To Be Continued: Reincarnation and the Purpose of Our Lives
by Karen Berg
Author and spiritual leader Karen Berg always knew there was something greater going on in life. Her interest in spirituality took her to studies of astrology, spiritual healing, and reincarnation, but she still knew there was something more. She found her home in Kabbalah and knew that her life work was to make the wisdom of Kabbalah a part of the life of more people. To Be Continued is a part of Karen’s work of making Kabbalah accessible to everyone.
The main theme, as hinted in the clever title, is the discussion of the Kabbalistic belief in reincarnation and karma. This belief has a great impact on the way we live our lives, as life becomes about improving yourself and preparing for the greater journey that it may take in the next life. It will also help you understand what you may be experiencing now that is being influenced by your past life.
To understand Berg’s perspective is to take an in-depth look at what our lives are and what we are accomplishing on this earth. The Kabbalistic view of the soul is akin to a puzzle. At the beginning of your soul’s journey it is in pieces, and only over multiple lifetimes to those pieces come back together to form a complete soul. All of our life experiences are puzzle pieces, and through them we learn and grow. Karen writes that “all of these fragments, these puzzle pieces, will reunite after sufficient lifetimes of working through the challenges we face: This is our purpose for being here on Earth.” The clear purpose of this book is in understanding how to approach life with this view in mind.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the idea of reincarnation and may consider it to be “hocus pocus,” Berg is prepared to provide you with some things to think about. Her goal is never to provide “proof” of reincarnation, as it is one of the basic tenants of Kabbalah, instead she is “asking you to reflect on the possibility that reality might be different from what you’ve been thinking it is.” For Berg, realities like near death experiences, birth marks, déjà vu, and our fears are all signs that reincarnation is a part of life.
But what are some of the implications of this thinking? If you are aware of your past life, Berg teaches that what goes on in this life can make much more sense. Even your facial and hand structure reveals what took place in your past life, teaching you what you most need to work on this go around. Combining this radical self-awareness with knowledge of astrology and the reality that angels exist to help us can reveal amazing things about ourselves. The book carefully categorizes these signs and what they mean, serving as a handy guide to these fresh ideas.
Berg acknowledges the full weight of reincarnation throughout the book, providing a believable and passionate guide to the Kabbalistic view of life. The book’s passion and its clarity are huge strengths. Complex ideas become easy to understand, making them all the easier to ponder. If you are new to these ideas, To Be Continued provides a fantastic primer to what reincarnation is all about, and it is certainly thought provoking. If you are a believer, it will give you more ideas to chew on and perhaps expose you to the unique reincarnation ideas presented by Kabbalah.
Karen Berg is an expert in her field, and her book does a wonderful job of expressing what she has to offer. Pick it up today!