The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Life!

April 13, 2006

Do you think that it’s possible that we’ve lived before?

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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.

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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.

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