Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reincarnation and the reason for being, after death

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As a concept, reincarnation is like the Zodiac—not many understand it and yet many claim to believe in it. It has been interpreted in many ways, mostly by pop culture, but its true adherents believe it to be no more than a journey that the soul takes towards a higher status.

Reincarnation appears in many belief systems, although it is most well-known as a feature of Hinduism. It is believed to be a form of life after death, wherein a person is reborn as a completely different being after passing away. In Hindu belief, a person may take on a different form in the next life depending on karma, a process that leads toward the highest form of existence. For the Hindu gods, this may not be the case. In fact, Vishnu, the Preserver, was believed to have had several reincarnations in order to save humanity from one form of problem or another.

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Medium Joseph Tittel considers reincarnation the soul’s way of acquiring lessons before becoming whole. He believes that every lifetime, the soul takes to heart one big lesson, only to learn another in a future existence. If the soul decides to give up—as in suicides—or does not learn its lesson, then it will be reincarnated to patch the failure to do so.

There are many believers of reincarnation today. Among them are the adherents of Tibetan Buddhism, who believe that their leader, the Dalai Lama, is the reincarnation of all previous Dalai Lamas. Additionally, the newest member of the British royal family is even believed by some to be the reincarnation of his grandmum Princess Diana.

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Reincarnation is actually more complicated than it sounds. Medium James Van Praagh conducts seminars on the subject. Visit this website for a complete list of workshop schedules.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Dreams as portals to creativity and intelligence

“Dreams are communication from your unconscious mind, a vast source of creativity, and your connection to the cosmic forces,” writes James Van Praagh on his Facebook page. The author and spiritual medium believes that legends have mastered their craft through dreams.

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His reflection holds truth. Even in the scientific community, there are many researches that prove the potency of dreams to improve memory and creativity. A 2010 study led by psychiatrist Sara Mednick reveals that people who recall vivid dreams performed better on creativity-oriented word problems than those who seldom remember theirs. The creative edge of dreamers, according to the researchers, lies on vivid dreams’ potential to improve the “ability to see connections among seemingly unrelated things.”

Science aside, it is almost a universal experience that bright minds create ideas through visions. Mental imagery of situations that may not exist in reality have guided some of the most innovative and groundbreaking creations.

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Dreams also connect people to God. In the Bible, for instance, great men, like Joseph (Israel’s son) and Paul (the Apostle) shaped the fate of humanity by relaying the message of God from dreams—Joseph through fortune-telling, Paul through writing.

In modern times, people still experience vivid dreams. However, most of them are too distracted by “real world stuff” that they ignore the messages of their subconscious. Little do they know that their dreams could hold the answers to their daily tribulations.  

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James Van Praagh advises people to write down their dreams in order to relive them through creative visualization and unravel their message. Visit this page to better understand how dreams change lives.