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Who was I in My Past Life?


How to Find my Past Life Identity?

Article by: Walter Semkiw, MD

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Of all the messages via E-mail that I field through the IISIS website, the question most frequently posed is: “Who was I in my past life?”

The most convincing reincarnation cases involve small children who have memories of past lives. Ian Stevenson, MD, of the University of Virginia, studied children with spontaneous past life recall over a period of 40 years. Stevenson cases with similar facial features across lifetimes, such in the Reincarnation Case of Rashid Khaddege | Daniel Jurdi, are especially impressive.  In the featured image, Daniel Jurdi is holding a photo of his past life persona, Rashid Khaddege.

Reincarnation Stories

Ian Stevenson, MD, wrote in an academic style, as his target audience was fellow scientists and university professors. On the IISIS web site, to make his academic work easier to understand, his cases involving children with spontaneous past life memories that have been factually validated are presented as reincarnation stories.  Stevenson's research, along with other independently derived cases, can be reviewed at the following links:

Independently Researched Reincarnation Cases

Reincarnation Cases with Similar Facial Features from One Lifetime to Another

For those who do not have spontaneous memories of past lives, there are basically two ways to learn of past lifetimes. One is by undergoing a past life regression and the second is to consult with a psychic or a medium who has the ability to identify past lives of clients. Let me explain the advantages and pitfalls of each of these two methods.

Past Life Regression

In a past life regression, a regression facilitator or therapist takes a client through guided visualization in the hope that in a relaxed, meditative state, the client will recovery past life experiences.  Past life memories are often visual, consisting of past life scenes.  Facts such as specific names, geographic locations and dates, which would allow the client to reseach and try to validate the past life experience, are harder to access through regression.  The advantage of a past life regression is that if it is successful, the client can have a vivid and personal experience of a past incarnation.

On the IISIS website, there are three strong reincarnation cases that were derived through past life regression or hypnosis. One of these involves Police Captain Robert Snow, who was featured on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie, in September 2013. His reincarnation case provides strong evidence that past lives can indeed be accessed through past life regression. This case can be reviewed at:

The Reincarnation Case of Carroll Beckwith | Robert Snow

On the other hand, false information can be obtained through past life regression and in fact, Ian Stevenson, MD had the opinion that regression was not a useful tool for reincarnation research. The reason is that it is very easy for the individual undergoing regression to fabricate memories.  As the job of the past life regression therapist or facilitator is to help coax past life memories from the client, the client can feel pressured or obliged to report past life memories. If spontaneous memories do not arise, many times fabricated memories are provided in order to make the session feel successful to both the client and the therapist.

A related problem is that at times, through regression, a client may report a past incarnation as a famous individual. Though famous people do have to reincarnate like everyone else, in most of these cases, the past life identification is false. To learn more about this issue go to the following page:

Why is Everybody Famous in a Past Lifetime & How Can the Population be Larger if Reincarnation Exists?

Still, as demonstrated in the Carroll Beckwith | Robert Snow reincarnation case, past lifetimes can be accurately accessed through past life regression.  In my opinion, the best video available of what it is like to undergo a past life regression is:

Police Captain Robert Snow’s Past Life Regression Experience Video

In my opinion, past life identities garnered from past life regression should meet criteria that are outlined in: Principles of Reincarnation

One other point of caution relates to the term "past life regression therapist," as most individuals who conduct regressions are not licensed mental health professions.  The vast majority are lay people who have little or no training in psychology, who have a keen interest in reincarnation and the desire to be of service.  This is not an issue if the client is emotionally stable and goes for the regression out of a curiosity regarding past lives.  On the other hand, individuals who do have emotional or psychiatric problems should only go to a past life regression faciltator who is also a licensed mental health professional.  To learn more about past life regression and for a worldwide directory of past life regression facilitators, go to:

Past Life Regression & Regression Therapist Directory

Learning Past Life Identity through Psychics and Mediums

Another way to learn about past lives is to go to a clairvoyant, someone who has the ability to access information through extrasensory means. Let us further define a psychic as an individual who can access information directly, while a medium is someone who works with a group of spirit beings who gather information for the medium.  These spirit beings then telepathically send this information to the medium, who then passes it on to the client.  A famous medium who works in manner way, peicutred to the right, is: John Edward, of the TV show Crossing Over

I do believe that some psychics and mediums do have the talent to make accurate past life identifications, but the problem is that unless an individual has extensive experience with a particular psychic or medium, so that they have the opportunity to assess the accuracy of this individual over time, it is difficult to know whether information provided is valid.

As in past life regression, the issue also arises that a psychic or medium may falsely inform the client that they were a famous personality in a past incarnation. This does not always occur because the psychic or medium is consciously trying to mislead the client. Many times this occurs because of what I call “landmark associations,” where the famous individual serves as a landmark for the client’s incarnation.

As most clients do not have famous past lifetimes and as such it may be very difficult for the psychic to come up with the name of a person unknown to history, the psychic may receive an intuition that the client had something to do with the famous person and makes the mistake of identifying the client as the famous person. For an example, a client may have been an advisor to Cleopatra, or perhaps her servant, but the psychic unknowingly mistakes the client for Cleopatra herself.  As before, to learn more, go to the section:

Why is Everyone Famous in a Past Lifetime & How Can the Population be Larger if Reincarnation Exists?

To learn more about the accuracy of psychics and mediums, go to:

The Research of Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, of the University of Arizona: HBO Experiments involving John Edward & Other Mediums

Past Life Identity & Information Derived through Kevin Ryerson & Ahtun Re

I can give a recommendation for one medium, Kevin Ryerson, pictured to the right, who I've worked with since 2001.  Kevin is a trance medium, which means that he goes into a meditative state and allows spirit beings to use his body to communicate with human beings. The term “channeling” is often used to describe this phenomenon.  Kevin is not conscious during this process and he does not remember what occurs during the trance channeling session.

Kevin channels a spirit guide named Ahtun Re and in my work with him, which now has spanned well over a decade, I have made the assessment that Ahtun Re can make past life matches with a high degree of accuracy.  At times, Ahtun Re can give specific past life names, dates and locations, which allows the client to factually validate the past lifetime. In other cases, Ahtun Re can identify an individual's past life era, geographic location, occupation, important past life relationships and other personal details which can allow the client to research potential candidates for the identified past lifetime. Follow-up sessions with Kevin and Ahtun Re can lead to validation of past life candidates or clarification of where else to look.

Though I cannot guarantee that Ahtun Re can provide a past life identity that can be factually validated, I do have a great deal of experience with him and I do believe that he does have the ability to make accurate past life identifications. No one is 100 percent, in my opinion, Ahtun Re can make past life identifications with a high degree of accuracy.

As mentioned before in regards to regression, in my opinion, past life identities garnered through mediums or psychics should meet criteria that are outlined in: Principles of Reincarnation

Please let me share that I get no financial remuneration, or payback, for referrals to Kevin, nor do I get a discount regarding my own sessions with Kevin.  The work that I have done with Kevin and Ahtun Re can be reviewed at the link provided below.  In addtion, a link is provided for "Core Cases," such as the Reincarnation Case of Charles Thomsom | Ralph Nader, which are reincarnation cases solved through Ahtun Re which are particularly impressive. Other Core Cases involve entertainers Michael Jackson and the comedy team Laurel & Hardy.

Kevin does all sessions via telephone, which are as good as in person.  He calls these Tele-Readings and they can be arranged for through is web site.

Ryerson-Semkiw Celebrity & Historic Figure Reincarnation Cases

Ryerson-Semkiw Core Cases

Origin of the Soul and the Purpose of Reincarnation

Once I came to the conclusion that Ahtun Re is truly an extremely intelligent spirit being separate from Kevin Ryerson, I decided to ask him big questions regarding reincarnation and the the purpose of life.  My dialogues with Ahtun Re are featured in my book: Origin of the Soul and the Purpose of Reincarnation

Celebrity Reincarnation Cases

At this point, let me explain that I have done a great deal of work with Kevin and Ahtun Re on celebrity reincarnation cases because we live in a celebrity driven culture and I believe these types of cases will draw interest. My primary motivation in using celebrity cases is to bring attention to independently researched reincarnation cases and in particular, the work of Ian Stevenson and his study of children with spontaneous past life memories that have been factually validated. In my opinion, Dr. Stevenson's reincarnation cases, in aggregate, provide evidence and proof of reincarnation.

Reincarnation Research Can Make the World More Peaceful and Tolerant

Another primary reason why I want to draw attention to reincarnation research is because it shows that we can change religion, nationality, gender, race and ethnic affiliation from one lifetime to another. A link to these types of cases is provided below. This observation can help make the world a more peaceful place, as wars are usually based on differences in these cultural markers of identity. A particularly important past life case in this regard is the: Reincarnation Case of Anne Frank | Barbro Karlen


Go to: Independently Researched Reincarnation Cases with Change in Religion, Nationality, Gender & Race

Go to: Independently Researched Reincarnation Cases, featuring the Children's Past Life Research of Ian Stevenson, MD

Go to: Ryerson-Semkiw Celebrity & Historic Figure Reincarnation Cases

Go to: Reincarnation Cases: Alphabetical

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