Philosophy, writing

Reincarnated Souls vs Zombies

I’m not much of a fan of zombies, yet I love Resident Evil (I can only watch. I’m too much of a wimp to actually play). On a serious note though, since I think of the soul and the body as two separate entities, I think that an answer to the question is no. I believe that the human brain and body are really just vessels to hold the soul in the same way that all creatures are vessels for the soul.

My take on reincarnation, is that the soul is the part that is the real “you.” The many lives you live with the soul is what makes the being and the history of your true self. In every life, you are given a clean slate. A chance to make up for the good or bad karma from previous lives even if you do not remember it.

For me, all my life I felt empty as if something was missing. I never really felt like “myself” and instead compared myself to others, fictional or otherwise. The Catholic faith was not enough for me. It was hard to believe that when you die you just go to Heaven or Hell. It never made sense to me that this was my only chance at life. When I finally got out of Catholic School and searched around for an awnser I went through various beliefs. At first, I went strictly of the Wiccan faith and was mislead and manipulated by others. In the end, I finally broke away from them and realized they were simply blocking me from my full potential.

The first memory I had was a dream. I was angry at a King who had killed my lover. I still remember the robes he wore. Red with black embellishments. After this is when I realized I was the daughter of that King. Since then I have learned so many different lives my soul had lived. When that happened, that hole in my heart (or soul) felt as if it was filled. Even though those I called “friends” wanted me to move on from them, I felt a different way. As though these lives were part of my true self. I was not supposed to let them go. I was supposed to take hold of them, accept them as part of my personal path in the universe. This difference in opinion lead to my losing many friends, but then I found new ones. These new friends accepted me for who I was past, present, and future. I even found the soul of the person I have loved as far back as my memories took me. My “soul-mate” if you will. We talk about our memories as if they were simply part of our live. We banter about the old times, good and bad.

Because of these experiences, my personal belief is that the soul that lives through many lives is vastly different than the physical human body. I believe the soul takes hold of the entire being when a new life is born and that is why the Chakras develop. The energy one lets out through the chakras and soul is what makes a person a person.

With the idea of zombies, I think that it is simply the physical body. Whatever reanimates the body to become a “zombie” I think is very separate from the soul itself. The brain controls the physical body and without a soul, the body is just a body. Not a person. The self-awareness I feel comes from the soul.

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Philosophy, spirituality

Belief vs Knowledge

I titled this blog post after a discussion for my Philosophy class. Belief vs Knowledge.

I believe that both can be the two entirely different things or the same depending on your own personal teachings and experiences. For example, my belief is that there are other planes of existence that house various deities living together to help and guide humanity.

However, I do not have physical proof of this being possible. Spiritually, during my deep meditations and practice of astral projection, I believe I have traveled there in my astral form to converse with my personal gods. This shows that my knowledge and belief comes from what I see, feel, and experience during my meditations.

There is no physical proof that such a plane exists, so this “knowledge” is something that others might not believe or think of as “knowledge.”

Reincarnation

However, another way of showing my own belief versus knowledge is my belief in reincarnation. I believe that my soul enjoys being reincarnated. Because of that, I have had many past lives. I do not feel as if the past lives are separate from my soul but more of an extension.

The earliest Life I believe could have been on another plane or “planet” separate from Earth. This is not “known.” I have special memories, but it is still so fuzzy that there is no way to know it was real or just a figment of my imagination.

There is no personal proof other than shared memories from my current significant other. Past life memories can be tough to prove when there is no actual proof that it could be true. When memories spark from fantasy movies or video games, it makes you believe it could have been true, but it is so over the top that there is no proof that it is. 

Spiritual Paths

Just because I believe in these things as an Eclectic Pagan, does not mean that I think all the other religions do not exist. It is difficult to determine what is known to be true and what is believed to be accurate. I don’t believe any religion is right or wrong.

We all believe in something even if it is science. I think belief and knowledge are personal with things like philosophy, religion, and faith.