But how would these people know that the life they currently lead is connected to an infinite series of past experiences?
Using science in a very non-sciency way, we can demonstrated the possibility of this claim by examining certain aspects of the human condition, then extrapolating there significance beyond the point of reason. Dreams, hobbies, choice of hats, and a litany of other useless tidbits can all be used to show the reality of past life exploits.
So, lets take a closer look at some of the justifications for this claim, before Shark Tank starts and I have to stop writing.
Birthmarks have long been touted as evidence for reincarnation by people not worth listening to. In one fascinating case, an Australian man's dog had what appeared to be a small swastika inside it's left ear. This, along with the tuft of black hair under the dog's nose, and it's propensity to bark wildly at those of the Jewish or Gypsy persuasion, caused it's owner to fear he had unintentionally adopted Adolf Hitler at the local puppy shelter.
Being a kind man, he refused to have the dog put down, but instead, treated it with love and affection in an attempt to drive the hatred from the heart of the former Nazi leader.
A short time later the man was found dead, a chew toy crammed down his throat, and the words "Sieg Heil," neatly spelled out in kibble, across the kitchen floor.
So, was his dog the real Hitler? Some say "Yes," others say "No," but I say why take the chance. The next time you see a dog that looks like Hitler, a cat that resembles Stalin, or even a ferret that reminds you of Pol Pot, run like hell before you too end up dead with a squeaky apple in your airway.
Most of us have experienced the feeling of déjà vu; the sudden, surprising feeling that an event we are going through at the moment has happened the same way before. Most of us have experienced the feeling of déjà vu; the sudden, surprising feeling that an event we are going through at the moment has happened the same way before.
While scientists insist there are neurological explanations for this phenomena, others (myself included) prefer to think of it as past life experiences encroaching on present time.
You walk into a McDonalds you've never been in before, yet you seem to know exactly where the front counter is and where they keep the condiments. The whole menu is in your head without having to look, and even the taste of the hockey puck they call a patty, dances upon your tongue long before taking your first bite. My uncle Pat says this is because every McDonalds is the same, but that makes too much sense for me to take seriously. It is much more likely that your knowledge of the restaurant derives from a previous life you led in ancient Mesopotamia, where Egg McMuffin's were the favorite breakfast treat.
Odd Desires & Interests
Clues to past lives can manifest in multiple ways. Certain interests or hobbies may draw you toward them for inexplicable reasons. You might be surprised to find that as a man, you enjoy watching other men, mow the lawn in their underwear and socks. This could be because the female you were in a previous life also enjoyed seeing it, or it could be because your super gay and dying to see some cock.
Perhaps you have a recurring craving for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, which you satiate multiple times a day. Does this craving derive from your former life as the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley, or are you just a gluttonous freak that needs to eat some broccoli before your heart explodes? Either way, your disgusting and you need to stop.
Knowledge Beyond Experience
If you hear a young child speak of things they have not yet been exposed to, it may be a sign of past life experience. Children are very observant and always listening, but if you, for example, hear a toddler tell it's mother to, "shove that stroller up her ass," or "get my binky, bitch," you may be witnessing the remnants of a long dead sailor whose vulgar language and abusive insults got him tossed into the ocean by an angry crew. It's also possible the kid is just a dick.
Remember, when evaluating the signs for weather or not your child possess knowledge they should not have, you must always keep in mind they may have acquired it through legitimate means, like television, radio, or late night séances. Don't jump to conclusions too soon, unless jumping to conclusions was something you did in a previous life, in which case you should do it.
My grandfather has "memories" of events in the past we know never happened. Is he just a senile old fart that needs to be put in a home where he can play checkers and wait to die? Or is he remembering incidents from a past life? Considering he can't even remember the difference between a toilet and my tackle box, I'd say it's more likely his brain has turned to pudding, than it is these memories are from a past life. However, just because he sleeps in the dishwasher and insists on hanging his testicles over the top of his pants, doesn't mean these memories aren't real.
Before dismissing outrageous or impossible assertions, you should be willing to read every book ever written on history, regardless of language or credibility, to insure the statements being made about the past are false. Once this is done and you have not been able to validate the claims, only then can you be certain the statements are bullshit, otherwise you should always start with the premise they are telling the truth.
You may have certain phobias you can't explain, like the fear of confined spaces, or techno music. From a psychological point of view, certain factors cause fear, and one of them is having a traumatic encounter. Your aversion to techno music may very well be the product of a past experience involving a girlfriend forcing you to go dancing on Saturday nights, or it could just be that techno music sucks, its hard to say.
Numerous people suffer from a fear of water, which implies they drown in a past life. Others have an irrational fear of Islam, suggesting they once had their head chopped off for watching Wheel of Fortune.
Homophobia, is a big one that goes deep (no pun intended). Many people, especially of the religious persuasion, seem to have some very profound fears of the gay community. It strikes me as funny knowing all those people who's butt cheeks clench up when they see a gay couple, were at one time in history getting slapped across the forehead with a pair of balls.
Have you ever had a dream where you were fighting Godzilla with a potato peeler, only to find it would not penetrate his bulky mass? If so, this has nothing to do with past life experience, so you can forget about it, but there are signs in some of our dreams that do hold clues.
Recurring dreams have often been sighted (mostly by me) as remnants of a former life attempting to resurface. I personally have had the same dream about my teeth falling out, ever since I was twelve. At first I ignored it, but eventually I spoke to an expert on dreams to see what she had to say.
Madam Zoom-Zoom, of the psychic network, was very helpful in decoding it's significance. It turns out I was not an Aztec dentist, like I suspected, but was actually a second premolar on the lower palate of a guy named Eddie. Eddie was shot in the face when a ten of spades fell out of his sleeve during a poker game, in 1813. At least that's what Zoom-Zoom said.