When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears

By Walter Semkiw, MD


Since around the year 2000, multiple independent reincarnation cases have emerged, which show that from one incarnation to another, people maintain the same facial features, personality traits and talents. These cases also demonstrate that religion, nationality and ethnic affiliation can change from one incarnation to another, as demonstrated in the Anne Frank / Barbro Karlen reincarnation case.

The observation that these markers of identity can change across incarnations can help create a more peaceful world, as most wars are based on differences in religion or nationality. Through the website www.IISIS.net, key reincarnation cases are being translated into multiple languages to help create this change.

The Reincarnation Research of Ian Stevenson, MD
Ian Stevenson, MD was as a pioneer in reincarnation research. Over a period of 40 years, he traveled around the world studying children who spontaneously remembered past lives. In a typical Ian Stevenson case, as soon as the child can talk, the child starts to describe a previous lifetime in detail. Based on information provided by the child, the child’s family from the prior incarnation is located.

When the child meets the past life family for the first time, the child is able to identify family members by name or by relationship. The child often knows family secrets that only members of the past life family would know. As a result, the past life family accepts the child as the reincarnation of their deceased relative.

Many Stevenson cases, including that of Hanan Monsour / Suzanne Ghanem, dramatically demonstrate how facial features can remain the same from lifetime to lifetime. Stevenson cases also objectively show that souls plan lifetimes to be reunited with loved ones through reincarnation.

Kevin Ryerson and the Reincarnations of Laurel & Hardy
Though my primary focus is promoting independently researched cases, I’ve also worked with Kevin Ryerson, a trance medium made famous through his work with Shirley MacLaine. I have found that Kevin channels a spirit guide named Ahtun Re who has demonstrated the ability to make accurate past life matches.

One set of cases that demonstrate Ahtun Re’s abilities involve the reincarnations of Laurel and Hardy. After Laurel and Hardy were identified through Ahtun Re in contemporary times as Josh and Danny Bacher, two young and relatively unknown comedians from Wayne, New Jersey, I contacted Danny, the reincarnation of Oliver Hardy, to inform them of their past life identities. At the time I called Danny I had no idea how they would react or whether they had any affinity for Laurel and Hardy.


Much to my amazement, Danny revealed that Laurel and Hardy have been the biggest influences in their lives, that in childhood they consistently pretended to be Laurel and Hardy, they used money from their paper route to purchase a movie camera with which they made slapstick movies, even filming dummies being thrown out of second story windows, much like in silent movie comedies of Hollywood’s early days. The Bacher Boys even have a world class collection of Laurel and Hardy memorabilia, including genuine clothing that Stan and Ollie wore. I term these “affinity cases,” in which individuals are unconsciously attracted to their own past life personas. Coincidentally, when Josh and Danny were in High School, Harriet Wagniere was one of their teachers.

For my presentation for The Metaphysical Center of New Jersey on Saturday, May19th, 2012, 7:30 PM, I will discuss key cases, with image comparisons, that provide objective evidence of reincarnation. On Sunday, May 20, from 1 to 5 PM, I will focus on reincarnated artists, including Paul Gauguin, Pablo Picasso and Laurel and Hardy, showing how artistic development is replicated across lifetimes. In addition, on Sunday, Josh and Danny Bacher, the proposed reincarnations of Laurel and Hardy, will screen a silent movie they have created, as well as give a live comedy performance. Please join us for these informative presentations and for a few good laughs.

Walter Semkiw is the author of Born Again, Return of the Revolutionaries and Origin of the Soul and the Purpose of Reincarnation. He is the President of www.IISIS.net, a reincarnation research organization.