Past Lives: Why do people so often think they have had famous past lives?

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When people first hear about past lives, they often wonder if they were ever important or famous.

They may have a feeling that they lived in a particular time in history. Then they project that feeling onto an iconic figure who represents that era. A regression will often reveal that they did indeed have a life at that time – but not as the person they imagined.

For example, Annie wondered if she’d been Mary Magdalene. She’d had all kinds of dreams, flashbacks, and synchronicities about that biblical world. Her regression showed that she really had been part of the new spiritual movement that was flowering in the Middle East at the time Jesus is believed to have lived and died.

She discovered that as a young girl during that life, she’d decided to leave behind what she saw as her old frivolous ways. She’d joined a group similar to the Essenes and had dedicated herself to a life of spirituality instead. Although she hadn’t been Mary Magdalene, it was easy to see why she’d had that impression.

Sometimes people identify with outstanding historical figures because of what they represent. This quality will often be something that they need to develop in themselves. In this way, the psyche uses fantasy to lead people towards their future potential.

Harold came for regression because he’d received all kinds of signs supporting the idea that he was once Edgar Cayce, the famous American psychic. His regression showed nothing of the kind.

But in the second part of the session, his spirit guide told him that the idea had come to him because he needed to believe in and develop his psychic powers. The Edgar Cayce fantasy was not literally true – but it had a serious inner purpose.

Have you ever wondered if you were once someone famous? If so, don’t dismiss the idea too hastily. It may not be literally true. But if you dig a little deeper, you may find that it was the outer wrapping of an important inner gift for you. What if a memory that is too unpleasant to handle comes up?

During a regression, you don’t hallucinate or forget where you are. You can talk to your therapist as clearly as at any other time. So it’s easy to say that you don’t want to see any more. A responsible therapist will then move you on immediately – either to a more pleasant memory or out of the session altogether. If you’re getting the memory by yourself – through meditation or a self regression CD for example – all you have to do is open your eyes, and you’ll be back in your present world.