Life After Death: True or Total Bull?

Via David Romanelli
on Oct 23, 2013
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At least 25 percent of Americans believe in life after death, or reincarnation.

What if we had scientific proof of life after death? Would we keep it top secret to protect the status quo and safeguard our religious beliefs?

According to Tibetan Buddhists, reincarnation is not a matter of “if,” but where.

They believe their priests (lamas) are reincarnated over and over; but rarely do these reincarnations take place in America.

Jalue Dorjee was born on December 20th, 2006 in Columbia Heights, Minnesota.

Jalue’s mom sensed something special about her baby. She recalls him being peaceful inside her body. She never felt sick. There was ease to the pregnancy, during which she and her husband had profound dreams of lamas surrounded by tall sunflowers.

I’ll skip the part about how Jalue was discovered (visit here for that story).

Let’s fast forward a few years and upon his visit to Madison, Wisconsin, the Dalai Lama himself performed the very first haircut on Jalue Dorjee (in keeping with tradition that a Buddhist monk’s hair be no more than two inches long).

When he turns 10, Dorjee will leave his parents to study in India and his life will be steeped in spiritual tradition.

It’s one of the only times this ancient Buddhist tradition has meandered into our puritan American culture and it’s enough to make you stop and wonder.

Have you ever experienced something, someone or some place that gives you the chills—that suggests this is not your first rodeo?

For instance, my wife has a crazy fascination with Japan. I have had recurring dreams of riding a bike in Tehran, Iran. One of the very few other American lamas, Alyce Louise Zeoli, recalls a powerful fascination as a young girl with Buddhist statues.

I believe these fascinations and deep connections are worth exploring.

The history of a soul is a treasure filled with thousands of years of dormant talent, skills and wisdom. But if you are too entangled in life on the surface, your soul’s history can stay buried for many lifetimes.

As goes the quote,

“Sitting on a whale, fishing for minnows.”

The best way to probe your past lives is to explore moments, tastes, smells, artifacts, connections—triggers.

If this article is pushing your limits, remember what Einstein said:

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

One way of living is a lot more fun than the other.


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Ed: Cat Beekmans

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About David Romanelli

David "Yeah Dave" Romanelli has played a major role in pioneering the modernization of wellness in the United States. He believes wellness and feeling good is so much more than fancy yoga poses, green juice, and tight-fitting clothes. Dave launched his career fusing ancient wellness practices with modern passions like exotic chocolate, fine wine, and gourmet food by creating Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies.  His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalFood + Wine, Newsweek and The New York Times; and his debut book, Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment reached #1 on the Amazon Self-Help Bestseller List. Dave's new book launches in Fall 2014 from Skyhorse Publishing. Check out his new show Yeah Dave! brought to you by Scripps Network, the people behind The Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV, and more.  He is a current contributor to Health Magazine, Yoga Journal, and various other publications. Discover more about his journey on


One Response to “Life After Death: True or Total Bull?”

  1. gdr23 says:

    At age 16 I told my mother I believed in reincarnation. She has horrified. I came from a devout Catholic family and this surely was heresy! I told the nuns at age 8 that the Trinity made no sense and began my quest for understanding. I still believe in reincarnation, even more so now. I meet children that are so wise (look at Malala) and see in them some who has gone before us and come back to help us. It just makes sense to me.