I wanted to comment on an incident that took place recently in the reincarnation/Holocaust community. I don’t want to reference any of the people or websites involved both out of respect to them and because I do not wish to make an official stand, I merely want to comment on how this is an issue we all face.
The incident involved a book promotion on the topic of past lives and the Holocaust being submitted for a guest spot on someone’s radio show, to which the radio host responded disparagingly towards the topic of Holocaust past lives in particular and reincarnation in general.
First of all, this kind of reaction is really not surprising. Reincarnation is not a mainstream topic or belief in our culture, and not everyone is going to respond openly to it. Expecting everyone to be open to the idea is foolish to start with. Expecting everyone to be respectful towards our claims is fair, but ultimately idealistic.
What I wanted to address here is the host’s main argument (paraphrased): that claiming and promoting a past life in the Holocaust is disrespectful to the people, both living and dead, who experienced it.
As a reincarnated Holocaust victim, let me be the first to say that I truly understand this perspective. It is something I am frequently nervous about, especially as my own path has put me on the path of prolific Holocaust survivors. I do understand how one might feel that this is disrespectful to the suffering of those who were present for that event if one believes reincarnation is not a possible or logical worldview. And the last, the very last thing I would ever want to do is be disrespectful to the people who feel they truly own the suffering in a way a second generation (reincarnated) person could not.
However, I won’t back down from my truth and my very real experiences. I do truly own them and would love the chance to sit and talk more with those who were, in their current incarnation, involved with the Holocaust. I would also love the chance to reach out to those who may not be open to the idea. I do believe that is a part of my work: both to show people what else is out there and bring them to a deeper understanding of their composite selves, and to tell the world that the Holocaust (and other brutal, world-changing events) cannot be forgotten. That pain is still very alive and very real.
Regarding the response of this radio host and others who may feel similarly: I feel that we in the reincarnation community would do well to maintain our respectful relationship with nonbelievers. To expect them to agree with us when they do not share our perspective is absurd. Instead, we can be the bigger party by simply promoting our truths and sharing what we know with the world. It’s not about proselytizing, profiting, or diminishing the suffering of others. It’s about showing the world that we remember.