Reincarnation: Examining the Evidence

Even outside of the religious ideologies that teach reincarnation, paranormal researchers have encountered many incidents where people claim to have concrete proof of reincarnation of an old soul into a new body.

In some cases, there is physical evidence that can make even the most skeptical of scientists take notice.

Are Birthmarks Linked to Reincarnation?

The first piece of evidence, and one that is supported by spiritual traditions in parts of Asia, is birth marks.

In some cultures, relatives will place a mark on the body of a dead loved one in the hopes that that soul will be reborn into the same family.

That mark, which is frequently made with soot, reappears on the infant as a birth mark– and, in 2012, scientists released a study done that documented this phenomenon.

One boy, born in Myanmar, sported a birthmark in the exact same place where his grandfather had been marked eleven months earlier.

When the boy was two, he called his grandmother by a nickname that had only been used by his deceased grandfather.

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Xenoglossy – Proof of Reincarnation?

Xenoglossy, the ability to speak a language without ever being taught, is another bit of evidence.

One psychiatry professor studied an American woman in her 30s, who had grown up speaking English, Polish, Russian, and Yiddish.

She had never learned Swedish, but during a series of regression hypnosis sessions, she answered questions in Swedish– and used at least 60 words that the interviewer hadn’t said first.

She was not fluent, but her accent was praised for authenticity.

Famous Reincarnation Case

One of the most well known reincarnation cases is that of a young boy called James Linegar. His parents claim that he is a reincarnated Navy pilot from the 2nd world war, that was shot down by the Japanese.

From a very young age he was infatuated with warplanes and experienced chilling nightmares that seemed to feature himself crashing in a plane.

There are some additional reasons as to why many are convinced that he is a reincarnation of James Huston, Jr.:

  • The boys name is James, the Navy fighter pilots name was James
  • He spoke about ferocious air battles – and drew pictures of them at a very young age
  • He knew the ship he was on (Natoma) and spoke of a friend Jack Larson who is still alive today
  • Little James named his GI Joe dolls Walter, Billie and Leon – the three pilots that had perished before James Huston, Jr. were named Walter, Billie and you guessed it Leon!

His parents, Bruce and Andrea Linegar were, according to reports, non believers of reincarnation, so it seems very unlikely that they fabricated the entire story.

A certain skeptic however is certain that a trip at a young age to a war museum that somehow didn’t get mentioned was the more likely cause of young James’s aircraft infatuation.

Reincarnation Proof: The James Linegar Case

Physical Deformities

Another investigation centered on a Burmese girl born in 1962. At the age of three, she started to reference the life of a Japanese soldier who had been captured, tied to a tree, and burned alive by Burmese soldiers.

They never pinpointed the name of the soldier she was talking about, but her story was definitely possible, because several Japanese soldiers died this way after being captured by the Burmese.

Her habits were, at times, more Japanese than Burmese (most notably, she hated the local cuisine and considered herself to be a foreigner), and she had been born with severely deformed hands.

The deformities in question resembled rope burns.

A boy named Kevin Christenson died at the age of two in 1979. He’d received chemotherapy treatments in the right half of his neck, suffered a broken leg and problems with his left eye, and developed a nodule on his scalp.

Twelve years later, his mother had another son, Patrick, who was remarkably similar. Patrick had a birth mark like a cut on his neck, a nodule on his scalp, poor vision in his left eye, and limped when he walked.

He also said he remembered surgery (despite never having one done), and talked about his “old house,” though he had never lived anywhere else.

Do We Have Enough Proof?

Though all of these are impressive on their own, it’s when you combine forms of evidence that it becomes convincing.

According to the Journal of Scientific Exploration, around 35% of kids who say they remember previous lives also have unique birth marks or birth defects that they say are caused by an injury in the previous life.

Many times, the birth defects are exceptionally rare, and in many cases, investigators were able to pinpoint the deceased person whose wounds corresponded to their particular defect.

Many of these children also have extremely detailed, verifiable memories that are hard to chalk up to luck.

Many of the children can offer highly specific details of their past lives, including things like names of their family, detailed layouts of past homes, and descriptions of old belongings.

In many cases studied, each of these stories resemble the lives of someone who had recently died.

This is just some of the massive amounts of evidence that exists in favor of reincarnation.

Though traditionally considered new-age or pseudoscientific, in recent years, there have been enough stories that the mainstream academic community has begun to take notice.

Evidence of Reincarnation

This phenomenon is still being investigated today, but whether or not the scientific community validates reincarnation, it’s unlikely that it will go away.

For many people, reincarnation is a reality that they see around them every day– from phobias inherited from past lives to severe birth defects to natural affinities to things they’ve never previously been exposed to.

Some people believe that all of us are old souls born again, and in the light of all the evidence, it looks like they may be right.

What do you think? Do you believe in reincarnation?

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