Have you ever wondered or sensed that you were someone different before? Do you sometimes have a sense of having a valet or a lady in waiting? Have you visited a place you sensed you had been before, albeit is the first time you have been there in your current memory. Does it seem like you are in the role of a Cinderella this lifetime by mistake?
No matter what you might sense or wonder, you are in this life, in an unremarkable ordinary body, putting in hard work to make the mortgage or rent payment and pay bills. This is the lament of many of my clients – and I too have wondered what I did to come into an ordinary life when I could have been rich and famous.
It is inevitable, the question, of whether someone who experiences a regression remembers being a famous historical person, is asked. Why does it seem that one was famous before, and in an ordinary life now? The question is whether it is true that everyone experiencing a regression remembers a famous lifetime. I am happy to share what I have learned over the decades of my personal and professional experiences, as this is an intriguing aspect of past life regression work.
To put my answer in context, I have known about the past life phenomenon since I was seven- years-old. This knowledge came to me as a ‘knowing,’ rather than as a belief or a curiosity. I simply ‘knew’ the information as if someone ‘told’ me it was a fact. I never questioned this ‘knowing.’ I often wondered why my parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles did not talk about this wondrous world of ‘knowing’ life’s vicissitudes. Yet, I was often admonished when I said, things that to me was ‘truth.’ “Now Dorothy, don’t get carried away,” my mother would say as I chattered to her about the many things I knew and thought everyone else knew too and were not talking about.
Furthermore my response to this question comes from facilitating thousands of hours of regression work with clients and experiencing eleven of my own personal lifetimes in depth.
Contrary to the suspicion that people remember being Napoleon, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Mary or Jesus, the majority of the past life memories involve ordinary lives. Occasionally extraordinary feats will be accomplished, or traumatic events will be revealed, but, not written in history. These events range from saving a friend’s life, surviving or perishing as a result of an animal attack, wars, or fires. People occasionally report life experiences when they had a major impact on a country or the planet.
This is not to say that famous people do not reincarnate, indeed they do. Presidents, kings, queens, martyrs, and heroes incarnate to complete their soul’s evolution. They may have additional notable lifetimes, or they may learn their lessons in relative ordinary lives. See The Return of the Revolutionaries – The Case of Reincarnation and Soul Group Reunited, Walter Simkew, MD. and A Tribe Returned, Janet Cunningham, PhD.
When someone reports a lifetime that reveals a person, who was well-known, it is incumbent for the regression practitioner to be diligent in discerning between memories and a belief of the life time. Many factors contribute to confusion in this regard. It is easy to move from actual memories of a past life gleaned from a movie or book. It is equally easy to assume that since images of a certain event arise, that the subject is at the epicenter of that situation.
For example, imagine that you were the personal aide to Napoleon. You understood the details of the battle strategies. You remembered the daily rhythm and personal habits of this leader. Perhaps you were a bit envious of him and in your fantasies would pretend to be him. During a regression to that period, it may appear that you understand all of his emotions, and are intimately aware of his relationships and his reasoning behind decisions. Wouldn’t it be easy to assume that you were, in fact, Napoleon? Upon further investigation and honest objectivity, you may later discover that, in truth, you were his aide. This type of confusion has occurred in many past life regressions.
It takes diligence to discern the truth of whether you were the famous person or someone closely related to him/her. In your present life, is there anyone who you identify with so closely that it may confuse you if you were to regress to this lifetime from a future one?
It may help you to understand this principle by examining the case of Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon. He was obsessed with Lennon and may have lived vicariously, to a degree, through him. Of course, a person did not have to be insane or a criminal in order to have this mistaken identity during a regression.
If you believe you had a life time as a famous person, there is no reason to shy away from knowing the truth. Our spirit/soul energy carries many patterns with it as it moves from one incarnation to the next. If it is typical of a spirit to be in a leadership role, or in the spotlight, they will typically make decisions that will foster those opportunities again. When a spirit is aligned with being a helper, affecting the world from behind the scenes, that person will be more comfortable in a supportive role rather than in the leadership role. Some souls gravitate to roles of saintly virtue, while others may cycle in roles of a lesser nature.
To illuminate this phenomenon imagine what role you think Thomas Edison would choose if he were to reincarnate. Do you envision him as a scientist, inventor, teacher, mother, assembly line worker, criminal, musician, or farmer? Does it seem likely that he would be very intelligent, or have difficulty in school? What is it about his character that prompts you to believe what he would incarnate into?
While Edison would learn lessons from each of those perspectives, chances are high that he would not choose to act out as a criminal, nor would he be satisfied over time with the redundant work of the assembly line. His brilliance and character would begin to shine through regardless of where he found himself.
When examining your own energy, preferences, and comfort zones, ask yourself whether it would be natural for you to be a leader, in the spotlight, and taking risks, or in the shadows, behind the scenes, and a helper? Although we may have a variety of roles and experiences, and may switch from leadership to supporter from life to life, there will be a tendency and a comfort zone apparent in the soul’s characteristics and energy.
Were you famous? Maybe. Were you an ordinary citizen? Probably, more often than not.
Does everyone remember being famous? Few people I have regressed have famous past lives. Does it matter? No, not in the least. What matters is the person is awakening to their highest self and doing the inner work they came here to do.