Soul Reincarnation: How To Understand The Journey Of The Soul

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Do you wonder if you’ve lived before? 

Or, you keep making the same mistakes and you’re wondering if you’re carrying a lesson forward into this life?

As a soul coach, the topic of soul reincarnation comes up a lot… and over the years my ideas have been challenged repeatedly, but I’m a believer.

You’re looking to form your own opinions about this complex concept.

Let’s jump in and understand the journey of the soul from one life to the next.

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The Journey of the Soul

The soul travels from lifetime to lifetime for the following reasons…

  • Learn and gain experience
  • Find karmic balance
  • Spiritual evolution
  • Interconnectedness of all living and non-living things
  • Spark memory and intuition
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What is Soul Reincarnation?

It’s the belief that the soul survives physical death and is reborn in a new physical body.

This cycle continues until you achieve spiritual enlightenment or complete your karmic journey.

This idea is found in various cultures and religions around the world, offering fascinating insights into the nature of existence and the human experience.

The Human Souls Journey

The soul’s path is about learning and growth.

It’s about accumulating experiences, rectifying prior actions, and progressing toward a state of higher consciousness and ultimate freedom.

Each life is an opportunity for you learn and move closer to your destiny.

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1. Learning and Experience

From the soul’s perspective, the soul returns to a human body to fulfill its purpose and grow… this includes learning soul lessons.

Every lifetime offers unique lessons and experiences that contribute to your growth, which is part of the soul’s purpose.

The challenges faced and overcome, the relationships formed, and the knowledge gained all shape your evolution.

By navigating various circumstances, the soul gains wisdom, compassion, and a deeper understanding of existence…. and you recognize your soul as well.

A major part of self-exploration is uncovering your beliefs about the soul and it’s journey.

2. Karmic Balance 

The soul carries the imprints of prior actions (karma) into the next life.

Good deeds and positive actions create beneficial outcomes, while negative actions must be rectified through future experiences.

As you strive to balance karma, learning from mistakes and seeking to improve with each incarnation.

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3. Spiritual Evolution

With each rebirth, you progresses on your spiritual path, moving closer to enlightenment or ultimate freedom.

The end goal is for a person to transcend the cycle of returning to achieve a state of perfect knowledge, peace, and unity with the divine.

4. Interconnectedness

Souls often reincarnate with other souls they have known before, forming a soul family or group that help each other grow and evolve.

You may reincarnate with a certain person to fulfill a soul contract, whether for a short time or a lifetime.

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Karmic Connections 

These soul connections are pivotal in fulfilling karmic duties and providing support and challenges necessary for growth.

These relationships often feel intense and challenging, as they involve deep-seated lessons or debts from previous incarnations.

The dynamics can be tumultuous, with patterns of conflict or attraction that compel individuals to confront and heal past traumas or imbalances.

Ultimately, karmic relationships serve as catalysts for personal transformation, helping individuals evolve and achieve greater understanding and balance in their current lives.

These complex connections underscore the idea that every encounter holds a purpose in the greater journey of the soul.

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5. Memory and Intuition

In Hinduism and Buddhism, the soul’s retention of memories from past lives is often explained through the concept of karma and samsara.


These are mental impressions, memories, or karmic imprints that remain with the soul through various lifetimes. They influence one’s behavior, personality, and reactions in the current life.

Sometimes, these memories surface as intuitive feelings or déjà vu.

Rebirth Process

At the time of a person’s passing, it is believed that the soul, along with its accumulated karma and samskaras, moves to a new body after a time of revaluation and learning

This transfer is not usually accompanied by conscious memory of past lives, but deeper, subconscious memories will persist.

Journey of Souls by Michael Newton is a fascinating resource of this subject.

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Subconscious Imprints are memories that are stored at a subconscious level, often influencing behavior and experiences without conscious awareness.

Energetic Imprints are memories and experiences that are thought to leave energetic imprints on the soul, which persist and can be accessed under energetically inspired and created situations.

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Key Concepts

These key concepts will help you have a greater understanding.


Karma refers to the law of cause and effect: you do this… and it creates this.

It’s a fundamental concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

It suggests that every action, whether thought, word, or deed, creates energy that returns to us in the future.

Good actions lead to positive outcomes, while negative actions result in suffering.

Karma operates across lifetimes, influencing our current and future experiences.

It encourages moral behavior and personal responsibility, highlighting the interconnectedness of all life.

Understanding karma helps individuals recognize the importance of their actions and their impact on the broader cycle of rebirth and spiritual evolution.

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Dharma is the moral law governing individual conduct… representing the moral and ethical duties that guide an individual’s life.

Dharma is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

It encompasses righteousness, duty, and cosmic law, reflecting the principles that uphold the universe’s harmony.

In Hinduism, dharma varies based on one’s age, caste, and stage of life, directing individuals toward righteous living.

In Buddhism, it refers to the teachings of the Buddha and the path to enlightenment.

Dharma encourages living in alignment with one’s true nature and societal roles, promoting justice, virtue, spiritual growth, and spiritual practices.

It serves as a foundation for personal and communal well-being.


Moksha is liberation from the cycle of rebirth.

Moksha is a central concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

It represents the ultimate spiritual goal of freedom from worldly suffering and the consequences of karma.

Achieving moksha involves transcending ego, desires, and material attachments, leading to union with the divine or realization of one’s true nature.

In Hinduism, moksha is often associated with the realization of Brahman, the supreme reality.

In Buddhism, it parallels Nirvana, the cessation of suffering. Moksha embodies peace, eternal bliss, and the soul’s ultimate fulfillment.

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Theosophy and New Age Beliefs

Theosophy and various New Age beliefs incorporate ideas from Eastern religions but also introduce unique perspectives on soul memory.

Akashic Records

This concept refers to a metaphysical library, so to speak, of all events, thoughts, and experiences an individual will have in their lifetimes.

Lisa Barnett is an outstanding resource on the subject of Akashic records.

Soul Groups and Spirit Guides

Souls travel in groups and each person usually has one or two spirit guides.

I write a lot more about the fascinating subject of spirit guides because I live closely aligned with my guides. Here are questions you can ask your guides.

These guides and fellow souls help individuals learn, grow and evolve.

Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Many ancient civilizations and religions have embraced the idea of reincarnation.

  • Hinduism: Central to Hindu beliefs, is karma. The Bhagavad Gita discusses the soul’s journey through different lives.
  • Buddhism: Similar to Hinduism, but with a focus on escaping the cycle of rebirth through Nirvana.
  • Ancient Greece: Philosophers like Plato believed in the soul’s immortality and its journey through various lives.
  • Indigenous Cultures: Many Native American tribes and African cultures hold reincarnation beliefs, often tied to ancestral spirits.
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Modern Interpretations and Scientific Views

  • Parapsychology: Researchers like Dr. Ian Stevenson have documented cases of children recalling past lives, suggesting empirical evidence.
  • Hypnotherapy: Some therapists use past life regression to help individuals explore lives that may have already been lived.
  • Quantum Physics: Theories about consciousness and energy suggest a potential scientific bases, though these ideas remain speculative.

Signs You Might Have Lived Before In A Human Body

Here are some common signs that you’ve lived before that people report…

  1. Déjà Vu: A strong feeling that you’ve been somewhere before.
  2. Synchronicity: The universe’s little nodes that spirit is with you can indicate you’ve been here before. 
  3. Unexplained Phobias: Fears with no apparent cause in your current life.
  4. Unusual Talents or Interests: Skills or passions that seem innate.
  5. Prior life recall: When you have glimpses of who you were in a prior life.
  6. Recurring Dreams: Dreams that feel more like memories or visitations.

Ways to Explore Your Past Lives

If you’re interested in exploring your potential lives that have already happened, consider these methods…

  • Meditation: Focused meditation can help you connect with your deeper self.
  • Prior Life Regression Therapy: Guided sessions with a trained therapist can reveal prior life memories.
  • Journaling: Writing down your dreams and intuitions can uncover patterns linked to prior lives.
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Ethical Considerations

The concept of reincarnation can dramatically influence how we live our current lives. 

It encourages a sense of responsibility and compassion, knowing our actions have long-term spiritual consequences. 

It also fosters a broader understanding of human connections and empathy.

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Final Thoughts

Our soul undergoes a cycle of birth, death, and rebirth

It’s a profound and complex topic, blending spiritual beliefs, cultural traditions, and modern explorations.

Souls bound by a commitment to reaching one’s personal destiny is at the heart of this belief.

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