by Lewis E. Mehl, M.D., Ph.D.
The Native American, says this author, does not hold to a linear, wheel-of-karma, reincarnational logic. Rather, he (or she) embraces the concept of a free-roaming spirit that can cross time and space boundaries, mingle with other spirits and enter other lives. His world view is as direct and simple as that of the child whose imaginary playmates are still real. For the culturally intact Native American of today, spirit communication is a practical, everyday experience. Dr. Mehl offers a detailed account of a ceremony in which a woman of mainstream culture experiences and incorporates the Native American way of perceiving.
The Native American world, though sparse in developed theory, is rich in experience, stories, and lore. Theory is implicit within its teaching tales and ceremonies and its rituals reinforce the implicit theory without requiring explicit statement.
Through my upbringing and participation in the Native American culture, along with my bridging to the dominant culture, I have developed a special perspective on the beliefs of Native America. While it is impossible for me to say if these beliefs were always the same, an understanding of the teaching tales in which journeys take place to the past or the future, or to the spirit world, suggests that they were.
Implicit within all these tales is a lack of sense of circular reincarnation. There is none of the philosophy of the wheel of karma or of the Hindu refinement of the soul through successive lives. Rather, the Native American world view is consistent with the statement by Seth, as channeled through Jane Roberts: “We are only here once and cannot hold more than one exposure to this vibrational field.”