Reincarnation Stories: Children Who Remember Their Past Lives
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'.
Researching James' Story
Bruce, James' father, decided to do some research of his own. He discovered that there had been a small escort carrier called the Natoma Bay, which had been in the Battle of Iwo Jima. Further research proved that there had indeed been a pilot called James Huston! His plane had indeed been hit by Japanese fire and was struck in the engine. This was on March 3rd, 1945.
In a further twist to the story, Huston's sister, Anne Barron, who was now 87 years old, was tracked down. She stated that after listening to little James' story, she totally believed him. 'He knows too many things, for some reason he knows what happened'.
Huston's cousin Bob, now 74 years old, also had this to say: 'To me, it's amazing, everything the boy has said is exactly the account told to James Huston's father and also my mother, there is no way this child could have known that!'
When James was six years old, in 2004, his father took him to a reunion of veterans who had served on the Natoma. When he was there, James was able to recognise one of his old mates after 60 years. His parents stood in awe as he stated, 'They're so old'.
'It's the Tiny Things That Provide the Truth!'
Ever since James's extraordinary story hit the headlines, the book written by his father has reached all four corners of the globe and has proved to be very popular. I have read excerpts of the amazing story, and most of the really tiny proofs are the most profound of all. It's definitely not something you can dismiss. But is it reincarnation? I believe it is, but you should read it for yourself.
Cameron Macaulay lived his whole life in Glasgow, Scotland. But ever since he started talking at the age of two, he has been telling his family about his previous life on the Island of Barra, which is situated off the west coast of Scotland.
Cameron lives with his mother, Norma. He started talking about a white house that overlooked the sea and the beach, and he went on to explain how there were airplanes that used to land on the beach, and also that he was very fond of a black and white dog he'd had whilst he was there.
The family had never been to Barra, as it was over 200 miles away from where they lived. To get there, it would take them an hour by plane or longer by sea. His dad on the island was called Shane Robertson, who evidently died by being knocked over by a car. Cameron's actual words were, 'He didn't look both ways'.
Cameron's Past Life on Barra
One of the strangest subjects was the toilets. He used to keep complaining that, on Barra, his parents had three toilets. He also spent ages drawing 'his' house, a long, white building standing on the beach. He would sit on his chair talking about his parents and brothers and sisters, and as time went on, he got more and more upset about leaving his other mother. He would cry continuously and say that he wished his mother could see that he was alright.
The story soon came to the attention of a film company, and after listening to his story, his nursery school teacher suggested that maybe they should film him and go to the island.
2006 Journey to Barra
After setting up a meeting, the film company agreed to take Cameron to Barra. They were also escorted by Dr. Jim Tucker, a child psychologist. When Cameron was told he was going, he couldn't stop jumping up and down. 'I'm going home, I'm going home', he shouted. Upon reaching the island, they were astonished to find that they had indeed landed on the beach! Cameron started to run around yelling, 'I'm back!'
Chattering away about his Barra mother, he told everyone that she had long brown hair that fell all the way down her back and that she read him stories from the Bible. Cameron's mother stated that they were not particularly religious and had never done this at home. They soon booked into a hotel and started to search for clues to Cameron's past.
After contacting the Heritage Centre to find out about the house, they were unable to find records about any house being owned by the Robertson family overlooking the bay. To say they were disappointed would be an understatement. They drove around the island looking for the house but couldn't even see one that resembled Cameron's description.
Then they realised that they were looking in the wrong direction! The planes that Cameron saw would be coming in from the wrong side of the bay. They realised that if Cameron saw them from his bedroom window, they had to be going the other way.
Eventually, the hotel phoned them and told them that yes, there was a Robertson family home on the other side of the island. So they started to drive Cameron there. They didn't tell him where they were going, but when they arrived, Cameron jumped out of the car and ran straight to the house.
He knew it immediately! But as Cameron walked through the door, he began to get very pale and quiet. Up until now, he had recognised the exact gate at the front, he knew where to go and was so excited. But upon entering the house he stood to one side, slightly uncertain.
Then he took off, running around the house, pointing out all the rooms where he had 'lived'. He showed them all the nooks and crannies and the three toilets. Much to his mother's surprise, when they went into the garden, he took them to his secret entrance that he had been talking about for years.
The strangest part of the story comes about when researchers managed to find one of the surviving Robertson family members. In most of the reports, they don't state whether this is a man or a woman. I believe in the video it says it was a woman. Unfortunately, the relative in question seemed to know nothing about a man called Shane Robertson! But even stranger was the fact that this family, now living in Sterling, had photos of the dog and the car that Cameron had seen in his visions.
Why was this, I wonder. How could Cameron know about everything else but get this wrong? It seems that the relative in question would have been at the house around about the same time as Cameron in his past life.
As he grew older, Cameron began to lose the memories of Barra. After his visit, he settled down, happy to know that his mother in this life believed in his story. One of the last things that Cameron mentioned was when he was talking to his friend, he said, 'Don't worry about dying, you just come back again'.
When his mother asked him, 'How did you get here to me?' He replied, 'I fell through, and went into your tummy'.
My Thoughts on Cameron
I have read many reviews and reports about this story, and the one thing that I have noticed is that Cameron seems to be telling the whole truth about what he believes. So why did that relative not remember his father from the previous life?
Maybe Cameron got the wrong family. But no, that's not possible, because he recognised the car and the dog as well as the house. So what is the explanation? Maybe the relative was too young at the time to know about the father. Maybe it happened before she was born, and Cameron's 'old' mother had married again.
The psychologists believe it was just imagination, but how could it be? Even if he had seen the house on TV, surely it would not make him remember the inside of the house, the gate, the secret entrance, and of course the view from his bedroom window overlooking the beach where the planes landed.
And why would he make up the story of his father? I believe that the relative that gave the information didn't know all the family members; she would have been too young, and memory can be very deceiving. All we know now is that Cameron is happy in knowing that he has been allowed to visit his previous home on Barra.
Other Reincarnation Stories
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The remarkable yet true reincarnation story of Barbro Karlen who from an early age remembers being Anne Frank in a previous life. Her terrible memories are beyond doubt. Has Anne really come back?
Questions & Answers
I have read Edgar Cayce since 1970. Why does the media and church dismiss the possibility that reincarnation exits?
When the Bible was first put together, it was 300 years after Jesus Christ. So they took some documents and threw others away. Many believe that Jesus believed in Reincarnation, but the Church begged to differ!Helpful 22
How can I find out if I am a reincarnated person?
There are regression therapists who can take you through the process. Many are advertised online.Helpful 19
Are there stories about children who were a different gender in their prior life?
Yes. Here's one that you might find fascinating:Helpful 15
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