I consider myself a pretty logical person. I have a neuroscience degree, and I try to approach everything with skepticism. But... I kind of believe in past lives. I've had the intuition that they exist since I was six. I'd never heard of the concept at the time, so I thought I'd invented it. Now that I know more, I've done some research — and while I'm still not 100 percent sure, I have found some pretty convincing evidence that reincarnation is possible (though I admit you can find convincing evidence of pretty much anything on the internet).
"There are some incredible stories supporting the position that past life regressions are real," hypnotist Scott Shmaren, who does past life regressions himself, tells Bustle. "A man blind from birth who has no concept of vision whatsoever describing things as he sees them in a past life regression. A woman with no musical ability at all in her past life was a concert pianist... she was left in that state and put in front of a piano and she was able to play magnificently. A woman experiencing a past life was able to get the name of the person whose life it was. After the regression, she was able to research and find that the actual person existed and the details she gave were accurate. Also, having done many past life regressions, if I take people back far enough, they all have a common experience: They were energy and they had thought and consciousness yet they had no physical form."
To figure out if all the fascinating stories about past lives could be true, I went on a mission to discover my own past lives. I sought help from multiple professionals, figuring that if the lives were legit, I may be able to see some overlap between them. Here's what I found during each step of the journey.