If you've ever experienced memories that do not seem to be your own, had the feeling of déjà vu, or dreamed vividly about people and places you've never seen, these may be signs you've led a past life. Also known as reincarnation, living more than one life is a popular belief in Eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as in New Age spirituality. Recognizing signs of past lives can give insight and meaning to the life we currently have.
Dr. Ian Stevenson is probably the most famous researcher of reincarnation and evidence of past lives, collecting stories of reincarnation from children who remember their former selves. His work is seen as the strongest reincarnation proof to date. Some of the evidence he collected can be found in the anecdotes below.
Were you once a gladiator? Did you help build the Pyramids? Perhaps you fought in the Revolutionary War? How would you even know? Read on for the most common indicators you've lived a past life.
Unexplained Phobias Or Fears Haunt You
Most people experience some sort of fear in their lifetime, and about 4-5% of Americans yearly experience a phobia or irrational fear. When a person's fear or phobia can't be explained, though, it is a possible sign of a past life.
A woman who had acute phobias of the dark and things wrapped around her neck for reasons she couldn't explain was believed to be the reincarnation of a young girl who was strangled. A picture of the young girl was discovered and found to be extremely similar to the woman at the same age. When this connection was revealed, the woman's fears and nightmares suddenly disappeared.
Languages You've Never Learned Are Understandable To You
Understanding and being able to speak languages you've never learned could mean you've led a past life. Also known as "xenoglossy," stories of the phenomenon can be found throughout history, even in the Bible. A woman who suddenly started speaking German when hypnotized was believed to have previously lived life as a German girl. It was found she could understand and speak 237 German words, many not previously spoken by the people interviewing her.
You Feel Older Than You Actually Are
If you've ever been called an "old soul," you may have experienced a past life. Many spiritual people believe this advanced intuition, or inner knowing of things without explanation, to be a sign your soul has reincarnated several times. Many children who show evidence of past lives remember their previous parents. One little boy even told his mother, "That's not how my other mommy used to make my sandwiches, she did them differently."
Your Body Experiences Unexplained Pains
Physical pain is an unfortunate fact in many people's lives. But pain with no reasonable medical explanation can be viewed as a possible past life sign. Often, when people undergo a discovery process such as past life regression, their symptoms disappear when the cause is understood.
Such is the case with a woman who complained of constant back pain that no doctor could diagnose or cure. Past life regression therapy revealed she was mauled by a bear in a past life, and, in sudden death, her soul carried the physical pain of the attack along with it.