Reincarnation’s question “Have you lived before?” has often been ridiculed. The scientific answer today is: We all have a past life – or two, and thousands more! Stored in our DNA.
- Three years old, standing in a corner, a child recited Haiku to her invisible playmates, telling her mother Suzanne, “Shhhhh! We’re busy now!” Suzanne never managed to coax her daughter to share the short, Japanese nature poems, and wondered, “Where did she learn to do that?”
One look at Suzanne and the answer was obvious. Suzanne’s Native American Indian blood showed in hair, face, eyes, hips, and intelligence. Her daughter had simply tapped into a previous life generations back, before her ancestors had crossed the Bering Strait.
- As a child, I had been an ardent Irish Roman Catholic. Often if I heatedly disagreed with the priest – especially when fear of the Lord was preached – my whole body yearned to mount the pulpit and preach the gospel of love.
Years later, a second cousin forwarded my paternal family’s genealogy, starting with a Scottish ancestor born in 1720 who arrived in Delaware as a young man. I learned that the source of inexplicable passion was less than 200 years ago: an ancestor had been a preacher.
For every realm of human experience, a religion has offered a God-explanation. Greeks and Romans created an unfaithful Zeus to an ever-virgin Aphrodite. Judaism and Christianity unified gods into monotheism with an easy-to-follow-10-step-set of rules. Buddhism broke time barriers with reincarnation and karma, replacing a heaven or hell afterlife with elaborate “next lives” which reaped what the earlier ones had sowed.
During this century, psychology has co-opted the field of the gods. Freud (1856-1939) professed: “Confess all!” Jung (1875-1961) talked of the collective unconscious all humans share. Eastern meditation spawned biofeedback. Sleep researcher Stephen Faberge popularized magic’s “astral projection” into science’s “lucid dreaming”.
How do all these relate to each other? DNA and its twin RNA. DNA passes information from one generation to the nex/t, while RNA, in some mysterious manner, stores and accesses the information. More than 30 years after his 1962 Nobel Prize, Francis Crick presented his God-theory on the very first page of The Astonishing Hypothesis: “God” is an elaborate system of built-in biochemicals and their neuron interactions. As the co-discoverer with Watson of DNA’s double helix structure, Mr. Crick knows his DNA.
As an English teacher in Taiwan, I asked my students to explain their “Ancestors’ Day” holiday. “We go to the graveyard, sweep our grandparents and relatives’ graves clean. Sometimes we have a picnic.” Another student added that for the more religious, they burn incense in ancestor worship.
“Do you talk about your ancestors? Do your parents tell stories about them?” I asked, then realized that the Asian burning incense sticks clasped between his hands and bowing to the sunset worshiping his ancestors was actually worshiping his own DNA! Reincarnation was not just a bizarre Oriental belief, but a real remembrance of things past.
- In the Himalayas, when a spouse was to be chosen, or a newborn child named, the monks were first consulted, who searched “their scrolls”. To the masses, these references have been said to be prayers and religious manuscripts, including astrology.
What if the “scrolls” were actually the records of the villagers’ lives, professions, illnesses, personality profiles, and deaths collected over many generations? Tibetan monks had much time to observe their villagers’ lives. They transformed their ‘research’ into mysticism labeled astrology that was more believable to their people.
Carl Jung’s collective unconscious theory that all humans share a “deep, unified reality” may be explained by shared DNA/RNA. Human DNA differs from ape DNA only by three percent or less. This three percent most likely contains information passed on from human, creating the biological data for Jung’s “collective unconscious”.
DNA, like a sophisticated alphabet of a language, when constantly re-combined creates infinite possibilities. The obvious similarities between parents and children prove this. Henny Savenije from the Netherlands was surprised where his genealogy voyage led him:
- I found around 3,000 descendants from one ancestor who had married in 1600, and I organized a reunion. Relatives came from all over the world: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Belgium, Germany and France. The amazing fact, however, was that they all looked similar. There was a guy from the south of the Netherlands and a guy from Canada, who had only one common ancestor in 1784. They looked like twins…. But the most alarming thing was that people also had the same kind of personality. There went my strong support for nurture above nature!” https://www.myheritage.com.br/names/henny_savenije
- for some reason (use of VPN) I can’t find Henney’s page in English.)
Returning to religion, the shared “Book” of Jews, Christians and Muslims considered hereditary essential with its list of “begets”. Nor is it God who moves “the sins of the father onto the child” or descendants. DNA/RNA passes its essence onto offspring, even if biological parents disappear or die.
“Love at first sight,” is often a biological, magnetic attraction. Perhaps it is the song of a “shared genetic heritage” that creates the good vibrations between mates. Gray, author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, used much of the research done by Candace Pert, http://candacepert.com/ Her research revealed the hormones vasopressin and oxytocin, and phenylethylamine (PEA) work biologically to explain male-female behavior sexual and love attraction. Helen Fisher in her 1992 book, Anatomy of Love, and Kathy A. Facklemann, “Hormone of Monogamy” by Science News present research that connects human love with genetic biological processes. A Fisher follower: https://sexology.wordpress.com/2007/01/20/sex-and-the-brain-the-chemistry-of-love/
- I became friends with a German woman in Taiwan. One day over tea, I mentioned that I felt closer to her than most of my six sisters. I then realized that we shared a common ancestry: Prussia, now mostly Germany. Perhaps, on a molecular cell level, we had recognized each other across the span of time and place.
Let’s talk numbers. If a human generation is about 30+ years, every 100 years would encompass approximately three generations – three people if we follow only one parent. Five hundred years, multiply by 3, following just one parent equals 15 people; and 2,000 years (500 x 4; 15 people x 4) ) would be 60 people. Unfortunately, most of us are ignorant of our ancestral stories, even it we only needed 60 stories to trace two thousand years.
This simple, one-line ancestry-count method reveals that we all have a genetic line that includes only 300 people! A mathematician could produce the stupendously high number of grandparent-sets, (maternal and paternal, and siblings).
HOW MANY LIVES?
From the dawn of civilization, 300 people passed down genetic DNA/RNA material to produce – you, today. For example, many US-Americans with Alzheimer’s can be genetically traced to two villages west of the Volga River and settled in about 1760 by a few hundred German emigrants invited to Russia by Catherine the Great.
Why should so many schizophrenics identify with Napoleon (1769-1821) or Moses? Schizophrenics may have DNA/RNA damage. When the present-time person is lost, he or she may seek refuge in a past-life or a famous person who greatly influenced an ancestor. What person with European blood does not have an ancestor profoundly affected by Napoleon, his army, or his bloody wars? A fractured DNA/RNA might concentrate all its available resources for communication by latching onto the strongest DNA/RNA memory the afflicted person can find (or access) amid its convoluted brain folds and memory banks: historical people. [Schizophrenic Visions as Manifestations of the Collective Unconscious by Karen Leblond, 1997, http://www.sawka.com/spiritwatch/leblond.htm
Consider the popularity of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, such as King Tutankhamen’s gold death mask [http://guardians.net/egypt/tut1.htm]. Perhaps Ancient Egyptians purposely buried their riches and heritage in their tombs as gifts to their future children? Today Ancient Egyptian life is modern Egypt’s main source of tourist income. Perhaps careful examination of the DNA/RNA found in Egyptian mummies may reveal more precious knowledge than even their tombs and temples. A revealing link may be that Memphis, Egypt, an important site for Ancient Egyptians, is located near the Fayum Oasis – where remains of the first humanoid skeletons were discovered.
Is any of this true? Prove it to yourself.
- Compare the genetic heritage of you and your spouse or your closest friends.
- Explore family hereditary traits, or hold a genealogy family picnic.
- Do a family genealogy with friends to discover the past life when their ancestors probably lived near your ancestors.
- Take a DNA test (My Heritage https://www.myheritage.com/ includes a subscription service – which helped me discover one of my Scottish ancestors in Delaware signed the Declaration of Independence! Take the test and research your genealogy, tracing your ancestors’ professions, traits, lives and deaths. [http://www.ancestry.com]. If you’re like me, with a popular last name, (“Walker” having once been #19 of the most popular USA surnames), you may run into many dead ends. To avoid that, I told my father I would write my own family genealogy, but I’d just ‘make it up’ from ‘memory’. My father didn’t like this idea. Years after his death – I found his notorious criminal cousins. He managed to take his secrets to the grave but his DNA inside me spoke volumes.