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Have We Lived Before
By Simon Marshland   
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Last edited: Friday, July 10, 2009
Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

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Previous lives or reincarnation is the underlying theme of my new book Private Lives.

Have we lived before, do we all have other life experiences we no longer remember. It is certainly a compelling possibility and one that I have chosen as the theme in my new book Private Lives.

The concept of reincarnation, that of an individual dying and then being reborn into another body, has existed in various religions for at least 3,000 years. It has now spread to the point that there are probably more people alive who believe in reincarnation than do not. Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism are all believers. As was Christianity until Emperor Constantine converted to that religion with far reaching consequences, culminating in 2nd Council of Constantinople in 553 A. D. At which point reincarnation was declared a heresy and the doctrine of reincarnation was officially banished by the Christian Church.

But despite their heavenly aspirations religions are apt to restrict themselves to dogma and an earthly view, while the real enigma confronting us has to be the mysteries of the Cosmos and the prospect of possible universes beyond. Mankind as an early specie has been around for a maximum of five million years, less than a second in universal terms. But then does time exist. It is said we can’t see time only experience it. We can’t measure time, only define it. According to Einstein if an object travelling at the speed of light leaves and returns to Earth five years later, fifteen thousand years would have passed in the interim period. Similarly though we live in a three dimensional world why should that preclude the possibility of four, ten or a hundred further dimensions, all existing in the same space but vibrating at different speeds and levels to be invisible to one another. When confronted by such tantalizing possibilities together with an ocean of the unknown stretching to an horizon too distant to be seen is the prospect of previous lives so hard to accept.

Caesar, Napoleon and General Patton believed in reincarnation. As did Goethe, Mark Twain, Wordsworth and Tolstoy. Not forgetting Benjamin Franklin, Albert Schweitzer, Carl Jung, Voltaire, Henry Ford, Ghandi and many more. I am certainly tempted in that direction hence the book. I hope you enjoy it.

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