Questions You Should Ask About Past Lives
Written by: Michelle Belanger
This article asks some hard questions about past life recall, using the questions as a jumping-off point to address attitudes everyone should cultivate when working with past life memories. How do we differentiate between legitimate memories and created material?
Is there any way to verify past life material? What is the benefit of “proving” that a past life memory is legitimate? Can one focus too much on the need for “proof”? What about famous lifetimes – or at least lives you can find in some historical reference?
ASk yourself: Was I always a peasant or slave? How much does my core personality carry through and how much can this affect what I’ve done in my past lives? (This often depends on time and circumstances, in addition to your own personal desires & drives. If you are born in poverty and you are a woman or another sort of second-class citizen say, in the Middle Ages, even if you have the capacity to be a brilliant thinker and reformer and even if you have the drive to do these things, too many things might be stacked against you. This can lead to a very frustrating life. Remember, that not all lives will live up to their expectations and potential.)
Objectivity and past life material – when I start remembering that I was a king or prince or famous figure in every single lifetime, when do I put the brakes on? How should I assess such a situation?
It is not impossible that you lived several lifetimes as a ruler or other powerful figure, especially if you have these capacities at your core. But don’t let your ego run away with you. It’s a dangerous thing to romanticize past lives – you’ll end up with some “memories” that make for great stories, but rarely will they have much to teach you.
Recollection is always a balancing act, and you should constantly stop and check yourself. If, in your explorations of your past, you keep getting some extraordinary material, write this down, then try going through a past life regression with someone else. Don’t tell them about the material – just ask them to take you back to about the time you think this life occurred. See what comes out of the work with another person who may be more objective than you are. Also, your own reactions to extraordinary material make a good yardstick to measure by. If you remember something that even you are incredulous about yet which still feels right, this has a higher chance of legitimacy than something you’ve uncovered which gets you all excited and just happens to fulfill all your expectations of who and what you were.
For past life work, it is extremely important that you be honest with yourself about your life now, as well. You need to assess who you are in this life. You need to know what motivates you, what your expectations are, what mental traps and ruts you tend to always fall into. Determine whether or not you are satisfied with yourself in this life. If you’re not, and you start uncovering all these grand previous lifetimes where you were a princess or king, try to imagine why you might want to construct such memories.
Your mind is a very tricky instrument, and it has a lot of layers that often don’t communicate directly with your conscious “up front” brain. And hopes, dreams, fears, and expectations ca easily be expressed by your sub and unconscious minds through apparently legitimate past life recall. Basically, hidden portions of your mind may just decide to tell you exactly what you want to hear right then to soothe your ego over a break up, disappointment, or other over-riding issue in your life.
Watch for themes. Keep track of what is going on in your life right now. Your unconscious might just concoct stories through false past life memories to settle issues that are currently bothering you, or to give you a much needed but entirely mendacious sense of closure. This can be double-edged, because I’ve also noticed that people who are doing intensive past life work will often remember material that is pertinent to the lessons they are learning in this life now. It’s a matter of degrees, and it requires that you develop a very strong capacity for self analyzation. Your ability to look at things objectively and separate truth from self-delusion has to be really sharp if you are going to tell for certain what is a memory and what is a convenient tale your hidden mind is telling you to make a point at the time.