Reincarnation: Are there Past Lives?

Are there past lives?
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Reincarnation  – a psychic talks about past lives.

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Is there such a thing as reincarnation and past lives? Many spiritualists argue that reincarnation is a myth and remains unproven. Read this extract from my book below and some of the cases I cite elsewhere and then post your views about reincarnation on the comments below.

Have you glimpsed a past life?

You have read stories from our casebooks that indicate that most of us, perhaps all, have ESP powers that enable us to communicate with the afterlife. You have also read about people who have seen into the future and past. And I have suggested throughout the text that people can even have glimpses of past lives. At this stage, it is incongruous to believe both in reincarnation AND in a spirit world but in the next two chapters I hope to show that this is not a paradox……

You only live once….. or do you? Reincarnation is one of the world’s oldest beliefs. It dates back to the times of the ancient Greeks and early Indian civilizations. Many people today, from all walks of life, believe that they have lived before. Here are the stories of some ordinary people with astonishing memories of lives from long ago.

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Previous Lives

Have you ever lived before? Perhaps you’ve had a recurring dream set in another time and place or maybe you have a nagging feeling that you were once someone else? Talk of reincarnation was once taboo but in today’s tolerant times’ many people are coming forward to say that they are convinced that they have lived before. The previous lives they describe are not necessarily about being a person of great importance. Most talk about the tedium of previous ages and often believe themselves to have been thoroughly unlikable characters.

Belief in reincarnation is common in the East, particularly among Hindus and Buddhists, but much rarer in our own culture. However, the concept is not entirely alien to us. The ancient Greeks, and particularly Orpheus, Pythagoras, and Plato, talk of the migration of the soul through different lives both human and animal.

The early Christian Church also accepted the principle, which was expounded by Gnostic and by numerous Church Fathers, including Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Saint Jerome. The doctrine was only declared a heresy 553 years after the death of Christ by the Second Council of Constantinople.

Research

In modern times there has been a great deal of research into the claims of people who say they have remembered their previous lives. One of the best-known cases concerns Shanti Devi, born in Delhi in 1926. At the age of seven, she told her mother that she had been alive before, in a town called Muttra. Over the next two years, her recall of events increased. Soon she was telling her parents about her previous husband, their house, and her three children. At the age of nine, a complete stranger came to the door to discuss business with her father. Shanti claimed she recognized him as her husband’s cousin from her previous life.

To the astonishment of everyone, the man did live in Muttra. He agreed that his cousin’s wife, Ludgi, had died ten years earlier. When the husband came to visit her, Shanti recognized him immediately and flung herself into his arms. When she was taken to Muttra, she was able to direct the carriage to Ludgi’s house and identified her father-in-law sitting in front of it. She also recognized her two eldest children, but not the youngest, whose birth had cost Ludgi her life.

Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation

There is now a growing wealth of cases like Shanti’s that are suggestive of reincarnation. Today many people are exploring ways to unlock their own lost memories. Some people have a spontaneous recall but there are also professional people who will help you unlock your hidden memories.

Most ‘Past Life Therapists’ use deep relaxation sessions or hypnotic techniques to guide their client back in time. Firstly they encourage them to recall events in this life and then back into early childhood. A point comes when they can ask the subject to now look to the time before their birth. They are told to recall what they see and feel. Some describe a period between lives where they live in a heavenly afterlife. Most jump straight to memories of other lives from history.

Psychological Explanation

Of course, this is a fascinating psychological experimentation. Regression into past lives has a therapeutic effect. There are many cases on record showing that the illnesses we experience in this life are the traces left by the traumatic experiences of past lives.

For example, a person suffering from severe eczema discovers that, in a past life, they were burnt to death. By reliving the experience they understand the root cause of their physical problems. The blemishes disappear after the therapy session. There are many cases on record where psychological problems and physical illness are healed after a period of Past Life Therapy.

In the East, reincarnation is described as the progress of the soul through many lives on earth. The soul goes through so many grades in a school, before it ‘graduates’ to the immortal perfection of oneness with the infinite. Throughout this progress, we accumulate karma which is a Sanskrit word taken from the word Kri to do and is used to describe the effects of past actions. The Western equivalent would be Christ’s maxim ‘as ye sow so shall ye reap’. In Hinduism, a man’s karma follows him from incarnation to incarnation until fulfilled or spiritually transcended.

Past Life Memories

Of course, all these ‘memories’ of past lives may be fantasy, genetic memories or even clairvoyance of the past. The brain is an incredible storehouse of unconscious memory. In a hypnotic trance, a person is coaxed to recall vast amounts of information. A page from a book glanced at in childhood is recalled word for word by a hypnotised adult many years later.  The miraculous cures could be psychosomatic and recalling past lives may just be a way of resolving psychological problems through fantasy.

The evidence for reincarnation will always be a subject for debate. The fact is that more people than ever before are coming forward to proclaim that they’ve lived before.

Psychic Casebook

This is an extract from my book The Psychic Casebook which as well as including cases of reincarnation and past lives also includes casebooks about life after death, angels, spirits and lots of casebooks from our psychic readings and work as mediums.

 

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Craig Hamilton-Parker

Craig is a TV medium, author and mystical teacher. I will approve and respond to comments that are short, well-written and on topic. For personal questions and experiences please post on our forums.
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