believe in reincarnation because of something my daughter
Talisa told me. Here's her story:
was cleaning my then six-year-old daughter Talisa's
room when I spotted a small luggage-type case under
her bed. A friend of mine had made it for her to put
keepsakes in. I decided I'd take a peek at what was
inside. When I opened the box, I was shocked to see
that, in addition to a few of her favourite items -
photos and small trinkets - she was also saving some
non-perishable types of food.
called her upstairs to explain what all this stuff,
especially the food, was doing in her case. She said
that it was all she needed in case we had to leave in
a hurry because of a fire. I tried to reassure her that
we would get her out safely in case of a fire, that
we had alarms and so on, anything that would put her
mind at ease. But she insisted that she really needed
all these things.
asked her why she was so afraid, and was shocked to
hear her response. She said that when she was Sally
she was sleeping in her house, and she died in a fire.
I said, "No, your name is Tali and you're fine."
(We sometimes called her Tali and I thought she was
confusing the name with Sally.)
then went on to tell me of a vivid recollection. She
had been a child about seven years old who lived on
a farm. Her house was built of wood and she slept on
the top floor. One night, there was a big fire. She
was trapped upstairs and nobody could get to her. The
fire began coming through the floorboards and her long
white nightgown started to burn. In desperation, as
she tried to put out her flaming nightgown, she jumped
out of a window, but died of her burns anyway.
think my mouth was hanging open when she finished this
story. But what is most bizarre about it is that she
has vitiligo all over her body (white patches). Many
people have told me that they originally thought that
those patches were the scars resulting from burns.