reply to post by 3rdState
Here's a thought on why we don't remember our past lives *usually*; well, some thoughts about the practicalities.
First, maybe we *do* remember our past lives, in detail, but only *between* the end of one life and the beginning of another, when we can see the all
actions (and the full spread of their consequences) of the life just concluded in the perspective of all our previous lives and lessons that came
before. I think most of the lessons a lifetime has to teach only become clear to us when that life is over.
Second, suppose we do sometimes choose lifetimes in which we will remember parts of our past lives, because we have lived enough lives to not get
scared or made crazy by such intrusions from the past, and in fact we're ready to learn how to use these "flashbacks" to enrich and help fine-tune
our current life.
Third, if you are born the daughter of an imam in Afghanistan and as a child you prattle about having been a fighter pilot in WWII. What will be your
future? Your primary job as a newborn and very young child is to learn (and survive) the local conditions and beliefs you've stepped into, so you
can live to get on with whatever tasks you're attempting to accomplish as an imam's daughter from/in Afghanistan (which might just be about
surviving or accepting such a life). Suppose the whole process of acculturation is a basic part of the job, and teaches its own vital lessons? What
if you're born into a fundamentalist family of *any* religion and you talk about experiences you couldn't possibly know anything about -- unless
you're possessed by a DEMON? Even now, in many parts of the world, that stuff can get you killed quite early, usually after a good deal of horrible
treatment first. Life is tough enough.
Fourth, If I'm trying to steer my car out of a bad skid on a mountain road and I'm suddenly overwhelmed by a memory of being crushed by an
overturned ox-cart on the Russian-Polish border in 1326, what's likely to happen to me right now? Most of us need our whole attention and then some
to cope with a modern life. People who get caught up in spontaneous past life memories have a tendency to end up on medication, here in the West, to
help get rid of the "hallucinations".
Fifth, suppose each of us runs up a sequence of maybe 100 + lifetimes before we're ready to get out of here? Is the human mind, as its presently
known, capable of holding *all* of the details of sixty lifetimes without going *really* crazy? Sheesh, I still can't remember where I put my keys
Just some thoughts.