According to the Apostles’ Creed, Christians believe in the resurrection of the body. Edgar Cayce was asked what body, referred to in the Creed, will be resurrected? This was asked by those who believed in reincarnation – that a soul takes form in many different bodies in many different places and in many different lifetimes. Cayce answered that it refers to the physical body, the same body each individual had from the beginning and throughout the ages. Otherwise, he asks, how could it be individual? He further explained that when the unity of consciousness initially separated into individual beings, each being took on a shadow form (thought form) to provide for its individuality. Since each being had mind and will, it used the creative forces of which it was still a part, to create experiences that could feed or build a soul body. Once the soul enters the physical dimension it takes the matter it has drawn to itself to form another body. Although the physical body decays and dissolves, mind, being the builder, uses the vibrations the soul has accumulated to create a new body. What becomes of the body, he said, depends upon the choices that have been made. The destiny of the body, then, depends upon the individual. (Edgar Cayce Reading 262-86)
Because the soul uses those vibrations which it has experienced to build a physical body, an individual will find himself or herself in a body conforming to vibrations that produce health or infirmity, strength or weakness. This is where the balancing power of karma will have its effect.
While all of this may be difficult to believe, scientific research is proving it to be valid. Walter Semkiw, M.D. has written two books about reincarnation, Born Again, and Return of the Revolutionaries. The latter presents evidence–including photographs–that John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and numerous other American Revolutionaries have been reincarnated as the political and spiritual leaders of today, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Marianne Williamson, Shirley MacLaine, and others, in order to begin a Spiritual Revolution. He documents past life recollections of people with current photos along with those of their recalled past life person. He found that facial features, body postures, and hand gestures can be consistent from one lifetime to another. He believes there is an “energy template” or possibly a holographic image that the developing fetus uses to shape the body.
Another interesting facet of this research was the finding that individuals did not necessarily reincarnate in the same ethnic affiliation, religion, nationality, race or gender from one lifetime to another. Dr. Semkiw maintains that once it is understood that Muslim Palestinians may become Jewish Israelis, Protestants may become Catholics, Islamic terrorists may become Christian Westerners and Shiites can become Sunnis, and vice versa, then it will make no sense to perpetuate violence on one another. He states that, “When we see ourselves as universal souls, we understand that we are all brothers and sisters who are evolving together through lifetimes on Earth.” More can be learned from his article, Principles of Reincarnation or How Reincarnation Works, available on the website of the Institute for the Integration of Science, Intuition and Spirit (IISIS).
More information about these concepts can be found in my book, Spirit and Truth, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers.