We know we must die: but do we come back?

Reincarnation: a source of perennial fascination. And, surely, a great topic to revisit as Jupiter settles into Scorpio, and Hallowe’en is almost with us…When I first came across this quotation, it made me chuckle…trust Henry Miller!

“Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation. The other eight are unimportant.”

Definition of reincarnation: “(in some beliefs) the rebirth of a soul in a new body.” (p 1216, The Oxford English Reference Dictionary, Oxford University Press 1996)



In Nature’s great cyclic pattern, from the tiny to the vast – gnat or galaxy – the same basic stages apply: seeding, germinating, sprouting, flowering, ripening, harvesting, dying back in preparation for the new. This can apply to a life cycle of a day, and to one of millions of years.They all hold another factor in common: as modern physics has taught us, nothing that dies, being composed of energy, can ever cease to exist. It merely changes form. Death is a change of  state, not an ending.

Thus modern science validates what humans have held intuitively to be the case from the beginning of our sentient, conscious awareness of ourselves in relation to the universe of which we are part. All cultures across the globe share beliefs that the souls of humans (and all beings, eg in Buddhism) continue in some form beyond physical death.Only in the narrow, brief context of western secular materialism – over the last two hundred and fifty years or so – has it been believed by some that physical death is the gateway to nothing at all, that life is a random pointless accident in space and time.

Thanks to the meticulous work of the Society for Psychical Research for over one hundred years, and indefatigable individual researchers like Professor Ian Stevenson, as well as many other reputable people, a very large body of experiential evidence is available which appears to support claims since antiquity that one life is not the sum total of our soul’s journey.

I am by nature sceptical in the true, open-minded,  sense of the word. I am happy to read and hear about other people’s experiences – but the empiricist in me demands proof via my own experience in all spheres of life, especially those which lie beyond the range of what our consensus view defines as “ordinary”.

I’ve had several uncanny experiences which remain vivid in my memory.  They do not provide proof of reincarnation, since a less unlikely explanation is that I was somehow ‘tuning in’ to residues of other lives, rather than experiencing former ones of my own. Nevertheless, they remain intriguing, and I still don’t know quite what to make of them.

Click HERE to read about my favourite…

Changing Bodies – Reincarnation

I would be interested to hear my readers’ views on this great subject which has challenged humans for millennia…do tell!


9 responses to “We know we must die: but do we come back?

  1. Please look into Tom Campbell’s My big toe if you haven’t already


    • Hi Hedy

      many thanks for this cryptic response – I wondered at first if you were kidding me since I’d never heard of Tom Campbell or his book: for other equally curious readers, here is a brief summary from an explanatory website, plus URL:https://batgap.com/tom-campbell/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0siQ1ZWZ1wIV7RDTCh2boAzBEAAYASAAEgIddvD_BwE

      ‘…In February of 2003, Tom published the My Big TOE trilogy (MBT) which represents the results and conclusions of his scientific exploration of the nature of existence. This overarching model of reality, mind, and consciousness explains the paranormal as well as the normal, places spirituality within a scientific context, solves a host of scientific paradoxes and provides direction for those wishing to personally experience an expanded awareness of All That Is….

      ‘…In the interview, Tom referred to a conference at which he’s going to speak. Here’s info about that: May 22-24, 2015. Tom as well as many other prominent researchers of post-materialistic consciousness science will convene at the International Academy of Consciousness’ (IAC) research campus, located near Évora, in the Alentejo region in Portugal, for the 1st INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CONSCIENTIOLOGY (which means consciousness-ology).

      It happens that, coincidentally also in 2015, I e-published a book called “Wisps from the Dazzling Darkness” (https://anne-whitaker.com/wisps-from-the-dazzling-darkness/)

      From the Intro: ‘…she offers her account of thirty years’ experiences of atmospheres, dreams, ghosts, mediumship, mystical experience, poltergeist phenomena, prediction, premonitions, reincarnation and telepathy. She also attempts to provide an explanation for those experiences by setting them in the context of contemporary scientific research which is open to the idea that we may live in a multi-levelled universe which is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we can suppose….’

      The book has proved very popular, since I not only tell some of the compelling stories of my own experiences but also set them in a rational, analytical framework.

      So – many thanks for this comment and for dropping by, Hedy. I hope other readers follow-up on Tom’s brilliant work!


  2. Via Facebook:
    Jennifer Rhind :

    Excellent reflection on the topic – and as always thank you! I am mostly there, but for my own probably selfish reasons go along with the notion that animals reincarnate too. I am not good at ‘losing’ loved ones or saying ‘goodbye’. It is what I dread most in life. I had a similar experience in Venice when I was on a school trip with the classics department – a real deja vu moment! I have also thought about the concept of parallel universes – where it seems to me that we can sometimes unconsciously ‘leak through’ and get glimpses of our past and future selves – bearing in mind that time is possibly not linear!


  3. Thanks for this interesting and thoughtful response, Jennifer. Perhaps Italy evokes those things in those of us with a Romantic temperament!


  4. Indeed, Anne – I just knew that I had been on stage (acting!) in a little, hidden courtyard theatre. Ironically, in this life I have never tried acting and although I often get invited to speak at conferences – I decline because I suffer from stage fright. It is just not worth the stress! But yes I do have a romantic streak 🙂 !


  5. Via Facebook:
    Judith Burke:
    I think astrology is the way we choose the life to come back as (if we do), so that we can learn the lessons we need. Just the right combination makes it more apt to set us up for those lessons.


  6. Well, Judith,I think it certainly helps to work creatively with one’s horoscope by taking the view that it points out our lessons to us…


  7. Via Facebook:
    Morgana Dee:
    I loved your story of being in Lecce and recognizing so much there.


  8. Yes, Morgana, I’d love to go back there some day and see what my reaction was. Not to mention finding out if that missing bishop I wondered about had been cleaned up and put back on his pedestal!


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