Taken to Pretoria where she claimed to have lived, Joey Vervey recognized this house which she said had been transformed into a hospital during the Boer War. She said that she had been inside it. She indicated the place of each medical service in the building.

These stories come, for the most part, from the Parapsychology Centre of the University of Rajastan, in Jaipur, India.  At the time that Guy Breton wrote this text, Doctor Banajee and his colleagues had, from the beginning of their research, investigated more than eighty similar cases.  These cases, of what is called extra-cerebral memory, were also studied by the American Professor Ian Stevenson, who was President of the Psychiatry and Neurology Department of the University of Virginia…

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Why “extra-cerebral memory” and not “memory of a former life”?  Because the scientists who study these phenomena are extremely prudent.  They never speak of “reincarnation” or of “former life”.  They do not give any explanation either;  they content themselves, for the moment, with noting that the evoked memories (1) cannot be logically connected to the brain of the subject who claims to have them (since it is always a baby);  (2) are associated with the brain of a dead person.  That is all…  They do not join any considerations of a spiritual or occult order to their research.  If, one day, they have proof that it really is reincarnation, they will admit it quite simply because these are open-minded people without prior convictions…  For the moment, they content themselves with investigating with the greatest rigour as soon as a case is drawn to their attention, and publish the result of their work…

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Investigations are easier in India.  Reincarnation being admitted there, children speak openly, without fear of seeming ridiculous, about the strange memories which seem to come from a previous life.  Things are different in other countries…

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It is evident that a child who suddenly announces to his parents that he was a General during the War of Secession, would probably not be believed.  He would be accused of lying and, if he does it again, he would be punished, possibly even physically.  Which would close the door on any memories of previous lives…  But it seems that for some time now, we have been witnessing a change in mentalities.  Responding in an interview with Claudine Brelet in Question de, Professor Stevenson declared in 1979:

“It is certain that in the West, the door is often closed and the memories smothered by the parents.  But, for a few years now, I have been receiving a fair number of letters from parents (mostly mothers) which are almost carbon copies of each other, telling me:  ‘Dear Professor Stevenson, I would have liked to have heard about your research earlier.  My son is now thirteen.  When he was only three, he said that he had been an aviator and had crashed.  We answered:  “Don’t be silly!”  Now, I regret it, for I’ve forgotten nearly all the details, and so has he’.”

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In 1979, Professor Stevenson had studied 1,623 cases, 813 of them coming from Asia (Birma, India), 241 from Europe (38 of them from France), the rest from the two Americas.

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Among the 1,623 cases that he studied, Pr Stevenson found 300 children bearing marks or malformations from their previous lives, and out of these 300 children, 200 are able to supply precise information about them.

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In nineteen cases, these declarations were confirmed.  Notably concerning a young Indian from British Columbia born with marks that looked like scars.  Pr Stevenson was able to obtain from a hospital the Autopsy Report indicating the number and the position of the wounds noted on the body of the defunct person of whom the young Indian claimed to be the reincarnation.  Number and position which corresponded exactly to the marks born by the child.

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Joey Vervey also recognized this bell which was used to announce meals in the house above.

An English couple, Mrs Grant-Kelsey and her husband Doctor Kelsey, in Pangbourne, Berkshire, sixty kilometres from London, cure illnesses, or phobias, whose causes are in previous lives.  Their absolutely revolutionary therapy consists in placing their patient, through hypnosis, in contact with their “distant memory”.  And, as Professor Remy Chauvin wrote,

“when he is fully conscious of the inhibitions, hates or anger in his previous existences and he is delivered from them, the pathological troubles from which he is suffering in his present existence immediately disappear”.

Isola Pisani, who followed the work of Dr Kelsey and his wife, recounts one of these extraordinary cures in her work Mourir n’est pas mourir.

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According to statistics which have been established both by the Parapsychology Centre in Rajastan and by Professor Stevenson, the interval between death and a “new birth” varies from several centuries to a few days.  There is even a repertoried case of instantaneous reincarnation.  However, Pr Stevenson noticed that in Asia, the interval between death and “rebirth” was only about four years, in most cases.  Why?  This is a mystery to be added to the other mysteries…

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According to the statistics, children forget their memories of a former life around the age of eight.

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The statistics also highlight a very curious particularity.  It seems that, among the conditions which predispose the acquisition of this “previous memory”, violent death must first be cited.  Pr Stevenson noted that 25% of the cases he investigated in British Columbia, and 85% of those that he studied in Lebanon and Turkey belonged to this category.  This is also inexplicable…

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If the hypothesis of reincarnation is accepted, in view of the fact that the Earth’s population continues to increase, how is it that there are enough souls for everyone?  Opinions vary.  According to some, there is a continuous creation of new souls – which leads us to think that some people living today are alive for the first time.  According to others, a single soul can reincarnate into several bodies at once.  Finally, there are those who think that souls coming from another world can very easily reincarnate into the body of someone on Earth…

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How can the theory of reincarnation be reconciled with the laws of heredity and genetics?  Pr Poznansky replies that

“the mixture of what comes from your parents and from your former lives form this new, unique being which is you“.

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Few people allude to the period of time “between two lives”.  However Guy Breton cites a few lines written by an eight year old child which were published by Louis Pauwels in his book Les Voies de petites communications.

“April 1906.  Here are my memories:

“Before being inside Mummy, I wasn’t on Earth, I was in another land, I was in an immense, immense black forest which had no end.  I walked for hours without seeing a little ray of sunshine and light.  Only the Devil could come out of this sort of forest.  We were covered in wool, and we walked, walked – while waiting.”

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As a philosopher once said, we are perhaps as old as the world…

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I should like to add that I have memories of at least six previous lives  The first as a male black panther who was killed by a snake bite when fairly old.  The second is from well before our present era.  I was a priestess of Isis, but not in Egypt.  I don’t know how I died.  The third is from the Christian era, possibly in Britain, where I accidentally died by suffocation under torture (accused of witchcraft), during the Middle Ages or before.  I have not tried to find the exact period.  I just want to forget about it.  I was female.  The fourth is from a similar vast period of time, probably before the Middle Ages.  My half-brother died in a wood one Winter and was eaten by wolves.  Possibly in France.  I was female.  The fifth is from the French Revolution where my brother was killed.  We were very close.  I was female.  The sixth is from around the 1930’s.  I was a male doctor.  I don’t know where.

There may have been others, but I only have clear images or memories of these six now.  I was accused of lying and punished.  So, I stopped talking about my strange experiences.  However, it didn’t stop them from happening.

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