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William Butler Yeats' Theory of Reincarnation Explained
by Bob Makransky
What is reincarnation? To begin with, reincarnation does not take place within a matrix of linear time. It's not as if e.g. you had a life in ancient Greece and then you died; then you had a life in ancient Rome and then you died; then you had a life in the Middle Ages and then you died; etc. Rather, all of your past and future lives are going on at once, in an eternal NOW moment.
Think of it like this: survivors of near-death experiences often report seeing all the events that ever happened to them flash by them in no time at all. Thus it would seem that we experience the thought forms of our lives twice - once in linear fashion over a lifetime, and the second time around in timeless fashion at the moment of death.
In an analogous manner, while there is indeed an evolution going on in the universe, this evolution is not taking place in linear time: it's all happening at once. Space and time have no objective existence. They are merely cognitive tools which evolved as sentient beings evolved, to enable them to focus upon one thing at a time instead of everything at once. The linearity of time is an illusion, a falsehood, which Eastern philosophers have termed maya or samsara. It is this false appearance that there is such a thing as an objective reality out there unfolding in linear time, which animates the striving of all sentient beings and keeps the wheel of reincarnation - of life and death and rebirth - turning.
Babies (and even young children, who sometimes talk about memories from other lifetimes) are not as centered in a one-track existence as adults are. Babies and young children are consciously impinged upon by influences from other lives and probable realities which most adults have learned to ignore. The same socialization process which props up a baby's sense of being a unitary, abiding, separated individual also imprisons that individual in a furrow of inexorable linear temporality.
For most people, 99.9% of decisions are made on the basis of socially-conditioned actions and reactions - what they were taught by their parents and society. But every now and then everyone has poignant moments - moments of consciousness or conscientiousness or conscience - when they sense that probable realities are branching off this way or that; or they feel echoes from other lifetimes and realities; or they hear voices from deep inside them. When this happens people feel connected to something more profound than their customary hustle and bustle; and that something is their true purpose in this lifetime - the reason they were born.
"We all to some extent meet again and again the same people and certainly in some cases form a kind of family of two or three or more persons who come together life after life until all passionate relations are exhausted, the child of one life the husband, wife, brother, sister of the next. Sometimes, however, a single relationship will repeat itself, turning its revolving wheel again and again." - William Butler Yeats, A Vision
Nobel laureate William Butler Yeats' channeled masterpiece A Vision explains the true nature of reincarnation - what it really is and how it really works. Starting this coming month Magical Almanac, Bob Makransky's free monthly ezine of astrology and magic, will be presenting a six-article series which explains the theory of reincarnation as described in A Vision. This series includes complete instructions for safe and easy techniques you can use on your own to run past life regressions and probable reality progressions; and to recapitulate memories from your present lifetime (thereby releasing the pent-up emotions which you have invested in your memories).
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