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Discover How Your Past Lives May be Holding You Back

Updated on January 18, 2014

Do you believe in reincarnation? Is it possible that you’ve been here before as somebody else? Perhaps you are being given a second chance to finish something you started hundreds of years ago.

The idea of past lives is nothing new. Millions of people around the world strongly believe in the process of rebirth. And now many more are becoming believers after experiencing their own past lives through something known as past life regression therapy.

But even if it is true and our soul really is eternal, why on earth would we want to keep coming back to this cycle of birth, suffering, and death over and over again? What’s the point of all this?

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The eternal dance

If we stop and look, we would see that the cycle of life, death, and rebirth is happening everywhere around us. Our skin cells, liver cells, the leaves in the trees, the photons of the sun’s rays, and even our moment to moment experiences—all of them dying and being reborn; every second, every minute, every day.

Everything in the universe seems to flow this way.

In another sense, we can see a form of reincarnation throughout our own current lifetime. Think back to your own birth. Try to remember your first birthday or your first day of school and the emotions you felt. Move forward to your first kiss, your first breakup, and the first time someone close to you died. Think of all the different jobs you’ve had and all the people and friends you’ve met and how distant most of those events seem now. Almost like past lives.

Throughout our lives we’ve risen to triumphant victories, and other times fell flat on our face. We gain experiences and wisdom so that we can grow. Not just physical growth, but also mental and spiritual growth through trial and error.

Every one of those trials is a memory that holds powerful lessons and attached emotions.

Now imagine your mind not only storing every single memory of your current life, but also every single memory of your “past” lives as well. That’s a ton of information spread out over hundreds or thousands of years! All of these past memories are buried deep within your subconscious and also within the cells of your body. And all of it is affecting your life much more than you think. How can that be possible?

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The theory of cell memories

One way of explaining “cell memory” is through the idea that our bodies are made up of billions of interactive, microscopic cells. Each one of these tiny cells is an incredible organism with the ability to retain the memory and information of things like: traumatic experiences, habits, and other personal traits of your existence. And they retain this memory independently from the brain.

This theory has become popular with the phenomenon of organ transplant recipients suddenly experiencing strange urges or even “memories” that belong to the person who donated the organ.

Like, for instance, a man who never drinks alcohol suddenly craving a martini after receiving an organ from a known alcoholic. You get the idea.

How to use cell memory

The belief is that our spirit carries with it all the memories of every life we’ve ever had. When our spirit mind enters our physical body during reincarnation, all that data and memory is downloaded into the cells of our being.

We now can begin to understand how certain unexplainable phobias and character traits that we have are possibly nothing more than past life memories.

For instance, that chronic pain in your left hand could be from a past life hand deformity. You may not “consciously” remember having that deformity, but your cell memory certainly does.

A fear of water could be related to drowning in a past life. Your cell memory has strong emotions attached to that traumatic past life event.

The process of healing ourselves using this information involves tapping into our subconscious, pinpointing those past life traumas, and releasing those specific memories that we no longer need.

What personal struggles do you face that you can’t quite explain? Is it possible that your phobias and disorders are nothing more than a past life experience?

Why can’t we remember our past lives?

You can! But do you remember what you had for lunch on this date fifteen years ago? Not many people do. However, that memory is in there somewhere. Our minds are just too cluttered and busy with information and conditioning and often useless data to remember with clarity every event in our life. Not to mention a life from hundreds of years ago.

The most interesting of reported past life experiences comes from children between the ages of three and five years old. Thousands of cases have been documented where toddlers who can barely speak tell detailed stories based on events and locations where they claim to have lived before. The strange thing is that the facts of their stories actually check out.

Could it be that their previous lives are still fresh in their minds? Or is it because they haven’t been conditioned yet by society to think that such things just don't exist?

Does the cycle ever end?

If we wish to end our cycle of reincarnation, we must first wish to put an end to our human suffering and be one with God. We must achieve spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Then there is also our karma to consider. It’s a lot of hard work!

So many people suffer, so many people are rich, and so many are poor. There seems to be so many people doing so many things that it is hard to understand what it is all about.

One of the key words in the quest for ending the cycle is “release”. We must release from fear-based emotions and release from our craving and desire of “things”. This is not an easy task. Even our mere desire to “release” from things can become the very attachment that shackles us to earth.

But it can be done.

Tips for discovering past lives

Hypnosis. This a great way to unlock past life information stored in your subconscious mind. The process of using hypnosis to uncover past lives is called “past life regression”. And many professional therapists are widely accepting this technique as a powerful form of healing therapy. This is an excellent way to release those unwanted cell memories. You can even hypnotize yourself with a little practice.

Meditation. Learn to meditate. And as you relax in your practice you can ask God or your spirit guides for answers to who you were in a past life. You can ask your guide to show you things in your mind. This may sound silly at first, but often times all we need to do is ask.

Ponder your childhood. Think back on what you were drawn to as a kid. Many times our early interests reveal information about who we were or what we did in a past life.

Examine your hang ups. Look closely at the physical, emotional, and psychological problems that plague your existence. They might be related to previous life traumas. Many of us struggle repeatedly with phobias and disorders and chronic pains that hold us back from our full potential. And we should understand that these things can be overcome.


There is something comforting in the thought of our soul living forever. That would mean that we live forever, and there is no death. But the ultimate goal is to learn and grow to one day merge with God so that we don’t have to continue this crazy cycle of joy and pain, love and hate, tough lessons and crappy jobs.

So go ahead, start working out your bad karma and get spiritual and who knows…? Maybe in the next life you can day bask in the loving glory of God.


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      4 years ago

      i believe in reicarnation. i was a god of the sea before.

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      Che Rogers 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I love your post. I agree with you 100% and find it fascinating that something woke me up from a dead sleep for me to read this and another post that was similar to yours. I've got some talking I need to do to my spirit guides who I have a strong feeling are my ancestors. Thank you for being open to this information and spreading it for others to open their third eye!

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      lone77star, thanks for the comment. I had an out-of-body experience a few years ago, so now I believe in astral bodies and souls. I believe the ultimate goal, in this life and the next, is to detach from form of any kind. Pure consciousness.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Brian, a most interesting hub. I don't believe in reincarnation; I know it. It's like saying, "Do you believe you have a mother and father?" As if there were any question about it.

      The physical cycle of things seems to be a popular metaphor for reincarnation, but it remains an imperfect analogy. Why? Because spirit is not physical. Something else is going on, here. This isn't a physical process; it's both physical and spiritual.

      Spirit has been poisoned. Genesis calls it the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Colloquially, it's called the "forbidden fruit." In my own research, I call it "Ego" -- the antithesis of Love.

      Cell memory reminds me of Dianetics, but that's physical memory, rather than spiritual. Scientology went further by addressing the spiritual and relieving the travails of past lives in how they impinged on the present life.

      I absolutely love your section on "Does the cycle ever end?" Bravo! I compare your "release" to what I call "letting go of attachments," especially attachment to Ego and all its dichotomies. For instance, Ego-good is not divine-good. Ego-good is dichotomous -- it remains tainted with its opposite and everything you do in this level is relative to Ego. Divine-good is like the Zen "one hand clapping" or "one-sided coin." It remains pure and perfect. For instance, Ego-confidence could motivate an individual to create a new novel, invent a better mouse trap, or climb the tallest mountains. Divine-confidence (or "paramita" confidence) would allow you to walk on water or to move that tallest mountain into the ocean in an instant.

      Even Christ talked about reincarnation, but it wasn't the chief focus of his teachings. Once the individual gives up Ego, then the true self reawakens (is "born again") and there are no more "past" lives, but only one continuous life -- continuity of consciousness or "everlasting life."

      After several years of Scientology past-life counseling, I was fully aware of my spiritual nature as separate from my physical body -- OBE, telekinesis and more. Powerful stuff, especially when powered by love.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Old Souls...okay, thanks! Reincarnation is not something I believed in all my life. When I was younger, I just couldn't understand it. Now I'm older and have seen some strange things and well...I'm interested. I believe there is a spirit world right here among us. And I like the idea of having been here before. Thanks for reading.

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      Pamela N Red 

      4 years ago from Oklahoma

      I've read a few books on reincarnation and find the subject fascinating. One called Old Souls is really good.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      DzyMsLizzy, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's nice to hear from you. Since researching and publishing this hub, I have not stopped thinking about all sorts of irrational fears and also unexplainable joys that inhabit my being. And I wonder...could these be from a past life?

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      Brian Prickril 

      4 years ago from Savannah, GA

      FlourishAnyway, I have weird struggles in my life that seem to have no explainable origin. I have to say that researching this article definitely opened my mind. One of these days I would really be interested in trying some of that past life regression therapy. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Liz Elias 

      4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well presented. Indeed, I've been exploring this area of thought in recent years, and have decided this could be a possible explanation for my totally irrational fear and hatred of snakes, when I've never even come across a live one in my life. I'm guessing I must've died by snake bite some time in a past life.

      Very thought-provoking article. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      4 years ago from USA

      This is a fascinating hub -- well written and it really spoke to me. I believe strongly I've lived before and have even known some people (and creatures) around me in other contexts, long ago. I've never thought about chronic pain being a remnant of past lives. Interesting stuff to ponder!

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thank you, mathira. For a long time I knew very little about reincarnation. Then, the more I read about it the more I considered it. The stories of the children recalling past lives is what really sparked my interest.

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      5 years ago from chennai

      Brian, your hub made an interesting reading and after reading it, I am beginning to believe in reincarnation.

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      passionate77, thank you for stopping by. Always nice to hear from you and read your encouragement.

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      5 years ago

      very interesting and so helpful post brian, really very helpful and so well researched and thoroughly written article full of great facts and ideas. thanks for sharing, blessings!

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      mperrottet, Thank you so much for the read, the vote, and the keen response. I once had a mild out-of-body experience and since then...well, how can anything be the same? It was proof to me of a soul. And now I'm open to a lot of ideas.

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      Margaret Perrottet 

      5 years ago from San Antonio, FL

      I believe in reincarnation, and have had some dreams that I think concern past lives. I know that Buddhists and Hindus believe in reincarnation, and even some factions of mystic Christianity such as the Rosicrucians believe in it as well. It just makes sense to me that we would continue on, and your description of the eternal dance is exactly how I see things - that reincarnation is just the natural way of things. Great article, voted up, interesting, and awesome - and sharing.

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      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thanks, Bill. And thanks for stopping by. Yeah, some days the thought of being on this rock forever seems like a bit too much for me. I gotta get out of this "skin" suit and see some sights!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, well-organized and interesting thoughts. I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Forever? We'll just have to see, won't we? I'll meet you on the other side and we'll discuss this further. :)

    • Brian Prickril profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Lee Tea, thank you so much for the energizing comment. I feel your vibe from all the way up there in PA. And it charges me to keep going! Glad you liked it.

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      Lee Tea 

      5 years ago from Erie, PA! Keep thinking, keep writing, keep sharing your light!!

      Thank you for taking the time to consider these thoughts, to organize them in this way, and to write them down for all of us to ponder. Thinking about the ideas in your articles made me tingle! You're opening doors that let in cool rushing water to sooth our usual damning and frightening ideas of a finite life.

      This made me smile :) - thanks for being the good.


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