Reincarnation, Part 2 – Why We Incarnate in a Physical Body
This post is the second part of our response to two thought-provoking questions on reincarnation and past lives (one from Bari and one from Rachael) and an inspired second question (from Bari), about the impact our thoughts and feelings can have on other people’s experience.
In our most recent post, Reincarnation, Part 1: All Past Lives are Present Lives, we write about The Council’s response to Bari’s question on past life experiences and on the impact they have on our current lifetime. Here’s one of the more interesting things The Council had to say about the subject while answering Bari’s question:
“All of your lives are present lives. They are all going on at the same time. And you may wonder: how is this possible?
–The Council (similarly formatted text below indicates quotations from The Council)
A large portion of the Part 1 post is devoted to additional comments from The Council on this point. The information on reincarnation in Part 1 can also help with understanding the material that follows in this post.
Why Are We Here?
Rachael wants to know why we, as souls, repeatedly return to Earth, and specifically why she is here…again. She wants to know, “What is the purpose of being here?” And she wonders if learning lessons has anything to do with this purpose. The Council began answering Rachel’s questions with the following comments.
For Love and Expansion
“First of all, you would never be here if it was not your choice. So even though perhaps at the present moment you feel you don’t want to be here, we have to really tell you: yes you do. Otherwise this would not be going on. So it was your choice to come here.
“Why do you come here? It’s not so much to learn lessons, so to speak. And it’s not so much to have a certain goal, but it’s just to experience.
“And why we want these experiences [is] because when you are in the non-physical you know that every experience you have is felt by everyone in the non-physical. And everything you experience helps everyone in the non-physical expand.
“And so it is through love – the feeling of love – that you jump in. And we all jump saying, ‘We’re gonna have fun. We’re going to go in there and we’re going to do whatever we want to do. And everything I experience is going to help me and everyone else.’ And we constantly, constantly expand.
“And so the reason why we jump in is because we all love each other and we love ourselves. Is that understood?”
The Council says no matter how it feels as a human being, the reason we choose to come into physical reality is our love, as a spiritual being, for all other spiritual beings and our understanding that everything we experience here will contribute to the joyous spiritual expansion of all non-physical beings.
This now feels like the best explanation we’ve heard yet from The Council on why, as spirit, we come into physical reality, but it took some time to really appreciate it. We look forward to publishing a post in the near future that helps readers better understand what The Council is saying about the importance of spiritual expansion and how our experiences in a physical reality contribute to this expansion.
Spiritual Teamwork – Looking for Ways to Help Each Other
After answering the question of why we’re here in physical reality, The Council elaborated on the idea that, as spiritual beings, we look for ways to help each other in our physical experience.
“And sometimes it is teamwork: ‘Let’s jump in together,’ or ‘Let’s meet and let’s have some experiences, and you work with me and I’ll work with you, and we’re helping us and we’re helping everyone else.’
“And so, as one of the authors – we believe his name is Robert Schwartz – what he writes is true. Many of the times we set up experiences that we want for one reason or another and we talk to the souls in spirit and say, ‘Will you help me with this and I’ll help you with that, and let’s see how we work our way through it?’
“And then there are other souls that just jump in and say, ‘Well let’s just see what happens. Let me get down there and kick it up and have some fun.’
“And there are other souls that say, ‘Well, I’m sitting this one out. Let me see how I can help from back here. Let me see, can I be some sort of a guiding force to some of the souls that have jumped in.’
“So whether you are in physical or non-physical we are always helping each other.”
Robert Schwartz has written two books on how specific people chose, before they were born, to experience a difficult challenge like illness, deafness, blindness, or addictions in their physical life, and how other spiritual beings agree to participate in these difficulties to help the spiritual being have the experience and expansion they desire.
In the last part of our session (on Bari’s question about how our thoughts and feelings influence the life experience of other people), The Council goes further into this topic of how we agree, as spiritual beings, to help each other in our physical lives. This information will be in our next post, Part 3 of this series, about The Council’s answer to this question from Bari.
All Physical Experience, Particularly Feelings, Helps with Spiritual Expansion
Often, if our physical life seems difficult, it’s easy to imagine it will also seem difficult from our perspective as a spiritual being, but The Council says this is far from the case.
“And many times when some people will go through a difficult life, a difficult journey, when they come back into non-physical (what we call home), when [they] return there is no weeping and crying.
“It’s usually, ‘Wow, that was something!’ and ‘Let me look at this again and see how I handle this.’
“There is joy in every situation that is experienced because the information, the knowledge, the feelings (and we do want you to underline that on your blog), the feelings that we have in our lifetime – what we experience – is very important. And that helps us with expansion.”
Bringing Spirit More Powerfully into Our Physical Experience
The Council’s previous comments got me [Bob] thinking that after a difficult physical lifetime, who we are as a spiritual being might feel like choosing to live another similarly difficult physical lifetime to see how we can handle the situation differently and experience more spiritual expansion as a result. When I asked The Council if this is common, they replied:
“That is common, but what we are seeing and what many of us are teaching is that no matter what experience you are having in the physical body, as you learn more and more of who you truly are and how you learn you can change – no matter what the experience is – you have the power to change it with your thoughts, with your feelings, with your focus. That leads to the expansion because you are getting in touch more and more with who you truly are.
“And so we are trying to bring spirit more powerfully, more acceptably into the physical world. And that is a very strong point that we hope you will expand upon in your blog.”
Feeling You are Spirit in a Physical Body
At this point I said to The Council that, “It sounds like you’re saying we don’t need to wait until we leave the physical and get into the non-physical to look at our lives and make a decision or a choice, and then go back into another physical body.”
“Exactly,” said The Council.
And then I said, “It sounds like you’re saying we have the ability to connect with who we are as spirit and make the choices while we’re still in the physical body.”
“Exactly,” they repeated, and continued:
“And we know that many people – as they read what you write or what we continue to say (and many of the other spirits say), because it is the basics that you are spirit in a physical body – people will begin to say, ‘Yeh, yeh, yeh; blah, blah, blah; again, again; we know it, we know it.
“You are beginning to know it. You are beginning to understand it. But when you feel it and you take your thoughts – and we always say to raise your vibration think loving positive thoughts, good thoughts – and no matter what situation, your vibration will change and you will begin to feel who you really are.
“And no matter what challenge, whatever it is you face…or anything you want to experience, you will understand that the outcome of whatever it is, you have 100% control of what happens. There is nothing – no force, no person, no God – out there that will punish [you], or change it, or not reward you.”
Addendum: Why Rachael Chose This Incarnation
During the writing of this post we realized Rachael’s specific question, “Why am I here…again?” wasn’t addressed during our session with The Council. A few weeks later during a different session with The Council, I (Bob) asked if they remembered Rachael’s question about why we are here, and if they could say something specific about her intentions in choosing her current incarnation. They replied:
“Yes. This is the one who believed she didn’t want to be here, and yes she does.
“As she was planning this incarnation it was her great desire to come in – perhaps shy, perhaps quiet [and lonely, in the beginning of this life] – and as her life progressed, to realize…to recognize the strength that she has in her; to see that there were many souls she agreed with before this incarnation who would enter her life (at one point or another) and have tremendous difficulties (whether it be health or relationships or self-esteem) and she would (with great, great patience) hold them together [and] show them the way.
“And at one point (when all of this is happening) she would then be aware of a great appreciation for who she is. And that was her purpose: to find out who she is so she can expand, [and] the people around her [can expand]. She is already holding the light for other people (and of course having difficulty at times).
For clarification I asked if The Council was saying Rachael chose to experience shyness and loneliness early in this lifetime so she could then have the experience of what it is like to expand beyond that.
“Yes, and to find the strengths within her that she has. And so it was her lesson (so to speak) that she wanted to connect with who she really is by helping the others around her also find [out] who they are.”
Bob: “So by helping people around her, she feels more connected to who she is and that helps her to expand beyond the…”
“She will then have a great appreciation for herself. And this (we feel) she has not accomplished yet, but she’s on her way.
This ends the part of our session with The Council on Rachael’s inspiring question about why we are here in this physical reality. This information feels to us like an expansion of our understanding of who we are and we thank Rachael for her part in bringing this information to us.
Stay Tuned for Part 3 in this Series of Posts
In our next post we’ll write about The Council’s answer to Bari’s second question, which is about the influence our thoughts and feelings can have on the experience of other people, particularly someone we are in a close relationship with. Here’s something The Council said in the last part of the session that will be elaborated on in our next post:
“When you have positive thoughts or negative [thoughts] about someone, in your experience that’s how you will experience them.”
Let Us Know What You Think
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