Historical Accounts of Pre-Birth Communication

Pre-Conception Communications Throughout History

Are pre-birth experiences and memories rare, or not-so-rare?

Communications with the unborn may be as old as human life itself. Since time immemorial, children’s souls have been announcing from a heavenly abode their pending arrivals months, even years in advance.

A wealth of sacred literature, ethnological, psycho/spiritual research, and related scholarly works record communications with the child’s soul, lucid pre-conception dreams, and visions of angelic messengers. Pre-conception visions of angels, for example, within the Judeo-Christian tradition, announced the pending births of the Virgin Mary, Saint David, and Jesus Christ. Pre-conception communications surface from around the world, including United States, Canada, Africa, Egypt, Israel, India, Tibet, Japan, China, Korea, Persia, Italy, Greece, Ireland, Wales, Polynesia, Native American peoples, and Australian Aborigines.

A sampling from a wide variety of cultural contexts illustrates how parents are connected with the incoming soul before conception.

  • Australian Aborigines — Every baby must be dreamed by its father before it comes into the world, and this dream baby is called ngargalula.

  • Trobriander Islanders — She [the woman about to become pregnant] sees the face of her departed mother in a dream. She wakes up and says, “O, there is a child for me.”

  • Jewish Kabbalah — The creation of human life begins with the parent’s cognition of a child’s soul-image (tzelem). If this model of the baby’s body does not descend over the nuptial bed, sexual intercourse does not lead to conception.


“Spirit-Child: The Aboriginal Experience of Pre-Birth Communication” by Elizabeth Carman, Ph.D. and Neil Carman, Ph.D.

Communications with the unborn may be as old as human life itself . . . Aboriginal peoples of Australia, a territory slightly larger than the U.S., had unique economic, political, social, and linguistic characteristics. At the same time, they shared one extraordinary belief: conceiving a child is founded in a spiritual event – a “spirit-child” selects his parents and this event enables biology to take its course. A Forrest River Aborigine, as a prime example, dreams of a spirit-child playing with his spears or with his wife’s paper bark; the husband thrusts the spirit-child towards his wife and it enters by her foot. Conception then proceeds into pregnancy (except in certain cases where conception occurs several years later).

The term “spirit-child” roughly equates with the Western concept of the soul. Aside from that similarity, the Aboriginal pre-conception paradigm contrasts with science’s understanding of pregnancy. The first anthropologists to hear Aboriginal pre-conception reports assumed that the spirit-child pre-empted the role of male sperm, and labelled this notion “the most elementary belief concerning the genesis of the individual.”

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