"It is never a question of belief.  The only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true.  The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him.  The cosmos would be a fairly chaotic place if laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief."
(Paramhansa Yogananda)

Reincarnation has been part of or connected with all the world's major religions at some stage througout history.  This includes not just Buddhism and Hinduism, but also Christiantity and Judaism.  Further, many of history's great minds have believed in the existence of past lives and reincarnation.  From Plato and Pythagoras, to Carl Jung, Walt Whitman and Thomas Edison.  And today, there are many who seek to show that reincarnation is not a myth, but in fact a reasonable hypothesis to explain many unusual phenomenon.  

That said, there is of course, no 'soul DNA' yet, no scientific method that can currently prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that reincarnation exists.  However, just because there are not yet scientific tools to track and measure something does not mean it isn't true.  And indeed, there is a significant amount of 'evidence suggestive of reincarnation' which is difficult for a reasonable mind to dismiss. I've included some of this below.

Evidence Suggestive of Reincarnation

I've included a summary of some of the key evidence which suggests the existence of reincarnation below.  Much of it is taken from and discussed in Jim Tucker's book - Life Before Life. I highly recommend this book, as it provides detailed case studies and information about the scientific research that has been done in this area. 

Children's spontaneous Memories of their Past Lives

When adults are regressed to their past lives, or otherwise have spontaneous memories, even where the information they recall would be almost impossible for them to have known from any other source, it is difficult to use this as conclusive proof, even when their sincerity is not in question.  This is because it is arguably possible that they have read about a lifetime similar to the one they have recalled, or seen a movie, or otherwise come into possession of the information to do with their past lives, and forgotten about having done so. 

However, when children - and particularly young children aged four or less - provide information about their past lives which they could not possibly have known from anywhere else, the evidence is more convincing.  Drs Ian Stevenon and Jim Tucker, from the University of Virginia, have been researching and documenting such cases for years. They have thousands of documented cases of children who have very specific and personal memories of their past lives, where there is almost no other reasonable explanation for how they came into possession of the information.  Here's one example from Nazih, taken from Jim Tucker's book:

At an early age, Nazih (born in Lebanon) described his previous life to his parents and siblings.  He said that he had lived in a small town not that far from where his parents lived.  He claimed to have had a pretty wife and young children when he died, and that he lived in a two storey house with trees around it and a cave nearby.  He said that he had died when he was shot by a group of men. Nazih kept demanding that his family take him back to his previous house, which they eventually did when he was six years old.

When they got to the town, his parents asked him for directions to the house, which he gave them correctly.  When they arrived at the house, they asked some of the locals if a man who lived in the street had died violently.  They discovered that a man named Faud had died from a gun shot ten years earlier. 

They then went to his house, and Faud's widow was there.  She then proceeded to ask him a series of personal detailed questions such as 'Who built the foundations of our house?', 'Where had he kept his guns when he was alive?' and 'What had caused their daughter's serious illness many years previously?'.  Nazih was able to correctly answer all these questions without hesitation and described other incidents to her.  She became convinced that it was him.

Faud's brother then arrived and Nazih ran up to him saying "Here comes my brother Adeeb."  Adeeb asked for proof, and Nazih told him of an obscure gift he had given him previously.  Adeeb then showed Nazih a picture and asked him the names of the people in the picture.  Nazih was able to name them all accurately.

There are, of course, other people who have written about and documented cases of children who remember their past lives.  The following video is an example of a story that was run on Fox News in the US.  It tells a story of an American child whose parents believed his story of his past lives, despite having come from a conservative christian background:

Child Prodigies

If any of you know your average three year old, try and imagine them:

  • writing sonatas that will still be popular in hundreds of years;
  • learning great literary works, like La Fontaine, off by heart;
  • learning a foreign language and speaking it fluently.

These skills are beyond most of us who are well beyond the age of three.  And yet Beethoven composed his first sonatas at the age of three. Voltaire learned La Fontaine's fables off by heart at the age of three. Stuart Mills (born in the UK) had learned Greek by the age of three without the advantage of living or learning from a native speaker. And by the age of six, Mills had written a History of Rome.

When looked at in the context of a soul moving between lifetimes, it becomes far easier to understand these amazing feats.  In fact, without this context, it's almost impossible to reasonably explain how these achievements would be possible.

Regression Study - Dr. Helen Wambach

Dr. Helen Wambach conducted a study where she recruited 1000 random American volunteers. Volunteers were not advised that they were to be regressed, to avoid selecting only those with a belief in past life regression.  Each of the volunteers was regressed to four time periods - 500 BC (the time of Ancient Rome), 25 AD (around when Christ would have lived), 1700 AD (colonial America) and 1850 AD (the wild west in the US).  For each regression she documented their gender, dress, location, social class etc.  She hypothesized that if past lives were made up, that a group of American adults would associate the various time periods with the stylised eras most commonly associated with the time (eg. Christ at 25 AD).

The outcome however, was quite different.  Of those that she regressed:

  • Only half of them were in the US in 1850, and most of them were in the South and East (and not in the Wild West).  Of the remainder, 23% were in Europe and the balance were scattered.
  • In the 1700s, only 16% of them were living in the US, and a significant portion of these were Native Americans.  50% were living in Europe and the balance were scattered.
  • In 25 AD, nobody had heard of Christ.
  • In 500 BC, only a handful were in Rome and the rest were scattered around the world with the majority being in the Near East and Asia. 

Significantly:

  • None of the people regressed were famous.
  • Ten percent were upper class, twenty to thirty percent were middle class and the balance were living in near poverty or in it, which is probably a realistic depiction of the past.
  • Details of clothing came up as consistently accurate, even where the people felt that what they were seeing was incorrect as it didn't match their preconceptions of what they 'should' be seeing for that time period.
  • And 50.6 of the lifetimes were as males (with 49.4 as females).  Again, this is what you would expecct over time.

Dr Wambach concluded from her study:

"If people were reporting stories they had read, they weren't the stories most common in our culture. Either all my subjects were quite sophisticated and managed individually, without consultation with each other, to come up with lives scattered neatly in the appropriate historical patterns, or hypnosis does tap into real memories of the past."

Pulling all this together

Both myself and others who work with past life regression can give you example after example of clients who have, when regressed, given information which outside of the context of an actual past life regression, it is difficult to understand how they have come into possession of it. People who have given obscure details of locations and names that they have never heard of before, and have had no idea how they could otherwise have known of them.  As I stated earlier, it's hard to use these regressions as proof, as its difficult to discount that they could have obtained this information from another source.

Nevertheless, taking into account these regressions as well as the evidence I noted above, it is difficult to definitively explain without reference to past lives. Alternative explanations include fraud, fantasy and genetic memories. Fraud could arguably be an explanation for some of it, but particularly with the cases of documented children's cases, there is normally no material benefit, and it means coming under scrutiny from outsiders, which was often unwelcome to the families affected. Further, if the documented case of children are fraud, the chief 'fraudster' is a young child - hardly the most reliable con artist.  Further, particularly in cases from India, there are plenty of examples where the parents would actually have preferred their children's past life memories were disproved, particulalry where they came from a lower caste.

Fantasy is another possible explanation for past lives, but with the children's cases particularly, there are just too many detailed and verifiable facts provided, such as full names of people they knew, for fantasy to be a viable explanation.

Genetic memories are also suggested as an alternative. Personally I think this is because 'genetic memories' is the closest term that science can come up with to describe past lives memories. The problem, of course, with attributing past life memories to genetics is that it would require you to be related to the person whose memories you had in this lifetime.  Whilst this does happen, that people reincarnate within the same families, it is far more common that they don't.  Without a direct genetic link to the past life remembered, genetic memories need to be dismissed as a source for this information.

As I said earlier, there is no method that exists currently which can prove that past lives exist to a scientific certainty.  There may be in the future, but not right now. In the meantime, it is difficult for someone with a truly open mind to discount the possibility of reincarnation in the light of so much evidence suggesting its existence.

Does Past Life Therapy prove Reincarnation?

Past Life Therapy is NOT about proving the existence of reincarnation.  If you are considering Past Life Therapy for the sole purpose of proving (or disproving) reincarnation to yourself, then think again. Spend your money on one of the books I reference in this article - as they are far better source of proof than any session I (or anyone else) could do with you.  

As I have said a few times on this page, whilst people often 'remember' or 'recall' events or information during sessions which they believe they could not have known other than through a Past Life, sceptics will rightly tell you that they could have read that information somewhere and just recalled it.  Or they could have seen a movie on the topic and forgotten it. And in today's internet age, where information about almost anything is at our fingertips, it's difficult to establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you recall information about something during a regression, that you couldn't have known it from somewhere else.

Chickens and Eggs

And of course, if you assume for a moment that we have lived before, you are often attracted to things which remind you of your past lives.  There is a sense of familiarity about them - whether conscious or otherwise. 

For example, I did a session for a guy a few years ago who was in their early twenties.  He told me that he had been obsessed with World War One ever since he was a child.  He had read every book he could find on it, seen movies etc.  And when we did some regression work together, the very first life he went to was in fact a life from World War One.  When we finished the session, instead of being convinced, he looked very sceptical about his memories, saying that he knew all the information because he had read so much about World War One. 

And this is where we get the Chicken and Egg conundrum - which one came first?  Was this person interested in World War One because they had lived through it?  Or did he 'create' a memory of World War One because he had read so much about World War One? A sceptic seeking to disprove the existence of reincarnation would suggest that he had fabricated the memories because he had significant knowledge from this lifetime about that event in history.  Another observer however, might ask "Why was that person interested in World War One specifically and not any of the other 20th century wars?"  They had no family in that War.  There were no other connections.  So why the interest? 

From a Past Life Therapy perspective, it's actually irrelevant.  As I have stated on other pages in this section, we don't use Therapy as a means to validate that you have lived before, which means that anything that your unconscious mind produces - whether fabricated or actual memory - will work for the purposes of the Past Life Therapy.

Now, I personally believe that the reason Past Life Therapy is so effective is because it does represent memories of real experiences.  But it's still irrelevant to the process.

The Final Word

I'll conclude this brief discussion on evidence suggestive of reincarnation with a video from Dr. Robert Almeda from Georgia State University, commenting on Dr. Ian Stevenson's study on reincarnation.