Reincarnation

 


Introduction

Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life’s actions. This doctrine is a central tenet of the Indian religions. It is also a common belief of various ancient and modern religions such as Spiritism, Theosophy and  Eckankar. It is found in many tribal societies around the world in places such as Siberia, West Africa, North America and Australia (source: Wikipedia).

Although the majority of sects within the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam do not believe that individuals reincarnate, particular groups within these religions do refer to reincarnation; these groups include the mainstream historical and contemporary followers of Kabbalah, the Cathars, the Druze and the Rosicrucians.  The historical relations between these sects and the beliefs about reincarnation that were characteristic of Neoplatonism, Orphism, Hermeticism, Manicheanism and Gnosticism of the Roman era,as well as the Indian religions, has been the subject of recent scholarly research. (source : Wikipedia)

It could be that Dr. Ian Stevenson, a distinguished psychiatrist, has scientifically proven the existence of reincarnation and he may possibly be regarded as the “Galileo” of the twentieth century.

Hywel Davies, the Chairman of Hearing Voices Network Cymru (Wales) believes that we have all lived before and that in his previous lives, he was Judas Iscariot, a Cathar (13th century French “heretic”) and James VI of Scotland/James 1 of England. He was formally regressed into two of those previous lives in approximately the autumn of 1993 in Croydon, England.

 


Books

Dr. Ian Stevenson

European_Cases_of_the_Reincarnation_TypeEuropean Cases Of The Reincarnation Type by Dr. Ian Stevenson(2003)

Many cultures accept that a person may die and then come back to life in another form, but Westerners have traditionally rejected the idea. Recently, however, surveys conducted in Europe indicate a substantial increase in the number of Europeans who believe in reincarnation, and multiple claims of reincarnation have been reported.This book examines particular cases in Europe that are suggestive of reincarnation. The first section provides a brief history of the belief in reincarnation among Europeans. The second section considers eight cases from the first third of the twentieth century that were not independently investigated, but were reported and sometimes published by the persons concerned. The third section covers 32 cases from the second half of the twentieth century that were investigated by the author. Many of these cases involved either children who exhibited unusual behavior attributed to a previous life, or adults who experienced recurrent or vivid dreams attributed to a previous life. In the fourth section, the author compares European cases suggestive of reincarnation with those of other countries and cultures.

 

Where_Reincarnation_and_Biology_IntersectWhere Reincarnation And Biology Intersect – by Dr. Ian Stevenson, 1997

Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children’s memories has been collected and matched with the data of their claimed former identity, family, residence and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in “reincarnation” and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. This book summarizes Stevenson’s findings which are presented in full in the multi-volume work entitled “Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Aetiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects”, also published by Praeger.

 

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Children Who Remember Past Lives – by Dr. Ian Stevenson (2000, 1987)

This is the revised edition of Dr. Stevenson’s 1987 book, summarizing for general readers almost forty years of experience in the study of children who claim to remember previous lives. For many Westerners the idea of reincarnation seems remote and bizarre; it is the author’s intent to correct some common misconceptions. New material relating to birthmarks and birth defects, independent replication studies with a critique of criticisms, and recent developments in genetic study are included. The work gives an overview of the history of the belief in and evidence for reincarnation. Representative cases of children, research methods used, analyses of the cases and of variations due to different cultures, and the explanatory value of the idea of reincarnation for some unsolved problems in psychology and medicine are reviewed.

 

 

Twenty Cases Suggestive Of Reincarnation  by Dr. Ian Stevenson  (1980, 1966)

Can anyone speak a language he or she has not learned normally, in childhood or later? Claims to have accomplished this are made from time to time, but only rarely do they receive support when carefully examines. In this volume Dr. Stevenson presents detailed reports of two cases taht seem authentic.

Authentic instances of speaking a language that has not been learned normally (responsive xenoglossy) suggest that another personality (perhaps one of a previous life) had learned the langauge. Cases of responsive xenoglossy thus add to the evidence concerning the survival of human personality after death.

 

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19e347049977cd832b0459ed16ba774cReturn From Heaven: Beloved Relatives Reincarnated Within Your Family  by Carol Bowman (2009)

What if you could see a loved one who has died, not in a future spiritual realm, but here and now, in this lifetime?

It is possible, says Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives and a pioneer in reincarnation studies. Based on in-depth research and direct observation of very young children, she shows in this groundbreaking book how common it is for beloved relatives to reincarnate into the same family. Typical families share how their children — some as young as two and still in diapers — speak spontaneously of intimate details from the lives of a family member they never knew. These true stories shed new light on age-old questions of family relationships: Do we choose our parents? What relationships survive death? What happens to the soul after a miscarriage or abortion? Bowman offers hope for anyone who has lost a beloved relative and longs to be reunited again.

 

959622Children’s Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child  by Carol Bowman (1997)

In this fascinating, controversial, and groundbreaking book, Carol Bowman reveals overwhelming evidence of past life memories in children.  Not only are such experiences real, they are far more common than most people realize.

Bowman’s extraordinary investigation was sparked when her young son, Chase, described his own past-life death on a Civil War battlefield–an account so accurate it was authenticated by an expert historian.  Even more astonishing, Chase’s chronic eczema and phobia of loud noises completely disappeared after he had the memory.

Inspired by Chase’s dramatic healing, Bowman compiled dozens of cases and wrote this comprehensive study to explain how very young children remember their past lives, spontaneously and naturally.  In Children’s Past Lives, she tells how to distinguish between a true past life memory and a fantasy, offers practical advice to parents on how to respond to a past life memory, and shows how to foster the spiritual and healing benefits of these experiences.

Perhaps the most moving, convincing, and best-documented evidence yet for life after death,Children’s Past Lives will stand alongside the classics of Betty J. Eadie, Raymond Moody, and Brian Weiss in its power to comfort, uplift, and transform our thinking about life after death

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