Rabia Lynn Clark, Ph.D.
Rabia Clark briefly discusses cultural and religious reincarnation beliefs and examines what past-life therapists say they have found in past-life therapy as well as what Stevenson has found in his researches into the spontaneous past-life memories of children.
Reincarnation is a belief found in many cultures and religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Sufi, Huna, and others. But recent past-life memories have brought us to a new understanding about reincarnation. The work of Ian Stevenson, M.D., and the relatively new field of past-life therapy have both made contributions in confirming some old beliefs while adding new insights.
Concepts about an afterlife and reincarnation are very diverse in different religions and cultures. They offer models to deal with the eternal questions of death, grief at the loss of a loved one, and the meaningfulness and purpose of life. Millions of people base their everyday lives on their understanding of reincarnation and karma (the law of cause and effect). These beliefs impact many cultures and religions. What new model is available which verifies the old reincarnation beliefs or moves those beliefs to be more in accord with present times? Past-life recall, either spontaneously or with guidance, may offer new insights about reincarnation and the role it plays in our lives.