James G. Matlock, PhD, an anthropologist, is coauthor (with Erlendur Haraldsson) of I Saw a Light and Came Here: Children's Experiences of Reincarnation. He is a regular contributor to the online Psi Encyclopedia sponsored by the Society for Psychical Research in London. He has authored dozens of academic papers concerning reincarnation and related areas.
The Process of ReincarnationwithJames G. Matlock
June 5, 2018
Here he describes his own theoretical model of the reincarnation process — based on empirical data. He suggests, in agreement with F.W.H. Myers, that the stream of consciousness contains both a supraliminal and a subliminal component. This consciousness can exist independent of the physical body. It interacts with the body through psychokinesis. Reincarnation, then, occurs [...]
Reincarnation Cases and KarmawithJames G. Matlock
May 21, 2018
Here he suggests that the available case history data on reincarnation does not support the popular notion of “karma”. The case history data does, however, support the sanskrit notion of “samskaras” or the continuation of psychological tendencies. Matlock suggests that this is “dispositional karma”. He provides a number of interesting examples.
Reincarnation in the Ancient WorldwithJames G. Matlock
May 3, 2018
Here he reviews our knowledge of reincarnation beliefs among the ancient Aryans, Hindus, Buddhists, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and early Christians. He notes that each of these cultures had contact with primitive, tribal peoples who based their reincarnation beliefs upon the sort of psychophysical signs that are observed today. Eventually each of these cultures elaborated their [...]
Reincarnation in Tribal SocietieswithJames G. Matlock
April 2, 2018
Here he points out that tribal beliefs concerning reincarnation can be found among indigenous people throughout the world. Furthermore, these beliefs typically include knowledge of the very same signs of reincarnation that researchers have found in case studies of children who remember past lives. Tribal beliefs regarding kinship patterns seem to influence the verifiable cases [...]
Books by james matlock
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