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Exploring Reincarnation
Introductions, Research Studies & Opposing Viewpoints
26 Recommended Titles

These titles constitute a core library
of material on the subject of reincarnation.

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Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives

Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives
by Brian L. Weiss

"As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from the 'space between lives,' which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss' family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career."

"In 1980, Weiss, head of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, began treating Catherine, a 27-year-old woman plagued by anxiety, depression and phobias. When Weiss turned to hypnosis to help Catherine remember repressed childhood traumas, what emerged were the patient's descriptions of a dozen or so of her hitherto unknown 86 past lives, as well as philosophical messages channeled from 'Master Spirits.' Catherine's anxieties and phobias soon disappeared, says Weiss, and she was able to end therapy. The previously nonspiritual, scientific Weiss, awed by Catherine's and the masters' revelations, has written this book to share his new-found knowledge about 'immortality and the true meaning of life.' Whether or not one believes in reincarnation and channeling, Weiss's book will disappoint. Catherine's descriptions of her past lives are not particularly compelling or insightful. Moreover, the teachings of the Master Spirits ('We are not to kill. . . . Only God can punish,' 'Charity, hope, faith, love . . . we must all know these things,' and 'Our body is just a vehicle for us while we're here. It is our soul and our spirit that last forever'), while admirable and comforting, are little more than restatements of traditional religious values."

Regardless of the "negative" review above, Many Lives, Many Masters is a very popular book at Amazon.com -- Sales Rank: #761 in Books!

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Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child

Children's Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child
by Carol Bowman

"When her young son's hysterical fear of loud noises is cured by past life regressionist Norman Inge, and her daughter's fear of house fires is likewise laid to rest, Bowman, who had already been regressed by Inge, began to explore past-life regression techniques and theories, particularly as they relate to young children. Part memoir, part guidebook for parents, part summation of the works and philosophies of such respected authorities as Jungian therapist Roger Woolger, psychologist Helen Wambach and psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, among others, this book argues passionately for the existence of past lives and for the special abilities of young children to recall their pre-birth memories. Topics covered include death accounts by children, the way phobias may be connected with death in a past life, particularly a traumatic death, and the signs that indicate that a child is struggling with an unresolved past-life burden. Once remembered, a death may become a source of inspiration, according to Bowman. Clearly written, though at times not clear in its chronological layout, this study should appeal to a broad range of New Age readers."

"Since 1997 this book has been widely available in the United States and in nine foreign editions.  In 2001 Carol Bowman published a follow-up book, Return from Heaven, which explores cases of children's past life memory in the same family."

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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect
by Ian Stevenson

"Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2,600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their former identity, family, residence, and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in 'reincarnation' and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. This book summarizes Stevenson's findings which are presented in full in the multi-volume work entitled Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects [See Volume I & Volume 2 at Amazon.com], also published by Praeger.

“This book introduces and condenses a much longer one entitled Reincarnation and Biology: A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects
[See Volume I & Volume 2 at Amazon.com]. That work is a medical monograph with extensive documentation, references, numerous tables, and many footnotes. This book has none of these. I have written it to satisfy the needs of readers who wish to understand the essential content of the larger work without troubling themselves over details. Let it be read as a series of abstracts .... A reader can only fairly judge the kinds of cases these books describe by close attention to the many details; and I do not believe anyone should express an opinion about my conclusions without having met this condition”. Ian Stevenson in the Preface.

See Table of Contents.
See also Dr. John Algeo's comments on this volume in his article "Reincarnation: The Evidence".

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Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation

Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation
Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged

by Ian Stevenson

"Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation....has now become a classic in the field."  Sylvia Cranston, author of Reincarnation -- The Phoenix Fire Mystery

"The seminal work on children's spontaneous past life memories, and essential reading for anyone seriously interested in research of this phenomenon." Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives and Return From Heaven

"This book...is addressed primarily to scientists of any discipline who may find the contents of interest and value.  But a larger public has manifested a growing interest in the work...."  Ian Stevenson

"Dr. Stevenson gives detailed reports of twenty cases of children (from five different countries) who claimed to remember previous lives."

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Readers may also be interested in the following additional works by Dr. Stevenson:

Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume I. Ten Cases in India
Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume II. Ten Cases in Sri Lanka
Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume III. Twelve Cases in Lebanon and Turkey
Cases of the Reincarnation Type: Volume IV. Twelve Cases in Thailand and Burma.


European Cases of the Reincarnation Type

European Cases of the Reincarnation Type
by Ian Stevenson

"Many cultures accept that a person may die and then come back to life in another form, but westerners have traditionally rejected the idea. Recently, however, surveys conducted in Europe indicate a substantial increase in the number of Europeans who believe in reincarnation, and multiple claims of reincarnation have been reported. This book examines particular cases in Europe that are suggestive of reincarnation. The first section provides a brief history of the belief in reincarnation among Europeans. The second section considers eight cases from the first third of the twentieth century that were not independently investigated, but were reported and sometimes published by the persons concerned. The third section covers 32 cases from the second half of the twentieth century that were investigated by the author. Many of these cases involved either children who exhibited unusual behavior attributed to a previous life, or adults who experienced recurrent or vivid dreams attributed to a previous life. In the fourth section, the author compares European cases suggestive of reincarnation with those of other countries and cultures."

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All in the Mind: Reincarnation, Hypnotic Regression, Stigmata, Multiple Personality, and Other Little-Understood Powers of the Mind
by Ian Wilson

"Historian/journalist Wilson provides an overview of claims of reincarnation and the recall of past lives under hypnosis. He discusses the research of Ian Stevenson, the Bridey Murphy case, and several cases resulting from the current wave of interest in hypnotic age-regression. He uncovers fresh facts in the old cases and presents some new ones. He proposes that the phenomena of cryptomnesia, multiple personality, and Hilgard's 'hidden observer' can account for most cases, but admits that there is a residue defying explanation. The book has been meticulously researched and referenced and is as readable as it is instructive."   Rhea White

"Mr. Wilson's volume is probably [one of] the most important critique[s] ever attempted of the reincarnation question....Some of his criticisms are extremely valuable, especially his analyses of some hypnotic regression cases.  Unfortunately, the book is marred by the author's snow-job approach to many cases and his equally questionable treatment of Ian Stevenson's work.  His attempts to 'explain' reincarnation memories as constructed by an element of the unconscious will be superficially appealing to readers unfamiliar with the research on which he improperly builds his arguments.  Nonetheless, it is one of the few serious books on reincarnation available and should be read by students of the controversy.  The author's bias is usually so transparent that the critical readers will have little trouble spotting it and taking some aspects of the book with a grain of salt."  D. Scott Rogo, 1985.

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Masks of the Soul: The Facts Behind Reincarnation
by Benjamin Walker

"This is a thorough study of the theory of reincarnation. Walker describes the doctrine of reincarnation as it appears in various religions and also deals with the scientific evidence for reincarnation. Alternate explanations are also discussed. Walker points out that the reincarnation hypothesis is favored by the testimony of tradition while the scientific evidence rules against it. 'We therefore cannot be so skeptical as to reject it outright, nor so dogmatic as to accept it without qualification. This book presents the evidence from both sides, and it is left to readers to draw their own conclusions' (p. 8). He does not seem to be concerned with the possibility of doctrinal compliance." Rhea White.

"As a book that attempts to critically evaluate the evidence for reincarnation, this volume is a total failure.   The author's negative appraisal is based on weak and often superficial criticisms of some of the classic classes in the literature."  D. Scott Rogo, 1985.

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Reincarnation: A Bibliography

Reincarnation: A Bibliography
by Joel Bjorling

“The references are a comprehensive listing of literature on reincarnation, including its related topic, karma."

"Chapters include reincarnation in Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism), in comparative religions and philosophy, in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, cases of reincarnation, past-life therapy, astrology and reincarnation, popular works, reincarnation in literature, and reference works.  Each chapter begins with a general descriptive essay which gives a basic overview of the respective topics."

Published 1995.

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Reincarnation : A Selected Annotated Bibliography

Reincarnation: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
by Lynn Kear

"Over 500 books are described. Each entry includes full bibliographic information, a description of the contents, and additionally, in most cases, an excerpt is included that gives the 'flavor' of the book. Pro- and anti-reincarnation sources are featured for this highly controversial subject. An appendix lists organizations that are concerned with reincarnation. This will be of interest to religious scholars and students and anyone interested in this fascinating topic."

“Kear...offers 562 extensively but nonevaluatively annotated citations to the best-known, most cited books on reincarnation...suitable for academic libraries serving all levels of students.”

Published 1996.

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