If we look upon re-incarnation as a sort of evolutionary process by which our souls move increasingly toward maturity, we will be able to understand how some people believe that the varying degrees of their personal characteristics, experiences and capabilities is a sure sign that they have lived before. That maturation process usually manifest itself in the more gifted among us in the form of spiritual experiences.
The truth of the matter is that all of us have probably been re-incarnated, however, some of us have made the transition more than others. People who have will have experienced one or more of the following phenomena:
Dreams are merely reflections of the subconscious, but can sometimes be caused by a traumatic experience or phobia. Repetitive dreams can also be reflections of a past life. Many people have related how they have visited places in their dreams that seem so familiar, and yet they have never laid eyes on them in real life, at least not in this life.
Childhood memories that defy explanation
Here are many documented cases of children remembering places in detail that they have no business knowing anything about. Further investigation has revealed that these memories are not just figments of their imagination, but real places, indicating a possible past life.
Possessing a strong intuition
Intuition is the ability to tap into the messages the subconscious is trying to communicate to us. The more our souls mature, the closer we come to that universal body of knowledge from which our souls sprang.
Experiencing Déjà vu
Everyone has probably experienced Déjà vu at some point in their life. You know, that nagging feeling that you’ve done something before. It can occur anytime and is usually triggered by any one of the five senses: taste, smell, touch, sight and sound. While some researchers write it off as neurological dissonance, others believe the phenomenon is a sign of a past life.
Having empathic abilities
Empaths have the ability to feel and absorb the pain and emotions of those around him. This unique ability has in some cases been mistaken for someone assigning blame to others for their problems, real empathic ability could be a sign that the soul has already begun to undergo the evolutionary process caused by numerous re-incarnations and can escape the boundaries of the self that keep others at bay.
Having the ability to see into the future
Precognition, or second sight as some like to call it, is the having the ability to intuit future events. These signs of the future can come in a variety of ways, including dreams, visions, physical sensations and hunches. Although not fully recognized as a science by the scientific community, others believe that the ability to see future events is a sign that the soul has reached the highest echelons of development.
Having the ability to see into the past
Retrocognition, or the ability to look into the past and obtain information that is not readily available to others is just the opposite of precognition. Understandably, retrocognition is not easily verifiable, believers see it as a sign that that person’s soul has undergone several re-incarnations.
The feeling that you’ve been around a lot longer than your actual age reflects
This feeling could be explained by your soul having been re-incarnated many, many times over. It is theorized that the soul undergoes a certain progression, or stages, that measures its development. A soul that has only been re-incarnated a few times will manifest child-like characteristics, while a soul that has undergone the transition many times will reflect more mature, wise characteristics.
Show a distinct liking for certain cultures and ages
This could be explained by residual memories of a particular place from a past life. Say, for example, you have a love and longing for Egyptian culture, though you have never visited the country, at least not in this life.
An inexplicable fear or phobia
This phenomenon can also be the result of the residual effects of something that happened in a past life. These fears can manifest themselves in many forms, such as a fear of drowning, fear of dogs or any other animal, and even the fear of certain places.
The feeling that you are not of this earth
This feeling can be explained as an innate desire to return to the source of all consciousness, from which all souls originated. At this point the soul has probably undergone many re-incarnations and is yearning to complete the journey. It has, by this time, experienced much on this earth and has grown weary and only wants to go home.