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Is Reincarnation Real?

Studying the Phenomenon of Existential Continuity

Clifford Jones
8 min readAug 9, 2023

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Did you know an entire department of academics at the University of Virginia has studied the phenomenon of existential reality for decades? Most people I ask about reincarnation don’t think much about it. Nor do they know about the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia. Because of my insatiably curious nature, I researched the subject further and decided to share what little I’ve learned.

What got me thinking about reincarnation was an encounter I had decades ago with a woman I met at a networking event. After the usual small talk, she said, “Let me see your hand.” After studying me and the palm of my hand for a minute, she said, “You were once a Native American chief who was killed during a battle against the army taking your lands.”

I don’t know why, but I believed her. That encounter was enough to inspire me to learn more. And I’ve researched it ever since. At the risk of my readers rolling their eyes in disbelief, or worse, here’s what little I know.

Reincarnation Defined

The concept of reincarnation, or the rebirth of a soul in a new body after death, has captivated the human imagination for centuries. From the complex doctrines of Hinduism and Buddhism to folk tales and…

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Clifford Jones

Serving conscious, coachable company founders and leaders as an executive ghostwriter, brand-builder, and strategic coach.