According to the New York Times, there is increased interested in reincarnation. I have seen this trend for a while. Several years ago I read an article about a psychiatrist who hypnotized a woman who, under hypnosis began to speak fluent Polish - a language that she did not know. Under this hypnotic state, she spoke of a life during the Second World War and how she died. She named specific people and places etc. When she was brought out of her hypnotic state she had no recollection of what she said, but she felt much better. The doctor checked on all the names of the people she mentioned and all were verifiable. How to explain this?
According to data released last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, a quarter of Americans now believe in reincarnation. (Women are more likely to believe than men; Democrats more likely than Republicans.)
In order to ascertain your past lives, these doctors use past life regression techniques. This form of past life regression is hypnosis based and there are those (myself included) who cannot be (or refuse to be) hypnotised. What then? Faith and an intuition that certain things, people, events feel more familiar for no apparant reason.
And yet there are unexplained cases that the belief in reincarnation seems to explain. Check out this fascinating video of a young 4 year old boy whose dreams and knowledge of planes supported the idea of a past life: