The Japanese Sun Goddess, Amaterasu, emerging from a cave. She is a Japanese deity that is linked to reincarnation.

Past Life Memories of Children and Past Life Regression: A Case for Reincarnation?

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There are times when a person feels like they have been somewhere before or just “knows” things or people without having met them before. Often we write this off as the strange experience of déjà-vu or a coincidence. Imagine that the experience multiplies and an individual says they remember exact details about other people, and places they have never experienced, maybe they can even speak a language never taught to them. Some people claim they have had these experiences - and scientists have taken an interest in their cases. Research has been done to try to find if there is validity to the experiences, but there are some instances where the situation has been unexplainable by science…could it be reincarnation at play?

Reincarnation: A Simple Definition for a Complex Idea

First it is important to take a short look at what reincarnation is about. It is not a synonym for past life regression (PLR) or past life memories, although these are often used as so-called “proof” of reincarnation. Reincarnation is also not necessarily a religious belief. Although it is associated by many with specific religions, it is not necessary that a person identifying with a religion accepts the prospect of reincarnation or a person to follow a specific religion to accept reincarnation either.

One simple definition of reincarnation (there are many) can be: the rebirth of a soul into another vessel. People who believe in reincarnation may see the body and mind as two separate entities. Thus the idea is that when the body dies the mind does not die as well; instead the mind (or spirit) leaves the body and continues its journey into another life. Reincarnation is also associated with karma in most beliefs, or the idea that the soul passes on a spiritual journey where the past and future are connected by life choices.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation. ( Himalayan Academy )

One must note that there are obviously many individuals that disagree with the concept of reincarnation in totality and see this as the only life (often doing the best they can to make it a good one!) Or see the end of this life as the means to reach a final resting place… be it “good,” “bad,” or neutral. The article here will not be focused on these ideas about the afterlife (themes for the future); alternatively, this article examines the experiences of past life memories and past life regression - two concepts that are often associated with reincarnation.

Past Life Memories in Children: Dr. Stevenson’s Lifelong Research Project

There have been numerous cases of children spontaneously “remembering” past lives. One of the most famous doctors associated with documenting these past life memories in children was Dr. Ian Stevenson. Dr. Stevenson, who died in 2007, studied over 2500 cases of children that reported past life memories. Of these, he said that 1200 of his cases could be objectively validated.

Dr. Stevenson mostly studied cases of past life memories in children from areas where reincarnation was a dominant belief (i.e. Asia, India…). From his forty years of research he identified seven common features to the past life memories of children, which he himself stated was only evidence, not proof.

  1. The child begins to describe a past life experiences as soon as (s)he begins to communicate.
  2. The child remembers details of his/her death from a past life.
  3. There is enough description provided on the family of the child’s past incarnation that the past family is eventually identified.
  4. There is continuity in the personality traits, preferences, and habits across the incarnations.
  5. 90% of the time gender also remains the same.
  6. Physical appearance, especially facial features, tends to be similar between past and present lives.
  7. Reincarnation renews familial/social relationships.

The Hanan Monsour/Suzanne Ghanem Story of Childhood Past Life Memories

Perhaps the best-known story in childhood past life memories is that of Hanan Monsour/Suzanne Ghanem. In the mid 1930s Hanan was born in Lebanon. In her twenties she married a man named Farouk Monsour.  The couple had two daughters, Leila and Galareh, but after their second daughter was born Hanan developed a heart condition and was told not to have more children. She ignored the warning and gave birth to a son in 1962. In 1963 Hanan’s health worsened and at the age of 36 she went to Virginia to have heart surgery. She tried repeatedly to telephone her daughter Leila before she had the surgery but was unable to communicate with her that she wanted her jewelry split evenly between her daughters if she did not survive.

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Reincarnation is a strange and unique experience; in this term, we have found that people are doing an unexpected activity with a stranger behavior.  We never understand the hidden facts about reincarnations and to know these facts, we are looking to hire professionals. They definitely get some hint of reincarnation and take preventive steps to deal with these situations. https://www.certifiedcoaches.com/blog/your-life-is-fake/

I have posted this same answer on Quora which for convinience I'm pasting here:

I'm a medical man and I wouldn't be expected of talking on paranormal. In fact, I didn't believe in it earlier but having seen one case of reincarnation in my extended family made me change my perspective.

At one of the marriage function of my extended family, a child came running to me and my sister and identified both of us by name although we had never met him. We were confused as we didn't recognize him until later we were made known the story.

The child in case, was the son of his current mother's elder sister in his previous birth. I and my sister had met him at that time at a family function. We were quite young and he was quite elder to us that time. Unfortunately he committed suicide with a gun during his college days.

The most astonishing part is that the child has unusual scar marks on the skin at both the temples consistent with the mode of death he put himself into in his previous birth.

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This experience was of my school days. Some years later, when I was posted for psychiatry training during my internship, I asked the faculty there about past life regression: what was their take and how would they explain it? They answered, they had no scientific explanation for it. However, they tried to corroborate the subject's narrative objectively and they had data which would point to actual existence of the person bearing same name, living at the same place and corresponding to the same timeline as the subject would have narrated.

Should I not believe it? Only because my science is not advanced enough to explain it?

The Journey of Souls . . . I took a virtual tour - was in every moment of that read.

I have several strong memories that i have no idea if they are from past lives,
one of me in a brown dress, XIX century, in a very snowed city with red buildings i've always connected with Sweden, slipping on some iced steps and falling on my rear and a man by a horse carried sleigh laughing at me, another is my fear since child of explosions, fireworks etc and a fascination with Stalingrad i've never been able to call other thing than Stalingrad and a third of a 'me' as a child dancing at a wedding

Alicia,

what I find fascinating about Dean's story is his original experience in France and his up to date one in Mexico. Let's say re-incarnation is a reality. Could it possibly be there is something like a soul collective and these souls keep on getting re-born into different bodies, but they are always connected to the same group? Has it always been like that? We all have friends and family but could the reality be that even though people are of different appearance, gender etc, to friends and family of past generations, their souls are the same?

You often hear the saying, especially in regard to a young child, that he or she's been here before because of what they say and do. Maybe they have been here before and in most cases their previous life memories fade away as they get older.

Another fairly common occurence seems to be when you are drawn to go to a specific place for no apparent reason. When you do go you feel that you've been there before even though you have not. Is it because you have been there in a previous existence?

So many fascinating possibilities but sadly no real scientific evidence, yet.

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