I've had several spontaneous past-life memories in my life. The most amazing was one that was actually corroborated by another person.
It was about 12 years ago; I was at an "Native American Camp" over the weekend, with sweatlodge and so forth. The guy who ran the camp was a Crow
chief and medicine man from Montana -- incredibly powerful man but he never said much. One morning, when I was having breakfast, he came over and
started talking to me... unusual, since he would usually wait until addressed before talking. He said I had a lot of potential, but "you kind of keep
a lid on it."
I agreed, and he held his hand over mine for a few minutes, silently staring at me. I felt some kind of energy rush, but didn't think too much of it.
Anyway, in the days and weeks after that, "things" started happening to me. I got be so bombarded with energy that I felt like sitting in a
powerhouse... AND I started having spontaneous past-life memories.
That night, the other campers and I were sitting around a campfire chatting. Next to me was a woman, A., who I knew from Internet forums but had only
just met her in person at the camp. I began spacing out a bit, and all of a sudden I had a very vivid vision of a baby in a cradle, and somehow I knew
it was me.
I could also see the furniture and the inside and outside of the house; it seemed like Victorian-era England. It was weird, I could look INTO the
cradle and see myself, but at the same time I got the "frog's view" from OUT OF the cradle. I saw someone smiling bending over me, and I knew it
was my nanny. She was wearing one of those old-fashioned servant outfits -- black dress, white apron with ruffles, and a white ruffled cap. Somehow I
also knew that I loved her very much. And the strangest thing was: it was A., who in real life was sitting next to me at the campfire!
When I emerged from the vision, I looked at A. and said, "You won't believe what I just saw. I had a past-life experience where I was a baby, and
you were in it."
She closed her eyes for a moment, smiled, and said, "And didn't I look silly with that ruffled white cap?"
I almost passed out. This was a confirmation that I wasn't just making this up!!!
I closed my eyes again and was back at the cradle. This time I saw myself crying... and my nanny, A., bending over my cradle (while I was looking out
of it) and smothering me with a pillow. After that, nothing.
It was so intense that I got really mad, like it had just happened to me. I turned to A. and said, barely concealing my anger: "I just saw how I died
in that life. Can you tell me something about it?"
She closed her eyes again and said, "You suffocated."
I couldn't restrain myself any longer. "Yes," I shouted, "and YOU killed me!" She just gave a pitying look and didn't say anything further.
I went into my tent, still fuming. It may sound stupid to you, but when you remember something with that kind of clarity -- practically reliving it --
it's a very, very intense experience. So I fell asleep after a while and had a very vivid dream that told me all about the circumstances of my death.
I was the child of fairly wealthy people in Victorian England. I saw my mother and father who swooped in and out of the picture, but the only fixpoint
in my life was really my nanny. I guess in those times parents -- at least the rich ones -- more or less left the raising of their kids to their
servants and just showed up when it was convenient. So Nanny was the center of my tiny universe -- I loved and trusted her.
Then I saw myself in the cradle, with a kind of bluish tint on my face, and the word "typhoid fever" flashed in front of my inner eye. I realized
that I had been very sick, close to death, and that the nanny had committed sort of a "mercy killing" to end my suffering.
That experience simply blew me away, I'm telling ya. I had other past-life memories after that, but none confirmed by other people. In any case, I'm
always wary when someone claims he was Napoleon or she was Joan of Arc, or some historic figure. In my extreme New Age years, I met FOUR Joan of
Arcs... go figure. I'm more likely to believe someone who tells me they were a peasant in the Middle Ages or a slave on some Assyrian slave ship;
sounds a lot more plausible to me.