Reincarnation In The Bible
Many people say that they don’t believe in reincarnation because ‘it isn’t in the bible’. Therefore, it may come as a great surprise to learn that there is, in fact, a great deal about reincarnation in the bible “For those with eyes to see and ears to hear”.
All quotes are from the King James Bible. One obvious quote is:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7.
At the moment, a lot of good and bad people are certainly not receiving their just deserts. Some people believe that the above quote means that bad people will go to Hell. But even before I knew about past lives, I thought that was very unfair. Why should someone who has done reasonably minor sins be in the same place as really evil people?
This may be one reason why some people do not want to believe in reincarnation, apart from the fact that it’s hard to accept a truth which is opposite to what you were taught all your life. Especially when you have no memory of your past lives. If bad things that happen to us are because of bad things we did in previous lifetimes, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. There is no such thing as ‘bad luck’. The only option then is to take responsibility for whatever bad things that happen to us.
I have found from experience that this is in fact the way it works. Here’s one example from a woman I know called Barbara. Barbara was having all kinds of legal trouble, where she was being dragged into court for ‘crazy’ reasons. She was experienced in clearing so she finally realized that she should find out what the true source of her troubles was. She did a session with a biofeedback meter and found out that she had done various bad things to the people who were prosecuting her. She took responsibility for those bad things. And after that, her problems went away.
If bad things are going on in your life, my experience with myself and my clients is that one of the best ways to improve things is to do whatever you have to do to identify what you did in a past life. At the very least, realize that you might have done something. (Or you failed to do something, which also caused harm). This can be very hard to do. It’s much easier to remember a past life where people did horrible things to you, than one in which you did horrible things to other people. The feeling of guilt can be overwhelming – but if you can find the courage to do it, there are few things that will improve your life as well.
For those people who still don’t believe in past lives because they think ‘it’s not in the bible’, I will show you that in fact there are a number of references in the bible to reincarnation.
One important episode is:
”And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9: 1-3
If the man’s blindness was caused by a sin that he did, since he had been blind since birth, the only possible time that he could have sinned was in a past life. The apostles obviously understood this. And Jesus did not contradict them.
It appears here as though the concept of reincarnation is totally known and accepted by the apostles and Jesus. Now, if that were the case, then it makes sense that nowhere does it say in the bible that “Reincarnation is true”. Whenever I was with other people who had re-experienced their past lives, we didn’t say every day “Past lives are real”. Once you know it’s true, you don’t talk about it again. But that knowledge affected our conversation with each other.
Note that nowhere does it say in the bible that past lives are not real. Except for possibly one place that is used to refute past lives:
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27.
The question is, what is a man? I submit that a man is a spirit plus a body. The testimonies of hundreds of people who have had near-death experiences attests to the truth of this. Yes, the combination of my spirit plus this particular body will die only once. But this doesn’t say that my spirit dies or that it can’t go and get another body, and become another ‘man’ – another spirit/body combination. My experiences of my past lives showed me that while I was still the same basic personality in each life, I was a slightly different person in each life, depending on what kind of body I had.
Another question is, what is “the judgment”? Many people may jump to the conclusion that this is referring to the final judgment.
But it doesn’t say ‘final’. I believe that this is referring to another kind of judgment. This is the one that many people who have been clinically dead and then come back to life have reported. (The term for dying and then coming back to life is a “near death experience”). Many near death experiencers have reported that after their ‘death’ they were given a ‘life review” and judged on their good and bad deeds. That sounds like a judgment. After that, they returned to their body.
Possibly the strongest references to reincarnation are the following:
And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John (the Baptist) ….
“For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist….
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Mathew 11: 7-15
“And his disciples asked him, saying, “Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?”
And Jesus answered and said unto them, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.
But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed” …
Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist. Mathew 17: 10-13
Jesus is clearly saying here that the spirit that was Elias was reborn as John the Baptist. Although the Bible also contains other reincarnational passages, these Elijah-John passages constitute clear proof of reincarnation:
The following verse is used to refute the John the Baptist/Elijah reincarnation connection. The Bible tells us that John the Baptist possessed,
“… the spirit and power of Elias.” (Luke 1:17)
Those who refute this reincarnation connection say that John the Baptist merely came in the spirit and power of Elijah. However, this is a perfect description of reincarnation: the spirit and power. This is reincarnation – the reincarnation of the spirit. The Bible itself states that John the Baptist possessed the spirit that had previously lived in, and as, the man Elijah – not his physical being and memory, but his spirit.
John carried Elijah’s living spirit, but not his physical memory. And since John did not possess Elijah’s physical memory, he did not possess the memories of being the man Elijah. Thus, John the Baptist denied being Elijah when asked:
“And they asked him, “What then? Art thou Elias?” And he saith , “I am not”. “Art thou that prophet?”. And he answered, “No”. Then said they unto him, “Who art thou? That we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?”
He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias. And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him, and said unto him, “Why baptizest thou then, of thou be not Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?””
John answered them, saying,
“I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.” (John 1:21-27)
But Jesus knew better, and said so in the plainest words possible:
… Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John (the Baptist) ….“For this is he, of whom it is written…Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist….For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. And if ye will receive it, this is Elias…He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Mathew 11: 7-15
It comes down to this: Jesus said John was Elijah, and John said he wasn’t. (Editor’s note: Probably, like most of us John did not remember his past lives).
Which of the two is to be believed – Jesus or John?”
I was raised Catholic and so like most people believed what the church I had grown up with told me. Therefore I did not believe in past lives. Admittedly, I can remember at around 17 years old trying to think of what eternity was. I gave up after going back and back and back …., and forward, and forward, and forward in time in my mind, forever.
I thought then that I couldn’t see any sense in having a measly 100 or less years with eternity on either side. But I didn’t understand how reincarnation was possible – after all, the body rots away. No one explained to me that I am a spirit, not a body. We were told that we had a soul, not that we are a soul (or spirit).
But that all changed for me when I was around thirty years old. I had not been married by then, and had a lot of trouble with money and relationships. From various seminars and books, I knew that at least part of the cause for these problems was in my subconscious mind. So when I did a personal development seminar called “Money & You” and learned about clearing which used a biofeedback meter to help one locate the cause of a problem in the subconscious mind, I got some sessions straight away.
During a session I would answer different questions about different topics. “Repetition leads to discovery” and so in many sessions, the same question would be asked over and over again. During a clearing session, it is important that an acknowledgement is given for each answer, which enables a person to feel ‘complete’ with that aspect, and then delve deeper into the issue, until the person removes a lot of charge around that particular question.
I remember one day I was answering questions about – I think it was my father – when suddenly I ‘saw’ a picture in front of me of a leaf. I said, “Oh, I can see a leaf”. As soon as I said that, suddenly the leaf grew into a forest. I said, “Now I can see a forest”. And then I could see a one room wooden hut in the forest. I told my clearing practitioner that too. Clearing works best the more you talk about what you see.
The next thing, I felt myself move into the body of a small boy who was in the hut, dying of yellow fever, on his own. I experienced it as though it was happening for real at that moment. I KNEW that small boy was me. And I experienced for a second what it was like as I left my body as a spirit in the second after death.
Then I ‘came back’ to my ‘own’ body in the present time.
After that, I knew that past lives were real. I had no more fear of death. Death was simply a minor sensation of ‘dropping the body’.
After that session, past lives incidents would crop up in almost every session I did. It seemed that most of the difficulties I was having with relationships had little to do with this lifetime. That made sense in a way, as I had had a relatively okay childhood, especially when compared to many other people. Many of my difficulties were mostly to do with what happened to me in previous lifetimes.
At that time I was in Sydney Australia and doing some work with a group that was promoting various ideas that were designed to help solve some of the problems of the planet, such as world hunger. One day our group went to meet another member of the group who was arriving at the airport from the USA. I will call the man we met Paul. It was very strange – when I met Paul, I felt a very, very strong connection, as though I already knew him on a fairly deep level.
That night a group of us went out together and Paul was with us. He was flirting with a girl from the group – I’ll call her Rhonda. At that time I was sharing a house platonically with another member of the group – let’s call him Martin. Later on, Martin and I gave Paul and Rhonda a lift in a car to somewhere, and then Martin and I drove home.
And then the strangest thing happened to me. I felt a rage building up inside of me like I had never felt before. It was so apparent that something was going on with me, that Martin asked me what was going on. I told him that I had no idea. When we got home, I knew that I had to get rid of this rage, because Paul was staying with us, and I didn’t want to receive a guest in the state I was in. So I did something I had learned to do to get rid of rage – I knelt on my bed and bashed pillows for half an hour. This got rid of enough rage so that I was able to meet Paul with a normal disposition when he came home that night.
A few days later I received a clearing session from a friend. I was answering questions about relationships, when suddenly the room looked as though it was starting to fill with smoke. I said “I can see smoke in the room”. My friend asked if this was an incident in restimulation. I replied yes. She commanded me to go to the incident and to move through the incident. I relived the whole incident in full color and sound just like it was happening to me all over again.
I went back to a time when I was married to Paul. He was a man and I was a woman in that lifetime. It looked to be around the 18th century, in a well-to-do area in Europe, possibly England. I was not asked where or when this happened (which is always a good idea to do in any clearing session). But I believe it was England because I spoke in English. I once met a man who had metaphysical abilities and told him this story, and he said it was in Bath. That felt true to me, but if you read of what happened to me, I have not been able to find any record of this kind of thing happening in England at that late time.
We lived in a terraced mansion with our two children.
Paul was a gambler and had racked up some amazing debts. He was in danger of his life from the people he owed money to. To help solve his money problems, he started an affair with a wealthy woman from the town. I came home one day and found the two of them in bed together. I told Paul that I was going back to father and taking the children with me. Since my father was the only source of our income, that was the same as declaring a death sentence to Paul, although I do not think I knew that at the time.
So Paul reported me to the authorities as being a witch. At that time, I grew herbs in the back yard for healing the poor people of the town. I was taken as a witch and burned at the stake.
When I relived being burned at the stake, I could feel the fire going up my leg, only several thousand times less painful than it was at the time.
Reliving this incident was truly awful, but I felt fantastic afterwards. After reliving that incident, strange cramps in my legs that I used to get at certain times never affected me again. The cramps had been from the ‘charge’ of the memory of the flames going up my legs.
I have had people ‘explain’ to me my memories of my past lives are delusions or demonic or some other thing. The only thing that I can say to these people was that I KNOW that they are real, and these things happened to me, and to no one else. Just as I KNOW that I am typing on my computer just at this moment in time. It was ME. And it was very liberating. I never had any fear of death after that moment. And I even got less upset when things didn’t go the way I wanted. I figured if I couldn’t have it this lifetime, I could do it another lifetime. In addition, often strange symptoms or emotions that I had before the session would vanish, never to return, after I saw that the cause came from a past life.
One day I was at a seminar learning how to do clearing with about seven other people. I presume that at least most of those people were also familiar with past lives. I told them about my incident where I got burned at the stake and for the first time in my life I saw what people mean when they say that people “turn green” from a horrible story. Everyone that I told the story to, ‘turned green’. I had always wondered what the phrase “turned green” meant until I saw it that day. I realized then that many, many people have probably had a past life where they were burned at the stake.
During that incident one thing that was important was that when I was on the stage being tied to the stake, there was an audience of several hundred people, all projecting hatred at me. Public speaking is one of the things that frightens people more than almost anything else. I understand that often this fear comes from a similar incident to what happened to me. There I was, standing in front of hundreds of people, who all hated me, at the same time when I was given pain and death.
Since only one person can be one person from a previous life, how about all of those people who believe that they were Cleopatra, or some other famous person? They can’t all be right.
The problem is that people don’t always want to remember who they were in a past life, especially if it was too painful. For example, if a person was a slave or another unfortunate person who was in an area where Cleopatra had ordered that their head be cut off, that person may decide that they did not like being themselves. They would rather be Cleopatra. And so they take on that person’s ‘beingness”. They find it easier to remember ‘being’ Cleopatra than being themselves having their head cut off, which is understandable.
When this happens, a good clearing practitioner can help a person work out exactly WHO they were. I did this once for a friend. My friend – let’s call her Sherry – had a healing center. She had let a young man around 18 years old who was down on his luck stay at the center for a few weeks. But when he left, he stole about $1,500 from the center and took it with him. Sherry is a very advanced soul, and did not get upset with the loss of the money so much as concerned to find out how such a bad thing had happened to her, since she knew that bad things do not happen to us by accident.
So I gave her a clearing session. She remembered a time in the wild west of America when she thought she was being hanged for a minor crime. But during the incident, the meter was not reading as it should. And she was having trouble accessing her memories, which is unusual in the middle of a session. Then she said about herself at that time, “I’m not very bright”. That gave me the clue I needed as to why the session was not going well. I said to her, “Is it possible that you were someone else in this incident?”.
Instantly, the meter started to read as normal, while Sherry suddenly had the realization that she was not the man being hanged. That person was the young man who had just robbed her in this life time. In the past life in the wild west, she had been the owner of the saloon that the hanging was done in front of – and she had made a LOT of money from the hanging from the hundreds of people who had come into town to watch the hanging!
I have done sessions where I remembered many, many past lives. Every one made sense in some way with what was going on in this lifetime. None of them overlapped. That is, I have never remembered that I was two different people at the same time. I have only remembered ONE past life that was my last past life, and only one that was my second past life and so on.
One day I was having a clearing session where I re-experienced my birth. Many people’s problems can come from their birth. I re-experienced having my head stuck in the birth canal. But when all the charge on my birth was gone, it seemed that there was still something left. The clearing practitioner asked me if there was an “Earlier, similar incident’. There was.
I went to a time when I was an Eskimo and I felt my head in the jaws of a polar bear. The strange thing was, I could feel that I welcomed this from the polar bear. That seemed strange, but later on I learned that because Eskimos have to chew really tough things like seal skin, eventually their teeth wear out. Rather than starve to death, the village moves on and leaves the toothless one behind. The toothless one then waits for a polar bear to come along and end things for them quickly!!!
I have been many things in past lives. I have been a man as often as a woman. I have been a ‘princess’ in an African tribe who was taken a slave, sold to a Roman senator, became popular with the senator and then was drowned by his jealous wife in the fountain.
If more people could remember their past lives, that should reduce racism, and any beliefs that women are inferior. Women are different from men, because the body makes them that way, but not inferior).
I have found that there is a difference in ‘believing’ in reincarnation because that is what someone has been taught, and believing in it because one has remembered one’s own past lives. One country where supposedly most people believe in reincarnation is India. I was in India once, in this lifetime. I told an Indian man how I was an Indian woman six life times ago. I had been a young girl in love with another young man, but I was married off to a rich, very old man who died. As was customary in many places at that time, at least I think for rich people – I’m not sure about the poorer ones – I was made ‘suttee’. That is, I was put on the funeral pyre with my husband’s corpse. (There’s that burning theme again!).
When I told the Indian about this, I could see from his dropped jaw that he was amazed. I realized then that the full concept and all the ramifications of what reincarnation means had never fully come home to him before.
That surprised me until I thought about it. In many places in India I saw that the trees had been cut down, except for those along the road which had a white circle painted on them to protect them. Those trees provided extremely valuable shade in the extreme heat. It’s a shame that more people in the west also don’t realize that miles of grass and tarmac without trees causes increased temperatures. But back to India – I thought it a shame that no one had replanted the cut down trees. I thought that if anyone really believed in past lives, they would plant the trees for when they come back next life time to enjoy them.
Update: Since writing this article I have been informed by a Hindu in India that Hindus are taught that one cannot reincarnate in any other country, ever! Apparently it’s “too far” for a spirit to travel. For goodness sakes! That shows that evil men have got in to control the Hindu religion, just as they did when they turned Christianity (the teachings of Jesus Christ) into Catholicism, which is very, very different. Another friend of mine who was born into a Muslim family tells me that Satanists have also taken over Islam, because when she was growing up in England and Pakistan, none of the many muslim people she knew were like the crazies that we have today.
If everyone really understood the truth of past lives and knew what that meant to them personally, the world would be a better place. This is because of karma, where bad and good deeds visit one in later lives. I understand that it’s not as simple as being repaid in the same way. For example, if you kill someone in a previous life, he may not kill you in this lifetime. But you may have something else bad happen to you, and/or have to do something for that person.
Many people wonder, if past lives are real, then why can’t we remember then? I would ask those same people, how much of THIS lifetime do you remember? What did you do on May 6 1996? I have, in fact, met people who could remember some of their past lives quite well. These people tend to be younger.
If you listen to young children and are open to the concept of past lives, you may suddenly realize that some of what they are saying or some of their knowledge or abilities that seems to have come from ‘nowhere’ actually came from past lives.
In another clearing session that I did where I was answered questions about relationships, another past life came to me and I relived it in full color and sensations as I had done with the others. I had been born a wealthy woman in medieval times in England. But I became a leper and was banished to live on my own in a cottage in the woods for the rest of my life. My only companion was my beautiful white horse.
One day, two men came walking through the woods where I lived. When I saw where they were walking, I went to warn them of a bog which was very like quicksand. But when they saw me coming towards them, they did not hear my words. They just reacted with horror and ran from me – TOWARDS the very bog which I was trying to warn them of. The more I tried to warn them, the faster they ran towards the bog. Both men fell in the bog and drowned. The guilt I felt at causing their deaths, even though unintentionally, plus the shame from the looks of total horror on their faces when they saw me, put me into a total hysteria.
I leapt on my horse and galloped flat out through the woods. My arm hit a tree and fell off. That seemed very strange to me at first, until I realized what had happened. My arm bone broke, and the flesh of my arm was so rotten, that there was nothing to hold it. After that, I was in total overwhelm and cried hysterically. I ran back to my cottage and grabbed a knife and stabbed my heart and ended my life. I don’t know what happened to me after that. People who have had a near death experience after a suicide have reported that they went to a spirit world which was very unpleasant, because we are never meant to end our own life. But, from my own experience, I gather that that is not permanent, as I moved onto other lives.
I once had a kinesiology client who during the session also remembered committing suicide in a previous life, and she also obviously did not stay in any particular spiritual place forever. Note: I am NOT recommending suicide EVER, I am just writing this to comfort anyone who knows someone who committed suicide.
An interesting aspect of my lifetime as a leper emerged for me when I looked after racehorses in Sydney Australia, for one of the leading racehorse trainers, Neville Begg.
At that time, I had had no training in stilling the mind and so anything that was the slightest bit boring would drive me to distraction. I had no patience whatsoever. And so I was rather worried about how I would handle an important part of my job, which was that when one of the horses that I looked after was racing, I had to take them to the races and just stand beside them in an open stall, with almost nothing to do other than walk them around occasionally and brush them a bit, for at least two hours before the race. The funny thing was that when the time came, I found that very, very easy to do. Time just flew.
Sometimes we went to a country race meeting or I would have two different horses racing, and I would have to stand there beside my horse for almost the whole day with almost nothing to do. And yet, I found that I enjoyed it thoroughly. My mind was still for perhaps the first time in my life. Years later, when I relived my past lives, I learned that in some strange way I was able to do this because I was reliving the time when I lived in the woods and the only companion was my horse. At high school I was even laughed at by older girls because they said I ‘ran like a horse.”
My last life time I died as a 16 year old boy of starvation in Peru. Maybe that’s where my extra large appetite comes from!
How many awful things happened to most people in past lives? And how many awful things did they do to others? All you have to do is look at history and you will see that an unbelievably massive number of horrible things were done. And probably many, many more that we will never know about. As I said before, it’s a lot easier to remember the negative things that were done to one, than the negative things that one did to others. This is partly because there is more charge from the pain when one is hurt. And it’s also because one feels so incredibly guilty when one remembers bad things that one did – it feels better to not face the truth. But it can do wonders to improve you life if you can do this.
Taking responsibility for negative things that happen to one can also bring a great sense of freedom to one because what appears as unfairness in the world DOES make sense. If you know that YOU are responsible for any bad things that happen to you, because of something you did in the past, then you know that you are not at the mercy of ‘bad luck’.
Several times when I met a man with whom I had an instant, strong, mutual attraction, it turned out I knew them intimately in a past life. There was one man that I went out with for some time. Despite having some admirable qualities, he was very selfish and unfeeling. So I broke up with him. But no one else turned up to replace him and I knew that that same man was still ‘in my space’ and that until I cleared whatever reason it was that was keeping us tied together, I would not find my soul mate. I had a feeling that my sister who has metaphysical abilities, knew the answer to my dilemma. I phoned her and told her about the situation.
My sister immediately responded that she ‘got’ that in a past life I had been a very powerful shaman. The heart chakra is the most powerful part of a person. She ‘got’ that I had stolen this man’s heart chakra! And he had not been able to feel anything since!!!! Yikes! What a horrible thing to do to someone! I felt that this was true, and immediately ‘found’ his heart chakra in my space and ‘sent it back’ to him. I then phoned this man, who also knew about past lives. I told him what I thought I had done to him in a previous life. I asked him if that was what had happened. He said, ‘Yes’. I then said that I had given him his heart chakra back and asked if he had got it. He said, ‘Yes”. We ended the conversation and thankfully I never had to deal with him again and was able to move on.
In another past life, I was a soldier during the American War of Independence. My husband Michael was my commanding officer. I did not get the memories for this from clearing, so the memories were a lot less clear than most of my other memories. I got these memories from doing self hypnosis from a book I had. (I did this because one of my brothers had a lot of success with this in remembering past lives and in improving his life as a consequence. I believe that NO ONE should ever do hypnosis. But I am not so sure about self hypnosis). When I first had the memory, I was confused. I was sure I was an American, but I couldn’t understand why my uniform appeared to be red – until I realized that I was covered in blood and was dying.
One funny thing about past lives is that people like to talk about what they did 100 years ago, or maybe during Atlantis. But not any earlier than that. But once you are open to the possibility of previous lives, you open up a whole new ballgame. Think about it: Just how long does infinity go back for?
I have had discussions with people about the importance of children. Once you know about reincarnation, you will see how it is even more important than you may have realized to bring happy, loving, conscious, knowledgeable children into the world. What family right now do you know that you would want to incarnate into next time? The best alternative may be to create a family that will raise you how you would like to be raised. The importance of finding the RIGHT wife/husband and home schooling becomes even more important when you realize this.
I would never do hypnosis to find out my past lives. THAT would definitely keep the past with you. Hypnosis is dangerous, because it shuts down the conscious mind and opens up the unconscious mind. You know this because one has no concept of time or memory of a hypnosis session after it is over. Clearing, with a biofeedback meter does not shut down the conscious mid or open up the unconscious mind the way hypnosis does. You know that because you are painfully aware of how long a session takes!
by Stephanie Relfe – www.Relfe.com
Ed. UN.AR.I.U.S. Wisdon does not necessarily endorse the use of a feedback meter for the purpose of recalling past lives as usually recognition and recall of past lives occurs naturally with the understanding and application of UN.AR.I.U.S. principles, however, I felt it of sufficient interest to post here for the benefit of our readers.
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