The cosmos is not a disordered place intrinsically. Everything happens for a reason, and that reason is good. Yet to understand that good involves an unpleasant journey into the nature of universe itself. The journey is different from the necessary desire to keep order itself. The nature of the struggle that we find ourselves in comes from a need for personal justice and personal order. This is why we fight. Desire makes us choose what is obvious every time. This also makes us predictable every time.
The nature of the journey into the nature of the universe begins with the understanding that everything in the universe is real. It comes from somewhere and it goes somewhere. This is obvious on the surface of things. We see this and know this. It is intrinsic to apparent knowledge, which is the knowledge we derive from our physical senses and understand and map out with our fundamental minds. What is not apparent is the transpersonal journey of everything everywhere through its self and then through the universe and universes of the cosmos in all its dimensional realms. This is where mysticism and spiritual speculation step in to fill in the gaps between what we can know with our physical senses and what we can try to know through any higher senses or through higher states of consciousness.
Much can be considered in the mind without any of these senses active. We can design possible solutions to these perplexing problems of metaphysics. Many have been designed by dedicated mystics, philosophers, and seekers of knowledge. Others have been discovered through some seekers active higher sense faculties revealing aspects of the order of consciousness that are relayed in a manner that is different than normal human consciousness often in the form of spiritual vision which takes a strange form to those who lack it in a few of the most developed individuals who possess these abilities.
Yet each of these routes to discovering the nature of what is real in terms of the spirit world and its usually invisible twists and turns have yielded some results for the would be investigator of spiritual phenomenon to develop better models of spiritual interaction with the physical universe. The most important of these principles to consider is the route through which reincarnation takes. This is because reincarnation and its processes would be the most critical systems to examine when dealing with the emerging and reemerging human soul in the world, assuming, of course, that one believes in this system of spiritual consciousness as opposed to the alternatives.
On the surface, your typical mob of skeptics is going to pronounce such a feat of discovery as following the path of the soul in reincarnation impossible. Mystical investigations into the very fabric of the reality sounds ridiculous. Surly, the skeptics will insist, everyone was Jesus in their own mind once they feel cool enough. Or perhaps Jesus is just an archetype now, simply a being whose loving love and vital teachings on human goodness will always be remembered fondly and related to as the symbol of goodness for the masses who will continue, once properly elevated to the glorious status of intellectual, to employ the joy of Jungian psychological themes in their endless plowing of their shadows in search of Christ-y goals. Lovely, lovely don't you agree? We're going to need a lot more labels, so back up the consciousness truck and/or learn to speak Hindi (a language which is said to be much richer in psychological terms than English due to the nature of Hindu thought and philosophy).
Well now that we've gotten to the bottom of the Jungian pit where the transpersonal dies an ignoble death, it should be obvious to many of you intellectual types that I'm not 100% convinced that a singular psychological perspective involving structured psychological themes as suggested by Jung is going to be the only version of reality we're all going to be celebrating as humanist semi-atheist quasi-normals after we get rid of those pesky religious zealots that keep insisting on other version of stuff. Not that we should all sign up for any of those versions of reality either, be they ever so entertaining in their own ways. I've designed my own version out of disdain for everyone else's because I don't like gaping logic or reason holes in my version of the universe.
If you're like me in that regard, you like your version of the universe to make sense and for all the stupid plot holes to be filled with meaningful tidbits of connectedness which brings a warm and fuzzy feeling of spiritual security to your heart. Yes, in fact, shit happens for a reason, the reason is good, and I know where this shit is going. That brings security in a universe whose surface offers absolutely none of that. If you want order, you have to go digging for it apparently.
Most people never get the basic cosmic security demand which is eternal life except through an agent external to themselves who they are now chained to for their lives. Not that being chained to Jesus is itself the worst possible way that one could discover a basic fact of spiritual existence, since we all know how much he loved everyone. Though you also get chained to Jesus's life story replete with some unpleasant end details. And that story would be incomplete in the reincarnation version of reality. Also it's technically incomplete in the other officially Christian version of the story which has an odd bit of special reincarnation in it for the big guy, his best bud Elijah, and old man Moses according to many interpretations of it.
The trouble with the perfect Christian version of all this in a cultural context is that some flaky New Agers came along and started messing with the whole Christian psychospiritual thematic at some point. However, the religious scholars will tell you that various versions of transmigration (a fancier name for reincarnation) were believed in by many early Christians before this idea was suppressed by the Church's official doctrines probably hammered out at the Council of Nicea. Before any theories could be formed about complex reincarnation cycles, the whole matter was shut down. Perhaps some ancient Knight's Templar speculated about such ideas, who can say? But in popular consciousness it was the New Age movement that was largely a reinterpretation of Eastern religions, specifically Buddhism and Hinduism, that enabled the new round of speculation concerning reincarnation to come into focus for those who had an extra strong dose of obsession about these sorts of nuances.
Just as swarms of New Age neophyte philosophers were hypothetically about to tackle the problem of the formal framework for reincarnation theory, a new threat emerged in the form of militant atheism, which, no doubt, would wipe out the nascent speculation along with the new and old religions too as soon it could enforce it's own brand of reality. Lead by a vanguard of dedicated inquisitors known as psychiatrists and a few psychologists our foray into spiritual consciousness would have to be delayed once more. It's starting to look like the dark ages all over again in many ways with the inquisition in search of witches replaced by "mental health care professionals" as the new reality police holds the doorways to consciousness slammed shut for would be seekers of spiritual truth.
But, as I've said before, the questions won't die and the story won't die, so just as in ages before you have to do your seeking quietly if you need to. For those of you who truly seek knowledge, the door is always open. And, in all truth, most atheists aren't really all that militant. Just a few. Just nod your head and agree when you're around those and you can't get into any trouble.
In any case, the search for frameworks to understand how the reincarnation process works in theory isn't very hard. The internet is now full of much speculation concerning these ideas. Putting them together in a meaningful way tends to lead to certain unavoidable conclusions from the data.
The first core idea in reincarnation we encounter is the idea that the desire of the person is what drives the wheel of incarnation. This seems easy enough to understand and apply. If our desires create our reality a priorii to our incarnation as who we are, then by extension, our desires in our current incarnation shapes the future as well. This concept of the soul is clear and is focused on what we want in terms of our lives. What happens when something goes wrong then?
According to one branch of thought on the matter of why reincarnation doesn't always get us what we want is the "we are solely responsible for what we manifest in life" or the law of attraction school. This idea is very popular in certain new age circles and is generally considered good by collectivists in general since it basically states that you can't blame the system for your life. It's also popular with bullies because you can't blame the criminal for their crime. If I were a really clever bully or a dark lord running an evil government I would be promoting this theory non stop all the time. The problem with this idea is that it ignores the other person problem. The other person is real and you have to deal with them.
Now, if two people with two desires come into conflict at the same time, how does reincarnation theory take that into account? There are two ways of looking at it. The first is that this a first time occurrence and new karma is being generated. The second is that this a reflection of past life karma that is being relived to be perfected in this time. In either case the outcome of the situation will determine the future karma consistent with the desires of the people involved in full consciousness.
This is where the karmic dynamic of the soul becomes visible. The desire to perfect a situation in that the best possible outcome for all is created is an inherent desire in good people. Now, in wounded people there is no consideration for the best outcome for all, only for what they can get in the moment for themselves. That shows two different desires present at two different perspectives in consciousness. It is the will that determines the outcome in the physical, but the spiritual outcome for future lifetimes is the byproduct of the complex set of desires and connections that exist between the two souls and any other conscious beings present in the entire analysis. Furthermore, there is in karmic analysis other levels of desire and connectedness to location, both physical and social, that may also be part of the process.
The reconnection (that which will be in future lifetimes or even in the future in this lifetime) is created by the axis of the process which is the core desire of the conscious individual once the idea of reincarnation is accepted. This reconnection is what creates the emergence of transpersonal relationships in consciousness, which is essentially the ability to recall what is real and not real about the relationship in terms of past life events and future life potentials. Transpersonal relationships are what the universe is essentially made of in spiritual reasoning based on reincarnation theory. These transpersonal relationships to the oversoul of the individual, their full transdimensional self as humans or perhaps even as cosmic beings, is what reincarnation theory is supposed to activate in individuals to bring them closer to what is real.
This brings us to a complex place in reincarnation theory where things get a little fuzzy. The axis of desire is often very complex for very complex individuals. Remember, it's that axis that is guiding the whole of the reincarnating zoo of people and places in this advanced version of reincarnation reality. It's not just individual relationships that are being reincarnated simultaneously. Groups of individuals are being sucked into this. Communities, nations, and even whole worlds can get pulled into the desire. The fountain of desire has not conceivable limit as to how large of a thing can be created from it. All that is necessary is that is real and it is touched by the spirit through love. Once love leaps forth from the heart to make the connection, that connection is eternal, infinite, and always in the process of being recreated. Nothing can change that.
So then, reincarnation theory leads us to a very strange place indeed, where the past comes alive again just for the viewing pleasure of the one that is perfecting the universe in his or her own image. That's an odd place to be don't you think? Could such love be possible? Surely, the believers amongst you already see what it is I am talking about. It's simply too good to be true for the skeptics. They will insist on their day of doubt as surely as the sun or rain comes.
Do we dare dream the impossible dream of a love so great it cannot be seen?
Until it is heard around the world and draws to it the galaxies up above.
Into its dance the dreamer is cast forever held in the eternal prance
Never to rise and break the pact, for love once drawn, forever does last.
Let's not get too sentimental though my sweets. Our sad little world is rather disinclined to believe. None the less we must still keep the faith in our own way. Perhaps a little romance is still kindled in your dark hearts yet. Let us still keep the fires alive. Let us still hope for another dawn for our tired spirits.
Now back to the dry topic of spiritual discussion! Whatever created the past is rooted further back in the past in both our normal understanding of events as occurrences in the physical universe and in the expanded spiritual analysis based on reincarnation theory. There is required a concept of the self, in this analysis, that takes account the transpersonal nature of relationships in time and space as a function of the history of the soul and all its relations. This core theme of reemerging spiritual experience amongst the same group of souls is a common theme of reincarnation theory in most contemporary accounts. New souls not part of the existing network of relations, of course, must periodically emerge for every individual soul. They are, however, new, and as a result, tend to be ostracized from the group if the time period the introduction occurred in are dark in some way.
What this means is that new souls tend to introduce wounds into the soul that need to be healed in some way because they usually aren't as friendly as the old souls one has encountered before. This is a reoccurring theme in creation in reincarnation theory. Where do new souls come from? Well, the universe probably has an infinity supply of them. They just live their many, many lives and one day you meet them. It's part of the mystery of the cosmos which keeps things interesting. But, of course, there is always a reason for their existence that is long and hideously complicated, perhaps as much as your reasons! Just another facet of our spiritual reality that demands thorough exploration. I've got my theories about this, of course, but I think I'll save that for another day in another essay.
In conclusion, spiritual investigation is our birthright as beings who want answers. Some people may have abilities through knowledge, vision, or remembering that enable them to realize truths regarding reality that may be difficult for others to understand being more frightened of the possibilities or perhaps being into saving the physical world from destruction at our current juncture in human history (we all should be really trying really). Others wish to test their own intuition or conscious ability to try to discover esoteric ways of understanding themselves in unusual transpersonal ways. In our search for answers we are bound to go down some rather unusual mental paths. Sometimes we find the proof we have been looking for. Other times, it is not entirely clear. But still, the quest will remain for those who have a thirst to find what others would not care the least bit about.
There are many contradictions in the current mainstream models of spiritual science. Spotting those and analyzing them and comparing the differences is one way we can discover where ideas don't add up completely. The only way to know for sure is to keep testing, just as with other sciences, and to keep thinking and coming up with better models. Once you know, you know though, and the version will be free from logic and reason holes. My advice is draw a map and share your conclusions through a book/dedicated journal or in a dedicated society that seeks those answers (preferably the former first and then the latter just in case someone wants to steal your idea except in societies where free discourse on such topics are forbidden). If those who are true to the search for knowledge continue in their persistence, they must always be rewarded with that which they have sought for so long.