The Psychology of Reincarnation: Prodigious Prodigies

Emily Bear

EMILY BEAR is a pianist and composer from Rockford, Illinois. Wikipedia explains:

“When Emily was 2 years old, her grandmother recognized her talent at the piano. Bear began to study with Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago.

“Within 4 years she was enrolled for study of classical music at the Winnetka campus.

“Bear started to compose her own music at the age of three. At 8 years, she has already composed more than 350 pieces – and much of her work – both composition and improvisation – is of the more difficult, 20th Century genre, inclusive of Jazz elements.”

Below, a Six-year old Emily Bear has wowed audiences from the White House to her own house. Playing the piano since age 3, Emily also composes her own music. Has WGN-TV discovered the next Mozart? Or, possibly, the former Mozart?

A Musical Prodigy


The Psychology of Reincarnation

“WE are outwardly creatures of but a day—within we are eternal. Learn then well the doctrines of Karma and Reincarnation, and teach, practice, promulgate that system of life and thought which alone can save the coming races.”

– H. P. Blavatsky

“Why was the belief in reincarnation so offensive to the Defenders of the [Christian] Faith?,” asks Blavatsky biographer Sylvia Cranston.

“Various reasons may be given,” she writes, “but the implicit psychology of reincarnation may be the best explanation.”

“The believer in this teaching tends to hold himself responsible for his own progress and salvation.”

“Such a person has no need of priests and little regard for external dead-letter observance, rite, or conformity.”

“The devices (such as the confessional) of a redemption conferred by institutional authority were to believers in evolution through rebirth transparently fraudulent or false. Hence their persecution over the many centuries while dogmatic religion remained in power.”


“It is not as important to discover which religion is best able to prove its own claims, as it is to learn, if possible, which system of religious belief has the most constructive effect upon human conduct.”

-Manly P. Hall, “Daily Words of Wisdom”


A Mysterious Power

– William Q. Judge

Articles II, “Theosophical Study and Work”

“There is a mysterious power in these doctrines of karma and reincarnation which at last forces them upon the belief of those who take them up for study.

“Each person is the concentration and result of karma, and is compelled from within to believe.”


“It is due to the fact that the soul is itself the experiencer of rebirth and karma, and has within a clear recollection of both — and rejoices, as it were, when it finds the lower mind taking them up for study.”


Reincarnation Triple

In Theosophy, evolution is actually a triple drama: physical, mental and spiritual. Darwin’s ideas describe the physical only, and that only imperfectly.


“There exists in Nature a triple evolutionary scheme…or rather three separate schemes of evolution, inextricably interwoven and interblended at every point. These are the Monadic (or spiritual), the Intellectual, and the Physical.”

– H. P. Blavatsky


For many persons, reincarnation and karma are more than simply philosophical or religious beliefs.

They are practical tools for gaining insight into the past, and creating positive change in the present.

Why does Theosophy assert the overarching importance in the ideas of Karma and Reincarnation? It is assuredly not because this ancient spiritual system wants to enforce some religious dogma. Rather, W. Q. Judge writes:

“These doctrines are easily understood and beneficent to individuals– and they furnish …

… a solid foundation for ethics and human conduct.”

“They are the very key-notes of the higher evolution of man. Without Karma and Reincarnation evolution is but a fragment,” Judge declares:

“…a process whose beginnings are unknown, and whose outcome cannot be discerned – a glimpse of what might be – a hope of what should be.”


“In the light of Karma and Reincarnation, evolution becomes the logic of what must be,” Judge concludes, and “the links in the chain of being are all filled in, and the circles of reason and of life are complete.”

“ Karma gives the eternal law of action – and Reincarnation furnishes the boundless field for its display.”

(W. Q. Judge Articles II, The Synthesis of Occult Science”)


The Reincarnation
of James Leiniger

The parents of James Leininger were first puzzled and then disturbed when their two-year-old son began screaming out chilling phrases during recurrent nightmares.

“Determined to understand what was happening to their son, Bruce and Andrea set off on a journey of discovery that was to rock them to their core.”


James and James:


The more they researched the arcane comments and fragmented details little James revealed, the more they were drawn inescapably to a shocking conclusion:



“Blind Tom”

Savants appear different to us because of their amazing ability to focus tirelessly on specific tasks. Yet, paradoxically, many of these specialist-geniuses require support for daily living, relationships, or working at their jobs.

Blind Tom Wiggins is such a savant. Like Mozart, Wiggins may have stepped directly from one musically trained life, on which his “heart was set,” directly into the person we recognize.


Blind Tom Wiggins

“Blind Tom” was one of those perplexing geniuses of the 19th Century that William Q. Judge wrote about in support of the doctrine of reincarnation. “The appearance of geniuses and great minds in families destitute of these qualities,” Judge wrote, “can only be met by the law of re-birth.”

Mozart, born into a musical family, composed orchestral score as an infant — a clear indicator of reincarnation.

“But stronger yet is the case of Blind Tom,” The Ocean of Theosophy Chapter 10, “who could not by any possibility have a knowledge of the piano, a modern instrument. Yet he had great musical power, and knew the present mechanical musical scale on the piano.”

“Blind Tom” Wiggins

A Puzzling Capacity

“We find one man born with great capacity, a great mind that can cover many subjects at once; or a special mind and capacity like that of Mozart. Why was he born so? Where did he get it if not from the character he had in the past? You may say that heredity explains it all. Then please explain how Blind Tom, born of parents who never knew anything about a piano, who never knew anything about music, was able to play upon a mechanically scaled instrument like the piano? It is not a natural thing. Where did he get the capacity? Heredity does not explain that. We explain it by reincarnation. Just so with Mozart, who at four years of age was able to write an orchestral score.”

From “Theosophical Doctrine” – Note: An Address given by William Q. Judge at the Parliament of Religions, 1893. (Title added.)

A Passion for Music

Born a slave in Georgia, Blind Tom died an international celebrity in 1908. He had an encyclopedic memory, all-consuming passion for music and mind boggling capacity to imitate – both verbally and musically – any sound he heard.


“His extraordinary savant powers rocketed him to fame and made his name a household word.”


Mark Twain called him an “inspired idiot,” who could “play two tunes (on the piano) and sing a third at the same time, and let the audience choose the keys he shall perform in.”

Mark Twain

“The Rainstorm”

John Davis plays “Rainstorm” by Blind Tom, purportedly written when Wiggins was just five years old. According to the publisher, Henry Holt, Mark Twain became a Blind Tom fanatic the moment he first cross paths with the pianist on an Illinois train in 1869.  Twain, in fact, would write about this and subsequent brushes with Wiggins in an extended article published that year in an issue of the Alta California newspaper.

The Boy Who Lived Before

Cameron Macauley is a young boy in Glasgow who lives with his single mother and his older brother. But Cameron inexplicably remembers another life before his current one. That life was on a remote Scottish island called Barra.

Cameron Macaulay

Cameron believes he is the reincarnation of a Scottish child. That former life was on a remote Scottish island called Barra. He remembers his Barra mother and dad, his Barra brothers and sisters, and his black-and-white Barra sheepdog. He remembers living near the beach in a white house close to where planes would land.

This is a documentary about Cameron:





8 responses to “The Psychology of Reincarnation: Prodigious Prodigies

  1. Our skills and talents are carried over from our past lives; but what about our negative “stuff”? Are criminal tendencies, sexual tendencies, addictions, egotism, hatred and etc. carried over also?


    • Let HPB explain in The Key to Theosophy, Section 8, “On the Reward and Punishment of the Ego”:

      Karma, with its army of Skandhas, waits at the threshold of Devachan, whence the Ego re-emerges to assume a new incarnation. It is at this moment that the future destiny of the now-rested Ego trembles in the scales of just Retribution, as it now falls once again under the sway of active Karmic law. It is in this rebirth which is ready for it, a rebirth selected and prepared by this mysterious, inexorable, but in the equity and wisdom of its decrees infallible LAW, that the sins of the previous life of the Ego are punished. Only it is into no imaginary Hell, with theatrical flames and ridiculous tailed and horned devils, that the Ego is cast, but verily on to this earth, the plane and region of his sins, where he will have to atone for every bad thought and deed. As he has sown, so will he reap. Reincarnation will gather around him all those other Egos who have suffered, whether directly or indirectly, at the hands, or even through the unconscious instrumentality, of the past personality. They will be thrown by Nemesis in the way of the new man, concealing the old, the eternal EGO, and . . . .


  2. Sorry for the negative note now, but I’m wondering if we will have the terrorist problem for many more years. When someone dies, and they are materialistic (Alah is great is materialistic to me), isn’t their time in death very short and they reincarnate quickly? That means the terrorists who are dying won’t waste time coming back, and not having learned anything, inflicting their terror on everyone again. I was just thinking about this recently, and it was very depressing!


  3. Thought you’d like this. Joey is 12, born and raised in Indonesia (not a jazz place), and completely self taught.
    Watch “Joey Alexander – Giant Steps (In-Studio Performance)” on YouTube


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