Is it unusual to have Korean or Japanese past lives if you are from the west?

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  1. Ahjumma

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    Hello,

    I am currently a white American female in a mid-west state. I have some strong memories of being a Korean grandmother/fishmonger and a Japanese teenage girl. I could go into more detail about these lives but I feel concerned that maybe its all in my head. I was raised Catholic and some of my family members are firmly against reincarnation. I have been doing some research lately on the subject reading some books by Dr. Ian Stevenson and he mentioned that most people reincarnate into the same family, culture, and general location where their previous life was. That's not true in my case at all, I've had vivid memories of being Korean and Japanese which explains some of my obsession with general Asian cultures as a child. I'm just worried these memories are false and my head is just making them up because I love Korean and Japanese culture so much. Is it possible to reincarnate into a different culture? How come I don't ever remember any past life similar to the one I have now?
     
  2. Totoro

    Totoro Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    First of all, anything is possible. A soul isn't tied to any one culture, place or thing, unless it wants to be. Secondly, I've had someone suggest to me and from what I've seen on the forum (meaning there's some evidence to back it up) cultures that are more "ethnic" and believe in reincarnation and live in multigenerational families, often reincarnate together and in the same cultural area. Most of the western / European people that I've met on the board tend to recount lives that seem to bounce around from place to place with no discernable ties.

    People like me, who claim a series of Asian lives, but live in the west, seem to be in the minority. I personally have also seem to have reincarnated with my family as well, so that makes it even a little more unusual, given the average. So it's entirely possible to live in the west but have memories of other countries.

    I was raised catholic too and reincarnation is probably the last thing on anyone in my family's mind, but it is what it is ha ha.
     
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  3. Ahjumma

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    When I was the Korean grandmother I remember having a daughter and she had given me a granddaughter. I loved my granddaughter very much and was so happy when they came to visit me. I also remember scolding my daughter and telling her to visit me more. My daughter seemed to brush me off but my granddaughter gave me a huge hug and was so happy to see me. I think my daughter was ashamed of me because I was a fishmonger at the local market and didn't have a very high status. But I loved living near the water, in fact my house was near the market and the docks. I know I was Korean because I loved to watch daytime dramas and that's what they were speaking while watching my stories. I had a one room home with a smooth floor like linoleum and a little entrance for everyone to put their shoes. I also had a small t.v. with antennas kind of like in the 80s.
     
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  4. Sheeply

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    Can I ask, do you study Korean, or do you just think it’s Korean?
    Not judging by the way, just want to make sure.

    I don’t know about Korea but in Japan there have been many cases of being being ashamed that their parents (usu. fathers) were fishermen, so they try and hide it. I can image this shame isn’t culturally specific though, I can imagine it being in Korea as well.

    Edit: I did a university module on Korea last year, it’s a custom for grandparents to look after their grandchildren whilst the parents work. (Although in the 80s ish generation of the new grandparents didn’t want to do that, instead they wanted to enjoy their retirement which had a big effect on their children’s lives)

    So if you didn’t look after them then your daughter must have lived far away, or perhaps the other grandparents did. Lots of reasons.

    In Japan many children leave more rural areas to go and work in the cities though, leaving the older people by themselves (I suppose it’s the same in a lot of places). perhaps Korea is like this as well?


    double edit: I suppose on one hand I can understand that perhaps these memories could be inspired by watching and reading East Asian related stuff. But what have you watched/read? Just anime and manga? Or modern dramas too?
    If you’ve watched modern dramas it could have been inspired by that, but if you’ve only watched like ancient historical dramas, or animes etc then I don’t see why that would have caused this.

    perhaps your study of East Asian material caused you to remember? Who knows. :)
     
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    There really isn't any real if any limitations when it comes to matters of the soul where basically every type of incarnation is not only possible but has already existed in some form or another beyond what the modern mind can process. As to this it is very normal and there is no reason to doubt being that incarnating across both gender and racial lines is not only normal but expected after all most souls in this world has been doing so for a very very long time.
     
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    no, it is not unusual.
     
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    Ahjumma, Yes soul can incarnate in any culture, race or nationality it needs to be in. However nature is kind in blocking out memories of our past lives until such a time when the soul is ready for that kind of information. Soul in its natural state resonates beyond time, space and matter as we understand it as human beings in the higher dimensions of our universe. It has no gender, no race, no culture, or all the other things we identify as being human on this planet. Those things are what the soul experiences while here in the physical world so that it can gain experience, spiritual maturity and hopefully down the road wisdom and enlightenment. Therefor one lifetime is not enough for soul to gain all those qualities it needs to become spiritually mature as a spiritual being. So this is why we come back a lot.

    However since soul is eternal anyway just as god it has all the time in the world to gain this experience. One of the things I have learned over the years in my spiritual journey is that soul does not come from sin. It comes from divine love. In my opinion man for some reason has this backwards. Yes we make mistakes along the way, as that is a part of being human and also part of the learning process as soul. However it's not the goal that changes us as much, but rather the journey getting there that does.

    I wish you peace, joy and happiness in your journey in discovering who you really are as an eternal spark of consciousness from the source of all that is in the cosmos or what man terms as god. You are apart of divine love and always have been.

    Love and peace.

    P.
     
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  8. Ahjumma

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    To Sheeply:
    I am studying Korean currently and that’s how I could recognize it. I will admit to watching some Korean dramas but I only watch the historical ones just like in my past life. The dramas I watched in my past life were Chinese but with Korean dubs. I also liked playing cards. Wow this is so weird I’m remembering so much stuff while I’m typing this! My daughter had moved to a big city to find a good job. I had worked so hard because I wanted her to be educated unlike me. She ending up staying in the city and got married. I lived in the country but near the ocean. I loved the ocean. My daughter’s husband and his family were more upper middle class. Not rich but certainly better off than me. I don’t know what happened to my husband but I only have the one daughter. Although we loved each other she didn’t like broadcasting where she came from. It out a strain on our relationship so I showered my granddaughter with affection instead. I was so lonely.
     
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    A continuation:
    I remember when I was 12 helping my dad unpack a ceiling fan he was going to install and it had been packed in newspaper. I couldn’t stop staring at it and my dad asked me if I could read Chinese. I told him no it’s Korean you can tell because of the “o’s” It was weird because I had never seen or been exposed to Hangul at that point. Wow now I remember tying my bathrobe as kid just like you would a Hanbok (traditional Korean dress). And there was a book that I got from the library when I was 6 I think? In the book a grandmother who is wearing a hanbok takes her grandchild to the park and feeds them some gimbap she made for them. Does this happen to everybody? Once you start writing about a past life do more and more things come to you?
     
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  10. Ahjumma

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    Thank you that’s very comforting to hear. I don’t think this was a bad past life though. I loved my daughter and granddaughter very much but I was very lonely and wished I could see them more often.
     
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    Written Korean is a phonetic language, like English, in which each set of characters has a sound and combined, they make a word. This is different from nearly every other written Asian language, which is all based on Chinese.
     
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    Eva1942 A Walking Enigma...

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    I’ve had a lifetime in Feudal Japan, I was a Geisha courtesan, so yes it’s possible.

    Polaris was on the money, and I don’t think any of us could add much more to what he said. Very wise gentleman.

    Hope you find what you’re searching for,
    Eva :)
     
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    I don't think so, reincarnation is very mysterious, and to put a limit on how it works is unimaginable.
     
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    What time period was this? I ask this because it is uncommon for a woman to be a fisherman. Was your husband deceased and you had to work? What was he working as if he was alive?
     
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    Haenyeo?
    Although, they were divers, specifically, so maybe not.
     
  16. SeekerOfKnowledge

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    Hm, if I read the posts right, Ahjumma mentions that in her past life she owned a small TV set with an antenna like in the 1980s. So the time period would be 20th century, with her being a grandmother around the 1980s.
    She also says something about selling fish at the market, but doesn't mention whether she caught the fish herself or not.
     
  17. Cyrus

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    Hi, Seeker,

    All over the world it's the men that catch fish and their women (mothers, wives, mother-in-laws, sisters etc.) that sell it.

    The fisherman's profession is too hard for a woman.

    In South Italy you can see sometimes men or even teenager boys selling fish (sea-foods, in general), though.

     

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