"A man who hates always believes himself
justified. … but the hatred itself forms a very strong claim
that will follow him throughout his lives, until he learns
that only the hatred itself is the destroyer."
"There is no rule … that the reincarnating
personality must take over the new form prepared for it either
at the point of conception, in the very earliest months of
the fetus's growth, or even at the point of birth. The process
is gradual … In the early days of infancy, there is not a
steady focus of the personality in the body."
"We have many more spirits over here than you have on the
earth plane in the flesh."
“Man evolved … before he began to
"He who advances quickly spares himself many trials. Nevertheless,
these successive incarnations are always very numerous."
Can a spirit which has animated a human body be incarnated
in an animal? "No; for such an incarnation would be a
retrogradation; and a spirit never retrogrades. The river
does not flow back to its source."
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"The more hurdles that are overcome in a physical lifetime,
the less often that soul will thereafter need to return to
physical form to round off the rough spots in his character."
"No one is forced to return to physical form. If we so choose,
we are permitted to remain here throughout eternity, although
it is harder to advance."
"Souls don't return promiscuously to any body, in any family.
There is a sequence in their lives that necessitates their
coming to one particular environment. It is part of the natural
law, and works automatically."
"Some individuals return to physical life many times.
Others live a life or two of great intensity and then follow
through with ideas from this end, watching as the physical
seeds of that creativity sprout, but from a distance."
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How soon does an entity reincarnate? "This is
not a set pattern or rule. It is dependent on the free will
of that particular entity. Also upon the needs of that entity.
If it is one that has been greatly damaged or hurt in one
particular incarnation, and is not pliable or workable in
the between-stage, it is then incarnated rather quickly and
caused to have a short life so that it will come in as a more
pliable form. It may then choose its time and place to relearn
the lesson it missed. Or it may go on to new lessons if it
perhaps chose some that were too difficult."
"You do not have to do anything. Not in this lifetime,
not in any other. … You may `come back' as anything you wish,
or in any other dimension, reality, solar system, or civilization
"The answer to the question: Can a soul return as an animal?
is `Yes, of course.' The real question is: Would it? The answer
is: Probably not. … The soul's greatest desire is to experience
higher and higher aspects of itself. And so it seeks to move
upward, not downward, on the evolutionary scale, until it
experiences what has been call Nirvana."
"There is no set law concerning reincarnation.
At a certain point in its progress, the soul reflects, weighs
and considers the facts of its own nature in conjunction with
its past life on earth. …You have complete free will but your
spirit indicates the path you should follow and you frequently
obey that indication."
Planning and Purposes
"Usually, between lives you choose ahead
of time your children, and they choose you as parents."
"Decisions as to future lives may be made
not only in between-life conditions but also in dream states
in any given life."
"There is a definite reason that you were born into the family
that you find yourself in. … [just as] when you enabled many
other souls to come into manifestation in other generations
down through the millions of years in which you have re-embodied
yourself upon the earth plane."
"This spirit body is unable to adapt itself completely -
in complete harmony, complete unity - and, therefore, happily
with the conditions of this side until … it has had certain
experiences and benefitted by them. … I think that there are
few people who can get the sufficiently varied experiences
and tests in one incarnation that will enable them to stay
permanently on this side. They have to come back until the
spirit body is built up."
"[A soul] looks up and he sees those who have, let us say,
grown wings, those who can soar, those who can have adventures
and experiences of a remarkably interesting kind from which
he is debarred. … He knows there is something wrong, and he
usually acquiesces in the suggestion that he should volunteer
to go back."
"The soul, in purifying itself, undoubtedly undergoes a transformation;
but, in order to effect this transformation, it needs the
trial of corporeal life. … we all have many such existences.
Those who maintain the contrary wish to keep you in the same
ignorance in which they are."
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"Because we are imperfect in our reactions and behavioral
pattern, we must strive ever onward through many earth cycles
until we achieve sufficient perfection to rejoin God as co-creators.
It is the law, for no imperfect thing will ever have the opportunity
to become a part of the Godhead."
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"Here we blend in harmony with those of similar interests
and vibrations, but when we return to the flesh we are thrown
into contact with those who are not in harmony with us or
we with them. That is when the testing begins."
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"His rebirths are not therefore to chosen parentage, because
he fails to achieve that state between earth lives when he
is accorded that right."
"There is no reward for behaving correctly here in spirit,
because there is nothing to tempt us otherwise."
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"There are certain tasks which have been set for each soul
to accomplish in a given lifetime. However, this is not a
hard and firm rule. If that soul so chooses, it may take several
lifetimes to accomplish these same things."
"The Blueprint of one's efforts, one's successes and failures
on all the planes; physical, material, emotional, mental and
spiritual does indicate that a definite line of advance is
voluntarily accepted by the soul before incarnation."
"Those who do not believe in rebirth cannot forever escape
the rhythm of rebirth; but they hold to their belief until
the tide of rhythm sweeps them along with it and forces them
into gross matter again, into which they go quite unprepared."
"There is no such thing as karmic debt … If karma is the
innate desire to be better, to be bigger, to evolve and grow,
and to look at past events and experiences as a measure of
that, then, yes, karma does exist. But it does not require
anything. Nothing is ever required."
"Such men as tyrants and inquisitors often
reincarnate as idiots or imbeciles. They have, on the other
side of death, learned to sympathize with and understand the
sufferings of their victims. These are sometimes of such an
appalling character that their perpetrator's center of imagination
becomes disorganized and he is doomed to exist throughout
his next incarnation in a state of mental disequilibrium."
Impact and Memory
"When you realize the significance and
meaning of the life you have just left, then you are ready
for conscious knowledge of your other existences. … What you
are begins to include what you have been in other lives, and
you begin to make plans for your next physical existence,
if you decide upon one."
"The soul must forget all it knows when it chooses to go
to Earth for a learning experience. … Once the soul returns
home, it remembers everything it knew."
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"There have been many lives such as those of the cave dwellers,
those of the early Indians, those of the lost-seeming souls
that are seldom mentioned, for these are not important lives
to the average soul in his particular progress. However, if
one were to make a life-to-life experience drawing, he would
find that all of these come forth. Each one has been all things
at one time or another, even to the lowest of cavemen, even
to the highest of the patriarchs."
"Many out here have no more memory of their former lives,
before the last one, than they had while in the body. This
is not a place where everyone knows everything-far from it."
Partners and Groups
"Oftentimes four of five individuals will
set themselves a given challenge, and assign to the various
members different parts to play. Then, in a physical existence,
the roles will be worked out. … yet this does not mean that
you travel through various existences with the same limited
and familiar number of friends and acquaintances, merely altered
like actors with a change of face or costume."
"towns and villages may also be composed
of the past inhabitants of other such towns and villages …
as the group tries different experiments."
"Families, friends, sections of nations in the revolving
cycle of time reincarnate together very often, as they require
the same experiences."
"A soul that, for the first time, enters
a material body is, usually, related spiritually to some member
of its Group and, so close is its relationship, it may take
on the karma of the older soul."
Roles and Gender
"[Gender changes] are necessary. Some
individuals alternate their sex in each life. Others have
a series of female lives and then a series of male lives …
but the entire reincarnational framework must involve both
"A master who had been cruel to his slaves might become a
slave in his turn, and undergo the torments he had inflicted
on others. He who has wielded authority may, in a new existence,
be obliged to obey those who formerly bent to his will. Such
an existence may be imposed upon him as an expiation if he
has abused his power."
"We might write a novel together too, and call it `The Growth
of a Soul,' and trace its evolution through various incarnations.
You and I have been through many together (in different connections,
relationships, and sexes); that's why we are so particularly
in affinity with one another."
"Discarnate beings …realize that, in connection
with birth and death, in the majority of cases the soul which
has been a man in one becomes a woman in the next earthly
Affirmations and Denials
Question: Do we re-incarnate again on earth?
Answer: "Now that is a question I find difficulty in answering.
I have known no one who has. I passed over many years ago,
and I have round about me those who lived thousands of years
ago on earth. That is all I can say, because my knowledge
does not permit me to say more."
"During the earth life, I kept an open
mind about this vexed question of what is called reincarnation.
… I let it be `till I knew. Well, now I know that it is a
fact. It is true."
"Undoubtedly you have heard of reincarnation.
We do not recognize it. It seems to us an impossibility, as
you understand it."
"I am more than convinced, as I observe
stories of effort and success and failure, that the soul needs
to `project' some part of Itself back into the denser environment
of earth in repeated attempts to master the trials and stresses
of those vibrations. But which part of Itself, and whether
it is always the same part, is still a mystery."
"Have those in this 'Christ sphere'
existed before?" "Yes. They voluntarily come back. That
seems to be the point of the universe."
"We are not merely short stories on
the pages of earth, we are a serial, and each chapter closes
with death. Yet the new chapter develops from those which preceded
it, and we pick up the threads, continuing a narrative that
has always design and purpose though the purpose may be hidden
because human beings, as a rule, are only permitted to study
the one life, the one period of their history at a time."
"I am quite clear that those human beings
who live almost wholly in the physical sense while on earth,
must be reborn in order that they may experience an intellectual
and higher form of emotional life."