I think what we call reincarnation is just like little glitches in the Matrix, little electricity brownouts… happens all of the time. There need not be a reason for it. It’s a very complex system and glitches must happen constantly. Some we notice, and some we don’t…
You know how extreme violence (and amazing love!) stays with us… it scars us, makes a deep impression… we may replay the images in our head… we may be compelled to re-live the images from time to time…
Why should it be any different on the large universal scale! Extreme hate or love overloads the system, distorts the output, derails the train, creates a hole, short-circuits the matrix… creates an apparent reincarnation, a re-living, a re-experience…
As above so below…
In Big Mind we fracture our self into many, many voices… the more time we spend doing the process the more we voices we may find… personal voices, transcending voices etc… in the end we put it back together as the free-functioning human being…
We all, that is all living things, this entire complex system… or what the chinese call the 10,000 things… it’s just like all the voices we access during the Big Mind process… in other words the voices relate to the free-functioning human being exactly the way the 10,000 things relate to Big Mind… the 10,000 things are no more and no less real than the voices are… Just as we can get stuck in the voice of anger or the voice of the vulnerable child, we get stuck in the voice of EGO, of ME, of SOUL…
As below so above.
Well, I can imagine Dr. Tucker has some compelling evidence… Take a young child that should not have any way to know about some events and yet they do. Perhaps they can even link what is reported by the child to an actual place and person. So, maybe reincarnation, maybe collective consciousness, maybe alien mind probes…
Indeed. I don’t see that evidence as proof that some souls reincarnate and others don’t.
Not one, not two.
Not one will never change, not two will always evolve. If duality or relative is the energy of not-one-not-two, and unity or absolute is the never changing… the Dharma is constantly evolving while the Buddha remains the same.
If existing as separate souls is an illusion of the ego, reincarnation must be an illusion also.
Stuart to me:
Have you heard what’s going on at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, North Carolina? Dr. Jim Tucker (child psychiatrist and researcher for the University in the Division of Personality Studies) is, in all likelihood, the foremost scientific authority on reincarnation in the United States. His job -his very unique job- is scientifically document young children who spontaneously recall previous lives. His research has produced staggering, inexplicable evidence for reincarnation. You should look it up. Also, have you seen the issue of What Is Enlightenment on Death and Rebirth? interesting stuff.
I mean, I think your take is plausible, but some of the data from U of Virginia is MINDBLOWING. There are scores of instances and accounts that simply defy any reasonable explanation (besides reincarnation, and not of the variety you described).
Personally, my take is that not everyone reincarnates, and it is a developmental issue. When some souls (essential voyagers) develop to a certain depth and fortitude, they acquire something akin to an “escape” velocity. Most souls just dissolve and are re-absorbed into the big subtle / causal atmosphere when they hit the furnace of excarnation. They black out, and dissolve. But, some do not. Bodhisattvas punch through that initial, disorienting membrane of experience minus the filters of corporeal layers, and they may be reborn consciouslly. Additionally, what the research shows is that traumatic deaths (murder, suicide, bizarre sudden accidents) seem to play a huge role in these reincarnation. 70% of the strongest cases are of children who were murdered, met an untimely death of a usually gruesome nature. That seems to short-circuit or disrupt the normal process, and somehow results in a much higher rate of reincarnation, which is where the most inexplicable evidence comes from, correlated in multiple criteria. Check it out. It’s pretty weird.
I will check out Jim Tucker – sounds interesting.
I think the problem that any belief in reincarnation represents to me is that it takes us out of the here and now. Give a human ego the tiniest hope of coming back – or going someplace like heaven… – and that’s what we’ll think about instead of cleaning up this planet…
In other words I could be completely wrong about all of this, and believe me I am not at all attached to my theory, but I think it is more useful than to talk about bodhisattvas and rebirth… we’ll all find out at some point…
i totally agree on the temptation to leave this moment, this life, these conditions, and caste our lot somewhere else. “oh, it’s my last lifetime, that’s when all this wounding happened…” or “in my next life, i’m gonna blah blah blah”. i like the way Alan Watts put it, “all past lives are this life. all future lives are this life.”
With my new solo guitar CD One Guitar about to be released in another month or two, it’s predecessor Tears in the Rain is no longer available from our ListeningLounge. Those who have purchased music from Tears in the Rain will continue to be able to find it in their library until the end of the year.
For those of you who might not know the story of this music:
Last September I started to record solo guitar music in my studio. I wanted to experience the quality of 24bit/96kHz recording (CDs are only 16bit/44.1kHz) and also felt that there was some music in me that was different from my previous work. The music I recorded was largely improvised – about 70% of it I made up on the spot – and I assumed that it would have an audience of one (me), or maybe a handful of people. I would upload new pieces to the ListeningLounge as soon as I recorded them, without EQ or compression. I didn’t want to title the pieces, because I wanted the music to remain wordless, pure, and devised a series of numbers for each piece that was made up of the exact date and time the music was recorded. I named this download-only album Tears in the Rain.
I really enjoyed this music I had recorded, music that I find is unlike anything I have released in the past, and because of the feedback I received we decided to release a CD this Summer. The title changed from Tears in the Rain to One Guitar, “normal” word-titles were discovered and I “cleaned up” the music files a little bit, meaning I made sure the beginning and endings were as noise-free as possible. I mastered the album with just a touch of EQ and without any compression and just this afternoon I gave it a last final critical listen with my Stax Ear Speakers before it will be sent to the manufacturer next week. I think this is the finest guitar sound I have heard on CD, rich and defined, silken and strong. Many thanks to Lester DeVoe for making me such a fine instrument and to Martech for making such an amazing microphone pre-amp.
I think we should have One Guitar CDs in stock by the time we come back from Australia at the end of July.
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