Archive for November, 2008

Genius is experience

Some of our culture’s greatest minds were reincarnationists:

Ford Arrow

“To Henry Ford, as to every other reincarnationist, this is the origin of every capacity:

I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was 26…. When I discovered reincarnation, it was as if I had found a universal plan…. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock. There was time enough to plan and to create…. I felt that order and progress were present in the mystery of life…. I would like to communicate to others the calmness that the long view of life gives to us. Genius is experience. Some seem to think that it is a gift or talent, but it is the fruit of long experience in many lives. Some are older souls than others, and so they know more.

edison light bulb angel

To Thomas Edison — who was one of the earliest members of the first reincarnationist association in America, the Theosophical Society — the consciousness of man resided in the brain in the form of a swarm of “entities” which left it at death for another home…”


For more on Theosophical reincarnationist ideas, duck down this rabbit hole.


Feed Your Hungry Ghost

First, we here at the Reincarnationist wish you a delightful and food-filled Thanksgiving. Second, we hope that you will never, ever, ever become a “hungry ghost“. What is a hungry ghost, you may ask? It is something quite profound in terms of the afterlife, something that we hope to avoid becoming, something that by living a fulfilled life we hope to steer clear from. A hungry ghost is the scary type of ghost, the needy ghost who bangs around the attic hoping to stir up some delicious energy from those living beings downstairs…warm energy to feed off of because, well, energy is what ghosts eat.

(Above: William Blake painted the most intense image of a hungry ghost that I have ever seen: The Ghost of a Flea circa 1819-20.)

Hungry ghosts appear in many traditions from Buddhism to the Book of Enoch. Even the vampire legend has its foot in the concept of the hungry ghost.

In terms of Buddhist states of existence in the wheel of life, the hungry ghost is characterized by “Greed; Insatiable cravings; Addictions. “I want this, I need this, 1 have to have this”. This is the realm of intense craving. The Hungry Ghosts are shown with enormous stomachs and tiny necks – they want to cat, but cannot swallow; when they try to drink. the liquid turns to fire, intensifying their thirst. The torture of the hungry ghost is not so much the frustration of not being able to get what he wants. rather it is his clinging to those things he mistakenly thinks will bring satisfaction and relief. The Buddha in this Realm holds a Bowl from which the ‘gifts of the gods’ are distributed. This is to entice the hungry ghosts to desire for the Truth which is the only way that the deepest longings and hungers can be satisfied. Consider: ‘Gollum’ from Lord of the Rings; The obssessive nature of Video Games; Addictions of various sorts; We can be helped in this Realm by our willingness to ‘look up’, to see beyond our obsessions.”

So, as we consume the bounty of our Thanksgiving feasts and express our thanks for all of the love in our lives, let’s also be thankful that we are are not hungry ghosts, and while we’re at it, let’s leave a lovely morsel of compassionate energy and a kind wish on the table for any hungry ghosts that happen to wander by…

Cheers to the truth, that it will keep us from hunger.

(Click here for an interactive tour of The Wheel of Life.)


Is It Really In The Stars?

love astrology

Lonely hearts who turn to horoscopes to find their perfect partner are wasting their time, according to the largest test of astrology ever carried out []

…But before we hook into any particular view, we here at the Reincarnationist enjoy delving deeply into a subject. Plumb the depths of the subject for yourself here in this gigantic rabbit hole of research on astrology


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