Carole Louie began her Chinese genealogy research in an unusual way. Born to a Caucasian Southern Baptist mother and an Asian Buddhist father, during the days of miscegenation, she struggled with a feeling of “not fitting in.” Although the relationship between Louie’s parents ended when Carole was nine years old, and she did not reunite with her father until thirteen years later, Louie felt an inexplicable connection with her father and his Chinese heritage. Louie and her father did not develop a close relationship after the reunion; however, she discovered a new kind of relationship with her father’s spirit when she felt his presence at his funeral.
Louie overcame her lifelong fear of ghosts to communicate with her father’s spirit. Their conversations guided her to learn more about her Chinese heritage, and to research her Chinese genealogy, a search that led her to the National Archives and San Duo village in Taishan China.
She learned about Buddhist’s beliefs, her Chinese heritage, and her father’s deepest desires, but this was just the beginning. Talking with her father’s ghost unraveled a Gordian knot, sending Louie on a spiritual exploration of all religious/philosophical beliefs, reincarnation, and cosmology. Her explorations into the beliefs about ghosts and reincarnation became a passion that inspired her to complete PLRT Training with Brian Weiss, M. D. (Many Lives, Many Masters) and Carol Bowman (Children’s Past Lives).
Conversations with a Hungry Ghost: Memoir of a Reluctant Medium is her story about how “rooting for truth” became a spiritual awakening. She shares the story about how her genealogy research guided her to another branch of the family tree in The Legacy of the Lei Family Architects: The Story of Yangshi Lei.
Louie’s stories, I Remember, published in the anthology, From Ashes to Healing: Mystical Encounters with the Holocaust and The Not So Secret Life of Emily Elizabeth, a paranormal mystery, explore the concepts of reincarnation. Eventually, her Chinese genealogy and reincarnation research intersected which gave her insight about her passion for both. She will share that connection and much more in her book about her reincarnation research and experiences which will be released in October 2021.