This is a question I see a lot on forums, particularly from people who aren’t sure what belief in reincarnation really offers or why people believe in it. So, how has my experience of reincarnation shaped my understanding of the world?
First of all, it has been an experience, not just a belief. What I mean to say is that my past life recall has made it very real for me. It’s taken it from being an ideology to a tangible reality. I’ve come to have a greater sense of me-ness for lack of a better term from being able to see myself in my past life selves and see them in me. There’s some enduring essence of me that experiences all these different stories.
It changes the way I understand my relationships. Being able to remember who I was when I last knew any given person I meet (and what kind of relationship we had) gives me a much deeper understanding of how our dynamics with each other in this life are shaped.
It helps me see where I’ve been. I’ve had many lifetimes, including some especially traumatic ones, and each one adds something to who I am now and how I see the world. We really aren’t doing this for the first time. Being able to see who we were helps us see who we are.
I say often that remembering your past lives is like remembering your childhood. What happens in childhood shapes who you are as an adult. The perceptions you form in childhood shape how you experience life as an adult. The same is true for past lives. While you may not remember them consciously, they are there and they shape you in your current life. Those who seek to remember are often being led to heal and to understand themselves. That is what we stand to gain by remembering, if we choose.
For me, it has been a very painful and rewarding experience. It isn’t easy remembering what we’ve been through sometimes. But being able to do so has been a huge part of my personal growth!