Have you ever heard about the theory of reincarnation? Do you believe in this phenomenon? Or perhaps you yourself have encountered signs of the afterlife or incarnation of the soul?

I’ve never had that kind of experience myself. I’ve spent many hours meditating for several days in a row and done various spiritual practices, but neither in my dreams nor in a conscious state do I remember living another life. At one event, I had the opportunity to do past life regression meditation, after which some of my colleagues said that they saw themselves in other incarnations, but I did not experience any manifestations of past lives myself. I think that’s how it should be. Even if reincarnation does exist, I’m guessing the idea is that we shouldn’t remember it. Still, the world has a lot of literature on this subject, and compelling stories of people who remember their past lives are often published.

I touched upon this mystical theme because I often think that the theory of reincarnation, or rebirth of the soul, could perfectly explain the chaos and injustice that many people see in the world. Would you look at a little kid with cancer the same way if you knew that a dictator who had killed millions of people had been reborn in his body? And that in a past life, the child’s pain-stricken parents were that same dictator’s assistants – the ones who drove crowds of innocent people to the crematoria?

Would the world still look wrong seeing the son of a millionaire who has never lifted a finger spending his days on a yacht if you knew that he was actually the reborn Vincent van Gogh, the artistic genius who died in poverty? After his death, his paintings were sold for tens of millions, so wouldn’t it make sense for him to have the right in his new incarnation to enjoy the money he never saw in his past life? In some religions, such a sequence of events would be termed as karma, meaning a connection between consequence and cause, which could explain different starting positions in life.

The confirmed fact of reincarnation would arrange the pieces of the puzzle into a perfect, “correct” picture and would probably encourage us to act more responsibly in the present. What fascinates me most, however, is that despite past experiences, we have a chance to start all over again at any given moment. At any given moment of the present, we can create a better version of ourselves, no matter who we supposedly were. The most important thing is who we are at this moment and what direction we are determined to travel in.

With love,
Alma Jansen

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