Reincarnation: Are there Past Lives?

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 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.



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 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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Also feel free to post your ideas about reincarnation in the comments below. Many spiritualists claim that there is no such thing as reincarnation and past lives and future lives. Do you agree. They say there is no proof of reincarnation. Please add your thoughts below. And for a bit of fun you can also take our online Past Life Test

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  • Barbara Ruth Campbell Mar 4, 2019, 6:28 pm

    I attended several teachings at KPC in Poolesville, MD in 1997 and 1998. One of the nuns told me that Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo (an American woman who was recognized as a tulku) could see a person’s past lives superimposed over them. This nun met Jetsunma and felt like she needed to listen to her. Jetsunma then proceeded to tell the young woman who she had been and why her life now was such a mess. The woman converted to Buddhism and became a nun. I met a few Tibetans over the years who said either they had the ability to see images of another’s person’s lives or their teacher could do this. I also met a few Hindus who swore that they could “see” past lives on a person. A waiter in an Indian restaurant in Edison, NJ while serving my mother and myself lunch, stared at me and said that was once a great guru. My mother had Alzheimer’s at the time and would have temper tantrums if anyone talked to me so she started to act up and the poor fellow left.

  • Carmen Oct 6, 2018, 9:54 am

    It’s a place in NYC that people could go to find out about they pass life. Reincarnation I will like to know about it and also how much

  • Ryan McMahon Jun 3, 2017, 4:12 am

    Ever since I was a little boy I always felt that the person who I always thought to be my mother in this life that I’m harboring around in just now is still my mother. It’s that feeling I had when I thought for a minute that I have two mothers and I think it’s stemming back because I had never gotten over her I’ll also tell you my reason for why, I started having these visions of this beautiful woman in a black cloak who would used to stand at the very back of my garden. As I started to grow up she disappeared out of my mind and as the years past I never ever saw her as a “physical being” as in seeing her in the real world as of now she remains a part of the “fragmented memories” in the back of my mind from which I believe to be from the previous past life.

  • Lulu Feb 5, 2017, 3:18 am

    I did a regression on YouTube and regressed, I had name, year, what I was doing, wearing, who I was with, and where I was going. I looked it all up after to find this person existed and has made perfect sense to why I’ve done some things and why connected to certain people. I sobbed so hard after the regression, all the flooding of memories.

  • Heather Jun 11, 2016, 4:10 am

    I had recurring dreams growing up as a child of a closet that had a crawl door at the back that would open into an entirely different house made of bright lights more tunnels and odd rooms. (Rooms being oddly tilted or pointy around the walls but the floor flat). The idea of hidden rooms had me actively seeking places like this. My guardians took me to castle Loma as a child because I was desperate to see the hidden tunnels beneath the castle. I remember being disappointed. Funny enough as a late teen I told my older sister of the dream, she told me she had a similar dream as a child but instead of finding odd rooms and bright colors her closet cubbyhole led to an open world outside, but looking down from the sky. Both her and I never mentioned these dreams until almost adults to each other. The dream seemed intense like there was somewhere I was suppose to go.

  • Tovapoo Apr 19, 2016, 3:59 am

    I always thought that in a past life I was an Queen of Hawaiian or Egyptian decent, I also love old romance novels like set in the early 1900’s. (English)

  • Sadie Sep 14, 2015, 9:09 pm

    I found this article to be fascinating and agree that research proves reincarnation is relevant across the world to many different cultures.
    My personal experience with this theory has been outstanding and a monumental piece of my spiritual growth and personal development. I have always been aware that my soul is very old, even as a small child, I could reminisce on times long before and make note of subtle differences in this life. I had a reading from a past life therapist who highlighted a couple of the more relevant lives and explained that these may come up based on current significance to me verses others who’s themes were not as poignant. Through his reading, I was able to affirm a handful of experiences I felt intuitively. Later that year, I was able to further confirm two in particular through researching my family lineage. I feel that past lives can hold a key to our purpose on this earth and through exploration believe that one can experience a healing of karmic past and move on to a heavenly realm. I also believe that some souls have a choice as to if they wish to return. Fascinating article, thank you!

  • Saira Apr 21, 2015, 10:23 pm

    Thank you, your answer is a relief. I will work harder in my unresolved issues that I may have with my therapist.

  • Saira Apr 19, 2015, 9:58 pm

    I have a problem with a recurring dream that I have had since I was 16 or perhaps, even younger. Since I could remember at the age of 16, I have had this recurring dream that I am being chased and followed by an unknown man. I was always afraid of him and it would always happen in public spaces like buildings and streets. Then the recurring dream had stopped when I got involved in a unrequited love relationship with a high school friend for a really long time. After it took me 5 years to move on from the relationship that nearly destroyed me, 2 years later moving into a new neighborhood, the recurring dream returned and got much more worse.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 21, 2015, 10:27 am

      This is not a dream about past lives or reincarnation. You are running from unresolved problems that probably happened when you were about 16 and the dream occur every time you feel similar stress.

      • Saira Apr 21, 2015, 11:46 pm

        I want to believe your response but with all due respect – half of my comment did not get though to you although I must admit – I do have unresolved issues that I am working really hard on in my psychotherapy sessions.

        • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 28, 2015, 10:03 am

          Long posts get truncated as it would swamp the comments. You can post long messages, ask detailed questions and personal stories etc in my Community Forums.

  • Andrea Apr 5, 2015, 2:52 pm

    I strongly approve on the existence of a past life. I want to say I don’t have any certain memories from which I could extract any clues regarding my past life but I can say I feel a strong link with the English architecture from the 19-20′ centuries as well as with their attires from that era. I once had a dream where I was walking on a large stone paved street, and alongside there were old big brick houses and when I looked towards the end of the street, I saw a big steel gate. This dream made me feel a little uneasy but somehow I felt a small relief. Another weird dream was the one where I was in a cathedral or a big church. There was a dim light and I saw the windows which had the typical form of catholic churches…and in one corner, there was found a white middle height statue… I feel like I need some answers, could you help me please?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 8, 2015, 11:24 am

      This is the comments area to talk about the articles etc. If you would like ask questions about Reincarnation and Past Lives that require a personal answer I suggest you use the community forums on this site.

  • Linda Aug 4, 2014, 4:06 pm

    According to many tests, studies and even astrological clues:
    -I was a great writer or author.
    -I was tortured or depressed.
    -My first or last name began with an H.
    -I met my mother through conflict or war.
    -My dad and I have an inexplicable, long-term bond.
    -My first love and I were together before (his Sun conjunct my South Node).
    -I was born around 1800 AD(?!).
    What I know for sure:
    -My past life was not wholly pleasant.
    -I was PROBABLY a male.
    -Once I was at an antiques store and saw some records/vinyl discs. I looked at the art and style on the covers, probably from the 50’s-60’s, and it made me uneasy. I don’t know why. Maybe that’s when I died.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 18, 2014, 3:24 pm

      You fail to explain the evidence you were given. There are no tests for a past life except a few on line games and what were the astrological clues.

  • Andria Sep 23, 2013, 2:14 am

    I believe that energy is neither created or destroyed, only changed. A mix of spirituality and science. I think the possibility of reincarnation is absolutely possible. I’d love to talk to a psychic or medium, or whomever could tell me about myself more. I have always thought of myself as an empath. People’s emotions are hard to dismiss. I always bump heads with female bosses. The idea of our energies changing into new people is not really a hard thing to fathom. I continue to seek the truth and want to know more.

  • Suzy Aug 2, 2013, 3:47 am

    I use to tell my Mom at at the age of three, closer to four, that I wanted to go back to my other family and described things I never saw. I told her about toys, my house, the park. How I died. I was apparently hit by an antique car while crossing the street supervised by my nanny, who was wearing a bun and long black dress. I remember the parks black rod iron fence. I use to have black glove like hands come at me until I was about ten. They would come out of walls etc. SO maybe I was a little crazy or there is something more. Who knows? The goal is to be happy in the life you have. Past is just that.

  • K K Asthana May 12, 2013, 2:50 pm

    I want to know my past life. I have read books of Walter Semkiw. Waiting your suggestion and reply.

  • aira Mar 11, 2013, 10:28 pm

    Tell me who I was in a past life and who is my true love.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Mar 26, 2013, 11:02 am

      I am sorry but we do not give past life readings or personal advice about reincarnation via this article. You can however discuss reincarnation and past lives in out community area with other interested people.

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 13, 2013, 4:50 pm

    We had some comments on FaceBook about where to find a past life therapist to help recall reincarnation memories this looked helpful.

    I also had a regression with a lady called Diane Egby Edwards in Bournemouth who was very nice and would help you recall past lives in a relaxed state (Though not a full hypnotic regression) Anyone any good ideas where people could look for a really top-notch reincarnation hypnotist? Let me know and I’ll add the link. Google’s results for anything to do with spiritual topics are a little skewered nowadays to their advertisers and brand names so it’s harder to find real practitioners other than by word of mouth.

    Also the skeptics tend to debunk reincarnation though it’s good to see now that some people are debunking the debunkers. A good person to look into is Dr. Brian Weiss. Do you think reincarnation is unproven, can be explained simply as a belief or is there some proof out there?

  • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jan 13, 2013, 3:25 pm

    I recently did a radio interview about group souls and reincarnation. We spoke a lot about the Cathars and having provable memories of past lives, spiritual history of the world, group reincarnation, the Cathars, and more.

    I’d be interested to hear your comments. What do you think about some of the topics raised in the show?

    Have you an opinion about some of the topics discussed such as: the Cathars, why on our tours to France people seem inexplicably drawn back again and again. And how about the story of the priest Berenger Sauniere of Rennes-le-Chateau who died in 1917 and/or his housekeeper/confident Marie Denarnaud who died in 1953. Is there something special about this story – have people reading this had reincarnation memories of this time?

    Thousands of researchers have spent countless hours researching them and looking to them for answers to mysterious activities there in Rennes-le-Chateau and surrounding areas. Have you some ideas to share?

  • Kristine Jul 11, 2012, 9:17 am

    Fascinating. I certainly believe in past lives and have had many sessions where psychic ability clearly eludes to karmic connections that go beyond the now. Thanks for sharing… K

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