This is one of the stranger questions I’ve been asked. It seems odd to me, but several people have asked about it. Maybe I don’t understand, because I’m not sure how anyone would know if a ghost reincarnated, in the first place.
If you believe in reincarnation or past lives, how might that look? Here’s one way to think about it:
First, perhaps someone lived on earth, and at the end of a normal (or even unusual) life, he died.
Next, he became a ghost for awhile, by choice or by default. Maybe he was waiting for something specific to happen. Or, maybe he had unfinished business on the earthly plane.
Then, after some time, the ghost decided to re-enter this plane for another life experience. (That’s a plot device in some paranormal romance novels and movies.)
He’d be a ghost, reincarnated.
Possible…? Maybe. I can’t rule it out.
So, that raises several questions.
Taking this question to an extreme
- If people reincarnate — or have multiple past lives — can the ghost reincarnate as the ghost of any of those past identities? (That is, can the deceased choose which past life to represent, as a ghost?)
- If a person can choose between reincarnation and becoming a ghost, why become a ghost? (That may be a rhetorical question. If there’s unfinished business, the new incarnation might take 18 or more years to be able to finish whatever-it-is. Maybe the person thinks he or she can accomplish more, sooner, in spirit form.)
- If doppelgangers exist, could a person encounter himself (or herself) as a ghost?
To me, it seems like those concepts wander far out on a limb. I’m not sure any of them are worth serious consideration.
Can a ghost reincarnate? If you believe in reincarnation, it’s possible that anyone deceased — even if they’re having a short-term adventure as a ghost — could be born into this reality again, in a new identity.
But, if it happened often, I think more people would remember past experiences as a ghost.
To date, no one has shared that kind of memory with me. If you have, let me know.