The great return of reincarnation

The great return of reincarnation

Reincarnation has fascinated since the dawn of time. At the heart of several religions, it is a belief shared by a third of humanity and a phenomenon studied by psychiatrists, psychologists and scientists.

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“You are an old soul! You have already lived through several incarnations”, Alain Counet tells me, after immersing himself in the chart of the sky made from my dates, time and place of birth. “In your previous lives, you were in revolt and contestation; you were jester, you climbed the barricades. Today, I see you still rebellious and humanist, but I perceive that you must assume this benevolent will to modify the world by taking on more responsibilities. You are afraid to take this power because a ghost lurks around you who makes you believe that you do not have the capacity. This ghost does not come from your past lives but it belongs to your maternal line at the level of the 6th generation…” For an hour, in his pretty house in Watermael Boisfort, under the photo of an Indian sage and facing a figurine gilded with a Chinese dragon, the Belgian civil engineer and “karmic astrologer” (astrologer of karma, of the soul) pursues the evocation of past lives, specifies the profile of the soul, describes the aptitudes, passing from one life to the other without a problem and explaining that reincarnation quite simply responds to the principle of responsibility. Supporting the Hindu approach to reincarnation, Alain Counet argues that we are responsible for the actions taken in our present and past lives because, according to him, at our birth, we arrive with a baggage of qualities, faults, habits, beliefs, fears and errors inherited from previous existences, transmitted through the genes of the parents and conditioned by the family, social and cultural environment. We could thus start life with frustrations and complexes which can be the consequences of unresolved acts during our previous passages on Earth. But conversely, we could be born with achievements inherited from the past. As proof of what he is saying, Alain Counet cites Mozart as an example, whose ability to play the piano from an early age finds its explanation in the fact that he recovered a technique learned in another life…

“I’m fine,” said her father, who had died three days earlier. The engineer astrologer still recalls with a smile the reincarnation experience he had three days after his father’s death. In the morgue, facing his father’s body, the young engineer feels a hand resting firmly on his shoulder. He turns around and sees his father standing next to him, his presence full of brightness and density. He then turns towards the coffin and feels a vibratory beam coming out of his father’s heart and projecting towards his own. “My father’s soul then said to me, ‘I’m fine. Do not worry about me. Your life will be extraordinary. Advance. “Those words were important to me. I felt happy to be encouraged in my choices. And thirteen years later, while crawling on the rug with my 6-month-old nephew, I experienced an altered reality experience: the walls of the room parted, the weather stopped. stopped and as my head was about to touch that of my nephew, I felt a fulgurance and the certainty that my father’s soul had passed into my nephew… The reincarnation of my father is not for me a belief but a feeling”, explains the astrologer.

A war pilot reincarnated as a child

Alain Counet is far from being the only one to claim to have lived an experience of reincarnation. A few years ago, America discovered through the book “Soul Survivor” “the incredible story of James Leininger, who would be the reincarnation of a pilot of the Second World War. Since he was 2 years old, the child from the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, has had frequent nightmares. On the advice of their doctor, the parents comfort their son and ask him, as soon as he can speak, to tell his night terrors. They thus learn that the child is frightened because he sees himself at the controls of a plane which catches fire, shot down by the Japanese… The grandmother puts forward the hypothesis of a reincarnation that the parents, as good Christians, reject, but the father decides to investigate. He asks more and more precise questions to the child who always manages to answer, giving the name of the aircraft carrier from which he takes off, the technical qualities of the planes of the time and the name of a fellow pilot. To his surprise, the father discovers that this man exists. He meets him and realizes that everything his son says is true. Amazement: James would be the reincarnation of pilot James Houston who died in combat. Today the kid has grown up and no longer has nightmares since he threw flowers into the ocean where the pilot’s plane crashed.

Thousands of testimonials

Testimonies like this, of children disturbed by strange memories, are numerous. For 40 years, Ian Stevenson, who was professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and director of the Division of Personality Studies (DOPS), collected thousands of testimonies from children claiming to remember their past lives. For 200 of these cases, the Canadian psychiatrist was able to establish that the information provided by the children was accurate. In 43 cases, through medical reports, Stevenson showed that a birthmark or physical defect corresponded exactly to an injury suffered in the previous life. But as precisely as the Canadian psychiatrist wanted to work, his studies are criticized by the scientific community, which considers them based exclusively on testimonies. Moreover, Stevenson himself said that his work did not “prove” the existence of reincarnation but that he “suggested” it. His research, even criticized, was taken up by others, psychiatrists Jim Tucker or Brian Weiss, psychologists Carol Bowman or Satwant Pasricha to name but a few.

A millennial belief

Many specialists are today interested in reincarnation but without providing real scientific evidence. Will we ever be able to bring some? Doesn’t this return to life come under the order of belief and this very human need to want to continue beyond death, finitude being too anxiety-provoking? Since the dawn of humanity, man has developed spiritual theories according to which the soul separates from the body at the time of death to then incarnate in another envelope of flesh. We find traces of it in many religious thoughts, whether Greek, Roman, Egyptian, African or Eastern. It seems that its origin is linked to Hinduism. We tend to forget that for this religion, which is followed today by a billion individuals, reincarnation is not happiness, life on earth is suffering. Man undergoes successive reincarnations as long as he has not freed himself from his bad actions through wisdom. His ultimate spiritual ambition is to step out of the cycles of reincarnation and lose himself in the great soul of the universe, which Buddhists who are also advocates of reincarnation call “nirvana”. As ancient and mystical as it is, reincarnation fascinates the West today. In 1997, a European poll showed that 24% of French people believed in reincarnation. And this percentage would have increased further, even doubled according to certain sources, in the dechristianized world in search of meaning which is ours.

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The great return of reincarnation

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