Some Evidence of Past Lives in Everyday Life
When people look for evidence of their past lives, they usually look for complicated and exotic evidence, and tend to overlook the kind of things that are right beneath our eyes. Seeing the world with new eyes, and looking at things in the context of possible past lives can give us a whole new perspective on and an explanation for certain phenomena that have been and are still present in our everyday life. Here are some suggestions of possible past life experiences that can explain some present day situations and phenomena.
1 CHILDREN WITH ADULT MEMORIES
Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in areas where the concept of reincarnation is more readily accepted, for example in Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Cases have also been recorded in other cultures, among Muslims in Lebanon and Turkey, in West African tribes, and among Native Americans. Over 2,600 reported cases of past life memories, of which 65 detailed reports have been published, have been collected by Ian Stevenson. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their former identity, family, residence, and manner of death.Children's past life memories are often considered some of the most compelling evidence for past lives and reincarnation, because, considering the detail remembered, it would be almost impossible to fake this information by coaching. See Ian Stevenson's "Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation",, "Children Who Remember Previous Lives", "Unlearned Language: New Studies in Xenoglossy" and Carol Bowman's "Children's Past Life Memories‘.
2 DEJA VU EXPERIENCES
The "deja vu" experience is the feeling that we have been somewhere or done something before when it is pretty unlikely that we could actually have been there or had that particular experience - at least, in this life. In ‘In Search of Past Lives’, Peter Ramster investigated a woman called Cynthia Henderson who "remembered a life during the French Revolution. In trance, she spoke in French without any trace of an accent, understood and answered questions put to her in French, used a dialect of the time, and knew the names of streets which had changed and were only discoverable on old maps".Another case of déjà vu is described by Dr. Bruce Goldberg in "800 Year Old Case of Synchronicity". Dr. Goldberg had two clients unknown to one another who it became apparent had lived past lives during the same historical period. In different sessions years apart, they reported identical events from the opposing viewpoints of their past life personalities.( see Ramster "In Search of Lives Past" and Goldberg "Past Lives, Future Lives").
3 CHILD PRODIGIES & AUTISTIC SAVANTS.
Extreme forms of past life manifestations in children are the phenomena of child prodigies, (children who are born with the ability to rapidly acquire advanced skills in particular areas) and autistic savants (children who can perform complex mathematical or scientific calculations, or some other area of expertise, but who are lacking in the usual social skills).Child prodigies have developed certain skill sets in such a high degree in past lives that they have become a major part of their makeup. So when that soul reincarnates, the skills come along in the new body fully intact and a child prodigy is born. For example, Mozart believed that he had been a musician in many past lives where he had developed his wonderful skills. Similarly, General Patton believed he had been a soldier and military commander in past lives. Similarly, autistic savants reincarnate with fully developed skill sets but for some reason with a lack of balance between their mental and emotional bodies, so as to disable the emotional sphere, and put the mental body completely in control of the individual. This imbalance causes the savant to act in ways that are considered to be socially unacceptable, while retaining the ability to perform complex calculations or some other skill. The karmic goal of this existence may perhaps be to help bring the emotions back into shape and restore balance.
4 UNLEARNED LANGUAGE (XENOGLOSSY) Xenoglossy is the ability to speak or write in a language that the individual has not learned. It can be particularly difficult to explain cases in which the individual involved can write or speak in languages long extinct and known only to a handful of research scholars - unless we accept that the person may have had an important past life in a culture which used that language.The case of a blond, blue-eyed eleven year old boy who under hypnosis spoke in an ancient Chinese dialect. Has been reprted by Dr. Morris Netherton. When the tape recording was replayed to a professor at the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of California, the boy turned out to have been reciting a piece from a forbidden religion of Ancient China. (Described in Ian Stevenson's work "Unlearned Language: Xenoglossy").
5 MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES & SCHIZOPHRENIA. Multiple personality disorders (MPD) and/or Schizophrenia (SCH) can sometimes be the result of past life personalities that arise to help the present day person solve problem(s). The trouble comes when these past life personalities are not properly reintegrated back into the present day person's memory.What may be happening in these case is, that when an individual is in crisis, they seek to access the unconscious, that part of their brain where their past life personalities are also stored, to help them overcome it. When the crisis is averted, the pathway to that part of their brain is closed down again. In cases of MPD or SCH, the crises may be too severe, so that the closing down of the unconscious and with it the access to past life memory, is not able to function properly. The mind then has difficulty distinguishing between current and previous personalities. In a sense, the prior personalities come back to life and fight for the attention of the current body-mind.
6 JINXES & CASES OF EXCEPTIONAL BAD LUCK.
It can be difficult to believe the amount of bad luck and hardship that occurs in some people’s lives. Some seem to do their best, to work hard and try to be good and decent people - and yet they never have anything but the worst happen for them. It is a classic question of religion: how does a truly loving God let bad things happen to some of His children and not others? The answer in terms of the theory of reincarnation is - karma. As one has sown, so also shall one reap; and in this present life, we must each work out the effects, good or bad, of the actions we undertook in previous lives. In the time before this life, in the space between our past life and incarnation in this, we ourselves selected the circumstances of our birth, so that we would have the opportunity to learn the lessons we need to learn, and to work out the effects of the karma of past lives. Hence, it may sometimes be very hard to understand and accept, but we live the lives we chose for ourselves. Past life regression can be an extremely valuable tool for working out the effects of bad karma, and helping improve our opportunities and experiences in this life. Once we have understood what we did in a previous life, and accepted responsibility, forgiven ourselves or others involved, and learned the lesson posed, we are ready to move on from that experience. The karma is exhausted, the lesson learned, and the circumstances of our current and future lives can now be different.
7 GENDER IDENTIFICATION CONFLICTS
A common and frequently unnoticed effect of the influence of past lives on the present is in the area of gender identity. Past life experience can contribute much to an individual "feeling like" a man or a woman "on the inside".People who have had past lives primarily as one gender, or whose previous life as a different gender to their present one created particularly powerful identifications, may feel an incredible drive to change their present outer gender appearance to correspond to their inner emotional reality.
8 OBSESSIONS & COMPULSIONS
Every attitude and belief you have comes from somewhere. Obsessions and compulsions in this lifetime may sometimes be traced back to a past life where they originated. If the traits or the behaviours are disempowering enough in one's life today, then it becomes an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). In common with most traits and behaviours carried over from a past life into this one, it can be possible for OCD to be considered a learning experience. When the life lesson associated with the OCD has been fully learned and absorbed, the is possible for the disempowering behaviour to disappear. Sometimes, what is needed is for the individual to confront and understand the past life(s) where the OCD originated and integrate the necessary learning.
9 LOVE OR HATE AT FIRST SIGHT
Many people dream about looking across a crowded room and seeing the love of their life. "Love at First Sight" is a popular belief. Caesar and Cleopatra acted as man and wife from almost the first moment they met one another. Once Tsar Nicholas met Lady Alexandra, he - in an uncharacteristic act of stubbornness - refused to consider marrying anyone else. After Queen Victoria met Albert, she became determined to marry him. The same with King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the list goes on.
10 BABIES BORN ADDICTS, OR WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES.
The encounter with the problem of evil in the world is nowhere greater than in cases of babies born addicted to drugs or with severe physical or mental disabilities. How could we justify a loving, all-powerful God, who gives us only one shot at life, and allows some people to be born with such unequal opportunities? The theory of reincarnation and karma offers a possible solution to this, in that there has been some choice made prior to this life by these individuals, who are here to learn lessons of a previous life, or to learn new ones for the future. And they will have many subsequent lives in which they may have the opportunities they lack in this present one.
11 UNEARTHING BURIED TREASURES
A tangible form of the "deja vu" experience is what you might call "unearthing buried treasure". There have been documented cases of individuals retrieving things in a later life that they had hidden away in a previous one.Shanti Devi from New Delhi, India, at the age of four began to mention certain details about clothes, food, people, incidents, places which surprised her parents. Briefly, Shanti mentioned the following which were later verified to be true. She identified herself as Lugdi, who used to live in Muttra, 128 kilometres away. She knew that in her former life she had hidden 150 rupees in an underground corner of a room for safe keeping in the house. The husband of the previous life, Kedar Nath, confirmed that although the money was not there (when the case was investigated) he was responsible for finding it and taking it himself.