I’m not a reincarnationist -no memories of past lives in Egypt, nor of being Napolean, Geronimo, high priest or priestess in the cult of Isis-none of that.
Just me and the life I am living-no expectations to return as a wolf through some process of transmigration or an enlightened being sitting in a cave somewhere.
My ancestors didn’t come from a distant galaxy, Atlantis or Mu, nor were they assisted in building the pyramids in Egypt or Meso America by Aliens or enlightened beings.
They didn’t construct the Moai of Easter Island and then watch as they strode across the land to a location of their choice.
They didn’t levitate objects into place with crystals or receive “sacred” knowledge from suspect crystal skulls-and they/we sure as hell don’t need anyone like Erich Von Daniken, Zecharia Sitchin, Madame Blavatsky, Blessed Saint Germaine, Seth,or little grandmother telling us we did.
We don’t need any blue moon, blue star church ,bluenose, or contrived blue anything telling us our history, our beliefs, or our origins.
We have a body of knowledge that stands on it’s own-has for millennia -and neither do we need people like Crow Dog, Banks, Means, or any other revising or commercializing it to cater to their latest market.
I believe in a generational genetically encoded memory that stretches back to day one of human existence, a composite of all that humanity has been-but that doesn’t imply individual personal memories of past lives.
I don’t have a problem with those who believe otherwise until it enters the realm of predictability as in the above examples, and admit I cannot help but be amused when it does.
I often ask myself what is missing in a person’s life that leads to such a construct, such flights of fancy as they appear to be to me.
An example would be the current craze of having been an Indian in a past life-even if that were true the greatest response I’ve heard is well maybe so, but you’re white, black, brown, or whatever now.
If I believed in reincarnation such a claim might have some significance to me when you factor in the genetic memory I spoke of-but since I don’t, it doesn’t.
Genetic memory is easy to prove-it is what guides the process from the moment of conception-determines ethnicity,number of arms,legs, fingers, all of that-also I believe a predisposition to the language of the birth parents and the customs associated with them-it certainly does to alcoholism and various mental afflictions like ADHA etc, the instinct to suckle in an infant,or of a fawn to lay still.
On the other hand reincarnation is nebulous at best despite the pseudo sciences that have sprung up around it, past life regressions, and the like-which are little more than anecdotal.
I think for many the fascination with reincarnation is the air, or should I say “aura”(?), of mystique it can create, and the ease of making claims that need not be proven-only taken on “faith” by fellow believers. It is a daydream to engage in and perhaps to enjoy-one that the individual can direct at will.
Kind of like Russell’s announcement that if he succumbed to his illness he would return as lightning-a proclamation that had the desired effect of attracting attention-but I believe the above photo says it best if the possibility of a return engagement does actually exist.
Now if you believe in an afterlife it might be wise to give some thought to those any might have claimed to be-if you’re Crazy Horse come again as Russell has alluded to what excuse can be offered when he confronts you for impersonation and identity theft?
Some of these people like Napolean had huge egos, and I don’t think they would be too pleased-Geronimo had a burning hatred of all whites and Mexicans for example-how do you think he’s going to feel about it? That rainbow warrior thing isn’t going to cut it with him.
The problem is if reincarnation is a reality a lot of people are giving it a bad name-maybe that’s something the believers ought to address-predictable dangers in that though, if you don’t accept another’s claim of having been Pocahontas how do you advance your own and expect it to be seen as credible?
So it becomes a matter of quid pro quo -you believe me and I’ll believe you. The creation process of cults.
Personally I have no idea how many times the White House has been struck by lightning-or how many times it will be-but in the natural world odds are it has and will be again-so it seems a safe bet to me for anyone to say when it is “oh yeah, that was me”.
Could just as well say when it rains that will be me, you, or whoever-but it lacks the same drama.
None of us will be accompanied by ghost writers or attorneys when we pass on-my suggestion would be to start working on the explanations and defenses now while there is an opportunity to if we’ve been claiming to be the reincarnation of another.
Toilet paper would be bad enough, but not as bad as what it is intended to address, which I assume would be a possibility as well.
This being an Indian in a past life is a romantic fantasy of living green, roaming the land freely, and being a part of nature rather than apart from it-those making such a claim should ask themselves if they would like to be now-if they would like to live on the rez in a shack and eat canned meat or Styrofoam processed cheese?
How about some rich cream laden powdered milk, or stuffing some cardboard in the window during winter to attempt to keep the cold out? What about that tasteless peanut butter better suited to use as mortar for chinking or setting bricks? No? I didn’t think so.
If reincarnating is about learning lessons there are wealth of them awaiting you in the real non romantic experience. This isn’t Disney World or Fantasy Land -it’s a reality show, Survivor in the extreme, and as real as it gets.
They’ve made every effort to cover all the angles in the above “spiritual journey” promotional advertisement haven’t they? Sweats, sundances, and even get to ride a real live pony like at the carnival or fair.
I’m betting they have the pipe smoking re enactment Russell employed so many times as well.
Wonder if they will have have one of those photo boards of a “chief” with a cut out face where for a small fee you can stand behind, insert yours, and have your picture taken?
I’m sure there are some who will read this who are believers-if so I invite them to show me the error of my ways-to correct any misunderstanding I might have-just a point by point discussion, no argument, no I know you are but what am I.
Be who you are-it is enough if you live it to the fullest and be true to the best in you. Life is gift bestowed by Creator, and it’s bad form to reject a gift.
You can reject the conditions imposed by others, contend against them, seek to improve-but all of it is on you-what you want and what effort you will devote to achieving it.
Strive for something more, something better, or settle and endure-but I don’t believe one should settle for anything that wounds the spirit.
ADDENDUM: It strikes me that maybe this has to do with being enough-In one sense of the word we still aren’t “enough”-previously the history has been we weren’t civilized enough, educated enough, submissive enough, Christianized enough-now apparently we aren’t mystical enough, spiritual enough, or ethereal enough, open and “sharing” enough- the necessary make over is in full swing.
And so the crystal wavers with their trusty sidekicks who dwell among us calling themselves liberators and traditionalists are only too willing to assist in the makeover for the money it will translate to for them personally.
The way it works is if they are included and featured it’s all well and good, but if any go it alone like little grandmother etal then it’s time to make some noise- time to get indignant. Kind of transparent isn’t it?
What’s next-Zombie races featuring native zombies in authentic costume?