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Originally posted by NephraTari
It's not about taking the knowledge and thats not what I am suggesting.
Retaining those memories may make it hard to live in the life you are. … In order to fully experience each incarnation we have to start it with a clean slate to have an unbiased view of that lifetime.
If you retain all those memories, why would you want to live the life you are in?
As this boy has shown he wants to pick up where he left off, thus robbing himself of a new life experience.
Originally posted by CavemanDD
I think its quite simply that we could not handle it for various reasons:
1. Amount of information
2. Leak-through causing interuptions in our present..you know how its a struggle to live "in the moment" sometimes when you're thinking about something uncomfortable from last week? Imagine that x 10000+ lives
3. Unhealthy or distracting attachment to the time / people / memories etc.
4. Again I want to emphasize the weight of carrying life-times of guilt, fear, and all sorts of unresolved personal and karmatic issues.
I think when we get flashes of past lives its for a specific reason / message.
Originally posted by Frith
... I personally think the potential positives of past life recall outweight any potential negatives as I believe most of the worst traits of man would be eliminated leaving only a possible new sense of strangeness in its wake that would create much less suffering than what we currently put up with.
Originally posted by mblahnikluver
I have always wondered who I was in a past life. I have always been obsessed with France and the culture and just everything about it. I swear sometimes I must have been French in a past life. Why else would I have such a strong feeling towards a place I have never been? My entire family says I have been this way since I was very little. I remember being in 2nd grade and telling my teacher I was going to live in France. Why I remember that I have no idea. I just have this feeling I must have been French before. Sounds odd but to me it seems right.
Originally posted by Volatile
The way I see it is, you have no longer any need for your previous life. You lived it, learned your lesson and that's it... Why go back?
No good comes out of remembering your past lives, since you were underdeveloped back then.
Originally posted by SlayerRock
the reason we dont remember our past lives is because we didn't have them lol. you only get one life and that's it. sorry.
This case involves Robert Snow, who is a Captain in the Indianapolis Police Department, in charge of the Homicide Division. Based on a dare made by a fellow police officer, Captain Snow went to a past life regression therapist. Captain Snow, in his book, Looking for Carroll Beckwith, relates that he only went to the therapist so that it didn't look like he had "welshed on the dare." Captain Snow did not believe in reincarnation and did not expect to have a meaningful experience during the session.
A delightful aspect of Captain Snow's book is the high level of skepticism and a mischievous sense of humor that infuses the narrative. Let us share in Captain Snow's experiences through passages from Looking for Carroll Beckwith. We start with the regression therapist, Dr. Mariellen Griffith, guiding the regression. Dr. Griffith begins by instructing Captain Snow to imagine that he is relaxing comfortably in his den at home. Dr. Griffith continues: "Now, picture your higher self coming into the room to greet you," Dr. Griffith said. I did that, too, though as I sat on the couch with my eyes closed, I couldn't help but wonder what the hell I was doing there, particularly when she asked me what my higher self was wearing. How the hell would I know? This was her daydream. But I decided to give it a try. "White," I answered, "A long white gown." Wasn't that what all spirits wore? "Your higher self is standing there and asking if you're ready to go on a trip. It is telling you that it will guide you and protect you on your trip." Oh Lord, I thought, as I tried to maintain a facial expression of seriousness, I can't believe I'm doing this.
Eventually and much to his surprise, Captain Snow experienced past life memories during the regression that were powerful and clear. He recalled several different lifetimes, but the one that was most prominent was as a portrait painter in what seemed to be the 19th century. Captain Snow remembered 28 specific details regarding this lifetime as an artist. One of the specific memories involved painting the portrait of a hunchback woman. Captain Snow vividly remembered the experience, including his questioning why someone so unattractive would want a portrait painted.