Carol Bowman Quotes

Who on Earth is Carol Bowman?

Carol Bowman M.S. is a therapist, lecturer and counselor known for her work in studying alleged cases of reincarnation, especially those involving young children.

She is the author of the books 'Children’s Past Lives: How Past Life Memories Affect Your Child' and 'Return From Heaven: Beloved Relatives Reincarnated Within Your Family'.

Born October 14, 1950

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Best 43 Quotes by Carol Bowman

“Children who remember their past lives offer the most compelling evidence yet for reincarnation.”

Carol Bowman

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“A few researchers have studied telepathy between parents and children. Not surprisingly, it is more common between mother and child than between father and child. Mothers are naturally attuned to their young children. After all, they carry them inside their bodies for nine months. During pregnancy, psychologists believe, there is a fusion of consciousness between mother and child. To some extent the mother’s thoughts and emotions are shared by the baby in utero. This deep connection is not severed completely when the umbilical cord is cut.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“As the Buddhists teach it, karma is not a law of predestination, as some Westerners fear. Rather, it allows for free will. The law of karma does not dictate how we act. It is an impartial law, asking only that we learn from our mistakes. When we create 'bad' karma by acting selfishly, hurting others or ourselves, disrupting the harmony of the Uni- verse (acts that some call 'sin'), the Universe doesn’t judge us. It simply loops the disharmony back at us, offering us another opportunity to respond correctly. We create good karma when we act with awareness and in harmony with the connectedness of all things – in other words, with love and compassion. The compelling message of karma is that we are responsible for our actions.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Because most parents don’t know that past lives are even possible, they unwittingly compound their children’s despair and confusion by trying to explain away a past life dream.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Because we generally don’t accept reincarnation in our culture, consci- entious parents often blame themselves and their parenting mistakes for any and all mental or behavioral problems their young children may have.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Curiously, an eleventh-century Tibetan medical text pinpoints the time when past life memories begin in utero, and agrees exactly with present-day scientific findings about the onset of REM sleep and dreaming.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Don’t worry about making a mistake.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Generally, open questions are best to draw out the most information.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“If past life nightmares are not recognized and resolved, they can cause fears, insomnia, low self-esteem, and other problems into adulthood. This is why parents must stop responding to nightmares the old-fashioned way – by brushing them off with “You’ll be okay”, by dismissing them as 'just a dream' (implying that the dreaming reality has no meaning), or by trying to prove in a patronizing way that no monsters are in the closet or boogeymen under the bed. Never make light of your child’s nightmares! Instead, approach every nightmare as a possible past life dream and an opportunity for healing. See the terror not as the problem but as a symptom of a troubling past life that needs to be understood and resolved.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“If reincarnation is a generic spiritual idea, not tied to any one religion or culture, why is it resisted in the West? Why is the Judeo- Christian culture different from most of the rest of the world?”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“If reincarnation was an idea in currency with early Christians, why have all traces of it disappeared from the Christian religion we know today?”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“If we believe what our children are saying, we open ourselves to the possibility that we too have lived before and will live again. We feel greatly expanded and alive from this realization, knowing that the deepest part of us will always exist. We feel connected to a greater power, the source of all energy and life. Our minds and hearts expand with new vibrancy.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“In my recurring dream I saw myself as a grown woman in an unfamiliar city wearing clothes that were old-fashioned compared with the adults around me. Although I saw the woman as 'someone else', I knew that she was really me in some form. When this sign is present, it is a strong indication of a past life dream.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“In some cultures, such as those in West Africa, Bali, and Burma, as well as among Native Americans and Eskimos, it is expected that a person who dies, whether young or old, will reincarnate into at least the same tribe or community, if not into the same family. When a child is born, they look for signs — birthmarks, especially — to learn which of their recently deceased tribesmen has returned. Later, to prove this identity, they test the young child’s ability to recognize personal objects of the deceased. Among the Yorubas of West Africa, it is customary to greet a newborn with the salutation: 'Thou art come!' They name boys Babatunde, which means 'Father has returned', and they name girls Yetunde, which means 'Mother has returned'.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

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“In the recurring dream of my Holocaust life, each time I saw the same vivid, colorful images of the woman wearing a hat and maroon coat, carrying a shoulder bag, and walking down the boulevard with a stone wall behind her. This dream began as early as I can remember, and I always saw the same scene. It wasn’t until I was an adult that the dream progressed beyond the previous stopping point—when I walked up to the government building to confront the German officers.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“In truth, children are God’s creations, not ours. They are born to us according to a plan that is vaster than we can imagine. This subtle shift in attitude, this new humility, changes our role as parents. We see that our children’s development is not totally dependent on us. It is, at the core, an unfolding of the individual destiny and purpose they were born with. This is more valuable and real than any plan we might have for them.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Karma is another idea, closely related to reincarnation, that is wide open to interpretation and is often misunderstood by Westerners. On the simplest level karma is the same as the physical laws of cause and effect, action and reaction. Christians know it as the teaching 'You reap what you sow'. But karma operates across many lifetimes. By this principle, everything we do, good or bad, has an effect on ourselves and others; and the consequences of each action eventually come around to us again, if not in this lifetime then in another.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Keep a record of your child’s past life memory. Write it down immediately after it happens, while it’s still fresh in your mind. Record everything you remember: the words she spoke, the look on her face, body language, signs of emotion, what you said and the questions you asked, and how you felt and what you thought as you listened. Also record what you and your child were doing at the time that might have triggered the memory.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Many past life dreams repeat. They usually start and stop in the same place in the story, like a video cued up to play the same segment over and over. Some are single, unmoving images that the dreamer sees in exactly the same way each time. Others progress, then stop unresolved just at the point of crisis. The crisis could be an imminent death, or the dream could end just before an important fact is revealed. Sometimes the story progresses slightly with each recurrence; in other cases, after making no progress in all previous dreams, the story jumps ahead suddenly to the point of crisis.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Most Jews will be as surprised as I was to learn that reincarnation is at the heart of esoteric Judaism, called the Kabbalah. Until I started doing this research, I had always thought that Judaism ignored reincarnation.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Once we accept the fact that some children have lived before, we see all children differently. It changes our concept of what children are. We can
no longer see them as inferior to us simply because they are little and can’t reach the faucets or tie a shoe. For we know now that children are
more than just biological beings shaped by heredity and environment. They are spiritual beings, too, who bring with them wisdom and experience gathered from other lives on Earth. If we accept this view — that children are experienced souls in little bodies — we realize that they have more available to them, and more to offer us, than we ever thought possible before.”

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Children’s Past Lives

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“Parents shouldn’t feel guilty for everything in their children’s makeup. They should know that children do bring their own baggage with them from the past, and that not all of their feelings and behavior are a reflection of our parenting abilities.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Recent research has shown that babies in utero register impressions from the mother that affect the forming personality, so now some mothers feel guilty even for incorrect thoughts and feelings during pregnancy. This self-blame stems from our Western belief in the tabula rasa theory — the idea from the old paradigm that children come in as blank slates to be written on first by parents.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Recent scientific studies have shown that babies in utero, beginning at twenty-six to thirty weeks, exhibit the brain patterns of REM sleep, which scientists know indicate dreaming. What could these unborn babies be dreaming about, since their only experiences have been in the confines of the womb? Past lives is the logical answer.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Reincarnation and the law of karma explain the paradox we ponder in the West: why do horrible things happen to good people, while scoundrels seem to run free and easy? Without seeing the cumulative aspect of karma, life seems random and unfair—a cosmic roll of the dice. Indeed, it is often impossible to see any moral justice or meaning within the confines of a single life when, for example, an innocent child dies, or is born blind or homeless. But if we look at each lifetime as only one frame of a movie composed of many frames, our perspective changes. We understand that the movie seen as a whole makes sense and tells a story of balance, justice, and order.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Reincarnation is not, as many people in our culture think, a belief tied to India or to any particular religion or culture. It has been an enduring spiritual belief for billions of people for thousands of years all over the world, a global idea that sprang up independently among peoples on every continent, from the Celts and Teutons of northern Europe, to the indigenous peoples of Africa, Australia, and the Americas. Hundreds of millions of Hindus and Buddhists in the world today believe in reincarnation. It is tolerated by Islam—the Islamic mystical sect, the Sufis, make it the cornerstone of their faith. From the point of view of most of the rest of the world, our Judeo-Christian culture, with its denial of reincarnation, is in the minority. In truth, there is no such thing as a single, fixed doctrine of reincarnation.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Reincarnation offers plausible hope for a real, honest-to-goodness miracle. It is entirely possible that a child lost to death may turn around and be reborn into the same family — a cosmic turnabout.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Some children still have one foot in the past and jump back and forth between lifetimes; they are blatantly confused about which life they are in. This is more likely to be true for very young children because they are closer on the continuum of memory to their past life. Their consciousness has not yet been fixed within the boundaries of a single lifetime. Their perceptions of time are blurred; past and present exist simultaneously.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Some nightmares are past life memories screaming to be healed. As with waking past life memories, the past life dreams that we hear about are usually a manifestation of unfinished business from the past: a trauma or violent death that is begging to be brought to light and resolved. What a difference it makes in our response if we look at nightmares as opportunities to heal past life traumas still gripping the child.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Some of the most graphic evidence that past life memories emerge in dreams is nighttime xenoglossy — speaking an unlearned language during sleep.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“The Book of Splendor traces the cycle of death and rebirth, called gilgul, which means both 'wheel' and 'transformations'. It teaches that each incarnation is a unique mission comprising lessons to be learned, commandments to be fulfilled, and deeds to be performed to balance wrongs committed in former lifetimes – in other words, to take care of unfinished business. The ultimate purpose of gilgul is the purification of the soul and a release from the cycle of earthly lives.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“The murderous efficiency of the Inquisition proved effective. The persecution by the institutional Church has scarred our collective psyche, and it has surrounded us with an invisible fence dividing what is safe from what is dangerous to believe. Since then, people who harbor forbidden ideas have learned to keep their thoughts to themselves. Our cultural memory still carries the fear of reprisal for publicly associating with any occult practices, the use of psychic powers, or a belief in reincarnation.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“The past life dreams that we are most likely to hear about are nightmares. Children do have vivid dreams of pleasant and uneventful past lives, but they are not as likely to tell us about them. A dream of a traumatic past life death or trauma, however, alarms you into noticing it. It causes your child to wake up screaming, run into your room, and jump into your bed, whimpering for protection. For children with recurring nightmares, this scene repeats night after night, devastating the midnight peace of the whole family.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“The phenomenon of family return — reincarnating back into the same family — is surprisingly common. Ian Stevenson documented many cases all over the world of children who reincarnated back into the same families.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“There is no greater tragedy than the death of a child, no greater agony, no grief that tears more viciously at the soul and rips at the heart. When a child dies, parents search desperately for meaning in the torment. They cry in anguish, “How could God be so cruel as to take my child?” They grope in vain for reasons: “What did my baby do to deserve this?” Inevitably they blame themselves, crushing their spirits with incredible guilt: “What did I do to deserve this?” If we believe that we have only one life to live, the death of a child seems a senseless, unfathomable waste. Nothing can erase the sorrow and pain of such a terrible loss. But if we believe that death is not the end, that we live more than once, and that souls — especially those of children — are reborn quickly, we may take solace in the thought that the child will soon be back on Earth to start over again.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Though it is hard for us to imagine, some children cannot distinguish between past and present. These children don’t know that they have died, moved on to another lifetime, and are now in another body. Both past and present lifetimes merge in their awareness, and scenes and feelings from the past overlay their present reality.”

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Children’s Past Lives

“Today, however, we are seeing a flourishing of interest in all mystical traditions and a revival of the Kabbalah. The Book of Splendor is being resurrected with new translations and interpretations, reaching a wider audience than ever before.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“Unlike ordinary dreams, past life dreams do not veer into a disjointed muddle of story fragments, fluid images, fantastical morphing, or flying people. The story itself is always a coherent and realistic scenario, with fully plausible details and action that describe a believable plot. Even if the dream scenes offer only fragmentary images, they imply a coherent story.”

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Children’s Past Lives

“When a child speaks of a past life memory, the effects ripple far. At the center is the child, who is directly healed and changed. The parents standing close by are rocked by the truth of the experience – a truth powerful enough to dislodge deeply entrenched beliefs. For observers removed from the actual event – even those just reading about it – reports of a child's past life memory can jostle the soul toward new understanding. Children's past life memories have the power to change lives.”

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Children’s Past Lives

“When adults listen – really listen – to what the children are trying to say, their own understanding of spirit and of children are changed forever.”

Carol Bowman
Children’s Past Lives

“When we accept the truth of past life memories, we begin to accept our children as souls who have lived before, will live again, and who are here with us for a purpose.”

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Children’s Past Lives

“When young children talk about a past life memory, they tell their story by describing what they see in their mind’s eye, what they feel, and by answering questions. But they have neither the maturity nor the objectivity to articulate how the experience relates to their present life. They are too young to analyze the story or to identify what issues from the past are still affecting them. This is where they need your help.”

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