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Interestingly, Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Druids, Pythagoreans, Celts, Gnostics, Jewish Cabalists, Spiritualists, and some early Christian sects have all believed that death is followed by rebirth. After death, individuals retain all their memories and knowledge in some part of their makeup. Upon rebirth, these memories and habits are subconscious, but still influence the pattern of life. People can fix their mistakes from previous existences, and emphasize their positive tendencies: in many ways, this is the ultimate in effective recycling. Most people, however, don’t readily remember specifics from their past lives: they write off the partial memories that sneak into consciousness as odd dreams or déjà vu. Most cultures that believe in reincarnation think that, between lives, the soul spends time in an intermediate state. Cultures differ as to where it goes, or how long it spends there – weeks, or centuries. The belief in reincarnation is not limited to tribal and Asian cultures. In Western civilization, it has attracted a variety of believers including Alfred Lord Tennyson, William Butler Yeats, Thomas Edison, and George Patton. The above information comes from the book Ghosts, Spirits, and Hauntings, written by Patricia Telesco. World-renowned Psychic Medium and author Sylvia Browne, has stated that people do not reincarnate into animals since there is nothing to be gained or learned from that. If we died in a previous life and feel there is unfinished business, then we can choose to incarnate into another life to accomplish our goals or to make right something we did wrong to someone else. Also, if we spend our lives addicted to drugs or alcohol or whatever, then you are not focusing on elevating your soul, you’re not focusing on your life’s purpose, so you will definitely have to reincarnate and go through the same life themes, drama etc. to try and make things right. Earth is like a “school of hard knocks.” We’re here to take lessons and garner as much knowledge as we can without imposing on anyone else’s belief systems. We all learn at our own pace. Like the best selling author and lecturer, Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing. How can anyone be a pessimist in a world where we know so little?”