Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body, which may be human, animal, or spiritual, depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. For those of us who have the incredible gift to be able to communicate with animals, we know reincarnation is possible. While many would feel honored (and consider it to be a miracle) to have their beloved dog come back to them again and again during their lifetime in another form, it’s unfortunately not always meant to be.
So, why would an animal’s essence return to the same person during that person’s lifetime? With the reincarnated pets I’ve consulted with, I’ve learned it’s in large part due to the animal not completing his or her purpose for being with that particular person. For example, if an animal experiences a shorter than expected life due to illness or other circumstances, it may not have had the time necessary to complete what it was here to learn, experience, or teach. Thus, the animal makes the decision to come back to the same person in hopes of fulfilling its purpose.
Of course, this opens a broader question — can animals come back as people or can you be reincarnated as a dog? You may have heard this referred to as transmigration of souls. If you believe that we all originate from the same universal energy, why wouldn’t it be possible? After all, energy is energy, no matter what form it takes.
Once while I was talking with actress Shirley MacLaine, she told me a story. She was on a flight across the Atlantic and noticed that there was a fly perched on the window beside her. As she rolled up a magazine with the intention of swatting the fly, Prime Minister Nehru of India, who was sitting next to her, said, “Don’t do that. It might be your grandmother.” Shirley told me that when she heard him say that, she paused, thought about it and, of course, did not swat the fly.
A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Shirley’s book, Out on a Leash: Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love, because it’s main focus is on her life with her dog, Terry. If you’ve also read her book, you may recall that she mentions having known the essence of Terry in other lifetimes, including one in Egypt.
Brent Atwater, the authority in the pet-reincarnation field, has written several books about the subject based on actual case studies. Most notable is her book, The Dog with a “B” on His Bottom!!!, in which she shares the story of her dog, Friend, who has come back to her five times during her lifetime. Brent has spent more than 16 years researching cases of pets who have returned one or more times to the same owners.
How would you know with any degree of certainty that the essence of your dog has returned to you? Usually, you’d have a strong intuitive or gut feeling. You may also have an overwhelming sense of familiarity with your dog when you first meet him or when you first bring him home. In other cases, you may notice that your dog exhibits a lot of the same characteristics of your previous dog. Many times, the characteristics between both dogs are so similar that you can’t possibly write it off as coincidence (and, by the way, I strongly believe that there aren’t ever any coincidences).
In the case of Friend, Brent Atwater’s dog, she said she knows it’s him each time he returns because he always returns with a distinctive “B” marking on his back.
While reincarnation may continue to be a controversial topic, I think of it as a blessing. I consider it very special when a dog (or any animal) has chosen to return to the same person. Those I’ve worked with who’ve experienced the reincarnation of their dog feel the same way.
What do you think? Is reincarnation possible with dogs? Do you have any experience with it? Tell us in the comments!
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