Possession & Past Lives

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...

American reincarnation case which holds the record for the number of memories of a previous life related by the child before the previous person, a Hollywood agent, was identified.

Well-documented American reincarnation case, in which a young girl remembered dying when an aeroplane crashed through her home, with statements written down prior to investigation.

Famous Indian reincarnation case of the 1930s, striking for the quantity, accuracy and persistence of the child’s past life memories.

Reincarnation beliefs are still found in Africa, associated with signs such as a parent’s dreams, a child’s birthmarks and other phenomena, including past-life memories.

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. 

Sri Lankan reincarnation case of a boy who recalled being an alcoholic bootlegger of arrack, whose personality and characteristic behaviours he displayed as a toddler.