The idea of people being reborn into new bodies stretches back through the ages effecting various cultures and religions. The Bridey Murphy reincarnation story is one of the most controversial accounts of this phenomenon…
Over the last couple of centuries hypnotists have began to use their powers in an attempt to find more answers to apparent past lives. One such attempt in 1952 pushed Pueblo, Colorado, to the forefront of both reincarnation believers and skeptics.
The reincarnation of Bridey Murphy started off with a young lady named Virginia Tighe. Tighe was close friends with Morey Bernstein – a man that claimed he had strong hypnotic powers.
One day Bernstein suggested that they attempt to put Tighe under the effects of hypnosis to kill time. He started off taking Tighe back to her early adulthood, to her adolescence, and to her childhood.
During this session Bernstein was amazed at how susceptible Tighe was to the hypnotic process. With this in mind he decided to delve a little deeper and find out if he could push Tighe to a pre-birth state.
The Bridey Murphy Reincarnation Story
As soon as Bernstein pushed further his friend started to reply to his questions in an Irish accent. His friend Virginia seemed to vanish and was replaced with a woman named Bridey Murphy who had lived in Ireland in the 19th century.
Tighe had never been to Ireland and had no real grasp on faking an accent – this was no prank! After the session Bernstein informed Tighe about what had happened and they both decided to investigate further.
Both of them agreed to document all the available information on the reincarnation of Bridey Murphy. They conducted further hypnosis sessions and built up a biography on this strange Bridey Murphy character.
She lived a normal enough life and died in 1864. She told Bernstein that she had somehow been able to watch her own funeral and that the afterlife was ‘neither a place of sadness nor of happiness’.
The Snowball Effect
Once the media got wind of the Bridey Murphy reincarnation story there was an obvious snowball effect. Cork and Belfast were taken over by a tidal wave of reporters all hell bent on one thing – retrieving official records on a lady named Bridey Murphy living in the area during the pertinent years.
After weeks of searching the media drew a blank – no records could be found on Bridey Murphy. Once they realized there was no Birth Certificate they quickly went after a Certificate of Death – this was another dead end.
During the hypnosis sessions Bridey had claimed to have lived in a wooden house in a particular area. Unfortunately all the houses in this area were made of stone during the period Bridey claimed to reside there.
People began to poke holes in the Bridey Murphy reincarnation story and claimed it was nothing more than an elaborate hoax by the two women.
However, Virginia/Bridey did provide some ‘nailed on’ information about the area at the time. Some of the landscape descriptions were spot on and even a few local figures/tradesmen were correct.
The media at this point were no longer convinced in the reincarnation of Bridey Murphy so they turned their attentions to Tighe’s own past.
It was not long before they found out that when Virginia Tighe was a child she lived opposite a Irish woman named Bridie Murphy Corkell. The holes in her story and the fact she had lived opposite a lady who frequently visited Ireland led the media to one conclusion – this was a hoax!
The media and researchers involved stepped away from the case claiming it to be false but there are still many experts out there that claim this was a real case of past life regression.
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