Reincarnation: do you believe in it?
I don’t know if I believe in reincarnation in terms of animals, but I’ve come to the conclusion that coming back as “someone else” isn’t such a wacky idea.
Have you ever had the sudden realization that you can do something – a skill, random knowledge, etc – and you’re not sure how you know that thing? I happen to be really good at designing things in Photoshop. We didn’t have a computer in my house until Luke and I were in high school, and I didn’t have a computer capable of Photoshop until my junior year of college. I had no prior knowledge of working with computers, not really, but somehow I picked up this skill that was very loosely taught only a few times through my journalism classes and now I can navigate the complex editing program with some ease. How is this possible?
- I just picked it up really well, or
- I learned how in a past life.
The idea of a past life was always sort of silly to me. I was raised in a Christian home with pretty strict Christian standards, and we just didn’t believe in something like reincarnation. It was like a sort of witchcraft or something.
But now that I am older and have been doing a lot of my own thinking, reincarnation of a soul just makes a lot of sense.
Have you ever had a family member pass away and then meet someone so exactly like them that you feel like you’re talking to that same deceased person? Or have you ever given a suggestion on how to fix something, knowing it would just work but not knowing how you know?
I think these are examples of human-soul reincarnation.
I came across this photo back in March of 2010 on Tumblr. After reading that, the epiphany began. How weird is it to think that our souls simply inhabit a new home every couple of decades? Isn’t that a lovely thought? That God sends our souls back into the world somehow, to help someone or do something wonderful? It’s a lovely recycling process to me.
Animals, however, are another idea completely. I don’t know if animal souls can just trade in bodies like I can think human souls can, but perhaps it’s not such a wacky idea, either.