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Just One Spin? Thoughts On Reincarnation

Leslee Horner's picture

Learning to walk

When our children are learning to walk they take slow and unsteady steps. They fall down, again and again. We watch their journey to mobility and know that eventually they will reach success. None of us ever expect them to get it right on the first try. We, as parents, would never say to them after their first fall, "That’s it, you’re done, no walking for you!"

Next Time

When I was a kid I played softball. The phrase that is forever burned into my brain is, “Shake it off.” I was the strike-out queen and that’s what the coaches and parents say when you strike out: “Shake it off, babe. You’ll get 'em next time.” There was always a next time, another chance for me to hit the ball and run the bases. I struck out more times than I can remember, but I’ll never forget the way I felt the time I hit a triple (even though it turned out to be a foul ball). For a brief moment I felt the glory of hitting the mark.

So how does this connect to my spirituality?

Practice Makes Perfect

As I have begun to explore spiritual topics, the subject of reincarnation keeps coming up -- and this theme of "getting 'em next time" is one of the reasons that it feels like truth to me. Our entire lives are based on the idea that practice makes perfect. When we're younger, If we fail a grade or subject in school then we are sent back to repeat it. As adults In the job market, experience is vital. When I wrote my first novel and queried literary agents, I quickly realized that I needed to have experience to even get noticed. I also learned that I needed to practice my craft so that I would have a product worth reading...

So again, how does this connect to my spirituality? I believe is that life is, in short, the idea that practice makes perfect. I think that the soul’s ultimate goal is to reach God realization or the mystic’s consciousness. We are put here by God, to experience for God, and ultimately reunite with God... But that is a huge task and takes much more than just one try. We come back again and again learning different lessons along the way. We experience all of the duality this worldly life has to offer and eventually we reach the point where we can rise above it.

The Karma Account

I do not find comfort in accepting that this cushy life I have -- in which I have been clothed, fed, cared for, and spoiled -- is my only try here. I like to believe I have earned the blessings and beauty that have filled the experience in my 35 years. I think of the woman in Darfur who has just been brutally raped and watched her husband murdered at her feet, and I pray that in the next life she will be a queen. I can’t accept that the millions of Jews that died in the Holocaust had only one chance and that that one chance ended in the most inhumane suffering. I can’t accept that Hitler murdered all of those people and doesn’t get the chance to come back and save at least one.

Ultimate Parenting

I believe that God is both feminine and masculine, mother and father. I don’t know any set of parents who would expect their children to learn every lesson and get everything right with just one try. And if I subscribe to the belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God, why would I believe that God gives me just one try to learn all of life’s lessons and return like the prodigal son? 

What do you think, Pinkies? Do you believe in reincarnation, or is this our only shot? How do you stay present in your life while also employing the "shake it off" mentality? 

Photo by Meagan Long

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Comments

Raederle Phoenix's picture

Joan Grant's Books

My mother believes in reincarnation, so I was simply brought up to believe it was true. I thought about it a lot, and just didn't see how it couldn't be true, for much the same reasons. But it was deadly convincing to read Joan Grant's books. Honestly, I recommend reading ALL of her books, but if you only read one, try "Many Lifetimes," which is written by both her and her husband in alternating chapters. It's a fascinating wealth of knowledge about life and the afterlife.

Leslee Horner's picture

Thank you...

For the book recommendation! I will definitely check "Many Lifetimes" out! I read two of Brian Weiss's books and started on a 3rd. Halfway through the third one I realized I was burnt out on him (maybe his writing style, or maybe the information was just too repetitive) and put it down. Anyway, it's great to know there is another great author on this subject out there!!

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Raederle Phoenix's picture

Perhaps I should look in

Perhaps I should look in reading Brian Weiss's work?

Leslee Horner's picture

Many Lives, Many Masters...

that's the first one he wrote on the subject...It also might be the best one.

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Tuhina's picture

Of course we get more than

Of course we get more than one spin ... we get several ... and in each we experience, we learn ... the life form may not remember but the soul remembers everything from the previous lives ... that's why some people are better people than others ... that is why some of us are instinctive about some stuff ... that is why we instantly feel an affinity to some strangers when we meet them for the first time ... must have been our loved ones once upon a lifetime ...

Take comfort in the fact that all the good that you learnt here in this spin will not be lost ... :o)) ...

waiting to meet you all again the next time round -
Tuhina

Monica Wilcox's picture

Great Post

Very eloquently put Leslee. I was raised a Methodist but when I was 16 my mother gave me the book "Out on A Limb" by Shirley Maclain and I've believed in reincarnation ever since. It simply felt TRUE to my heart.

The sad thing for me personally is I've found so few people in the States who openly talk about reincarnation. It's still a taboo subject for many and when I tell them I believe in it they give me this sort of "poor you" look. But it hasn't stopped my belief or my desire to read and study the subject.

I appreciate your open honesty and common sense approach in the post. Great job!!

Leslee Horner's picture

I hear you Monica...

My family is Baptist and on one of my trips home I had one of Michael Newton's books with me. My dad asked what I was reading so I told him it was about past lives and reincarnation. My mom nearly lost her marbles "WHAT? Well that's not true, we know that's not true" is similar to what she said. For me it's equally hard not to believe it though. But it's not something you can talk about with just anyone though!

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Leayn Tabili's picture

Exactly

I've never quite been able to put into words how I feel about life/death/"God". You've managed to express it quite eloquently. Thanks for sharing.

Leslee Horner's picture

Thanks!

Thank you for commenting. I'm so glad that you gained something from this!

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Jennifer Shelton's picture

yes, YES, yes, YES!!!

I believe in everything you say, and was just thinking today that many of our current problems (personal, cultural, global) go back to past lives. We are evolving as people, and as a society. Two years ago, I would have said the entire idea of reincarnation was "bunk." Now, I have absolutely no doubt that it is true. I also firmly believe that physical places hold energy from the past, but that's a topic for another comment (or post!). Thanks for sharing this, Leslee.

Blessings,

Jennifer
Astrologer, Educator &
Founder of FemCentral, the Virtual Institute for Women 


Leslee Horner's picture

Thanks Jennifer!

I am terrified of heights and I must admit that I don't fear being pushed or falling as much as I fear that I'll get the urge to jump. I often wonder if that has something to do with a past life!

Have you ever read Michael Newton's Journey of Souls or Destiny of Souls? Those are both excellent books on the topic (he hypnotizes people and takes them to their life between lives).

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

Jennifer Shelton's picture

my specialty

Leslee, I'm discovering that "the past" is my intuitive specialty. We can chat via email if you'd like to learn more! The psychic I saw said I was drowned (as an accused witch) for publicly speaking my truth. Explains A LOT! (BTw, it's kind of hard to accurately determine your own past life, as least in my experience.)

Blessings,

Jennifer
Astrologer, Educator &
Founder of FemCentral, the Virtual Institute for Women 


Leayn Tabili's picture

Books

I've never heard of either book, but will look them up. I've read quite a few publications on reincarnation and the subject fascinates me (as does hypnosis).

Leslee Horner's picture

Books

Definitely great books to read. I also like Brian Weiss. He was my intro to past life regression books.

Love and Light,

Leslee

Learn more about the series, THE PAST LIVES OF LOLA RAY, at www.lesleehorner.com

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