January 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm #20273
Note: The details are interesting – most of those children remember a violent death. This suggests this is the po soul aspect that is reincarnating. The other shen may be from totally different aspects of their group/over soul. The fact the memories disappear after early age also suggests that the po has been re-integrated in with the other shen. This is why it may NOT be fruitful to pursue other life fragments as if they were your whole past life. You may just end up amplifying the fragment unnecessarily, inviting in traumas that are not really present life issues or at least expressed very differently.
“Life Before Life” by Dr. Jim Tucker. The
book summarizes forty years of research into young children’s reports of
past-life memories that have been conducted by doctors at the University of
Virginia Medical Center. Altogether, more than 2500 such cases have been
A SUMMARY OF THE MAIN DISCOVERIES PRESENTED BY “LIFE BEFORE LIFE”
by Sherry Stultz
– A rare number of elderly or dying individuals predict their future life.
Two groups of people are especially noted for this ability: the lamas of
Tibet and the Tlingitis, a Native American tribe in Alaska.
– Of forty-six cases reported among the Tlingitis, the previous personality
made a predication about his or her subsequent rebirth in ten cases. In
eight of the ten, the person gave the names of the parents to which he or
she wanted to be reborn.
– In several Asian communities, a family member or friend may mark the body
of a dying or deceased individual in the hopes that when that person is
reborn, the baby will have a birthmark that matches the marking. This
practice is know as “experimental birthmarks”.
– An “announcing dream” can occur before the birth of the child. Such dreams
usually occur in same-family cases, ones in which the previous personality
is a deceased member of the subject’s family, or in cases in which the
subject’s mother at least knew the previous personality. Cases from all the
various cultures have included announcing dreams, which have occurred in
approximately 22 percent of the first 1,100 cases investigated by the
University of Virginia Medical Center.
– Most children who talk about past life experiences do so between the ages
of two and four. The affected children almost always stop talking about
these previous lives around the age of six or seven, and then go on to live
normal lives thereafter.
– During the time that children are talking about their previous lives, some
do so in a very matter-of-fact manner, while others show great emotion. Some
children only make a few comments about their past life and only talk about
it at certain times, often during relaxed periods, while others talk about
it constantly and make many statements.
– The lives that children describe tend to be very recent ones. The median
time between the death of the previous personality and the birth of the new
one in only fifteen to sixteen months.
– With rare exceptions, almost all children describe only one previous life.
– Children tend to talk about people and events from near the end of their
– A child who describes a previous life that ended in adulthood is likely to
talk about a spouse or children rather than talking about parents.
– Few children report having been famous personalities. Instead, almost all
describe ordinary lives, often ending very unpleasant ways.
– Seventy-five percent of the children describe the way that they died in
their previous life, and the mode of death is frequently violent or sudden.
– Some children have repeatedly acted out the death scene from the previous
– Children may display intense rage toward the people they claim killed them
in a previous life.
– Phobias, such as an intense fear of water, appear to be related to
memories of a child’s previous life. Often these fears show up before a
child begins to report past life memories.
– Many of the subjects are born with birthmarks or birth defects that match
wounds on the body of the previous personality, usually fatal wounds. Such
birthmarks were not rare among the University of Virginia Medical Center’s
cases. A third of the cases from India include birthmarks or birth defects
that are thought to correspond to wounds on the previous personalities, with
18 percent of those including medical records that confirm a match.
– Many children demonstrate behaviors connected to the past life memories
they are reporting. For example, many have strong emotional attachments to
previous families and cry and beg for their current parents to take them to
see their previous family — and don’t relent until their current family
– Some children recognize people or places from their past lives.
– Some children are unusually fond of certain things, including foods the
previous personality enjoyed, including alcohol and cigarettes.
– Children often demonstrate unusual play, imitating, for example, the tasks
associated with a particular occupation in their previous life.
– Though most children do not talk about the time between lives, some do.
Their statements involve either events that took place on earth, for example
the funeral of the previous personality, or descriptions of other realms.
– Between 20 and 27 percent of Americans believe in reincarnation, as do a
similar percentage of Europeans.
WHAT “LIFE BEFORE LIFE” SUGGESTS REINCARNATION COULD MEAN:
“If these children are correct when they report that they lived before, then
part of us can survive the death of our bodies.”
“Perhaps we can stay close to loved ones as they continue their lives or
perhaps go to heaven or to other dimensions or who knows what.”
“We cannot change the mistakes we have made in the past, but being able to
try to do better the next time would certainly be a comfort. If we get to
live repeated lives, then perhaps we can make progress across lifetimes and
become better people.”
“When any of us grieve for loved ones we have lost, we would certainly be
comforted to know that those people have continued in some form and that
they may come back into our lives.”January 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm #20274
I came across this piece and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful fludity with which Deepak Chopra takes apart professional skeptic Michael Shermer’s cheesy debunking of Chopra’s book Life After Death: The Burden Of Proof.
The information supplied by Chopra is support of consciousness as the basis of reality (something modern science is terrified of doing) is profound and so striking that it’s entertaining. -A
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