"It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection." ~Voltaire
Jim B. Tucker, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is continuing the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson with children from various parts of the world who report memories of previous lives.
After learning about Dr. Stevenson’s work in the mid 90’s, Tucker began traveling the country meeting families, hearing stories about reincarnation, while trying to determine if the children’s memories are valid.
Continuing a fifty-year research project at the University of Virginia, upon Dr. Stevenson’s retirement in 2002, Dr. Tucker decided to focus on cases in the United States due to less cultural influence regarding the subject of reincarnation.
What Dr. Tucker found is “children usually begin to spontaneously talk about a past life at the age of two or three and may talk about a previous family or the way they died in a previous life. Their statements have often been found to be very emotional and accurate for one particular deceased individual, and some children have recognized members of the previous family. A number have also had birthmarks or defects that matched wounds on the body of the deceased person.”
Although there isn’t definitive proof, there is strong evidence to suggest that birthmarks are either the site of a violent injury or that they pertain to a memory that a person has retained from their previous incarnation.
In 2009, Dr. Tucker sat down with John Whitehead, President of the Rutherford Institute. Their discussion includes a review of the cases and pictures of unusual birth defects that match wounds that previous individuals suffered. In the interview, Dr. Tucker recalls an interview with a little girl who can recall the life of someone whose fingers were chopped off as he was being murdered. Subsequently, the little girl recalling this story was born with several of her fingers deformed.
What the evidence from Dr. Tucker's research concludes is "emotions and memory of physical and mental trauma can survive the death of the brain and carry over into another life. What this also suggests is that there is more than just the physical universe."
Whether you are open or skeptical to the idea of reincarnation, and birth marks being a residual component of a previous life, one can’t help wonder if this life is a perpetual continuation through a process of continual rebirths into the physical realm.
According to Dr. Tucker, the lesson in all of this suggests that “there is a spiritual piece in each of us that unites us” and that there “is a physical world arises out of a conscious world.” However, “perhaps the question of what happens to us when we die was never meant to be answered but merely explored, for it is in seeking – not necessarily finding – the answer that growth can take place.”