Pre-existence is the belief that an individual has lived a lived before his earthly birth, or that the soul has had a separate existence before its human birth, a belief which is both ancient and modern.

The belief was held by the ancient Egyptians,¬†Pythagoreans, Greeks, and is a basic tenet of¬†Hinduism¬†and Buddhism. Plato held that this principle accounted for the individual’s remembrance of Universals. The¬†Theosophists¬†and Anthroposophists assert that both reincarnation and preexistence is an essential part of their belief system. Spiritualists hold divergent opinions: some claim to remember former lives while others do not.¬†A.G.H.


Riland, George, The New Steinerbooks Dictionary of Paranormal, New York, Warner Books, Inc., 1980, p. 228