Possession & Past Lives


Birthmarks and birth defects have been noted on the bodies of children who remembered a previous life, in positions that correspond to the injuries that caused that person's death. Some two hundred cases have been documented. 

Describes how 'spirit mediumship' and 'spirit possession' overlap, especially as experienced in non-Western contexts.

The investigation of cases of infant children who recount, spontaneously and in detail, the intimate circumstances of a deceased individual they could not be expected to know anything about. 

Detailed and historically accurate 'memories of previous lives' are routinely elicited during  past life regression hypnotherapy. They are attributed by some to reincarnation and by others to unconscious recall (cryptomnesia).  

Spirit Release Therapy (SRT) is a clinical treatment sometimes used with patients who appear to be ‘possessed’ by a harmful spirit entity, and who have not responded to conventional psychotherapy or psychiatric methods. 

Recent cases in which recipients of heart transplants have appeared to take on dominant personality traits of the deceased organ donor are viewed by some as evidence of survival of death. 

Case Studies

Case from Thailand of a boy who, as an infant, began talking of memories of a 'previous life' as a boy from a farming family who was murdered at age eighteen.

Case study of an Indian boy who remembered a previous life as the pampered son of a corrupt Brahmin official in a distant city.

Indian case of the young daughter of educated parents who remembered a previous life as the wife of a Muslim blacksmith.

Case from Thailand of a young girl who, from the age of one, made detailed statements about a previous life as a Buddhist devotee.