Thank you, Mike. I decided to not be lazy and read through the links you gave me. There are no past lives, the Buddha must have used it as a tool to teach the uneducated, or those who could not comprehend truly, no-self. And because we are all one, I suppose he was right to say that he was all of those past lives. Because I am that, and that is me.
This essentially says that you are not born into another realm, physically. But your conciousness can become unto like an animal, a Ghost, an Asura, etc. He must have meant it all as a mindset, a state of being.
I was just trying to understand the Rebirth that is told to so many people, the one similar to an Afterlife. Where you go from body to body, life to life.
Bhikkhus! So it is that dependent on ignorance, volitional activities arise; dependent on volitional activity, Consciousness arises; dependent on Conscious ness, mind-and-body (namarupa) arises; dependent on namarupa, the six sense-bases arise; dependent on the six sense-bases, Contact arises; dependent on Contact, Sensation arises; dependent on Sensation, Craving arises; dependent on Craving, Clinging11 arises; dependent on Clinging, bhava (kamma actions, causing further existence) arises; dependent on bhava, rebirth arises; dependent on rebirth, there arise ageing, death, grief, lamentation, pain, distress and despair. In this way occurs the arising of this entire mass of dukkha.'13
Everything that makes you, you, is the result of your Environment (Society, Culture, Family, Friends, Etc), Genetics/Biology (Your brain which makes the mind possible, Inborn diseases such as Down Syndrome, or even Psociopathy, etc), Thoughts (Everything you think affects your mind, and the person you are), Speech (Same as thoughts, but words affect your environment as well), Actions (Same as Speech), and the Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Space, and Time).