Sometimes it is a gender...
Past lives contribute the most to an individual "feeling like" a man or a woman "on the inside". Consider the lengths - physically, socially, and financially - that some (commonly called transsexuals) go to in changing their outer gender appearance to correspond to their inner emotional reality. It is then you will gain an appreciation for how compelling the drive toward correct gender identification is and how deeply such conflicts can run in an individual. This is an outgrowth of that person having incarnations that are predominantly of one gender.
Sometimes it is career...
For example, in my case, having been a police officer in many lifetimes, my incarnations have been predominantly male. Although I am a female now and do embrace being a woman, I still have a longing for being a police officer. I am too old now but really feel often that I missed my calling. After all, I was in police academy when I found out I was pregnant... I chose motherhood. Although I love my daughter, if given a "free" choice, I would choose to go back in time and do what my soul had always longed for. Had I known what I know now, I would have felt confident that my daughter would have eventually come along anyway.
Sometimes it is a name...
I believe it is the same with names. If you do not resonate with the name that you were given at birth, it may be because it is not really your name. In fact I talk about that deeply in my "Shattered to Shining" book.
Sometimes it is deja vu...
The "deja vu" experience is also very real - the feeling that we have been somewhere or done something before when we could not possibly "have been there or done that" (at least in this life time).
For example, a compelling case of deja vu is the "800 Year Old Case of Synchronicity" reported by Dr. Bruce Goldberg who had two clients unknown to one another who shared the same lifetime. In different sessions years apart, they reported identical events from the opposing viewpoints of their past life personalities. Only Dr. Goldberg knew of this synchronicity.
Sometimes it is childhood memories...
Dr. Ian Stevenson, Ph.D., former Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, spent 40 years researching reincarnation stories within children.
This former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology investigated over 3000 independent stories of children who claimed to have memories and know people from their alleged past lives.
According to Stevenson, the number of cases that are worth considering is so high that it exceeds the ability of him and his team to investigate them all.
Sometimes it is birth marks...
Facial recognition software confirmed that there was in fact a facial resemblance to their alleged prior incarnation. Some had birth marks on places where they allegedly suffered fatal wounds from in their past life.
They were often dramatic and sometimes bizarre lesions, such as malformed digits or missing limbs, misshapen heads, and odd markings.
"Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of past lives, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of paranormal events, Ian Stevenson asks us to suspend our tendencies to disbelieve in reincarnation."
Sometimes it is child prodigies & idiot savants...
Extreme forms of past life manifestations in children are the phenomena of "child prodigies" (children who are born with extremely advanced expertise) and "idiot savants" (children who can perform complex mathematical or scientific calculations but are lacking in very basic social skills).
Child prodigies have developed certain skill sets in such a high degree in past lives that they become deeply ingrained in their persona. So when that Soul reincarnates, the skills come along in the new body fully intact and a child prodigy is born. For example, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart believed that he had been a musician in many past lives where he had developed his amazing technical skills.
Similarly, idiot savants reincarnate with fully developed skill sets but there is usually such a serious imbalance between their mental and emotional bodies as to put the mental body completely in control of the individual. The mind "out of control" drives the emotions and the physical body of the savant to act in ways that are considered to be socially unacceptable. The karmic goal of this existence is to "knock" the emotions back into shape and restore balance. An example of this is Asperger's.
Sometimes it is an unlearned language (xenoglossy)...
Xenoglossy is someone's "ability to speak or write in a language that has not been learned". Cases of xenoglossy are the hardest to explain - other than in the context of past lives - where the individual involved "spontaneously" can write in languages long extinct and known only to a handful of research scholars.
For example, "Dr Morris Netherton reports one case of a blond, blue-eyed eleven year old boy who under hypnosis was taped for eleven minutes as he spoke in an ancient Chinese dialect. When the tape (recording) was taken to a professor at the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of California it turned out to be a recitation from a forbidden religion of Ancient China".
Sometimes it is birth defects...
Multiple or severe birth defects are usually the result of an individual being on the spiritual "debt consolidation karmic payment plan". Since birth conditions can never be ignored and usually last for the entire lifetime, they become the perfect vehicles for the working off of serious and complex karmic conditions arising from past lives. It is as if all the individual's problems have been rolled into one big, gigantic ball that the individual will be dragging around for "the rest of their life".
Consider the reality of the 2600 burgeoning record of detailed cases in his book "Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect: Birthmarks and Birth Defects".
Sometimes it is love or hate at first sight...
Many people dream about looking across a crowded room and seeing the love of their life. "Love at First Sight" is a well documented historical phenomenon. Caesar and Cleopatra acted as man and wife from almost the first moment they met one another. Once Czar Nicholas met Lady Alexandra, he - in an uncharacteristic act of stubbornness - refused to consider marrying anyone else. After Queen Victoria met Albert, she became determined to marry him. The same with King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the list goes on.
Sometimes it is obsessions & compulsions...
Every attitude and belief you have comes from somewhere. Obsessions and compulsions in this lifetime are usually directly traceable back to a past life where they originated. If the traits or the behaviors are dis-empowering enough in one's life today, then it becomes a Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The spiritual purpose of OCD is force the individual to seek the answer to why they are now being "plagued" with thoughts and behaviors that they have "no control over". When the life lesson associated with OCD has been fully learned and "absorbed" into the individual's body-mind, the "disempowering" trait or behavior will fall away. Often all that is needed is for the individual to confront the past life(s) where the OCD originated and integrate the necessary learning.
Sometimes it is birth mental illness...
Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) and/or Schizophrenia (SCH) can be caused by the emergence of past life personalities that arise to help the present day person solve problem(s). The trouble comes when these past life personalities are not properly reintegrated back into the present day person's memory.
What normally happens is, that when an individual is in crisis, they access the "unused" part of their brain where their past life personalities are stored to help them overcome it. When the crisis is averted, the pathway to that part of their brain is automatically shut off.
In cases of MPD or SCH, the crises are so severe or so chronic that this shut down mechanism can no longer function properly. The mind then has difficulty distinguishing between the current and all prior personalities. In a sense, the prior personalities come back to life and fight for the attention of the current body-mind.
In SCH, there is a dominant prior personality which drives out all others except themselves and the current day personality. In MPD, a host of prior personalities jockey for position at the forefront of the person's awareness and end up "taking turns".
Sometimes it is jinxes & hard luck...
Ever met someone whose life was a "bad news buffet"? Ever met someone whose life - if put on a television soap opera - would be just too tragic to be believed? Ever met someone who never seems to get ahead and is the classic case of "when bad things happen to good people"? Most people have.
It raises the classic problem of "evil": for how does a truly loving God let "bad things" happen to some of His children and not others? The answer is: "as one has sown, so also shall one reap" and those who "sow the wind" will "harvest the whirlwind". In the context of present lives being the working out of past life causes, there is no hard luck... there are only experiences one has chosen. Often those experiences are to suffer for ourselves what we have caused others to suffer.
Sometimes it is infant addiction or Down's Syndrome...
The encounter with the "problem of evil" is greater nowhere than in cases of infants born addicted to drugs or severely compromised mentally and physically as in Down's Syndrome cases. If a person only "got only one shot at life" and it was with extreme birth defects like these, then how could belief in a loving, just, and merciful God be possible? I think it could not be.
When it becomes clear that these situations were chosen by returning suicides, Nazi medical experimenters, serial killers, and the like to understand the effects of their brutality, then the role of cosmic justice becomes clear.
Sometimes it is unearthing buried treasures...
"I found an antique hand-carved and absolutely gorgeous rocking chair in the attic of our tri-level rental house just before moving out. We had lived there 2 years and, in talking with the owners of the house and the antique shop, it was estimated that the chair had been in that attic without anyone knowing for approximately 42 years!! Attics creep me out so I would have never opened it's door and we never store any belongings in attics so I would have never had a reason to even look inside. However, on Halloween morning 2016, the attic door was wide open. I had been home alone all weekend and I knew I definitely did not open it. To give you a tad bit of history we had heard a lot of running during the entire 2 years - human footsteps, not animal - and after we took the chair down, we never heard the running again. The chair was broken but all of the pieces were there so my husband and I rebuilt it together.
In fact I talk about that deeply, with pictures, in my "Shattered to Shining" book too.
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