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Monday, May 16, 2011

Reincarnation Conventions and More

"Road Once Traveled" MM Sikes
Reincarnation conventions have become popular in our country, according to a segment on CBS Sunday morning. Dr. Brian Weiss, a specialist in hypnotic regression, was one of the speakers at a recent convention in New York. I have read about Dr. Weiss and learned that he was skeptical about reincarnation when he regressed one of his patients who instead of going back to an earlier age went back to a previous lifetime. He is said to have lost his skepticism when the patient began channeling about the space between lives.

According to the CBS segment, 18% of Americans believe in reincarnation. Those who believe in reincarnation think we are spiritual beings having a human experience. The theory dates back nearly 4000 years.

 Dr. Jim Tucker at the University of Virginia doesn't trust past-life regression. He believes the results of that therapy are unreliable. However, his research at the university is on reincarnation and focuses on children. Many of the children he has interviewed remember past lives that ended violently. These children often have scars or birth defects featuring an injury from the prior life they recall. Photographs of these children's scars were part of the program.

Some of the research I studied for my novel, Hearts Across Forever, was done by the late Dr. Ian Stevenson at the University of Virginia.

8 comments:

L'Aussie said...

Hi Monti.Long time no see. I love how we learn so much when we research for our novels. My latest is research on Nantucket. I'd rather pop on over.

Denise

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Julie said...

This sounds really interesting. I agree with L'Aussie, I love how much we can learn when researching. It's one of the things I enjoy most about writing.

Sapphire Phelan said...

Such a cool subject for your blog.

anthony stemke said...

Research is so valuable because you learn more than you were looking for which is great for later.

Monti said...

Thanks, Denise, Julie, Sapphire, and Anthony. I enjoy researching, then having a bigger base of knowledge that can come in handy for a later book. I'm sure you must find the same thing!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monti,

What a fascinating subject. The research must have been really interesting. Your novel must be a fascinating read.

Monti said...

Thank you, Michael!

Laura M. Campbell said...

The idea of reincarnation and the idea there might be a part of me somewhere inside from another life time is fascinating. My grandmother is Native American, a culture that believes in reincarnation. They believe you come back as your tribes spirit animal.

When I was younger, I read a Christopher Pike novel. He's more commonly known for horror, but The Midnight Club takes place at a hospice, where teenagers get together and share stories and make a pack to contact one another from the grave. I balled my eyes out at the end.