Do You Have Signs of Being an Old Soul?
1) Are you acutely aware of your life's mission?
2) Do you often experience a strong sense of deja vu?
3) Do you have lucid dreams? Have your dreams ever been prophetic or involved conversations with the deceased?
4) Have you ever been able to predict events right before they happen?
5) Do you ever have flashbacks of a previous life? Do you get the feeling you've been here before?
6) Are you more mature than peers of your age? Do you tend to reject the trends of the times?
7) Are you a searcher? Do you value spirituality, truth and wisdom more than fun, money, and vacations?
(29) Truly, God does all these things two or three times to a man, (30) To bring his soul back from the depth, that he may bask in the light of life.
... ואפילו בקבר של קטן יש להחמיר משום לועג לרש דשמא נשמת אדם גדול הוא ...
...even the grave of a child one should be careful (to not perform mitzvas) as not to mock the deceased, because perhaps inside the child was the soul of a grown man...
Vilna Goan's Commentary on the Book of Jonah
Yonah is the neshamah (soul), which is charged with a mission to fulfill in this world: perfecting itself. The neshamah boards a “vessel” to journey through this world: namely, the body. But the person tries to flee from God and avoid fulfilling His charge. Eventually, the individual is “swallowed up” and departs from this world, leaving his task unfinished. What happens after that? “And the Word of God came to Yonah a second time, saying: ‘Arise! Go to Nineveh … ’” (Yonah 3:1-2). The soul is sent back to earth, to finally accomplish its intended mission.
Rabbi Mordechai Becher - Ask The Rabbi
I’ve heard that the famous “Chazon Ish,” Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, stood up for people with Down syndrome and the like. If this is true, I understand it as follows: Each person is given faculties. These faculties allow him to reach his potential. The greater gifts and faculties a person is given, the more he is obligated to achieve. A person is created far away from a goal but given the tools to get there. A person born with very limited faculties obviously has a much smaller goal to achieve. So, in essence, the person of limited capabilities is created closer to his state of personal perfection. Such a person may even be a reincarnation of a great tzadik or tzadeket (righteous person) who achieved near perfection the first time around, but needs to come back to this world to be able to achieve perfection. Such a person is worthy of respect.
Stan Grof M.D, PhD - Professor of Psych at CA Institute of Integral Studies
Western Science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism.
So convincing is the evidence in favor of past life influences that one can only conclude that those who refuse to consider this to be an area worthy of serious study must be either uninformed or excessively narrow-minded.
Jane Bosveld, Discover Magazine, June 2007,
Soul Search − Will Natural Science Pin Down Our Supernatural Essence?
At the Division of Perceptual Studies (University of Virginia), there are file cabinets bulging with case studies of people who think they … remember past lives: who they were, where they lived, what they looked like, what work they did, all sorts of details of a life. Psychiatrist and physician Ian Stevenson, who founded DOPS, began gathering stories of past lives in 1960. He also made personal trips to verify and document the details, including reports of children with birthmarks corresponding to wounds the “previous personality” received and phobias related to the cause of death. Stevenson died early this year, but child psychiatrist Jim B. Tucker, author of Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, is continuing his work. Tucker has helped build a database of 1,400 cases of possible reincarnation. At his office at DOPS, Tucker explains that with the stronger cases “kids tend to start talking about these memories at an earlier age. They talk about them with more emotion. They give a lot of details, including specific names about the previous life.”
Reincarnation International, Vol. I, #2
Indian boy recalls details of past life. Titu Singh was two-and-a-half-years-old when he began to tell his family of his other life in Agra, a city in northern India. His memories were quite specific: he said that he had been the owner of a radio, TV and video shop, his name was Suresh Verma, he had a wife named Uma and two children. He also said that he had been shot, then cremated, and his ashes had been thrown in the river. His parents didn’t take him seriously at first, but his behavior puzzled them – he often behaved as if he wasn’t part of their family. “Titu is just an ordinary child, but sometimes he says and does things that only adults do,” said his father. Repeatedly, Titu would tell his parents that he was homesick and wanted to go back to Agra. Once, he became so insistent about leaving, that he rolled his clothes into a bundle and threatened to leave home. Titu’s older brother decided to travel to Agra to check out his young brother’s claims. He found a video shop called Suresh Radio, which was run by a widow named Uma whose husband had been shot, just as Titu had described. The brother approached Uma and explained how his little brother claimed to be her deceased husband. This information made Uma feel very odd. She decided to visit the Singh family the next day and see what truth there was in this young child’s report. When the Verma family arrived unannounced, Titu was outside washing at the tap and spotted them first. He recognized them immediately and shouted to his parents that his “other family” had come. They invited the visitors to sit on the veranda, and Titu asked Uma to sit near him – an odd way for a five-year-old in India to relate to a grown woman. He asked about the children, and then stunned the widow by recounting the details of a family outing to a fair in a neighboring village where Suresh had bought her sweets, information that only she could have known. Titu later described burying gold in a hole in the house. It was then arranged that Titu be taken to Agra. When he and his entourage arrived, it had been arranged for Suresh’s two children to be playing among many other neighborhood children as a test for Titu. Titu recognized them immediately, singling them out from their playmates. Upon entering the video shop, Titu correctly identified changes made to the shop since Suresh’s death … Titu told more details of the murder to an Agra court and was able to “convince the authorities that he was the reincarnation of the murder victim.” The outcome of the case was not given in this account, but a professor at Delhi University was quoted as saying, “Because of the police involvement, this is one of the very best documented cases of seeming reincarnation I have seen.”
Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot
The parents of James Leininger were first puzzled and then disturbed when their two-year-old son began screaming out chilling phrases during recurrent nightmares, such as, "Plane on fire! Little man can't get out!" The centerpiece of a loving family of three, James was a happy, playful toddler who had only just begun stringing together sentences. Determined to understand what was happening to their son, Bruce and Andrea set off on a journey of discovery that was to rock them to their core. For the more they researched the arcane comments and fragmented details little James revealed, the more they were drawn inescapably to a shocking conclusion: that James was reliving the life of James Huston, a World War II fighter pilot who was killed in the battle for Iwo Jima-- over sixty years ago!
Through painstaking research and conversations with war veterans and surviving members of James Huston's family, Bruce and Andrea were forced to confront their skepticism and reexamine their entire belief system. In the process, they not only managed to solve the mystery of their son's statements. They also uncovered revelations about James Huston's life and wartime experiences that could finally bring peace and healing to his loved ones, decades after his death.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much: An Astounding True Story of a Young Boy's Past-Life Memories
At the tender age of two, baseball prodigy Christian Haupt began sharing vivid memories of being a baseball player in the 1920s and '30s. From riding cross-country on trains, to his fierce rivalry with Babe Ruth, Christian described historical facts about the life of American hero and baseball legend Lou Gehrig that he could not have possibly known at the time.
Distraught by her son's uncanny revelations, Christian's mother, Cathy, embarked on a sacred journey of discovery that would shake her beliefs to the core and forever change her views on life and death.
In this compelling and heartwarming memoir, Cathy Byrd shares her remarkable experiences, the lessons she learned as she searched to find answers to this great mystery, and a story of healing in the lives of these intertwined souls.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much will inspire even the greatest skeptics to consider the possibility that love never dies.
Spend a few minutes by yourself thinking about and writing in answers to these questions:
What are you naturally good at?
What did you dream of being when you were young?
What would you do if money were no object?
What would you do if you had only one year to live?
What would you do without pay because you enjoy it?
What do you read and talk about in your spare time?
What chokes you up, gives you goose bumps, cold chills, and tears in your eyes or pressure over your chest?
How do you feel called to assist others and global transformation?