One of the things I have really wanted to do is revisit the story I wrote last year, especially the section about Past Lives. The Past Lives One Day Workshop is nearly here and I have been thinking about what I know, what I’d like to know, how to communicate that with others, and how much of what I have already written will end up being re-written in my current writing project.
So, without further ado, here is Chapter 2 of Part 2 of “Me, My Self, I” …
What I Have Discovered and Learned
In summary, I’ve discovered the following, through working from the checklist:
- I have reincarnated as both male and female sexes
- I have been married, single, ‘good’, ‘bad’, an only child, one of several children
- I have incarnated in many different geographical locations with a handful of places lived in more than once
- Each of my immediate family members have incarnated with me before, often many times, and in different roles, eg. husband rather than son
- My career or role in each lifetime could be, and often was, quite different in each incarnation
- My death occurred in different ways: natural, accidental, deliberate, old, young, diseased etc
Most of this learning is probably what you’d expect to have occurred, assuming you had thought about reincarnation at all.
What I also discovered, and learned about through discussion with other people, over the years, some ‘in the know’ and some with a fascination for metaphysical topics, is less obvious and will take a bit of getting your brain around. As it did for me.
We have a concept of the world and how it works. It’s what we learned from our parents and what was taught at school. Those of us with enquiring minds, who sought more understanding, particularly during those turbulent teen years, as I did, would have searched further in a quest for understanding the Meaning of Life.
One thing I just didn’t get, when I was younger, was how people could have such strong faith. My experience with religion was coloured by my mother’s attitudes (just I have coloured my kids’ perceptions) especially when she changed my religion on the school forms, each year. I did attend Sunday School for a while, until I found out that I was changing groups away from my fabulous teacher. I pretty much gave up on all things church related, after that.
We, my brother and I, were also encouraged to seek our own path, to explore our own ‘faith’, and to adopt an approach which worked for us. This, of course, was very challenging for me because while I really wanted to be my own person, I found it really hard not being like everyone else. It’s kind of like not being relaxed and laid back, going with the flow; rather I was driven, by an unknown something-or-other, always looking but not seeming to ever find it.
My feeling at the time was that the elusive ‘something’ equated to the same thing that the ‘Italian Grandmothers’ seemed to have: Faith.
I didn’t have any Faith, in anything, at that time.
But, as time went on, and I explored more, and Mum introduced me to the concept of “Divine Order”, I must have gathered little gems of ideas and concepts which, when filed away into the “Michelle Box” came out, integrated, as a belief system.
One day, I realised that I did have a Faith.
What is Faith?
I had a set of concepts and beliefs which Made Sense To ME. My test for a concept’s validity was “Does this work for me?” “Does this answer my questions satisfactorily?” “Can I live according to this belief?” If I answered in the affirmative, I knew it was a ‘stayer’.
The reason for elaborating on this concept of faith is because some of the other things I discovered through checking out my past lifetimes are very much connected to the process of engaging in a “Leap of Faith”. I say that because whenever I have attempted to explain the concept of past lifetimes to someone with no knowledge, or limited knowledge about reincarnation, I am often met with a look of disbelief. Or, alternatively, what I am suggesting is so far out of that person’s reality they can’t really even process the concept. Just like I experienced when first told some of the more outrageous assumptions regarding time not being linear and lives all occurring at the same time.
On that note, other things I discovered in my research in to my own past lifetimes are:
- My lifetimes don’t always occur in a linear fashion ~ just because I lived in, for example, 1000 AD and 1200 AD doesn’t mean I lived in the 1000 AD lifetime, first
- Lives can occur in the future, chronologically speaking
- I have lived several lifetimes as different people, at the same time
There you go. Do you understand how these concepts take a bit of time to process? It was actually easy for me because all I wanted was to know who I was in a past life and how many of them had I had and who was there with me then and is with me now. It’s like a quest.
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