by Richard Stammler, Ph.D.
Those who accept the concept of reincarnation are aware that much is unknown about the mechanism of how it happens, but there are tantalizing hints that physical biology and personality dynamics can be passed from one to several reincarnations. This article shows some interesting data points that lead to the conclusion there is continuity between lives beyond the karmic influences that regressionists work with regularly. This article points to the work of Walter Semkiw and Adrian Finkelstein with prominent personalities and their support for isotropic morphology in reincarnation. It includes the classic work of Ian Stevenson and his protégée, Jim Tucker, at the University of Virginia to support the notion of the similar nature of reincarnation in sequential lives. Finally, the article summarizes an interesting idea from the Greek therapist, Athanasios Komianos, who hit upon the idea of using birthmarks as a vehicle to access a specific past life.
If intuitive healer Caroline Myss is right and “biology is biography,” meaning that the body encodes not only early life physical events but also significant psychological events, then for many transpersonalists, the body encodes significant other life (past, present, and future) events that have been brought into the present life for a reason. Once we accept that in some form reincarnation is a reality, then the question arises, what really is transferred from life to life or, put another way, what are the common features between existences of the soul? There is considerable evidence to support the theory that biological information may transfer from one incarnation to another. Not only is this theory interesting in its own right but it has been used as supporting evidence for the fact of reincarnation.