How to Recall Your Past Lives

Updated on March 6, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

Is it possible to recall your past lives? It might be easier than you thought.
Is it possible to recall your past lives? It might be easier than you thought. | Source

Have We Lived Before?

Reincarnation is a concept that isn't new. The belief that we've lived past lives dates back centuries, even thousands of years, and spans multiple cultures. Buddhism and Hinduism are two of the largest religions in the world and both believe in reincarnation to certain degrees. The belief that we've lived before and that our soul moves from one body to the next has also crossed over religions and has permeated western culture, too. Think about this—we are made up of energy, just like everything else in the Universe. Wasn't it Einstein who said energy can be transmuted but energy never truly dies? So once we die, is that all? Or is our life force, our base energy, transported elsewhere? Perhaps it searches for the next best vessel...a human body.

Maybe you've come to this article because you believe in reincarnation and you want to know how you can recall some of your past lives. Maybe you're just curious if it's even possible to recall your past lives. Here are some ways in which you can begin to remember some of your past incarnations. None of them are fail-proof; however, I have found them to be useful and successful for certain individuals.

Often people are drawn to the ancient cultures in which they once lived.
Often people are drawn to the ancient cultures in which they once lived. | Source

What Are Your Interests?

In this life we have many interests. Likes and dislikes. Often these things push us into certain occupations and lifestyles. Maybe you're a doctor. A lawyer. A singer or musician. Maybe you're a secretary. A veterinarian. A soldier. It is possible and quite likely that your occupation or passions in this life echo or mirror occupations and passions from one or more of your past lives.

Think about the one thing you are most passionate about. The one thing you would do to make yourself happy no matter if you get paid for it or not. For me, it is writing. Writing has been a part of me since I was a child. It is my passion and something I couldn't stop doing if I tried. If I don't write, I feel unfulfilled. Sometimes even depressed. Do you have an interest or passion that makes you feel this way? If so, you probably had the same passion in a past life that has carried through to this life.

By identifying your interests, you can begin to remember or recall one or more aspects of your past lives. A friend of mine loves to look at the night sky. He has had a fascination with the stars and space since he was a child and his favorite gift was a telescope. Come to find out, one of his past lives was one in which he was a "star-gazer" or an ancient astronomer. A person who would gaze and analyze the heavens in order to teach his tribe.

In addition, your basic likes and dislikes can also be remnants of past lives carried through to the present life. This can include the food that you like, places you've visited, the type of friends you have and the partners you choose. Do you love potatoes? Sushi? Mediterranean food? Think about the cultures or places where these foods originate. Have you been drawn to these cultures? This may be indicative of a past life.

Your basic likes and dislikes can also be remnants of past lives carried through to the present life.

— Nicole Canfield

Do You Have Any Fears or Scars?

Another area of your current life that you should evaluate is whether or not you have any unfounded fears or phobias. Sometimes this will tell you how you died in a past life or some other traumatic experience.

For instance, if you have an unfounded fear of deep water or of drowning but you've never had any trauma in this life in the water, perhaps it's pointing to the fact that you died by drowning in a past life. This is a pretty common fear. Another common fear is the fear of heights. Often people who have this fear don't know why they feel this way. This could be that they fell from a high cliff or something similar in a past life.

There can also be physical evidence of a past life injury. If you have a large birthmark anywhere on your body, this could be a mark that you've carried through from a past life. For example, a large brown spot on your back may indicate a place where you were stabbed or shot in a past life.

Some people believe we lived past lives as our very own ancestors! If you have photos of your ancestors, look at them there anyone you look eerily like?
Some people believe we lived past lives as our very own ancestors! If you have photos of your ancestors, look at them there anyone you look eerily like? | Source

Evaluate Your Dreams

One of the easiest ways to recall your past lives is to analyze your dreams. Do you have any dreams that seem to keep happening? Think about where this dream takes place. Is it somewhere you've never been to but seems familiar? Write this dream down and really try to flesh out where the dream is taking place. This could be a clue as to where you lived one of your past lives. The dream itself might even be a memory or an amalgamation of memories from your past life/lives.

Dreams are thought to be messages from your subconscious. Some people believe some dreams are memories from your past lives trying to fight their way to your conscious mind.

The best way to use your dreams as windows to your past is by keeping a dream journal. You may be saying, "I don't dream that much", but in reality everyone dreams every night. It's just that most often when you wake up you don't remember dreaming. What you can do is start by writing down the first recent dream you can remember. From there, keep writing down the ones you remember. Before long, your dream recall will be at an all-time high and you might remember up to 4 dreams a night! Use this as a guide. You can go back and read over your dreams and try to find a pattern. Are you in the same place in this dream? Is the same theme happening? Patterns will emerge and you'll see how you can apply this to your past life recall.

Past Life Regressions and Tarot Readings

Some people want others to tell them what their past lives were. There are psychic mediums and intuitives who have the ability to do something called a past life regression. You can search your local area to find someone who can help you with this service, or you can go online and find a psychic medium or tarot reader who will do a past life reading for you via a video or document online.

I've had a few past life readings done online and each time was exciting and inspiring. You have to find the right person. Someone who's very authentic and passionate about past life readings and someone who isn't just trying to rip you off. I wouldn't spend more than $50 for a past life reading. For a past life regression, usually these are more in-depth and done in person, I am not sure of a price but ultimately it's up to you to do your research and be wary of frauds.


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      watergeek 12 months ago from Pasadena CA

      I had a professional past life regression done in my thirties, from which I learned to do it myself. Since then I've accessed several past lives, mainly to help myself navigate this life. I can usually tell when it's time to do one when my reactions to a situation seem totally irrational. I'll wait for awhile, and if the irrational feeling repeats, I'll go into meditation and trace it back. Regressions have been very helpful so far.

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      artemis133 13 months ago

      I love Indian food. Clothes made in India appeal to me, also. I have my nostril pierced, as many Indian women do.

      My hair is long, beyond my waist. And after I started studying Buddhism, my life became bearable.

      I think I had a past life in India.

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      Jude Ian 13 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I really like this Nicole, when I was little I had this weird fascination with ancient Chinese houses and costumes. But I didn't have much influence on that growing up. I also had a phase when I really liked seeing anything Ancient Egyptian. Maybe my interest in magic and mystery comes from that, who knows..

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      Nell Rose 13 months ago from England

      One of my favorite subjects, so this was great! I do believe, too much info in dreams and feelings to not. Great hub!

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      Nicole Canfield 13 months ago from Summerland

      Heidi - Yes! I too feel I've been writing for millennia. Makes sense to me! Thanks for commenting, as always. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 13 months ago from Chicago Area

      Bookmarking! Like you, I have a natural inclination for the writing arts. Yet I didn't study it academically (except for what I had to) and I rarely, if ever, have writer's block. I do believe it's from some past experience. I just have too many dreams, signs and insights that make me believe in the existence of past lives. If nothing else, it's in our DNA somewhere. :) Spring blessings!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 13 months ago from United Kingdom

      I do believe in reincarnation and I feel in a past life I lived in England. I've never been comfortable living in the States and when I first set foot in England I felt as if I had come home. I'm living a richer and more fulfilling life here and I will never leave again.

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      Louise Powles 13 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This is a road I've never really been down. I guess it would be interesting though to see what life I had before.