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Rules #28a: Who is The I That is Me? - Evidence of Past Life Reversion

"Remember When You Died..."

Reincarnation demands of us all that one time we have been all things: famous and insignificant, rich and poor, victim and perpetrator, man and woman, all races, religions, and creeds.

This teaches us respect and reverence for all ways of life… and yet, as we evolve as Soul, we still retain our own preferences for certain ways of being.

"So Who Really Is The ' I ' That is ' Me '?"

When we come into greater awareness of our past lives, we understand that we are more than our current personality. We see that we are infinite beings and we connect with the truth about the totality of our existence.

We ask ourselves
"who really is the I that is me?" Often the answer to this question leads us to "revert to type". In other words, we return or revert to our core preferences developed over many lives... past life reversion.

Recent Cases and Evidence of Past Life Reversion


Sometimes the forces from past lives are so powerful that they cause an individual to radically uproot and transform their lives.

Take the case of Cat Stevens. Born in England and making his way into rock super-stardom, he "inexplicably" abandoned his thriving musical career to pursue the path of Islam and the "simpler life of a Moslem". Looking at the trail of incarnations for this Soul over many past lifetimes, the radical change was really incarnating in England and becoming a rock musician. When Stevens "converted" to Islam, he was returning to a way of life that he had come to prefer over many incarnations. Significantly, Stevens recognized this when he said all one had to do was look at the lyrics to his songs to discern his yearning for his "new" Islamic life.

There are many other instances of this in recorded history. Mother Katherine Drexel left a life as a Philadelphia debutante to found a religious order. Mother Elizabeth Seton was a widow with children who converted to Catholicism and founded religious schools around the world. The most famous reversion was Gautama Buddha who was a prince and renounced everything for his spirituality.


Conversion to "new" religious beliefs is most common type of past life reversion.

Take the case of John Henry Cardinal Newman. Born in England, he was raised as a member of the Anglican faith and in his youth developed "a hatred of the Roman Catholic Church and a personal conviction that the pope was the anti-Christ." Scholarly and brilliant, Newman was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church and gravitated toward academic pursuits becoming a tutor at Oriel College.

There he became a prominent figure in the "Oxford Movement" which was seeking to tie the Anglican (English) religion more closely to Roman Catholicism. Unable to accomplish this, Newman "decided to become a priest" and was ordained by Pope Pius IX. Later he wrote "Apologia Pro Vita Sua" - Apology for My Life - which documented his conversion. It was a case of past life reversion for this Soul had a love for the Catholic Church deeply ingrained in him through many lifetimes.


More common - but more hidden - are the gender identification conflicts in the present life which originate in past lives. For as we reincarnate through many lifetimes, most of us become more comfortable with being one gender than the other. Gender identification conflicts arise when we incarnate against our type. In other words, if we have been predominantly female or male through many lives, we will feel very uncomfortable when we incarnate into a life of the opposite gender.

Take the case of Renee Richards, formerly Dr. Richard Raskind. Renee underwent hormonal therapy and then full genital surgery (a "sex change operation") to have her outer physical appearance as a man correspond with her inner emotional reality as a woman. This Soul had developed "her" preference over many predominantly female lifetimes. Determined to continue her life in all aspects, she won the right to play professional tennis as a woman (he was formerly a tennis pro as a man).

Imagine the costs involved with a sex change - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially - and you will understand how strong past life pulls can be.


Careers usually carry on uninterrupted from life to life. This is particularly true of those in the religious and healing professions. Most people when they connect with their past life awareness are often astonished by the "career coincidence".

Take the case of Martin Luther who started out his career being a lawyer but soon found that it did not suit him. "All of a sudden" he abandoned the law to become a monk (his apocryphal story of promising his life to God if he was spared from being killed by a thunderstorm being a cover story). This Soul had been on the path of religion through most of their incarnations (and was once Pope!). And so Luther returned to the path he had walked in many lives... reverting to his past life type.


An uncommon type of career reversion is the "shooting star" phenomenon. You know the story: a child, with an unusual talent, born into circumstances seemingly designed to crush that talent into the dust, overcomes all odds. Their talent takes them - like a shooting star - from the depths of obscurity to the heights of fame.

For example, Emlyn Williams ("The Corn is Green") born into an impoverished Welsh mining town rises to become an internationally known play and screen writer. Not surprising since he had been an acclaimed poet in many previous lives.

Hollywood is full of shooting stars like Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason, Oprah Winfrey, and so on. Each of these individuals had many past incarnations in related disciplines which laid the groundwork for their success as "shooting stars".


Another uncommon form of past life reversion concerns bizarre lifestyle choices that are generally inexplicable to others around the individual making them.

Take the case of Greta Garbo whose most famous line "I want to be alone" became her life. Even after spending the bulk of her life alone, there was still astonishment over her lifestyle choice as shown in this article written after her death. "Turns out that Greta Garbo did want to be alone. And that she said so not only publicly, on screen, but privately to her obsessive admirer, Mercedes de Acosta."

This is less astonishing when you consider that in many past lives Garbo had been an anchorite, living alone in a single cell worshipping God and glorying in her solitary lifestyle. So when Garbo had enough money she was able to revert to type!


Hoarding is not uncommon but obsessive hoarding is. Take the most famous recorded case: the Collier brothers who "lived in terror that they would be poor (after effect of the Great Depression), that people would steal their possessions, and so they hoarded everything" throwing nothing away.

"One brother booby-trapped the house with stacks of newspapers and trip wires. Eventually, one brother became ill and was an invalid who stayed on the second floor… One day the mobile brother tripped a booby trap wire and was killed in the crush of newspapers. Bereft of his caretaker, the other brother died of starvation."

Their problem started in a past life they shared, they were servants of an Egyptian Pharoah who had them both gruesomely tortured over several weeks for losing one scroll (later found) among thousands. This ingrained in them a deep fear of letting anything go which was then intensified to extremes by the Great Depression.


Hoarding is one of the many seemingly inescapable obsessive compulsive patterns (OCD) that can be inherited from past lives. Usually the patterns are very specific and relate very closely to a specific past life incident.

For example, a man who is currently compelled to straighten the fringe on his carpets was a servant who had been regularly and severely beaten (eventually to death) for failing to do so by his cruel master in a past life. Luckily, there is present day help available (see "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing: Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" by Judith Rapoport).


You have probably seen them on TV: the "Munchausen" mothers who are addicted to the attention that their sick children bring them and so secretly and deliberately work to keep their illnesses going. Before you judge them too harshly, consider that their condition may be an occupational hazard that is inherited from past lives.

Many of them were former "court fools" whose job it was to attract attention of their kings anyway they could. Failure was often fatal: lots of kings loved to see the fools tossed out of castle windows to their death. When these people reincarnate, they bring with them the craving for large scale and continuous attention that can tragically lead to the torture and even death of their own children.


Anorexia nervosa (people who starve themselves) and self mutilation (people who inflict wounds on themselves) can also be occupational hazards inherited from past lives. In medieval times, those in religious orders expressed devoted to Christ through an ascetic lifestyle that included starvation ("fasting"), self-inflicted torture ("mortification of the flesh"), and sensory deprivation ("self-denial").

These behaviors were applauded and those "successful" in taming their flesh to death were revered as holy martyrs. That is why these behaviors are so hard to break because of deep seated unconscious beliefs that this self destruction is "good for the soul" (see "Holy Anorexia" by Rudolph Bell). That is what contributed to depriving us all of the gentle voice and amazing talent of Karen Carpenter.


Past lives can also be the source of another eating disorder: bulimia (people who binge eat and then purge the food so that they will not gain weight). Take the most famous bulimic: Diana, Princess of Wales. Certainly her life in the media spotlight was cause enough for her bulimia but it also had past life origins.

In Roman times, she was married to a very strict, unloving husband who looked upon her as a trophy wife. Whenever she would gain any weight, he would demand that she go on a program of purging until she "came back into line" which was a socially acceptable custom in that era. So it was not surprising that Diana would unconsciously revert to the past life pattern of bingeing and purging when once again finding herself as a trophy wife in an unloving marriage.


In rare cases, past life reversion can take a devastating and fatal turn. Take the case of Howard Hughes Jr. He created a billion dollar empire from his relatively modest inheritance of the Hughes Tool Company. For many years, Hughes enjoyed a life of amazing accomplishment. He was a famous aviator, breaking the record for an around-the-world flight and designing unusual airplanes. He dabbled in the movies and meddled in politics: the prototype of the modern entrepreneur.

After being injured in an airplane crash, Hughes began the descent into reversion and madness that would find him dying in filthy rags with his body ravaged by scars and infection. This was considered odd because Hughes' problems started with an obsession with cleanliness, a compulsive need to protect himself, and a horror of germs. The contradiction is easily explainable in the context of past lives.

In an extremely painful incarnation, Hughes had been a leper who was repeatedly stoned as he made his way to the leper colony. People were free to hurt him because lepers (called the "unclean") were not under the protection of the law. This left him with strong past life charges: one to be clean (unlike a germ ridden leper) and two to provide his own security (protecting himself and not relying on others).

Hughes reacted to the symptoms of the pain without healing the causes of it. It was so deep that it overtook him in the end. He died as dirty and ravaged as a leper. Fortunately, such cases of fatal past life reversion are very rare. Most are led to the help they need to resolve their past life problems before they reach such extremes.

Credits: from channeled information.



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