track record of success.
#6: CLOSING THE DOOR: DERAILING PRESENT EXPERIENCES
The most important thing to remember about
the past life exploration is that NOW - the present - is the point of
all power. The central tenet of past life healing is to help one to be
all they can be - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually -
now by healing blocks from past lives. Yet, in most lives, people do
not spend their time looking back at past lives but instead they focus
on living in the now.
#7: CLOSING THE DOOR: DERAILING PRESENT RELATIONSHIPS
Before we go on the adventure of our lives,
we agree to come into certain relationships with others. These
relationships are designed to help us resolve our problems with these
people while at the same time helping us to work through our own issues.
The primary goal of reincarnation is to open us to greater levels of
"Rules of Reincarnation").
This becomes both easier and harder when we reincarnate with the same
group of people over time. Easier when we meet those we already love.
Harder when we meet those we already hate.
#8: CLOSING THE DOOR: ACTING ON IMPERFECT KNOWLEDGE
The ultimate baggage from past relationships
are "grudges". For example, if you knew someone had killed you in a
past life, you might not be able to forgive them or allow them to make
it up to you. You might find yourself overwhelmed by revenge (as in
"you killed me so now I am going to get even!").
#9: CLOSING THE DOOR: INSIDER KARMIC KNOWLEDGE
One of the greatest paradoxes of reincarnation
is this one. As Tom Shroder ("Old Souls") quotes researcher, Ian
Stevenson as saying: "In the West, people say 'Why are you spending
money to study reincarnation when we know it's impossible?' In the
East, they say 'Why are you spending money to study reincarnation when
we know it's a fact?'" And the paradox continues when you realize that
knowing about the reality of reincarnation in the East has done little,
if anything, to lessen the violence and misery which breeds bad karma
there like it is going out of style!
#10: OPENING THE DOOR: RESOLVING PRIOR ATTACHMENTS
And yet, the door to past life knowledge does
swing open when there is no other way to break the past life attachment
except by confronting it in the present life. If you notice, the
majority of the cases that researcher Ian Stevenson encounters are
those involving past lives cut short by tragedy where the person
involved had a compelling reason to reconnect with family or friends
of their "prior personality".
#11: OPENING THE DOOR: RESOLVING TOXIC PAST LIFE PAIN
When we reach a certain point in our spiritual evolution, we come to the place where we must come to total peace with ourselves… all who we have been through the trail of many incarnations. In the last few lifetimes on Earth, before we leave the cycle of reincarnation for good, we must "wrap up" the "odd bits" of karma that remain seeded in our consciousness. Often this means contracting certain rare diseases to force us to break through long standing, unresolved toxic past life pain. For a listing of the "diseases of the evolved" and advice on how to handle them - from a spiritual standpoint - see the Karmic Dictionary.
#12: OPENING THE DOOR: ACCELERATING PRESENT GROWTH
When we have truly connected with the greater
totality of ourselves, can we accelerate our spiritual growth ending
the cycle of reincarnation in that lifetime. For experience is the best
teacher of truth. The purpose of all experience - human and spiritual -
in all lives - past, present, and future - is to refine our character
so that we may become better CoWorkers with God.
Credits: from channeled information and inspired by Tom Shroder's book "Old Souls".
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