Western belief in reincarnation on the increase

A recent New York Times article on the growing Western belief in reincarnation is causing a bit of a stir.

The article is called Remembrance of Lives Past and it originally appeared in the NYT on 27 August. It has since ‘reincarnated’ (sorry) in the San Fransisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

The author is Lisa Miller (left), the religion editor for Newsweek and author of the book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife.

Miller cites several indicators, both statistical and cultural, of a growing interest in reincarnation among Westerners (but primarily Americans):

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Update on Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka – India’s past life reality TV show

This is a follow-up to my 22 January post:Groundbreaking reality TV show features past life regression‘.

Raaz Pichhle Janam KaAccording to an article in the Hindustan Times of 25 July 2010 (‘Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka is back’), the second season of Raaz Pichhle Janam Ka will start filming on the 1st of August for broadcast in October.

Dr Trupti Jayin, the NDTV Imagine reality show’s regression therapist, says that it will “be a mix of interesting cases from India and abroad.”

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Lovers’ reincarnation story told in new book: ‘Lifetimes Ago’

Lifetimes Ago: A love story inspired from past life memories, by Susie Schecter

(published by iUniverse, March 15, 2010)

Susie Schecter is a writer and teacher based in Orange County, California. In 2001, she and her new boyfriend experienced several “meaningful coincidences” around the start of their relationship. “This feels like it was meant to be,” he said. They decided to turn to hypnotic past life regression to uncover whether they were soul mates or if they had ever met in another life.

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In search of harmony: A life-between-lives regression

This account of a life-between-lives regression follows directly on from my previous post describing a past life regression in which I had experienced being an Irish woman in the eighteenth century. At the end of that story, I had wilfully withdrawn from life and died in my late 30s. What I describe now are my after-death experiences followed by a lengthy period in which Hazel, my hypnotherapist, asked various questions of my guides and elders, including questions I had prepared beforehand relating to my current life issues and my overall life’s purpose.

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At the cliff edge: A past life regression

On 8 March 2010, I underwent a ‘life-between-lives’ (LBL) regression session with a hypnotherapist, Hazel Newton. To begin the session, we began by dropping into a past life, one chosen by the wisdom of my higher guidance. In this post I focus on the past life itself. In the next post I give an account of the LBL phase.

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