I just read “Reincarnation, A Cycle of Necessity” by Manly P. Hall.
Below are several screenshots from his book along with my commentary. The following blurb from wikipedia is a testament to Hall’s pedigree:
“Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author, lecturer, astrologer and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Over his 70 year career, he gave thousands of lectures, including two at Carnegie Hall, and published over 150 volumes. In 1934, he founded The Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, which he dedicated to the “Truth Seekers of All Time”, with a research library, lecture hall and publishing house. Many of his lectures can be found online and his books are still in print. ” – Wikipedia
In the course of his lifetime, Manly P. Hall amassed a treasure trove of ancient, highly secret, highly rare Esoteric Literature and Mythological relics from cultures all over the world. It has become one of if not the largest known collection of esoteric knowledge that exists on planet earth. The collection was not attained by his own finances; Hall gained the support of several wealthy benefactors who attended his lectures over the years. Elvis Presley reportedly attended Hall’s lectures in the 70’s, seeking the meaning of existence beyond the facade of celebrity. Hall’s collection is currently held at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Hall was actually murdered over his collection in the final years of his life in an elaborate scheme by two guys to rob him. Manly Hall was also a verified, 33 degree Mason. He could lecture on secret knowledge topics for hours without referring to any notes. As a young man he had the look of a wild mysterious man almost like Salvador Dali. In his golden years he looked somewhat like the fictional Colonel from Kentucky Fried Chicken commercials. He talked with a southern aristocratic sounding drawl but was born and raised in Canada. I was cautious to begin exploring his teachings and lectures because of the way his material is generally presented online and on youtube… its all very “occultish” looking and with some of that stuff, my thoughts are, do I really want or need to know EVERYTHING?? But after listening to several of his lectures and processing and digesting them I have come to the conclusion that he is a wise sage and a moralistic preacher on par with many of the great preachers and teachers I have had the privilege of learning from.
I am saying all of this because one could paint the picture that Manly P. Hall was one of the foremost experts on the topic of Reincarnation that the world has ever known. He spent his entire existence probing life’s mysteries… reading and researching from all corners of the globe. Keep in mind that reincarnation is a theory, Christianity is a theory, evolution is a theory and all religions are really just elaborate theories as they cannot all be correct. Some theories are better than other theories or in the final words of Christopher Hitchens, “all of life is a wager”; we each decide where we will cast our lot regarding what we choose to believe or not believe. Manly P. Hall also taught on the Myth of Atlantis and definitely believed in its existence, however he often admitted in his lectures that these are the best guesses that all of humanity has come up with. Even the highest degree Mason has to admit that ultimately life is an unsolvable mystery (agnosticism). He felt his duty in life was to synthesize and relay to the general public what the ancient wisdom teachings of earth had to say about life and death… Hence his famous book, “The Secret Teachings of All ages”.
To put it bluntly, the average person typically lasts about 800 to 1200 years after death in the astral realms as a spirit being. During this time, the spirit “entity” will live in its own world, the world of its own creation that was gathered during the lifetime of the individual personality that it formerly was – for better or worse. All of our memories, all of our experiences will be processed during that long span of years and essentially uploaded into the permanent, Akashic records before the next incarnation. Here’s a clip from the intro of his book:
If you believed in Christ during your lifetime you will see Christ after death. If you believed in some other deity you would see that deity upon death. If you believed in nothingness in your previous incarnation than you would experience a state of nothingness in that span of 800 to 1200 years.
In the end the former personality will vaporize into nothingness, but your core self will remain intact and is essentially indestructible and eternal. Before your next incarnation you will automatically have set in place all the necessary lessons you must learn in the next lifetime and this is all determined via the next zodiac sign you will be moving into on the wheel. Its all very sequential, precise and automated and you cannot do anything about it. If you were a Scorpio Rising in the previous life, you will be a Sagittarius Rising in your next life and so on with each succeeding zodiac sign. You may come back as a man or as a woman in the next lifetime but you won’t remember anything, just like in the ‘Men in Black’ movies, your memory banks will be wiped clean for the next birth. You actually may be very privileged and lucky in your next incarnation, it all depends on your karma…the good or bad actions you took in the previous lifetime will be carried over into the next. The process I just described apparently happens to all of us. Apparently we all came out of a supreme entity that could best be described as the Elohim. And apparently we go through all these lifetimes in order to reach a state of perfection that allows us to reabsorb into the Elohim once again. Rejoining the Elohim presumably is total bliss beyond any description, reuniting with the secret creator of everything.
What about suicide? Here is what Manly Hall had to say about it:
So that could be your ghost population right there. Trapped in the physical world in between lifetimes. Spooky.