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Did your child have past lives? I believe yes, and so did you. It's also more than likely that you knew your child in a past life—or maybe in many
Documented evidence has been mounting for decades that a person's
current lifetime is not a one-and-done situation, but rather the soul returns
over and over again in different bodies in order to learn and grow through karmic lessons. In fact, through the centuries,
we have all had a turn at being different races, genders, ethnicities,
socio-economic classes. (Perhaps there are certain groups or cultures that you feel
drawn to without knowing why?) And it's not just the so-called "old
souls" among us who return to earth to teach and learn. It's everyone.
So what does reincarnation mean for you as a parent?
Chances are good you've noticed something that is intriguing
or curious about your kid—something that makes you ask where that trait,
interest or habit came from. Maybe she was born with a preternatural ability to
play the piano or has a special interest in foreign places that your family has
For example, from the time she was a toddler, my daughter has been
obsessed with all things French and now picks up the language as if she once
spoke it—because she probably did. My son, from the age of 3, would
casually tell us about how he "had to shoot the rifle in the war" and
would often mention how he still missed Grandpa Bill, my father who died 15
years before he was born.
I have no doubt my father and son knew each other in other
lifetimes, maybe as fellow soldiers. After all, we reincarnate in "soul
groups" returning with many of the same people but in different
configurations. So perhaps my son was once my mother. Or my mother was once my
grandfather. Maybe we all lived in Ancient Rome or the hills of Thailand. Sound
weird? Well, check out the extensive research being conducted at top
My son ... would often mention how he still missed Grandpa Bill, my father who died 15 years before he was born. Why did my daughter at age 3 often tell me, "You're my best mommy"?
There are plenty of studies and illuminating books on the
subject, but you might start with the ground-breaking "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr. Brian Weiss, a Yale-trained
psychiatrist who back in the '70s had a client who brought him from full-blown
skeptic to the leader in the field of past-life therapy. I just came back from a
weekend workshop with Dr. Weiss at Omega Institute where I had several of my
own past life experiences when he regressed us as a group. And, no, I wasn't
Cleopatra or Marilyn Monroe, though I was hoping.
Past life therapy is a fascinating field of study, and it
can be hugely helpful in unlocking mysterious problems with your children or
helping them through a health or emotional struggle, especially when nothing
else seems to work or you can't find the root of the issue in any recent event.
You see, we often carry injuries or hurts into future lifetimes, especially if
we died a violent death, and in some cases the healing has to happen on a deep
You won't necessarily get the exact answers you need for
your own children, but an understanding of past lives may make you more
open-minded and compassionate around your family. It can be immensely helpful to
understand that the complexities of your kids' lives can't always be attributed
to things that happened in this
So maybe you daughter's recurring nightmares have to do with
a violent death she suffered 100 years ago or maybe her aversion to eggs
connects to a bad case of salmonella in the '50s. I often wonder about the
origins of my son's eczema. Had his skin been burned in a previous lifetime? And
why did my daughter at age 3 often tell me, "You're my best
For the truly intrigued, you can practice doing regressions
on yourself with Brian Weiss's CDs or find past life regression therapists who
can help you trace your issue back through lifetimes. Sometimes doing the work
on yourself can offer insight into issues that related to your children. It can
be eye-opening and healing in unexpected ways.
But one of the best reasons to explore past-life issues is
karma. Whatever lessons you don't learn in this lifetime will certainly come up
again in your next one.