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the Intuitive will be a regular feature of the magazine. We encourage
readers to send in their questions related to Spirit or different
traditions. We will ensure that the question is send to the appropriate
expert for an answer.
have heard a lot about reincarnation. Just what is it and how
does it work?
Patricia Jackson, HalifaxDear Intuitive Times
is a belief held in a number of traditions. It is more widely
accepted by the Eastern religions than the West and is as old
as religion itself. The belief is especially central to Hinduism.
The Hindu Scriptures, such as the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita,
refer pointedly to reincarnation. The Gita notes:
leaving aside worn-out garments
A man takes other, new ones,
So leaving aside worn-out bodies
To other, new ones goes the embodied (soul)."
affirms that the soul must experience a succession of rebirths
- a cycle of birth-death-rebirth - until it achieves a state of
divine perfection. The principal purpose of reincarnation is said
to be the perfectibility of man. Rebirth provides the opportunity
to learn certain lessons that are necessary for our development
and progress. It is estimated that two-thirds of the world's population
believes in reincarnation.
is important to distinguish between Reincarnation and Transmigration.
Reincarnation is the soul's rebirth- incarnation into the form
of a human, while Transmigration is the soul's rebirth - incarnation,
into any form. This means the individual could return as an insect,
a donkey or even an elephant depending on the quality of his or
her previous life. Both schools of thought teach rebirth, a succession
of lifetimes on earth granted to us to attempt to attain spiritual
perfection. Transmigration is the earlier and is considered by
many to be the more primitive, since it is the version which allows
the soul to be embodied in any form of life, including insects
and the lower animals.
wrote, "Every soul is immortal - for whatever is in perpetual
motion is immortal ... All that is soul presides over all that
is without soul and patrols all heaven, now appearing in one form
and now in another ... Every man's soul has by the law of his
birth been a spectator of eternal truth, or it would never have
passed into this our mortal frame, yet still it is no easy matter
for all to be reminded of their past by their present existence."
G. Jung, the famous psycho-analysist said, "I could well
imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there
encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had
to be born again because I had not fulfilled the task that was
given to me...A creative determinant must decide what souls will
plunge again into birth ... It is possible that any further spell
of three-dimensional life would have no more meaning once the
soul had reached a certain stage of understanding; it would then
no longer have to return, fuller understanding having put to rout
the desire for re-embodiment. "
Franklin had the following inscribed on his tombstone: "The
body of B. Franklin, Printer, Like the cover of an old book, Its
contents torn out and Stripped of its lettering & Gilding
Lies here But the book shall not be lost, For it will as he believed
appear once more In a new and more elegant edition Revised and
corrected By the author"
of reincarnation indicate that the Bible supports this belief.
In John 9: 1-3, we read, "As he passed by, he saw a man blind
from his birth. And his disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned,
this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered,
'It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the
works of God might be made manifest in him..." In Matthew
17: 11-13 we find , "He replied, 'Elijah does come, and he
is to restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already
come, and they did not know him, but did to him whatever they
pleased. So also the Son of man will suffer at their hands.' Then
the disciples understood that he as speaking of John the Baptist."
a coming issue of the Intuitive Times, we will future explore
this subject. We will also explore some of the exciting research
which is being done on the subject.
have read about a silver cord which connects the physical and
non-physical body. Does such a thing exists and can it be seen?
Rhonda Renaud, Mission, B.C.
psychics have reported seeing a silver cord associated with out-body
experiences. The physical body and the etheric body are believed
to be attached by a cord or cable through which life-currents
or cosmic energy pass. It can be likened to a telephone cable
and is a whitish grey colour in appearance. The silver cord is
elastic or can be indefinitely extended, but when it is severed
death follows. When greatly extended, it is not unlike a single
strand of a spider's web in appearance.
silver cord is believed by some to be attached to the base of
the skull and by others to the solar plexus. It holds a striking
similarity to the new-born physical body and the umbilical cord.
As long as any trace of this cord remains, death does not take
place, and it is possible for the spiritual body to return to
the mortal and for the person to again be restored to normal health.
Jackson Davis described long ago, in his Great Harmonia, the phenomena
which he witnessed at the death of a person known to him. He tells
how he saw the spiritual body withdraw itself from the mortal
and issue from the head of the dying person first as a cloud of
luminosity which hovered above the bed and was attached by a fine
luminous cord - a sort of psychical umbilicus - to the dying person's
head. This cloud then slowly took the form of the person, and
this form continued to hover over the recumbent mortal body, attached
to it by the cord of light just as a captive balloon might be
moored to the ground.
speaks of the "silver cord" and reference to it is found
in Ecclesiastes 12:6: "...Remember him before the silver
cord is snapped ... before the dust returns to the earth as it
began and the spirit returns to God who gave it...".
late Arthur Ford, in speaking of the silver cord, remarked: "...When,
in earth life, the beta separates from the physical body, the
two bodies remain attached by the silver cord, which is so elastic
that the beta may range the entire universe without being severed.
On the death of the physical body, the silver cord is released,
and the beta body continues, as vehicle of the soul...".
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