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10 things everyone should know about reincarnation

Around the world, many people—perhaps the majority overall—accept a belief in reincarnation as part of their religion.

Not many people in the West believe in it, though. In fact, many scoff at the very idea and regard it as nonsense.

This is largely because in the West we are enamored with the benefits of scientific knowledge and increasingly sceptical of the old religions—rightly so, in my view. The knowledge science provides can be systematically checked to ensure that it is valid and reliable. This is why it is of such great value.

But it is not necessarily the only source of knowledge that is valid and reliable.

Besides, what science can see is limited to that which is physical and objective. Reality itself is not necessarily so limited. If we limit our understanding of what reality can be to just what science can see, we are leaving ourselves half-blind.

A wealth of information is now available from a wide variety of sources which, despite their differences, give surprisingly coherent and mearningful insights into the nature of the soul and its evolution.

Thanks to a combination of channelled teachings, insights from near-death experiences, reports of hypnotic regressiontranspersonal experiencesinduced by meditationbreath-work or psychoactive substancesafter-death communications, and even scientific research into children’s spontaneous descriptions of their past lives, it is now possible to put together a very clear picture of reincarnation.

Regardless of the medium (no pun intended), the message is consistent. Whether one regards such information as factual knowledge or as loony nonsense depends upon one’s openness to non-physical sources of information.

Interestingly, in light of this accumulation of knowledge, we can now see that even within those Eastern cultures that believe in reincarnation, many people’s understanding of it is confused by all sorts of religious doctrines that are just plain wrong.

So, here are ten things about reincarnation which I think are valid and reliable and which I believe everyone—East or West—would benefit from knowing:

10 things everyone should know about reincarnation

1. The soul exists.

  • The soul isn’t just a myth or an illusion or a relic of pre-scientific superstition. All human beings are a combination of physical, mortal body and non-physical, immortal soul.
  • Your soul is the absolute essence of you — the only true answer to the question, “Who am I?” It is who you always are regardless of how you feel or what you believe or how you perceive yourself.
  • From the body’s perspective, the soul is the conscious, animating life force within it. From the soul’s perspective, the body is a vehicle for inhabiting the physical world and experiencing physical existence.
  • The soul is pure consciousness, pure energy, pure being. It exists on a timeless, non-physical level of reality. It is a piece of Spirit or God or Source, a spark of divine light and love, a fragment of absolute perfection.

2. The soul evolves.

  • All souls are on a mission to evolve (grow, develop) through their own experiences and efforts.
  • To evolve as a soul is to become increasingly self-aware and self-capable as a unique expression of Spirit.
  • By evolving, the soul changes in its level of beingness and consciousness, from new-born innocence to greater and greater levels of love, power and wisdom. In effect, that which is created rejoins the Creator — after eons of evolution.

3. The soul evolves most effectively in physical form.

  • Evolution of the soul comes about through individual experienceand choice.
  • A soul evolves most effectively by facing and making choices as a separate individual, making choices big and small, and experiencing the effects of each choice.
  • To do so, the soul incarnates — that is, the soul fuses with a physical body for a whole lifetime, from birth to death.
  • By doing so, the soul gets to experience being physically limited and physically separated from others and from all-that-is. This is actually an illusion, a trick of the senses, as the soul itself is never really limited or separate. But the illusion creates enough desire, fear and other pressures to cause the soul to experience conflicts and dilemmas and to make choices. It also puts the soul’s own perceptions, feelings and decisions under the microscope, as it were.
  • The experiences and choices of a lifetime serve as lessons for the soul once the life is completed. After death (the soul’s exit from the physical realm), the soul and its guides review what happened during the life and what lessons can be learned from it.
  • The soul not only reviews its own experiences and choices but also discovers the effects of its own choices on others during the life. For example, the decision to steal a sum of money at one point may have caused the victim significant hardship and anxiety.
  • The soul learns that all choices have experiential consequences, not just for the self but for everyone involved.

4. The soul undergoes the full range of meaningful  experiences and choices by reincarnating.

  • One lifetime is not enough to experience the whole gamut of life circumstances and to make all choices. For example, the soul needs to experience life as both male and female; as both victim and perpetrator; as both student and teacher… Hence, the soul re-incarnates many times over in order to experience the full spectrum of life.
  • Being human again and again, each time with a different body, different life circumstances and different relationships, enables the soul to experience the full range of possible perspectives and relationships and all the lessons that these entail.
  • Through many different human experiences, the soul gradually becomes more self-aware, gradually discovers more of its true capabilities (love, power, wisdom), and gradually learns how to overcome the illusory limitations of being physical.
  • Generally, the soul learns best through a “compare and contrast” process, not through blind repetition. Hence any given lifetime may be completely different in some way from the last one. (From the soul’s point of view, there is little value in repeating the same kind of life again and again — unless, that is, there is a specific lesson within that lifestyle which has yet to be learned — in which case, Groundhog Day is an excellent metaphor).
  • Each human lifetime is an opportunity to learn specific lessons. One lifetime, for example, might focus on learning greater self-responsibility while the next might focus on being kinder to others. If in one lifetime the soul experiences being a man with a lot of power over women, say, it would then be of value to contrast that with the experience of being a powerless woman.
  • The soul has no preference for one side of the equation or the other, since both sides help draw out different aspects of the soul.

5. The soul has no nationality, creed, race or gender.

  • There is no such thing as a Jewish soul or a Chinese soul or whatever. We are just souls, and as souls we are free to experience the whole variety of human cultures across the planet.
  • We choose our birth location, race and nationality to suit our purposes for any given lifetime. Sometimes race and creed are a deliberate choice; at other times they are merely incidental to what the life is about.
  • Because the soul learns through a process of “compare and contrast”, one who has just experienced a life as (say) an Israeli soldier might decide to be (say) a Palestinian orphan in the next.
  • There is no such thing as a male soul or a female soul. Gender is a biological phenomenon, not a spiritual one. Human beings are of two sexes and so we have to choose which one to be before each life begins.
  • Because we want to experience, compare and contrast all possible perspectives, we will choose to experience lives as both men and women. We can be male or female as often as we please. We can be male in one lifetime and female the next. Or we can be male for ten lifetimes and female for the next fifty lifetimes. It is all a matter of choice. Even if we have a strong preference for one gender, we will still tend to incarnate as the other gender every now and then, just to maintain a balanced perspective.

6. The soul sticks to one species at a time.

  • Contrary to certain teachings, the souls of human beings reincarnate only as human beings.
  • That’s not to say we did not experience life in simpler life forms before that. But at some point in our earlier evolution, we selected the human species as our vehicle of choice (no pun intended) to evolve as self-aware individuals.
  • The soul’s mission is to expand in consciousness, and there is no value for the soul already at the human level in experiencing life at a “sub-human” level of consciousness. There may be rare exceptions where a soul who is normally human experiments with being a dolphin, say, but as a rule we do not return as insects or cows or blades of grass or what have you. We are spiritual beings on a human journey, learning to be ourselves through human experiences, human relationships and human choices.

7. Each lifetime is pre-planned.

  • Before taking birth, the soul (along with its guides in spirit) will decide what experiences and choices the life should include.
  • The appropriate circumstances and relationships will be chosen and set up with the cooperation and agreement of other souls who will be involved.
    • For example, let’s say the soul wants to experience being compassionate towards children. The soul may decide that the life to come should include its own childhood experience of abandonment by the mother. This would help drive the personality in adult life to want to help abandoned children. Another soul will then agree, out of love, to be the mother who abandons this soul in childhood.
  • Most major events in life are pre-planned: the birth, the family, the school, the relationships, the career and so on. This includes deaths, accidents and illnesses. There is, however, plenty of room for unplanned things to occur. The choices we make on the ground matter far more than “destiny”.
  • The body is also chosen by the soul before birth. Souls are aware of which foetuses are viable and which are not, and which are going to be terminated before birth. (Hence, abortion is not really ‘murder’.)
  • Some lifetimes are explicitly set up for the soul to undergo a particular learning experience (such as being a teacher, for example), while some are actually undertaken for the benefit of others‘ learning experiences.
    • For example, we might opt to live a life as a much-loved child who suddenly dies while still young, purely in order to help another soul undergo the experience of tragic loss.

8. There is a law of karma…

  • … but it is not like many people think it is.
  • If soul A kills soul B in one lifetime, then in a later lifetime soul B will kill soul A. That is the effect of karma.
  • But karma is not (repeat not) about cosmic justice or divine retribution. From the perspective of Spirit, there is no need for cosmic justice because there is no such thing as cosmic injustice.
  • Karma is really about learning through “entanglement”. If I do something in physical life that violates your free will, we become entangled. We both feel the lack of equilibrium between us. It’s like we have become tied together by a rope. The only way to restore equilibrium is to undo the entanglement—by having you violate my free will in a similar way. That way, we both know from experience what it is like to be both the violator and the violated.
  • Souls tend to commit karmic acts in the early stages of their reincarnations when they have less experience of human existence.
  • Typical karmic acts are: murder, rape, dismemberment, imprisonment, abandonment.
  • In all cases, one person imposes something on another against the other’s will. There is no karmic entanglement for acts that are accidental or not by choice.

9. Reincarnation has a beginning and an end.

  • Contrary to certain teachings, we are not tied to a wheel of endless death and rebirth, to be saved only by renouncing the world and seeking spiritual liberation.
  • The whole journey of evolving through reincarnation begins with us at a certain level and ends once we reach another level. It takes (typically) well over 100 lifetimes. From first human life to last requires thousands of years, depending upon the availability of physical bodies.
  • In spirit, the whole path is clear to us and we know exactly what we are doing. Each lifetime is a deliberate adventure and is undertaken out of love and a desire to evolve.

10. There is no urgency.

  • Contrary to what many teach on the subject, there is no urgency for us to become enlightened, or to complete our reincarnational cycle.
  • It is not “better” to evolve quickly over a few lives than to evolve slowly over many lives.
  • Reincarnation is not a challenge to reach the end of evolution as quickly as possible.
  • We are not “caught” in the cycle of human death and rebirth.
  • The physical world is not a hell-hole to be climbed out of.
  • God is not wishing we would get a move on.
  • From the perspective of Spirit, there is no passage of time. Time is just a perceptual phenomenon for us while in physical form. Souls literally do not care how many thousands of years it takes to get from one level of reincarnation to another. The passage of time in human terms is, to the soul, irrelevant.

A final word

I would also add one more correction to certain teachings: souls do not normally reincarnate instantly after death. Usually there is a period of several years or decades between one life and the next, during which the soul recuperates, considers the lessons learned from the last life and plans its next one.


It should come as no surprise to learn that we have had a past life, or even many past lives. The only ones who haven’t lived a previous life are those at the very beginning of the reincarnational cycle. The only ones who aren’t coming back after this life are those at the very end of the cycle.

Reincarnation is the norm for all human beings. It is universal. It is what we are all doing here.

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The Knowing

My Lord always knew who I was. It was He who created me. It was my Lord who revealed to me in whose image I was created and the beautiful purpose of my existence.

When I ask for belief and trust, wisdom made me reflect on me, beginning the transformation process. Oh the misery, full of its company {https://www.bible.com/bible/314/1CO.15.tlv} dwelling in the darkness unaware of His light or aware but unaware of the majesty of the power. Cold distant, absent of empathy. Sparkling covers masking dark intentions. My journey outside of the Light was something to talk about without saying much of anything. My Lord made all the difference.

The wretched pain of being picked and pulled while the detaching of the flesh left me feeling. I could feel and it hurt so until I was numb. Was this love? What is love? Being a lover of stories, particularly people’s stories-biographies, my journey of understanding love and walking in the Light of my Lord’s love began with reading the stories of people who had experiences with the highest form of Love. I read about everyone, from the Bible-a book of biographies- to present day people victoriously walking in the beautiful light of my Lord. For years, I discovered waves of stories from people who trusted the One beyond their own understanding, appreciating the Force giving them the power to accomplish great things and fulfill beautiful purposes. None was more impactful than the one of Jesus, the Messiah. I fell in love with the greatest of humanity. His journey, full of compassion, standing against the norms of His time is truly remarkable. Paul, an apostle, filled me with joy as I reflected on the love that shines through second chances, redeeming the spirit of the lost. Paul’s life was completely changed by the Light of my Lord. Paul goes on to encourage Timothy, reminding him that in spite of his youthfulness, Timothy still had great wisdom to offer those in his care {https://www.bible.com/bible/314/2TI.1.TLV https://www.bible.com/bible/314/1TI.4.TLV}. As for me, for all of his goodness in the face of darkness and evil, Jesus, the Messiah will always be my Lord Savior.

Transformation is a process of waiting. Everything being transformed has a time of waiting {https://www.bible.com/bible/314/ECC.3.TLV}. A caterpillar waits in a cocoon but the butterfly is waiting as a caterpillar. Neither can make the transformation outside the allotted time. The process of waiting is transformation. Joseph has a great story on the waiting process. To know as a child you have an anointing could be a scary thing; however, Joseph was so excited, he shared it with his brothers-those of the same house as himself. I often wonder when reflecting, did Joseph make this announcement to serve his ego. Despite his reasons, we learn why visions from the Lord are to be secret until the Lord shines His Light for all to see. Betrayed by the jealousy of his brothers, Joseph becomes victim to the egos of his brothers. This sends Joseph on a very humbling journey {https://www.bible.com/bible/314/GEN.37.TLV}. Everywhere Joseph landed, he was noble and kind. He did not allow the betrayal of his brothers deter his spirit, nor shatter his belief that the Lord was doing something great through him. Scheme after scheme finally led innocent Joseph to a pit. Ah, the pit- Prophet In Training. Here is where Joseph sharpens his gift of vision interpretation, preparing for his calling. Joseph is a visual lesson in the process of waiting. Prepare and sharpen. There is no mention of feelings in the story of Joseph. When you have a calling, you prepare and sharpen your talents despite your surroundings or how you feel. In waiting, use the process to connect with the Lord and critique your gift. Your cocoon could be anywhere causing you to feel a range of emotions. Joseph story says keep going with love. Transform into the butterfly being called by the highest Authority. Joseph teaches to remain calm and pleasant using every opportunity to gain greater wisdom and reflect the Light of the Lord while becoming the greatest version of Self. Joseph’s story led him to be Leader of Egypt, as a Jew {https://www.bible.com/bible/314/GEN.41.TLV}. In the end, Joseph became worthy of his brother’s bowing before him like he confessed they would in his youth.

While in my PIT, different stories have given me the courage to evolve into my greatest Self. I hope in sharing my experience of becoming who I am to be in the Light, I fan the flame of someone living in darkness, aware of the Light.



The Story No One Told

Dyleo Royalty

Dr. Martina Shine

Charity Smile

Zenobia Free

Lily Fine

Patrice M. Jackson

Barry “TD” Jackson

Dr. Gary Ellis

Dyleo Royalty


I was running late. This was a habit I was willing to break but never put real effort in changing. I felt like a hypocrite. I tell my clients, “if you’re five minutes early, you are late.”

“Good morning, Miss. Royalty. Your documents are on the table and your manifest was just updated,” the stewardess greeted me as I boarded my plane. It was a blessing to have my jet but no excuse for tardiness.

“Thank you, Lizzy. Could you let the pilot know I’m ready.”

“Yes ma’am,” she said with the warmest smile. 645 in the morning was too early to smile.

“Great morning, Miss. Royalty.” Alvin was beginning his before flight briefing. “Skies are clear and we are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta on time.” That was great news. It gave me at least forty minutes to remember what lies I was going to sell today. I loved my job. I had the elite opportunity to convince wealthy people I know what to do with their money. Many portfolios have tripled under my guidance. I liked that part; it was the entertaining I loathed. I did not like having to cuddle my adult clients, stroking egos.

Once we began cruising, I put on my headphones allowing music to soothe my aching soul. Today, I was meeting Richard Thomas. Richard was cashing in on his newfound fame. After, playing the lead role in Lily Fine’s mega blockbuster, “The Aftermath,” Richard was getting Oscar nods. I admit, he did a fine job portraying the role as leader of the new black revolution. I am not certain he deserves an Oscar. Maybe because I know the man playing the character. “What a great way to begin my week,” I thought while answering my cell.

“This is Royalty,” I answered.

“Hello Beautiful,” his voice was as beautiful as him.

“Hello, King. What a pleasant surprise,” I replied blushing. Though he called every other day, hearing his voice gave me butterflies.

“My day doesn’t go well when I don’t talk to you,” King confessed.

“How many women will you tell that line to this morning?”

“Only the one who makes my soul smile.” He was relentless. “I tried you at home. Are we up and away this morning?” Very few people had access to me when I am home. King Alexander was special, maybe the one if I believed in the possibility.

“Yes. I’m in flight. First stop, Atlanta,” I said grudgingly. “An invitation to London would be nice,” I thought to myself.

Sounding jealous, King inquired, “ a face to face with Mr. Thomas?” He knew too much. I forget how loosely I talk when we are together. He makes me so comfortable. King broke down all my shields which then created shields of their own turning the butterflies to fearsome jitters.

“Yes. The whispers of Oscars have opened new opportunities for Richard.” King hated when I referred to my clients by first name, well, male clients. I was happy for Richard. He had worked hard, studying and preparing for the role. He met with activist, old and new. Richard also became involved with several organizations including Black Lives Matter and Women Resist. In the two years it took to film and the six months of promoting, Richard Thomas had truly matured.

“I am sure that’s why he wants to see you so early in the morning.” So this is how the Universe preps me for this meeting. Men do not like to suggest they have insecurities, but they do like to hear women stroke their egos.

“Why would you want to see me so early in the morning?” I asked.

“To make you smile of course,” King responded without missing a beat.

“I’m about to land. You will have to elaborate later,” I expressed holding back a smile.

“I will send you a crop itinerary for our date.”

“Can’t wait!” I said enthusiastically.

“See you then.  Au Revoir, Madame Royalty.” I loved when King spoke French.

I was looking forward to our date…which I had forgotten.


“Richard! ” His smile was as bright as the sun. Why do people smile so early in the morning. We hugged and I sat as the gentlemen held my chair. Thank you.”
“Of course, Lady Leo,” it amused him to call me that. ” I’m glad you could make it on such short notice.”
“Well, you made the news seem so thrilling, I figured why not start the week on a good note. So, let’s hear it.”
“All business this morning. Would you like to order first?”
He knows I am not a morning person, so, he also knows, I am not a breakfast person. This better be good news, “I’ll just have tea,” I informed the server. “So, Richard, what am I doing here? “

“I have great news. I was offered a gig with Calvin Klein.”

Was he serious? He seemed so thrilled but Richard had signed a multi-million dollar deal with one of the best upcoming designers, who also happened to be black. And female. “How will this affect your work with Bella Prints? Hope’s new line is depending on you.”  I tried to block out the pain of hearing another black man say, in another way, why his melanin friend had to wait.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” was all I heard. I wanted to be happy. It seemed my words would have hit stone ears if I were not. With whatever smile I could muster, ” That is wonderful. I trust you have considered how your partnership with Hope will be affected.” He shifted in his chair and swerved my question again. “Hope will understand. I’ll make sure there are no conflicts, but I can’t say no to Calvin Klein, Dyleo. You are so beautiful.”

“Charm is deceitful,” I blushed anyway. I took a sip a of my tea and slowly glanced over my friend. He needed my support. He needed me to see how much this opportunity meant to him. “We have to do this right. I’m not stepping over Hope.”

“I would never ask you to,” he looked up and his piercing blue eyes stoned my heart. “So, are you with me on this?” He rubbed my hand slowly.

“Tell me more,” I blushed as late night thoughts crept up my spine. As the joy of his moment rushed over me, my flesh tingled, sizzling at his touch. The tips of his fingers continued to flirt with my palm as his words danced around his new beginning. My thoughts became warmer listening to him speak with so much passion about his open doors, but I managed to keep still.  The waiter saved me as she served our food, pulling me out of my trance.

I enjoyed the cheerful banter while we dined. After clearing the check, Richard and I walked to the park down the road.  Sitting so close to him, I admired his smooth, dark skin. The sun worshiped in his glow. As he tilted my chin, there they were. The prettiest blue eyes. It is what made it so easy. Richard turned heads wherever he went.  The eyes were captivating. “Are you listening?”

“I agree. We should hash out a schedule first. That will help ease things over with Hope. She won’t feel pushed out,”  hopelessly lost in his eyes, trying to remain professional.

“Because she won’t be. Where are you off to? I know I am not your only meeting today.”

“I am dropping off supplies for relief efforts in Houston; then, I am meeting a client in Seattle,” I uttered cheerfully.

“Sounds wonderful. I can’t help today, but, when you return, I’d love to help.” He sounded sincere but giving back was Richard’s kryptonite; it was where he needed me the most.

“I’ m sure you would,” I compelled as honestly as possible. “I have to get going. Sync schedules, meet Hope. Do it soon. Hope should only hear this from you.”

“Yes ma’am,” he stated holding my hand. “When can I see you on a person level, Dyleo?”

I kissed his cheek, letting go of his hand as I made my way to my ride. I thought about his question as I settled into my seat on the plane. “Could there be a personal level between Richard and me?” I pondered gripping my seat as I enjoyed lift off.



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