FAQ: Why is it that most people do not remember their past lives?
Logically, if we are here to learn lessons - particularly if we are trying to correct past mistakes - it would seem to be easier if we remembered our past lives. We could "remember" what went wrong last time so we could do it right this time around.
And yet the vast majority of people do not remember their past lives. This "forgetting" (like all else here) is by agreement. There are many very sound - and logical - reasons for what otherwise seems to be illogical.
So why have we agreed to forget our past lives?
First and foremost, we do not remember our past lives because it frees us to make different choices. We can quite literally start over in our relationships with others because we are not carrying any past baggage.
Second, the universe wants to make sure that you really have learned your lessons. When you forget who you were and carry your character forward into a new life to meet new challenges, that is when you receive the truest test. What you have learned - and what you have not learned - become painfully apparent.
For example, I have been a commanding General in many lifetimes. The problems I most needed to overcome was my tendency to deal with others in a domineering, authoritative manner and to be singularly lacking in compassion (at times). This life gave me many chances to correct this (see the Case History). I hope I have done so (not that I need to worry: the universe always tells me when I am going wrong!).
Third, wearing the "veil of unknowingness" makes it easier for us to live our life now. Simply put, if we knew the precise relationship that we have had with everyone we love, feel friendship for, work with, or meet even casually, we would live in a state of information overload. Particularly if a person has been famous or infamous throughout history, they would never be free to live another life.
For example, I am often confronted with the shadows of my past. So many little children have come up to me and have saluted me as their commander from a past life, it is downright embarrassing (and uncomfortable given the often concerned looks on the faces of their parents, I apologize to them all!).
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