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Advice for Parents of Children Who Report Memories of Past Lives

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Advice for Parents of Children Who Report Memories of Past Lives
By Jim B. Tucker, MD



A little boy named Joey talked a number of times about how his “other mother” had died in a car accident. One night at dinner when he was almost four years old, he stood up in his chair and appeared pale as he looked intently at his mother and said, “You are not my family—my family is dead.” Joey cried quietly for a minute as a tear rolled down his cheek, then sat back down and continued with his meal. His parents—and their dinner guest—sat stunned.


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At the University of Virginia Division of Perceptual Studies, we have investigated over 2,500 cases in which young children reported memories of past lives. Parents frequently ask us for advice on how to handle their children’s statements. While each case has individual differences, we can offer some general guidance that may be helpful.


First, it is important to know that these statements do not, by themselves, indicate mental illness. We have talked with many families in which a child claimed to remember another set of parents, another home, or a previous death, and the children rarely show mental health problems. These statements are generally made by children whose development appears to otherwise be just like that of their peers. They can occur in families with a belief in reincarnation or in families where the idea of reincarnation had never been considered before the child began making the statements.


When children talk about a past life, parents are sometimes unsure how to respond. We recommend that parents be open to what their children are reporting. Some of the children show a lot of emotional intensity regarding these issues, and parents should be respectful in listening just as they are with other subjects that their children bring up.


When a child talks about a past life, we suggest that parents avoid asking a lot of pointed questions. This could be upsetting to the child and, more importantly from our standpoint, could lead the child to make up answers to the questions. It would then be difficult or impossible to separate memories from fantasy. We do think it is fine to ask general, open-ended questions such as, “Do you remember anything else?” and it is certainly fine to empathize with a child’s statements (“That must have been scary” when, for instance, a child describes a fatal accident).


We encourage parents to write down any statements about a past life that their children make. This is particularly important in cases where the children give enough information so that identifying a deceased individual that they are describing might be possible. In such a situation, having the statements recorded ahead of time would be critical in providing the best evidence that the child actually had experienced memories from a previous life.


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At the same time, parents should not become so focused on the statements that they and their children lose sight of the fact that the current life is what is most important now. If children persist in saying they want their old family or old home, it might be helpful to explain that while they may have had another family in a previous life, their current family is the one they have for this life. Parents should acknowledge and value what their children have told them while making clear that the past life is truly in the past. We do not recommend that children undergo past-life regression hypnosis.


Parents are sometimes more upset by the statements than their child is. Hearing a child describe the experience of dying in a painful or difficult way can be hard, but both parent and child can know that the child is safe now in this life. Some parents may be comforted to know that the vast majority of these children stop talking about a previous life by the time they are five to seven years old. This is the age at which children become involved with school and also the age at which they lose their memories of early childhood, and the talk about a past life fades along with those memories. Very rarely, the memories will persist into adolescence or adulthood, though with much less intensity than during the younger years. In many cases, however, as children get older they do not even remember that they ever talked about a past life.


Overall, parents often find children’s claims to remember previous lives more remarkable than do the children, for whom the apparent memories are simply part of their experience of life. The children then move on from the memories to lead typical childhoods.


Blog from OpenCenter.org reprinted by permission of the author




Jim Tucker 140x122Jim B. Tucker, MD, is Bonner-Lowry Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson at the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies with children who report memories of previous lives. His first book on the research, Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, has been translated into ten languages. His most recent book, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives, tells the stories of recent American cases. His website is JimBTucker.com.


He will be featured at the A.R.E. Headquarters Conference Many Lives, One Soul: Reincarnation, Life Before Life, and Your Soul’s Plan from Sept. 26-28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va., with a presentation entitled, Return to Life: Extraordinary Cases of Children Who Remember Past Lives.

Do Animals Reincarnate?

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Do Animals Reincarnate?
By Ann Jaffin

Mona- dog-LionThe Cayce readings seem to tell us that animals may travel with us from one lifetime to another. Although there is not much information about this subject in the readings, what is there is fascinating. Most of what we find about the reincarnation of animals in the Cayce readings, we owe to Mrs. 268. When this lady asked about her past-life relationship with her niece, Cayce told her that they had been together in a Roman experience. The woman then asked about a possible past life with her little dog, Mona. Cayce calmly replied, “In the same experience.” Wanting to be certain that she understood, she asked, “In the Roman?” Cayce confirmed it and replied, “The Roman!” She followed up by asking, “Was she a dog then? Doubtlessly to the amazement of all, Cayce said that the dog had been “a lion!” (268-3)


A week later, Mrs. 268 got a reading for her husband and asked about his past relationship to Mona.


(Q) What relation is he to the little dog Mona?
(A) He fought with the body in the Roman experience.

(Q) What was Mona then?
(A) The lioness that fought with the entity, and with those that destroyed many that the entity was then seeking to aid. (280-1)


This information must have generated quite a bit of interest because other family members also asked about Mona in their readings. The woman’s niece asked:

(Q) Will Mona always be a dog?
(A) That depends upon the environ and the surroundings. No. (405-1)


Mrs. 268’s nephew also got a reading and asked about Mona.

(Q) Could a life reading be obtained through these sources for Aunt [268]’s little dog Mona?
(A) May be. As to WHAT it may be is different! It may not be understood, unless you learn dog language! (406-1)

As fascinating as all of this is, in some respects it raises more questions than it answers. Nevertheless, what it tells us adds a new dimension to our understanding not only of reincarnation but of life. The first surprise is that, according to Cayce, Mona reincarnated! She lived in Roman times and she came back in twentieth-century America. That is surprising enough. But secondly, the reading also says that Mona changed form. Although she remained an animal, she had presumably progressed from being a dangerous animal of prey to being a pet. How or why this change occurred we are not told. She remained female but reincarnated in a much smaller body. The husband’s reading provides some clarification that in Rome as a lioness, Mona had fought with him and others that he was trying to help. This certainly sounds like the persecution of Christians, possibly in the Coliseum.


In the niece’s reading, we continue to receive startling information about how animals reincarnate. This girl asked a wonderful question about whether Mona would always be a dog. After stating that this depends on the environment and the surroundings, Cayce said, “No,” that Mona would not always be a dog. Since there is no more information on Mona’s other lifetimes or whether or not animals experience interplanetary sojourns between Earth lives like we do, we can only speculate about these possibilities. How this transformation occurred from wild beast to household pet is not explained but I think that this is in keeping with Cayce’s philosophy of growth and progress for all.


The nephew also asked a clever question in his reading and Cayce gave another illuminating response. When the boy asked about the possibility of getting a life reading for Mona, Cayce said that although it could be done, no one would understand it unless they learned dog language clearly implying that dog language exists. Needless to say, no one pursued this idea any further.


Ann Jaffin - blog photoPast Lives and Present KarmaAnn Jaffin, MS, a former teacher, is an A.R.E. Life Member, and a forty-year student of Edgar Cayce’s work. In a stunning karmic “coincidence,” Ann and her husband discovered that 20 Cayce readings were given for their extended family. Her book, "Past Lives and Present Karma," published by A.R.E. Press, is a comprehensive study of reincarnation. Retired from the Federal Government, Ann has a Masters Degree in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland.


A Quick Return–The Reincarnation

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A Quick Return–The Reincarnation of a Child
By Ann Jaffin

In 1943, Edgar Cayce received a letter from a woman asking for a physical reading for her four-year-old daughter. The mother described the child as being high strung and nervous. She wrote that, sometimes after taking her afternoon nap, the child “awakes in a lost, distraught frame of mind, [w]rings her hands and cries ceaselessly. It seems to be a sort of seizure or fit. I am very quiet with her and in about a half hour she becomes normal again, and she doesn't seem to have any recollection of what troubled her.”


Cayce nailed the cause of the child’s distress right away. It was a quick return. She had reincarnated too quickly and was carrying over memories and fears from a former life during World War II, less than nine months before her present birth.


Children during World War 2"For, here we have a quick return - from fear, to fear through fear. [The child should] be kept away from fear, away from loud noises, darkness, the scream of sirens, the shouts of individuals...


For, the entity was only just coming to that awareness of [the] beauty of associations, of friendships, of the beautiful outdoors, nature, flowers, birds, and of God's manifestations...and then the tramping of feet, the shouts of arms, brought destructive forces.


The entity then was only a year to two years older than in the present experience [and] finds the world such a turmoil...in its dreams, its visions...Then...in the name Theresa Schwalendal, was on the coasts of Lorraine [France]. The entity only passed out and then in less than nine months again entered a material world."


The reading closed by telling the parents how to heal the child’s trauma and promised a blessing to many people.


"Be patient. Do not scold. Do not speak harshly. Do not fret nor condemn...But do tell [her] daily of the love that Jesus had for little children, of peace and harmony; never those stories such of the witch, never those as of fearfulness of any great punishment; but love, patience. This do, and we will find a great, a wonderful soul, that has come again to bless many." (3162-1)


Because life in the earth is so very challenging, the Cayce readings state that the longer the time period that we spend out of the earth in the nonphysical dimensions between lifetimes, the greater our progress tends to be. Souls who rush back to reincarnate quickly are often making it more difficult on themselves.


"For oft, the longer the periods between the earthly sojourns the greater has been - or may be - the development of the soul entity to that which EACH soul IS to attain through its appearances among men." (1486-1)


Even Edgar Cayce wondered about his next lifetime. When he asked about his next incarnation, he was told:


"As to when - it may be perhaps a hundred, two hundred, three hundred, a thousand years - as you may count time in the present. This may not be given. For how gave He? The day no man knoweth, ONLY the Father in heaven knoweth it..." (294-189)


Ann Jaffin - blog photoPast Lives and Present KarmaAnn Jaffin, MS, a former teacher, is an A.R.E. Life Member, and a forty-year student of Edgar Cayce’s work. In a stunning karmic “coincidence,” Ann and her husband discovered that 20 Cayce readings were given for their extended family. Her book, "Past Lives and Present Karma," published by A.R.E. Press, is a comprehensive study of reincarnation.  She and her husband, Stan are this year's featured speakers at Wildacres Retreat held in North Carolina. Retired from the Federal Government, Ann has a Masters Degree in Family and Community Development from the University of Maryland.

The Reincarnation of James Huston

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The Reincarnation of James Huston

Kevin J. Todeschi


I could not begin to count the number of times over the years I have heard stories about young people with seeming psychological traumas (including innate fears and reoccurring nightmares) that to students of the Edgar Cayce materials would appear to be reincarnation based. Unfortunately, almost without exception, these young people are simply treated with medications and psychotherapy in an effort to stop “the problem.” Because an understanding of reincarnation and the way in which memory transfers from one incarnation to the next has yet to enter into our mainstream worldview there has not been an openness to look at these issues from the perspective of the soul rather than simply from the perspective of the mind. That is until now. The story of downed World War II pilot James Huston reincarnating in our contemporary time as James Leininger may do much to change the way in which parents and health care providers look at fear, reoccurring nightmares, and the journey of the soul.


Book: Soul Survivor Recounted in Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot  is the story of two-year-old James Leininger who began having repetitive and horrific nightmares about a man who was stuck in a plane that was on fire, crashing toward the water. He began drawing pictures of the scene – an event that shaped many of his waking thoughts. He told his parents that the man had been shot down. When they asked by whom, the child appeared stunned by their ignorance and replied, “The Japanese.” The child stated that he had been the man in the plane and provided extensive details about the man, his name, James Huston, the ship he was from and the individuals who had served with him. In time, his parents tracked down both family and surviving servicemen who had known James Huston, and little James Leininger provided specific information that could have only been known by Huston. The Japanese even invited young Leininger to return to the place where his planned had been downed more than 60 years ago. The impressiveness of the tale has caused the Leininger story to be picked up by media throughout the country, from ABC’s Primetime to Fox News.


For me, the story of James Leininger is a refreshing reminder that we are eternal spiritual beings having ongoing physical experiences in a process of personal growth and enlightenment. There is no doubt in my mind that stories like this will become more commonplace and more accepted, for we are on the verge of a global shift in perception and consciousness – a shift that will lead us to truly understand our connection to one another and our relationship with the Divine. After all, when the workings of reincarnation became the worldview then all the things that divide us – whether religion, or power, or ideology or differences of any kind – will simply fade away.

 

Meet Bruce Leininger at the A.R.E. Headquarters Conference  Courageous Souls: Reconnecting with Your Past Lives, Soul Groups, and Soul Purpose, February 19-21, 2010.

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