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THE PASTIME OF REINCARNATION
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"Wherever you go, there you are."
~ Zen Buddhist Saying

"Do not adjust your screens. This is not a test."
~ Zen Risen Saying

Below are excerpts from this chapter. If you'd like to read the entire chapter, go here. To read Tim's shorter synopsis, go here.

    There are always certain individuals who dare to journey over the edge where the world is believed to end. They discover that there are more worlds to explore beyond this edge and beyond every perceived edge. “Edge” is yet another way to say “belief.” We’re going to explore from a Risen viewpoint what many will consider an outrageous and even heretical suggestion—that beliefs about reincarnation are mythical. And that it’s all just a game, a pastime—literally, a “past time.”

    Many may be disturbed by the idea that returning to the Earth isn’t necessary. To suggest that may not be a fact, well, that may get more than a few folks riled up and defensive about a much-perpetuated and intensely-embraced belief. Perhaps we could say “re-embodied, yes—reincarnated, not exactly.”

    Tim would like to present this chapter, and I'm more than happy to step back and let him take the wheel.

 
    “August, although I'm presenting several Risen theories about this subject, I’m speaking about it from my comparatively limited Risen experience, and certainly not as any final authority. With every piece of knowledge I acquire, more implications arise, suggesting that a particular fragment of knowledge is just that—a fragment—and is not a definitive description. Although I’ll be speaking in what appears to be definitive ways, I ask those reading and listening to keep their attention open and the ego-mind quiet, while not accepting what I say as the be-all and end-all. I’ll draw some conclusions but others may decide differently, while perhaps investigating further on their own. I propose that we consider the following information as suggestions and perhaps as implications, but not necessarily facts. Think ‘unconfined’ instead of ‘restricted.’ The universe is eternal and it cannot be said that anything is written forever in stone or in anything else, since everything, including stone, eventually changes into something else.

    
Although a myth is usually regarded in your modern world as completely fictional, it’s based upon certain realities that were misplaced from the present consciousness of the embodied collective. Myths arise from the collective perspectives of all individuals as perceived through their physical senses, and become stories about a particular earthly hearth experience—‘hearth’ meaning ‘home,’ and on many levels. Notice that ‘hearth’ contains the word ‘heart.’

    “Individual and collective experiences co-exist within simultaneous inner and outer spheres of consciousness. The inner and outer are really one whole experience, but limited human sense perception continuously manifests boundaries. In spite of every intentional belief to maintain these boundaries, mainly through stories, they are in constant flux and flow. These stories continue to be supported by everyone’s collective bodily memories of the hearth, which then become legends. These legends are collected, retold, deconstructed, reconstructed, often embellished, and even dismissed, forgotten, reviled, or destroyed according to present beliefs.

 
    “Regardless of the form of their transformation, the legends continue to move further away from their source of origination. The use of writing and other arts allows many more people to share the stories outside the more restrictive oral collective, and hence the stories become changed, diluted, embellished, and so on, according to personal and societal preferences.

    “No story is ever really lost, even as it sinks into the ever-deepening lower layers of the collective underconscious — to borrow your term, August—from where they can be accessed and retrieved at any time and by anyone. Many of these resurrected stories are alike and inspire new versions to fit a modern world. Because these stories may no longer make sense to a modern mind, they are often distorted by the retriever in order to make them fit.

 
    “The rituals that were evolved to store and access the stories often deteriorate or are lost, and the surviving ones might not translate to fit into the present cultural paradigm. These stories are evidence of past lives, but each life, while enjoining the collective, belongs individually to the one who lives it. Here, then, is one of three primary suggestions I'd like to offer about the idea of reincarnation.

"One's reality is defined by three I's –
Individuality, Intensity, and Infinity."


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