Possession & Past Lives

Reincarnation may be defined as the return of a nonmaterial essence (soul, mind, consciousness) to another physical body after death. Reincarnation beliefs are widespread in the world today and...

Early accounts of past life memories show similar features to more recent investigated cases, suggesting that this is a natural phenomenon, not one based on religious or cultural beliefs. 

Spontaneous ‘past life’ memories in children are often accompanied by phobias that correspond with remembered traumas, especially those that resulted in death.  

In some cases of spontaneous past-life memory, children recall having hidden money or other valuables in their previous lives and show where these may be found.

Memories of a life as a member of the opposite sex are often accompanied by behaviours and preferences appropriate to that sex, suggesting that past-life influence may underlie some cases of gender identity conflict. 

In certain documented cases of the reincarnation type it appears that the individual was reborn in a different country to the one in which he or she had lived in the previous life.

Since China occupied Tibet in 1959 there have been several reports of prominent Tibetan lamas reincarnating as Westerners, with the intention of spreading Buddhist teachings to other countries.

Universal, near-universal and culture-linked patterns can be discerned in the dataset of reincarnation cases.

Corresponding birthmarks are commonly observed in the case of people who remember a previous life, but also other physical signs, such as  facial structure, eye form, skin colour, physique, and other features. 

In replacement reincarnation, a person remembers the life of someone who died after he or she was born. In psychical research, these cases have been called anomalous-date cases, possession, and...