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originally posted by: starwarsisreal
There was a book called the Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (The same author who wrote the book version of Cloud Atlas)
The book is a story of a lady and how she got sucked into a secret war between two groups of immortals, the Horologists and the Anchorites. The Horologists' (Good guys) powers is reincarnation while the Anchorites (bad guys) are immortals who sustained their lives by sucking the life force of individuals' souls. In other words, they are Psychic Vampires.
In the story, it is explained only a few (The Horologists) can reincarnate. Most of the human population can only live once. The ones that can have only one life are called the Bone Clocks. For those who reincarnate, here is how their reincarnation works: First they die. Then they are to go into the afterlife. While the Bone Clocks stay in the afterlife permanently, the Horologists stay in the afterlife for 49 days. After that, they are send back to our world and assume a body of a dying 9 year old kid and from there become the kid.
However, they can die permanently and never be reincarnated if they take too much damage from Psychic attacks.
The reason for the Horologists' reincarnation is unknown to even themselves.
As for my belief on reincarnation, for me only a few individuals have the ability to reincarnate. The rest of the populace like in the Bone Clocks can only live one life. However, instead of going to a nine year old's kid body, the reincarnated souls go into infants bodies.
In fact I suspect I don't have a past life and that I'm pretty much a Bone Clock. I mean it is said that those who have a past life tend to meet others from a past life and have an instant connection with the person even if the person looks different from their previous life. Well it never happened to me. All the people I met in my life are for the first time. Like it literally took a while before I get know them on a certain level.
Now for those who do have a past life and reincarnate, I believe they are only in the minority. When it comes to why? Like in Bone Clocks no one knows the answers.
Then they are to go into the afterlife. While the Bone Clocks stay in the afterlife permanently, the Horologists stay in the afterlife for 49 days. After that, they are send back to our world and assume a body of a dying 9 year old kid and from there become the kid.