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From The Mouths of Babes--CB.

Updated on January 31, 2012
Nichole Marie and Colleen Kelly at about 3 years old.
Nichole Marie and Colleen Kelly at about 3 years old. | Source

by Christine B.

When my twin daughters were about 3 years old I was giving them a bath one evening and one of them said to me, “Mommy, we like you better than our old mommy.” The other twin then agreed and said, “Yeah, you’re lots more fun than our old mommy was.” I don’t shock easily, but that set be back a bit. I smiled and thanked them, and then told them that I was happy they liked me better.

Where did that come from? We were not discussing reincarnation at the time, or at any other time at that point in their young lives. What shocked me the most was that they obviously had come back to life together, and had been together in their past life, as well. And they BOTH remembered their past life well enough to agree on what their former mother was like.

This scenario is not as uncommon as one might think. There have been thousands of documented cases of children recalling their past lives and talking about it openly not only to their parents, but to anyone who will listen. Dr. Ian Stevenson, one of the foremost past life researchers and author of the book, Children Who Remember Previous Lives, has documented over 2,600 cases over a 40 year period of children who can remember vivid details of lives they had lived before their current incarnation.

Thomas Shroder has published his own book regarding the finding of Dr. Stevenson’s work entitled, Old Souls - Compelling Evidence from Children Who Remember Past Lives. He writes: "These children supply names of towns and relatives, occupations and relationships, attitudes and emotions that, in hundreds of cases around the world, are unique to a single dead individual, often apparently unknown to their present families. But the fact is, the people the children remember did exist, the memories that the children claim can be checked against real lives and their alleged feats of identification verified - or contradicted - by a variety of witnesses."

It’s not only memories some children bring back with them, but in many cases, fears, knowledge, talents and even birth marks from past body trauma. Famous composer, Beethoven is a prime example of a child remembering and being able to use a past life talent. How else could the young boy of four years old compose a symphony?

Many past life memories come back to us in dreams, especially when we are young. I have personal experiences with having reoccurring dreams of being a man and swimming in the ocean near an ancient seaport after falling off a clipper ship during a battle. My recollections of the incident are so clear and my fear of being shot was so strong that there is no way I can explain the dreams in any other way than as a past life memory.

Walter Semkiw wrote an article for Awareness magazine entitled, "Evidence of Reincarnation and the Creation of a New World." In the article Semkiw relates the story of William Barnes who began to speak of past-life memories when he was only four years old: "At the age of four, I drew a ship with four smokestacks and told my parents, 'This was my ship, but she died.' I insisted my mother call me 'Tommie' and spoke of two brothers, a sister, aunts and uncles, none of whom my parents knew,"

Barnes eventually wrote a book about his experience, Thomas Andrews - A Voyage into History. "There were also relentless nightmares - a huge ship looming above me, piercing screams, heated arguments, the frigid water stabbing at my body, a peach-colored mass of steel falling on me - and, again and again, I would wake up crying... At age 25, I sought the help of a counselor who used hypnosis as a means of relaxation. During the session, I heard myself arguing about 'the ship’s design.' At the instant I came out of the trance, I sat up and said, 'my name is Tommie Andrews.'" (Thomas Andrews was the designer of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic.)

Is it possible that William Barnes saw a movie or heard someone talk about Thomas Andrews and then started dreaming about events that took place as the Titanic was sinking? Yes, it is, but not probable. It’s not likely his parents or relatives would have subjected a four year old boy to that type of tragic event and go in to such great detail about it. And if that were the case, how would Barnes have known about the family members of Thomas Andrews in such detail?

Here are some “triggers” that MIGHT indicate past life experiences

1. Gender Identification Conflicts—If one is born a man, but has woman inclinations, or vice versa.

2. Deja vu Experiences. Recognizing a place where you have never been before in this incarnation.

3. Children with adult memories- This happens often with children who remember themselves in another incarnation as an adult.

4. 4. Child Prodigies and Idiot Savants—Composer, Beethoven is an example of a child prodigy.

5. Speaking an unlearned language--

6. Multiple birth defects and distinctive birthmarks--these are often "scars" from body trauma from past life experiences that you bring with you into your new incarnation.

7. Love or Hate at first sight – Souls recognizing each other who have not met in this lifetime.

8. Obsessions and Compulsions—Without any explanation—no events have occurred in the present lifetime to account for these feelings.

9. Multiple Personalities and schizophrenics-naturally, not all are reincarnation cases.

10.Unearthing Buried Treasures – Knowing where something has been hidden when there would be no other way of having this information.

If you know a child who talks about being someone else, or who complains about having reoccurring dreams, listen to what they have to say and try not to blow them off as it being their imagination. It’s better to acknowledge what they are experiencing so that it doesn’t frighten and “haunt” them for an entire lifetime.


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    • Christine B. profile image

      Christine B. 6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks so much for the Kudos, Ladies. I appreciate your comments and am happy you enjoyed the article. :o)

      I can remember many of my past lives... the memories are as fresh as any other memories I have of this lifetime. I don't "believe" in reincarnation--I KNOW it to be a fact of life.

      I hope you can drop by again and read more of my musings. :o)

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      Stacie L 6 years ago

      Yes children do not know not to tell anyone's really fascinating information as the other commenters said.

      many beleive that souls live on as each body dies.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, this is really fascinating. I love hearing these stories and will also be checking out those links you gave us. I also voted across the board. Gotta read more...

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Fascinating! I'm going to go get my Nook from the other room and look up those two books right now! ;-)

      Ahh.. recurring dreams...I'm actually going to contact you personally about that's too long a tale to relate here.

      This was a great article, as always. You outdo yourself, my friend.

      (I think Mozart may have been another!)

      Voted up across the board and shared.