Many of us living today have experienced a virtual reincarnation, that great reward for superb spiritual achievement in life. For someone moving forward in human-based spirituality, virtual reincarnations might matter as much as gaining Enlightenment.
Actually, this may be more important… than either spiritual awakening or Enlightenment.
Before we go into the why’s, let’s start with some what’s — basic definitions.
What is virtual reincarnation?
Within this same incarnation, you can change and grow to such an extent that you become like a different person having that same lifetime.
Usually a virtual reincarnation is preceded by a long dark night of the soul. By the time you recover, so many things are different. You still feel like yourself, deep down. Yet otherwise you can be so different, and so can your circumstances.
This way you avoid a rebirth. In that sense, it’s like negotiating to become a walk-in, while on the other side. Only no other soul is walking into this mind-body-spirit of yours. It was you before the virtual reincarnation and it is you now, after making the shift into a virtual reincarnation.
Perhaps you have completed the biggest learning planned in your original Life Contract. If you still stick around, in this same body and surroundings, sometimes you can start again. With virtual reincarnation, you avoid having to start all over, learning again how to walk and talk… and the other big-deal basics for having a human lifetime.
It’s a lot of work to be born and start over. Blog-Buddies, do you remember the big “fun” of birth? How it came complete with bright lights and screamingly loud voices?
With a start, you’re baaaaaaack in human form. Great opportunity to evolve. Yet uh-oh.
The horror of human life is inextricably mixed with glory.
One of my clients, JOE, described this well in a session of Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis(R). In this form of past-life regression hypnosis, you re-experience one incident after another, pausing to permanently move out a frozen block of stuck energy and receiving new PUT-IN, energy that helps to awaken the expression of your soul.
JOE and I talked during the debriefing part of his session of past-life regression. Fresh from experiencing babyhood in this lifetime, he said:
“We forget how terrifying it is, being a baby. Those babies are really screaming. A lot of the time, it is just plain terrifying, coming back here again. You can’t possibly remember how awful it is, while still on the other side.
“Sure babies giggle. Obviously they find it delightful, playing with their fresh new bodies. At first, though, so much of the experience is about terror.
“As we grow older, that aspect is forgotten. We grow used to living here.”
A vivid example of virtual reincarnation
It appeared recently at this blog: Uncommon inspiration, a story about Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis(R) In her session of Soul Energy Awakening Hypnosis, my client GLADYS experienced healing of frozen blocks from a previous lifetime in Poland.
She was picked up by the Nazis. How furious she was with herself. “Why didn’t I leave Poland while I still had the chance?”
Yet (spoiler alert for those who read that blog post), during that session GLADYS later discovered something surprising. Unbeknownst to her conscious mind, she had re-negotiated her Life Contract in order to evolve far beyond what had been planned for that lifetime.
GLADYS’ original Life Contract did have her escaping the Nazis. However, she chose to be captured, just so she could evolve a whole lot extra, spiritually.
In that blog post, there is a recounting of soul-level learning that happened after GLADYS moved into a “medical facility” run by Nazis, then died in a concentration camp.
Now that’s an exceptionally gruesome example of virtual reincarnation. Usually a virtual reincarnation entails little life drama and zero physical torture.
So how does a virtual reincarnation feel?
In preparation, you may feel as though you go through an inner death. Before a virtual reincarnation you might experience a dark night of the soul that lasts for weeks or months or years. As though you have come to the end. Nothing more about your current life makes sense.
There can be a sense of emptiness. Or completion. Or, actually, any combination of moods and life events.
Virtual reincarnation subtracts down to this: As though life as you have known it is ending.
Coincidentally, there might be a series of major changes to your lifestyle or identity. Just as likely, nothing big happens outwardly.
To an external viewer, your shift into a new life within this same lifetime could seem simple. Drama free! The “birth” event could be as un-dramatic as quietly changing your name to one that aligns more with your soul.
Once a virtual reincarnation begins
How does it feel after the start of a virtual reincarnation, a new life within this life? The result is different in quality than going through a life passage. Given a life expectancy of more than 20 years or so, there have always been eventful lifetimes, packed with pain or discovery or major shifts to social status or health crises, etc.
Virtual reincarnation is different. You feel like yourself, deep inside. Yet so much can change inwardly: How you relate to life, your connection to Spiritual Source, your interests, your priorities, your values.
- Virtual reincarnation feels like a much bigger shift — and, ironically, a subtler shift — compared to life passages like a mid-life crisis.
- Virtual reincarnation feels different from going through a major illness or having a child die or dealing with a fire that burns down your house.
- The common denominator is a change to your deepest down sense of self. It’s comparable to what happens in each new incarnation that starts with birth. Your sense of identity shifts into a new who-you-be for that lifetime.
Yet hidden way within is an uncanny knowing:
This latest earth personality is just one of a series that you have explored. Each incarnation — brand new or virtual — is a unique expression of your soul. Somehow it’s always your soul being expressed, and therefore that sense of identity remains familiar.
Is becoming a born-again Christian a form of virtual reincarnation?
I don’t think so. Not usually. Not based on aura reading research I did into 50 Evangelical Christians when writing Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy. (You may know, that how-to about having a more successful life was based on my researching hundreds of people from different walks of life, using energetic literacy.)
Certainly, it’s a common experience to feel “born again” when undergoing a religious conversion or joining a cult or moving into any heavy-duty belief system. Undoubtedly a person will feel “My life is just beginning.” In some Christian circles, this is promised. In some cults, that new start is part of the allure.
Yet the person’s aura doesn’t show a big jump forward. So, with all due respect, how big a change is really happening spiritually?
As for you Blog-Buddies who use face reading to learn about the inner self, here’s another clue. Faces can physically change a great deal after a virtual reincarnation.
By contrast, after becoming sold out to a particular belief system, faces tend not to change much physically. Throughout the duration of involvement in that group, a face may even appear frozen in time, winning social points for looking “youthful.”
What is Enlightenment?
Enlightenment is a higher state of consciousness, as compared to the regular human waking state of consciousness. At this blog you can find many posts written in my role as an Enlightenment Coach. You’ll find blog posts galore by clicking on Enlightenment at the CATEGORIES column on the left. And there’s always the video interview I did with Rick Archer about Enlightenment.
Two practical points to make for the discussion to follow in Part Two of this article:
- Millions of souls are moving toward Enlightenment at this time, and moving into Householder Enlightenment, rather than the more traditional emphasis of Enlightenment for Renunciates/Monks/Nuns.
- For attaining Enlightenment, plenty more is involved than your use of free will.
It won’t work to approach Enlightenment like a human-level hobby or interest. You can’t get a degree from a college (or ashram). When your system is free from sticky forms of internal STUFF, and then God brings an extra kick-start of grace, then Enlightenment dawns.
So how is Enlightenment like a sunrise? It’s beyond your control.
What is spiritual awakening?
Spiritual awakening is a comparative term. The analogy would be milestones on a hiking trail. Whereas Enlightenment means that you have hiked all the way to a particular destination. You know, “Enlightenment-Land.” 😉
Whenever you become significantly more spiritually awake, you can claim “I have had spiritual awakening.” It could be one glorious meditation, or depth-watching a rainbow, or falling in love and sharing one perfect kiss.
It could be a meal at Chez Panisse, pictured at the top of today’s article. Last week my family went to Alice Waters’ famed restaurant in San Francisco. For us, it was fun and delicious, a treat.
For many other diners, the reverence surrounding the place made it almost like a cathedral. (Including our waiter, who couldn’t have approached his task with greater solemnity had he been a bishop.)
Spiritual awakening, or “awakening” for short, is all over the Web. You’ll find a fair share of articles about it here at this blog.
And no wonder. Since The Shift into The Age of Energy, spiritual awakening has begun to accelerate for everyone who is not actively resisting it. Even for the estimated 45% of Americans in spiritual shutdown, the story isn’t over yet, is it?
Spiritual awakening is great, IMHO, so long as it isn’t confused with Enlightenment. Spiritual awakening is NOT the same thing as Enlightenment.
Right now, how do you feel about these three?
In Part Two of this short series of articles, I’ll share my perspective. Both my own journey and what I have noticed so far as an Enlightenment Coach.
For today, your comments will shape our group educational process. Plus I’m just plain curious about you.
Personally, which of these three do you care about, and why? What has your experience been?