Could We Have Been Our Ancestors in a Past Life?
Do You Believe in Reincarnation?
Millions of people all over the world believe in reincarnation. This is the belief that the human soul lives more than one physical life, and it has been ingrained in certain religions—including Buddhism, Hinduism, various types of modern-day Paganism, and New Age—for thousands of years. We can also see traces of this idea in the Kabbalah and within sects of the Rosicrucians and Gnostics.
If we look back through the pages of history, we'll see that belief in reincarnation dominated ancient views of life after death. The ancient Celts, Norsemen, and Egyptians were just a few of many cultures that believed we live more than one life.
The main concept is that the soul moves in a circle, just as the rest of the Universe does. The circle consists of life, death, and rebirth, whereupon it starts again. It is never-ending to some, while others believe that a soul can ascend from the constant state of reincarnation to spend the rest of eternity in a higher dimension.
So, do you believe as these people do? Do you think that reincarnation is possible or even commonplace? If so, perhaps you've pondered as I have about having lived as one or more of your ancestors in your past lives.
Incredible Stories of Past Lives
One fascinating case of possible reincarnation came from a boy named Gus Taylor from the American Midwest. When Gus was a toddler, he would talk of being his own grandfather, who had passed away several years before Gus' birth. When shown pictures of family members, he would point out his grandfather "Augie" every time, without being told who his grandfather was.
One day, as his father was changing Gus' diaper, Gus suddenly looked up at him and said, "When I was your age, I changed your diaper." Naturally, this floored his father. But all of this could just have been the child's overactive imagination, right?
The nail in the coffin, so to speak, was when Gus' mother decided to test him by asking about Augie's dead sister (who the family never talked about due to emotional scars and trauma). She asked him, "If you are Augie, did you have any siblings?" Gus answered that yes, he had a sister who had died. This was, in fact, true. Augie's sister had been murdered and thrown into the San Francisco Bay.
Gus' story is not the only documented and studied case of people claiming to have been their ancestors in past lives. Simply google "past lives and ancestors" and you will find a whole plethora of blogs and confessions from those who believe that they were once their very own grandfathers, grandmothers, great-aunts, great-great-grandmothers, etc.
If we compare pictures of ourselves side by side to those of our ancestors, we can often see striking similarities. Is this solely because of our DNA or because these people might have actually been us in our past lives? We can choose to look at this topic at a mundane and physical level, or we can look beyond the physical realm to see the spiritual possibilities.
I recently discovered that I am the great-x15-granddaughter of King Henry VIII. I found this all out by digging through my family tree on ancestry.com! However, I am technically not of "royal" blood because my blood comes from Reverend Richard Edwards, one of King Henry's illegitimate sons.
How is this significant to reincarnation? I have often been drawn to the period of King Henry VIII, taking up a wild fascination specifically with the story of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Is this because I have a strand of King Henry's DNA? Could I have possibly lived as one of his grandchildren or the like?
Do Souls Travel in Groups?
If we were to ask people who believe in reincarnation, many of them would say that we've not only lived past lives but that we've also lived those lives with the same people. This belief is reflected in the concept of a "soul mate" or "soul twin."
A soul mate is someone with whom you've lived a past life, someone you've had a very close relationship with for, most likely, multiple lives before. While there are those who say that each person has only one soul mate, there are others who believe that we all have many soul mates or souls with whom we've lived lives before. This is the concept of a "soul group." In this way, souls might travel together, even incarnating into the same family.
If the idea of a soul group is true, then perhaps your past life as your great-grandmother might reveal that your mother from that life might be your daughter or sister in this life! Have you ever felt a close connection to a family member that you just can't explain? Have you felt like you've known that family member in a past life? Is this really because you share the same DNA, or is it because you've both lived past lives together within the same family bloodline? It's something to ponder, isn't it?
Family Trees and Bloodlines: Were We Our Ancestors?
So the question is, did we live past lives as our ancestors, our very own flesh and blood? Does DNA not only give us our physical attributes but also our spiritual existence?
According to my research, this idea could be possible in two different ways:
- Physically: Because we carry the DNA of our ancestors, their memories are passed down to us through the DNA itself.
- Spiritually: Our actual spiritual bodies move only through our bloodlines from one physical incarnation to the next.
If we did live lives as our ancestors, what about the stories of those who lived as people outside of their family trees?
Technically, we can all trace our lines back to one person who lived before us millions of years ago, to the very first of humankind. This means that everyone is related. It also means that we all share some traces of DNA; therefore, those people we might have lived as in the past are still our ancestors in some form!
If you take a look at your family tree and begin to look further and further back at all of the people who came together to make you, you might start to feel pretty unique. At first, it doesn't seem like that many people—parents, grandparents, great-grandparents—but then you might go back another couple of branches to great-great-grandparents and then great-great-great-grandparents and realize at this point that you have the DNA of dozens of people.
What happens if you look back three or four branches further than that? Your family tree starts to look so gigantic that it's hard to comprehend just how many ancestors you might have had. In fact, you don't just have dozens or even hundreds of ancestors; you have millions of them going back to the beginning of time!
Many amazing stories of past lives show us that there are those who believe they lived as their very own ancestors—grandfathers, great-aunts, great-great-grandmothers, etc. It is difficult for us to fathom how this would be possible if we have so many ancestors.
As you can see, this might create some doubt or debate in the minds of those who believe in past lives; however, the Universe has many wonders and mysteries that our puny brains have yet to unravel, and I truly believe that ANYTHING is possible.
Do you believe we could have lived past lives as our own ancestors?
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