I have noticed over the years -and so has another person who is very close to me, that when it comes to spiritual information - consciousness seems to go to that which it is familiar with. For example - when doing a meditation with a friend a few years ago I experienced a memory from this life of being with my grandmother who was killed in a car accident when I was five. My friend said he kept hearing the name "Jerome" during the meditation. I laughed and said - my grandmother's name was Verone. My friend had never heard the name Verone before, so his consciousness went to what he was familiar with. Another individual experienced a vision of a little girl and a lot of information about her. She kept getting the following: "Like Lisa but not Lisa." There is a long story about this particular little girl, but to cut to the chase, the next day she met "Leia." Leia is now her step-granddaughter. This woman had never before heard the name Leia. These are just two examples of many. I often wonder how many times this scenario would apply to past life memories regarding names and places and that is why it is so difficult to get specifics. I also wonder if this applies to some (not all) famous past life "memories." No, I don't want to start the famous past lives debate. But if great importance was placed on those famous individuals during a souls past life, and they identified with them deeply, perhaps the "memory" is more about what the soul held deep within their heart and what they were familiar with for that time period. I am most interested in IF our consciousness goes to that which it is familiar with. In the deepest of altered states the language/name barrier would not apply since the same woman named above has spoken in ancient Indian and Sumerian and it was verified by language experts at a University: but the depth of her altered states are extraordinary. She never had past a high school education and was never trained or introduced to these languages. Most of us don't go that deep. What are your thoughts on this? Have you had similar experiences?