Dr. Rolf Alexander says, “if we accept the idea that the development of consciousness is the great purpose behind evolution, then the scrapping of each individual human mind at death of the physical body would be a most wasteful, tedious, and unnecessary process…. At every stage in the development of the embryo, there is evidence that a phase of the mind directing the construction detaches itself from the process and moves ‘upstairs,’ as it were, to initiate new construction on a higher level.”
Preston Harold says this “moving upstairs” is what the Authority-Ego appears to do also after birth is accomplished. Speaking as it’s symbol, Jesus says, “I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am you may be also.” –John 14:3-4
Jesus’ acceptance of the principle of reincarnation is simple, final, and basically interwoven into His message – He says, “Ye must be born again.” If Jesus is true, this statement must be true as regards conscious rebirth in life and rebirth into life after death.
When Nicodemus asks Jesus concerning rebirth “how can these things be?” (John 3:3-9) Harold says…
Jesus will not elaborate. He never allows the principle of rebirth to become involved in the fantasy attending it – such as the transmigration concept of human soul entering animal flesh – or with the concept that the chain of births leads finally to escaping the world. To Nicodemus, Jesus simply says that eternal life is the goal. Being reborn “from above” indicates a process to insure the growth and enrichment of consciousness or life through bringing to this domain the treasure of the unconscious. He says: “If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things?” The concept of rebirth into life is touched upon when Jesus says to the thief on the cross next to His, “Verily I say unto you, today you shall be with me in paradise.” Paradise, Eden, is the womb of life as Scriptures depict it.
I suppose when discussing the idea of reincarnation, one must ask him or herself the question of whether or not they agree with the statement made by Dr. Alexander at the beginning of this post: “Do I accept the idea that the development of consciousness is the great purpose behind evolution, or the ultimate meaning of the universe and my existence?” If one cannot agree with this statement, the idea of reincarnation may seem to be completely unnecessary or futile. As we continue discussing it, though, I would humbly ask you accept the idea for argument’s sake, as it is certainly necessary to Harold’s overall thought process in The Shining Stranger. We continue our reincarnation ruminations in the next post. Until then, peace…