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Reincarnation & Past Lives

Shot Accidentally by his Neighbour

Trutz HardoA regression therapy case study by Trutz Hardo, one of Germany’s leading regression therapists.

On May 9 th 1958 Selim Fesli, a 47-year-old Turk, had been working in his field bordering his neighbour's vineyard. His neighbour was called Isa Dirbekli. In the early evening Selim frequently rode home to his village Hatun Köy on his donkey. Imagine the fright his family felt when the donkey arrived home without his master on its back. Something was wrong.

They hurried to where he had been working and found Selim on the ground. He was in pain and his face was covered in blood from shotgun wounds. He was still breathing and able to react to them, but could not speak. They tried to get him to say who had shot him but he could utter no name. He seemed to indicate that it was someone from the village. The police only arrived at the scene of the crime hours later, and then finally a taxi took him to the hospital in the neighbouring village of Iskenderum in southeast Turkey. He died six days later. He had been unable to give them the name of his murderer.

The police arrested two suspects, one of which was his neighbour Isa Dirbekli. He admitted to having accidentally shot his friend while out hunting with his shotgun. He had seen something moving in the grass, thought it was a rabbit and had pulled the trigger. When he heard screams he had hurried over to see what had happened. Selim had been lying on the ground, probably taking a nap when Isa shot him in the ear. There was blood flowing from his ear and other areas of his face. Isa Dirbekli had panicked and left the scene of the crime as fast as he could.

When asked why he had not helped Selim or at least called for help he said that he had been afraid of the revenge of Selim's sons. The judges later accepted the fact that it had been an unfortunate accident and found Isa's story so believable that he was only sentenced to two years in prison. The victim's sons also seemed to see their father's death as an unfortunate accident, and therefore backed away from taking any revengeful action. Even so, Selim's father was convinced that this shooting had been no accident. Even though Isa was his son's friend and neighbour he knew that his son had been in conflict with him at that time.

The autopsy report, which was later handed to the physician Dr. Stevenson for inspection by his colleagues, stated that six holes were found in the area of the right side of his face and right ear and blood had seeped from his ear. After opening the skull they determined that shotgun pellets had entered his brain.

Two kilometres from Hatun Köy is the village of Sarkonak. It was there in 1958 that Mrs. Karanfil Tutusmus was in her late pregnancy awaiting the birth of her second child. Two days before the birth of her son, whose name was to be Semih, she had a dream. In this dream she saw a man whose face was covered in blood enter her room. She asked him why he had come and told him to leave since her husband was presently in Ankara. He told her that his name was Selim Fesli and that he had been shot in the ear. When Mrs. Tutusmus awoke she remembered that half a year ago a man with this name from the neighbouring village had been accidentally killed.

When her husband returned she told him about this dream. Her husband Ali Tutusmus, the owner of a vegetable stall, had known the recently deceased man very well and was later able to describe Selim's character traits to Stevenson.

Semih was born with a right ear that was small and deformed, (see picture 28 in the book). At the early age of one and a half he did not want to be called Semih, insisting that his real name was Selim. He even used his old surname, Fesli, which was exactly the name the man had used in Mrs. Tutusmus' dream shortly before Semih's birth.

As time went by Semih revealed to his mother that Isa Dirbekli had murdered him, intentionally shooting him in the ear. At the age of four he walked the two kilometres to the neighbouring village of Hatun Köy on his own and went into his former wife's house and told her, "I am Selim, you are my wife Katibe."

It seems he could describe many incidents in great detail from their former lives together. Semih saw a basket woven out of reeds and said, "I bought you this basket, and you still keep it where I first put it." This including other comments appears to have convinced Mrs. Katibe that he really was her deceased husband Selim. Later he saw his daughter and sons from his past and called them by their correct names.

From then on Semih often went to Hatun Köy alone, even though he had been forbidden to do so and often got beaten for it. He could not resist the urge to return to his previous home and village and to his former family who welcomed him with open arms. One day he met a man who had heard that he apparently was the deceased Selim and asked him, "Do you know who I am?" The little chap answered immediately, "I know you very well. You are Ali Battihi." He had been Selim's former neighbour.

Sometimes he would go to Hatun Köy five or six times a week. It made no difference to him that his children from his previous life were all much older than he was; he treated them as if he was their father often meddling in their family affairs. Since they all seemed convinced that he was their deceased father they let him be.

When Taju, Selim's second son got married, Semih had not been invited to the wedding. He felt so insulted that he stopped visiting his former family for two months. In order to rectify this mistake, he was invited to the engagement party of Hassan, Selim's youngest son. Semih asked his father for some money to give to his son for his engagement. His father had long accepted the fact that his son also belonged to another family and gave him the money. When Hassan was married a year later, Semih's father gave him a sizeable sum of money for the bridegroom.

When Semih was eight years old Mrs. Katibe Fesli wanted to remarry. When Semih heard of this, he went straight to Hatun Köy to have a talk with the man who was trying to win "his" wife, and threatened to kill him if he tried to marry her. To Katibe he said reproachfully, "How dare you attempt to marry another man as well as me!" Katibe then told the boy that she had no intention of remarrying.

Three years later Katibe died. When Semih heard of this he went straight to Hatun Köy. The twelve-year-old boy was so shaken by this that he arrived crying his heart out. Neighbours later commented on the fact that Semih seemed to mourn the death of Katibe more than her own children did. An aunt later found Semih at Katibe's grave where he sat and cried for a long time. She also claimed to have seen him lying unconscious by the grave one day, and in order to bring him around had poured a bucket of water over him.

Isa Dirbekli turned his hand to a new profession after being released from prison. He now sold Raki-Schnapps, which he carried around with him in bottles. When the eight-year-old Semih saw Isa he picked up some stones and threw them at him, smashing one of his bottles. Whenever he saw Isa after that he always picked up stones and threw them at the street trader, saying that one day when he was grown up he would seek revenge.

Semih had not forgotten the events from the past. According to him, he had been in conflict with his friend and neighbour Isa about occasionally letting his donkey stray into his vineyard. While Selim was lying down for a short nap, Isa had once again found the donkey in his vineyard. He had grabbed his gun and in anger had fired a round at the sleeping man. Then he had opened the man's bleeding mouth and spat into it. In the superstitious beliefs of the people, this meant that the dead or injured person could no longer give away any information about his aggressor, and as we know, this is what happened.

Stevenson later met up with Isa and asked him about the truth of Selim's death. He vigorously denied having killed him intentionally, but did admit to fearing Semih's revenge.

At the age of eighteen when Semih was doing his military service he was given an artificial ear, which at first glance was not recognisable as such. Stevenson's Turkish partner, Resat Bayer, took it upon himself to attempt to free Semih of his feelings of revenge by presenting him with this likely scenario: if he was to kill Isa, Isa could be reborn and then likewise take revenge on him. This scenario could then continue indefinitely from one life to the next. Having seen the point, Semih changed his attitude towards his murderer, even though as he later admitted he still felt tempted to throw stones every time he saw him. 

In his extensive treatise, Stevenson presents us with many similar examples of children reborn with birthmarks or birth deformities relating to past lives, and remembering these as well as the circumstances, which led to the scars or the loss of certain limbs in their present life. These examples are convincingly presented with many illustrations and photographs.

Now I wish to tell you about one of the latest discoveries about reincarnation, which is even surprising to me. In the following chapter I will present you with evidence of so-called albinos, white-skinned people born to dark-skinned races, who in many cases can trace their skin colour to having been white in a past life and are now reincarnated in dark skin cultures.



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Trutz Hardo is Germany’s best-known regression therapist and the author of many books, including the ground-breaking Seven-Colour Novel and Children Who Have Lived Before.
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Children Who Have Lived Before
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In this book children talk convincingly about their past lives. Subjected to scientific scrutiny and verification, their statements are invariably confirmed in every detail.

"The case for reincarnation moves up a notch in this absorbing, unique title, packed with case histories and reflections on how children's statements were verified." -- Midwest Book Review

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