Monday, July 13, 2009

Remembering Your Past Life

By Stephen Ellis

Nobody asked me, but…

I get a lot of e-mail. One question seems to dominate all others: “If we have lived before…why don’t we remember it?”

Actually, that’s one of the most difficult things to explain, because many people do remember. In the case of Shanti Devi (The Indian girl), she not only remembered her previous life, but she remembered it in intricate detail. Most people have memories of things they can’t explain, but the details are very foggy: the déjà vu feelings of having been somewhere before or having known someone before.

Then there was the case of the “Before Mommy” where a four-year-old girl described a previous life in a location she had never been…details of having to go outside to pump water or use the toilet; her family and the people in her life; remembering how and when she died and then going to the “waiting place” to be re-born, etc.

Even more people seem to remember details when they are hypnotized. There are hundreds of certified hypno-therapists in this country that do little else besides drawing past life memories from people.

In fact, I will go so far as to say that there is such an overwhelming amount of evidence of people living past lives that is virtually impossible to refute. We all should sit down and think long and hard about it before dismissing it as so much garbage.

The argument against reincarnation keeps asking for “details”, “details”… ”details” of someone else’s life that could not possibly be known to a complete stranger.

The problem is that even when those details are given, it becomes very difficult to prove them because the details are about someone who has already died. Still, using common sense and logic, how would a six-year-old boy be able to describe the life, the friends, the family and the plane crash that killed someone in World War II?

How can a man who has never been near the ocean describe being on a submarine that was sunk by a Japanese depth charge? In the case of Shanti Devi, how could an eight year old girl who had never been more than a mile from her home in Mumbai (Bombay) show a group of skeptical scientists the intricate route to what she said was her former home in a previous life, miles away….describe birthmarks on her former husband’s body and describe intimate details of their time alone, etc.?

Common sense and logic tell us there must be something to the thousands of verified tales being told by people who remember portions of their former lives.

So then, why doesn’t everyone remember?

Why is it that recollections of a past life (no matter how detailed) seem to come in sporadic memories and seem to fade as people grow older?

Let’s take a moment and go back to a very basic premise: The brain is the body’s computer and the mind/aura is at the keyboard! These days, computers with 50 or 100 gigabyte memory are very common. But it was only a relatively short time ago when the memory of computers was 64 kilobytes…or even one megabyte. When we fed too much information to the older computers, the memory banks could not handle it. Sometimes the computer would crash…and sometimes the computer would give up its old memory to accept the new information being fed to it.

When a child is born, the brain is very undeveloped. Just like a computer with a 64K memory. The mind/aura, however, having lived before is full of information it wants to put into the memory banks of that undeveloped brain.

For the first year or two of life, the brain does not even have the capacity for language. So how can the information the mind/aura wants to feed it be accepted into the brain’s memory banks? Simple. It can’t.

As the human grows, the mind has to learn a new language to feed the brain. Even if the previous life had been in the same area, words and meanings change. Perceptions change. The mind/aura has to learn how to feed the computer brain…but the brain is developing and newly learned things are competing with the old to fill the brain’s limited memory banks. The capacity of the brain’s memory banks is increasing, but not nearly fast enough to keep pace with the demand for the brain’s RAM.

By the time the brain has become fully developed, its memory banks are filled with new things…new language…new perceptions. The memories of the previous life have now had to take a secondary position to the plethora of new information being learned at school and in life generally.

The buried memories can be brought out by different stimuli: A man who drowned in a previous life may have an unexplained fear of water. Someone who died in a plane crash may have an unexplained fear of airplanes. Someone who was financially successful in a previous life may find an unexplained love of banking, finance or some particular business. Etc, etc. etc. Going someplace you visited in a previous life may trigger a memory. Meeting someone you knew in a previous life may trigger a memory.

Hypnotists have little difficulty in pulling up past life memories. And, sometimes, something someone says, or their behavior or your surroundings may bring forth a memory.

I am not preaching any particular religion when I say that there is no need to fear death. You have lived before and will live again. Only your body wears out and dies. Your mind/aura continues to live. Maybe this is what a lot of religions call the immortal soul.

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As I said…nobody asked me.

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