Is Reincarnation unnecessary?
Must we come back because of karma?
Or is it our choice to come back or not?
Last week I attended a lecture given by Charles Thomas Cayce, grandson of the infamous “sleeping prophet” Edgar Cayce. It was great just to meet the man, whose grandfather and father created the 81 year institution of the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.), headquartered in Virginia Beach. A nearby Unity Church was hosting the event and I met quite a few lovely souls during my day there. The Church pews were filled and overflowing to hear the lecture, which was entitled: “Reincarnation Unnecessary?”
The lecture was based on a case study of 18 individuals’ psychic readings from Edgar Cayce. In the readings, provided to the recipients, was the information that this was their last lifetime, despite the fact that some of them led not so decent lives. Edgar Cayce’s readings were recorded and are now studied thoroughly by A.R.E. members around the world.
Most of the information provided in the lecture was information I already knew about the particulars about reincarnation; although the stories of Edgar Cayce and the people he read for psychically while in a deep “sleeping” trance were great to hear from his grandson as Charles Thomas had some dealings with these people too, as a boy.
I was thinking about the lecture a few days later, when it dawned on me the title of the lecture: Reincarnation Unnecessary? Apparently these people were under the impression that reincarnation was necessary somewhere along the line. And realized that there was a belief that reincarnation was necessary because one had lived a not-so decent life, created karma and then had to reincarnate to deal with that karma. The problem was—I knew differently.
First, one chooses to be reincarnated if and when they desire. Not to amend for any karma they may have collected over past lifetimes—but simply as a way to continue their soul evolution journey. Second, karma never was meant to be a punishment; although it has been interpreted as such by a myriad of teachers over the decades. We have interpreted karma as something distasteful and unwanted, when the true meaning of this Sanskrit word is to do, to make, to accomplish and so forth. It also has been the term in some schools of thought that our intention causes effect – both in this lifetime and future lifetimes. This is where the reincarnation factor into play. In other words, if you’re a ‘good’ person in this lifetime, in future lifetimes you will not have to pay for any bad behaviors from a past lifetime.
But this principal, according to the Divine Guidance Team, has been misinterpreted. So over the next few blogs, we’re going to address further this theory of karma and why indeed reincarnation is soooo not necessary!
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