Possession & Past Lives

Controversial 1950s regression hypnosis case, in which Chicago resident Virginia Tighe remembered verifiably accurate details of life in Ireland in the nineteenth century.

Englishman (1972–1995) who as a child expressed detailed memories of having been a German pilot shot down during World War II, together with matching behaviours and physical features. 

Overview of articles on reincarnation in the Psi Encyclopedia along with a partial list of cases of very young children who spoke of having lived a previous life, with brief summaries, some of which link to more detailed accounts. 

Considers the question of how the circumstances of a reincarnation are determined, with the evidence suggesting that many aspects of the new life are freely chosen by the individual. 

Noted case of dissociative identity (multiple personality) disorder reported by American psychologist Morton Prince in 1906.

English author whose books describe her memories of previous lives, some of which she eventually traced to real individuals and events.

Analysis of the celebrated Thompson-Gifford case of ostensible possession, examining its value as evidence of survival.

British woman who as a small child exhibited an obssession with ancient Egypt suggestive of a past life influence, and who became a respected Egyptologist. A possible case of replacement reincarnation.  

Apparent past-life memories may surface in the dreams of both children and adults, although only occasionally are they detailed enough to enable the previous life to be identified. 

Prominent behavioural characteristics feature strongly in some cases of past-life memory, as in the Sri Lankan case of Duminda Ratnayake. Duminda remembered having been chief monk in a famous...