The question of the happens to us after death has been with us through the earliest times. Neolithic burial sites demonstrate that the rites involved with a person passing out of this life was believe to become going on to a different sort of existence. From Hindu and Buddhist reincarnation beliefs on the Christian idea that the good are raised to a new life in The Kingdom of Heaven even though the souls with the not-so-good may, as outlined by different branches of Christian belief, serve period in purgatory cleansing their souls before you go on, or may descent into a dark abyss where they will be tortured throughout eternity.

What may be the truth. Is there some type of afterlife or perhaps our physical death this is the end. My personal belief tends for the latter but after certain personal experiences I don’t cling fot it belief with any great certainty. As Hamlet says to his friend Horatio in Shakespeare’s play, “There tend to be more things in heaven and earth Horatio than are wanted in your philosophies.”

Horiatio’s and mine too actually because one neat thing I have learned through aging is how little we truly know and understand of the nature of the world we reside in and from the characteristics that will make us human. It seems Socrates was right all of the years ago, the greatest thing we could nknow is we know nothing.

A certain form of “scientist” will always be eager to scoff and sneer on the notion that people engaged in researching a subject such as reincarnation ought to be described like a scientists. This only proves that certain kind of scientist will not truly understand the meaning in the word “science.” All too often these people conflate science with mathematics, insisting the universe works according to a mathematical design and seeking to reduce a persons condition’? to some series of mathematical equations. We should pity them, their narrow minds operate on railway tracks and they’re always too able to start a witch hunt against any situation that challenges their mathematical certainties. (Anyone who desires to know the true worth of mathematical certainties needs to make a living backing racehorses or playing the roulette wheel.)

So perhaps there is any chance reincarnation may be possible?

<A HREF=" Ian Stevenson former head in the Department of Psychiatry with the University of Virginia, and now Director from the Division of Perceptual Studies with the University of Virginia. is often a psychiatrist who may have spent decades studying cases of young kids who remember information on their past lives. Most of those children are now living in India, and some are now living in the Middle East. There have been very well documented cases in the USA and Europe nevertheless the nature of western culture is such that many examples are usually dismissed as the vivid imaginings with the childish mind. Not surprising really, what sort of parent would risk subjecting a young child on the rabid harassment of white – coated inquisitors or the rabid attention of the tabloid press?

Unlike many researchers in on the paranormal before him, Dr. Stevenson doesn’t use hypnosis in the research, he could be adamant that under hypnosis both children and adults are way too suggestible for anything they say to become treated as reliable evidence. Thus to keep objectivity in their studies he and the team depend on interviews with fully conscious subjects, their loved ones and friends and people with whom some may have been acquainted during the past life. What emerges from these investigations will be verified by documented evidence before it is accepted as being a genuine case of reincarnation. (<A HREF=" Ian Stevenson on You Tube)

Instead of relying on hypnosis to confirm that an individual has experienced a previous life, the investigator instead decided to collect thousands of cases of kids who spontaneously (without hypnosis) remember a past life. Dr. Ian Stevenson uses this method because spontaneous past life memories inside a child could be investigated using strict scientific protocols. Hypnosis, while valuable in researching into past lives, is less reliable from the purely scientific perspective. In order to collect his data Dr. Stevenson methodically documents the youngsters statements of an previous life. Then he identifies the deceased person the little one remembers being, and verifies the facts of the deceased person’s everyday life that match the youngsters memory. He even matches birthmarks and birth defects to wounds and scars about the deceased, confirmed by medical records. His strict controls systematically rule out all possible “rational” explanations for the kid”??s memories.

A reincarnation investigation’? might commence with a child telling parents or family members through the moment they are able to speak coherently about her “other family”, giving details including previous name, the name from the village or town, the way in which of death, as well as the names of her parents, siblings, aunts, etc.

Such children, to draw in the attention of Dr. Stevenson or other researchers into the paranormal, must also show behaviour patters and also the emotions that would fit with the past-life person. Some may feel themselves to be of a different religion (or perhaps the case of Hindus, caste), or to become of a richer or poorer background compared to biological family.

There are even documented cases of such children actually being capable to speak almost fluently in the language the first sort person spoke (this is whats called “<A HREF=" or may remember stories, songs or dances from the previous lifetime.

When these cases occur word are certain to get around about the newborn’s statements and in the small, close knit communities of rural India and the middle eastern countries, someone in another village will recognize a tale about the someone they knew in the past, who died years before. The past-life loved ones are contacted, and arrangements are produced for a visit. This is all rather vague and informal so where does Ian Stevenson’s claim to have carried out his research with scientific rigor come in.

Most of the time Dr. Stevenson only hears with the cases thereby is only able to contact families after a good deal of informal research continues to be done, but in a few cases he has become able being there if the first meeting came about. Dr. Stevenson always takes cautious notes and contains other people observing and taking notes as well, to defend against him making mistakes and to make sure the reporting is accurate and fair.

In a large number of these cases (no less than 250 very strong ones, and a huge number of lesser cases), the kid will make as much as 40 specific statements about her past life, and a lot of these turn out to become true. In one specific case of a first meeting utilized as an example of Dr. Stevenson’s methods, the kid, a girl in India was capable of point out her former relatives even though people were deliberately looking to to trick her; and she behaved toward them they way you are likely to expect a young child being with very familiar people. Emotionally too, the girl behaved as one could expect, including reacting to some people she liked while others she has not been so interested in . She was capable of give personal, intimate details that only the past-life person would have known, like where a container of jewelry was hidden inside the house, or even a secret she had told only 1 person, a romantic confidante. (The reincarnate child will not need to have died as being a child in reality most are recalling lives as adults. The fact that they are party to things known only by husbands or wives defies any explanation other than reincarnation or some form of psychic ability.) It would be pointless to url to all Stevenson’s documented cases available online but this is a worthwhile resource.<A HREF=" cases suggesting reincarnation – Google e-book

Another very convincing proof that an interest knew somebody inside a past life Dr. Stevenson is knowledge of <A HREF=" birthmarks or birth defects. Some in the children who’ve memories of your past life have strange birthmarks, distinguishing features or physical deformities or perhaps some cases things which relate on the way the previous incarnation died.. In a couple of cases Dr. Stevenson has been able to search for the autopsy records of the previous person, and match up the photographs showing how they died, with the newborn’s birthmarks. In several cases, a kid remembered being shot and killed inside a previous life, and remembered enough details that Dr. Stevenson could track down the autopsy records for that past-life person. The autopsy records showed the location where the bullet entered and exited–and the kid had little round birthmarks matching the autopsy.

In the same case, a boy who had past-life memories had a splotchy birthmark on his chest that seemed like scars–when he gave the name with the past-life person, Dr. Stevenson located the name, found the autopsy report, and saw that the previous-life person have been killed by a shotgun blast for the chest. The pattern with the holes within the autopsy looked like the boy’s birthmarks.

During his original research into various cases involving children’s memories of past lives, Dr. Stevenson had noted with interest the fact children displaying psychological sings they remembered previous lives frequently bore lasting birthmarks which supposedly related to the death they suffered inside a previous life. Stevenson’s research into birthmarks and congenital defects continues to be of particular importance for your demonstration of reincarnation, mainly because it furnishes objective and graphic physical proof of reincarnation, superior towards the – often fragmentary – memories and reports from the children and adults questioned, which regardless of whether verified afterwards can not be assigned the identical value in scientific terms.

Continuing the objective examination of scientific rigor on this research, in 35% of cases investigated, children who died an unnatural death were affected inside the new life by related phobias. If, as an example,’? that they had drowned in a very past life chances are they’ll frequently created a phobia about swimming or jumping into water.’? If they died inside a road accident they would often be unduly nervous about traveling in cars or on buses.

Another frequently observed unusual form of behaviour, which Dr. Stevenson called philias, concerns children who express the wish to eat different types of food in order to wear clothes which were different from that relating to their culture. If a youngster had developed an alcohol, tobacco or abusing drugs as an adult inside a previous incarnation he could express an excuse for these substances and develop cravings while very young. In similar vein, many study subjects with past-life memories show abilities or talents that they had in their previous being.

Until now each one of these human oddities have been a mystery to standard psychiatrists, particularly Freudians – in the end, the mother and father could not be blamed for their children’s behavior in these cases. At long last research into reincarnation is shedding some light about the subject. In the past, doctors blamed such peculiarities over a lack or perhaps a surplus of certain hormones, but increasingly weight loss researchers stick to the trail blazed by Dr Stevenson,’? there will probably have being some rethinking from the conventional wisdom.

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