Why do you remember??

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  1. Crissy2

    Crissy2 Senior Registered

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    I enquired of Deborah as to why she believes she remembers so much of her past life. She thought it may be cool to post the question and see everyone's response.

    So.................How do you know why you remember your past lives? Or how do you know that what you think you remember is a past life?
     
  2. hapfor

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    :) As for me, I guess it is because I wanted to. I wanted to remember so badly so I remembered. In the summer of 2001, I suffered a big loss of my life. To drive the emptiness away I walk in a park morning to night. Then a connection between me and the place emerged. Usually people would not notice this kind of subtle connections. But I was so empty and needed sth to hold on. I remembered really hard, read and searched a lot.

    It took several years to get 70% of the picture, piece by piece. I could not say it is a good thing or not. Knowing better can't change what happened and what will happen. But you will definitely be less surprised.
     
  3. Lemurian

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    It is a good question Confused2....

    "Why do you remember??"

    Because simply put it is time and I am ready to remember them. I sincerely believe that all things come to those that wait. It is truly my belief that when one is truly ready to remember a past life circumstances in one's current life will be shaped so you can remember. It has been my experience that one never receives anything in life that one cannot handle or deal with in some fashion. It is time is all, I can't say it more simply than that.......

    "Or how do you know that what you think you remember is a past life?"

    I get past life recollections and re-experiences mostly in my sleep, though it has happened when I was awake also. I know a past life memory is just that by many things, most importantly on how strongly the emotions are when I have them. In addition I also search for collaboration threw experiences, views, and interest (as well as fears) in this life. I also look for any sign's which might point the way that they are valid so to speak......

    Also doing historical research helps if a past life memory is detailed enough. If there is documented accounts to validate a past life memory than that too goes a long way in "proving" the validity of said memory. These are just a few ways I personally come to terms with a past life memory, though I must admit that doing historical research to "prove" a memory can be a bit daunting......

    Good question and thanks Deborah for suggesting that Confused2 post her questions here. Anyone else have anything to add or say?

    Peace...........
     
  4. dark rosaleen

    dark rosaleen Senior Registered

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    I don't know that everything I remember about past lives is accurate, or even reality. However, without reincarnation as an axiom, it would be very hard for me to explain away why I know words in a language not spoken by anyone I've ever met, or why I could correctly describe a rifle suitable to the time period I "remember" owning it. It's the inexplicable bits of knowledge that make me believe.

    As for why I remember, who knows? There are lots of theories. A Buddhist friend says the older or more mature a soul becomes, the more able it is to reflect on past lives and learn from them.
     
  5. Deborah

    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    Why do I remember?

    Twenty years ago I found myself having flashbacks of not one past life - but many. My mother was experiencing the same, and we would compare notes when it would happen. Never was there a regression involved. The experiences were spontaneous unless we were doing a meditation together. Mom and I have shared four life times. Ancient Egypt, Judea, China, and India.

    The beginning was in Ancient Egypt - we lived through very intense training. Training that required us to be balanced, from WITHIN. There was thirty-three years of training that challenged every fiber of the physical body; every essense of the ethereal body; and an eventual transcending into the Light Body. We were taught there were three bodies, and to become aware of the senses in each would bring an expanded awareness.

    When I meditate I am In The Light within a few minutes and sometimes in a few seconds. I seem to remember how to let go and merge with the Light. So without getting into my stuff too much - that's why in a nutshell. :)
     
  6. Charles Stuart

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    Hi Confused,

    In my case, I was not looking, but at two different moments I received the same information about my life as Prince Charles Edward Stuart during contacts with spiritual entities. In the first, I was 15, in the second, when I was 30 (I am now 45) in a place and with an entity that had nothing to do with the first time, the same info was given to me and it hit me like a slap in the face, as it was an impossible coincidence.

    My "remembrance" of my last life, as a German airforce pilot in WWII by the name of Karl Heiss, came to me in a sequence of dreams over a very short period of time. I believe this "memory" came to me as a way of explaining something I was going through at that time (the separation from my first wife), and it helped me understand what was behind it all.

    Another "memory" I had, of a life as a Knight's Templar by the name Ezequiel fighting in the Crusades, came to me during a Regression Session. ;)
     
  7. elese

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    why I remember specific past lives is because certain people have triggered the overwhelming feelings and memories and htoughts in me...
    I know that these are past life memories because, unless I am just wildly crazy, they are as real to me as my memories of childhood... and match up perfectly to who I am today....
    it's just completely undeniable and undisputable in my mind... and I don't think I'm too crazy because others seem to feel the same... even none beleivers at times...
     
  8. Crissy2

    Crissy2 Senior Registered

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    How amazing Deborah! I would assume you and your mother have a natural closeness deeper that what maybe others do? Were you mother and daughter in past lives?
     
  9. Ailish

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    I've always remembered certain aspects of different lives and the people in them that were closest to me. My Grandma wrote down many of the things I said as a little girl, and showed it to me when I was older, so I could easily match up a lot of what I said to various lifetimes.

    My family did not believe in reincarnation, nor did they encourage my spirituality or interest in different beliefs. I cannot count the number of times my mother took paranormal and spiritual books away from me because she considered me too young. However, from the time I was around nine, I actively sought out others who had similar beliefs to my own. Luckily I met a wonderful family who encouraged me and listened to what I had to say. I learned a lot from them (and they had a great collection of books :laugh: )

    Why do I remember these lives? Well, my answer is very personal to me, but I will say that I believe it has something to do with healing -- and helping others to heal. ;)


    Ailish :)
     
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    I'm not sure I know the full answer to this question. I believe in part it's to show me where I've been and illuminate things that I need to work on to heal or to be a better person, and to indicate goals I should set, but I also know that is just a part of the reason in the overall scheme of things. :)
     
  11. Deborah

    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    HI Confused2,

    Mom and I were very close in Egypt - but not related. We lived across the path from each other in Judea - we were - best friends. We were sisters in India - and I was her son's governess in China. Thanks for the question. I just realized - in all four - we were both women/girls. Although we both remember other lives as men...it's an interesting side note.

    As far as being close; yes........the non-local knowing between us is pretty cool too.
     
  12. Deborah

    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    I think that when we have compassion - for ourselves and others - we no longer carry the baggage. I think - that when we find balance within -we can embrace our past with Love and understanding and embark on a future with conscious intent. I think - that - when we express it in the world - our reflections become whole.
     
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    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    HI Crissy2,

    I have been following along on the forum with your experiences and am curious - you never answered this question regarding yourself.

    Care to share?
     
  14. tiltjlp

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    I believe you learn about PL, in part, in order to solve problems in our current lives. While there may well be other reasons details of our PL are revealed to us, I've had several major decisions made partly based on PL information. I didn't fully realize that PL was involved until later, but it obviously was. A move out of state was a needed life lesson, once it had been learned I was able to return home.

    John
     
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    Why do we have to remember?

    I'm asking this question: why shall we remember? Not why we are remembering! But why are we forced to remember (may it be by flashbacks, dreams, vivons, on a regression.....)Why???!!!

    Sorry about the emotional strained question but lately haunting memories filled with oppressing emotions are coming back!! But I don't want to remember, not if it is to feel this endless void and loneliness again! Until now everything came back on their own. Now I'm asking myself also why should I see all this?! Even
    I don't want to!!:(
     
  16. elese

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    good question rynen.

    well, my most logical answer would be to learn from the past. I mean, a lot of the memories I had at first were really tramatic, and the lifetimes I had to deal with were ultra painful, but in the end, dealing with these lifetimes helped me move on in this life, as before I was on the same path as these lifetimes and would just be repeating my mistakes.
    I think sometimes too they provide explanations that are most needed, and also happy memories give us an example of what we've done right.
    Hope this helps some :)

    Sincerely,
    ~Elese~
     
  17. crystal_44

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    Although I am grateful, I often wonder why I have remembered. It's caused me nothing but heartache and confusion. I remember the people I loved, but I don't seem to have found them again. I have noone to talk to of my experiences and it often feels as if I am alone in my memories. Yet when I begin to feel this way I wonder how my life would be if I had never remembered. It is then that I realize that I would not give up my memories. Though they have come with a price, it is a price that I am willing to pay. We must remember to know who we were. True, that often brings suffering, but suffering is necessary to learn.
     
  18. tiltjlp

    tiltjlp A Recycled Soul

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    I've always felt that we learn of PL not only so we can be taught lessons from the past, but also to prepare us to touch and help others. While many of your memories might seem harsh, they might actually be meant to soften your heart, so that you can reach out to help someone.

    John
     
  19. Ailish

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    I really like your explanation as well, John. It definitely makes sense to me -- that our most difficult experiences are meant to give us the knowledge -- and compassion to help another. :thumbsup: Awesome.

    Rynen -- remember, that whatever memories you are having are in the past. It's good to acknowledge them, accept them and move on -- this is a different life and basically a fresh slate. Whatever you want in this life -- is within your grasp. ;)

    Very well said, elese :D

    Ailish
     
  20. MoonDansyr

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    I haven't made it all the way through this thread, as I'm getting ready to leave for an appointment. I do plan to come back and read it later this evening, as I find this interesting and have asked this question, myself. I did have a thought and wanted to relate it, and I apologize if I'm repeating something that someone else has said.

    Why do we remember past lives? I have two thoughts.

    First, in young children, I believe it's because their most recent life is still "fresh" to them and rather than feeling like something "long ago and far away," those memories probably feel to them, like our own (current life) memories from last week, last month, and last year.

    Which brings me to the second thought:
    Why do we remember specific memories from our current incarnations??? For me it is triggers: smell or taste, a scene or event, a song, etc.

    There is no way I could sit here and recall my current life's memories in great detail from beginning to end. Even when remembering a specific event, I may not remember every detail. Sometimes I will talk with a loved one about "remember when ..." and relate what I'm thinking. Then they say, "Oh yeah! And remember that such and such thing that happened?" and up until that "prompt," that particular memory wasn't in my thoughts.

    OR

    I may have a trigger that prompts a specific memory but leaves out some forgotten detail until a future prompt triggers that detail for me, as my previous exampled loved one did.

    Sorry if that's a repeat of anything anyone else has said. I just wanted to get it out of my head before it left forever.
     

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