Reincarnation – How To Know If You Have Lived Before? – by Tana Hoy
We’ve all heard many different reincarnation stories at one point in our lives. You might have read novels with reincarnation as its theme, or heard of stories from other people who feel they have been reincarnated.
But what is reincarnation exactly?
The Story of James Leininger
A popular reincarnation story is that of James Leininger, who was born on April 10, 1998. When he was just over two-years-old, he started having recurring nightmares of crashing in a plane.
During these same nightmares, his mother noted that he would be lying on his back while clawing at the covers, as if he was trapped in a plane. His parents’ started asking him questions about his nightmare, and they were surprised by the details that two-year-old James told them.
Little James’ Story
James said that he was flying a plane when it was shot down by the Japanese. When his parents asked him how he knew it was the Japanese, James replied “The big red sun.” James also had unusual knowledge for a two-year old about World War II aircrafts with propellers.
It was his mother who first theorized that James’ nightmares could be memories of his past life. His father had a harder time accepting this theory because he was an evangelical Christian, But because of the “symptoms” that his son was showing, he researched the subject of reincarnation with earnest.
It was only when he attended a Natoma Bay Reunion in September 11, 2002 that he was convinced that his son James was a pilot named James Huston, Jr, who died in World War II.
Little James mother also set up a phone call between little James and the surviving sister of James Huston Jr. She was able to verify specific details about the life of her brother that could not have been known by little James.
James Leininger’s story is a perfect example of reincarnation.
What is Reincarnation?
Imagine that your mind becomes a body of light that separates from your body whenever you go to sleep. When your mind is in this form, it goes deeper and deeper into a dream state. When your body awakens, your mind exits the dream state, and becomes one with your physical body again.
Death elicits the same process. When your physical body perishes, your mind separates itself and continues on into the next life. During the time death and rebirth, your mind goes into a process that is very similar, and when your mind is finally awakened, you wake up into your next life. This is the essence of reincarnation.
Proof of Reincarnation
Ian Stevenson, a Canadian American psychiatrist, researched and investigated the possibility of reincarnation. He had over 3,000 cases of children who could remember fragments of their past lives without the use of hypnosis.
Stevenson chose not to use hypnosis for recalling past life memories, as he felt it was unreliable from a scientific point of view.
Most of the children that he investigated came from Asia, where reincarnation is largely accepted. These cases almost always start out the same: the child states memories from a previous lifetime as soon as he/she can talk. The child would tell his current family that they are not his true family, and that they are calling him/her by the wrong name.
These children even remembered explicit details about their death in their previous lifetimes. A violent or a premature death was involved in 50% of Stevenson’s cases.
Stevenson would compare a child’s statements to actual facts of a deceased person the child claimed to be in his or her past life. Most often, the children would have irregularly shaped birthmarks that were identical to the wounds and scars of the deceased.
For example, in one of the cases, a child had birthmarks scattered on his chest. Stevenson compared the birthmarks to medical records of the deceased person the child claimed to be in his past life. The deceased person had wounds sustained from a shotgun blast on his chest. There was also another child who was born with a hand that had almost no fingers, and it matched that of a deceased person’s amputated fingers.
Stevenson compiled several of these cases in his book Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation for those of you who would like to learn more about his research. Scholars, and even skeptics, agree that Stevenson’s research is the best proof of reincarnation so far.
Discovering Your Past Lives
You may have already caught glimpses of your past lives before in dreams, but thought nothing of it. You can take this past life quiz to discover if you’ve reincarnated before, or if this is your soul’s first time.
1. Do you have recurring dreams that could possibly be memories of events you experienced in your past life?
2. Have you ever met someone for the first time, and instinctively knew that person’s likes and dislikes before she/he tells you?
3. Do you have any deep-seated fears that seem irrational because you have no traumatic experiences that could have caused your fear?
4. Does a particular smell, sound, or taste trigger images in your mind that have no basis in your current life?
Like James Leininger, who dreamt of his past life at the age of 2, recurring dreams is one of the most powerful signs that you may have been reincarnated/ And meeting people and knowing things you couldn’t have known about them might mean that you have already met them in your past life. Innate fears, knowledge, and talents, are signs that you may have had these attributes in a past life.
So if you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, then you have already been reincarnated before. If you didn’t answer “yes” to any of them, then that would mean that this is your very first lifetime.