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    Books and Sources Investigating Scientific Investigations of Children's Memories of Previous Lives

    Life before life is a book written by Jim B. Tucker in 2005 written by psychiatrist Jim B. Tucker who has experience investigating children's reports of past life memories.

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    Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children's Memories of Previous Lives[1] is a 2005 book written by psychiatrist Jim B. Tucker, which presents an overview of more than 40 years of reincarnation research at the University of Virginia Division of Personality Studies, into children's reports of past-life memories. The book also discusses "birthmarks and birth defects that match those of a deceased person who is identified by the child".[2] Life Before Life has been translated into ten languages[3] and the foreword to the book is written by Ian Stevenson.[4]

    This book challenges the notion that consciousness is only the result of a functioning brain. It suggests that consciousness can be considered separately from the brain, which provides a basis for claims of reincarnation.[2] The book also discusses objections to reincarnation: the paucity of persons who actually claim to remember a past life, the fragility of memories, the population explosion, the mind—body problem, fraud, and others.[4]

    Tucker recognizes that none of the cases examined are perfect, and "faulty memory by informants" is seen to be the "best normal explanation for many of the cases" reviewed in the book.[5] Tucker discusses this, referring to several relevant studies which have been done, and argues that there is no support for the conclusion that informants must be remembering statements or events incorrectly.[5]

    Tucker basically agrees with Ian Stevenson who said "reincarnation is the best — even though not the only — explanation for the stronger cases we have investigated".[6] Tucker recognizes that this may seem to be an "astounding statement" to some readers—that "memories, emotions and physical injuries can sometimes carry over from one life to the next".[6] However, he argues that this is no more astounding than many currently accepted ideas in physics seemed to be when they were originally proposed.[6]


    Feel free to add any other books or academic journals studying reports of past lives.

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    Historians also speculate that the belief in reincarnation may have been common among the Norse.

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    Reincarnation also appears in Norse mythology, in the Poetic Edda. The editor of the Poetic Edda says that Helgi Hjörvarðsson and his mistress, the valkyrie Sváfa, whose love story is told in the poem Helgakviða Hjörvarðssonar, were reborn as Helgi Hundingsbane and the valkyrie Sigrún. Helgi and Sigrún's love story is the matter of a part of the Völsunga saga and the lays Helgakviða Hundingsbana I and II. They were reborn a second time as Helgi Haddingjaskati and the valkyrie Kára, but unfortunately their story, Káruljóð, only survives in a probably modified form in the Hrómundar saga Gripssonar.

    The belief in reincarnation may have been commonplace among the Norse since the annotator of the Poetic Edda wrote that people formerly used to believe in it:

    Sigrun was early dead of sorrow and grief. It was believed in olden times that people were born again, but that is now called old wives' folly. Of Helgi and Sigrun it is said that they were born again; he became Helgi Haddingjaskati, and she Kara the daughter of Halfdan, as is told in the Lay of Kara, and she was a Valkyrie.[50]

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    After reading these two posts it was not clear to me what was being advocated.

    I have to state that I believe in reincarnation.

    The fact that consciousness can operate beyond the body has long been proven by hypnosis, and before the Second World War investigations into somnambulism by Drs Preyes and Berger, as reported in Dr Paul Brunton's work A Search in Sacred Egypt, reported that sleepwalkers can see perfectly well with their eyes closed, proving that consciousness can be split, and that what psychologists call the sub-conscious really exists.

    Clairvoyance appears to be one of the natural faculties of the sub-conscious, which is able to see, hear and feel independent of the physical organs of the body.

    This finding appears to coincide with the "spirit body" of the Indian yogis, an invisible organism with seven nerve centres, which approximates to the cerebral-spinal system and brain, and these nerve centres are the real controllers of the physical senses.

    It is the entrenched theory of science that the spirit body/subconscious depends for its existence on life being present in the human body, whereas surely the much more tenable theory is that the spirit body/subconscious IS LIFE and the human body is merely a vehicle accommodating it on this Earth plane. Logically, if the human being in this present life has not done enough to escape the cycle of life, death and rebirth, he/she will reincarnate.

    This is the meaning of swastika symbolism. The swastika is a "sun-wheel": not only does it represent the sun, but also the eternal circle, the endless revolving, the horror, of life after life after life.


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    The clearest statement of Nordic mythology on the subject of reincarnation is the Ragnarok, or Twilight of the Gods, and is what Hitler meant when he said that one cannot understand National Socialism until one understands Wagner.

    SS-Sturmbannführer Professor Heinar Schilling remarked in his book Germanisches Leben (Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig 1937, p.177-182) that one thing distinguishes the Germanic religion from all others, including the Greek. Germanic religion does not recognise the concept of eternity. There is no heaven.

    The Nordic gods were probably superhuman, but yet so close to being human that they also sinned and had to atone, and where should they atone but in a human body. (This coincides with ideas set forth in the Tibetan Book of the Dead)

    Hitler drew attention to this in a table-talk on 14 December 1941 (Heim, Monologe im Führer HQ) when he stated his own belief in reincarnation, after earlier (14 October 1941) dismissing Himmler's idea of reintroducing the cult of Wotan as "immeasurably stupid" because "our old mythology of the gods was already defunct and incapable and resuscitation when Christianity arrived."

    Without doubt National Socialism as a religion was based on reincarnation and the cult of angels (Übersehung-Providence, as frequently alluded to by Hitler) and the use of the word "astounding" in the description of Professor Tucker's theories exemplifies the difficulties confronting national leaders whose earthly mission it is to overthrow entrenched centuries-old religions accepted as true but which in fact bind humanity to the revolving wheel for ever.

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