I don't have much time for those who do not believe in Spirit, the afterlife & reincarnation. The gap is too wide to fill. I own rather spend time with people who have already figured it out.
It is unfortunate that some religions and other social practices have thrown out this concept. It is a stretch for some to believe and it is a stretch for me to bridge the gap between those like me who have experienced Spirit and remember past lives.
I cannot imagine believing otherwise. Yet, I never went looking to see Spirit or for memories of past lives, it just came to me. I was lucky that way. I saw my Spirit Guide when I was 16 years old, and many times since then. I did not think about the afterlife until I faced death in the eye at age 32. I did not think about reincarnation until I came on path and started remembering, dreaming about my past lives.
I can see why people don't want to remember the past, the history of humanity is written in blood. Our past lives were horrible, many of them were anyway. I do also remember some good ones. But not believing just perpetuates the endless cycles of repetition of old dysfunctional patterns. Imagine knowing that the issues you have today, you have had for many lifetimes! Would that inspire you to change something? If you believe you have only one shot at life, that to me would be devastating and incomprehensible. Life is too vast and varied to only have one life in one body. I have experienced so many different realities in different lifetimes.
Seeing Spirit can be scary at first. Especially if there are scary Spirits around you. But not seeing them is just as harmful if not worse. I always thought that what you can't see has more power over you than what you can see. At least you know what is influencing or affecting you in some way and can have a say in what to do about it. Seeing my Spirit guide brought me lots of joy and comfort. Knowing that someone was there for me, protecting and guiding me was humbling. I have done house blessings with ghost (unresolved people who are stuck in the in-between) and some were scary and dangerous. I have seen my Mother cast out demons in her Christian prayer circles and I have cleansed demons out of place myself in a Shamanic way.
As for the afterlife, I have seen that too. I saw where my Mother was going as I sat by her deathbed. And I saw her for many years after that. She appeared in my dreams, staying in touch, letting me know how she was doing and even when and where she reincarnated! Even my cat kept in touch after she died, but then she was more than a cat, she was a familiar.
I am truly blessed to have such experiences, dreams and visions. Yet, it is my faith that brings them to me. It is that old oxymoron that "You must believe in order to see", which is actually true. But even when I don't see or I forget or stop believing for a moment, part of me knows that all is in its rightful place, that I am being guided, loved and protected in spite of my ignorance or lack of faith.
Such is the nature of the Universe.