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Theories Regarding Memories of Past Lives
By:Andrea Accinelli

While certain people take great stock in the idea that we have all lived before, others are skeptical. The idea is intriguing --- even if you don't believe it. Evidence and discussion suggest that people alive today may have had a hand in history. Theories about past lives exist that may explain why people currently living have certain experiences, talents or interests they may have developed in a previous lifetime.

Deja Vu Experiences
The term "deja vu" is French for "already seen." Many people claim to have moments in specific places during which they feel a sense of familiarity or that they have been there before --- an odd, usually fleeting and unexplainable feeling. Past-lives theorists claim that when people experience this sensation, it means they have been in this place or situation before in a past life.

Children with Adult Memories
Many young children speak of and dream about adult situations, sometimes involving the death of a person. Such children will give vivid accounts containing details someone of that age could not possibly know about. Some parents report children discussing details of historic battles and wars. Therapists and researchers who specialize in past life theories theorize that these children may be remembering their previous life and, in some cases, their own death.

Child Prodigies
According to some past-life theories, children with atypical talents may have possessed that talent in one or many past lives. In their current life, the talent was reborn with them; therefore, they will have unusual success at an extremely young age. The unconscious mind remembers the skills from the previous lives. An example is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who, given his extreme musical talent at a young age, thought he must have been a musician in several past lives.

Xenoglossy
"Xenoglossy" is a term used to describe the ability to speak or write an unlearned language. Under hypnosis, people have demonstrated the ability to speak a language fluently that they could not have learned by normal means. The theory holds that the person spoke the language in another lifetime and has a strong unconscious memory of the language.