Does it Really Matter?

I do not believe in the return of the soul to another life on this plane. The spiral of life is upward. Evolution carries us forward, not backward.

~ Ernest Holmes

Do you believe in reincarnation? Many people spend a lot of time and energy worrying about the hereafter only to learn when they get there that’s not what we’re supposed to be hereafter! For some people, the jury is still out—and for others, they simply couldn’t care less. Perhaps some of us have confused the concept of reincarnation with the principle of eternality which, while they may overlap, are two entirely different things.

In the aforementioned quote, Ernest Holmes puts his own unique spin on it when he states that reincarnation on the earth plane would be redundant for our souls. Note, he didn’t say there is no continuum of life after the demise of our earth suit; nor did he say we don’t take our karma “forward” with us when we depart the earth plane. Other than “upward”, he didn’t say where that might be; my sense is, while that leaves a wide margin for interpretation, it doesn’t really matter.

Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.

~ Stanislav Grof

Many people are very busy living for tomorrow, today, which only robs us of the experience of being fully immersed in the present moment which is all we really have. Think of it this way: If our soul journey ends with the demise of our physical body, we can still leave a wake of positive energy; a legacy of our best selves that ripple through the next seven generations. However, if our soul simply sloughs off our garment of flesh and bone and continues on its evolutionary path to the great “whatever’s next”, it’s still the life we are living now that most matters. In both cases, living a spiritually grounded life today sets positive karmic energy in motion that follows us like our own shadow on a sunny day—to our graves and beyond.

True or false, it doesn’t matter. The question of reincarnation is meaningless when we accept the fact that at some level we have always been and shall always be; it’s what we do today with who we are that matters. Whether our journey ends in a pine box and the lights suddenly go out or, as Dr. Holmes infers, the journey continues as our soul rides the etheric waves “upward” to a new dimension of eternal life—reincarnation is a moot point. In either case, what matters is when we draw our final breath here we know we lived our best life in the here and now and it was a worthy tribute to the Beloved One and the journey itself—irrespective of where it ends. Wherever we go, there we’ll be! 

Consider using this affirmation for the next few days and witness how it alters the altitude of your attitude about that which is yet to be.

“Rather than living for tomorrow, today, I set myself free to bring the gifts of my highest intentions to life now. What I do with who I am today matters.”


Dennis Merritt Jones
Dennis Merritt Jones
Throughout his lifetime, author, speaker, and mentor, Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones has been on a quest to inspire and lift people to a higher expression of life. His vision is to guide people to their purpose, knowing that when one fully awakens to who they are and why they are on the planet, they share their gift to humankind and create an enriching life for themselves and the world around them. Dennis is the award-winning author of six books—three of which are recipients of a Nautilus Gold or Silver award—and hundreds of articles and blogs. He has written and released the following books: The Art of Abundance - Ten Rules for a Prosperous Life; The Art of Being - 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life; The Art of Uncertainty - How to Live in the Mystery of Life and Love It; Your ReDefining Moments - Becoming Who You Were Born to Be; Encouraging Words - Proof That Who You Are Matters, and; How to Speak Science of Mind. Dennis believes we each have the capacity and, ultimately, the responsibility to contribute something positive to this world, leaving it a better place than it was when we arrived. Reflected in his writings and presentations, his teachings promote a contemporary life-affirming, spiritually logical, and positive outlook on life. As a keynote speaker, Dennis is equally comfortable addressing an audience seeking spiritual inspiration or those seeking a purely secular motivational message. He uses his understanding of universal principles to draw upon wisdom from both eastern and western philosophies. As a mentor, Dennis works with individuals and non-profits to assist them in clarifying their vision and mission. He believes that there is a deeper consciousness of unity, cooperation, and reverence rising in humankind where the value of all life, regardless of ethnicity, geography, culture, or sexual orientation, is sacred. He believes this consciousness of unity, cooperation, and reverence for life and the planet will be one of the most significant influences upon society as we approach the challenges of 21st-century living.

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