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Reincarnation Vs Speaking to Spirits

A question came up in one of my online witchcraft groups regarding how reincarnation can be real if we also have mediums, channelers, and those who can speak to people or entities who have crossed over. There are many different ideas shared by many different people of many different paths as to why it works that both statements can be true without canceling each other out.

Some of the witches I spoke with believe that the energy that is representative of the soul while a person exists is not entirely reincarnated as a whole. These witches believe that there is a portion of the energy that personifies the person to whom the energy once belonged, which is able to remain separate of the energy that reincarnates. It is the life energy which reincarnates and the memory energy which remains to assist others. Therefore, when we speak to those who have passed beyond the realm, we are speaking to the portion of energy that is the retained memories of that specific person. In this manner when we ask questions of a spirit it is this “left over” portion of the energy that we speak to in séances, pyschomanteums, and via spells, etc.

Other witches in the discussion believe that in speaking to spirits we are accessing the energy pool that exists as a whole. The combined energy of all things currently living and not currently living that exists at all points of time. Some refer to this as the Universal energy. Since energy can neither be destroyed nor created, this energy pool always exists and we are always linked into it even as it exists within us concurrently. They believe that this energy is able to respond to our queries whether or not it has ever existed in a physical body, has been reincarnated and currently exists in another life, or is in a state of pure energy awaiting its initial incarnation or reincarnation.

Then there are those witches who do not believe in the strict belief of reincarnation as the rebirth of a single soul. They believe that the energy of each person, upon their death, reverts back to the Universal energy and that reincarnation is a remolding and remodeling of these individual points of energy and that they reform, taking certain bits from what was one person and bits from other persons and that this new pool of energy then enters life as a whole new being. As such, the energy itself when contacted can be the energy of a single lifetime, multiple lifetimes, or even multiple energies of multiple lifetimes.

All we discovered from this discussion was that there are as many possible answers as there are questions and half as many ideas as there are people asking questions. I do not have a specific answer that I can say “This is how it is” any more than I can tell you how many different lives I have had in the past or will have in the future. I believe that a great part of our reason for living is to question what we believe to be true and to search for answers to these questions. Do I believe that we will find all of the answers we seek in this lifetime? Of course not. I think that is part of the reason that we return lifetime after lifetime. I think it is part of the reason we seek knowledge from those beyond the veil. Witches are human and as humans we are constantly seeking to know more, to understand more of this universe we exist in.