Last Updated on February 20, 2016
One of the strangest stories to hit the media in a long time is the story of Rachel Dolezal, a civil rights activist and president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP, who was outed as a White woman misrepresenting herself as a Black woman. Dolezal claims that she is Black, but her estranged parents have provided proof that she is, in fact, White.
The news has triggered outrage from some and Twitter jokes from others. While it’s not unheard of for a Black person to try to pass as a White person, it’s more unusual for someone in the majority culture to try to pass as someone in the minority culture.
While most are saying that Dolezal misrepresented herself, what if, in fact, she is identifying with who she was in a past life? There are many cases of people having beliefs, fears and attachments that don’t make sense in their current life. However, these traits made sense when viewed from the lens of a past life.
For example, a person who is afraid of flying might have a past life regression only to find out that he or she died in a plane crash. Upon learning that bit of information, the dread they feel at the thought of flying makes all the sense in the world.
So what if Dolezal is experiencing something similar? What if she identifies so strongly with the African-American race because she was an African American in a past life? What if that lifetime is one that she holds particularly close and she identifies so strongly with it that it supersedes what her experience in this life has been as a White woman?
In some cases, when a soul dies before accomplishing certain things in a lifetime, that soul may bring those same goals to a new lifetime.
Say Dolezal experienced a traumatic event as a Black man or Black woman, such as being lynched. Could that create such an impression on her soul that she still identifies as a Black person and chooses to be an activist for the Black community? Could that also be part of the reason why transgender people feel like they are trapped in the wrong body?
Is it too far-fetched to believe?