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2003 Archive:
Ley Lines, Old Straight Tracks, and Earth Energies by Jeff Belanger
December 13, 2003

Dybbuk - Spiritual Possession and Jewish Folklore by Jeff Belanger
November 29, 2003

What to Look For in a Paranormal Group by Andrew D. Laird
November 24, 2003

Reincarnation: Thoughts, Aspects, and Musings by Lee Prosser
November 17, 2003

Inside the Psychic Mind of James Van Praagh by Jeff Belanger
November 15, 2003

Exploring Our Dreams by Jeff Belanger
November 1, 2003

Halloween 2003 - What Scares Us by Jeff Belanger
October 18, 2003

Supernatural Glossary by Brian Leffler, with contributions by the staff
October 13, 2003

L'Empire de la Morte by Jeff Belanger
October 4, 2003

Spell Casting and Green Witchcraft by Jeff Belanger
September 20, 2003

To Light a Candle by Lee Prosser
September 18, 2003

The Ghosts and Legends of Juneau's Alaskan Hotel by Jeff Belanger
September 6, 2003

A Glimpse of the Afterlife: Near-Death Experiences by Jeff Belanger
August 23, 2003

Gargoyles: Sacred Scarecrows by Jeff Belanger
August 9, 2003

Astral Travel Agents by Jeff Belanger
July 26, 2003

What's Your Sign? by Jeff Belanger
July 12, 2003

The Skeptic's View by Jeff Belanger
June 28, 2003

Mercy Brown, the Rhode Island Vampire by Jeff Belanger
June 16, 2003

It's in the Cards by Jeff Belanger
May 31, 2003

Exploring Satanism by Jeff Belanger
May 17, 2003

My First Ghost Hunt by Jeff Belanger
May 3, 2003

Leaps of Faith by Jeff Belanger
April 19, 2003

Sance - A Round Table Discussion by Jeff Belanger
April 5, 2003

Exorcism: Vanquishing Demons by Jeff Belanger
March 22, 2003

Do All Dogs Go to Heaven? by Jeff Belanger
March 8, 2003

Which Witch is Which? by Jeff Belanger
February 22, 2003

Being Psychic With Peter James by Jeff Belanger
February 8, 2003

Funeral Practices and the Afterlife by Jeff Belanger
January 25, 2003

Lawrenceville Library's Most Famous Headstone by Jeff Belanger
January 11, 2003

November 17, 2003

Reincarnation: Thoughts, Aspects, and Musings

By Lee Prosser

Reincarnation appears in many religions, its theme one of the most ancient. Simply put, one dies and one is reborn. One dies to the old form and one is reborn to a new form. Reincarnations have been documented in many countries. 

If one believes there is a soul, if one believes that soul is immortal, then it becomes possible to accept the idea of reincarnation. A soul may travel many human bodies before it completes its learning assignments.

In most Christian religions, the idea of reincarnation is either forbidden or laughed away as foolishness. That is because if you are programmed to believe you might not get a second chance, it is easier to plant all kinds of guilt trips on you, collect an abundance of tithes, and give you a feeling of damnation that is totally undeserved! Reincarnation makes useless those Christian doctrines for control of the flock, so to speak. Before Christianity became organized with a command center, those early Christians believed in the possibility of reincarnation, and honored it. 

Yet, there are many fanatics who believe one cannot be a Christian and believe in reincarnation at the same time. It is like the fanatic who comes up to you on the street, and says: "Do you believe in the Holy Bible?" The only way to answer that honestly is with another question, "Which of the 287 translations did you have in mind?"

Personal beliefs aside, is it not preferable to do good and be good wherever you are rather than having to come back and do it all over again to get it right! Reincarnation holds out the promise that there are alternatives available.

My personal beliefs include two statements that have stuck with me over the years:
1) "Every moment is a new beginning." Spoken by Swami Vivekananda of the Vedanta Society.
2) "Be good and do good." Spoken by Swami Chetanananda of the Vedanta Society.

Those two statements correspond with the best tenets of reincarnation and living a moral, spiritual life. If you truly sense the possibilities of knowing every moment is a new beginning, then you suddenly realize with loving insight that it is possible to become the best you can be wherever you are. And to be good and do good is self-explanatory from a spiritual perspective. A moral person and a spiritual person are the same, taken in the context of these two statements. Neither statement requires membership in a religious organization. All is required is that you think for yourself, trust in the good that is around you, and avoid evil. Forgive often. 

As long as there is a knowledge of reincarnation and its possibilities, humans will seek inspiration from their moral and spiritual nature. If that knowledge is lost under the burden of churchianity in whatever form it takes, the human heart will find a way to the truth. There are many pathways to the truth. Hindus, Vedantists, Christians, Buddhists, Wiccans, Witches, Pagans, Moslems, and many others each have a pathway to follow in search of spiritual truth. 

Happiness must come from within the person. Truth must be realized within the individual. 

Churchianity has a lock and key on doctrine, but it does not have a lock and key on the human spirit. Whether or not one believes in Jesus Christ is less important than knowing that much is done in his name that he never intended nor asked for. Jesus Christ never said to turn the other cheek until you are beaten dead; no, he would be the first one to say, bring your knee up quickly into the groin if the second fist is heading your way. Jesus Christ was not stupid despite some Christian groups trying to make him into a wimp for personal reasons. Jesus Christ was a fighter and laughed a lot, even drank wine and probably had a wife with whom he had frequent and enjoyable sexual relations. Reread your history, reread your holy books, reread your heartthen look at the possibilities of reincarnation. Look at the learning experiences you have already achieved.

It is then that every moment is a new beginning. We are not the same person we were a moment ago because we are always free to learn, to build, to forgive, to love, to share, to help others, and to dream. 

To give the gift of patience, love, and sharing of knowledge are three great gifts to give to children growing up. A fourth great gift is to give them the inspiration to read. And a fifth great gift is to give a child the desire to question and be inquisitive so nobody and nothing can ever take dictatorship over his or her mind. 

We must try to do our best and always remember that intent is everything. If we believe hard enough, we can make a difference. 

Do good and be good, and every moment does become a new beginning. Reincarnation is one distinct possibility to understand, comprehend, and consider.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014