Is There Life After Death? with Dr. Jim Tucker


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Sometimes, we’re led down a path that might surprise us. Our calling in life might end up being completely different than what we expected—it might even challenge our previous beliefs. 

The concept of reincarnation elicits skepticism in many people. Today’s guest on The Dhru Purohit Podcast wasn’t quite a believer himself, until multiple mind-blowing accounts kept showing up in his work. 

Dr. Jim Tucker is the Bonner-Lowry Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is Director of the UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, where he is continuing the work of Ian Stevenson with children who report memories of previous lives. He is the author of Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives, a new 2-in-1 edition of his books Life Before Life and Return to Life, which together have been translated into twenty languages.

 In this episode, we dive into: 

  • The story of James Leiniger who remembered being a World War II fighter pilot from a previous life (1:08) 
  • The story of Ryan Hammons who remembered being a Hollywood extra from a previous life (12:25) 
  • The connection between a violent or unnatural death and reincarnation (17:16)
  • The story of a boy who remembered being his paternal grandfather in a past life (20:12)
  • How Dr. Tucker validates the accounts of past lives shared with him (25:51) 
  • The age that past life memories start to surface and when they start to fade (29:21)
  • The average IQ of kids that remember past lives (34:49)
  • Birthmarks and the connection to a past life (36:50)
  • Children’s accounts of the time between death and rebirth (39:48)
  • Advice for parents if their children start talking about a previous life (1:06:52)

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For more on Dr. Jim Tucker, you can follow him on Facebook @JimBTuckerMD, on YouTube @UVA Division of Perceptual Studies, and through his website Get his book, Before: Children’s Memories of Previous Lives. For more on Dhru Purohit, be sure to follow him on Instagram @dhrupurohit, on Facebook @dhruxpurohit, on Twitter @dhrupurohit, and on YouTube @dhrupurohit. You can also text Dhru at (302) 200-5643 or click here.

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