Is Reincarnation Real or Is The Truth Far More Weird?


There are many people around the world who believe in reincarnation.

In fact many religions believe that the soul goes to heaven then regenerates and reincarnates into another body.

Ever since the Internet began back in the 1990s hundreds of reports started to appear with people sharing their stories of reincarnation.

Many of these involved children, which as you can imagine totally horrified and bemused many parents. What were their children saying? Where did the idea come from?

The trouble is finding the truth about reincarnation. How can science actually prove it exists?

And that's not the only question. Here are a few facts that we need to get our heads around.

For example.......

7 billion people in the world.
7 billion people in the world.

There are 7 billion people in the world.........

But that's only today. What about yesterday? Or to be more specific, a hundred years ago, a thousand and so on?

Take a look at this timeline, then you will see the conundrum. Starting at AD 1900

  • AD 1900 - 1,656,000,000
  • AD 1955 - 2,756,000,000
  • AD 2000 - 6,070,000,000
  • AD 2015 - 7,298,526,751

As you can see, its going up all the time. So my question is........

How can 7 billion people be the reincarnation of say, 2 billion people? And so on.

Do our souls keep on regenerating time after time? And if so, when did we start to reincarnate? Looking at the data from The World Population Clock, it states that its taken all of our human history to reach 1 billion people only by the time we reached the year 1800!

So if we go back right to the beginning most people believe that we came from two people, call them Adam and Eve if you will. But to be fair I think there were at least a few tribes of people around 50, 000 years ago. This timeline doesn't take into account the ancestors of Homo Sapiens.

Reincarnation is remembered by children
Reincarnation is remembered by children

How many times.....?

So, now we know how our population has grown, does this mean that some souls reincarnate more than others?

The good news is that if you add them all up it has been estimated that approx. 106 billion people have lived on this earth from the birth of the human species.

If I have my calculations correct I believe that means we all have to reincarnate at least 15 times. Any mathematician's out there would be useful at this point!

So okay......

But that doesn't answer the question, what about the first people? Where they the very first souls that appeared on earth, and how did they reincarnate?

I am sure most of you will say that the First People came straight from God, or whatever else you believe in. Hey Aliens are okay too! Each to their own!

Holi - Festival of Colors
Holi - Festival of Colors

And why do most people tend to reincarnate in their own back yard so to speak?

If you read or watch many reincarnation stories you will notice that, say, India, tends to repeat itself over and over. I haven't come across one Indian story that takes the new child away from its comfort zone of their own country, and say, puts it in China, Russia etc.

Why is this? Well, there can be two explanations, maybe three. If you want to go with genetic memory.

  • Indian religion only allows for reincarnation to happen within their own country and people.
  • Children are taught reincarnation from an early age, and are lead by their parents to come up with a 'real' memory.
  • And of course genetic memory. This is early days for this study, but I have always believed that we pass down our memories along with the shape of our noses, ears and everything else when we have a child. Of course that cannot explain how someone remembers how they died for example.

Genetic memory
Genetic memory

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Genetic Memory....

I for one, have always believed in genetic memory. It makes sense. Its nice and neat. We pass on our genes to our children. And within these genes are 'memories' of nose shape, eyebrows, and even a quirky smile. They are easy to see, so why not their memories?

Or lets go back even further. What about their grandparents or even great great grandparents?

Before you say, 'Er well, let's face it, its not been proved yet....' hold on.

What about animals? Every single time a baby bird, reptile and large animal are born they automatically prove genetic memory.

Some more than others.

For example, a turtle will be born in the sand on a beach. It breaks the shell, scurries out and heads straight for the water. Call it instinct if you like, but its still genetic memory.

Same goes for Lizards which are born underground, they automatically head up towards the light, and go off into the forest.

All animals know how to take milk from their mother. Genetic Memory. Simple as that.

But does that mean it goes farther than that and we can 'See' what grandma did when she was young?

Of course you can tell between genetic memory and say, reincarnation.


Well if you 'dream' for example that you are an old lady, then it cannot be genetic memory.


Because you would only ever receive the memory genes up to the age that the mother or father had the baby!

In other words, to pass on the 'Memory' genes, you have to only take into account the fact that you will receive only those memories your parents have up until you are born!

Makes sense eh?

So yes, genetic memory is valid. I believe that adrenaline is the glue that makes the memory stick, this has been mentioned before in studies. That's why you remember some things but not others.

Alternate realities and other Dimensions.....

There is a lot of talk in Physics about other Dimensions. At this moment in time we have no idea what they are or whether its possible that, in a parallel dimension there maybe other 'Us'.

But the one thing that many people don't think of is, what if their timeline is different to ours? It may be hundreds of years behind there, or if it is the equivalent of 2015 maybe on their timeline nobody discovered how to harness electricity.They know nothing of Science at all, and so on.

So, my point is, maybe if we dream of living in the Medieval period, it could well be the fact we are dreaming of our other selves at this same moment in time!

In plain English, 'You' could be dreaming of the other 'You' who happens to be living within another dimension who just happens to wear old fashioned clothes, etc!

Cool Eh?

Are you dreaming her life?
Are you dreaming her life?

Time traveling Telepathy...?

Here's the thing. Without going into the finer details of whether telepathy is true or not, cut to the chase, yes it is. Its been proven many times, and I know for a fact that it works.

So, my point is, how does telepathy work through time?

Well, if you know anything about Physics, you will know that on a Quantum level the parts of an atom can and does hop in and out of 'Space', and Scientists believe that one part stays here, and the other part can be either in the future or past!

Now don't ask me the math because I have no idea, but this is fact. As much as it can be.

So, now we have that sorted out, what if?

Maybe someone back in time is dreaming about their day, maybe their dreams come down to you through time.

Sounds stupid? Well yes it is, but its no more stupid that how atoms work. I should actually use the word intriguing not stupid. But you get my point.

It does make sense on a silly level though. How many of us dream that we are doing something completely out there compared to what we do every day.

I have actually dreamed I have been in a horse race but...I have never been on a horse and have no interest in horse racing. So why would I dream it? And more to the point, how can I 'feel' the horse and saddle?

Maybe we dream other people's thoughts every time we sleep, now there's a thought!

All these ideas are pretty wacko...

But for anything Scientific we have to take in all possibilities. Of course we would all like to prove reincarnation, but there is so little known about the process that we have to take into consideration other ideas too.

And I guess the whole thing could be in our minds. Maybe we read a book, saw a film, soaked up info on the internet.

Who knows? I do know one thing though. I wish Science would take reincarnation and other 'different' ideas more seriously. Whether its telepathy, precognition or religious experience it needs to be documented and studied.

Till then I hope you enjoy the list of real reincarnation stories added here. Make up your own mind, are these real stories of reincarnation? Or something else?

Thanks for reading!


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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

Oddly, Nell, this is a topic I have given very little thought to. We either die and stay dead, or move on to another existence, whatever that might be. Either way, I'm not in control of it, so why think about it. LOL Now that's just how my mind works. I'm not saying I don't understand people being fascinated by the topic...I'm just not one of them. I've got my hands full just trying to live a good life here. :) Great read, my friend.

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Buildreps 21 months ago from Europe

Interesting topic, Nell. You touched the right issues here about reincarnation. Reincarnation is no believe, it is a mathematical fact. Matter arises from mind, and not vice versa as the quite worthless materialistic science wants you to believe.

Where are all the souls coming from you wondered? That's a good question. There are a few things to this issue:

1) you assume that science is right in their view of history and therefore about the amount of people who roamed the earth.

2) all souls (Monads) including that of animals, plants, stones etcetera want only one thing: up to above towards the so called Omega point. It is therefore not illogical that many of the current human souls on earth are former animalistic souls, and therefore not very advanced.

There is only one right answer possible on all your questions and that is written down in the God Series of Mike Hockney. Hockney is a pseudonym who wrote this book series for the Pythagorean Illuminati.

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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany

This is an interesting topic Nell. Maybe it is true, maybe not but sometimes I do believe on it when reading some reincarnation stories.

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always exploring 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

This is a subject that I have always been interested in. I asked a minister if reincarnation was possible and he said that since he was a christian he didn't believe in it. I wonder why other cultures, ( like India ) believe in it. I have heard that some people believe the bible teaches reincarnation, ie. he begat such and such. I'm confusing myself here. lol..I think anything is possible. There must be a reason why so many people believe. Interesting topic Nell.

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Kiss andTales 21 months ago

You hub has been the thoughts of many , yet the answers can always be found in God's word the Bible.

God himself says dust you are dust you will return, not to another life. , man or animal , because the word death would not be true if you continue to live.

The scriptures tell us the dead know nothing at all. Notice

Reference Bible

Ec 9:5 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten.

Ge 3:19 In the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For dust you are and to dust you will return.”

But notice these people can return to earth in a resurrection ,

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Joh 5:28 Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice

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Joh 5:29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.

these people had already lived on earth before and they return from tombs or graves By the call of the heavenly Father.

no reincarnation would need to exist if you are returning as yourself from the tomb or grave.

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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

I'm kind of like Bill in the way I think of reincarnation. I have a very good friend who will not even kill a fly. She says it could be her Grandfather or some other loved one reincarnated. I just don't think too much about it, but it certainly is an interesting topic.

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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

Interesting thoughts, Nell. With regard to your question about the current population versus yesteryear, if reincarnation is real, a person would have to reincarnate 15 times (to use your figure) all at once, not over time. That doesn't seem likely.

If reincarnation is real, how is it determined who goes through the process? Certainly not all humans reincarnate. What leads to it and why?

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robie2 21 months ago from Central New Jersey

I love the topics y ou tackle, Nell and I find this stuff fascinating. The bottom line, of course, is that we cannot know for sure and those who are the most sure of what they think happens after death ( Judgement Day, Heaven, Hell, Reincarnation,....whatever) just may be the most surprised. Like Bill, I know I have no control so I'll just wait and see what happens. On the other hand Shakespeare had it right, I think: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. " so who am I to make judgements. Speculation, on the other hand is another thing entirely. Alternateve realities, time travel, re-incarnation, genetic memory, collective consciousness..... whatever you call all of these, it is well to keep an open mind. After all, it was only a few hundred years ago we thought the world was flat, bad humours cauised plaigue, and wiches made the crops fail and cattle die. Nice work once again. Thanks for a great read.

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Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

wow fascinating topic, was halfway through before I relized how much thought I put into reincarnation.. I disagree with bravewarrior.. but it's just my opinion.. I have to believe in reincarnation.. or at least it makes sense to me.. great topic for discussion my friend

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks billy, I write about these because it fascinates me, and being a fan of quantum physics gets the old brain going in me, lol! thanks so much as always, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Buildreps, I will check that book out, this is just my musing, I often wonder if we accept something without thought of other ideas, so glad you liked it, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Thelma, yes its one of those things that need science to get working on, thanks for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Ruby, I believe that many of the Bible stories were left out in the first place when the compiled the Book. Many gospels have been found since, for example the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and Philip and even Judas, and I believe there is something among these that mention it, but we will never know unless science takes a look to see what's going on, thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Kiss and Tales, that's fascinating, and I believe quite cryptic, some come back out, others do not, this of course means the body, but what about the soul? if there is such a thing as the soul where does that go then? thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi mary, yes its fascinating isn't it? there are so many stories of reincarnation out there, who really knows? thanks, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi bravewarrior, and that's the question isn't it? I do think there should be more study of it, if its not reincarnation then I do believe it could be genetic memory, nell

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poetryman6969 21 months ago

Some of the concepts you broach remind of the notion that we may never be visited by aliens from the stars. Sure, they will look and act like space aliens but they will actually be evolved humans from the far future time traveling. If you go far enough in the future--say 50 million years--it is entirely possible that whatever exists with whatever technology it has will be so advanced and so different from us that they will seem like aliens to us even though they were born on the same planet as us. We will be their ancestors.

In the mean time, I think that the government is hiding rainbow skinned, headless, zombie space aliens in hangar 18. They only reason they don't eat your brains is they can't.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much robie, yes that's so true, the earth was flat, amazing how we believed that, so who knows? this subject just fascinates me, thanks again, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Frank, yes it does make sense, whether its real or not is anybodies guess, but I would love to believe its true. but of course there can be the other explanations too, the telepathy or genetic memory, thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi poetry, yes I know what you mean about the Aliens, we would never really know, and wow, really? LOL! thanks for reading, nell

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MartieCoetser 21 months ago from South Africa

Topics about the paranormal are always captivating, and, unfortunately, 99% speculations. There was a time I have spent a lot of time researching all of this. At the end I realized that I was wasting precious time. If reincarnation is true, what does it help ME. I can't remember any of my previous lives, and I will not be ME in any of my future lives.

I do believe in genetic memory. But keep in mind that people are relative young when they pass their genes on to their children. All the wisdom they obtain during later years are therefor wasted. This explains the reason why generations repeat the mistakes of previous generations.

I also believe in telepathy - why not. My voice can travel thousands of miles on a wave, via my cellphone, and here I am writing to you and you can see my words immediately. Why would my thoughts not be able to do the same. Of course, we have to be on the same frequency in order to hear each other.

I SAW my father where he was lying miles away from me on the sofa, having a heart attack. I saw him in what I thought was a dream. So, I believe telepathy can even be like Skype. If we happen to be on the same channel, we will be able to see each other.

But keep in mind - we use only 5% of our brain power. That extra 1-2% may very well enable us to hear/see/feel the thoughts and feelings of others - that may be just like data in the universe, transmitted by our brains, forever there, ready to be felt/heard/seen by a sensitive soul.

Nevertheless, Nell, wth, whatever was, is and will be, we have only 70 years, if we are lucky, to be ME and YOU. Let's go for it, enjoy the HERE and NOW, and the things that are facts. All those questions without definite answers only prevent us from enjoying our present life and all the beautiful things around us.



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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

Perhaps someone said the same thing another way, but I'd rather not believe it, so I don't have to work it out. "It does make sense on a silly level though." I found your views interesting, as always.

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bravewarrior 21 months ago from Central Florida

I really wish HP would allow us to thumbs up comments on hubs as they do in the forums. For what it's worth, I indubitably thumbs up Martie's comment.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Martie, I totally believe you about your father, its as you said it is a bit like Skype, it doesn't always work but at times like that I totally believe, as for genetic memory that's something that fascinates me, reincarnation is something I sort of believe but as you say why think of it as we don't remember anyway, I just find the whole thing fascinating, and mainly write about it because it seems to be my most popular subject that people on the net love to read, so I keep researching, lol! thanks so much as always, hugs back, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks MsDora, I totally understand, I love science mainly so believe this should be incorporated into science and study, thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi bravewarrior, yes that would be great wouldn't it? whether I believe in reincarnation or not, still not sure, I just love writing about it, as it fascinates me, thanks so much, nell

Kathleen Kerswig 21 months ago

Very interesting Hub. Of course, it seems this topic raises more questions for me than answers. Personally, I have come to believe that I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual universe governed by spiritual laws, having a human experience. In the past, I thought it was the exact opposite (human being having a spiritual experience). Thank you for bringing up this topic to ponder. Blessings!

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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

I love this topic Nell and found this enthralling. I am open to reincarnation and if that's what happens.."bring it on". Oh, if you ever remember what horse race you are riding in and whether you win...let me know. Then it would be past not future so I couldn't bet on you :)

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AliciaC 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is another very interesting and thought provoking hub, Nell. There are so many strange and fascinating ideas being presented in both science and metaphysics. I love exploring them!

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sparkster 21 months ago from United Kingdom

Martie, telepathy is absolutely 100% definitely real - I have learned how to do it and have proven it to myself over and over again with several experiments with results that cannot possibly be a result of coincidence or any other explanation except for pure telepathy. I also believe that aliens are already among us and have witnessed one who I telepathically communicated with and I also have very vivid pre-birth memories that have been with me all my life.

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lilyfly 21 months ago from Wasilla, Alaska

This is absolutely true! Not in every case, but, you know how someone you love is hurt, out of the blue? I knew the MOMENT my brother Carl died, and the MOMENT dad broke his back.... Telepathy is real!

Incarnation, well, what of that little boy in Bolivia? He had been murdered in a mystery disappearance, knew where his hidden grave was, who his murderer was, and the buried weapon was?

Aliens, that too!!! I believe in all of it!

An exciting read, as always, you're just the best!!! Plus, I almost feel like we knew one another in a past life... hee hee! Love yaz, lily

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ChitrangadaSharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

This is very interesting topic!

We normally believe what we are told by our elders. Reincarnation stories are so interesting and told with so much conviction that we like to believe these stories. But do we know the truth! What exactly is the truth!

If we go by the holy Srimad Bhagwat Gita, we get all the answers rationally. But then again people may or may not believe it, depends upon their personal views.

To understand all these complex concepts we need some kind of supernatural understanding. At the same time I find it very interesting.

Wonderful hub, voted up!

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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

There you go again Nell, starting discussions all over the place. Reincarnation, real or not real? Do we have proof or not? Are there genetic memories? What about parallel universes, heavens woman you've got my head spinning! This was a great read. This is a fascinating read, true or not.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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LadyFiddler 21 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Hey girlfriend yes it is WACKO I do not believe that we come back here nah!

Although you've written a few hubs on people that re-incarnated I really don't know what went on with those people I can't doubt them..... Only they will know what was happening to them.

When I die I don't want to come back to this crazy lousy world. I want to stay in Heaven and live with my Lord Eternally where the flowers will be blooming for ever. I can eat fruits to my leisure without chemicals etc.. Come back here for what? to work my hinds off in school and work? nah man that ain't right. I've worked enough already :) I actually feel over worked and underpaid!!

However for people who believe they coming back good for them lol. Take for an e.g. Indian people believe that their ancestors comes back in the form of Cows and Rat but a Human is the highest of all earthly creatures, so why would I be reduced to a cow grazing in a farm. Or a nasty low down rat come on it's just crazy.

Anyway I am just checking up to see how you've been I hope all is well and that you're not having any weird dreams etc

Peace and Love

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Kathleen, you have got a good point there! that sounds about right, I do think we think about it the wrong way round, something to ponder over, thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Jodah, lol! yep wish it was a horse racing prophetic dream! how cool would that be? great to see you and thanks for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, yes this was a bit of out there musing on my part, but I do think if people are going to study it they should look at all ways it could be happening, thanks, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks for reading sparkster, that sounds fascinating, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hiya lily! yep definitely knew each other in a past life! lol! yes telepathy is the done deal as far as many of us know, it makes me laugh how scientists are still scratching their heads over it! lol!

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Chitrangada, thanks so much for reading, yes many religions believe in it, and I do think the west has lost some of these powers due to technology etc, I will have to check out the Srimad Bhagwat Gita, thanks, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hiya mary, lol! yep my brain tends to do the lambada where all these questions are concerned! thanks as always, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hiya Jo, LOL! yes that's me, wacko! you got a good point there, doing it all again, phew! yes i am fine thanks, hope you are too, have a great weekend, nell

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LadyFiddler 21 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Good Evening dear and glad to know you are God by God's help. A blessed weekend to you to sugar :)

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heidithorne 21 months ago from Chicago Area

Whether it's genetic memory or full blown reincarnation, I believe we all come back somehow. Why? That whole "energy doesn't die, but it just transformed into something else" thing. Voted up and interesting! Happy Weekend!

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Larry Fields 21 months ago from Northern California

Hi Nell! You wrote:

"I wish Science would take reincarnation and other 'different' ideas more seriously."

Here's an experiment that could partially validate transmigration. Do a study on a large group of people who claim to remember their most recent past lives in non-English-speaking countries.

Assign half of the participants to study the language that they remember speaking in that life. The other participants would study randomly chosen languages that they have no memory of speaking in any past life.

At the end of 1 year, which group has the best performance in the languages that they studied?

Example: If I spoke Italian in my most recent past life, I'd expect to have an easier time learning that language, as compared with some other romance language, like French.

By the way, most of my fellow Americans despise the French language. Whenever we spice up our daily speech with too much Anglo Saxon, we say, "Pardon my French." :)

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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Nell, As you do so often and very well I might add, you present such fascinating topics for your readers to ponder and discuss. This fabulous hub is no exception.

Although I realize these are mysteries for obvious reasons, I have always kept an open mind to most concepts that have prevailed for centuries. It is those that have been asked and contemplated and studied in depth by hundreds of generations past, which hold my interest and curiosities.

This is an incredible eye-opener and as always, I love your work, Nell.

Sending you Peace & Love, Effer UP & pinned

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CMHypno 21 months ago from Other Side of the Sun

Interesting hub Nell and very thought provoking. I think maybe on a personal level we need to look less at the hows and more on the why a particular experience in time is being dreamed of or remembered? Is there healing or learning to be gained from what is being presented?

I suspect that all the different scenarios you have outlined can play a part and even more than we have yet discovered. Also quantum physics tells us (and many religions) that separation is an illusion, that we are all part of the much bigger whole. So if that is true, then there is no reason why we all do not have access to every memory and everything that has ever happened on some level

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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Nell. Interesting hub…and I agree with you in that I also believe in genetic memory. “Well, if you know anything about Physics, you will know that on a Quantum level the parts of an atom can and does hop in and out of 'Space', and Scientists believe that one part stays here, and the other part can be either in the future or past!” This is absolutely fascinating, and is actually part of a story that I recently finished writing. There is so much we are learning with each passing generation – actually, each year -- about this and other mysteries.

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travmaj 21 months ago from australia

Intriguing isn't it? Yes, we can read, delve into history, believe but mostly without proof. It is indeed well documented that children often know things without prior knowledge. They may well have answers somehow. Yes, I'd like to see more serious investigation into reincarnation and 'different ideas.'

Whatever, I still like to read and ponder over these fascinating ideas. Truth or weird they do hold some fascination. Thanks Nell.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Jo, have a wonderful Sunday! :)

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks heidi, yes that's so true!

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Larry, that is such a great idea! and yes, lol, we say Pardon my French too! LOL!

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hiya Paula, thanks so much, yes these are the sort of questions that have been asked for years, maybe we will never know the answer? have a wonderful Sunday, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi CMH, that I totally believe in! yes we are part of the bigger whole, I do tend to believe in the 'all in one go' idea where everything is happening, or happened at once, a bit like someone in a plane looking down on the whole of humanity and time, now that would be even more fascinating wouldn't it? thanks so much, and great to see you, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Genna, your story sounds really interesting! I would love to read it, is it on here? have a great Weekend, nell

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi travmaj, yes I think most people do think about this sometimes it's a shame that not enough study has gone into it, great to see you!

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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Fascinating and interesting. Genetic memory, never gave it a thought till I read your hub. Come to think of it first human beings came from God but there is a possibility that humans can be the creation of aliens. Enjoyed reading, great hub, voted up.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks Vellur glad it got you thinking, it can be so convoluted can't it? lol!

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cam8510 21 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

Nell, I have friends who are very strong believers in reincarnation. They believe we choose who and what we will be prior to being born. Even someone like Hitler. Then we have the experience, go back and choose again. Nice, neat little package. I have no idea, so I'll just make the best of this life. Eventually we are all going to know what is on the other side. Interesting and useful article.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Thanks cam, yes your right, we will never know, but its fascinating to think of isn't it? lol!

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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

Interesting topic and comments, too. I believe in reincarnation. There are some people who seem so strangely familiar to me.

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Nell Rose 21 months ago from England Author

Hi Flourish, yes me too, especially when we dream of someone and they seem familiar too, then we wake and don't know them. I had a friend at school who we both believed we knew each other before, it was amazing! thanks, nell

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Jackie Lynnley 21 months ago from The Beautiful South

I think the bible teaches reincarnation but apparently we have no choice in it. Too many young children saying they are a person who use to be and knowing details make me have to believe it and it is a fascinating subject for sure. ^+

Well I missed my call on Kate; she must be waiting for the full moon on the 3rd!

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Yep Jackie! you maybe right! it will be interesting to see if the full moon does make Kate have her baby! Thanks for reading as always, nell

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Besarien 20 months ago

My mother thought perhaps that this is why we have pets. They learn about being human from us then they become people in the next life. I rather like her theory. I have a dog now who would make a wonderful person- far better than many already walking around.

Another possibility is that there is another planet somewhere with a dwindling population. Those souls are not lost, simply showing up here instead. Great thought-provoking hub as always! Voted up!

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Great points about the souls Besarien! you never know, that could be true! thanks so much again, nell

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Gordon Hamilton 20 months ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

It's a fascinating subject indeed, Nell. Some of the stories I have read about people having specific "memories" defy explanation by modern science. Personally, I'm not a believer but there certainly is so much in this area that is for now entirely unexplained...

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hiya Gordon, thanks for reading, yes most people call it reincarnation, but there can be so many more reasons for this, great to hear from you!

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lawrence01 20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand


There is another explanation for yhis and you're probably not going to like it.

You see each religion teaches that we have spirit beings watching over us and not all of then have good intentions.

Ancient religions teach that the good guys sit on our right and the not so good sit on our left (where the superstition of throwing salt over our left shoulder came from. The devil sits on our left and he hates salt)

These creatures note every thing we do! Could it be that the 're-incarnation' was actually these not so good spirits spreading lies to hide what they are doing and the 'memories' are them bragging to us about the con they pull on us.

Don't get me wrong, genetic memory has a role but it's in the operating system area and not the 'Ram' drive of our lives.

My opinion that is


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cam8510 20 months ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

In the process of evolution, odd things have come about. Not only physical, but also things like intuition, knowing that something has happened to another person before actually hearing about it. Twins sometimes have a connection that is not simply physical. Is it possible that evolution has occurred on more levels than physical? Could a soul have evolved that lives beyond physical life? I do believe there is something inside us that longs for life beyond death. Christianity and Islam seem to have taken advantage of that by introducing the concepts of reward and punishment. This gives the organized part of those religions control over the behavior of their adherents. Why would the rest of eternity be so focused on behavior, good or bad, that took place in a mere 70 or 80 years? That concept lacks any natural balance in my view.

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Thanks Lawrence, you are totally allowed your opinion, you may well be right! lol! who knows? its definitely something going on, that's just another explanation that may one day be proved right! thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi tsadjatko, thanks for such an awesome comment! I personally don't think we will ever know the truth about reincarnation, you forget, just because its written down in the Bible and the Old Testament doesn't mean its true, its just mens opinion back in time, they didn't know anymore than we do, just guesswork, but hey maybe I am wrong, either way we are all entitled to our opinions, thanks so much for reading, nell

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Cam, That's the most sensible and agreeable point of view yet! yes I totally agree with you! we forget that the Bible etc are written by people many years ago, grabbed by the church and manipulated! I prefer the read the real gospels found at Nag Hamadi, in 47' now they are more interesting! not sure if they mention reincarnation though, not worked my way through them yet! lol! thanks for reading, nell

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kittythedreamer 20 months ago from the Ether

Hi, Nell. I recently wrote a hub exploring whether or not we could have been our own ancestors...the idea of genetic memory would fit very neatly into the theory that perhaps we lived as our ancestors once (perhaps we just inherit their memories and in that concept we would have been our ancestors wouldn't we?) I have had so many dreams of past lives that sometimes I have actually thought that maybe I was just seeing myself in a different dimension far as reincarnating into the same region/culture...I believe I've had past lives in various places...ancient Egypt, ancient Ireland and England, (crazy I know but also Atlantis) and I lived a life out in the Wild West in the 1800s I believe too. Very interesting hub...I'm always fascinated by theories behind reincarnation. Thanks so much!

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hiya kitty, thanks so much, we never really know how and why we get these dreams I tend to think its a bit of each, or maybe all of them, don't you? thanks for reading, nell

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Larry Fields 20 months ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

Here's another fun experiment about memories of past lives. And it's faster than the language experiment. First make lots of prints of beautiful nature photos from (and from Wikipedia articles). (For some reason, there are more Trek Earth photos from Eurasia and Australia than from North America.)

As before, ask the study participants about intuitions regarding locations of past lives. Then show them unlabeled Trek Earth photos. Does the number of photo-induced déjà vu experiences of a given region correlate with tentative memory of a past life there?

As you may have gathered, I love experiments. :)

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

lol! yes you do Larry! and they are a great idea! hope you are well? and always nice to see you!

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D.A.L. 20 months ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi Nell,

Whether it is true or untrue you tackle such subjects in your own unique style which is always a great read.Your sense of humour shines through your facts and information. Voted up.Interesting. have a good weekend.

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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Dave, great to hear from you, and hope all is well? thanks for reading, nell

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emge 19 months ago from Abu Dhabi

Excellent post. Reincarnation is an ancient Hindu concept and the Gita repeatedly mentions it

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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

Thanks emge, glad you liked it, and thanks for reading, nell

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aviannovice 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Anything is possible, really, if one is open to it. Now, I have always had an attraction to medieval times. I even write poetry in the "old" language, but that is comfortable for me. I have been told that I am a "new" soul, whatever that means, but I really don't think that there is anything new about me. I have amassed a lot of knowledge in some respects, but it ain't over yet.

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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

Hiya Deb, I do believe that if we are drawn to a certain period in time then its possible that we were around then too, so definitely not a new soul! lol!

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JamaGenee 19 months ago from Central Oklahoma

Nell, I've tried to equate who I am in this life with genetic memory, but it never works. I have too many vivid memories of places I know my ancestors never visited or lived in - nor have I in this life - as well as events which I can document they weren't part of or witness to. So those memories can only come from experiencing them myself in previous lives.

As for the numbers you mention at the beginning of the hub that "don't add up", consider the theory that early on, souls split into their female and male halves, thereby instantly doubling the number of souls to be reborn in new bodies. Over time, each half tries to find and reconnect with its "soul mate".

Of course, this is too simplistic to explain other aspects of why we're who we are in this life. Personally, I believe in parallel dimensions, that somewhere I'm leading an entirely different life, but I've never considered that it could be in an entirely different century! I'll have to ponder that one a bit!

Thanks for another thought-provoking hub! Voted up and interesting! ;D

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Dolores Monet 19 months ago from East Coast, United States

I'd love to believe in reincarnation! Who knows what really happens after we are gone. One of my sons used to tell me about when he was grown up. I figured that he heard adults talk about when they were children and so he came up with this. But when he was around 4, his "memories" seemed pretty Victorian. I enjoyed his stories. Then one day walking down in an old part of town, I pointed out some large chunks of marble set at the edge of the curb. "What do you think this is for?" I asked him.

"That's so people can climb up into carriages," he said.

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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

Hiya, yes I do tend to believe that some of the memories have to come from somewhere else, otherwise something else is going on, not sure what yet, but its fascinating stuff isn't it? thanks Genee, nell

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Nell Rose 19 months ago from England Author

HI Dolores, oh wow! its the little comments like that that shows it could very well be a real memory! amazing! thanks Dolores, and great to see you!

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Dolores Monet 19 months ago from East Coast, United States

Of course my funny children tried to convince me that they could see auras. But this child was so young, I don't think he was pulling my leg. He used to talk about how he dressed and how people looked better then. A real character. Nothing like a 4 year old to make you think!

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Nell Rose 18 months ago from England Author

That is amazing Dolores, Yes I do think sometimes that real memories do appear, but we can never really prove it, which is sad really, hopefully one day they will figure out how it works, thanks again, nell

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Sunshine625 15 months ago from Orlando, FL

Funtabulous article. It makes one think...think...think. But, I want to come back as a bird. Actually a cardinal. I want to soar through the sky and poop on the heads of those that annoyed me! Haha!

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Nell Rose 15 months ago from England Author

LOL! yep I can totally understand that Linda! thanks as always, nell

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Snowsprite 14 months ago from Cornwall, UK

Interesting article. I have explored many of these topics at some point and find them fascinating. I'd never considered that we would be dreaming of our "now" alternate selves though or that we'd be connected to them. Maybe from watching too much Sci Fi I'd thought of our alternate selves as being at a similar timeline as us. But I guess had we not had the dark ages or had they lasted longer there is no reason they should be at the same technological level.

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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England Author

Thanks Snwsprite, we never know, but its strange isn't it? thanks for reading, nell

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sujaya venkatesh 14 months ago

quite funny to think of ourselves

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Jean Bakula 11 months ago from New Jersey

I took a class in past life regression. Sometimes people feel an affinity to a certain country or time in history. That's a sign you did have an incarnation there. My son always was a Civil War buff, and has a big indentation in his leg, and believes he fought for the South and was shot in the leg, because he limps sometimes, and never hurt his leg in this life. We live in the North though!

When I read about Avalon, I think I was one of the last pagans to be around before Christianity was popular. A clairvoyant friend tells me I was persecuted for it.

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Nell Rose 11 months ago from England Author

Hi Jean, that's fascinating! yes I know exactly how you feel, there are certain periods in history even locally that draw me, and boy some of the dreams I have had have been so weird! thanks for reading, nell

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Stacie L 9 months ago

I do think there is some form of reincarnation...everyone has met someone that reminded them of a person from the past...

I think we humans have a spirits that do live on.

Good hub on the topic!

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Nell Rose 9 months ago from England Author

Thanks so much Stacie, glad you liked it, nell

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