"Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges."
(William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night")
When do individuals most often seek a past life
explanation for present events? Here are common causes:
Past life questions are asked when… A parent
treats one or more of their children with more respect and consideration
than they do their spouse. A parent favors one child over the other
siblings in terms of time, attention, and money spent on them. A child
feels closer their grandparents, aunts-uncles, or cousins than they do
to their immediate family.
In these cases, those involved are reacting to
their past life experience not present circumstances.
Reversal of Fortune:
Past life questions are asked when… An adult,
who has been healthy all their life, suddenly contracts a serious
illness. A child who has been very good meets a bad companion and
plunges into bad behavior. A person who had always been financially
abundant unexpectedly loses everything. An individual who was just
at the wrong place at the wrong time is convicted of a crime and
imprisoned although "innocent" of the charges.
When this kind of misfortune strikes someone,
there is always past life karma at work behind the scenes.
Past life questions are asked when… A child
can speak intelligently about places they have never visited. A child
can use words and phrases from a profession outside of their experience.
A child knows minute and "hard-to-research" details about a past life
existence when they were an adult which are later verified.
When this happens, it is very likely that the
child is connecting with and channeling an adult past life personality
Past life questions are asked when… A child
displays skills, abilities, or talents they were never taught like
singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, and creating art. A
child speaks a language they were never taught. A child knows obscure
historical details which only exist in archives only available to
When this happens, it is talents developed and
perfected in past lives that are surfacing in the present.
When any of these situations arise, a past life
explanation will make sense of what is otherwise inexplicable in the
present. The purpose is to create an opening for healing in the present
and empowerment in the future.
"We may not live in the past, but the past
lives in us." (Samuel Pisar, Holocaust Survivor)
When, for no good present life reason, individuals
cannot get along, it is the past life under-current at work.
Under-currents happen when the ocean appears
smooth on the surface but underneath there is a powerful force directing
the flow of the water. These forces are so powerful that one can be
gripped by them and carried far into the ocean… against their will.
Past life karma works the same way: individuals can be slammed together
or torn apart by the under-currents of karma between them.
Those who have dark, heavy, negative
under-currents of karma between them can start their present life
association with positivity and even enthusiasm. At the start, they
can recognize the good qualities in one another. They can even like
one another for a time… that is all too brief. Soon each will
recognize the other as a "past life enemy" and change their conduct
toward one another.
Usually those with negative under-currents
between them have one of three outcomes in any lifetime. They will
"nullify" and just avoid one another. They will "intensify" and bring
their warfare as enemies to even worse places. They will "magnify"
and finally resolve the long standing differences between them.
When the wounds between the parties are too
deep, when their history is too bitter, and when their pattern of
dealings keep reincarnating with alarming ferocity, it is (perhaps)
best for them to avoid one another. It is better for the combatants
to part than to create another lifetime of bad karma between them.
When these individuals try and fail to work it
out, their bad feeling intensify. Their arguments become more frequent,
more violent, and more physical. They will hit one another with fists
and weapons. They will wound one another until they require medical
attention and/or until one finally kills the other.
It can take many lifetimes before these people
put their animosity behind them. This often requires each one to
"magnify" their awareness and their evolution as Soul before the
negative under-currents between them can be broken. When you can see
the good inside your old karmic enemy, they cease to be one.
"Hearts understand in ways minds cannot."
(Lois Wilson, Alcoholics Anonymous)
What is deep inside the subconscious mind is
formed by past lives and always skews the present.
It's All Inside:
Deeply embedded within the subconscious mind -
from the moment of birth - are the results of the many assumptions,
conclusions, judgments, results, experiences, promises, and vows made
in past lives.
These results all form the accumulating wisdom that is carried for
lifetimes as part of the soul's evolving consciousness. These in
turn form an individual's beliefs and attitudes which filter their
perceptions and form their present interpretation of people,
situations, and events.
Skew on the Inside:
Past lives are what makes an individual more
introverted (inner directed) or extroverted (outer directed), more
thought or feeling oriented, more structured or spontaneous, and more
intuitive or practical. An individual's attitudes, beliefs, perceptions,
interpretations are molded by past lives.
How much an individual can demonstrate love, joy, trust, kindness,
compassion, tolerance, and other
traits are heavily influenced by past lives.
traits, obsessions, compulsions,
tendencies, and habits are also the legacy of past lives.
Skew on the Outside:
The influence of past lives is most noticeable
from the outside. Many times, it can be measured by how far an
individual has progressed from the circumstances of their birth
Individuals will continue in the same lines of
work as in past lives. The more "natural" their talent is for the work
in hand, the higher their skill level, the quicker they can perfect
their craft, the more reincarnation is at work. When it comes to work,
others expect that a person's choice will differ from their family…
not so in other areas.
Most follow the religion of their parents.
When someone makes a conversion to another religion, it is past lives
at work. This is especially true when it has been a radical conversion
(like when it is a conversion from Christianity to Islam or from
Judaism to Buddhism).
Most people adopt a lifestyle similar to their
family. When someone chooses a completely different way of life, it
is past life preferences driving that preferred way of living. For
example, those growing up in a rural area who prefer to live in a city,
those growing up in a stable home who choose to live on the road, etc.
Most live within driving distance of their
relatives. When someone relocates thousands of miles away, especially
when it is to another country where another language is spoken, they
are usually returning to a well beloved past life home.
Most people marry the opposite gender and
within their own culture and race. When someone marries an individual
of the same sex, from a different culture, or another race, it is a
deep past life attraction that has created a present family
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." (Proverb)
When alliances within a family suddenly change
as new members are added, it is "Karmic Allies" at work. New alliances
form as karmic partners are forced to choose sides between various
ancient enemies from past lives.
Case in Point:
"Unexpectedly, a close
bond was formed between my two children by the birth of [child].
Prior to this, they were very cool towards one another, but when the
birth was imminent, the two became inseparable. Why?"
The answer is:
"This realignment of allies
within the family was caused by their subconscious reactions to entrance
of a new karmic partner."
Past is Present:
You always reincarnate with individuals (by prior
agreement) you have known and loved (or hated) in past lives. The goal is
to bring more love into your relationships with these others. Yet, the
reality is individuals will tend to stick with those who have been their
allies in the past and will avoid those who have been enemies. They will
naturally seek alliances with those who have protected them and shy away
from those who have harmed them in the past.
When a new family member enters the mix (even
if that individual is a baby), this addition will cause the balance of
relationships inside the family to shift. Those who have been threatened
(in past lives) by the new family member will band together. This will
happen even if their previous relationship in this life was not close.
Literally former enemies can turn into fast friends if there is a bigger
threat to their survival from the new family member.
Threats from new family members are seldom
physical (although some children do grow up to slay or harm their parents
or other close relatives). Mainly, the "threat" is that the new family
member is a "handful" that requires several adults (who band together)
to handle. Often, when the new family member is an
"old soul" whose
youthful maturity is not that of the typical child, the adults around
them will become allies in their care giving.
Each time there is a new addition to the family,
the old equilibrium among individuals will change. Old alliances will
crumble and new ones will form along the lines of past life karma. The
way out of this default pattern of karma is for each family member to
learn to love one another more and to release antiquated alliances created
by fears. When everyone inside the family can love one another equally
and unconditionally, karma will dissolve like magic.
"The judgment of others does not change who I am.
It is the opposite, it reveals who they are." (McPherson)
Did you know that most present life sexual fantasies
have deep roots in past lives? Yes, it's true!
Just as intense past life pain leaves it's
imprint on our lives, so too does intense pleasure. The most common
"pleasure imprint" from past lives shows up in the kinds of people and
experiences we are sexually attracted to.
For example, many people are attracted to
others of races, religions, and national origins... very different from
their own now. For example, it happens to Caucasians who are drawn to
Asians, Catholics who are drawn to Jews, etc. Those preferences were
formed in past lives when they were the same race, religion, origin,
etc as those they are attracted to now. Usually this attraction was
created by powerful sexual experiences during those past lives.
Among the most intense pleasure imprints from
past lives are sexual fantasies. For the vast majority, past life sexual
pleasure directly translates into present life sexual fantasies... which
the individual will be powerfully compelled to recreate... which in turn
just reinforces the power of that sexual fantasy.
In the books, "My Secret Garden" and "Forbidden
Flowers" by Nancy Friday, a common theme in women's sexual fantasies is
the "forced" abduction and rape scenario. As Friday is quick to point out,
none of the women who fantasize about rape really want to be brutalized
or harmed in any way.
What these women want
is to experience wild passion without having to
ask for it or admit they desire sexual pleasure. This is a carry over
from past life beliefs reinforced by religion and society that "only
bad women" want sex... and a "forced rape" is how they can get it and still
be a "good person" (many women still hold this belief).
Blast in the Past:
How you can find out the past life origins of
your personal sexual fantasies is to use the
"Unleashing Past Life Talents"
exercise. Instead of asking to be shown the
origin of your past life talents, ask to be shown the past life origins
of sexual fantasies. Since this is a pleasurable pursuit, you should have
no problem in finding out just where you had a "blast in the past!"