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Reincarnation & Karma – 4 Reasons People Think They Lived Past lives as Famous Historical Figures

Updated on February 18, 2013

Too often, there are reports of people claiming to have been glorified historical figures in past lives. It's a frequent misconception, perhaps encouraged in part by somewhat unscrupulous psychics who tell clients how important they were in their past lives. When people are regressed and see their own past lives, it's common to perceive experiences as being both rich and poor, male and female, powerful and powerless, productive and unproductive, and so on.

If people perceive themselves as a famous historic figure such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, one of the Disciples of Jesus, or even as Jesus himself, there are four possible explanations for this:

1. The person really was the historic figure in a past life.

2. The person is identifying with personality patterns associated with the historic individual to such an extent that the person believes he or she was that individual.

3. The person's ego is adding to the session. For example, perhaps he or she perceives through regression the ancient civilization of Egypt and a woman who looked like Cleopatra, or they may have been associated with Cleopatra, but the regressed person wasn't actually Cleopatra.

4. The person is somehow connecting to the energy or consciousness that was once part of the historic figure.

Regarding those who consider people who believe in reincarnation and past lives to be escapists and cowards, it actually takes more courage to accept and live within the ideals of reincarnation and karma because it means you have to take responsibility for everything you do, say, intend, and feel for all that happens to you. There is no such thing as a victim, you can't blame anyone for anything, and you "get away with" nothing.

Furthermore, physical death may be the end of our body, but we are far more than just a body. Our soul consists of energy or life force. Science has proven that energy never dies and can't be destroyed; it just takes a different form. Past life regression can be used for entertainment purposes, but more importantly, even if you don't believe in past lives, it can be a very useful and therapeutic tool.

Finally, it doesn't really matter if the theories of reincarnation and karma are valid or not, but if we all acted as if they were, our world would be a much better place.

Copyright © Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo


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      Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for the interesting hub. Although I've been an Astrologer for many years, and believe in reincarnation, I never thought about my past lives too much. But after my last round of Metaphysical courses, my husband and I both always felt an affinity to Egyptian things. Since he's a blond and I'm a redhead, maybe we came from Atlantis or Lemuria? Who knows. I think life makes more sense if you believe in reincarnation, it helps explain things are very hard to explain, like the "why bad things happen to good people."

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      Catherine 5 years ago

      Yeah I can recognise with the continual familiarity that Jass has expressed going through motions that you already know, plucking knowledge from my own mind that I could swear I've never been taught, regular de ja vu, premonitions from an early age, the sensation of being a part of something bigger and no one else getting it, and continually annoying people with the truth of the situation - because i am not just one life and one perspective I am many lives and many perspectives, panic attacks when I have arrived (not knowing the significance or anything beforehand) at previously lived or significant places in past life - but finding out later and it all makes sense.

      And that is what I've come to rely on most, recognising the feeling and sensation experienced, and going with it as best you would handle it, and seeing how my intuition has directed me to the outcome and seeing the hindsight. And saying yeah, it is the best outcome, even though no one would have ever have suggested that taking those actions would have ever guessed it would be the way it would end up.

      Dreams, miracles, and magic happen regularly!

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Thank you for a most interesting and well structured hub. it makes me want to read more.

      But please, when you choose a font, this method of putting up text is disconcerting, and takes away the flow. The default font spaces and collects words well, so that letters aren't left over at the end of a line and are forced onto the next, breaking the word into meaningless segments.

      Sorry about the moan.

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      Jass 6 years ago

      I think I was Malcolm X in a past life. My fear of speaking the truth when it matters. My unusual fear of police officers, even though I have never been in any altercations with the boys in blue. Constant struggle through life, with people trying to diminish my character from all corners. My taste for knowledge.

      Malcolm X died @ approximately 3:10PM

      I happen to be born @ 3:11PM

      When I watch the death of MX, the movie and actual.. I get a burning sensation as if it happened to me already.

      Countless numerological confirmations of my assertions.

      Anomalous acknowledgment from people on the street, who I don't even know or converse with... almost as if they seen me before and were giving me a 'job well done' salute.

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      bright_sorcerer 9 years ago from London, Canada

      This was a great hub, Scott. Your point about some unscrupulous psychics is well made. I'm a firm believer in past lives and, as you've mentioned, it has changed my outlook not only on my present life, but of those whom I am connected to. Not to disparage western religion but the concept that "bad things happen to good people" is a punishment from the Creator makes me shake my head in frustration. And I totally agree that if more people were aware of karma and the role it plays in our present incarnation, the world would be a much better place to live in. Another great hub and I'm glad I had the chance to read it. Blessings.