Discussing Reincarnation with Karen Berg

Author and Kabbalah expert Karen Berg breaks down the essentials of reincarnation and how it impacts our lives.

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What inspired you to write this book at this time?

For the last 40 years as the spiritual director of the Kabbalah Centre I have spoken with many people who suffer personal challenges, trying to understand why certain things are happening to them. It is hard for them to accept the idea that a child can be born with a deformity, or why a business partner might have deceived, or worse, stolen from them. But once people begin to understand the doctrine of reincarnation, things begin to make sense. Somehow a burden is lifted. I see it in their eyes. I simply found that helping people to understand that there is a bigger context to life empowers them, they don’t feel like victims. By sharing this wisdom with people I can help them engage and experience life more fully, and with more meaning.

This is a 2-part question: 1. You wrote that the more elevated we become, the greater our challenges. Please define elevated. 2. Does this mean that people with seemingly steady lives such as Condoleezza Rice, and my cousin whom you’ve never heard of, have not had many incarnations?


There are several answers to this question. There is a spiritual system in this universe that resulted from the Creation of this world, I discuss this in the book; Spiritual energy exists in a polarity. Where you have light you have an equal amount of darkness, in this way we have free will and we can, with our choices, carve out our own destiny. However there is also a concept that I talk about which is the different level of souls, some are new souls who are coming down for the first time, some are older souls that have been here before. The work of each soul is different. Some have more challenges, but at the same time they have a greater capacity to reveal light from their decisions. It is also difficult for us to know what spiritual work a person needs to go through, or at what point in their life the challenge might come. We cannot assume anything about another’s life: We are only here to understand and work on our own. That in and of itself is difficult enough to understand we should not be involved with the work of another, that is between them and the Light.

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