“You only live once.” These were the parting words of a friend as we ended a conversation and headed our separate ways. As I continued on my path, I mulled over his sentiment. Do we really only live once?

Many people, cultures and religions believe in reincarnation — the rebirth of a soul after the death of the physical body. This belief in reincarnation is a tenet not held by the majority of the world’s population; however, according to some researchers, it is a belief system that is growing.


Fact of Lives


In the spiritual realm, reincarnation is accepted as fact and it is from this standpoint I base this article. The article is not an argument for the existence of reincarnation — the empirical evidence is lacking to scientifically confirm it — however there have been some interesting studies that warrant a closer look at the topic.


Among the many attempts to prove the reality of reincarnation, Dr. Ian Stevenson’s research comes to the forefront. Dr. Stevenson conducted more than 2,500 case studies of children who supposedly remembered past lives. He discovered evidence suggesting that memories and physical injuries can be transferred from one lifetime to another.


Although not a case for reincarnation per se, in August 2014 German doctors announced their clinical findings of “some form of life after death”. If ‘life’ continues after the death of the physical body, how does it evolve and why not manifest in another physical body and continue the lessons a previous physical life on Earth has to offer?


We’re the Lucky Ones


Earth is known as the great teaching ground of the cosmos and is often referred to as ‘The School of Hard Knocks’. We humans incarnated here on Earth at this time are apparently in an envious position according to spiritual teachers. They claim a great number of souls would eagerly take up an opportunity to experience life on Earth, even for a brief moment.


If we keep in mind that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, it is easier to see the world from a greater perspective. Opportunities for growth seem to spawn from every one of life’s situations. And although some of the challenges life throws at us can seem insurmountable, we are encouraged to turn inward to our soul’s strength and guidance, and to a higher power that lights the way forward. In so doing we draw on our soul’s infinite wisdom and reap the benefits of its immeasurable experiences. Perhaps this is the intent of reincarnation.


Karen Gay, A-Roaming Bodyworker, is a holistic health practitioner practicing in Hanoi. For information on the types of services provided, visit a-roamingbodyworker.com

Karen Gay

A true global citizen, Karen has lived and travelled overseas for more than 20 years. Her current journey has led her down the rabbit hole. She's not sure she'll resurface. You can follow her on twitter.com/KRMG and facebook.com/a.roaming.bodyworker

Website: a-roamingbodyworker.com

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