What Are Past Lives?
Many people believe that the soul, upon death of the body, comes back again in another body or form. Lives that you experienced before this life are referred to as your ‘past lives’. The concept of past lives comes from spiritual teachings that the soul is on a perpetual journey through existence to follow a path of learning from life to life.
There are many instances of people having memories of past-life experiences, particularly children. If you haven’t already seen it, The Boy From Barra is a fascinating documentary about a small boy who, ever since he could talk, has been telling people about his past life on Barra, a remote island in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.
Are Past Lives Real?
The memories of past lives seem very real. People are deeply affected by their memories of other times and places. You may have had the experience of falling deeply in love and just knowing that your lover is someone you know from another time and place, or another such powerful experience.
However, just where these past life memories come from is open to debate. Personally, I believe that our past life memories actually come from many different sources and it is fascinating just how many possibilities exist.
Where Do Past Life Memories Come From?
Genetic Memory: It is thought by many healers that your DNA carries memories of your ancestors. Your bloodline holds the memory of the beliefs, feelings and experiences of your mother, father, grandparents, their parents and so on. I think that this may explain some past-life memories. I always think of this when I hear the song Landscape by Florence + The Machine.
Akashic Records: There is a place that we can access called the Akashic Records. It holds a record of all events, memories and experiences of every living being: past, present and future. I often use the Akashic Records when doing readings, so I expect that many others are connecting to it as well. When you see these records it can feel like you are remembering, so this may be an explanation for past-life memories.
Collective Consciousness: When people form groups, they hold shared beliefs, ideas and memories which operate as a unifying force within that group. You have been part of the collective consciousness of many groups, such as the country of your birth. These groups may hold the memories of thousands of years of human experiences. This also offers an explanation for past-life memories.
Imprinting: Memories can be projected onto objects and places. Energy is picked up from emotional events or collected from the people that used the places or articles. This is how psychometry works, when a psychic can give you a reading about people or events connected to that object or place just by touching the item or going to the place. Imprinted memories can be confused with past life memories.
Imagination: Sceptics would argue that the past life memories are just fantasy, self-invented stories. This may be right in some cases, for example, a person may have had a very difficult life experience that they just can’t or won’t deal with it in this life and it’s easier for them to say that it’s a past life memory. Other times people are projecting wish fulfilment fantasies, or maybe they just took too many drugs
Past Lives: It is of course possible that you actually had a past life. I believe in reincarnation and think that you have most probably lived many lives throughout this universe. I also believe that time is all happening now, so that you do not really have ‘past’ lives. Rather, you are experiencing past, present, parallel and future lives all at once, so your memories are actually of ‘overlapping’ lives.
Do Past Lives Matter?
No matter where past life memories come from, these memories can affect you deeply. It can be very helpful to do past life work with a trained intuitive healer to help you learn from the past and truly release any pain or trauma which may be holding you back in this life.
If you want to do past life work, choose a qualified healer who is focused on how your past experiences are relevant to helping you move forward in this life now. You are in this life and this is the one that counts. It’s not healthy to become too caught up in who you we were before. You want to live the best life you can now and make the most of your time here.
What experiences have you had with past lives and where do you think these memories come from? What would you like to do with the memories? I’d love to hear your thoughts, feelings and impressions. Please post on this blog article to share your comments below.
In love, Caroline Anna
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