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Cosmos, Mind & Soul

Past Lives & Reincarnation

Intro

Many people, especially young children, are known to believe that they lived past lives. Often they report facts about people, places and events in the past of which they would otherwise have no knowledge. Some can even identify people, places and things from their past lives with amazing accuracy and completeness.

Many of those experiencing past lives believe that they are the reincarnation of the individuals from the past. Many eastern religions and philosophies embrace reincarnation as an article of faith and reality, while others, e.g., Christianity in its modern forms, refute it.

While mainstream science and skeptics reject reincarnation-- preferring to attribute such experiences to such things as delusions and confabulation--the emerging paradigm shift to an integral worldview can accommodate the anomalies of past lives experiences.

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Ideas to Explore

Scientific Evidence for Past Lives  

Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson investigated and documented cases of past lives for more than three decades.

Past Life Memory  

With the perspective of an integral worldview as set forth in his TOE, Ervin Laszlo suggests that

Having these experiences [of reincarnation] does not warrant that the people who have them are the flesh-and-blood reincarnation of those whose experiences they recall.

In light of the coherence and interconnection we find in the domains of nature as well as in the sphere of consciousness, the more modest yet still astounding explanation of past-life experiences is that they constitute access to the holographic vacuum-traces of another person's consciousness. If we do not distinguish an "alien" hologram from our own, we re-live another person's consciousness as our own. The person who experiences we re-live may live in another place, or could have lived at another time. The holograms that carry their lifetime experiences are distributed in space and do not phase out in time.

Those who undergo past-life experiences cannot, and ordinarily do not, distinguish other people's holograms from their own. For them, long-term personal memory merges imperceptibly into transpersonal memory. Laszlo, p. 70]