Signs of Reincarnation

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Signs of Reincarnation is an online M.A.-level discussion course that covers all aspects of reincarnation studies, including ideas about reincarnation in different traditions, research methods for studying cases, the results of research with children’s and adult spontaneous cases, regression under hypnosis, and past-life readings of psychics and mediums. It addresses criticisms of the research and different interpretative frameworks that have been put forward for the research findings, through original lectures and readings from the reincarnation research literature.

Signs of Reincarnation is conducted on the widely-used Moodle distant learning platform through The Alvarado Zingrone Institute for Research and Education ( It is designed to appeal to all those with a serious interest in reincarnation studies, including people with past-life memories and researchers. There are no set meeting times in the discussion forums, allowing for participation from all parts of the world. There are no pre-requisites, although it helps to have a college background and to be able to read and write well in English. All lectures and readings are provided in PDF format for download to desktop computer, tablet, or other device. The course runs for 15 weeks but is self-paced with an estimated time commitment of 6-8 hours per week. There are optional written assignments at the conclusion of each week. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Study of Reincarnation Signs

Unit 2: The Belief in Reincarnation

Unit 3: Research Styles and Interpretative Frames

Unit 4: Child Studies: Episodic Memories, Statements and Recognitions

Unit 5: Child Studies: Behavioral Signs of Reincarnation

Unit 6: Child Studies: Physical Signs of Reincarnation

Unit 7: Child Studies: The Interval Between Death and Rebirth

Unit 8: Child Studies: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Historical Patterns

Unit 9: Child Studies: The Psychology of Past-Life Memory

Unit 10: From Child to Adult: The Developmental Continuum

Unit 11: Past-Life Memory in Induced States of Consciousness

Unit 12: The Contributions of Shamans, Psychics, and Mediums

Unit 13: Mind/Brain Relations, Survival of Death, and Reincarnation

Unit 14: Postmortem Survival and Reincarnation: Philosophy and Theory

Unit 15: The Process of Reincarnation


Syllabus  View a more complete course description with a unit-by-unit (week-by-week) outline of requirements.


Evaluations  Read comments on the course by previous participants.


Next session  The Spring, 2017, session of Signs of Reincarnation will begin on January 30.


Registration fee  The regular registration fee is $300. For students and those on fixed incomes, it is $150. Research assistance-ships or other in-kind arrangements may be available. All registrants will receive an ebook copy of I Saw a Light and Came Here: Children’s Experiences of Reincarnation, due to be published on February 1.

Questions?  Write to me at with questions or to register. 

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