So I had an interesting thought about instincts at the gym the other day. It's a bit weird to explain so bear with me.
We are all familiar with instincts. Humans have instincts, animals have instincts, if you want to get technical plants and minerals also have instincts. Pretty much everything in this world has instincts to varying degrees.
It is also generally acknowledged that things of less intelligence, or consciousness rather, have more instincts. Animals are generally more driven by instincts than humans. Many of the things animals do are more rote than creative. Humans are a bit less instinctual than animals because they are able to think at a higher level. Humans are able to reflect on themselves in a way that animals can't.
If you put a gazelle in front of a lion majority of the time the lion will kill and eat the gazelle. This is the lion's nature, or instinct. This is what lions do. If a dog jumps in the water and gets wet when it gets out it will instinctually shake the water from its fur. Humans will naturally gravitate towards sex with another human instinctually. These are all fairly clean cut instincts.
But there are other instincts. There are also things like born leaders. We've all heard the question as to whether or not someone is born to lead or if it is a learned behavior. Being a born leader is less about being born anything, but rather what you were in past lives. In many ways your past lives shaped your current leadership, or lack thereof, abilities.
The same can be said about a whole slew of other natural tendencies. Some people are born to write music. Some people are born to perform. Some people are born to play sports. Some people are born to counsel others. Some people are born to teach others. We all have certain innate traits that we bring with us from former lives. But it doesn't stop with these natural tendencies and inclinations.
Instincts are pretty much these natural tendencies or learned behaviors that we pick up through the many past lives, whether human or non-human.
We rarely think that traits such as patience or peace may be better picked up as a tree than as a human. The energy of a tree is that of vitality and strength. Trees live a very peaceful and simple life. Perhaps these traits are carried over into later "instincts" of an animal or human. But they're not really instincts -- it's just who that spirit now is. The spirit picks up traits from past lives and carries them over to their new experiences.
We may experience hundreds of lives as a dog or similar loving animal. When we enter a human experience we bring with us this loving "instinct" that we gained from our animal experience.
We may experience hundreds of lives as a turtle so when we enter a new experience we may instinctually be more methodical and slow in our decision making.
We may experience hundreds of lives as a human that works on leading others so that when we enter a new human experience we are instinctually masters of leading.
We can even take it to an absurd level. Rocks are instinctually operating with very little intelligence. Rocks are basically minerals vibrating at a physical level and that is about it. But the energy behind this rock evolves. And this information, or instinct, this rock energy picks up from a physical, earthly existence may eventually be carried over to a vegetative, plant experience. And this plant will develop certain instincts from the physical world that are stored at the spiritual level. And this spirit may eventually enter into a multitude of animal experiences to pick up and learn many different experiences which will eventually be written to the spiritual memory as instincts. And finally the culmination of these instincts will be passed onto a human experience where even more instincts are accumulated. These instincts are us, the sum of our past lives, the sum of our past spiritual journey.
So with regard to this line of thinking I find it interesting that it is possible that what we call instincts are really just the sum of our past lives, whether human or non-human. As we gain experience through hundreds and thousands of various life experiences we start to solidify certain traits or instincts which are carried over as common truths or instincts into future lives.Filed under: Spiritual, Reincarnation, Instinct