Is Reincarnation Possible? I think anything is possible. It’s always seemed absurd to me that some people get upset when you mention the possibility of reincarnation, but they believe that when you die your spirit ascends to some mystical place in the heavens where you’ll be reunited with your loved ones. It does no good to point out that the latter theory is no more or less reasonable than the former. None of us really know what happens to the soul when we die, and so any of our conclusions about it are just supposition. As such, reincarnation doesn’t sound any more absurd to me than any other explanation.
But the one thing that makes me give reincarnation a little extra consideration is the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. A lot of people don’t understand that process, but during metamorphosis a caterpillar does not just grow wings and long legs. The caterpillar doesn’t grow a chrysalis (the casing the butterfly develops in). It’s body *becomes* a chrysalis. Inside that chrysalis the caterpillar’s body breaks itself down into a partial goo of imaginal cells (like stem cells), which reform into a butterfly. It is literally a form of death. The caterpillar ceased to be, and from its previous form a butterfly develops. And yet, according to research at Georgetown University, the butterflies that emerge from the chrysalises may remember some of their former lives as caterpillars. It’s at least theoretically possible that something similar happens to our life energies when we die.