A large number of subjects permanently solved their emotional and mental difficulties by recalling and facing the traumatic memories of their past (or even future) lives.
Are there parallel existences to our own out there? If yes, can they be marked as a form of reincarnation, a well-known theory of re-birthing after physical death? Is reincarnation actually something much more fascinating, comprehensible only if we really open up our minds?
There have been a huge number of books written on the subject of reincarnation. Many researchers have dedicated their whole lives exploring it. Perhaps the most prominent investigators of this phenomenon were Ian Stevenson, a Canadian-born U.S. psychiatrist, who worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Jim B. Tucker, a child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the same university. They were researching mostly the cases of children who were able to recall some memories from their “past lives.”
The evidence they collected as well as many proofs gathered by other scientists and researchers are overwhelming. There are so many children and adults all around the world who were able to evoke some reminiscences from other existences. Amazingly, many of those claims were actually investigated and have been confirmed in great detail.
What’s more important, a large number of subjects permanently solved their emotional and mental difficulties by recalling and facing the traumatic memories of their past (or even future) lives. To me, it’s a very sad thing that the mainstream science still rejects to validate the concepts of reincarnation or parallel existences.
However, this article is not about the question whether reincarnation exists or not. In my opinion, there is definitely enough pretty reliable evidence supporting the assumption that there is a continuity of individual consciousness even after death. Our consciousness regularly extends from one existence to another.
The physical mechanism of re-birthing is mysterious. However, if we postulate that at the core of our personality lies a kind of hidden conscious energy, we may call it the soul, and when we take into account the natural law of the conservation of energy, we may conclude that our consciousness cannot disappear with the physical death. On the contrary, it must continue to exist in another form.
Some people recall details from several lives that had been lived concurrently, within the same time span. Moreover, there are cases of two or more people remembering the very same life, as though all of them had been the same person in one of the previous lives.
Moving mindfulness: making the transition from sitting meditation to engaged, moment to moment wakefulness
The effort of living versus the peacefulness of meditation - a false dichotomy
Many practitioners of mindfulness will recognise a feeling that while their lives are definitely enriched in a profound way, there is sometimes still a feeling that actually living life - paying the bills, feeding the children, going to work, dealing with situations - is demanding but sitting in meditation, on the other hand, is a refuge.
Meditation is not a happy trip
This is not the case for all meditators. Meditation is not supposed to be a technique for getting high or managing to “attain” anything. In fact, trying to “attain” is evidence of the very problematic thinking that the practitioner may be able to transcend with practice.
The reality is that the same peace that is available to us when we are in “zazen” sitting meditation is just a mindset switch away from us while we are in the thick of it. Sounds great, doesn't’ it? But it doesn’t seem very feasible when you’re behind on a deadline and your laptop is running painfully slow. Nope. You’re too good at your practice for that kind of trivia to affect you? Let’s imagine you’ve just lost your job or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer.
The point is that nothing you can do in meditation is ever going to stop any of the negative stuff from happening. It is ironic really that when we look at one of the great stories of a religion that is strongly associated with meditation - Buddhism - we see the young Siddhartha Gautama being sheltered from suffering by his parents. Every kind of misfortune is hidden from him. One day he decides to sneak out of his living quarters and he is taken around the town by a chaperone where he sees poverty, sickness and death. Meditation will not stop poverty, sickness or death - for you or anyone else.
Likewise, in Christianity, salvation and the spiritual path are not going to save anybody from poverty, sickness and death. Jesus himself suffered greatly before, it is believed, he was then crucified, and he is the the father, the son and the holy spirit for Christians.
Positive actions in a negative environment
The point then is that it is naive to think that meditation practice or faith in Jesus is going to somehow ensure that nothing unfortunate happens to you or around you. That said, meditation practice and faith in Jesus may help you become more effective in dealing with life (as a psychological mechanism). By controlling our own behaviours, our emotional response and our mindset we are controlling several behaviours that give rise to outcomes. Just because you do have the right attitude, think the right thoughts and take the right actions does not mean you still won’t get a kick in the face. As Stallone’s Rocky character said, “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can be hit and keep moving forward.”
What I have tried to achieve in this post so far is to deliver a realistic expectation of what mindfulness practice or any kind of spiritual or psychological improvement practice should be about. It is not about achieving every goal you ever wished for or obtaining every “thing” your heart desires. If that is still how you think you will find contentment or happiness you are reading the wrong post. It that is still how you think you will find contentment, somebody lied to you and you need to cleanse that kind of thinking from your mind because it will only lead to frustration and unhappiness.
What can I expect from mindfulness then?
There are a tonne of social media memes that point to the real truth but it doesn’t seem to sink in for most of mankind. You may be able to have some influence on the outside world but the vast majority of what’s going on around you is out of your control. The sooner you deal with that, the quicker you can make a difference where it counts - yourself. Guess who is in full control of your self?
When people meditate for the first time, one of the first things they notice is the sheer volume of visual, auditory and sensory thoughts and feelings they are hit with. Of course meditation practice teaches them how to still the pond but these mental entities will still arise by themselves. So we are not in full control of our inner world either. The thing that needs to change is the self.
What is this thing called self?
The truth of self is “no-self”. Self is an illusion. At best, self is the overall deduction of who we are based on all memories and experiences up to the present moment, and our state of mind is the result of a complex moment to moment calculation based on the “self” variable, the desires and expectations of that “self”, its perception of what’s happening “to it” and how that perception compares with the desires and expectations that “it” has. That was a tricky sentence to write. It may be a tricky one to read so feel free to read it again.
How can that possibly be a self. Our memories are not set in stone. Sometimes they are not encoded properly. The editing can be terrible both in terms of what bits of perceived reality we choose not to remember and which bits we take with us. Memories often corrupt with time. As for experience itself, it is only ever in this moment, so we are relying on memories, which are faulty, for our grasp of previous experiences.
The laws of quantum physics undoubtedly indicate that matter and antimatter should always be equal in their quantity. (...)
What we call matter is simply everything that is composed mostly of quarks, that aggregate into protons (positively charged subatomic particles) and neutrons, and also of electrons (which are negatively charged). Together, they form atoms.
On the other hand, antimatter can also create atoms of the same characteristics and overall electric charge, with the only one difference: their nuclei consist of antiquarks (antiprotons and antineutrons), while their mantle is being filled with positrons (electron’s positively charged counterparts).
However, if you were to combine atoms of matter and antimatter, you would get a huge explosion of energy. Atom and antiatom would have completely annihilated. They are exact opposites.
The laws of quantum physics undoubtedly indicate that matter and antimatter should always be equal in their quantity. Whenever pure energy is converted into particles, a pair of matter-antimatter particles pops up into existence. In accordance with that, one could posit that in the beginning of time there should be exactly the same amounts of matter and antimatter, after which they would have annihilated, making this universe lifeless, composed of pure energy only.
Please note that most of the articles have a "Read More" break, which is sometimes hardly visible.
It is located at the bottom of visible part of the article, on the right side.
To continue reading the article, click on that link.
This page may contain affiliate links meaning we earn a commission if you use those links.
We only recommend pages we appreciate and trust.
Check out excellent meditation courses at LiveAndDare.com. We recommend them wholeheartedly!