Have you ever wondered about the possibility of past lives? Some of you know I devote a whole section on Past Lives at my website.
Through the years I’ve researched and explored the various possible reasons and causes as to why people feel as they do, and where some of their fears, phobias, habits, preferences, etc. may come from. Certainly a large percentage of our behavior is shaped by our childhood and our conditioning growing up, as well as by genetics; however, there is still so much about our behavior that doesn’t always seem to be explained by events in this lifetime.
How do we explain a 3 year old child who seems to have an amazing instinct and ability to play piano brilliantly, yet no one in their family plays, nor has the child ever had lessons? I’ve had adults who come in and share they’ve had a horrifying fear of fire ever since they were 4 – 5 years old and neither they nor their family have ever experienced a household fire. I’ve worked with children and adults for over 17 years now and am particularly amazed at what children have to say. While children do have a highly imaginative mind, they are also very honest and authentic about what they feel or seem to know.
I clearly recall in one of many cases I’ve worked with, one adult client (I’ll call her “Susan”) shared with me how she was sitting one day with her 4 year old son looking at a big picture book of planes from World War II. Her son suddenly said to her out of the blue: “Mommie, you know, I use to fly one of those when I was big”. She shared how over time her young son talked quite frequently about planes and how he used to fly them. He was a very bright articulate little boy.
Another of my female clients shared with me an amazing story about how on several occasions, her 3 year old daughter kept saying: “when I was your mommie….” Now, while these simple phrases and statements alone do not prove anything for certain, what we do know from extensive researchers such as the late Dr. Ian Stevenson
is that it is quite common for children, age 2 – 5 years of age to have what seems to be spontaneous memories of other lives which they talk about openly and frankly as if it were no big deal. Most children, if not encouraged to talk about it, will forget these memories about the time they go to first grade. The country of India has also amassed some of the most highly persuasive cases about reincarnation and their children, worth researching if this is of interest to you.
I ran across a 5 part video link I thought I’d share with you posted on utube by Jim Tucker, MD. He is a board-certified child psychiatrist, and directs research into children's reports of past-life memories at the University of Virginia Division of Personality Studies. He worked with Dr. Ian Stevenson, the founder of this research, for several years before taking it over upon Dr. Stevenson's retirement in 2002. His book, Life Before Life, explores the various features of this worldwide phenomenon, describing numerous cases along the way.
If you’ve ever been curious about this topic, I hope you will enjoy this 5 part video series on YouTube.