Cynics say there is no evidence for reincarnation. Based on the presumptuous and angry reactions we sometimes receive about the idea of past lives, it seems like some people don't want any evidence to exist. Maybe they don't like the idea of having to come back and suffer the consequences of their bad behavior.

Hardcore skeptics of reincarnation who commonly accuse believers of lacking intelligence, usually base their narrow-minded viewpoints on little to no research about the topic. Who is being gullible?

Science-minded skeptics want tangible proof. Do they also discount love, compassion, and other intangible components of the human condition which are void of physical evidence?

Some people are critical of the concept and people who believe in it because they perceive it as make-believe like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny; they don't want to appear silly for giving it much thought. Some of these types believe in what they are told to believe in by their parents or others, from a very young age. They adhere to group think because there's safety in numbers. They lack the courage, ability, or interest to think for themselves and consider non-conventional viewpoints.

Others are taught by their religion that it does not exist, so they accept this.

Still others fear what happens after death, which is natural, and they don't want to think about it. We're not surprised since so many religious leaders have added fuel to the fire by warning their followers of severe punishment in the afterlife if they don't follow the prescribed interpretation of right and wrong.

Thanks to 2000+ years of misunderstandings and misinformation about reincarnation and karma, most people don't give it much thought.

We're both naturally skeptical and like to look beyond the surface of issues. Instead of accepting the standard view, we like to form our own opinions based on careful consideration. This is the approach we've always taken with the topic of reincarnation and related metaphysical subjects, since we began reading about past life regression case histories in the mid 1980s, then began our own regressions in the late 1980s.

We're confident that if you objectively explore the evidence it will seem logical to at least consider it as a valid possibility for what happens after death.

One of the best collections of evidence for reincarnation was compiled by the late Dr. Ian Stevenson, MD of the University of Virginia. He studied over 3000 cases of the past life memories of children over the span of more than 40 years.

Walter Semkiw, MD and Jim Tucker, MD discuss the reincarnation research of Ian Stevenson, MD in this video.They also mention two famous cases, one of which is a woman who was born into a different religion than in her previous life (which is common). As noted in the video description, if everyone accepted this as a possibility, wars over religious differences would end.

The best evidence for reincarnation: Your past life memories in your subconscious mind.

Even if you're not spiritually sensitive you may have had a past life dream or vision, but didn't recognize it as such because most people are conditioned from birth to disbelieve in past lives.

We recommend you don't take our word for it and instead use one of the best methods to explore the subject: past life regression.

Past life regression, when approached correctly with a trained expert or good quality MP3, can give one an intense and healing emotional experience, which is one indication your perceptions might be of real events.

You won't bring back physical evidence from regression, of course. But if you remain objective, follow the directions, and allow the process to work, it will be difficult to brush off your perceptions as “only imagination,” especially if you're able to confirm some of the details, such as cultural idiosyncrasies, names, associations, or even addresses for more modern-day lifetimes.

Everyone is entitled to their own personal beliefs and it really doesn't matter if you can prove spiritual concepts valid or not. However, accepting the possibility of reincarnation is likely to make you more responsible and a better person because you're more apt to treat others as you want to be treated.

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