‘The Flower People’ – Evidence of Past Life

Many things have been said about reincarnation. After some reading and from the evidences given (not proof) I too beginning to ponder whether some of the special talents  some of them poses in this life  are inherited from the previous lives. One of the best evidences of reincarnation could be referred in the book “Children Who Remember Previous Lives” by Ian Stevenson, M.D. It is said that children especially between the ages of two and five seem to remember their previous lives. Normally when they are above seven the memories are said to fade.

Carol Bowman who hold M.S. in counselling is also an author, therapist and has been studying on reincarnation. She has also authored the book ‘Return from Heaven’.  I found this book interesting. To know more about this book  you can refer to  the menu ‘Books’  – sub heading ‘Reincarnation’.

In another book ‘Children’s Past Lives’ – How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child,  Carol Bowman  shares her own and her children’s past life regression experiences under Norman (a Hypnotherapist) and that she eventually started carrying out past life regressions on her own. Below is one of the results of past life regression which she has carried out.

 

The Flower People

 Amanda Dickey, was eleven when I regressed her. She had particularly vivid recall of an Englishwoman by the name  Elizabeth C. (she couldn’t remember the last name) who, lived in London with her mother and brother in the mid-1800s. Elizabeth would often sit in a garden near her townhouse and talk to the “flower people,” little spirits who came out from behind the flowers and advised her whenever she had a problem in her life. Elizabeth wrote stories about these “flower people,” which were published in a London newspaper and became quite popular as a serial. She married and had a son. Widowed at an  early age, she and her son emigrated to America. She continued  to support herself with her writing until she died of a disease Amanda couldn’t identify. Her life was marred only by an irreconcilable quarrel she had with her brother.

 I was curious about Elizabeth. Was she someone we could trace? I asked Amanda if Elizabeth had published any books.  According to Amanda, her stories had only been serialized in newspapers. That sounded authentic: I recalled that serializing  stories was very common in the nineteenth century because books  were too expensive for most people. Would Amanda have known this as an eleven-year-old? The rest of Amanda’s story rang true as well; the details of her life as Elizabeth were realistic and came to her readily. And it resonated with present-day Amanda. Who , does have an uncanny facility with words.

But “flower people” – where had that come from? Amanda, down-to-earth and sophisticated, was embarrassed by this seemingly incongruous embellishment to the story. I decided it was probably a fantasy fragment. Norman Inge (Hypnotherapist)  had taught me that fragments of fantasy, or present-life experience, sometimes seep into the stream of past life recall because, as he explained, past life recall is filtered through the subconscious mind, the repository of all stored memory from this and other lives. It is not leakproof. But, he warned, don’t let one inconsistency throw you , into thinking the whole thing is fantasy if the rest seems true.  Evaluate the story as a whole. With Amanda, the rest  the story,  felt and sounded genuine, so I accepted it as true, not wanting to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Later, that year Amanda won a writing contest in her school.  When I congratulated her, I said. “See. you do have this talent  from the past, don’t you.” Amanda just rolled her eyes at me and laughed nervously. She still wasn’t sure about the regression, especially the “flower people.”  

Amanda and her family moved out of state the next year. She and Sarah (Carol Bowman’s daughter) stayed in touch, visiting each other during school vacations. This gave me the opportunity to follow her progress as a writer. She said she wrote short stories and poetry all the time and had joined the literary magazine at school. She admitted to me once that she still pondered her memory of Elizabeth, the writer in her past.

Almost five years after her regression, Amanda wrote to me with a most unusual epilogue:

“One of the strangest incidents happened to me about a year  ago on my vacation in England. I had never been to England before. When my parents and I got off the plane at London airport, we got a cab to our hotel. Our cab driver was extremely talkative and was willing to talk about anything. As we passed the first street of townhouses, my mother commented on all of the flower gardens. The driver told us that almost everyone in London had a garden. He said that Londoners used gardening as a way to escape from the pressures of their lives and that he, and, other people he knew, liked to talk to the flower people in their gardens. My jaw dropped. And my eyes nearly popped out of my head when heard that. Flower people, I thought. What a coincidence”.   

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