Saturday, March 03, 2007

Have you been here before?

As a teenager, fascinated by all things psychic and spooky, I remember reading a book about reincarnation. I was particularly struck by the story of the Pollock twins (you’ll need to scroll down to almost to the bottom to see the report in full).

Their elder sisters had been killed by a car as they walked to church on a Sunday morning. Less than two years later, their mother had twin girls – one with a birthmark on her forehead identical to a scar on the brow of one of her dead sisters; the other twin had a birthmark on her hip, mirroring one the other dead girl had. In addition to the physical ’evidence’, the girls ‘remembered’ and discussed the accident in which the older girls were killed – despite their parents never having shared the details with them. They also recognised ‘their’ toys – things that had belonged to their dead sisters and had been packed away in the loft.

I was put in mind of this story when I read about an Indonesian man who lost his three daughters in the 2004 Tsunami and has just become father to female triplets. Has he been given his daughters back because they were taken away before their time?

The whole concept of reincarnation fascinates me; I am certain there are those who have been here before and those that haven’t. Some people seem to have an ‘old’ soul and a wisdom that may belie their years, while other adults have the depth of a muddy puddle.

I wrestle with the idea that we have a preordained ‘time to go’. I believe in freedom of choice, and that sometimes we make mistakes and end up travelling along the wrong path. But when life’s going wrong, it's comforting to believe that 'things can only get better', because this isn’t the way it’s meant to be. It engenders a certain cushion of confidence to think: “It’ll be alright, it’s not my time yet."

It's also comforting to believe that when the universe gets it wrong, it puts it right again. I hope that's true.

6 comments:

The Grocer said...

It might be useful for you to read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, it puts another perspective on this issue.

mutterings and meanderings said...

What's the basic gist of it? I am not a believer in God in the traditional Christian sense.

The Grocer said...

I think the basic gist is in the title.

mutterings and meanderings said...

I'm not deluded that there's a God. I believe there's a 'power' of some sort but I don't go along with the Christian ideology ...

Pig in the Kitchen said...

This is a beautiful photo, did you take it? My Dad's mantra was always, 'when your number's up, it's up...' which terrified me when I was younger. But it's quite comforting now, I think. In the book 'Miss Smilla's feeling for snow',(Peter Hoeg) It says (something like) 'you should take each footstep as if it will be your last...' (it goes on but i've forgotten the rest!)It seems to be wise advice.

mutterings and meanderings said...

I wish I had taken the photo. It's from Flickr.