Have you ever wondered whether reincarnation really occurs, or whether it is just something that people have made up? Are you curious about how one can die and yet go to heaven or hell? It is a curiosity, isn’t it?

Throughout history religions have spoken to us about the afterlife, yet it remains such a mystery. And because I have written two books on the subject, teach it, and have guided thousands of people through past life memories, the topic comes up frequently in conversations. And still people are divided about what really happens – and whether anything happens at all!

There are only two sides to the question of whether reincarnation occurs. Either it does, or it doesn’t. The conclusion needs to be based on evidentiary proof. If you have not yet decided that you have lived before, you may want to consider the following proposition.

If reincarnation does not occur, then there is nothing about which to be concerned. When a person dies, they cease to exist. There is nothing. Poof. Zippo. In that case, there will be no regret, no longing, and no karma. There will be nothing at all. A soul will not observe the nothingness. There simply will be no consciousness at all.

Should there be no afterlife, there is no need to worry about lessons, purpose, or even fears. Why not just wildly do anything at all? Why limit yourself in any way if this is your one and only chance at any experience? On the other hand, if there is nothing more, why would it matter what you experience? There would be no memory of it after death, so why bother doing anything worthwhile with your life? In the end, it will make no difference at all.

If there is nothing beyond this physical life, another important question comes to mind. How did the combination of sperm and egg create consciousness if it was not in existence before conception? Science has determined how the physical body is created through cell division and specialization. They have not come up with definitive answers concerning the creation of that spark of life force that initiates conscious awareness nor about the spatial location of the mind.

The alternative viewpoint regarding reincarnation allows that there will be a continuation of life beyond this existence in this particular body. If a person believes in ghosts, poltergeist, angels, spirit guides, or the visiting energy of their deceased loved ones, they are revealing that they believe in life beyond the grave. Believing in a savior who will come back to earth reveals a belief in the afterlife. Believing in Bardos, nirvana, or heaven and hell as places where souls reside indicates belief in the continuation of life after death.

If there is life beyond this body, then some part of our consciousness has figured out how to attach itself to a physical body and animate it throughout a lifetime. If so, the concept of multiple lifetimes is not so confounding. If we can do it once, it is easy to imagine that we can repeat the process.

Belief in reincarnation carries with it the acceptance of a soul that encompasses more than the physical body. This implies there is a component of our consciousness that is more aware and capable than we presently recognize. It suggests that there is a location outside our tangible realm, and that there likely are beings who reside there. It further carries the understanding that we, too, reside there on occasion.

If reincarnation occurs, it would be valuable to investigate and understand as much as possible about the subject. After all, if there is something that happens to us after we die, we are all going to face it. Furthermore, if reincarnation happens, then we have already experienced it on many occasions.

Consider that the question is not whether we have multiple lifetimes. The question is what do we need to know in order to be fully skilled in this natural and recurring cycle.