Though it is not a matter of widespread public knowledge, the existence of past lives has been extensively researched on a scientific level.
Together with a research team organized by the University of Virginia, Dr. Ian Stevenson conducted a large body of research into the existence of Past Lives from 1957 to 2002. He published a series of books describing the nature of the evidence that he found, including Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect, and Children Who Remember Previous Lives. The research continues to this day, now conducted by his successors.
A detailed system is used to conduct the research. A research team travels around the world and conducts extensive interviews of people who claim to consciously recall past lives, most of whom are children. After the interviews are conducted, the team studies and collects all available evidence in order to test the accuracy of these past life memories. The team observes a rigorous set of standards and controls designed to guard against false evidence of either an intentional or unintentional nature. In a number of cases, the evidence collected has strongly pointed toward the accuracy of the past life memories, and no supportable explanation exists to dismiss it.
Among the most interesting and compelling research conducted and recorded by Dr. Stevenson and his team is what is known as the “birthmark evidence” recorded in Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect. In these cases, children who remembered past lives actually exhibited birthmarks and birth defects that directly corresponded to the injuries that they remembered receiving at the time of death. In literally dozens of cases, the research team was able to discover actual medical records and other hard evidence that indicated that these memories were not imaginary. The injuries that caused the death of the people that these children remembered being were observed to be in the exact same areas as the birthmarks and birth defects, and the patterns were identical. The records of this work represent some of the most highly informative and thought-provoking evidence and reading on the subject of reincarnation in existence.
People who find evidence of this nature interesting and thought provoking may wish to explore Past Life Regression Hypnosis. Like the scientific research that has been conducted on past lives, Past Life Regression Hypnosis is a way to explore the evidence that exists at the depths of the subconscious mind, and to learn about what it indicates, free from prejudice or predetermined dogmatic beliefs about life.