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Free Will And Reincarnation: Our Differences
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Why would anyone want to come back to this insanity called Planet Earth? This question, asked by a non-Pagan, is a hard question to answer. There are such enormous differences in philosophies between Pagans and non-Pagans that most Pagans would not even think to ask such a question—much less answer it.
Our Pagan lives run in cycles. They do not have a beginning and an end. Each cycle of life and death is like waking and sleeping—so we continue to learn right up until the time we “go to sleep” because we know that “in the morning” we will awaken and continue our lessons. We find our connections to Mother Earth sacred, inspiring, and rewarding. Earth is meant to be beautiful and appreciated—not polluted and raped because we are going to die soon and therefore not have to deal later with the consequences of our actions. If you are going to reincarnate, you want to come back to a planet you took care of. And we do not believe that some god is going to come down out of heaven and fix all of our errors—we, and only we are responsible for what we do.
The air moving though the trees whispers secrets to us. We understand the babble of the babbling brooks and are awed by the power of the ocean’s wave against the rocky shore. We bathe in the silver magic of the full moon’s glow and bless the sun for its warmth. We say grace to thank the animals and plants that gave their lives so we could continue ours. We look at the beauty of the wild deserts, mountains, valleys, and forests that are untouched by the exploiters and are spiritually lifted. Ours is a religion of optimism, of adjustment, of calm acceptance, and of poetry—not doctrines. We like to flow with the seasons and the cycles of life.
We don’t think that one lifetime or even several are enough to learn all that is needed to be learned or to improve ourselves. In each life, we have another opportunity to make friends with our enemies, make more perfect the love we have for our friends, and to create better relationships with people, animals, plants, our planet, and the universe. We are here to learn and then to teach.
Because we are different we hold ourselves apart from the corporate owned media’s day after day “official” practice of defining our society and culture for everyone. We understand that their expectation that the masses will adhere to the truth as they see it is not for us. We are not so easily brainwashed. Closure is a meaning that the media invented that too often means revenge. Closure is only needed for those whose lives are one way and never repeated.
That child that is murdered will, in another life, finish school, grow up, become a parent and a grandparent—their life has not come to a final end that can never be remedied. Yet we too will weep at the sudden separation and yearn for their lost company. But we have no need for revenge since we know that those that do evil against us are cursing themselves. At the same time, we are practical enough to agree that criminals and some of the insane should separated from the general population and their access to society restricted.
We have no need to go door to door attempting to convert others to a narrow minded dogma that too often promotes hate yet calls it love. We do not have the emotional need to have everyone agree with us because we have subconscious doubts about our beliefs. In fact, we do not even think that everyone should become one of us. We embrace the fact that others may see life differently and that is fine—as long as they do not force themselves upon us. We believe in tolerance but typically reject intolerance toward us.
While we may be uncomfortable with the unknown mysteries of death, we do not fear it like the non-Pagans because we know that death is but a moment in the infinity of our existence. In some religions, it is the purpose of the soul to reincarnate again and again until it reaches a state of perfection so that it NO LONGER HAS TO COME BACK TO THIS VALE OF TEARS. But this is not our way. Instead, we long to reach a state of perfection so that we can volunteer to come back to this wonderful testing ground and help others by virtue of the wisdom we have gained. This is not a veil of tears; this is our school, and we are interested in passing up the grades until we graduate.
We are part of the Earth, made of the same atoms, which are the creative materials of stardust. We are related to the animals and plants here and are not some alien creation forever disconnected from the rest of life. We have meaning. Our purpose is both physical and spiritual. And one of our purposes is to rise above just “behaving” as some religious leaders with seriously questionable theology would have us do. We are also part of our deities and They are part of us. For us, there is no eternity of separateness from our divine spirits.
Most non-Pagan elders face their last years in bitterness and depression. After all, all the experience they gained in their long lives now seems useless and futile. On top of that, if they made any mistakes during their life, they face the prospect of going to hell. By contrast, our elders, despite their infirmities, view life on a larger scale beyond the confines of just one short existence. So death is welcomed as a time for rest and spiritual renewal. And we know that the wonderful adventure called life will come again and go on…
And most of all, we would never refer to our wonderful home, the Planet Earth, as being insane. Yes, there are negative, misled, and insane-acting people on the Earth. But the Earth is not insane. Only the leaders—those certain CEO’s, politicians, and religious leaders that work frantically to gain power over others are crazy. So, perhaps it is part of our purpose and an opportunity to show them a better way—maybe by our example.
We choose to come back because we recognize both the opportunity and the rewards of our sacred duty. And that is what makes us very different!
So mote it be.
Reincarnation by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams 1984 Julian Press NY
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