online friend recently asked some questions that got
me thinking -
How does reincarnation fit the possibility of perfect
love bringing about a return to the garden where this
false reality would be transformed into the new heaven
and new earth.
I think your vision of the end game means that the game
is over. Then we would all have to go home, and you
and I wouldn't be writing any more. If our goal was
to end the game, we wouldn't have had an opening kickoff.
The point is not to end the game, but to play it well.
It provides opportunities for us which we don't have
in the spirit dimension. So we all have a vested interest
in keeping the game going. That helps explain the Holocaust,
for instance. Reincarnation is the process through which
we can all go back to the locker room, get new uniforms,
repair our protective pads, get a pep talk from the
coach, and run back on the field for the third quarter/inning/period.
The goal is not to win the game. It is to improve our
playing ability, so that the game itself will become
more refined, played on higher and higher levels of
consciousness. This means that growth can continue forever,
whereas a return to the garden would stop the process.
I didn't find any mention of Satan in your writings
thus far. What do you understand about Satan?
He's the boogeyman under the bed. Our belief creates
him, and in that sense we are like God. Believing something
strongly enough can make it happen. But that doesn't
mean Satan is real in the sense that God is real. He
is real only in terms of the fact that we need him.
He's the yin to God's yang. God is a unity, we are a
duality. Since we can't conceive of God as one, there
has to be some counter power. So we imagine that Satan
exists to frustrate God, when in fact it is we who are
trying to do just that. (Although, of course, God cannot
be frustrated.) Flip Wilson explained it perfectly -
"The devil made me do it!" Satan is our own
selfishness externalized. We blame it on him as a way
of refusing to take responsibility for our own actions.
It is also Jungian - we are afraid of our own dark side,
and so we project it on some imaginary spiritual power.
Then we can say we are victims rather than perpetrators.
I'm with you on the reality that there is no death,
rather, the process of leaving one container for another,
be it reincarnation and another human existence or maybe
our receiving a glorified body in the spiritual realm.
I think that when people understand that we are part
of God, rather than after-thought creations of God,
they will see reincarnation in a different light. There
IS nothing but God. God is the Spiritual Big Bang. Everything
was contained in him from eternity. We are his essence
personified, and therefore we have always existed and
always will. So reincarnation is not a miracle or a
gift or a choice on God's part. It is a function of
our being part of God, and is as mysterious and simple
as God is. We are free to live and cavort and do our
thing to our heart's content. He puts no pressure on
us. Some of us have found that this plane of existence
has something valuable to offer, so we elect to be part
of it, often for several innings. Being here doesn't
mean we don't have glorified bodies already. If you
could see your core, you would be dazzled. The worst
bum on the street - or Hitler himself - is a dazzling
being of light that would strike us all with awe. We
suit up for a while to hide the dazzle, because it would
distract us from the game we came here to play. If we
want to stay in glory with other glorified beings, we
can do so. Being here doesn't change anything. It merely
means going to school instead of taking a vacation.
John W. Sloat 2006