Hello again everyone: I have been reading everything related to reincarnation and past lives that I can get my hands on and of course, had to check out what skeptics thought of the idea of past lives. Generally, the answers seem to fall into two camps: 1) people who believe in past lives are delusional, scam artists or mentally insane or 2) people who claim past lives are just fooled by their ordinary imagination. Since I consider 1) to not be worth responding to, I'm curious as to how YOU know that you are not just making past lives up in your mind. There are two conflicting thoughts I have on this one. On one hand, I have had many vivid dreams where I re-visit the same places over and over again. I recognize them as real life places I've never visited (like Winnipeg in Canada and Melbourne in Australia) but I know they are nothing like they are in real life. However, these aren't just a series of random images: no matter how many times I visit these places, they look the same and I could even draw a map of these 'cities' since they are much smaller than in real life. They have all the usual things you would see in a city and could easily pass as a real life place. There are roads, cars, traffic lights, malls, offices and houses. In fact, I would go so far as to say it can be hard to tell if I'm dreaming or not and it can take a few minutes to realize it was just a dream. It follows that I can conclude that any 'memories' from such places are simply the result of an overactive imagination since we can look at pictures of the actual cities and any such memory has no basis in reality. Having said that, I still find it very hard to dismiss the memories I had as a kid as an overactive imagination. I can't remember much now as an adult, but I still remember being on a farm in a small town or rural setting. All the items in the building look like they came from the 50's or 60's and while it feels like the house was in the USA, it was in an area where it wasn't a big deal (my gut instinct would say either Iowa or Nebraska, both places I've never been). I remember crying myself to sleep night after night and feeling like I had lost something, even though I came from a very loving family. I also felt very strong emotional connections to drive-in theatres, diners and motels, even though I'm not a fan of any of them. Recently, I have come to learn that all three of these places were very popular in the United States in the 1960's and have drastically declined since. The more I look at history, the more it seems to confirm that my memories match up with life at that time. To further suggest these are real memories and not made up, I also can point to a similar emotional attachment that turned out to be correct. There was a large mall not far from where I grew up and an older part of the mall had a narrow hallway that had a doctor's office. I always had felt a very strong attachment to that doctor's office even though our doctor was in an office on the other side of the city. I recently found out that my doctor WAS in that mall location and moved when I was a baby! I'm interested to hear what leads you to believe that your memories are genuine past life experience and not a case of coming from your imagination or from a place like TV?