I believe that underlying/alongside the evolution of our physical and mental faculties, there is an ongoing evolution of the human spirit. Whilst the evolution of the spirit is constantly determining itself, i.e. is influenced by what we experience in this life, the underlying shape and direction of our spirit is ultimately inherited! Hence, to a great extent, our spiritual path is essentially predetermined. It stands to reason to state that we ultimately have no power over who we are. Now consider the notion that humans reproduced asexually (inheriting genetic code from just one parent) and conceptualise the evolution of the human spirit as being analogous to writing an eternally long novel (but by no means infinite!). Keeping in line with the evolutionary principle, it would make sense to say that each generation would take up writing this immensely long novel where the previous generation left off. Because everyone in this conceptual asexual race of human beings, shares the exact same genetic code, would it be fair to say that every single person had lived before? Providing you are of the belief that we do not hold ultimate ownership of our souls, then there could be no denying it, as each generation of human would simply take up writing the exact same novel from the point where his predecessor left off. Since every generation of this conceptual race of asexual humans is writing the exact same book - or has inherited an identical spiritual direction- to the previous ge neration, it would be quite imaginable that each generation had an inherent/instinctual understanding of the whole of this book from the very first page…..and……possibly the ability or power to remember chapters of this book in great detail that were written by previous generations! This brings me to what I believe reincarnation is, genetic memory. Unlike the asexual race of humans, we inherit our spirtual mould, from a massive library as opposed to just one big long novel. However, of this huge catalogue of books from which we spawn, there are always going to be a few books that contribute to our spiritual form and personality markedly more than all the other books in this library. Or perhaps, there can be cases where just one book contributes towards 95% of who a person is! If this were the case, then who could deny the principle of reincarnation, where the genetic code of an ancestor has been passed down through a few generations in order for his spirit to be reincarnated within another vessel (human body) and continue writing its book where it left of many generations ago…….and perhaps learn a few lessons in life that it failed to learn previously until it was too late….or perhaps not. Me personally, I have had ‘reincarnation’ experiences consisting of a few individuals whose ‘books’ contribute greatly towards the person that I am. I also firmly believe that we have the ability to remember details and knowledge from various ‘so-called’ previous lives. To give a personal example, once upon a time whilst I was tranced out (LSD), I remember feeling as though I were someone belonging to certain group of people. Although I got a great feel for who these people were and what they were like, I cannot say what ‘my name’ was, what race of people they were, or where they lived. However, I do remember what they looked like (pale slightly tanned skin with black hair and generally not exactly how I look in other ways); I also remember linking the fact that ‘I ate from silver hands’ (cutlery) as being a sign of social status. More relevantly and more significantly, my mind was imbued with the attitudes of these people and most remarkably, for a short while I held the belief that all men were made from wood! Having done a little bit of research I have found that this was a religious belief held amongst certain Germanic tribes (who originated from heavily forested lands and worshipped trees!). Anyone who is actually bothering to read this and is following what I am trying to say will just have to take my word for the above description of my own reincarnation experience….. However here is an absolutely amazing example of genetic memory. I watched a TV program a few years ago where an Australian Aboriginal shaman succeeded in drawing a fairly accurate map of land that had been submersed under water for thousands of years. They knew the map was fairly accurate because a team of white scientists produced a similar map using the very latest sonar technology. But how did the aboriginal shaman claim he produced his map?……….. by contacting his ancestors and asking them to take a look around the place for him! So Glenn Hoddle (Engish football manager riduculed by tabloid press for holding unorthodox relgious views) style notions of Adolf Hitler being reincarnated as a starving African (in order to see the error of his ways) just does not hold with me (unless of course he once went hunting for Sambo’s and raped some of their women along the way). Similarly, I aint keen on the Hindu idea of humans being reincarnated as animals…………what sort of evolution would be going on there???