The Reincarnation of James Huston
Kevin J. Todeschi
I could not begin to count the number of times over the years I have heard stories about
young people with seeming psychological traumas (including innate fears and reoccurring
nightmares) that to students of the Edgar Cayce materials would appear to be reincarnation
based. Unfortunately, almost without exception, these young people are simply treated with
medications and psychotherapy in an effort to stop “the problem.” Because an understanding of
reincarnation and the way in which memory transfers from one incarnation to the next has yet to
enter into our mainstream worldview there has not been an openness to look at these issues from
the perspective of the soul rather than simply from the perspective of the mind. That is until now.
The story of downed World War II pilot James Huston reincarnating in our contemporary time as
James Leininger may do much to change the way in which parents and health care providers look
at fear, reoccurring nightmares, and the journey of the soul.
Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot is the
story of two-year-old James Leininger who began having repetitive and horrific nightmares about
a man who was stuck in a plane that was on fire, crashing toward the water. He began drawing
pictures of the scene – an event that shaped many of his waking thoughts. He told his parents
that the man had been shot down. When they asked by whom, the child appeared stunned by
their ignorance and replied, “The Japanese.” The child stated that he had been the man in the
plane and provided extensive details about the man, his name, James Huston, the ship he was
from and the individuals who had served with him. In time, his parents tracked down both
family and surviving servicemen who had known James Huston, and little James Leininger
provided specific information that could have only been known by Huston. The Japanese even
invited young Leininger to return to the place where his planned had been downed more than 60
years ago. The impressiveness of the tale has caused the Leininger story to be picked up by media
throughout the country, from ABC’s Primetime to Fox News.
For me, the story of James Leininger is a refreshing reminder that we are eternal spiritual
beings having ongoing physical experiences in a process of personal growth and enlightenment.
There is no doubt in my mind that stories like this will become more commonplace and more
accepted, for we are on the verge of a global shift in perception and consciousness – a shift that
will lead us to truly understand our connection to one another and our relationship with the
Divine. After all, when the workings of reincarnation became the worldview then all the things
that divide us – whether religion, or power, or ideology or differences of any kind – will simply
Meet Bruce Leininger at the A.R.E. Headquarters Conference Courageous Souls: Reconnecting with Your Past Lives, Soul Groups, and Soul Purpose, February 19-21, 2010.