Thoughts on reincarnation and spheres of influence re: the Flower of LifeSubmitted by TwelveOhOne on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 17:52
The Daily Paul exposed me to a concept about a year ago, that being that there is only a single soul; it keeps coming back as each of us. I found that fascinating; the idea that when you help another, you're helping yourself, and when you harm another, you're damaging yourself. Really changes one's perspective on many of one's behaviors.
Decades ago I had done a "past life regression" in which I came up with two previous lives; if memory serves, a blacksmith and a carnie. I was thinking about that regression earlier (having listened to Dream Theater's "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory" (below) recently, which has a hypnotist counting down at the beginning, as well as throughout), and realized that pretty much any story one might invent, is a potential life that one has lived (or will live; I wonder which of us were the first and the last? Or if it works that way?), and that the amount of stories I can think of is my sphere of influence.
This led to thinking about the Flower of Life, which one can draw with a compass; make a circle, and then move to the edge of the circle, and make another. In the video I had watched (below), this was described as God had a sphere of influence, which was described by the first circle. Then, as it says in the Bible, "God moved upon the face of the waters", to the edge of His influence, and then drew the next circle. Continue drawing a circle at the intersections of the first circle, and each additional, and you'll have drawn six circles around it, forming a six-petaled flower in the center. That is the Flower of Life.
I also had the thought of "ridiculous" stories, like "I was a cube made of plastic, floating in a smoke ring around a star" and realized that I can make those stories, they might (have) happen(ed) in another solar system/galaxy/universe. Then I thought, perhaps we create other universes by thinking about the potentials.
I concluded with the thought that as the single soul keeps reincarnating, each new body has a different set of experiences, and creates a different set of stories. Thus it's similar to the "moving upon the waters" when the soul moves to a new host; it defines a completely new sphere of influence.
(Well, in the Flower of Life diagram, every circle overlaps every other one at least a little (forming the Flower), so it's not "completely different", but I suppose my wording could be defended because to the new point of reference, even the stuff in the overlap is completely new. :) And, this is pretty much the way these human hosts behave: everybody comes from a mother, well except the "test tube" babies, but even they have handlers, and don't live in solitary exile either; so, every one of the soul's hosts has at least a sliver of overlap with all the others. I wonder if mechanized automation might lead to a disconnected circle? But then, even in The Matrix, the humans in the solitary chambers interacted with one another through the MMORPG they were all forced to play, so there's probably always overlap. Fun to think about.)