Rules #31a: "Untangling the Web": Qualities of Past Life Memories
"As Fragile as Gossamer"
Memories are much like spider webs: sturdy but fragile, interconnected but reduced to bare essentials, full of actual materials but woven by our own hand.
As any reputable historian will tell you, sorting "fact" from "fiction" is not as easy as it appears. For example, ask all the people in a car accident to describe it to you and you will have as many stories as you will people. Investigate it closer and you will uncover even more theories on "how it really happened" from onlookers. Now imagine that instead of a car accident, it is an important historical event you wish to discern the "truth" about, and the "truths" will multiply at an alarming rate.
What Are We to Ourselves But Our Memories?
So for those having dreams about past lives or for those consciously connecting with past life memories, the question becomes "how do I know if these are real?" In other words, "what is the difference between past life memories and dreams, imagination, and other 'intangible mental' processes?"
The good news is that there are several clear signs indicating that memories originate from past lives. The bad news is that, unless are you totally and brutally honest with yourself about your experience, these signs may not help you. They are:
#1: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE DEPTH & DETAIL
Critics of past life work are quick to point numerous
documented cases of where hypnotists have been able to "induce past life
memories" in their subjects by "suggesting" that the subject lived a past
life in a certain place or time. The mind will then oblige the hypnotist
by obediently constructing a "story" of a past life based on what the
subject "knows" about the particular time and place suggested.
#2: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE CLARITY & CERTAINTY
Another common failing of "induced" or "suggested"
memories is that they lack clarity and certainty. Since they are based
on "nothing", it becomes easy for a researcher to lead a subject "by the
nose" and get them to contradict previous statements made about the
"suggested" past life.
#3: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE INTERNAL CONSISTENCY
Those getting past life information through their dreams
or by doing self guided regression work will probably find that their
memories will come out of sequence. In other words, memories of events
later in a past life may be revealed before memories of earlier events
in that life. This happens because our unconscious mind presents us with
information in the order of importance to our evolution as Soul.
#4: PAST LIFE MEMORIES CONTAIN UNLEARNED KNOWLEDGE
There is so much in the universe to learn that it is
impossible to master everything in the space of a single lifetime. And
so we come into each life to take on a certain set of series and challenges.
Yet what we have learned in past lives is always available to us. When
we need to use this knowledge, it will always come back to us. Often this
surfacing of past life wisdom is so natural and subtle that most do not
recognize it. Or if they do, they are likely to attribute it to a "God
#5: PAST LIFE MEMORIES CONTAIN UNLEARNED WISDOM
"Unlearned knowledge" relates to the "remembering" of
specific skills and abilities while "unlearned wisdom" relates to the
"connection" to the understanding that comes only with time and experience
and only after a base of knowledge is amassed. Those who possess such
"wisdom beyond their years" - child prodigies, savants, and geniuses -
have carried it with them from past lives.
#6: PAST LIFE MEMORIES EXPLAIN UNUSUAL BEHAVIORS
Many psychologists will tell you that "from the inside,
all attitudes and behaviors make sense." This flows from the idea that,
at some point in the past, mostly in childhood, specific incidents created
all of the behaviors and/or attitudes a person possesses. Where a specific
incident cannot be found, it is generally attributed to repressed memory.
Often, it should be attributed to past lives, especially if the behavior
or attitude is "unusual" given the context of the person's life now.
#7: PAST LIFE MEMORIES CORRESPOND TO STRANGE HABITS
Like unusual behaviors/attitudes and strange habits/manners
often originate in past lives. This is especially true of "fear based" habits
that cannot be explained by present life events. For example, those who fear
heights often have past lives where they fell to their death from
a great height. Or those who fear confined spaces may be "reacting" to having
been buried alive in past lives.
#8: PAST LIFE MEMORIES CORRESPOND TO SKILLS & TALENTS
Skills and talents developed in past lives carry over
into your present life just like your issues and problems do. Everyone
has something that they do especially well, something that comes easily
and naturally to them. Past life memories often reveal that what work
you are doing now you have done before in many, many past lives.
#9: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE PHYSICAL TRACES
Traces of past life memories often lie just on the
surface… of your skin. The marks - moles, warts, discolorations, and
other "imperfections" - you were born with on your skin are often the
roadmap to your past lives. These "birthmarks" are the cellular memory
of past life wounds imprinted on your present day body.
#10: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE EMOTIONAL TRACES
Emotional traces from past lives are usually the most
recognizable to others… because they are on the receiving end of our
emotional responses. Paying close attention to those comments
consistently made by a wide variety of others about one's
emotional behavior will give important clues to the nature of past lives.
#11: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE MENTAL TRACES
Mental traces from past lives are usually the most
recognizable to ourselves…. because only we are totally familiar with
the inner workings of our own minds. Such mental traces usually manifest
as our own internal questions such as "why do
I think this way when my… thinks so much differently?" Or
"why does this… stay 'stuck' in my mind?"
Or "why can't I get over…?"
#12: PAST LIFE MEMORIES HAVE SPIRITUAL TRACES
Spiritual traces of past lives are generally the most
recognizable to others who have already been to the same place on the
spiritual path where you are. Yet you can discern them for yourself by
looking at what primarily interests you and how this corresponds to your
chakras (for more on chakras,
The next step is first contact with past life awareness in the waking state.
Credits: inspired by Carol Bowman's "Children's Past Lives" and from channeled information.
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