Perhaps Death is the Beginning
During the winter, my heartstrings were tugged relentlessly by the passing of friend's parents.
In particular, two of my BlogHer Soul Mates were facing the transitional loss of their mothers after giving devoted long term care. As their situations were similar to that of when my own father died, it was hard for me to witness their losses, so effectively posted on their blogs, Comments and Facebook.
I was thinking about both of them today, along with the passing of my grandfather, my mother's father, who died on May 2. You know this must be years ago, because, it was when I was eight years old.
I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night, my mother talking to my father and the hustle bustle of preparation to go soothe my grandmother.
Memories of the funeral, big family meals and playing with my cousins have carried with me all my life. But, to this day, the most poignant memory is my mother's story about her sitting on our front porch crying. Suddenly, without any physical movement behind her on the porch, she felt a warmth on her back and a hand touching her right shoulder, patting it while she heard her father's voice say, "There, there, Marty. It's OK."
Perhaps death is truly moving into the light.
Growing up with this story, you can see why I have pondered the afterlife and reincarnation. When thinking of death and it's assumed finality, I've always thought the reincarnation beliefs of the Eastern religions might ring true. And so, I have read anything I could about life after death and reincarnation.
Eventually I happened on to the book, "The Search for Bridey Murphy," telling of a women, Virginia Tighe, being hypnotized and dictating stories of a Bridey Murphy who was born in 1798 while living in Ireland. Reading about these interesting hypnotic sessions, I soon was also reading how, when she was a child, Virginia Tighe lived across from an Irish immigrant named Bridie Murphy Corkell and must have had a memory base for her hypnotically induced tales. And so, although my interest was peaked for studying reincarnation, the facts of the Bridey Murphy case did not prove definitive.
But, fast forward forty years and the invention of YouTube later. I was tooling along through YouTube videos a while back, when one caught my eye: the story of James Leininger, who at two years old began talking to his parents about planes and the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, many things which a two year old probably wouldn't know.
I was amazed by the videos and have played them several times since. I won't ruin the videos for you, but I have to say, this is a most startling case of reincarnation memories with a defined, documented source. And, no matter how you personally feel about the validity of it all, you'll have to admit, it's very interesting. So, see what you think!
James "3" says he's lived before as James "2"
A MOST AMAZING Reincarnation Story