You don't have to believe in reincarnation on order to benefit from a past life regression. The therapeutic value comes whether what you experience in your regression is literally true or not, as the story of the life you see will contain lessons that are applicable to your current challenges. Seeing these challenges in a different context allows for a new perspective and people often find profound clarity and direction from these experiences. It’s also really fun, very relaxing and enjoyable! At the very least, you will feel refreshed after a past life session.
But for those who are interested in such things, there is actually a good deal of evidence that reincarnation, or something like it does exist.
Dr Ian Stevenson is the foremost researcher on the topic and spent his life gathering accounts from all over the world of people who remembered living in another body and another time. Stevenson was a prominent psychiatrist who served as Chair of psychiatry at the University of Virginia. He documented over 3,000 cases of past life memories, and went to great lengths to rule out all other explanations. In many cases was able to verify specific details that a person remembered from their other life that they otherwise could not have known.
Here’s one of thousands of cases: in Sri Lanka, a toddler one day overheard her mother mentioning the name of an obscure town (“Kataragama”) that the girl had never been to. The girl informed the mother that she drowned there when her “dumb” (mentally challenged) brother pushed her in the river, that she had a bald father named “Herath” who sold flowers in a market near the Buddhist stupa, that she lived in a house that had a glass window in the roof (a skylight), dogs in the backyard that were tied up and fed meat, that the house was next door to a big Hindu temple, outside of which people smashed coconuts on the ground. Stevenson was able to confirm that there was, indeed, a flower vendor in Kataragama who ran a stall near the Buddhist stupa whose two-year-old daughter had drowned in the river while the girl played with her mentally challenged brother. The man lived in a house where the neighbors threw meat to dogs tied up in their backyard, and it was adjacent to the main temple where devotees practiced a religious ritual of smashing coconuts on the ground. The little girl did get a few items wrong, however. For instance, the dead girl’s dad wasn’t bald (but her grandfather and uncle were) and his name wasn’t “Herath”—that was the name, rather, of the dead girl’s cousin. Otherwise, 27 of the 30 idiosyncratic, verifiable statements she made panned out. The two families never met, nor did they have any friends, coworkers, or other acquaintances in common, so if you take it all at face value, the details couldn’t have been acquired in any obvious way.
Physicist Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, recipient of the prestigious Heyn Medal from the German Society for Material Sciences, surmised that Stevenson’s work had established that “the statistical probability that reincarnation does in fact occur is so overwhelming … that cumulatively the evidence is not inferior to that for most if not all branches of science.”
Jim Tucker is the medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine who worked for several years on this research with Ian Stevenson before taking over upon Stevenson’s retirement in 2002. While Ian Stevenson focused on cases in Asia, Tucker has studied U.S. children. Among his many compelling case studies is the following:
You might wonder, if there is solid scientific evidence, why is is this not widely accepted? One reason is that there is still no measurable mechanism by which consciousness leaves one body and enters another. Also, people are often believe what they want to believe, with or without evidence!