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Reincarnation II

“Does this mean that the teacher of God should not believe in reincarnation himself, or discuss it with others who do?  The answer is, certainly not!  If he does believe in reincarnation, it would be a mistake for him to renounce the belief unless his internal Teacher so advised.  And this is most unlikely.  (M61)”

Affirmation:  “May I make a decision about reincarnation, and share it with my intimates.”

Reflections:

These words have been interpreted many different ways by those who have written about A Course in Miracles.  Those who do believe in reincarnation think that Jesus is “siding” with them, and those who do not, think the opposite.  Jesus does not mean to tip his hand in this statement on either side of the question.  That would negate the words that he has channeled just previously.  (See the last reflection.)

But we are not forbidden to discuss our beliefs with those of like minds.  Jesus does not hinder us from free discourse.

Reincarnation is said elsewhere not to be the important question that it is sometimes thought.  We still have to work out our salvation currently.  Spending too much time in theological speculation will only slow down our speed.  Jesus needs us to reach out to our brothers and sisters, regardless of their theological beliefs.  He needs for us to form holy relationships with them.  This is the real secret of the Course (an interpretation, not a Course tenet).

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I have feelings about reincarnation, but it is best that I share those theological ideas only with intimates.  I do not want to hinder my usefulness to my brothers and sisters.

May I realize that reincarnation is not the real issue.  I have to work out my salvation now, and this means to be focused in the here and now always.  Thank you for clarifying this for me.

Amen.

Reincarnation

“For our purposes, it would not be helpful to take any definite stand on reincarnation.  A teacher of God should be as helpful to those who believe in it as to those who do not.  If a definite stand were required of him, it would merely limit his usefulness, as well as his own decision making.  (M60)”

Affirmation:  “May I be helpful to my brothers and sisters.”

Reflections:

Many people would use reincarnation as a litmus test for the validity of the Course, if we were to take a public stand on where we stand on this issue.  Jesus is not interested in controversy, but only in what will work for us in our lives in a practical way.  So he recommends that we avoid the question of reincarnation publicly, for to engage in debate would only lessen our usefulness.

Elsewhere Jesus says that the Course can be used by both those who believe in reincarnation and those who don’t.  Jesus is not interested in theological interpretation, but only in the day-to-day lives of his followers.  Elsewhere he says that there can be no universal theology, but a universal experience is necessary.

This universal experience he spells out in the Course.  This is not to say that the Course is the only Way.  It is one way that many people have now chosen for salvation in this world.  And the introductory pages of the text say that this is a required course, with only the time that we take it to be voluntary.  Our way is to have brothers and sisters in significant relationships–holy relationships–with ourselves.  This eliminates the tedium of long hours spent in meditation.  All special relationships, the Course says, are meant to become holy.  This is the practical means that the Course is bringing us Home.

Dear Father/Mother,

Remind not to engage in controversy, because this will only limit my helpfulness.  May I discuss reincarnation only in intimate circles of like-minded individuals.  Publicly to take a stand on reincarnation might limit my usefulness.

I know that You will guide my speech.  May I not be tempted to run ahead of Your guidance.

Amen.