Rules #38a: "Empiricism vs Stubbornness": Debunking the Debunkers
"We seem to have here (with reincarnation) one of those problems
wherein people readily agree on what it would take to establish something
they very much do not want to believe - and then when, contrary to anyone's
expectations, the evidence actually emerges strongly supportive of the belief,
they return (for no persuasive reason) to add more conditions to what it
would take to establish what they very much do not want to accept. And they
continue to do so until it is virtually impossible that any such evidence
should ever emerge."
"There is a fine line, Doctor, between stubbornness and
The Case Against Reincarnation
When it comes to reincarnation, people can quite stubbornly ignore the
growing body of empirical evidence supporting the reality of reincarnation.
Here are the "best" of the cases against
#1: CON ARTISTS: WILLFUL & INTENTIONAL FRAUD
Like any other branch of healing, past life therapy will
attract it's share of con artists who willfully, intentionally, and, at
times, fraudulently distort the truth to bolster the case for reincarnation.
When these "frauds" are exposed, the debunkers want to "throw the baby out
with the bath water" through a wholesale condemnation of past life healing.
Yet like chiropractic, aromatherapy, and herbalism, past life healing has
survived it's critics because there are too many cases where it has alleviated
otherwise intractable present life problems "unsolvable" by modern medicine.
#2: FANTASIZING: DAYDREAMS & DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
Critics claim that past life therapy succeeds because
it feeds the ego of it's clientele by telling them that, in a past life,
they had been someone famous. And yet there was only one Caesar, only one
Cleopatra: only one of each person who had lives well documented by history
(otherwise known as "historical personalities"). They ignore that fact that
past life work reveals that only a handful of people have had historical
personalities with the vast majority having led "ordinary past lives".
#3: PARAMNESIA: EMBELLISHING TRUTH WITH FICTION
Close cousins to the con artists and fantasizers are
the paramnesiacs are those who get glimpses into their past lives
via regression and choose to embellish on the remembered details
through subsequent research. Like old war stories, the past lives become
richer in detail and scope with each retelling of the tale. Paramnesiacs
are the first to abandon the truth when it "conflicts" with the documented
#4: CRYPTOMNESIA: UNCONSCIOUS FORGOTTEN INFLUENCES
Crytomnesiacs are the "unintentional" kind of paramnesiac.
They claim to have lived past lives that bear a striking resemblance to the
plots of books or movies. This is because they have unconsciously
absorbed the information, forgotten where it came from, and then "remembered"
it claiming it to be their own past life memory.
#5: CHANNELING DISCARNATES: "GHOSTS OF THE PAST"
Known as the Swedenborg argument, those who do not deny
the existence of past life memories claim that "memories of what is now
called 'past lives' are the simply memories of those who have gone before
us." Swedenborg believed that the "past life was lived, but not by the
person claiming more than one life." In essence, he believed that each
person only had one life and that memories seeming to be from past lives
would actually memories from discarnates (dead people).
#6: CHANNELING ENTITIES: "ATTACHED ENERGIES / ENTITIES"
From time to time, individuals will connect with past
life memories that are not their own but are part of the soul history of
another discarnate being. This happens because the individuals involved
have agreed to co-create the resolution of that past lifetime. For those
who believe that all past life memories are just those that are induced by
"attached entities", there are several ways to tell the difference between
the two (see the "Unique Qualities of Past Life
#7: MINORITY BELIEF SYSTEM: "KARMIC URBAN LEGENDS"
These critics will tell you that "reincarnation is
incompatible with many well established facts such as population increases,
the recency of life in the universe, and the transformation of species."
Of course, such "facts" are in the eye of the beholder. The increased
frequency of reincarnation and the decreased time between incarnations can
explain "population increases".
#8: MASS CONSCIOUSNESS BELIEFS: "OPIATE OF THE MASSES"
Critics argue that reincarnation is just another 'belief'
we have created in the 'mass consciousness'. Since reincarnation is no more
than a 'belief', information gotten in past life therapy is not actually a
memory of past lives but simply a means of getting information needed for
healing from the mass consciousness. Yet those who believe this cannot explain
why each individual gets different "past life information from the mass
consciousness" precisely mirroring their own present day issues.
#9: SHARED MEMORIES: THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS
Other critics of reincarnation believe it is not a
consciously created belief system so much as it is one prevalent in the
"collective unconscious". Although there are many definitions of the
"collective unconscious", here it means that because we are all connected
at the level of Soul, there is no such thing as "individual experience".
#10: INHERITED MEMORIES: FROM ANCESTORS & CELLS
Inherited memories work like shared memories except that
the "past life memories" are passed on through genetics via the
inherited from biologically related ancestors. If that were true,
past life memories should always be coming from earlier generations of the
#11: INDUCED MEMORIES: FROM HYPNOTIC SUGGESTION
Many critics believe past life memories are just
the activity of a hyper-active and/or deluded mind that randomly selects
common events and calls them past lives. Hypnotists have "successfully"
demonstrated how they can "induce reincarnation memories" by telling their
subjects that they had a past life as "y" at "x" time.
#12: IMPLANTED MEMORIES: THE GREATEST ILLUSION OF ALL
Since all time is now, healing can flow both backward
and forward through time. Critics use this fact to argue that there is
no such thing as past lives because past life memories have just been
implanted in us by the creative force. If that is true, then past memories
from the present life could have been implanted as well making them just as
unreal as past life memories. Yet, no one doubts the reality of their
present life memories. Just as no one, who has connected with the reality
of past life memories and has been healed by them, doubts their reality
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