Idea Of Reincarnation
order to get a handle on the reincarnating process it may help to
understand what the process is trying to achieve. It is part of a larger
process of making a Man out the fusion of spirit and matter.
Reincarnation serves the stage of ‘turning flesh and body into
soul’(see Endnote1). It enables experiences in incarnation to
transform energy and to create consciousness.
undeveloped personality, living predominantly in his physical and astral
(emotional) body, represents the end of the spectrum which begins with
the idea and finds its midpoint in a personality who is on the point of
attaining soul consciousness.
thread of life connects the personality in incarnation to the human
monad on the soul plane. The
personality is unaware of that connection until that kind of
consciousness has been developed by the reincarnating process.
countless lives, a human
being, at first stranded and isolated in personality form on the
physical plane, attains the intermediary stage of soul consciousness and
then spirit consciousness
build in a lower world the body which is to be our instrument of
response in the next. A 'body' should be understood as a level of
consciousness. The bodies of the personality are: the physical, the
astral and the mental. Across the spectrum of humanity at this time the
two subtle bodies, the astral and the mental, are in very different
stages of development.
in the physical body we are building through our emotional and mental
experiences and reactions the means to participate in the higher worlds.
At the death of the physical vehicle, the man who has the means of
participation passes into the subtle worlds, either the astral or the
mental depending upon his level of development. If these means do not
exist then there can be no participation. Then consciousness ceases with
the death of the physical body, although this is close to being a
hypothetical statement because most of humanity has developed the means
of participating in the astral and the mental worlds, albeit if only on
their lower planes.
as a whole is being challenged to refine the astral and mental bodies in
order to participate on the higher planes and to build the so-called
causal, or Egoic, body. This
way the soul establishes a beachhead in the personality. The causal body
is built upon the higher mental planes and its forcing agent is purpose.
reincarnating process returns the human being to the physical plane with
whatever quota and quality of consciousness has been developed by
previous earthly incarnations. As D.K. puts it: ‘As a man thinks in
his heart so he is.’ In the subtle worlds after death, he is as he
thought on earth, and with those pre-dispositions he will reincarnate.
The subtle worlds may refine but they cannot change a man's
consciousness. Only the physical plane, where resistance is a factor,
has this capacity.
new personality is fashioned for this being, that ensouls what he is but
also includes the opportunities and trials, determined by karmic law,
that will unfold during his time on the physical plane. It is this blend
of the realized and the potential that a horoscope captures if it is
constructed for the moment of birth.
highest achievement of the religious and spiritual systems of the
contemporary world is to supply a purpose, which will provide a
structure for thought and emotion to enable the formation and
development of the causal body. The developing causal body is the bridge
between the personality and the soul.
the bridge is in place the personality can be informed and guided from
the soul plane in a more direct way. Development, in consequence, speeds
up markedly and the spiritual identity begins to emerge through the
personality like a picture from the dampened page of a magic painting
the causal body has become fully developed it burns itself up and the
light and heat from this conflagration lifts a man onto the soul plane.
The causal body, all the personalities which have contributed to its
formation, and the process of reincarnation itself, have all done their
work: the personality has become a soul, and after the death of the
physical vehicle in which soul consciousness was attained there will be
no further incarnations onto the physical plane, unless the soul has a
specific task to perform for humanity. The movement hereafter is
causal body is Christ consciousness. It is that to which Jesus Christ
referred when he said 'No man comes to the Father except through me.' He
incarnated from the spiritual realms to testify to and to give an
example of Christ consciousness.
is that to which Gurdjieff, in his ceaseless war against the forces of
inertia and delusion, referred, when, in his characteristically
merciless way, he told certain followers to stop fussing about the state
of their soul as they had not (yet) created one.
causal body is built over lifetimes. It stores all that is positive from
the lifetimes of what can now, by virtue of having a causal body in
preparation, be called an individual. It is enriched by the individual's
countless deaths and countless incarnations.
souls, 'young' souls, are those human beings coming into incarnation
without a causal body: everything is new to them because they have no individualized
memory. Non-individualized, they remain the property of the collectivity
which is humanity and the experiences on the physical and astral planes
go to enrich the collectivity. Until the means of continuity are built
there can be no continuity; until individuality has a coherence that can
survive physical death then there is no individual to reincarnate.
you find this difficult to understand consider a small quantity of
coloured water that is to be returned to a bucket of clear water. If
that quantity of water is to retain its colour then it will need to go
into a container before it goes into the bucket, otherwise it will
become merged with the clear and although it will tinge the contents of
the bucket and although those particles will not be lost, their separate
identity will be gone. So it is with the consciousness of the
personality until the causal body is in place to act as a container and
idea of reincarnation that has been taken up with such enthusiasm the
West in the last twenty-five years, as a result of the New Age movement,
can be said to be a representation of the experience within the
reincarnating process of those who have individualized and who are
building their causal bodies. It is not all there is to the
reincarnating process but it is probably the aspect of it that is most
useful to be working with consciously at this time.
Mike Scott, ‘Strange Boat’.