...okay...heres a few of my thoughts on this:
I do believe in multiple lives...well, maybe multiple 'segments' in a single life is a better way of describing it...as I believe it is all ONE
life, for we are but one spirit...and the spirit IS the life...
...like when you watch a play...and it has different acts, different characters, different events...but its all still one play...yes...not really the
much different (if at all) than what most people mean when they say multiple lives...so forgive the being pedantic about it
Do we live to learn? Yes. I do believe we do. To learn what? I guess to answer that would in a way be like a graduation from the learning process...to
know it would negate having to learn it and thus complete any learning journey we may be on. Kinda like a spiritual catch-22 of sorts.
Karma?? Hmmm...in a way I see that as quite a double-edged sword. While I do essentially believe the saying "What goes around comes around", in that
what we put out into the world generally comes back upon us...where I find difficulty reconciling that belief is when you consider those people who
were innocent, and got treated badly, or tortured, or brutally murdered...what did THEY do to bring about those events upon themselves??
That said...I do believe we must pay our debts...that we must balance out any and all negativity we project with positivity later on. I strongly
believe we need to 'put right' our wrongs in whatever way we can. Is that about Karma? Maybe. Is that about perhaps being raised Catholic and having
the concept of penance etc drummed into me? Maybe. Or maybe its just a simple concept of humanity to want to make amends for any wrongs we do.
What life/segment do I feel I am in? Am I a young or an old soul? Well...young or old...concepts of age, time etc...which when you consider the soul
to be outside the constraints of the concept of time...in that the soul is forever...then young or old are just loose terms of relativity. But, many
people have said I have an old soul...that I seem more *gasp* mature *gags* for my physical age than they would expect.
Those people I know who have the ability to see and sense such things also confirm my own inner feelings/beliefs/dreams etc that I have 'lived' or
'played out' many many lives...in the majority of them I get the sense (as do they) that I was a warrior...a protector...of some sort or another.
They, as do I, see me as some form of warrior/protector right from ancient times of fighting with staffs/spears, to bows and arrows, to swords, to
rudimentary firearms and most recently possibly up to early Viet Nam. I also appear to be a warrior/protector of an ethnic culture...from African, to
possibly Asian, to Native American...to my own people the Maori. There are dreams...even day dreams which very closely resemble 'flash-backs' almost
of things which don't fit within my life as it is now. Images...sights...people...languages...dreams where I am someone who looks completely
different in places I have never been before...and so incredibly lucid.
This does fit with what I feel inside, how I choose to live life and even the career I am in...as well as events in my life which indicate a
willingness to risk safety/life for others...or to take the side of others and stand up for those who are otherwise less able to defend themselves.
Is this my first or last or inbetween?? Well...I don't completely know...but I do sense that I am nearing the end of this journey...or maybe its
merely the end of a leg in the journey...and perhaps a new one just lays around the corner.
[Edited on 2-5-2003 by alien]