If you’ve ever met someone and felt like you knew them — even though logically you knew that you didn’t — you may have wondered about the concept of past lives. Reincarnation is the belief that we live multiple lives. Many people believe that each life has a purpose and we learn different lessons that lead to our soul’s overall evolution.
One of the interesting things about past lives is the belief that we sometimes carry over thoughts and memories from previous lives. Sometimes we may also bring our fears. For example, if you have a fear of fire, perhaps you were burned in a previous life. Likewise, there is the belief that many of the people in your current life were also a part of one or more of your past lives. For example, a spouse today could have been a parent or child or sibling in a past life. A friend that you have a close bond to could have been a spouse in a former life. Often when you meet someone and feel like you’ve known them forever it’s because you have.
Critics and cynics may say that you can’t prove past lives and that you’re making up what you consider to be past-life memories. However, a new book dispels some of those notions. In the book Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives, Dr. Jim B. Tucker provides case studies of children who have past life memories — they remember details that they could not possibly know through logic alone. The great thing about this book is that Tucker looks into the claims that the children make and they are accurate, which raises the big question: How could these children possibly know all of these facts?
Tucker’s work is actually a continuation of the work that doctors at the University of Virginia have been doing for the past 50 years. They investigate cases of children who have past life memories to try to get a handle on what exactly is going on in these cases. Dr. Ian Stevenson started the project at the University of Virginia and Dr. Tucker took over the project after Dr. Stevenson’s retirement.
If you’ve wondered whether past lives can possibly be true, this book is definitely worth exploring.