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Reincarnation and Families
People wonder whether we have many families, mothers, fathers, and so on as we travel through multiple lives. How do we manage having a menagerie of relatives while in the spirit world? The answer is: We don’t. Read on and find out why.
Most of us love our families, and our fondest wish is to be reunited with them in the spirit world. We may ponder what life would be like in a heavenly place with our loved ones. Then we think about reincarnation and realize that we may have had multiple families, including many different mothers and fathers and who knows how many brothers and sisters. So, is there a legion of relatives waiting for us, so that many we would need a terabyte size address book to keep them straight? Allan Kardec’s book The Gospel According to Spiritism gives us the answer. In it we find this clarification:
“Family ties are not destroyed by reincarnation, as certain persons believe; on the contrary, they are strengthened and become tighter.”[i]
How can that be? How can we travel through countless centuries and somehow remain involved in our close family circle? The answer, like the answers to many other questions, lies in the Law of Affinity. Whereby, Souls who are at the same level share in a mutual affection, and have similar tastes naturally gather together.
Law of Affinity – Like associates with Like
The Law of Affinity is actually one of the great filters, or more aptly, sorters, of the universe. Where souls more interested in doing harm gather in darken areas, souls who have respect and admirations for one another’s achievements also grouped together in celestial cities. Allan Kardec explains how affiliated souls tend to stay with each other:
“These spirits happy at being together, seek out one another. Incarnation separates them only momentarily, because after their reentry into the errant state they meet again like friends who have returned from a journey. Frequently, they even follow one another into incarnation, wherein they are reunited in the same family or the same circle, working together for their mutual advancement.”[ii]
The tight cluster of souls will watch out for each other. While some are incarnates on earth, others will look on from high and help guide the spirits going through their trials. Each helps everyone in the group to advance together. As they become purer, their friendship becomes more concrete, as their bodies divest themselves of matter. Petty jealousies and selfishness don’t disrupt their relationships.
There are different types of family relationships, including those in which one is bonded together with another due to a purely physical connection. Or a person we marry, not because of true spiritual affection, but of a sensual or monetary attraction. These are people who have been selected for us in order to experience the trials, that, need I remind you, we have selected ourselves. We may not like them very much, but I can guarantee we will learn some hard lessons from them and for that we should be grateful. As Allan Kardec states, “There are no lasting affections except spiritual ones; physical affections die out with the cause that gave rise to them; but that cause no longer exists in the world of spirits, whereas the soul exists forever”.[iii]
Therefore, when we feel a special kinship to select members of our family, most probably because we are united in the spiritual world, we should feel safe since they will always have our best interest at heart. On the other hand, those relations toward whom feel mistrustful are usually there for one of two reasons. First, they may be of an inferior level and require the love and guidance of advanced family members to assist them in improving their position. Who hasn’t seen families where all of the children seem well brought up by good parents, except one, the black sheep? Now you have a likely explanation. The parents may have volunteered to help a poor soul improve his or herself only to find that in spite of their efforts, that spirit insisted in continuing with his or her old habits or tendencies.
A second reason for those difficult relatives is that they may be located with us as a trial. They may be poor souls that we have wronged in the past who are now introduced to us as a means of reconciliation to repair the damage we caused. Hopefully, a complete reconciliation will occur and whatever past recriminations that had existed will now be forgotten. Allan Kardec backs up this thought with this statement:
“God, whose laws are all supremely wise, does nothing useless. Through reincarnation on the same globe, God has willed that the same spirits come in contact with one another again for the chance to repair their mutual offenses. Because of their previous relationships, God wishes furthermore to establish family ties on a spiritual basis and to support the principles of solidarity, fraternity and equality as a natural law.”[iv]
Hence, have no worries about our loved ones. While there may be more than you originally thought, you have the capacity to love many. You can also love with a purity of spirit, unencumbered by physical tethers, for your love is not based on any material calculation but on shared experiences and beliefs, a pure affection. Look forward to reuniting with your friends in the spirit world, to talking about what you learned and how you failed. Together, you can plan out your next physical adventure with the knowledge that you will have support both from heaven and from “on the ground”.
Learn about your trials and tribulations and what they mean - read The Problem is the Solution - 7 Life Complications Sent to Test and Teach You.
[[i]] Kardec, A., The Gospel According to Spiritism, EDICEI, p. 86
[[ii]] Kardec, A., The Gospel According to Spiritism, EDICEI, p. 87
[[iii]] Kardec, A., The Gospel According to Spiritism, EDICEI, p. 87
[[iv]] Kardec, A., The Gospel According to Spiritism, EDICEI, pp. 92-92