There's a movie starring Barbra Streisand, in which she plays a frivolous young woman about to be married. She goes to a psychiatrist to have her smoking habit cured by hypnosis (because her anti-smoking fiance doesn't want her to smoke), and he uncovers a number of vastly different personalities from previous lives. He falls for one, and has trouble reconciling her with the frivolous woman who keeps presenting.
On the surface, it's just an entertaining romantic comedy. But if you've read anything by me, you'll know that I am content to both float on the surface and dive a little deeper.
So, the first (most obvious) layer is the concept of reincarnation. I believe that if God (or an all-powerful creative Spirit) exists, then nothing is impossible. That leaves me with the question "why?".
Why would we experience reincarnation? Because we can!
The next layer of depth to this film, is the concept of soulmateship. Do we have soul mates? Again, I don't see reason to say no. I think our soul mates are not just romantic though, they include the people who lead us to learn something about ourselves, and those who learn something from us.
Sometimes, we don't even need to know our soul mates personally.
The third layer to this film (there could be more, but three's enough for now), is the concept of eternity - of space and time, but not as we know them.
Imagine that God is like a cloud. This cloud is made up of many particles which move together and apart, sometimes making rain to fall on the earth and bless all with sustenance.
Imagine that we, you and I, are that rain. We bless the earth. Then the sun comes out and reabsorbs the moisture from the earth (us) back into the cloud.
So, our purpose in life is to bless the earth (and all within in it), and there is no death.
I've been reading a lot lately about existence, spirituality, and leadership. Even though the books I'm finding are completely by random (I'm not looking for them), they all come back to one concept.
We are one.
We are one with those clouds. We are one with that sun, one with the earth. And importantly, we are one with each other.
It's something that has influenced my meditation, my prayer, my approach to absolutely everything and everyone.
I feel it in my heart, and look out to others with love. Instead of thinking about God as the deity of religion, I think of the souls here now and all the souls of eternity, and recognise the divine in each.
But there's more - I have learned to recognise my own soul across space and time, coming to me to give me courage and hope, supporting me and urging me on, reminding me that I'm not alone.