What is reincarnation and why would people ask about it in regards to near-death after-effects?
Reincarnation is the concept that the soul can begin a new life in a new body after biological death. Dr. Jim Tucker at the University of Virginia has researched cases into children who remember past lives in vivid detail. But are past lives the same thing or even related to near-death experience after-effects?
Near-death after-effects are newfound behaviors following a near-death experience. These after-effects might include what we consider ‘gifts’ or ‘talents,’ such as newfound musical or artistic abilities, heightened eyesight or hearing or electrical sensitivity. Are these gifts related somehow to reincarnation? Can we equate heightened behaviors to the continuation of life?
At first blush, I can understand how reincarnation might be associated with near-death after-effects. However, on closer examination, there is little that the two seem to have in common.
A near-death experience does not require that the person ‘die.’ Trauma is not an essential element for an NDE, despite the media’s interpretation. Yes, many NDE’s are the result of trauma but that’s not what defines the experience.
Individuals with NDE after-effects return after their experience with their energy altered. They do not return as ‘other people’ inside their own body. They have no memory of past lives, they do not exhibit the behavior of another, their identity is not altered. They are still them, but boosted.
Reincarnation embraces the concept of returning to life in another’s body. I am no expert on reincarnation but coming back after death inside another’s body refers to the concept of the eternal life of the soul. This is not related to NDE after-effects.
NDE’s do not always result from physical death, and the after-effects are enhancements within the individual’s personality. In reincarnation, the body is the repository for another’s soul or personality. With NDE after-effects, the person remains the same, some of their existing components are altered but they remain who they are.
Reincarnation suggests that after you die, the soul seeks another body to inhabit. Reincarnation refers to past lives and previous lives. It requires the ‘participation’ of a deceased person, as their soul moves into another body. The concept of reincarnation appears to be of great comfort since it supports the idea that you’ve lived many lives before and there are many more to come.
Here’s one way to look at it:
Reincarnation NDE After-Effects
Requires physical death of the body Yes No. Physical death precludes
Personality Assumes personality of another Personality remains the same
Enhancement of abilities No Yes
Claims of being a different person Yes No
Claims of living out a different life Yes No
Has memories of other lives Yes No
May become more spiritual No Yes
Embraces the belief of an unchanging Self Yes No
Embraces the concept of a new soul in another
body Yes No. Same soul, same body.
Requires participation of two people-
the deceased and new physical body Yes No
You can see that reincarnation and near-death after-effects are not related. The confusion seems to exist because of the belief that NDE after-effects have something to do with the soul after death. But since bodily death is not an option for NDE after-effects (if you experienced final death, you wouldn’t be here for the after-effects to take place), the essential difference is that one requires a new physical body in cohoots with someone who is terminally dead, while in NDE’s, the same person and the same body go forward, but are enhanced.