by Robert T. James, J.D., C.Ht.
In the Journal, VII, 1 (1993), Dr. James presented the “first wave” of his research on the prevalence and types of past-life phenomena among the general population. In the paper below, he continues that research with a new group of subjects and includes new data about the kinds of past-life experiences reported. There are surprising connections between some of Dr. James’ findings and those of Ms. Lamb as reported elsewhere in this issue of the Journal.
In 1991-92, prior to conducting the research I wish to report on in this article, I worked with 107 healthy, adult subjects, conducting a general research project investigating the phenomenon that most people, when in a medium or deep state of hypnosis, can be regressed to what seem to be lives that they have lived before. Three of the 107 did not go into hypnosis, and of the 104 who did, 81 regressed to what appeared to be lives that they had lived before.
In their experiences, those subjects who regressed to apparent past lives appeared to relive rather than just recall their past lives, exhibiting emotions appropriate to the events being experienced. Those experiences seemed consistent with the concept that they were experiencing actual lives that they had lived before, rather than merely reciting information previously acquired, forgotten, and then fantasized in the regression.