Knowing who you were in your past lives has both its benefits and responsibilities but every day, I thank God for letting me know. Using the accumulated talents, gaining momentum, improving and perfecting them, lifetime after lifetime - I think this is what it's really all about. If you are a good musician in one lifetime, you're apt to become a great one in the next - same with writing, medical skills, any skills. Toss off the bad habits and work more on the good ones. Every lifetime is a chance to do better than you did before given the opportunities that are set in front of you. And your talents and abilities are what you have to contribute to the world. Of course if you know you have a talent then you have an obligation to use it. Most often we don't know why we are talented in a certain area but it sure helps to know why you can play boogie-woogie when you never took a lesson, or why you're a natural equestrian or even why you can take apart a motor and put it back together again in minutes when no one taught you how to do it. In my case, I've been able to recycle the music from a past lifetime into this one and to re-record and use it to entertain others which is totally amazing. The story itself has become a book and a movie script. I also seem to have some talent for astrology which probably stems from a lifetime spent in India that hasn't been uncovered yet. You are the sum total of everything you have been in the past so sift out the good and keep going!