What Do People Believe About Reincarnation and Is It Real?


There are many different theories as to what happens to us after we die. Reincarnation is one of the earliest and longest-lasting conceptions of the afterlife. Its history is long and storied, and it has played a huge role in various different religions.

But, what is reincarnation? And is reincarnation real? Let’s go through the history of reincarnation and what people believe about it.

What Is Reincarnation?

Reincarnation is the idea that after we die, we continue to exist in some form or another. That the cycle of rebirth continues, and our spirit lives on. Reincarnation is also sometimes referred to as metempsychosis or transmigration.

In some theories of reincarnation, your soul is reborn in a different body. That’s how reincarnation gets its name, from a Latin term that translates to “entering the flesh again”. Reincarnation is an integral part of many religious traditions, but people can also believe in it outside of a religious context.

It’s also played a role in many different pieces of pop culture. It’s come up in books such as A Dog’s Purpose or The Years in Rice and Salt. Movies that talk about the concept of reincarnation include the Phantom of the Opera, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, and Little Buddha.

Reincarnation has even been a theme in different songs, including Iron Maiden’s “The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg”, Santana’s “Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation”, and Rodgers and Hart’s “Where Or When”. So, enjoy learning about reincarnation while you listen to some great jams.

The History of Reincarnation

The concept of reincarnation dates back a long time. Reincarnation appears early on in different types of Indian philosophy. Some of the major religions of the era include reincarnation as a main tenet.

Religions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism believed (and continue to believe) that positive actions in your life and being a good person would help ensure that you have a positive experience once you are reincarnated. But, the specifics of reincarnation differ depending on the religion, since they evolved in different ways.

In some of these traditions, the concept of reincarnation is referred to as samsara. Samsara is a Sanskrit word that translates to “world”. In Buddhism, for example, this refers to the cycle of life and death repeating over and over. It’s also closely related to the concept of karma. Good karma will give you a better lot in your next life, while bad karma will ensure that you don’t have as good of a time next time around.

These traditions also promote certain virtues in relation to reincarnation. If you embody certain virtues, you’re more likely to have a better experience once you’re reincarnated. And, this will carry over to your future lives after that.

Reincarnation played a role in Ancient Greece, as well. The concept of reincarnation was mentioned in the works of Plato. And, reincarnation is mentioned in many different Native American and indigenous traditions, as well.

Eventually, the idea of reincarnations sped to other regions and traditions. Reincarnation has even influenced religions such as Judaism.

Reincarnation Today

Nowadays, reincarnation is believed by a wide variety of different people throughout the world. Reincarnation has even influenced a number of cults over the years.

That’s because reincarnation is a nice thought to have. No one wants their life to simply end after they die. So, it still plays a major role in our society.

Reincarnation is also sometimes talked about in the world of science. Different scientists have done research investigating different claims of reincarnation, including those made by children. Though nothing has been definitively proven, there is some research that points to the possibility of reincarnation being a real explanation to what happens after our lives end.

How Does Reincarnation Work?

Depending on what you believe, you may have different reincarnation beliefs. Usually, people believe that you pass certain things about yourself into your next form. These could include, but are not limited to, the following things:

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Skills
  • Aspects of your appearance, like your eyebrows or your shoe size
  • Brief pangs of your previous experiences coming back to you

Depending on what you believe about reincarnation, you may have more or fewer things that you think will pass on to the next iteration of yourself.

Is Reincarnation Real?

Ultimately, there’s no real way to know if reincarnation is real or not. But, a lot of different people believe in the concept. In fact, about a third of the American population believes in reincarnation.

So, do you want to explore your past lives? There are lots of different pathways to help you explore your previous lives. You can talk to a psychic to help you understand your past lives and how it influences your current lived experience. There are even specialized past lives psychics who work specifically with reincarnation and past lives, so they’re really knowledgeable about the topic.

A psychic or clairvoyant astrologer may be able to combine your past lives with your astrological sign to determine how these factors may be affecting your current situation. So, if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of yourself, exploring your past lives will help you really understand where you are and where you’ve come from. 

Reincarnation: Now You Know

Clearly, reincarnation is a topic with a long and rich history. If you’re interested, you should look into ways to delve deeper into the topic.

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