Ancestral Ties to Past Lives: Were We Our Own Ancestors?
Do You Believe in Reincarnation?
Millions of people all over the world believe in reincarnation. Reincarnation is the belief that the human soul lives more than one physical life. This belief has been ingrained in certain religions for thousands of years, including: Buddhism, Hinduism, various types of modern day Paganism and New Age. We can also see traces of it in the Kabbalah, and within sects of the Rosicrucians and Gnostics. If we look back through the pages of history, we would see that the belief in reincarnation dominated the ancients' views of life after death. The ancient Celtic people, the Norse people, and the Egyptians were just several of the cultures who believed that 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 where upon the circle starts again. It is never-ending to some, while to others there is a belief that a soul can ascend from the constant state of reincarnation to spend eternity in a higher dimension. So do you believe as these people do? Do you think reincarnation is possible or simply common sense? If so, perhaps you've pondered as I have the idea of having lived as one or more of your ancestors in past lives. We will examine this theory more closely...
Our Incredible Stories of Past Lives...
One very interesting case of possible reincarnation came from a boy named Gus Taylor who lives in the American Mid-West. The story goes that 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, Gus Taylor would point out his grandfather "Augie" every time without being told who his grandfather was.
His father remembers changing Gus' diaper one day when Gus looked up at him and said, "when I was your age I changed your diaper." This obviously floored his father, as it would any parent. But all of this could simply 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 (a topic that was never discussed within the family due to emotional scars and trauma). The question she posed to Gus was, "if you are Augie, did you have any siblings?" Gus answered yes, that he had had a sister but she had died. This in fact was true. Augie's sister was murdered and thrown in the San Francisco Bay which is why the family never discussed it.
This is not the only documented and studied case of people claiming to have been their own 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 they were once their very own grandfathers, grandmothers, great aunts, great great grandmothers, etc. If we were to compare our own pictures with those of our ancestors side by side, often we can see striking similarities. Is this simply because of physical DNA or because these people might actually have been us in our past lives? We can choose to look at this topic on a very mundane and physical level, or we can see beyond the physical to the possibilities of the spiritual...
Recently I discovered that I am the great x 15 granddaughter of King Henry VIII. I actually found this out all by digging through my family tree on ancestry.com! Technically I am not of "royal" blood because my blood comes from one of King Henry's illegitimate sons by the name of Reverend Richard Edwards. How is this significant to reincarnation? I have often been drawn to the age of King Henry VIII, taking up a wild fascination specifically with that time period and the story of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Is this because I have a strand of King Henry's DNA? Or did I possibly live as one of his grandchildren or the like?
If Souls Travel in Groups; We Were Sisters in a Past Life
If we were to ask people who believe in reincarnation, many of them would agree that they believe we not only live past lives but that we've 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 whom you've lived with in 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 those who believe 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...incarnating into the same family even.
If the idea of a soul group is true, then perhaps your past life as your own great grandmother might reveal that your mother from that life might even be your daughter or sister in this life! Have you ever felt a close connection to a family member that you can't explain as a normal relationship? Have you felt like you've known that family member in a past life? Is this truly 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 very own ancestors...our own flesh and blood? Does DNA not only give us our physical attributes but does it also bring together spiritual existence?
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 special. At first it doesn't seem like that many people - parents, grandparents, great grandparents. But then you might go back another couple branches to great great grandparents and then great x3 grandparents and realize at this point that you have the DNA of dozens of people. What happens if you look back even 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, you have millions of ancestors 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. So I truly believe that ANYTHING is possible.
This idea/belief could be possible in two different ways, according to my research:
1. Physically: Because we carry the DNA of our ancestors, their memories are passed down to us through the DNA itself.
2. Spiritually: Our actual spiritual bodies move only through our bloodlines from one physical incarnation to the next.
But if we did live lives as our ancestors, what about the stories of those who lived as other people outside of their own family trees? Technically we can all trace our lines back to one person who lived before us millions of years ago...the very first of human kind. Which means that everyone is literally related. Which furthermore 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!
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© 2015 Author Nicole Canfield
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