Finding Ourselves in the Eyes of Others
“Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself.”
There is a lot of conversations in the New Age community about a particular concept, which can be summarized by the simple adage “we are all one”. Too often this deep and meaningful spiritual philosophy gets tossed aside as being overly incredible or outright unbelievable. So today we are going to explore this concept one more time, this time with the intention of putting a more scientific perspective on it, for those who may have previously disregarded this idea as fictional.
Let us begin by discussing the increasing number of cases which support the concept of reincarnation. We are often told that all we are is this body and once it is gone, so are you. Even in this here we must acknowledge that this idea is actually nothing but a theory, and from the evidence collected from people who have been medically pronounced dead, and then recover shortly thereafter we find staggering correlations in the experiences which transpire after our physical bodies have stopped living. The general consensus is that even after our bodies die there is still a part of us that goes into an astral form and will continue to exist long after our bodies have passed. The theory that there is nothing after we die came from the lack of evidence to support reincarnation, but as more and more of these first hand accounts explain the contrary, our theories on this topic must adapt to the new information and therefore our personal belief systems must grow and adapt as well.
Thus, it’s only logical that the first step in really understanding how deeply interconnected we all are is to realize that you are a being that is going to exist long after your body returns to dust. Millions, if not billions of people all around the world already believe this to be true, whether that comes in the form of a Christian believing in their soul living for eternity in heaven, or a Native American believing their soul will join with that of the great spirit and flow through the planet. Many faiths all support the idea of life after death and the evidence to support this claim is really mounting up.
Dr Ian Stevenson, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, spent the majority of his career searching for the evidence of reincarnation. He claims to have found over 3,000 examples of reincarnation during his time at the university which he shared with the scientific community.
Some of the evidence for this comes in the form of past life regressions, experienced by people having irrational fears of certain objects or places without any apparent reason why. Dr. Brian Weiss has been able to use hypnosis to help patients recover reasons for their phobias, and has linked these fears to past life experiences. Many similar studies are finding that things like birthmarks or even birth defects can be caused due to stress and trauma that happened either during a past life, or during the death experience which has carried through into their current life.
Jim Tucker, a professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia has been scientifically testing the evidence in support of reincarnation. After studying many claims of past life memories he stated “I think these cases contribute to the body of evidence that consciousness – at least, in certain circumstances – can survive the death of the body; that life after death isn’t necessarily just a fantasy or something to be considered on faith, but it can also be approached in an analytic way, and the idea can be judged on its merits.”
There are also claims which say our current medical practices of using high doses of sedatives during end of life procedures is a leading factor in much of the memory loss we experience in-between lives, and that our current birthing process also creates shock for the newborn. This results in mental and emotional defensive mechanisms being triggered, causing more attachment to the current reality and a dissociation with that of the past lives.
Once we understand that we can and will exist beyond death, we can start to ask the famous question “why are we here?” One of the simplest answers to this questions comes from the practices taught by Mahajrya, illustrated by their practice of the Ten Planes of Consciousness. We introduced this in our Four States of Being article by going over what are referred to as the ‘human planes’ but we are now going to take this further and look at the ten levels from the top down.
Imagine if you will, a time before our entire universe existed. Before all of creation, before the ‘big bang’, there was absolute nothingness. This is referred to as the void; it is described in countless spiritual practices that even in this void and nothingness that there was God. A force of love and understanding that existed in total harmony and divinity within itself, infinite perpetual perfection. But in this, God was alone, a great singular thing with nothing to interact with, nobody to love; and thus even the great and almighty God was lonely. So in this, it began to split itself into different parts so that it could have someone to talk to or share in experiences with.
It is explained that in order for this to happen God needed to create ignorance, or the lack of understanding that it was God, so that it would then be able to interact with itself at a deeper level as opposed to a person talking to their own reflection. You might relate this to the depth of conversation you could have talking with a sock puppet. Once the level of ignorance rose to be one degree higher than the level of understanding within God, it split. The big bang as we know it happened, the seven days of creation can also be described in this way by god realizing the different elements that would be needed to support the experience it wanted to have, and thus the universe came into being.
From this moment on, souls were created, essentially as cells within God’s cosmic body, and manifested in all manner of beings; from the angels to the demons, and all of the infinite possibilities of creation. God wanted the fullest and richest experience it could have, and so no possibilities were left out. These souls then in their own exploration of creation manifested into bodies and stated interacting with each other, and their new environments, in order to learn and to develop further.
Apparently, if a soul existed as one being for too long they could get trapped in a cycle and not experience the growth and love that was originally intended, so a system was created for us so we could have shorter lives, so we wouldn’t get too attached to any one body or state of being. This paradigm created a learning environment that would be most conducive to souls eventually remembering where they really came from and that they too were but cells in the cosmic body of God.
With this understanding, you can look at other people around you as being small fractions of God, each holding the potential for an infinite number of experiences, and the free will to create whatever they wish, just like you. The theory goes that you as a greater soul will be able to come back and experience life in this reality as many times as is needed until you are able to accept the reality that you are God interacting with itself. When you then choose to start acting in alignment with the true nature of God, being all loving, compassionate and forgiving, that you too will be able to wake up and remember why you created this reality in the first place. To those who do, they most commonly say that they realized it was to find love, to be in a family with everyone, and share in the abundance that life has to offer.
The teaching of “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” embodies this concept. Really understand that if you are expressing judgement or hatred towards another, that in your next life you will likely come back as the very person you have judged so that you can understand both sides of the experience. So much so that every person that has ever lived was you, interacting with yourself. Once we start treating others like ourselves, being able to look in the eyes of another and see ourselves but in another life, we can start to see the true beauty of this reality and take one more step towards acting as a unified and loving whole. As quantum physicist Erwin Schödinger once said “The sum of all consciousness is one”.