The concept of past lives has always been fascinating to humans.
Even if you're not a spiritual person, there are some inexplicable feelings that you just can't shake off.
Many people believe that this has to do with your soul, and the fact that it has existed in many different forms that you may not have been aware of. Sometimes there are even signs that indicate that your soul has previously lived in a different body.
Over the years, many famous people have expressed their beliefs in reincarnation, and many of them even recall what or who they were in the past.
These seven celebrities reveal what their alleged past lives were like:
1. Sylvester Stallone
The Rocky star's mother, Jacqueline, considers herself a clairvoyant and has even appeared on a number of television programs to share predictions, so it comes as no surprise that her son is a strong believer in reincarnation.
Stallone candidly spoke about his past lives in a 1982 interview with People magazine, and it's quite fascinating.
The actor is convinced that he has had at least four past lives, and they weren't all human.
He said that he has "a strong affinity with the wolf," and in another life, he has "been something very Central American- a Guatemalan monkey perhaps."
However, the most interesting life he has lived saw a tragic end.
"I’m quite sure I lost my head in the French Revolution," Stallone revealed. "I’d been reading about the Jacobins [the political radicals of the French Revolution] and that period, and when somebody at a party said how awful it must be to be guillotined, I found myself saying, ‘Oh no, it doesn’t hurt."
He continued,"You don’t feel anything—except your head hit the basket…and that’s it.’ My friend said, ‘You’re ill, Stallone.’ Perhaps, but I truly felt I knew what I was talking about. Also, I have been something very Central American—a Guatemalan monkey, perhaps."
When asked what he's like to be in the next life, Stallone replied, "Without question I’d want to be the heavyweight champion of the world."
2. John Lennon
Many fans of the assassinated Beatles band member have been convinced that he had multiple past lives after he famously said "I’m not afraid of death because I don’t believe in it. It’s just getting out of one car and into another."
In 1968, the singer-songwriter revealed that he believed he was a reincarnation of one of the most celebrated historical figures to have ever lived: Jesus Christ.
Lennon's claim is questionable as he was said to have been high on LSD when he called an emergency Beatles meeting at Apple Record in London to make this revelation. He never talked about his connection to Christ again, but he did incorporate the religious icon's messages in his activism, including Bed-In For Peace.
The topic of the musician's past lives came up again in his controversial biography The Lives of John Lennon by Albert Goldman.
The author wrote that John and his wife Yoko Ono were lovers in multiple past lives. They had once allegedly been the pharaoh and queen in Egypt, and Napoleon and Josephine in another life.
In All You Need Is Love, an autobiographical past-life book by Jewelle St. James, a psychic called Herma was shown a picture of writer Emily Bronte without disclosing who she is. Without any hesitation, Herma told St. James that “In another of John Lennon’s lives, he had been this lady’s brother."
In fact, the Bronte sisters did have a brother named Branwell. He was a painter and a poet, and although he lived a short life, he was regarded as the most talented in the family.
Some people have compared Lennon and Branwell's portraits, and the similarities, from the shape of their noses to the glasses, are striking.
3. Shirley MacLaine
Her current life as a Hollywood star isn't MacLaine's first stint on Earth.
Some consider her claims outlandish, but that hasn't discouraged the actress from publicly discussing her former lives.
In the 70s, while dating former Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, MacLaine came to the realization that she once was a Moorish peasant girl who cured impotent men and Palme was Charlemagne the great reborn.
In her book I'm All Over That, MacLaine wrote about being androgynous and living in the lost continent of Lemuria, which existed thousands of years ago.
"I vividly remember being androgynous in the Lemurian (pre-Atlantis) time period. My state of being and that of others around me was peaceful and serene," she said. "Procreation occurred through the power of the mind in deep meditation. Each of us had male and female genitalia, but what was important was the desire of the soul, which was made manifest through connecting to the God source. Each human had an equal vibration of yin and yang, female and male."
She also discussed her life as a harem girl living in Turkey, an entertainer in the Iranian city of Isfahan, and a Muslim gypsy girl "who had migrated from Morocco and was living with the Coptic Christians in the hills of Spain."
She also revealed that the once spotted the cross she wore as a gypsy in a jewelry store. When she went into the store to inquire about the necklace, the owner told her what she already knew - "it had belonged to a gypsy girl (me) from Morocco, and she had used it for protection. I bought the cross (my only purchase on the trek) and always take it with me when I leave home."
4. Tina Turner
The legendary entertainer found out she was also a big deal in one of her past lives.
Turner visited a psychic named Carolt Dryer in 1977, and that's when she was told that her soul aura indicated she once was Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled ancient Egypt in 15th century B.C.
The "Proud Mary" singer drew some parallels between her life now and that of the female pharaoh, and came to the conclusion that her abusive ex-husband, Ike Turner, was the evil pharaoh Thutmose III, who was denied the throne by Hatshepsut.
Turner has spent many holidays in Egypt ever since as she feels a strong connection to the country.
"I spent holidays there because I felt so strongly connected to Egypt," she said in an interview. "That strange feeling of recognition became very strong when I was in Egypt at excavations and saw images of Amenhotep, a pharaoh from the 18th dynasty. Something strange happened to me. I knew that I was one of the portrayed figures, that I had lived there in that time!"
Turner even sings about her previous life as an Egyptian royal in her song "I Might Have Been Queen."
Like Lennon, believing in reincarnation has helped her come to terms with the idea of death.
“I am very sure that my spirit will live on in a different place, as it has lived many times before," she once said.
5. Melissa Etheridge
Learning about a life she lived in the past helped rocker Melissa Etheridge understand where her talent came from as musical abilities do not run in her family.
The Grammy-winner initially thought she was a reincarnation of Mozart, but when she underwent hypnosis, she discovered that she previously lived as a few different people, including an Indian man, a doctor and entertainers.
"So one day, my doorbell rings and in walks the classic Crone, a big old wise woman who sat me down on my floor and began talking to me, gently and quietly. It was hypnotic. The rhythm of her voice took me back to five years ago, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, and then ages three, two, one," she wrote in her book The Truth Is: My Life in Love and Music.
She continued, "I’m back in the womb, looking for a light to be born into. I follow the light and start talking about being a half-Indian man in the 1800s. A doctor who died of scleroderma, a disease that hardens the skin. Then I go back farther and I’m an actor in a German cabaret in the 1600s. I was a woman dressed as a man, performing for a group of townspeople."
Etheridge also believes that there is a hierarchy when it comes to reincarnation, and the heterosexual man is lowest form on the ladder.
6. Phil Collins
Longtime fans of the former Gensis frontman know that he has a big interest in battle of the Alamo which took place in 1836 in Texas.
His fascination with this particular war began when he just a young boy in the U.K. playing with his toy soldiers. Whenever he was done playing, Collins recalled feeling the need to burn the plastic figurines.
It wasn't until he got older that he realized he may be somehow connected to war. Apparently, a Mexican General named Santa Anna had ordered the cremation of the bodies of the Texan defenders, including John W. Smith.
In 2009, while at an Alamo-related event in San Antonio, Collins encountered a spiritual clairvoyant named Carolyn Raine-Foreman, who informed him that he was Smith reincarnated.
“I could feel that there was something else with him,” Raine-Foreman said. “A deeper connection. It made perfect sense that for somebody who grew up far away in England, there had to be something more driving him than just a casual interest in the Alamo.”
Smith, who at one point owned the largest private collection of the Alamo artifacts and documents, said he would notice orbs on photographs, which paranormal experts believe to be an indicator of the presence of spirit energy.
“I don’t want to sound like a weirdo. I’m not Shirley MacLaine. But I’m prepared to believe," Collins said. "You’ve seen the pictures. You can’t deny them, so therefore it is a possibility that I was here in another life."
7. Stevie Nicks
The Fleetwood Mac vocalist doesn't adhere to any organized religion, but she describes herself as spiritual. She has admitted to being interested in "the mysterious" and "otherworldly" things.
Nicks also strongly believes in the concept of reincarnation, and first opened up about her past lives in a 1982 interview.
“I think I was a monk in another life. I really do," she admitted. "I think I spent a lot of time in old churches, like a monk. I’m very comfortable around that kind of music, with that kind of creeping around, with being very quiet."
She also explained that she feels she may have been a victim of beheading in another past life. She believes that this is why she now has problems with her neck and holding it up.
Nicks has also embraced the concept of Karma, and thinks that a person can be reincarnated as many times as they want as long they have unfinished business left on Earth.
“I can’t believe that the next life couldn’t be better than this. If it isn’t, I don’t want to know about it. I think that if you’re reincarnated, you’re probably reincarnated as many times as you want to come back—once you’ve cleaned up your karma, your office," she said.
She continued, "See, I think you live on Earth a certain number of times until you finish what it is that you were meant to do here. And then you go on. I don’t think I’ll be back. I think I’m done."
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