But that misses the point. The point is . . . root cause. Without understanding the mechanics of "why" that thing I see is likely to happen, you are in a passive state, literally asleep. I am still making my way, slowly -- but surely . . . towards integrating the causal links behind behavior, both backwards and forwards. The future and the past . . . one unified body of knowledge, sliced at a specific point -- a holographic model of behavior and pre-cognition with the added bonus of walking in, and listening to, other "parallel worlds".
The integration of the mind, both conscious and sub-conscious, with the body . . . and by body I mean not only the physical body we wear but the larger social, political body that surrounds us, influencing us in so many ways . . . bits of energy swirling in, around, and through us . . . the question: how does the body interface with the mind? How do we become aware of old psychological triggers in the body; how do we understand them and make them "conscious" allies as opposed to "unconscious" assassins?
I have always gone after a bigger fish with the expectation that I had all the tools to land the biggest ones. That may not be true but I continue on working towards understanding how it all goes together. I have never given up and I feel somehow closer to "figuring it all out".
I see more and more each day how reincarnation works and why it matters. "Past lives", for me, are the missing link.
I created a divination deck specifically geared towards past lives: the Khar - Ma: Past Lives Divination Deck -- and, in doing so, spent quite a bit of time thinking about how past lives might "work". Even more than that, I had additional time to tap in to my own personal "karmic vault".
Here is a sample of what I've "discovered".
In the radio shows and live past life "reads" I've done on air, I have talked many times about "thematic buckets" in regards to past life influences. Typically, people have 3 primary themes. Some more, some less but the most common way for me to see it is for people to have 3 primaries; this might be "Healer", "Artist", "Diplomat", "Military", "King", "Spiritual/Monk", "Mystic/Magician", etc etc.
And these "themes" tend to be primary or secondary in a particular life. Someone might be, let's say, 20 % Healer, 20 % Artist and 60 % Builder in this lifetime (relatively speaking) and much like certain planets may work as undercurrents in the natal astrology chart, so too will these "sub-themes" work in the current life time, relative to how an individual makes decisions and/or processes information. The ratio might have been much different (and usually that's the case) in a different incarnation as you tend to shift "roles" each round, in order to add texture . . . this allows you to better "see" who you "are", by continually shining your inner spiritual light against this rich and varied tapestry of cumulative experiences.
Not only that, just as the place you live influences how you think and act -- native and national cultures seep in to the blood stream, whether you're conscious of it or not -- there are also certain places (and the memories of the dominant culture of a particular place) that underscore who you are now -- and how you act. The "how you act" part is influenced by an instinctive expectation of "how you SHOULD act" and not only do past life themes "show up", past life "locales" also show up.
If your genetic memory is tuned to a specific channel, say Central Asia, and you're living in West Texas, for example, then you may have a karmic "disconnect" between cultures and attitudes. There is "what you see and hear" and what you "know" deep within. Sometimes they line up; sometimes they don't.
For me, I tend to see myself having 4 primary themes: (1) King / Politician, (2) Mystic / Magician, (3) Military / Rebel and (4) Artist / Aesthete. When I "look" at my own "past lives" I see a LOT of uniforms, a whole lot of uniforms. But I also have the mystic sit in a cave thing going on, too . . . one from each food group :)
I have 4 primary themes, all very strong, which truthfully is fairly unusual, and the themes are, in one way of looking at it, almost polar opposites. One of the outcomes of this type of thematic blending would suggest a fairly "complex" personality (which is kinda true, don't you think) -- one at home with sudden and dramatic shifts, in keeping with the natural instinct, and need, for adaptability to potentially shifting sands within the particular "job description" associated with these "types" of lifetimes.
This information can be helpful in defining "styles of learning" as well as "styles of adapting". The ego structure is a fragile beast in all of us and defining and understanding these themes is a good way to delve in to the depth of soul driving us onward. I am not going to go in to a lot of detail in this particular piece, but this "information" is fully accessible (to me anyway and I am sure to others, as well) via something that I can best describe as "home movies in my head".
The lifetime "imprints" somehow on the etheric "film" -- which is also how "ghosts" come to be, too, in a slightly different manner. A fascinating subject -- one that has driven me onward for over 35 years . . .
“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -- Oscar Wilde