“I could well imagine that I might have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had to be born again because I had not fulfilled the task that was given to me.”
I wrote in part one my idea of what reincarnation is. In part two I’ll present some compelling evidence for the existence of reincarnation. There are many things that point to its existence. A few examples are: Past life regressions, where a therapist guides the subject, using hypnotic regression, back in time until the subject reaches a past life. Then there’s xenoglossy, when one seems to know a language not formerly learnt. Some people may have spontaneous memories of past lives, and some child prodigies, piano virtuosos, for example, claim to have known how to play in a past life. Some people have uncanny dreams of previous lives.
The following case is hard to dismiss: Alaskan Tlingit fisherman Victor Vincent told his niece Irene that he would be reborn as her son, showing her two scars from earlier operations. Victor died in the spring of 1946. Eighteen months later, Irene gave birth to a baby boy. The baby had two birth-marks at the exact location as Victor’s scars. When the baby was thirteen months old he insisted his name was Kahkody; Victor’s tribal name.
In another case, a three year old boy claimed he was murdered in a past life by an axe. He had a long birthmark on his head where he was struck. His family took him to many villages, until he finally recognized one. The boy suddenly walked up to a man in the village and said “I used to be your neighbor. We had a fight and you killed me with an axe. I even know where you buried my body.” The boy then led his elders to his body, and later, to the axe. Consequently, his killer confessed his crimes.
Four year old Edward hated rainy days and often complained of severe pain in his throat, he would say his shot hurt. After questioning he said he was in the trenches and described his life in the first world war, and how he was shot in the throat and killed. He eventually developed a cyst in his throat. After sharing more stories of his past life the cyst disappeared.
Then there’s the story told by a man who’s sister was born the year his father’s mother died. His father told him that as soon as his sister was old enough to talk, she said to the father: “I am your mother.”
I’ll let psychiatrist, physician, and well known reincarnation researcher Dr. Ian Stevenson have the last word: “We are not obliged to believe that every case that suggests reincarnation has to be explained as an example of it. What we consider is whether there are some cases (or at least one case) in which there is no other explanation and reincarnation seems best to connect all the data.”
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