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." - Robert Almeder, Department of Philosophy, GSU
"There is a fine line, Doctor, between
stubbornness and empiricism."
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 "facts".
#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
#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 same family.
#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"
#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 either.
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