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Term: Reincarnation


Reincarnation: Also known as transmigration of the soul, reincarnation is the belief that after a person dies that person’s personality or soul is reborn in a new body.
source: The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, by John Michael Greer


The belief that souls of the dead are reborn in other bodies, human or animal; also called transmigration. Far and away the most common teaching on the afterlife in Western occult traditions… The rise of Christianity, with its insistence on eternal ...
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Christianity and Reincarnation
Christianity embraced and taught the doctrine of reincarnation until the Emperor Justinian summoned the Fifth Ecumenical Congress of Constantinople in 543 a.d. This congress was convened for the expressed purpose of censoring from the religious ...
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Reincarnation (rebirth) is caused by a desire for life. It is the creative urge for self-expression that maintains the cycle of reincarnation for us on the Cosmic Planes of Manifestation. Above the highest Aethyr, LIL, there is no time or space as ...
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Past Life Regression
Belief in reincarnation has existed throughout history. It is a standard aspect of most forms of metaphysics and is found in virtually all religious systems. It is a part of the Kabalah, the mystical side of Judaism, and it was also a belief of ...
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Belief in Reincarnation
It is not necessary for you to believe in reincarnation to experience the benefits of past life regression. Whatever decision you make concerning the validity of reincarnation is immaterial as far as the benefits of the experience are concerned. ...
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Past Life Story #3 - Documented Reincarnation
One of the most intriguing documented examples of reincarnation is that of the present Dalai Lama. This Buddhist leader, exiled from his homeland of Tibet, is known as the Fourteenth Incarnation of the Dalai Lama. Shortly before the thirteenth ...
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Alternate Theories to Reincarnation
Those who discount reincarnation offer various explanations for the problem-solving aspects of the information obtained. Some explain that if a situation in the present lifetime is particularly painful, distressing or embarrassing, the person ...
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The Purpose of Reincarnation
The purpose of reincarnation is to provide opportunities for you to recall knowledge of your true nature. You are an evolving, unlimited spirit created by and in the image of the Ultimate, Unlimited Spirit. As you accept full responsibility for your ...
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There are many misconceptions about reincarnation, and one of the most common is that people reincarnate as animals or insects. This belief is called transmigration. Of the 75% of the world’s population which believe in reincarnation, only a tiny ...
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Responsibility for Actions
Those who do not understand the theory of reincarnation often assume that those who believe are attracted to the idea because it frees a person from responsibility for his actions. "You can just do whatever you want to in this lifetime and not be ...
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