Past Lives – Scientific Evidence

Edgar Casey, known as the most prolific prophet of our time, was the first to bring past lives to light in the 20th Century. His many readings are archived at the Association for Research and Enlightenment center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

A convincing form of confirmation that we live more than one life is demonstrated by those who have experienced past lives as a result of spontaneous memory or hypnotic regressions. The details are documented in many countries, and the authenticity of many of these examples cannot be disputed or an alternative explanation offered.

Established by Hazel Denning, PhD, 1980, IARRT, the International Association for Regression Research & Therapies Inc., (formerly – Association for Pastlife Regression Therapies) is the first professional organization for regression practitioners. IARRT provides education and research in past life regression and metaphysical healing.

The scientific community more often than not refutes the proof of past lives. However, there are many scientific examples, some of them highly convincing. In a case reported by Dr. Morris Netherton an eleven-year-old boy, who when under hypnosis was taped speaking in an ancient Chinese dialect. This astonishing taped regression was taken to a Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of California, where it was found to be a recitation from a forbidden religion of ancient China. (Fisher 1986:202.)

In the past ten years, multiple independently researched reincarnation cases have emerged, which reveal that from lifetime to lifetime, people have the same facial features, personality traits, passions and even linguistic writing style. The most compelling cases involve those in which children have spontaneous memories of a past lifetime that can be factually verified. The case of James Leininger, aired on ABC Primetime in 2005, and the case of Anne Frank/Barbro Karlen, are examples. See reference below.

Walter Semkiw, MD the author of Return of the Revolutionaries: The Case for Reincarnation and Soul Groups Reunited and Born Again independently researched reincarnation cases that demonstrate objective evidence of reincarnation, including the cases of neurosurgeon Norm Shealy, Police Captain Robert Snow, Asst. Fire Chief Jeff Keene, and William Barnes.

The case of Robert Snow, a Captain in the Indianapolis Police Department, in charge of the Homicide Division, was initiated on a dare by a fellow police officer. Captain Snow, in his book, Looking for Carroll Beckwith, relates that he only did a regression so that it didn’t look like he had “welshed on the dare.” Captain Snow did not believe in reincarnation and did not expect to have a meaningful experience. After his regression, Captain Snow researched Beckwith’s life by studying an extensive diary found in Beckwith’s belongs. Of the 28 specific memories Snow documented from the regression, such as the painting of a hunchback woman, 26 were verified through his research. Though initially reluctant to accept reincarnation as the basis for his regression experience, Captain Snow finally came to the conclusion that he was Carroll Beckwith in a prior lifetime. Snow states that the evidence he compiled would stand up in a court case and that no plea-bargaining would be offered if it were a murder case.

Past lives can also be derived from spontaneous memories and confirmed in past life regressions.

William Barnes, author of Thomas Andrews, Voyage into History, started having spontaneous past life memories when he was a child. Thomas Andrews, Voyage into History, is the story of Tommie Andrews, Titanic’s designer. Barnes’ motivation for writing this book is, in part, to clear Tommie’s name of any wrongdoing in the context of Titanic’s sinking and to document his vivid memory of this life time. In a recorded regression into the life of Thomas Andrews, Barnes spoke with a heavy Irish accent as he describes the ordeal of Titanic’s sinking and relives his death on the deck of the great ship.

Jenny Cockell had memories of living in Ireland. She remembered facts about her previous life, such as the name of her eight children. As a child Cockell drew a picture of a church and a map of her previous life’s childhood town, with an accurate description of her house etc. The impact of these memories disturbed her day-to-day functioning to the degree she consulted a hypnotherapist. After many past life regressions and armed with a list of several items-including two oval-shaped photos, one of her as a child and the other of a soldier she want back to the town where she lived in her previous life. She not only found the house with a rabbit hutch in the back (now in disrepair) where she died at a young age, leaving her eight children motherless, she found and met seven of her living adult children from that life time. Her oldest child, a son, although reluctant to meet with her eventually agreed. Together they compared memories-only one item on Jenny’s list of memories remained unsubstantiated by him. The ABC TV program 20/20 documented the reunion including a birthday party with her oldest child of her previous life.

The most profound researched proof of past live connections is documented by National Geographic DNA journey. You can explore your own genetic journey with Dr. Spencer Wells, Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project. DNA analysis includes a depiction of your ancient ancestors and an interactive map tracing your genetic lineage around the world and through the ages.

Diba Ayten Yilmaz, Past Life Regression Therapist, Turkey wrote. “One of my clients is a 39 years old woman, who is a computer engineer in IBM Turkey. At the first meeting she mentioned that she had felt an attraction to Russia since childhood. She found herself as a woman in Russia in the first Past Life Regression Therapy session. She sent her DNA sample to Genographic Project of National Geographic. The results showed that her origin goes to Russia! In the second regression session she found herself as a young woman in a small village, which she called Lappland. She had been killed by German soldiers along with the entire village.

After the session both women wanted to know if Lappland existed and if so, where. They searched the Internet and saw that there was an area called Lappland in Sweden. The second question was about the German soldiers. Yes, the German soldiers had killed all the people in the small village of Lappland in the late period of World War II.

The amazing thing is; after the session she checked her Genographic results again on National Geographic. The NG follows and updates the DNA journey results and saw that her DNA has a connection to Lappland!

If you want to see her DNA results I can send it to you. You can check your DNA results on NG or do you know someone who has checked?”


International Association for Regression Research and Therapies

National Geographic – Genographic Project

Source by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

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