Is this the Best Evidence yet for Past Lives?

By Jacob Devaney on Thursday February 4th, 2016

Do you believe in past lives

How spontaneous children's memories might be a sign of reincarnation

Have you ever had an unexplained fear, deja-vu when visiting a new place, or met someone who felt strangely familiar the first time you met them? Reincarnation is an idea that has existed around the world forever yet many are still quick to dismiss it. Recent cases have built a foundation to verify past lives and shed light on the importance of considering the world through this lens. If you or a loved one has ever experienced these unexplained phenomena then you will be happy to know that you are not alone.

The accepted scientific Law of the Conservation of Energy states that energy can not be created or destroyed but only changes form. That means that the energy that animates our lives was here before we were born and it will be here after we are gone. Some people call this energy our “soul” but the question still remains, can this energy have memories from it’s previous forms?

We shall live again. – Native American Ghost Dance Saying

Alt text hereDo you believe in past lives?

Memories that we cannot explain

Since I was a kid I had memories that I can not explain. Are they manifestations of dreams, my imagination, or actual memories passed through my ancestors genes down to me? I naturally entertained all of these ideas first before considering the possibility of reincarnation. Something about reincarnation just seemed to defy logic in my mind yet whenever I shared these stories with others I was surprised to learn that my experiences were not uncommon. Then I met Carol Bowman.

Carol is a researcher in the filed of past lives who has curated the worlds largest database of personal stories about the topic. She has numerous books including Children’s Past Life Memories: How Past Life Memories Affect your Childwhere she documents peoples experiences that build a case for this important field of study.

Her journey in the field took on an added dimension when her children began telling her detailed stories and accounts of events that happened before they were born. She appeared on Oprah Winfrey with her son who recounted memories from the civil war. On that show a panel of experts confirmed that the child knew things that had actually happened which are not written about in history books.

Alt text hereMany children have memories that cannot come from this lifetime

Are children remembering past lives?

The vividness and emotional maturity with which toddlers relate facts from adult lives—and even tell of their deaths—signals that something extraorindary is happening here.  These children have much to teach us.  Children’s past life memories is a phenomenon with far-reaching implications for every person who is curious about the truth of reincarnation and wonders about their own past lives.
-Carol Bowman

This is more common than you might realize. Children’s stories are often discounted as an overly-active imagination yet thanks to increased awareness about the topic, researchers are able to document this phenomena and study it. One of the most popular of these is about a little boy named James Leininger whose fascinating story has been shared on multiple television programs. Watch below to see how the events in his family unfolded and how they shed light on this emerging field of study.

Airplane Boy

Engaging in the stories and feelings of children’s stories

Focusing on children’s past life memories is particularly revealing for adults as well. Many of us have years of conditioning or have such busy lives that these stories may not emerge as easily. Even if you don’t personally believe in past lives it is still valuable to engage the stories or feelings that emerge for you or your children.

Usually they are not ego-oriented (I was Naploeon, or Queen Nefertiti in a past life) but more emotionally-oriented, irrational and tend to be unresolved (I have a deep fear of wolves, or I feel sick when I hear thunder). Below, from Carols website, is a list of why recognizing children’s past life memories is important.

  • Children’s spontaneous memories offer the best evidence yet for reincarnation
  • Parents (and grandparents) of young children who are familiar with the signs can recognize the memories when they happen in their own children.
  • So that everyone, whether parents or not, will see children differently, as experienced souls who have come to us for a reason.
  • Because children’s memories resonate and legitimize adults’ experiences in past life regression therapy.
Alt text hereTranspersonal realms of the human spirit are being revealed

Being open to exploring the unknown

If you are interested in reading other peoples stories there is an online forum. We live in a time when the various transpersonal realms of the human spirit are beginning to reveal themselves in amazing ways.

Even if you have never had a past life memory or if you don’t personally believe in them, there is good reason to explore the mysteries of your own psyche and share your stories with others. It is this kind of openness along with desire to explore the unknown which will guide us to new depths of understanding and compassion as a people.

How do you feel about this article? Join the conversation.

Jacob Devaney

Founder and director of Culture Collective, creative activist, musician, and producer.




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I had dreams as a toddler that were very vivid and profound.


Can you still remember them? If so perhaps you could write them in a private journal.


What a bunch of baloney!

Rosco Jones
Rosco Jones

The conventional concept of reincarnation are based upon time being a linear/sequential function. In this one life begins sometime after an earlier one has ended. The past is over and done with; the future lies only in our imagination and the present moment is the only “time” that is real. Science and its understanding of how reality works is changing. Quantum physics, multidimensional/multiverse reality, simultaneous time etc. cause us to look at the idea (possibility) of reincarnation differently. When you look at reality as a complex probability wave matrix with “time” being little more than a type of location with… Read more »

Daniela Norris
Daniela Norris

Well written piece. Those who do not want to be convinced will never be, and that’s ok, I have no problem with that. And those who are open the possibility might find evidence if they seek it – of course what everyone considers evidence differs from one person to the next!


I have to hold testament that I myself experienced this. When I was 1-3 years old. I had such strange habits. Unexplainable. Like I had a developed full personality and preferences that a 3 year old never could have in the short time he had to live. I knew dances I never saw from anyone. Had the instant urge to get a possy to follow me. And strange familiarities with memories I never had in the house I grew up in. I was a fully developed character when i was 3. And this faded away, slowly, as I became 4… Read more »