Millions believe in it.
Some baffling case histories suggest they may be right.
One out of every four people believes in reincarnation — that we come back after death as someone else, perhaps in a never-ending cycle.
The Australian aborigines believe in it, and it is part of the religion of millions of Indian Hindus.
Actress Shirley MacLaine believes she lived many previous lives.
Actor Sylvester Stallone believes he will come back as the heavyweight champion of the world like Rocky Balboa, a character he played in filmdom.
Do you think that it’s possible that we’ve lived before?
Well, either you believe it or you don’t.
Nevertheless, there are cases in which people claimed to recall details of previous lives. Believers say this phenomenon can be explained only by reincarnation.
Take the Canadian, for example, who had never studied ancient languages, yet under hypnosis was able to speak in the tongue of the Vikings and write a Middle Eastern language that had been used in Mesopotamia 1,500 years ago.
Investigated by a Toronto psychiatrist, the man told of his former life as a Viking raider named Thor.
In hypnotic trance, he could recite a strange language that experts identified as a phonetic rendering of ancient Norse. He also wrote in a hand that was identified as Sassanid Pahlavi, a language of the Persian empires that has not been used since the year 651 A.D.
Then there’s the strange case of interior decorator Diane Storm who consulted a therapist to alleviate her feelings of financial insecurity.
Once under hypnosis, details of what seemed to be a previous life came tumbling out.
She said she had been born in 1903 as Rita McCullum. Rita’s life was a tragic one. Her adoptive parents died in an auto accident when she was 13.
Point Blank column
Millions believe in it.
For Janet Crow of Quinwood, this Easter marks a deeply personal miracle — that of countless prayers for her physical restoration whispered by people who cared more than she could’ve ever imagined.
Scholarship for girls in a health science field established at BAF
In every community there is work to be done and each community member has something to contribute.
Concord University mounting production of ‘Spoon River’
Concord University’s Theatre Department will perform “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters in the H.C. Paul Theatre April 23-26 at 8 p.m. nightly.
Society seeking items for Vietnam War exhibit
The Greenbrier Historical Society is seeking photographs, artifacts and local history to include in an upcoming exhibit about remembering the Vietnam War.
Rock violinist, stand-up comic to perform in free events at Lewisburg
The Greenbrier Valley Campus of New River Community and Technical College will celebrate Student Appreciation Week April 21-25 with a number of events including two special performances that are open to the public free of charge.
Dance workshop, show planned
The stars will shine brightly over the pyramids this month — only these pyramids will be in Beckley. And these stars will both twinkle and dance.
Live transmission of The Met’s ‘Così fan tutte’ at GVT
In partnership with The MET: Live in HD series, Greenbrier Valley Theatre presents a live transmission of Mozart’s joyful and heart-rendering masterpiece, “Così fan tutte,” Saturday at 12:55 p.m.
Stories give us kinship with strangers
Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published April 10, 2010.
My dad was a coal miner. By the time I came along, he was working above ground as a tipple foreman.
Just do it W.Va.!
“Missy’s here — we’re not going to win. Missy’s here…”
Learning she was a perceived threat from two women whispering at the starting line behind her, women she had never met from among the hopping, stretching, Lycra-clad crowd, had one effect on Missy Burleson — a smile spreading as far as her feet were about to sprint her.
Pastor Roger Pauley and his wife Marcia were — like so many other baby boomers — charged with the responsibility of making decisions for their aging parents. For the pastor’s father, death was sudden.
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