The theory of reincarnation had always appealed, but the question of how it would be possible to leave an old body and enter a foetus in a mother’s womb had seemed a real conundrum. It could hardly be a physical transfer, or we would see things flying through the air. So, how could it be done? It is a fairly basic question, so it seemed reasonable enough to assume someone would have the answer. Eastern religions that embrace the concept of reincarnation seemed like a good starting place. I found there was total unanimity; the ‘entity’ that transfers from one body to another is comprised of light. But, then again if it were light, it could be seen, surely? The answer was that it is not a physical light, but a spiritual one – similar to the light of an aura.
For anyone with a scientific bent, seeing is believing. So, when I heard of Kirlian photography, which makes it possible to photograph psychic light, or aura, that surrounds the body, I decided to explore the phenomenon. I eventually viewed a Kirlian camera in action and saw the evidence – a body surrounded by an aura, comprising different-coloured lights. It now became clearer to me how reincarnation might work. However, exactly how the ‘soul’ moved from one body to another specific one, in a womb, remained a mystery.
The next thought process was ‘life changing’. If the essential ‘me’ was comprised of light then any particular body that was ‘housing’ me, was actually, not me. Any ‘hang ups’ about the body were totally unnecessary because that body was not me! Any anxiety about death was not necessary because the death of the body was not the death of me, only the death of that particular ego. But the most significant development was that the world of spirituality, which had up until that point, seemed curiously nebulous, suddenly made sense. I was now aware of another dimension, one which had always been there, but about which I had not the slightest inkling. The talk of God being light started to make sense, as a whole new awareness, which had been so totally beyond me, began to become tangible.
Meditation seemed like a sensible way of moving from this dawning awareness to being able to actually experience it as an everyday reality. It was easy to see what a difference it would make to life, if it became possible to move through the day with the consciousness of being a soul in a body, and not just a body with a soul.
That is where I am now. I am learning to view the world from the perspective of a soul, a spark of light, with subtle awareness, and not just that of a physical body. It is not easy to make this transition. It is easy to fall back into thinking of myself as the body in which I currently find myself. But it is remarkably liberating and essential for real progress in spirituality, which had seemed so difficult previously. And why does that matter? Well, if I am spirit, then spirituality suddenly becomes my ‘real world.’
Stuart Hepburn is an author and artist, and a student of Rajyoga with the Brahma Kumaris in the UK.
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