Imagine… Is One Life Enough?
By Marion Highman and Aruna Ladva
“I do not read for I have renounced life,
I read because one life is not enough for me.”
Life as a soul journey takes us on an adventure to see many places and to meet many people. How often have we thought that there is more that we want to achieve and experience than could be accomplished in one lifetime? Actually, on looking back on our life we can see that within one lifetime we ourselves have changed so much, we are not the same person as when we started out on our journey, because in many ways we have changed.
What if we had more than one life? Just imagine for a few moments that we did not have just this one existence. That this life was just one of many on the spectrum of lives, and we had several opportunities for learning from life. How would we know? Well, we wouldn’t unless there were some traces of the past left in our sub-consciousness, or we had a good memory!
“The world exists as you perceive it.”
I have avoided the subject of reincarnation for many reasons… mainly because it can’t be scientifically proven as yet, science itself still has left a great many questions unanswered. But there have been many accounts of experiences from people who recall details of earlier times that do cause us to wonder. There are many coincidental points of cross over, between past and present births. Also, people have returned to past life scenarios and recalled features and facts which have subsequently proven to be correct.
So this week, I was just wondering… What if… I would like us to imagine… simply imagine… just imagine that you had more than one lifetime… entertain the possibility in your mind and… imagine that you had lived other lives… what would they have been like?
Of course, we would all like to think that we had wonderful glorious lives and that we were as enlightened as we are today. But maybe we would not have been so wise, or perhaps we were in fact wiser!
We could have been pirates and thieves. We could have been noble warriors. We could have been doctors working to cure unknown diseases. We could have been miners working deep down in mine shafts several feet under the Earth. We could have been anything. But what might carry forward into our future lives is not the story of a life, or the roles that we played, but more the experiences of that life as these would have been impressed upon our soul.
We all have a few strong personality traits. Some souls come with certain fears and phobias in this lifetime. Others with certain strengths, powers and talents, expressed through their creativity such as singing, dancing and artistic gifts, and then things seem to come naturally to such souls.
In one lifetime we can change and reinvent ourselves, and sometimes that can be like the experience of a rebirth too. For example, if we are afraid of heights, there must be a reason to that… if we are afraid of the depths of the ocean, there must be a reason for that also… And as we look into these issues and understand why, there is an awakening that takes place. The reason for suggesting that there may well be something in this information about other lives, is that there is a lot of logic in this philosophy.
Also, is one life really enough to do everything we wish to do? There are so many millions of possible ways to live and many more millions of things to experience and goals to achieve – could one life be enough to fill the quench of the soul?
Whatever happens to us in this lifetime affects our life today deeply, so it is good to be aware that our thoughts, words and actions have an impact on our lives. Indeed, we become aware that we are the sum result of everything that has happened to us in our lifetime. We cannot just live in this life, assuming we are not responsible; that we do not know about the causes, or cures for what is happening in our life.
“Every morning we are born again.
What we do today is what matters most.”
Unless you have no concept of the soul, there is generally a universal understanding about the nature of our spiritual being-ness. That we are eternal, and that we are souls, that we exist as spiritual beings, and we are going to separate from this body at some time.
It is only natural that fresh flowers grow, blossom and bloom, then wilt and whiter away… if they did not they would not be natural. And so we the soul too, go through these cycles in these body’s… growing, blossoming and blooming and then wilting and withering away.
But what happens after death? That we are still unclear about. And so we wonder… Today, spirituality is drawing us closer to the answers. There is now a global awakening to the truth of our being more than just matter, more than just the body. The ancient poets and philosophers have pondered these aspects of life, the mystics and sages of the ages have ruminated on these questions. They have found that the answers can be found in the silence and in the deep connection with the Divine.
“Silence is the language of God
All else is poor translation.”
It’s Time… to just keep an open mind and an open heart to experience all possibilities in life and of life!
© ‘It’s Time…’ by Aruna Ladva, BK Publications London, UK