Most practitioners of new age beliefs accept the likelihood of reincarnation. I have been around many new thought individuals and groups who speak of reincarnation or the acceptance of the idea that we each have other lifetimes in addition to this one.
Joshua teaches that we do indeed have multiple lifetimes, and from his point of view, all of these lifetimes are happening now – in a single moment. Joshua’s point of view about concurrent lifetimes has taken time and effort to grasp completely, and it is not easy to explain his point of view in a manner that makes sense to people who are living a life where the passage of time is so very real.
Joshua helps me understand that it is not important that I grasp concepts of concurrent lifetimes, and is not important to be aware of other lifetimes in most cases. However, when Joshua delves into the topic of oneness, the subject of multiple incarnations is significant. Once again our ability to grasp oneness and incorporate the knowledge that we wear many faces in different times seems like a practice of separation. Joshua reminds me that this seeming separation is only a puzzle for the mind while our whole self, our spiritual being, demonstrates the experience gracefully. It is an example of the One as many forms that remain inseparable from the One consciousness.
My understanding of multiple incarnations is relevant to my memory when Joshua speaks about the inner and outer experience of reality. He teaches me that everything, without exception, that I see “out there” is a reflection of my inner being – my whole self. He tells me to look “out there” as if I am looking in a mirror, and he challenges me to be honest about my reflection. I accept that some things I see in this mirror are not pleasant, and it is hard for me to accept that this is a reflection of who I am. It’s easy to own the beautiful reflections of me, and denial of the ugly stuff is common. Joshua reminds me it is time to grow beyond the common. It’s hard to accept that I’m responsible for ALL the stuff I see out there, but Joshua will not allow me to look blindly in the mirror any longer. He offers some ease to my distress by telling me that many things I see in the mirror are exaggerated. I am not as ugly or as beautiful as I judge myself to be. Joshua also assures me that I have the power here and now to change ALL that I see, but I only have this power to change when I accept that IT IS ME – I only have the power to change myself. Moreover, he reminds me to be playful in my creation and to have fun. Taking it too seriously is erroneous and becomes overwhelming.
I arrive at this intention of growth: I look in the mirror of my soul without denial and completely unafraid of my reflection. All of my relationships are a mirror of my thoughts, beliefs, and expectations. No part of my reflection is good or bad. The judgment I apply to others is truly a reflection of who I am. The way I judge you defines me – not you. When this is forgotten, I fall asleep and believe that we are separate from each other. I appreciate you for being the mirror so I may see deeply into my soul. I thank you for the reflection of my being so that I may learn about my hidden beauty and my denied shadow. I play my way into a new reflection of ALL that I am. I gladly hold the mirror for you, too.