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 given gift".
#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
#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
#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
made by a wide variety of others about one's
emotional behavior will give important clues to the nature of past
#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
"why does this… stay 'stuck' in my mind?"
"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, click here).
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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