Nell has been interested in reincarnation for many years. She is also studying genetic memory.
Children are known to have vivid imaginations. But how can we tell if our children are making up stories or if they really are the reincarnation of someone who has gone before us? There are many cases that show children who are in fact recalling their past lives. Below are the real-life stories of James Leininger and Cameron Macaulay, two children who believe they have lived before.
The Case for Reincarnation
From an early age, we learn to see and adapt to our surroundings. The life we lead starts to become familiar. We recognize the face of our mother, who holds us in her arms from the day we are born and nurtures us so that we feel safe and loved. As we grow older, our home and our family become familiar and safe, too.
When children start to talk, it is one of the most wonderful things for a parent. Soon the words become a pattern, and the child learns to string sentences together. In most families, this is a normal process. But what happens if your child suddenly says, out of the blue, 'Where is my real Mama? Why am I here with you? I want to go back and live with my real mummy.' Is this a sign of reincarnation? Or do you believe that your child is showing signs of telepathy or other psychic phenomena? As you will see, children sometimes seem to recall memories from another life.
When a child claims they are reincarnated, many people will dismiss this idea. But sometimes the facts are just staring you in the face. What if the child reports a particular incident that can be fact-checked? For example, stories can be verified by history books, war records or even memories from your elder members of the family.
This isn't as always imagination. We tend to know when a child is making up stories, and playing with imaginary friends. We all go through that stage. We expect it from our children. So when do we know it is something different? I believe that we know there is something strange going on when the child makes a statement that is so mind-blowing it must be true—something that can be tested, and when it is, to our astonishment and chagrin, we find out that it is true.
James Leininger's Past Life as a Fighter Pilot
James Leininger, who lives in Louisiana, was just two and a half years old when he started talking about his vivid dreams and strong memories of being a man called Lt. James McCready Huston. He went on to say that he had been a World War II fighter pilot from Uniontown, Pennsylvania, who had been killed in Iwo Jima more than 50 years before.
At the tender age of two, the boy began talking about aviation, and his knowledge of the subject was amazing. He hadn't learned it from his parents, as they knew nothing of flying or being in the Air Force. James started having nightmares about being shot down by a Japanese plane with a red sun on the side. The child's parents began to study the subject, and to their astonishment, they realised that something very extraordinary was happening.
There was no way James could have known this amazingly true information! His nightmares started after his father had taken him to the Dallas flight museum. But there was nothing there that would or could have started these amazing revelations.
Andrea recalled how James would scream at the top of his voice, 'airplane crash, on fire, can't get out, help', and he would be kicking and pointing to the ceiling. At one stage, when Andrea took James shopping, she pointed out a plane in a shop window. 'Look' she said, 'It has a bomb at the bottom'.
She was astounded to hear her two-and-a-half-year-old state, 'That's not a bomb, that's a drop tank'. Andrea had no idea what on earth a drop tank was. He went on to tell his bemused parents that he had flown a plane called a Corsair, which took off from a boat called the Natoma. When his parents served him up some meatloaf for lunch, which he had never eaten before that day, he said, 'meatloaf, I haven't had that since I was on the Natoma'.