I never believed in reincarnation until recently. I was
raised a Christian and in Christianity there is no such thing as reincarnation.
But I've had a lot of things happen in my life that only reincarnation can
When I was a kid I had a fascination with lighthouses. I
loved to draw them and I always drew two different ones – one that was
cylindrical and one that had more of a flat top. Being landlocked in the
Midwest, I had never seen one; I just knew what they were, and that I loved
When I was 33 I got engaged a woman who had grown up in Maine
and I had the opportunity to visit there. I told her what I imagined Maine
would be like and I nailed everything perfectly. She asked me, “Are you sure
you’ve never been here before?”
About a month before we took the trip, her mother sent us a
postcard of the Portland Headlight. To my shock, it was the same as the
cylindrical one that I drew when I was young. I chalked it up to coincidence.
We flew out there and the second I set foot on the ground a feeling came over
me that I can only describe as “finally.” I felt like I was home.
My fiancÚ’s parents, knowing I had always wanted to see a
lighthouse, took us straight to the Portland Headlight in Cape Elizabeth, ME. It
felt surreal, but completely familiar; it was the cylindrical one from my
childhood. I walked up to it, touched it and my mind flashed to a man standing
in front of the other lighthouse, the
flat top one I also drew growing up. Again, I chalked it up to my imagination.
We then went to the Spring Light in Portland, ME and took a
tour of the inside. It all looked familiar. I felt I had been there before. In
fact, I even knew where the lavatory used to be. I still didn’t consider
reincarnation as a legitimate explanation.
Another odd thing happened while I was on a boat with
neighbors who were hosting us. They offered to teach me how to drive it, but
when I got behind the wheel, I drove it “like a pro” as their friends said. I
had never been on a boat before, and they gave me no instruction, but it was like
second nature. Also, I seemingly knew my way around a town which I had never
seen before. They came up with the ongoing joke that I “must have been a
lighthouse keeper in a previous life.” I, of course, laughed it off.
While researching the Portland Headlight recently, I found
a picture of that flat topped lighthouse. They are actually both the Portland
Headlight. The cylindrical form was remodeled to its current flat top look in
the 1800’s. So I no longer think it was my imagination when I touched it.
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Posted on November 18, 2013