The Intriguing World of Reincarnation: Delving into the Evidence and Studies

Reincarnation is a widely debated topic that explores the possibility of the continuation of one’s consciousness or soul in another body after death. While the concept has deep roots in many religious and spiritual traditions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism[1], it has also attracted the attention of researchers and scientists seeking to examine the claims and find empirical evidence. This article will dive into the fascinating world of reincarnation, exploring some of the most compelling cases and scientific studies in search of proof and evidence.

The Phenomenon of Past Life Memories

One of the most intriguing aspects of reincarnation is the phenomenon of past life memories, in which individuals claim to recall experiences from previous lives. Dr. Ian Stevenson, a prominent researcher in the field, dedicated his career to studying such cases, focusing primarily on children who demonstrated spontaneous memories of past lives[2]. Dr. Stevenson meticulously documented over 2,500 cases in his research, with some of the most notable cases including:

  1. The case of Shanti Devi: Born in 1926 in Delhi, India, Shanti Devi began recounting details of a past life in Mathura when she was just four years old. Her claims were later investigated, and many of the details she provided were found to be accurate, including the names and addresses of her alleged past life family members[3].
  2. The case of James Leininger: A young boy from Louisiana, James began having nightmares of being shot down in a plane and exhibited a deep knowledge of World War II aircraft. His parents later discovered that he had accurately described the life of a pilot named James Huston, who was killed in action during the war[4].

Studying Reincarnation: Methodologies and Evidence

While anecdotal accounts of past life memories are fascinating, researchers have sought more rigorous methodologies to study the phenomenon of reincarnation. Some of the primary methods used in reincarnation research include:

  1. Hypnosis and Past Life Regression: Hypnosis has been used as a tool to help individuals recall memories from past lives. One of the pioneers in this field, Dr. Brian Weiss, has reported many cases of individuals under hypnosis providing detailed accounts of past lives, which were later verified through historical research[5]. However, skeptics argue that such memories could be the result of suggestion or confabulation.
  2. Birthmarks and Physical Resemblances: Dr. Ian Stevenson’s research also included the study of birthmarks and physical resemblances in individuals claiming past life memories. He found that in some cases, birthmarks corresponded to injuries or wounds from the alleged previous life, suggesting a possible connection between the two[6].
  3. Cross-cultural and Cross-religious Studies: To account for potential cultural biases in reincarnation research, some studies have focused on examining cases from a diverse range of cultural and religious backgrounds. For example, Dr. Jim Tucker, a colleague of Dr. Stevenson, has expanded the scope of reincarnation research by investigating cases in the United States and other Western countries, where the belief in reincarnation is less prevalent[7].

Challenges and Criticisms

The study of reincarnation faces several challenges and criticisms from the scientific community. One of the primary concerns is the difficulty in establishing a clear cause-and-effect relationship between alleged past lives and current experiences. The possibility of suggestion, false memories, and confabulation further complicates the investigation of past life memories[8].

Additionally, the concept of reincarnation inherently challenges the materialist worldview prevalent in modern science, which posits that consciousness is a byproduct of the brain and ceases to exist upon death. This clash of paradigms makes it difficult for reincarnation research to gain mainstream acceptance.

Nonetheless, the growing interest in the study of consciousness and the nature of reality has spurred some scientists and researchers to take a closer look at the evidence and claims surrounding reincarnation.


The concept of reincarnation and the study of past life memories present a fascinating and complex area of research. While anecdotal accounts and rigorous methodologies have provided some compelling evidence, the phenomenon remains shrouded in mystery and controversy. As our understanding of consciousness and the nature of reality continues to evolve, the exploration of reincarnation may offer valuable insights into the human experience and the mysteries of existence.

Source List

[1] Bowker, John. “Reincarnation.” Encyclopedia of World Religions, edited by John Bowker, Dorling Kindersley, 2006, pp. 280-281.

[2] Stevenson, Ian. “Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation.” American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 124, no. 2, 1967, pp. 164-170.

[3] Lommel, Andreas. “Reincarnation in Shanti Devi’s Case.” Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, vol. 49, no. 1, 1955, pp. 3-11.

[4] Leininger, Bruce, and Andrea Leininger. “Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot.” Hay House, 2009.

[5] Weiss, Brian L. “Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives.” Simon and Schuster, 1988.

[6] Stevenson, Ian. “Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects.” Praeger, 1997.

[7] Tucker, Jim B. “Life Before Life: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives.” St. Martin’s Press, 2005.

[8] French, Chris C. “False Memories and Reincarnation.” Skeptical Inquirer, vol. 30, no. 6, 2006, pp. 36-39.

The Almighty Escapism: Creating Distraction

Contention 1: Life is suffering.

Sword makers of old understood that the more they heated the steel, the stronger the blade would become. The mightiest tools have always been forged in the fiercest fires, and, likewise, the trials of man’s life sharpen the tenacious ones into razor-edged forces that shape the annals of civilization. To the initiated, life’s sufferings are turned to purpose, and this is why the greatest achievements in history are often preceded by the greatest defeats, because life, like the aged swordsmith, knows to test the metal it’s forged with before setting it to its Herculean tasks. Whether one defiantly taunts adversity or nestles into safety, life is suffering, and suffering is abound on life’s road to enlightenment.

Contention 2: Enlightenment is the purpose of life; we are all already enlightened.

Among the countless teachers professing to be enlightened, one of the most common yet ironically dualistic claims is that each of us is enlightened already. Christ, Mohamed, Zoroaster, Osho, David Icke and even Scientology’s L Ron Hubbard all pointed out that divine wisdom is our true nature. Yet, simultaneously, they say reaching for enlightenment is our reason for being, the so called great answer to life. Wait what! Become what I already am? Not being enlightened (or rather, aware of the inherent enlightenment ever-present) we struggle to wrap ourselves around how this double-talk isn’t some cosmic catch-22. If reaching for enlightenment is the highest purpose, then survey a thousand pedestrians on what they want more than anything and how many would say “divine understanding?” Not many.

There is a calculated purpose, though, behind why countless methods of realizing our divine nature within a single lifetime have been known to humanity for millennia, such as Kriya Yoga or sun-gazing, yet go widely unheard-of in general. Delusion is mandatory for existence. Yes, the transcending of mind, a necessary step, is often misunderstood to mean forfeiture of critical thought, and this is one of many pitfalls, but the harder pill to swallow and the reason for epidemic ignorance is this: Without deception, without lies, there is no meaning to anything.

Contention 3: There IS a soul; the soul DOES reincarnate.

Imagine the soul this way: energy, the pulsating power rippling through existence, the animating essence behind your beating heart and thinking mind, is inherently incapable of being either created or destroyed, according to the first law of thermodynamics; this power that drives you is absolutely eternal. This notion, for many, is proof positive of the immortal soul and its propensity for reincarnation. For the “seeing is believing” mind of western understanding, there is Dr. Ian Stephenson’s Expansive study into reincarnation back in 1975, lauded by the Journal of the American Medical Association as a “painstaking and unemotional” collection of cases that were “difficult to explain on any assumption other than reincarnation.” This study has been a vital resource in the tipping of the collective scales toward acceptance of this ancient belief structure. European Cases of the Reincarnation Type is the title but the study continues.

Ok, so what are you getting at?

So on the pretenses here that enlightenment is the ultimate purpose of life, reincarnation is an absolute, and this life cycle will continue indefinitely until the soul realizes its oneness with all existence, let’s take this train of presumptions one step further. When Hunter S. Thompson took his life after the end of the 2005 football season, perhaps it was because he understood this great truth: like water and breath, entertainment and distraction are a finite resource. Man’s inability to sit with himself in a quiet room can be seen as the root of all modern man’s problems in a perfect way, because distraction itself serves only one enormous overarching purpose: delaying pain. And pain, further still, is what we feel when we fear what we’ll realize when there is nothing left to worry about. When there is nothing left to consider, you are simply a human “being” (not a human ‘doing’ or a human ‘having’), just being, or, in other words, enlightened. Entertainment, therefore, is our barrier to enlightenment.

Contention 4: Life is but a dream.

Because we are all enlightened by default, all of civilization and its achievements can be seen as a massive distraction from this state of is-ness. When we are enlightened, the cyclical cosmic ride is over and we merge with the almighty oneness of existence, the Godhead. Here is the point. In order to perpetuate existence, collectively we must be distracted from the truth, because the truth is there is no existence (Descartes said, “I think, therefore, I am,” but I only think I am, therefore, I am what I think).  If it seems at times that everything is a lie or too crazy to be true, that is because it is… Everything the senses perceive and interpret is a fabricated dream we are collectively creating to allow the Godhead (us) to experience itself as the illusion of less than everything. That old stoner question of “if God is so powerful, can he make a stone that not even He can lift,” has an answer: You are God, and you have told yourself the stone is too big so you can experience your only limitation, lack of limitation. Without believing the illusion that you are separate from the mountain, moving mountains makes no difference.

So what does any of this have to do with creation?

Creation, in every conceivable form, from writing a novel, doodling a stick-figure, building a desk, or amassing an empire, all expand the Godhead. Here’s how. Your unique experiential wisdom, through what you create, is transformed into a vessel for others to divine new relative wisdom, previously unexperienced.

When we consume escapism and distraction (TV, drugs, games, work, sex, anything at all), it eventually leads to boredom (“I’ve already seen this movie, heard this story, been here, done that a million times”). The boredom, in its beautiful necessity, drives us to create (a new game, new idea, new records and feats), adding to the collection of consumable distraction from is-ness for the hive. Rinse. Repeat. But every creation is meaningful in its own way, as a portal to move another into your same state of consciousness. This is why the greatest art wells up the strongest emotional charge.

Starting in the mid-60’s, Dr. David Hawkins lead a 40 year global kinesiological study on levels of human consciousness, with hundreds of thousands of subject. His findings systematically proved man’s divinity. His map of levels of consciousness (above), on a graded scale, showed how even the most ignorant of racist rants (terrible) holds value, because there is wisdom to be found for an audience of child-rapists (more terrible).

When we create, we activate a higher level of our minds, advancing ourselves. But through advancing ourselves, we contribute to the advancement of humanity as a whole via the ones we affect and the ripple effect. When Roger Bannister became the first in history to run a mile in under 4 minutes, he lifted a veil of possibilities that 36 others, in only the subsequent year, followed him beyond. When you create, the realm of the possible expands.

When you learn you have the power to move mountains, you’ll know you were already the one who put them there.


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Deep Storage Project

I’m not much of a gambling man, but one thing I’d bet my life on is that future humans will have the power to reincarnate anybody with just a single strand of their DNA.  The documentary “Jurassic Park” pretty much proves it.  For those of you that agree with me, there is a way to safely store your DNA so that humans of the future can bring you back to your former glory and watch you sulk around eating Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey in your underwear.
It’s called the Deep Storage Project, and it is happening this year.

A gigantic steel sculpture, 8 by 8 by 8 meters, filled with blood and hair samples from 5,000 wiling ‘investors’ from around the world will be lowered 11,000 meters below us into the Marianas trench. Sound crazy? That’s because it is. But I have to admit that as pointless as it sounds, it intrigues me as much as other, similar time capsule projects. According to the Deep Storage Project’s website, the rationale behind the project is that:

Science is progressing faster than the greatest philosophers dare to predict, so who’s to say that there won’t be a point in the future when these samples can’s be utilized to bring people and endangered species back to life? It could be 500 to 100,000 years from now. Who knows? But this is a chance to be there when it happens! How will we have evolved? How will humans be different?

The Deep Storage Project will place a total of five identical sculptures all around the world, at the deepest points of the planet’s oceans. The team will also be placing sculptures on land as a ‘testament to the myth of the ocean stored versions.’ Whatever that means.

Check out the site to find out more about becoming part of the project for only $100 and potentially living forever in savage, future-human captivity.







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