I have a fear of needles. My dentist knows this first hand, and once he offered to put in a few shallow fillings without freezing and I consented because the pain I had to endure was no match to the thought of getting a needle that day. Some days are worse than others. More recently, it hasn't been a problem, but I still feel the fear lurking. I had to get stitches two years ago and that was OK except it did hurt. I have no idea where this fear comes from. I have yet to be in hospital in this lifetime. In past lives, most of the time as I recall, I was killed outright without having been taken to a hospital, with the exception of a memory of being wounded in early 1917 during WWI. That was a shrapnel wound in my left upper arm, but it wasn't too serious and only took me from the front lines for about 6 weeks at most. I have no recall of any complication from this. So without having a memory of receiving a needle in modern times, say the last 175 years, what could cause such a fear? Why do people have fears of needles? Is it just from our current life?