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Life Before Birth: A Thematic Analysis of Memories of Coming into Life Part 2: Recollections of Fetal Life and Birth
This article examines a second set of data produced in a thematic analysis of 68 “earliest memory” narratives submitted to an independent website to explore the question: what do people who claim to remember how they came into the world say about their experience prior to and including birth? Part 1 examined the first and largest subset of the data, narratives of an otherworldly existence consistent with Western reincarnation intermission stage 2 experiences, near-death experience accounts and mythic traditions. This article thematically analyzes descriptions of life in the womb, birth, and apparently veridical out-of-body and other paranormal impressions of events surrounding birth, congruent with pre- and peri-natal psychology, especially early trauma. Surfacing and resolving such early memories may have greater potential for healing than treating later life events.
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Wade, J. (2022). Life Before Birth:A thematic analysis of memories of coming into life. Part 2: Recollections of fetal life and birth. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 41 (1). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2022.41.1.112
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