Do Humans Reincarnate as Animals?

Have you ever stepped on an ant and wondered if it was the Buddha?  Or Elvis? Or maybe your second cousin Sally who died last year?

I have found that human consciousness can choose to project into an animal and identify with the sensations, instincts and experiences of that animal.  Sometimes, the exploration of a particular aspect of life is best served through identification with animal consciousness.  For example, it is easy to suppose that if a soul were exploring “pride” as a theme, the consciousness of a lion might provide illumination.

Technically, this is not a reincarnation.  I call it projection.

Animals have varying degrees of self consciousness, as indeed people do. The consciousness that is within them is as valid and eternal as your own, however. There is nothing to prevent a personality from investing a portion of his own energy into an animal form. This is not transmigration of souls. It does not mean that a man can be reincarnated in an animal. It does mean that personalities can send a portion of their energy into various kinds of form.
~Seth, The Nature of Personal Reality

My first professionally facilitated past life regression began with the sensation of flying through space at tremendous speed and a great sadness. Eventually, I figured out that I was travelling from “home” to the body I now inhabit. I felt reluctance and a strong preference for the “other side.”

As I approached Earth and slowed down, my mood began to lighten and shift to anticipation.  When pressed for the wisdom of this experience, I answered, “Everybody prefers home but we agree to come anyways.”  In subsequent sessions, I would receive more clarity as to why.

There is no easy segue to my next past life. Plausibility zero. The audio recording of the session is comical; my reasoning mind is in absolute denial of what I feel and sense, emphatically stating over and over, “No, no, no, I am NOT a jelly fish.”  But I was.  A massive, ancient jelly fish.

As you can imagine, there is not much going on when you are being a jelly fish.  A little floating, a touch of glowing, drifting by a bit of luminescent coral… at some point I sense two humanoid life forms on the surface of the water, exploring the top of me. I am unconcerned. Finally the jellyfish body floats to the bottom of the sea, its life concluded.

The remarkable thing about this regression (aside from being a jelly fish) is the amount of wisdom I gleaned from one uneventful, oceanic life.

The primary wisdom:
Life can be soft; it is not all hard edges.

Doesn’t this fly in the face of my belief that life is suffering?  Yup, right in the face. It’s an important reminder that simplicity, calm, ease and fluidity are valid choices too.  We all have access to this knowledge from our embryonic stage of development.

The secondary wisdom:
All life is of interest to someone.

Every life is intentional and compelling, regardless of form, function or level of consciousness.  All expressions of life are sacred.  Life = God.

The tertiary wisdom:
No matter where you are, there is always someone above you and someone below you.

Keep your perspective, people! Otherwise you may just find yourself floating around the ocean on a strange planet for 300 years as a jelly fish.

Animal consciousness offers abundant growth opportunities for the human soul, but we are not limited to animals.  The possibilities for projection are infinite:  trees, waves of light, fairies, planets, angels or other people.  These are a few of the projections I have witnessed with my clients, and let me assure you, every single one challenged my notions of reality and my belief in what is possible.
THAT is why I love this work.


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