I chose reincarnation as a subject for Herring Girl not because I was a believer, but because I wanted to write about the history of my home town, and reincarnation seemed a good fictional trope for linking the present with the past.
But when I researched the literature, and experienced past-life regression hypnosis myself, I encountered some evidence that was hard to dismiss. Though I remain agnostic myself, I definitely believe that our lives are far richer if we open our minds to the possibility of things we don’t understand.
So I thought it would be interesting to find out about other people’s belief in, and experience of, phenomena such as reincarnation, spirit possession and ghosts. So in 2014 I ran a survey on this topic, in which over 2,500 people took part – if you were one of them, thank you! Over 1,400 people also took the time to describe some of their extraordinary experiences. I will be posting reports on this wealth of material in the coming months.
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Selected verbatim reports from 1,400 people about their personal experiences of one or more of the 16 different paranormal phenomena listed in the survey questionnaire. Briefly, the phenomena listed were: life after death, spirit possession, reincarnation, haunting, benign or malign spiritual entities, precognition, telepathy, communication with spirits via a spirit medium or physical phenomenon, spiritual healing, telekinesis, dowsing, psychometry.
The first of these reports will be available shortly.