Most of the time when I meditate not much happens. My mind wanders until I realize what it’s doing, and then I gently bring it back to my breath. But other times thoughts come into my head that I swear are divinely placed, such as yesterday.
The thought was that to reach enlightenment we must become whole by integrating all our previous lives. Crazy as it sounds, there it was! This of course means you must first must accept the idea of reincarnation. Honestly, I never gave it much thought until I learned about the work of Ian Stephenson. During his 50 year career as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, he meticulously researched and wrote about over 3,000 cases of reincarnation. His book, Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation, details many of these cases based on solid scientific research practices. But I understand that no amount of evidence can actually prove reincarnation, it’s one of those things that ultimately comes down to faith.
So back to becoming whole. I am still pondering the thought and what it means. I know at times it feels like I have been other people before, experienced things without actually having done them, and have met people for the first time that seem like old friends. But how to integrate all of this to become whole, I am really not sure. The Perennial Philosophy suggests that there are multiple paths to enlightenment, the trick is to just pick one and stick with it. Maybe that is a good place to start!