Friday, May 25, 2012

Reincarnation and Past Lives

The notion that souls can be reborn has been around for as long as the idea of an afterlife.  I suppose some might consider them mutually exclusive, but I believe in both.  I’m used to contradicting myself.  Reincarnation, from the Latin word incarnationem meaning “entering the flesh again,” is a theme in the next novella that I’m writing.  There are lots of neat things going on in there, Ancient Greek warriors, curses from a goddess, statues coming to life, and reincarnation.

Many scientists call it junk science since it can’t be proven, but it seems to me that a lot of that science that is “proven” is debunked later on when new data or better theories come by.  Plus, I think some things need to be taken on faith.  Just because it can’t be proven doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t exist.  There have been studies of children speaking of other lives that have been connected to past events that they should have no knowledge of.  Of course, I’m a firm believer in children being far more aware and elemental then adults.  They’re much more open to the unknown.

I’m halfway convinced that I was either strangled or hung in a past life.  A friend theorizes that maybe it was both, that I had died that way in multiple lives.  Wearing a turtleneck makes my skin crawl.  I love the look of choker necklaces but I gag when I try them on and have to tear them off.  I also love scarves, but I can only wear them for short periods of time, very loose otherwise I’m overcome with too many images of other ladies coming to a bad end.  It’s a phenomena called soul trauma, the body remembers what the soul endured. 

A friend of mine who’s Buddhist told of something similar with reincarnation in her culture that plays right into my story.  They believe that the people connected to you are part of your past life and that it’s a cycle of debt that keeps you together.  Another term for it is soul grouping.  

In Make Me Whole, Dexios and Lykon have broken their vows to each other so they are reborn again and again trying to make it right so they can be reunited forever.  Dexios has been turned into a series of statues by the goddess Cythera, forced to wait alone with empty arms.  As the modern incarnations of them start to face their fears, bit by bit the statues become whole when Lykon joins Dexios.  If they fail, the statues revert back to their lonely existence and they’re forced to wait for another generation.

It has been so much fun working on these guys and the story has grown far beyond my initial idea.  I’ve enjoyed talking with people about their various beliefs in reincarnation and past lives.  Has anyone else had similar experiences like the soul trauma or any other stories to share about their own beliefs?  Please share them with me.


  1. Oh, I will definitely look forward to reading THIS one!! and thank you for these comments!

    As a Christian, I believe in the afterlife; as a mathematician/scientist, I can think of no logical way to explain past lives or reincarnation. But I like the Bhuddist belief of having seven lives to reach Nirvana; and I've read enough world mythology to know that there must be a grain of truth in all that lore.

    So, I LOVE stories which have some form of reincarnation - even if it's only for retribution on a evil-doer - but the multiple lives of two individuals who are trying to meet in the same time-space continuum to cement their 'true love' just gets me every time!!


  2. I'm the very same way when it comes to sitting facing all directions and wearing anything near my neck. I can wear a scarf, but very loosely and I can't even wear chokers without feeling like I can't breathe.

    I've always believed in reincarnation, because living just one life and then going to the afterlife, it just seems so dull and feels like wasted opportunities. I think that each life we live, we're fulfilling our past lives wishes or wistful thinking. And I feel like the friends who I just click with, like they've been there my whole life, we've been together in a past life.

  3. I like a lot of the Bhuddist beliefs Carole-Anne and I majored in world mythology so I know what you mean about a grain of truth.

    Yeah, Faeries, I like sitting with my back to the wall and my eye on the entrance, though I've relaxed a little with that. I think motherhood has distracted me.

    I finished the rough draft of "Make Me Whole" yesterday. Now I have to set it aside for a few weeks to recuperate my brain.

  4. I'm still on the fence whether it's true or not. The notion of karmic debt is logical, but too deterministic?

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  5. I'm not a big believer in reincarnation, although I do believe that our souls are old and have had front row seats to all of earth's history. I have little doubt that people who can recall what they perceive as their own past lives through hypnotism or whatever, actually are recalling things they've witnessed, just not necessarily experienced it themselves. One life, one body, that's all you get IMHO. It's exhausting to think about doing it over and over.

    It's fascinating to think about though and if I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Shrugs. Whatever happens happens regardless of what I think about it. (Really hoping I don't come back as a slug)