Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Interesting

So here's a strange story.

Have you read about the little boy whose parents are convinced he was a pilot during WWII? It's been in the news quite a bit lately, although the story has been going on for the past few years. Here's a link to one article about it.

A few nights ago, my parents were over for dinner and my father brought up the story. I told him that my younger son had told me some strange things when he was about a year and a half old. The first one, when he was just learning to talk, was: "I used to be an old man. Then I died. Then I was a baby again."

Shortly after that, we were driving in the car one day, and he suddenly pulled the pacifier out of his mouth and said: "There was a big earthquake. In 1953. A lot of people died." Then he put the pacifier back in his mouth. This was completely inexplicable, since we hadn't been discussing earthquakes, and as far as I know, he had never heard of an earthquake and certainly didn't know about dates yet.

My father, who is 81, said he didn't remember any earthquake in 1953 and asked whether I had ever researched it. I told him I hadn't, and didn't think about it again. This morning he called me and said, "Hey, you know that earthquake we were talking about? It happened. On August 12, 1953, a massive earthquake hit the Greek islands and killed hundreds of people. I'm looking at the pictures of it right now." So naturally I got online and looked it up myself. And indeed, it's true. A series of several large earthquakes struck the Greek islands between August 9 and August 12, 1953. The largest, on August 12, had a magnitude of 7.2, and several hundred people were killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of buildings were completely destroyed. Ships from Israel (it was Israel's first aid mission) and Great Britain raced to the rescue, and several other countries sent aid, including the US, Norway, and Sweden.

My son is now nine years old and has no memory of an earthquake or of telling me about it. Anyone else have any strange stories to share?

13 comments:

Wanderingcatstudio said...

We haven't experienced and "past life" phenomina in my family, though most of us are firm believers. My granmother however, is a medium and almost all of us have a passing familiarity with ghosts.

Allison said...

I've definitely found that I have knowledge of things and places that there is no way I should ever know.

One interesting story that pops to mind is one time I was spending the night at a cool little cabin in the woods that my friend was house sitting. I knew nothing about the owner of the house except for her name. After a fitful night of sleeping I awoke the next morning and remembered very vivid dreams that I had had that night.

I ended up sharing with my friend the one that really stood out in my mind. In my dream I was in a small airplane flying out over the ocean near our town. There were four people total on board: the pilot, me, and two others. All of a sudden the plane starting circling and then we crashed into the water. When I fought my way to the surface I saw only the pilot above water. I could not find the other two people anywhere. Then I woke up.

As I was telling my friend the dream, her face starting getting really white. She then told me the story of how years ago the owner of the house we were in had been in a small plane crash over the ocean near our town and only she and the pilot survived. The other two in the plane did not.

Somehow I must have tapped into the energy of the house and discovered that in my sleep. I still get goosebumps just thinking about it!

Strickmuse said...

I got goosebumps reading your story. It has always amazed me to know more about previous lives. I also have very vivid dreams and I can recall most of them in detail. Mine usually come true later in a similar way. Which has nothing to do with a previous life, but maybe I have good intuition?..

Anonymous said...

Not to be a killjoy, but it seems many years have big earthquakes, with many deaths. The US Geological Survey lists the earthquakes for the last 20 years, including fatality numbers: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqarchives/year/byyear.php

Sharon said...

Wow, that's strange. I think I would have freaked out if my little one said something about an earthquake in 1953, just out of the blue like that!

When we are driving through certain areas, my daughter gets a "funny feeling" about them, like they are places we shouldn't linger too long. I tend not to scoff at such things, because there is so much that people have seen, heard, and know about, that just can't be explained.

Good post!

LizzieK8 said...

When my Youngest Daughter (now 27) was around 4 or 5 she used to tell me long elaborate stories about a mom and a daughter. Then she'd end it with, "That's when I was the mom and you were the little girl."

Lucette said...

Although I have not known anyone with similar experiences, I am quite fascinated to read your story.

Knitman said...

I am undecided about reincarnation. I not undecided that we we survive physical death intact.

knitalot3 said...

Why not. None of us really know what happens after we die. To just die and become nothing forever makes no sense to me.

I'm not convinced of reincarnation, but I know their are spirits around.

I used to see one sometimes at night at my old house. Scared me witless. I don't know if it was good or bad. I never hung around to find out.

Haley said...

this gave me goosebumps. my best friend insists that she lived in ancient Egypt in a former life. You just never know.

Fibra Artysta said...

Oh wow, that's pretty cool. I'm a big believer in reincarnation. I've never had anything that clear but had some weird dreams. I think we are all recycled.

Romi said...

Wow! That is amazing. Very very cool.

toni in florida said...

I've done a hypnotic regression to a past life and found that, in that life, my youngest daughter is, in this life, my mom. When I told her about the entire experience and described the personality of the child, she (a devoted Baptist her entire life) started crying and said the child sounded just like her.