Possession & Past Lives

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. 

Not all reincarnationist cultures believe that our actions in one life are punished or rewarded in another, while analysis of credible reincarnation cases shows no convincing evidence for karma.

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

Examines verified reincarnation cases collected by Ian Stevenson and other investigators that provide a scientific basis for understanding the implications of self-killing,

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.

Discusses criticisms of reincarnation research made by Paul Edwards, Leonard Angel, Keith Augustine and other sceptics, also non-survivalist alternatives proposed by some parapsychologists. 

A list of 31 reincarnation cases in which records were made of a subject’s memory claims before they were verified, removing any question about what subjects had said before their memories were confirmed.

The investigative reincarnation literature includes at least some specious cases. The ethereal nature of past-life memories affords great scope for fantasy-based and even fraudulent claims, made...

In some documented cases of the reincarnation type, the individual appears to have been reborn in a country different than the one in which his or her previous life ended.

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.