Readers of this blog book know that I have often pondered the question of reincarnation.
I feel so deeply connected to Renata that there are times when I think, yes, well, maybe I have lived before.
All of it. I've lived all of it, every minute detail of it, or so it feels sometimes. I've lived it for the past 16 years, and I am living it still.
But at the same time, i often step back from the story and GO, no. You never lived a past life. You simply have a wildly-overactive imagination. You have a channel into a set of fictive experiences that are very strong. You are a fiction writer, not a time traveler. You don't believe in past-life regression therapy even if one of your own shrinks told you to consult such a therapist.
OK. So now comes this amazing, no, astonishing, TV news report out of Cleveland about a boy who appears to have had a past life. My sister, Holly Ricci, who often brings to my attention what I will call "spiritually alternative" facts and stories, Facebooked about it.
I noted her Facebook entry this morning, but decided to let it sit, thinking, "How good can this story be?"
And then my niece, Sarah Donohue, who happens to be a Hollywood producer on assignment filming a new movie in Louisiana, weighed in with ""What an amazing story!!!!" and I knew I had to watch it.
Sit back folks, because this is one news feature story that you just CANNOT MISS. This is a story you cannot ignore. This is the story (also reported by the BBC) of 11-year old boy, James Leininger, who at age two was drawing horrifically graphic images of war planes crashing into the ocean. This is the story of a boy who had violent nightmares about having been shot down in a plane by the Japanese.
Somehow, this child seems to have come into this world with the consciousness of a WW II fighter pilot whose plane ended up in a fiery crash, falling into the ocean off the coast of Japan!
How did this young boy know the NAMES of the older men that he eventually met, the names of the other soldiers in his platoon?
Oh well, so, watch for yourself. See what you think.
I am inclined to believe what I see here, because the report is awfully convincing. But if you don't believe it, that's fine too.
I have said numerous times, writing Sister Mysteries and Castenata, that I just don't know what to think about past lives and medical intuitives and a lot of other phenomena that cannot be "rationally" explained.
I am not sure what to think.
"I dunno," was my husband's response, when I presented to him my DOWNLOAD THEORY OF REINCARNATION.
But then, as he was munching on his salad, he looked up at me and he smiled and said. "You know honey, I don't want to come back again."
I had to laugh. As always, my husband really does have his head screwed on right. He makes a lot of sense, and I might just agree, that once is enough.
NOTE: The photos above show at left, James Huston, the fighter pilot who crashed off the coast of Japan in WW II. At right is the 11-year old, James Leininger, whose parents are now convinced he is the reincarnated soldier.