I wrote a few blurbs about reincarnation some years back when I was more active online. A few of these articles are about famous past lives (FPLs), so I thought I’d share some here since we seem to have so many discussions about them lately. I’ll start with this one and, if you have anything to add, feel free to chime in: Ahhhh, the Famous Past Life. It's a subject that always seems in fascinate. From The Ghost Inside my Child to Tumblr, from the Titanic disaster to the Holocaust, FPLs frequently rear their heads. This website’s most popular topics all have the "intriguing" FPL in common. Famous Past Lives, though apparently interesting, sure come with a lot of scrutiny and misunderstanding. These are what I believe are the most common assumptions people have towards FPLs and the people who have them. No, not all of these are personal experiences, but what I have witnessed over the years. What do *you* think the common assumptions are? 1. PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY HAVE A FAMOUS PAST LIFE DO IT FOR ATTENTION Naturally, folks will chalk up another's famous past life story as an attempt to be noticed. It makes perfect sense as in all areas of life, from the workplace or to hanging out at your favorite coffeehouse/watering hole, you'll find these types of individuals. Even within the family dynamic, there are always those few people who thrive on attention and love all eyes to be on them. Online? It can be worse! Reincarnation circles are no different with their mix of personalities and roles. It's not that strange for someone to come out with an FPL first thing in order to shock or to be admired. Even though the more seasoned reincarnationists out there usually can see through this and not take the bait, there are some who gush over the princess/politician/guitar hero. Thus, the attention seeker gets what they want, and it goes on and on and on until the person loses interest and goes elsewhere. But a lot of times, an individual will 'come out' with a Famous Past Life after much thought and with their story worded carefully. They know you may think they're nuts. They know once they put it out there, there is no going back. They know they may be asked for their research. They know they may be ridiculed and all about the FPL stigma. Regardless, they're want to talk about it and for this sort of person, it's not for something shallow like attention. There's something deeper behind it, and guess what? They know this, too. IT IS TRUE that when those with legit FPLs come out with their story, they may garner some extra interest. It is also true that a legit FPL subject can get put on the 'looking for attention' heap because, as someone with a famous past and carrying possible charisma, they could just naturally be the type of person to attract others. 2. MEMORIES & VERIFICATIONS COME TO YOU EASILY I asked my son, who is just a regular dude, what his first assumption would be if someone said they were famous in a past life. He thought about it and replied, 'Probably that it would be easier to have memories.' I think he has a point. I also think it is assumed that an FPL is easier to get verifications for. It's not surprising some believe this, as a ton of info is just a Google search away and, even before the internet, books and documentaries could be accessed. But *is* it true? From my personal experience, not really. Memories themselves, which came frequently when I was younger, dwindled out as I aged, which is a fairly common thing. Neither did I notice that I had more memories than other people who had been working with reincarnation the same amount of time that I had. As for verifications, most of them did not come from some online search. They took a lot of digging, reading, and the questioning of experts. I still have stuff shelved, unverified and waiting. Most of the information that was readily available, the surface stuff, I didn't actually remember and therefore it was of no help. IT IS TRUE that memories of famous people can sometimes come more often due to more frequent triggering. I also will agree that if you do have a memory and don't have any luck finding the actual event, there is still enough information out there to give you the OK if what you remember is plausible or not.