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Twin Study by Ian Stevenson, MD Demonstrates that
Relationships can be Renewed through Reincarnation
& Souls Can Plan Lifetimes
A study that dramatically demonstrates that we reincarnate with love ones from past incarnations involves a set of 31 twins that Ian Stevenson researched, in which enough information was given by the twins to factually validate their past incarnations.
He found that in all these cases, involving 62 individuals, the twins had some type of intimate relationship in their prior incarnations.
The most common type of past life relationship was that of siblings, which represented 11/31 or 35% of cases. One set of twins were also twins in their prior incarnations.
In 9/31 or 29% of twin cases, the twins were friends, acquaintances or business associates. Other family relationships, such as being cousins, made up 6/31 or 19% of twin cases. In 5/31 or 16% of twin cases, the twins were married in the past incarnation. This information is summarized in the table provided below: (1)
Past Life Relationships of Twins
Friends, business associates 29%
Other family relationships 19%
These twin studies, as well as other same family reincarnation cases, show that souls can plan incarnations from the spirit world and even choose parents for upcoming incarnations.
One set of twins in this study also shows how facial features can remain consistent from lifetime to lifetime. This involves the reincarnation cases of Daw Aye Phyu | Ma Nyunt Nyunt San and Daw Sapai | Ma San San Nyunt, whose images are provided to the right.
Planning Lifetimes Results in Destined Relationships
Reincarnation cases also show that souls can plan lifetimes to be brought together even when they are not born into the same family. These are described in the section Relationships Renewed through Reincarnation.
How do we connect with the people we have planned to be with? The answer, I believe, is destiny. In analyzing past-life cases, it appears that we all have a predetermined destiny or life plan, which brings us to the people we are supposed to spend time with. To better understand how destiny works, I use the analogy of a journey.
Think of your life as an extended vacation that you plan in advance. You decide who you want and need to see, where you want to go and what activities you would like to participate in. You coordinate your itinerary with the people you are to rendezvous with. You, your karmic friends and loved ones all agree to the plan before you are born.
Once you come into life, destiny ensures that you meet up with your karmic soul group. The settings for karmic affiliations can be our families, as noted in the twin studies, as well as our work life and recreational pursuits. These settings are stages on which we play out the karmic dramas of our lives. This casts a new light on Shakespeare’s phrase, “All of life is but a stage.”
We meet up with different karmic groups at different points in life. When we get the urge to take a new job, travel to a new city or take up a new recreational pursuit, many times this is a part of our destiny being played out. New venues bring us to karmic or soul groups we need to be with. When we meet up with our past life friends, though we may not be aware of what the past life relationship was, we have a sense of familarity or attraction.
Reincarnation and Love at First Sight
The phenomenon of "love at first sight" is one example of how emotions can bring together individuals who have made a plan or contract to be together even before they were born.
Reincarnation and Free Will
If it is true that we have a destiny or life plan, one must question whether we have free will. My belief is that though we all have a predetermined itinerary that we are committed to honor; we have free will in what we do along the way. Indeed, growth and human evolution could not occur without free will. Some people may have a more structured itinerary that limits diversionary treks, while others may have a less structured game plan. Either way, we have free will along our destined paths.
Déjà Vu and Reincarnation
Karmic groups provide insights regarding déjà vu experiences. If we meet up with people we have known in past lives, it is not surprising that we may have a spark of recognition when we meet. Since people have consistent patterns of behavior, we may recognize these traits and idiosyncratic reactions when situations recur. Finally, déjà vu may occur if we recognize an event that is part of our itinerary. We may become aware of a road mark along our predetermined path.
Footnote1. Stevenson, Ian: Reincarnation and Biology, A Contribution to the Etiology of Birthmarks and Birth Defects, Volume 2, Praeger, 1997, page