It’s a common belief in this part of the world—Africa—and certain religious circles—Hinduism and Buddhism—that the souls of loved ones who pass away reincarnate i.e. are reborn into this word. As a Christian, I am hard-pressed to disbelieve this, but some things happen that make me rethink my position. My dad is of the opinion that people reincarnate. For instance, unlike most Nigerian men, he has no reservation with venturing into the kitchen and preparing a meal, nor does he mind serving himself when the women are either unavailable or simply too busy to be disturbed. If you aren’t from around these parts, you may not understand what that represents. My uncle won’t be caught dead with a ladle.
During a conversation we had one time, dad said he was the soul of a woman reincarnated, hence his flair and absolute comfort in a woman’s space. My brother on the other hand was deemed to be the soul of a man who owned an Obi. He—my brother—is very accustomed to being served. Sometimes papa tells him that none of his children will be confined to a life of servitude, and oftentimes I have been known to ask him to get a wife for himself (apologies to all women out there you are not confined to a life of servitude either).
Personally, I think if my soul is an old one, then I was probably a Fish or a water creature in a past life, and my sister may have been a Dog. Let me explain: I have this recurring dream about drowning whenever I’m down with fever and even though I am strongly drawn to the ocean, I wouldn’t be caught putting a foot in it. Of course we can deduce my reaction to hydrophobia, but there’s been no history of me having a bad experience in any water body. My sister on the other hand likes to lick… I mean stick out her tongue at every contact with her face, so I chalked it down to being a dog before. She’s also terribly afraid of canines. It’s baffling because like me they’ve done her no wrong before.
These may be pretty nothing compared to most examples of reincarnation out there, but it’s the closest I’ve come to a personal experience. Anyway I came upon a site: Higher Perspective that highlights 12 signs your soul has been reincarnated several times. These are things we can easily relate to, may possibly have other explanations for them, or well, just never gave a second thought before. I’ll share a few of them (the bullet points) and my own experiences.
Signs A Soul May Have Reincarnated Several Times
- You have recurring dreams.
It’s believed that dreams are a reflection of our subconscious. In more spiritual/religious circles they are often linked to happenings in another plane—often the spiritual. If my constant fevered dream of drowning or just being underwater counts, then I may have suffered a horrible death in another life, or may have been a water mammal.
- Some memories are out-of-place.
Apparently this is common with children because they are quite closer to the crossing-over point. I recall certain childhood memories I share with my siblings and they swear they don’t recall any such things happening. Of course its left me distorted—am I insane, dreaming, or did someone bash my brain in with a 6 pole? The brain can be tricky though so due diligence should be applied.
- You experience déjà vu.
Familiar right? I oftentimes feel like something happening has taken place before. Still a few years ago I read a book about the 3-dimensional planes — it was pretty old—and how whatever happening now has been done on a different plane, hence the feeling of déjà vu. Unless maybe we took the other pill and are stuck in the Matrix.
- You are empathic.
Empaths are people who aren’t able to shake the feeling of others very well. They often feel the experiences of people around them and sometimes use empathy to forget their own problems and deal with other people. But it could be a sign that the soul has previous incarnations and is more geared toward healing the world than the self. Yep, that’s me. Only I tend to distance myself from people because I feel too much and haven’t mastered how to deal with it—such a waste of an otherwise beautiful gift.
That’s it for me. Others include the experience of precognition and retro cognition, useful intuition, wisdom beyond age, an exceptional draw toward certain periods and cultures, inexplicable fears, feeling out-of-place, weak parental connection. I advise any interested or curious persons to read the very insightful post from the linked site.
It’s probably too much to assimilate when you’re highly religious, but there is more mystery to this world than any one religion can contain, and we should never stop questioning. If we agree spirituality is of great essence, then we can afford to be open-minded enough to see just how far it transcends. Me, I like the idea of being reincarnated. I call dibs on being a tree in the next life.
Photos: Google Images