Talking Reincarnation with Nicohle Christopherson

I’m so honored to have Nicohle here again, (she did a series in October for Witch Month). Today she’s talking about reincarnation. Reincarnation is widely accepted as the belief that not only is there life after death, but there is another life entirely, upon this earth. While some definitions state that you become an animal, a plant, or a person, others deem that people only reincarnate to people, and animals to animals. Personally, I’ve come to a much more robust conclusion. I’ll be sharing today my personal beliefs about how the universe works, and how reincarnation happens. This is a very personal system that I am sharing with you, and if you find truth in it, or feel that it fits your own beliefs, then please, feel free to take it as gospel. If you think it is trash, please, feel free to let me know your beliefs in the comments. That way, we can all learn together.

Now, for those who ask me what exactly my version of reincarnation is, I start with explaining what I believe in as a deity. You see, I believe that every religion is right. You heard me, EVERY religion. Satanism, Christianity, Buddhism, Shintoism, Shamanic Practices, and so on and so forth. Every single one is right. All of their gods exist. They are, in fact, the faces of one all-encompassing Deity.

Deity, as I call it, is in fact not only the faces of every single god/goddess/spirit/etc. But also, a collective of all of the souls on the planet. My favorite way of expressing this is to say that “Every single soul is Divine, and is a part of Deity, and so, we are all Gods in ourselves.” A lot of this, is of course, the result of studying various forms of Christianity, Buddhism, and other religions in order to discover my own personal beliefs. This was encouraged from early teen-hood by my mother, who, as you may know by now, was the one to guide me into my path of white witchery.

Each and every soul is on earth in order to learn something. This lesson that the soul is attempting to learn could be just about anything. Perhaps you were sent to learn the exact perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. Perhaps you were sent back in order to learn that you are a creature worthy of love. Perhaps you were sent back in order to learn how to NOT kill your friends. Some might be sent to learn Humility, some to learn Confidence, some to learn how to finally read, some to learn to look up from books. Once you learn this lesson, you are allowed to finish out your life, and then, you return to Deity.

These lessons are your key. During the time you live on earth, your actions teach you, your actions teach others, and in the end, they earn you Karma (* Karma -Nicohle also wrote this post*), which is then used in all future lives. During these journeys upon earth, you meet others, and you grow your web of connections, your familial bonds, your loves and hates and everything about you. Once you shuffle from the mortal coil, you return to Deity. Those lessons, those connections, are shared within the entirety of Deity, and everyone that comes after has these lessons within them as well. They may need to learn them for themselves, but that’s for them to find. After you are done sharing, perhaps you need to take a rest, spend some time learning all that Deity has learned since you were born. Once your soul has been reabsorbed into Deity, a new soul is split off. Part you, part whoever else was with Deity at the time, part something new, you return to earth, to be born as some other person. Time lines mean nothing. You could be born as your previous incarnations mother/father. You could be born seven thousand years before your previous incarnation, or after. It doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is, Deity is all of us, and we are all Deity, therefore, you could end up being anyone or anything! That’s the fun of it.

Now you’ll notice a few serious discrepancies between my personal viewpoint of reincarnation and those other mainstream views on it. Mostly, this massive proto-soul that is Deity. But it isn’t something as terrible as you might think. Basically, why shouldn’t every god be real? Why shouldn’t we be little gods ourselves? At what point did our self-esteem collectively fall so low that we cannot see the Divinity in ourselves? Why do we push away the thought that we are all, and that everyone else is within us at the same time. Unity has fallen to the wayside and we have come to separate ourselves from our fellow everything, people, animals, Earth itself.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and feel, just for a moment, that your self is expanding. That you are growing inside the skin that you were born into, and that it no longer encompasses you so completely. Imagine and feel that warm, flickering touch of something greater, something magical and familiar yet wholly new. Imagine that this familiarity is bred from a knowledge that this creature, this cosmic being, is you. But not only you, you as you could be, as you always were, as you always will be.

THAT is the touch of Deity. That is what I believe cradles us all when our mortal coil is actually removed from ourselves, and when we finally, finally get to return home. That is the peace that catholic priests find in their prayers, that Shinto shrine maidens feel while performing their cleansing rites, and that a witch feels when she calls upon her goddesses. This is not false, this is not fake, this is belief, and you have it, although you may not think on it much. You believe that your car will run. You believe that the trees will turn green after winter ends. You believe that you’ll receive and give a smile today. We all have beliefs. There is nothing at all that can stop us. Wars have broken out, trying to stop beliefs, and martyrs have died in the name of theirs. Belief is the most important, most beautiful thing in the world, second only to choice.

I believe in all of us. I believe that we are all Divine, and we are all fallible and human. I believe that beyond our mortal lives, we have more and thousands of lives to live, all shared with everyone around us. These are my beliefs, and I’m happy to share them. Please, don’t forget to share your own down below.

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It’s this a great post. One that will really get you thinking. I agree with a lot of what Nicohle has said. I read somewhere once last year something very similar to Nicohle’s thought of every one of us being a part of the divine. This article stated we all had a piece of the divine within us. I think I’d agree.

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Mercy Brown and Consumption

The most famous case of consumption was in 1892 in Rhode Island. Ms. Mercy Lena Brown.

The Brown family had already lost two members of the family. Mercy’s mother, Mary, and sister’ Mary Olive died of consumption in 1888. Her brother got sick in 1890 and in 1891 Mercy got sick. She died on January 17, 1892.

Mercy’s father George worried about his only son’s failing health. (he’d been sick for 2 years)

On March 17, 1892 George led a mob of fellow farmers and townsfolk to the Brown’s graves. George was convinced a vampire was the cause for all his family’s suffering.

When mercy’s mother and sister were exhumed the mob agreed their bodies had decomposed sufficiently. But Mercy’s body wasn’t, she’d been in a crypt for a few months, -until the ground thawed enough to bury her.

Her body was cut open. Her heart and liver were still full of blood. It was decided that Mercy was a vampire (although the term vampire wasn’t used at that time, she was undead).

Her heart was burned to ash then given to her ill brother in hopes it would cure him, or break the curse that Mercy had placed on him. It didn’t work, Edwin died two months later.

A newpaper article about Mercy Brown was found in Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula. It’s believed Stoker’s Lucy was based on Mercy Brown.

Farkaskoldus

Werewolf and vampire myths were common in Hungary. It’s not surprising that they these myths would cross.

If a werewolf ever consumed the flesh of and executed person when he died he’d raise as a vampire revenant called Farkaskoldus.

It rises from it grave at night, it can shape-shift into a cat, dog or goat, which allows it to move through town discreetly. While it looks for a victim.

When he finds his victim he lays on top of the victim, drains his blood and returns to the grave before sunrise. If a deceased person is suspected of being a Farkaskoldus, its grave is exhumed. If there’s merit in the suspicion the corpse won’t be decomposed, the scent of death or decay, the body will also be full of fresh blood.

There are a few ways to destroy a Farkaskoldus. The simplest is to burn the body to ash or soak it in holy water.
The next level if it’s felt a more severe method is needed, a stake must be driven through the heart or a nail through the head, then burn the body to ashes.
The most extreme is to remove the heart through the vampire’s back then burn everything. The ashes must be gathered in a sack and thrown into a deep river.