Is It Possible We Have Lived Past Lives? Or Is It All Just Silly Fantasizing?
I’d be a skeptic, too, if I hadn’t had a weird experience of my own
Many of us have weird experiences that we don’t talk about, simply to avoid strange looks or scorn from skeptics. One of these is dreaming about a place and time that you couldn’t possibly have experienced yourself, because it takes place before you were born.
Many years ago, when I was about 12, I had a vivid dream in which I was a young boy being chased through a village. It was a colonial village, with a blacksmith and cobbled roads and pathways. A man chased me past the blacksmiths and some stores or shops, down an alleyway and I managed to escape by jumping over a stone wall and running down to a stream and then into the trees.
I have never forgotten the core elements of this dream. Even now, I can still remember bits of it. It seemed to be taking place around 120–150 years ago, and as the boy, I was in very poor clothes with bare feet.
About four years after I had this dream, a friend of my sister’s took me to a historic area of Auckland (NZ), where I had never been before, and as we walked around, I realized with a huge shock that this was where the dream took place. She saw my face and asked what was wrong. When I explained my dream and what happened in it, she said, “Let’s follow where you think you went.”
Of course, the blacksmith’s and the shops were no longer there, although a few of the very old buildings looked a bit familiar. I saw a gap between the shops and walked through, feeling very strange, and when we reached the rear of the buildings, there was the stone wall. It was much older, covered in lichen, but it was the same wall. Beyond it was the stream and the trees, although I could now see houses on the other side. My sister’s friend was as astonished as I was.
Very recently, an acquaintance told a similar story, of visiting the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, with her husband and children. When he reached the entrance, she said he turned white and refused to go any further. He was shaken and pale for hours afterwards. Somehow, it seemed he had been there before — and the experience had been terrible. He never explained what caused…