The concept of past lives has been around for centuries, it isn’t just a recent set of New-Age beliefs. In fact, ⅔ of the world’s religious systems include reincarnation as a part of their belief system. The concept of past lives helps us to gain invaluable insight into who we are as a soul, what we have experienced, the lessons we have learnt and allow us an understanding of the journey we have embarked on as a soul.
The Real Self
Our real self is actually our spirit body, which travels with us from one life to the next, inhabiting different bodies. The spirit body carries all its memories and experiences from each life, where have been both male and female, rich and poor, many different races and had many different purposes. Past life therapists also believe that our incarnation forms are not limited to only Earth – they can be on many different planets and even in other dimensions. But Earth is quite a popular choice for souls as they can experience anything from the deepest, most awful things to the absolutely amazing.
The In Between
As I just mentioned above, souls do have a choice as to where they go. While souls are in between lives, they exist outside the solid physical dimension and are given free reign over themselves, in what I like to call ‘the in between’. They self-direct their learning by deciding what life to inhabit next, but it is all for their own development. A soul may feel they need to work on their virtue of patience so will choose their next life to be a test of the patience or they might be lacking in self love, so will embark on a life to help nuture this concept.
Why We Don’t Remember Our Past Lives
Young children have been known to mention aspects of their past lives, but this is quickly dismissed by the adults around them as childish fantasies. Over time, we lose whatever ability we had to access our past lives, as humans it is our tendency to forget. You don’t remember what you were doing exactly this moment a year ago or even just one week ago. This tendency to forget easily is actually a blessing – the human mind is wired to forget painful experiences and emotions as this is the coping mechanism it uses to move on from traumas. If we remembered every aspect of our past lives, especially if we had done terrible things, experienced excruciating heartbreaks or been filthy rich, we would find it hard to adapt to a new life. We would experience intense paranoia if we easily remembered how we last died, being very weary of certain situations. As we have lived many, many lives this paranoia could extend to a large array of situations.
Also, in every new life, we often reincarnate with the souls around us. Our mother, father, siblings, life partner – they often all appear throughout our lives as the same soul, but in different earthly bodies – so in this life our child may have been our mother, our father now a sister. To remember each of these souls in their previous reincarnations would be very confusing!
With all this being said, we can sometimes remember fleeting past feelings, emotions or situations which happen when we experience deja vu or an intense, unexplainable feeling about a person or place that we are experiencing for the first time. These are often useful as warnings or a gentle reminder that we have experienced something like this before and to trust our intuition.
Similarly, unexplainable fears such as claustrophobia or heights can be residual experiences from past lives. Others may also experience abandonment issues, pains in areas where they were injured in a past life or blocked chakras from past life emotional distress.
Reasons to Access Our Past Lives
After what I’ve just mentioned, you’ll probably be thinking ‘Why on earth would I want to remember my past life?’, but bear with me. In our past lives, we had countless experiences that allowed us to learn lessons and develop our souls to a higher level of being. We can also use the knowledge of our past lives to make better choices in this life, identify soul mates, twin flame or life partner potentials (blog post on that here) and even to heal wounds and triggers. Our past lives can leave emotional, physical and spiritual effects on us – these seemingly unjustifiable fears and issues abandonment issues or a fear of heights that stay with us into the next time, but by accessing our past lives we will be able to heal these and move forward.
I’ll go into a more indepth exploration on how to access your past lives, post coming soon!
Clues About Our Past Lives
If you’re feeling interested in having a peek into who you may have been in your past lives, this list is just a short list of clues that may help.
- Having a seemingly unexplainable strong feeling about a specific place, whether positive or negative, or just an intense feeling that you’ve been there ‘before’.
- Intense feelings about a person you’ve only just met, whether positive or negative, or instantly feeling like you’ve known them ‘before’.
- Unexplainable interests, obsessions or knowledge about certain subjects
- An affinity for certain types of objects (for me it is dream catchers and feathers- I believe in one of my past lives I was a female American Indian!)
- Deja vu experiences
- The talents that you have and things you excel at
I found it so fascinating that some of our traits and interests may be due to another life our soul has lived.
Accessing Our Past Lives
If you’re keen to find out more, I go into further detail about some techniques that can be used to access past lives, whether alone, guided or with the help of a Past Life Regression Therapist, in a future blog post.
So now you know a little more about past lives, take a look at the above Clues About Our Past Lives list and think about each point. Do you remember any people or situations you’ve had strong feelings about? Do you have any interests that seem to stem from nowhere or a type of random object that you collect? Are you really good at something that comes easily to you? Think about these and note them down, be mindful of them and you’ll pick up on many more as time goes on.
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Love and light x