My friend Jeffrey Chappell hasn’t changed much since we met in 1983. He was always an angel, or close as a human being could reasonably be to an angel: Kind, loving, wise, funny, talented… it’s a long list of wonderful qualities.
True, Jeffrey did change in one major way. He moved into Enlightenment. That has been a huge change, yet he must have been born quite close. My friend found a meditation technique that helped move him into Enlightenment, and he does that technique still; he has been with his spouse for decades, worked in the same career, been basically the same guy. What a lifetime!
Long as I’ve known him, Jeffrey Chappell was suave and presented himself beautifully to others; always he seemed at peace within himself.
By contrast, I’m close to unrecognizable from when we first became friends in 1982. By now, I’m even harder to identify as the young woman pictured at the top of today’s article. Back in college, when this photo was taken, I was visibly neurotic. Not like Woody Allen, whom I’d call self-consciously neurotic, almost like a form of performance art. More like I was mired in misery to such a degree that it showed to even the most casual observer.
From my high school years onward, I’ve done all I could to evolve. Really, if you had been me, you would have been just as motivated. STUFF didn’t just make me inwardly miserable much of the time. It showed; that STUFF showed so clearly to others.
Now here’s one compliment that gave me hope, back in 1973. With my first husband, Donald, I had founded the first physical center for teaching Transcendental Meditation in Miami, Florida. A visiting big shot from the TM “Movement” came to visit us, a Regional Coordinator, Bob W. After spending a few hours at our apartment, he told me, “You have grown so much. I have never seen anyone evolve so much, so fast.”
My first reaction? I winced with embarrassment. (Hey, that was me, back in the day.) Yet I also recognized the truth in it. I had grown a great deal.
In retrospect, this growth resulted from an insistence on evolving. Just what was preparing me for the first of two Virtual Reincarnations that I have had in this lifetime.
Fierce Insistence on Growth Leads to Virtual Reincarnation
That’s how it seems to me now, as I try to understand the concept of Virtual Reincarnation. What common denominator do I find, when I think about clients of mine and friends who have gone through a Virtual Reincarnation? (Or I think about myself.)
This is a small sample of people for generalizing. Yet they all have in common a similar, fierce insistence on evolving.
Back when Bob W. visited Donald and me, I had worked really hard to become a spiritual teacher. Not just the “Unlimited rounding” undertaken during my Teacher Training Course in TM, an extreme sport undertaken with the attitude of “Enlightenment or bust.”
When not meditating, I pushed myself, too. At my first course with Maharishi, the very first time I saw him, I was so astounded that I wrote a poem in his praise. When I tried to give it to him, he asked me to read it in our big lecture hall.
Me? So terrified of public speaking. Me? Read my little poem in front of 2,000 people?
Basically, I went back to my room and cried for a week. Then I got up in front of the microphone. I shook down to the core. Foolish and terrified though I felt, I read him that poem. During my follow-up course in Mallorca, Spain, I kept writing more poems and reading them, speaking at the microphone while joy and love alternated with my terror.
When Donald and I came back to America, we were offered Tampa as a place to teach meditation. After we started settling in, the word came down that, no, we were to go to Miami. So off we went. And there I proceeded to give public lectures.
Just how bad was I at public speaking, how utterly terrified? After a year in Miami, one of my initiates gave me a bottle of expensive perfume. She gave it to me through Donald. She told him, “I have never seen anyone so scared of speaking in public, not in my entire life.”
Seems to me, Virtual Reincarnation happens to people like that, folks who insist on growing. Virtual Reincarnation happens to people who won’t stop moving forward, regardless of the personal cost. So long as we feel we’re on the right track, we may flinch and appear foolish; we may cry, and risk being humiliated. Yet there is one thing we just won’t do. We will not stop until we reach our goal.
At the time of this photograph, taken when I was 54 by my friend Jan Jamil, I had moved into a Virtual Reincarnation. Still myself as a soul, still with the same body… though not exactly the same face as I had earlier.
Incidentally, you face readers might get a kick out of an article in the Online Supplement to Wrinkles Are God’s Makeup: How You Can Find Meaning in Your Evolving Face: Transformation Reading of Rose Rosetree .
It makes me cringe, reading any of this. Admittedly it generally makes me uncomfortable when I write about myself.
Gee, have any of you notice that at this blog? I don’t mind tell you’all about what I learn, or sharing teaching tales. But personal self-disclosure online? Not exactly my comfort zone. Anyway, in case it helps, this is one detailed face reading of someone who has gone through a Virtual Reincarnation. Maybe we will have a future blog post where I get to research changes to the face and/or aura of someone else who has gone through a Virtual Reincarnation.
All human life takes courage, of course
In a human incarnation, you come with a Life Contract and loads of karma. Besides all the meant-to-be’s, mostly a person has free will. Which is how the big evolution can happen.
Most human lives entail great challenge, sometimes. Generally we respond the best we can, and thus we evolve.
What’s my favorite example these days of a very human life, well lived? Billy Crystal’s tour de force play, 700 Sundays. If you can buy it online, you may well love it too, this immensely heartwarming Broadway show based on the actor’s life story. (Would make a great present for someone dear to you.)
After Billy Crystal’s beloved father died, his mother prepared to earn a salary for the first time in years. Billy encouraged her as she went to secretarial school and got a job. The pathos! The sweetness! And, most definitely, such courage!
Throughout this autobiographical performance, Billy Crystal un-self-consciously modeled how to live one’s incarnation with great honor and zest — so very human.
Seems to me, Virtual Reincarnation requires something different
I’ve seen it in some of my clients, that something different beyond living the human lifetime. These clients are like evolutionary athletes. They select meaningful intentions for growth, then move forward unflinchingly.
This, I think, is what causes someone to move into a Virtual Reincarnation, as described in the earlier articles of this series:
- Why virtual reincarnation might matter more to you than spiritual awakening or, even Enlightenment. Part One
- My Virtual Reincarnation, a guest post by KYLIE
- My Virtual Reincarnation, a guest post by JULIE
- Virtual Reincarnation and STUFF Removal, Series Part Two
- Vocal changes as I evolve on my path to Enlightenment, a guest post by ZELDA
KYLIE, JULIE, ZELDA, JEAN, DAVID, ISABELLA, JESSICA, and many others (some active at this blog, others not) have been self-starters for their evolution. Besides handling what life was going to give them anyway, these adventurous souls have undertaken extra projects for evolution.
Then followed a period of months or years with behind-the-scenes reorganization of the personality. Subjectively there was flatness and emptiness to life, sometimes even a sense of death. Gradually what followed was a renewal of identity… and then a newer, brighter sense of self… a Virtual Reincarnation.
Moving into Enlightenment is a gift
Seems to this Enlightenment Coach, your personal seeking of Enlightenment could be compared to being a woman who is going to a dance. You get dressed up. You practice the steps. You get yourself ready.
Will you be chosen to dance?
There are no guarantees.
Sometimes, though, Enlightenment does happen. It’s as though, at a certain point in a person’s evolution, God says, “Good enough.” Even if the person still has STUFF, it gets knocked down to the tiniest-possible intensity. “Enough already.” Then Enlightenment dawns.
Incarnated as human, we don’t get to make that mysterious choice. It is the prerogative of the Divine.
What can we do? We can make good human-type choices, exemplified so powerfully in the story recounted by Billy Crystal about him and his amazing family.
Beyond that, we can make choices for spiritual evolution, such as wise use of our 20 Daily Minutes of Technique Time, Tops. Or doing spiritual practices. Or pursuing personal growth through sessions of aura healing and transformation. Or learning whatever techniques of self-healing really work, and aren’t just busywork.
- Doing the best we can, sometimes we will be rewarded with a spiritual awakening.
- Or all those bits of spiritual awakening will be graced by that “gradual click,” crossing the threshold into Enlightenment.
- And sometimes we will be given a Virtual Reincarnation, whether or not we make it to Enlightenment.
So, why does Virtual Reincarnation matter more to me than Enlightenment?
Because, to some extent, Virtual Reincarnation is within our power, our human power.
No, we can’t go online and order it from Amazon.com. 😉
However, we can do all we can to move out STUFF and PUT-IN what expresses our souls more fully. We can keep going, doing our honest best. Spiritually we can keep listening and caring and learning and looking for what really works. We can follow through, doing our best, even when nobody else is watching.
This kind of progress isn’t about drama, Blog-Buddies. I’d say it is more like having the heart of a racehorse who will never, ever quit. Maybe not the strongest horse, nor the fastest. Just a racer with heart.
Here is what Virtual Reincarnation means to me. With determination to seek God, we can evolve, and integrate, until we (evidently) complete that lifetime’s karma. Then we can be given another lifetime’s worth, a.k.a. a Virtual Reincarnation, and keep on going with that.
How many incarnations stand between you and Enlightenment? That’s not negotiable; it’s more like the hand you were dealt. And maybe you have been dealt such a winning hand that all you need is to complete that one lifetime’s complicated karma and that’s enough.
But Virtual Reincarnations are available to those of us who wouldn’t have stood a chance, not a chance at gaining Enlightenment, with the consciousness we had when we started this lifetime.
What about magnificent Jeffrey Chappell? He was set to need just part of this incarnation and ooh, la la … God rang the ineffable chime! In he went, making that delicate shift into the simplicity of Enlightenment.
What about funny Laura Rosenbaum, that mess of a girl growing up in Flushing, New York? I needed two Virtual Incarnations before that ineffable chime rang for me.