"To be a king and wear a crown is a thing
more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that
bear it." (Queen Elizabeth I of England)
Want to Be Famous? Or Were You?
When it comes to past lives, most people
want to know the same thing.
"Was I ever famous?"
they will ask... and then some will answer with
a name well known in history ("historical personalities").
"So Who Really Is The ' I ' That
is ' Me '?"
When we come into greater awareness of our
past lives, we understand that we are more than our current personality.
We connect with the truth about our greater totality. We ask ourselves
"who really is the I that is me?"
From time to time, the answer to this question
leads us to a famous past life (what I like to call "historical
"Why are people in general so obsessed
"..if they (fans) love you that much without
knowing you, they can also hate you." (Marilyn Monroe)
Are we hard wired to admire celebrities?
According to the "Monkey Pay-Per-View" study, we are!
Duke University neurobiologist Mike Platt conducted
a study of the pictures that monkeys would "pay" to watch (known as
"Monkey Pay-Per-View"). The monkeys got fruit juice as a reward for
looking at images. The monkeys would accept less juice when it was an
image they wanted to see. Tthe monkeys would have to get more juice
to view images that they were uninterested in seeing. This "pay
per view" pattern gives insight into how animals are hard wired.
The researchers found that monkeys would give
up a significant amount of juice ("paying") to see the hindquarters of
female monkeys. This was expected because the sex drive is an instinctive
part of all animal behavior. They also found that monkeys would also
pay to see the faces of superior-dominant individuals (the "alpha males")
in the group. This was also expected as their survival was dependent
on their relationship to the group's leader. Similarly, monkeys had to
be "paid" to look at the faces of those considered to be subordinates-submissives
and so were not important to their survival inside the group.
What "Monkey Pay-Per-View" teaches about the
human condition is that we all make judgments about how to spend our
attention. The more important we perceive the individual to be in our
life, the more we will pay attention to them. For example, the student
may consider the school principal more worthy of their attention than a
classmate (because of his/her authority). Since celebrities are considered
to be among the most important individuals in a society, we are all "hard
wired" to pay more attention to them… than to "regular" people.
This is why people end up worshipping celebrities.
Today's instant-mass communication brings a handful of famous people to
the attention of multitudes of "ordinary" people. Since the famous are
considered to be important and since the ordinary can see and hear them
on a regular basis, the result is that unreal relationships are formed
between them. This is why an "ordinary" person can become convinced
that the "famous" person (who has never even met them) has a real
connection to them… when that connection can only exist inside their
"Education has for its object the formation of
character." (Herbert Spencer)
Do you feel a great closeness to an historical
figure? If so, they may be serving as your karmic splint.
A splint is a temporary means of keeping broken bones
in place allowing them to heal. Karmic splints work in the same way.
People become attracted to a particular
historical figure, often believing that they were that person in past
lives. They study that historical figure and consciously imitate their
traits, their mannerisms, their habits, their beliefs, and so on. This
literally gives them a "surge of empowerment" that they were lacking
before. Striving to become their "historical idol" allows them to
People usually choose historical figures
with the same career/work. Musicians choose musicians, scientists
choose scientists, healers choose healers, and on so. Work is the
golden thread drawing them together.
They model their present work on their past life inspiration with the
idea of bringing it to the next level. Climbing on the shoulders of
those in past lives by learning from them helps the person now to
create their lives in a better, more empowering way.
People usually choose historical figures with
a style they greatly admire whether it is in outward appearance, style
points, or activities.
It can be outward things like clothes, hairstyle, posture, walking, and
so on. It can be style things like the way they wrote, spoke, sang,
danced, and so on. It can be activities like visiting sites where those
they admire once lived, worked, or fought, re-enacting battles, or making
crafts, and so on. It comforts people to imitate this style.
People usually choose historical figures with a
similar pattern of life events. These are things like struggling against
poverty, overcoming drug addiction, transcending the suicidal urge,
healing from sexual and physical abuse, and so on.
The person then gains strength from knowing that they, like the
historical figure they admire, can meet and master life's challenges.
It inspires them to take charge of their life in the present.
Karma is all about people learning the lessons
life has to teach. If they can find deep inspiration from a past
historical figure to the point that they model their present life on
them and so grow as soul... it is all good.
"The reactions of the human heart are not
mechanical & predictable but infinitely subtle & delicate." (Ikeda)
How we react to the knowledge of our past lives
is, in itself, an indicator of its truth!
Always the Same:
I get many letters that read like this:
"Dear Ellen, I have become convinced that I am
the reincarnation of [famous historical figure]. I have read
biographies about this [historical personality] and these 'facts'
[points of comparison] between myself and this individual are as
follows [lengthy list]. Please tell me that I am right about this…"
Although they are very few, I have read
individuals who have had famous past lives (what I call historical
personalities). Those who were NOT that person always are thrilled
by the connection. They tend to see and relate to all of the historical
individual's good points (while minimizing or ignoring their bad points).
They tend to have the awestruck, uncritical reaction of an adoring fan
to a high profile celebrity… it is an unreal reaction. The unreality
gets worse when the person concocts a strained chain of "evidence" only
they could believe is true.
Far from being thrilled by this knowledge, those
who WERE that famous past life personality tend to recognize their famous
lives as the source of their issues now. They understand better than most
how they came by their karma. They tend to be annoyed by their historical
personality's failings because they know - for sure - how high a price
they have paid - karmically - for their unloving actions while famous.
They come to understand how their fame has magnified-complicated the
resolution of their karma in their not-so-famous life now.
Knowledge of our historical personalities holds up
an ugly mirror to our character flaws. A biographer of my recent past
life historical personality wrote ten pages which accurately summarized
all of his failings… which were still failings of mine. This was a
humbling and humiliating process which - far from thrilling me - made
me embark on a long soul searching journey of choosing to remedy those
character flaws (yes, I was not/am not his uncritical fan).
So, what evidence, beyond a "real reaction",
should convince you as to whether or not you had an historical past
life? Simple! Even in the most well documented past life, there is
always some seemingly insignificant detail that the individual can
remember which provides compelling personal proof.
For example, in the same biography about my recent past life historical
personality, there was a reference to an obscure book that I just had to
track down. In that book, an incident important to me (but unimportant
to history) was related which perfectly agreed with my earlier recollection
of that past life… it was all the evidence I needed about that life
to know I had been that historical personality.
"For those with faith, no proof is necessary.
For those without faith, no proof is sufficient." (Proverb)
Uncasing the past is when someone with a past
life well documented by history chooses to reveal it now.
Many think that there would be greater belief
in reincarnation if those with historical personalities (lives well
documented by history) uncased and revealed their past identities. On
the Internet, you will find many sites listing many individuals who
have uncased. Yet is this uncasing really beneficial? You decide.
Those who uncase immediately find themselves faced with
a steep mountain to climb. Others will want proof. Unless there is
undeniable proof (which some will always deny anyway), those who uncase
are sure to be ridiculed, humiliated, and have their sanity and their
motives questioned. No matter how strong the proof, it is sure NEVER
to convince the skeptics. As for the believers, the choir needs no
further convincing of the reality of past lives.
Many of those who choose to uncase do so
because they feel compelled to give true witness to the truth of
reincarnation. God bless these selfless people. Yet there are others
who feel the need to justify their life today by saying "I was
so-and-so in a past life..." because "I am not good enough as who I
am today" (which is an issue in and of itself). So others will always
question the underlying motives of those who choose to uncase their
If a person with a former historical personality
has chosen to come back in another "ordinary" life to work on their issues,
they should be allowed to do so in peace. Why is it their "burden" to
give true witness about the truth of reincarnation? Their present
privacy should be more important than their past lives.
Those with historical personalities - whether
good or bad - when revealed, would not be free to live their lives now.
Those with bad-infamous past lives would be harassed by their detractors.
Those with good-famous past lives would be hounded by their admirers.
For good or ill, their past lives would interfere with their life now.
If the current personalities of historical individuals were known,
these people would be trapped by their past fame (or infamy) and so
would not be free to move forward in their lives today... that is the
trap of reincarnation fame.