11 Signs That You May Have Had a Past Life.


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“The doctrine of metempsychosis is, above all, neither absurd nor useless… It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection.” ~ Voltaire

When I was 16, I read my first book about reincarnation.

Coming from a Catholic upbringing, the concept was an incredibly wild idea, one which was quickly shut down by my parents.

Later on in life, after defecting to the Protestant faith, I read Bible quotes that spoke of reincarnation. I had been having many dreams of past lives, and sought the advice of my religious leader at the time.

I received the same response as I had received from my parents: “Forget about it, it doesn’t happen.”

Still, my dreams continued, and a past life regression later, I just knew! After all, one has only to observe nature to see how natural cycles follow birth, life, death and rebirth.

Well, I had always known, but had let others talk me out of believing. A serendipitous meeting of the love of my life left me with no doubts at all.

The fact that I “remember” is something I cannot dispute. Last year, upon entering a quintessentially medieval village in England by foot, having walked 15 miles that day, I set my eyes upon a centuries old stone cross of Celtic influence in the middle of the village square. My internal reaction was instant and violent. Surrounded by the inexpressible beauty of the street, all I could feel was the agony of being sacrificed for my heresy.

My connection to that lifetime continued through the night, where many tears were shed, and although the experience was so vividly painful, it is truly the most beautiful place my feet have ever trod. I once had loved that place and love it still.

My passion for England is profound. I know it as my own although this lifetime I was born in Poland and have lived in Canada for many years. An innate knowledge of wise woman ways that bubbled up from memories was another clue of previous lifetimes. Instead of asking others whether past lives were possible, I began to seek my own truth from within.

Do we reincarnate as a continuing extension of “ourselves” or as quoted below, a different version of the cycle? Having gone through a regression, I can say that slipping through time to meet oneself in another lifetime is an incredible sensation.

“Reincarnation of an ‘individual self’ is only as possible to the extent of believing that your sense of ‘self’—your ego—is real. Two identities who are dwelling within two different physical bodies in the present, or in the past, will be two very distinct personalities. In truth, the ‘I’ is a transitioning, ever-changing phenomenon.

Although our identities and senses of self are ever-changing, there is something that remains the same. There is something within us that is constant and continuous and that is pure awareness. It is this very pure awareness which serves as the experiencer and observer of life, and it is this pure awareness that we can refer to as ‘our’ Soul … This understanding of reincarnation closely resembles that of the Buddhist idea that the continuity continues, but the individual disappears.” ~ Mateo Sol

Here are some common and collectively reoccurring signs of reincarnation. This list was taken from this great article on lonerwolf.com. Be sure to check our their site!

1. Recurring Dreams

The brain is a complicated thing, and dreams may signify many things, but in my experience, dreams take me back to places, situations and cultures that I am very familiar with in my subconscious state as well as in my waking state. Sometimes dreams signify unfinished business and reflect the unconscious mind. I have learned to catalog my dreams and use them as guides into other lifetimes.

2. Out-of-place Memories

As with my memory in the medieval town square, certain memories that do not fit into the present lifetime may seem like the ramblings of a crazy person, but indeed, are indicators of past lives.

Children, especially, being new (again) to the physical plane, remember things that make little sense when expressed, but that they are convinced of knowing.

They are also good at recognizing people they knew in other lifetimes and often will say something like: “When I was here before, I had a dog named Mable, and Uncle Bob was my father.” Or, “When I used to be your mommy…”

Up to the age of three you can usually get a lot of information from a child who will readily share other lifetimes, or even their state of being in the collective pool of souls.

In my case, my youngest daughter was my birth mother who passed when I was six. She had told me in a dream that she would be back, but I had forgotten it until the first time I held my second born and the first words I uttered, were, “Oh, here you are mama.”

3. You Are Intuitive

Some people are born with their Intuition finely tuned. Through intuition we balance the conscious and unconscious mind and tap into our innate knowledge. The more our soul matures the closer we are to returning to Source or Oneness.

We are able to connect with the collective unconscious where universal knowledge exists.

People with especially defined talents draw from this collective unconscious, and others, like Elon Musk, the inventor of the Tesla car for instance, arrive on the physical plane with a type of knowledge that jumps humanity forward by leaps and bounds.

I know intuitively that we are all capable of tele-porting, for example. I remember doing it (ancient lifetime obviously, perhaps Atlantian time period). When I read The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho, I was not surprised by anything he wrote of the supernatural world, my soul simply agreed as I remembered what he was explaining.

If you are drawn to certain ideologies, you may be drawing from either the collective or from a past life where you already knew these things.

4. You’re an Empath

Empaths literally absorb emotions, sensations, and the spiritual presence of those around them. Being an empath is a road to self-discovery and learning how to protect oneself from outside influences. Having said this, empaths often carry soul impressions from previous lifetimes and this burden added to a strong empathy to the world around them can cause a debilitating sensitivity to the present time.

As an empath myself, I can say that learning from my past lives has helped me to understand what my triggers are in this time period.

My aversion to loud, jostling crowds, almost overwhelming fascination with fire, intense longing for anything medieval, and distaste for telephones, (disconnected energies) all relate back to that town square. Meditation helps me to overcome my life long propensity for the need to run and hide.

5. Precognition and Retrocognition

The ability to see into the future or obtain information from the past is a sign of a maturing soul that has experienced many lifetimes. Psychics and Intuitives retrieve information from collective knowledge.

How do I know? I work as an intuitive. I can’t always tell how I know something that seems out of the ordinary. I just do. Experience has taught me not to question my ability, simply to use it for the benefit of others and myself as need arises.

6. Déjà vu

Triggered by sights, sounds, tastes, smells, or experiences, déjà vu helps us to re-visit the past. Deja vu can be an instantaneous jump to a parallel universe or a past life. Sometimes it can be a signal that your soul is in exactly the right place at the right time. Either way, pay attention, your soul is speaking.

7. You’re Older Than Your Age Reflects

How many times have you met an old soul? Or someone you recognize as a new soul? Certain people just arrive with a wise look in their eye. They understand things beyond their age, or are very childlike and every experience is a new discovery.

It’s easy to notice in children. But adults too, will show signs of their soul age, we just have to be observant.

8. You Have a Great Affinity for Certain Cultures/Time Periods/Environments

This is one of the most common signs of a reincarnated soul.

Some places and cultures or time periods resonate so completely that we actually long to return to what we once knew. There is no harm in soaking ourselves in something we love.

Knowing about past lives is helpful if it leads us further on our soul path. Using past lives as an excuse for negative tendencies keeps us from living fully authentic lives.

The past, from the perspective of the present, is an illusion. A good thing to remember when we get stuck there emotionally.

9. Unexplainable Fears or Phobias

Unexplainable is the key word here, although some fears manifest early on and seem to be from the present lifetime. I’m terrified of, and equally fascinated by, fire and water. I can point to my fear being felt long before anything occurred in this lifetime to trigger it.

It’s no use telling someone that their fear is irrational unless you have knowledge of all their past lives. I found hypnosis good for moving past these kinds of embedded fears.

10. You Feel as Though this Earth Is Not Your Home

Do you yearn to go home? Are you constantly moving, looking for that place where your soul fits? Longing for that illusive feeling that you belong?

Perhaps you long for the collective soul home or another lifetime where you felt more comfortable.

I feel this every day. I fit in as best as I can but overall, especially when inundated with modernisms, or negative energies, I deeply ache for the collective. If you feel this way, you are not alone. Many of us feel this way.

11. You Feel Like the Alien in Your Family

Who are these people anyway, you ask yourself as you struggle to connect to the folks you call family.

Hang in there, you’ve chosen each other for a reason, mainly the purpose of soul growth.

This lifetime, like all your others have been opportunity for understanding yourself and others on a deeper level. To live more fully. To love more.

“At the moment of death, when the seed atom in the heart is ruptured, which contains all the experiences of the past life in a panoramic picture, the spirit leaves its physical body, taking with it the finer bodies.” ~ Max Heindel



Quote of the Day: Chogyam Trungpa, on Reincarnation.



Author: Monika Carless

Editor: Travis May

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Monika Carless seems to be following the setting sun---from Europe to Eastern Canada, to mountain and ocean life on Vancouver Island, B.C. Trained as a Reiki Master and Holistic Nutritionist, Monika seeks the Sacred through nature. She is a Mystic who follows the Wise Woman Tradition, facilitating Intuitive Soul-Path Sessions, guiding women and men worldwide on their authentic journey, in the areas of sexuality, relationships, spirit and life-direction. She believes in skinny dipping, laughter with friends, and moonlit walks as therapy for the human soul. A road less ordinary and a heart filled with love is what you’ll find her patiently seeking. The author of two novels, The Dark Pool, and its sequel, The Raven and The Aspen King---tales of erotica, pagan mysticism, polyamory, and past lives. Monika can be reached via her websiteInstagram, or Facebook.


21 Responses to “11 Signs That You May Have Had a Past Life.”

  1. ABM says:

    Always enjoy your writing. Thanks for giving me some signs!

  2. RachaelClaire says:

    Monika, what a very intriguing article.
    I recently have been watching a television show in relatively medieval times (game of thrones) and when the awful scenes of degradation, humiliation and execution appear, i find myself internally recoiled and deeply upset on a super deep level that i cant really explain nor do not quite understand. I try to not let it affect me too much and let the feeling come and pass, almost trying to rush it so it doesn’t dwell.
    On trying to figure it out, i remembered one time I saw psychic who told me a ring i was wearing was almost the replica of one i wore in a past life, telling me that I was quite well off in the medieval era ( an approximate year was given which i have since forgotten ) Intriguingly further on in this conversation she asked almost in frustration, why i was not using my gift. I didnt know i had one but said I love to sing – when asked why I dont use this gift I said although i know i am quite good, I stop myself from singing in front of others because I am very critical of self and completely terrified of embarrassing myself. She had an aha moment and told me that during the time period in which I owned the same ring was a well known singer who had audience with a King, who for one reason or another ( i think i recall her saying he professed love for me which i wouldnt return, but i could be wrong) he had me beheaded.
    So i sense that the deep sadness I feel when watching certain scenes, be them in tv shows or movies or books, set in this era are that of a past life lived. I don’t know how to be sure, but when I was trying to piece it together remembering all the above information, somehow something made sense, even though nothing makes sense. Does that make sense? Haha

    • simplysolitary says:

      This makes much sense Rachael Claire. Sometimes it's difficult to put all the pieces together, but you might want to journal some of your memories/observations. Thank you so much for reading.

  3. Emilie says:

    6 of these resonate strongly, another 2 sort of do. The strongest is an affinity for all things French, esp. Around the French Revolution and certain sensibilities associated with both sides of that conflict, followed by empath and intuitive qualities. Thanks for this interesting article!!

    • simplysolitary says:

      Oh, oh, Emilie! Me too, French things. As you know England and France have always been embroiled in their foibles, I could go on, but yes, a strong indicator of a past life, this affinity for a time period.

  4. Terri says:

    Thank you for writing this : )

  5. Donna says:

    When I was a young girl about 9, I was playing outside, running around and I remember stopping because of an acute sense that I was feeling no pain. I remember looking over my arms, legs and body and really just knowing that I had no pain anywhere and that I would always remember that. Almost 50 years later, I still remember it like yesterday. Would you say that this is a sign of a past life? Thank you in advance for your reply.

    • simplysolitary says:

      Donna, that sounds like a memory of being in the collective soul pool, where we only have ethereal bodies and therefore no pain. But if you remember the collective, it is certainly a sign of possible lives other than this one. Not too many people live only one incarnation.

  6. Belen says:

    Monika, thanks for your writings…all that makes total sense to me…wow…I come from Granada, Spain…and I feel since I was a kind so deeply connected with some historical places, where so many wars took place… Really very inspirational…
    I would like to recommend all of you a very cool Movie about this theme from an Spanish director: " CAOTICA ANA" by Julio Medem.
    Best Regards!

  7. evelyn gorham says:

    I've always felt that i had lived before. my friends think I'm nuts but "I know". thanks for the insight.

  8. Lilac says:

    I am north african and I feel a strange and strong connection to anything Nordic or Scandinavian: culture, language, weather, landscapes. I've always had a strong admiration for that part of the world even when I was much younger. The first time I visited Sweden I loved it so much I cried when I flew back home. Now every time I come home from there I fall into a state of acute depression. Besides, signs from 3 to 11 resonate perfectly, particularly 9 and 11. I fear random things (the sea, heights, sharp knives, bugs) and I find it really hard to connect with family members so I live on my own. I also experience actual physical pain across my body when I think of sacrificing animals for meat or when I hear someone describe how they got wounded or injured, no matter how small those wounds are.

  9. Genevieve says:

    My dad loves to tell a story when I was small. I also have a memory of this happening when I was around 2 or 3. We were outside, and a jet was flying overhead. I looked up and saw the jet stream. I said “jet stream!” to my dad while I was pointing to it. He was puzzled how I knew what that was called because I was so young and didn’t really know too many big words. He asked me how I knew what that was. I told him “I remember it.”. “Remember it?” he asked. “Yes,” I said “I remember it from back when I was an old man!”. I have always loved that story. I do feel like I am very intuitive and I am certainly an empath to a fault. I also love hearing my elderly patients’ stories of how they met their partner or what job they used to do, any memories of theirs. It’s like their memories quench my thirst to hear something like that. I would really love to explore these feelings more. My husband and I just bought a house that was built in the 1940’s. I have a deep longing to find out who built it and it’s story. So many questions and just speculation for answers! It’s still so fun to think about. Interesting read!

    • Jirra says:

      that is weird Genevieve….when I was a small baby my Dad showed me the moon and said the word "Moon"… replied "luna"… was the first word I ever said

  10. Judith says:

    I stumbled on your post looking for a reason about my tremendous fear of fire, and I must say that at least I can identify with the points 4,5,8,9,10 and 11 and maybe, just maybe the 1

    Well on point 4 I can tell when someone is sad even if they are with an estoic face (It is not very often)

    Point 5: In this case, anguish, sadness or even no emotion, like i am empty mean that someone had died, I had that feelings at least four times and in all someone (not of my family) died, the last one happened at nightime, I couldn't sleep and saw with closed eyes a wall of fire, the next day the horrible notice, a doctor died on a house fire. I don't know if feeling anguish on a specific street acounts, but before I knew that something happened there I felt weird. It was just once.

    Point:8 With the French culture and with the medieval times, I love old castles manors specially if they are surrounded by woods. Love also the swords. Now I like the 40's maybe this interest born from reading and learning about the WWII.

    Point 9: As I pointed I have extreme fear of fire and It doesn't let me turn on the stove or afraid about leaving burning candles all night (sometimes we put them to a saint or on the dead day a tradition on my country). When I hear or know about someone that died because of fire, the sadness involves me and the picture of that person suffering haunts me for days.

    Point 10: I don't like the south (even on my work I have my desk "looking" to the north. When I am in the town or at any place and see a spot or corner sometimes it triggers a weird feeling as it reminds me of something.

    Point 11: somethimes.

    And point 1: It happens that I dream a place and ime later I see it on a picture, on the news or described on a book. Twice I dreamt a relatively small island with a white like chappel building with golden roof (It was bigger) and it was big, the houses around were small and had brick red roofs. I was seeing it from the air. Then, years later I found out that it is a Spanish little city (I don't remember the name, If I remeber it I'll let you know)

    I dreamt the other one two or three times: I was on a european cit the buildings were complete and they had a dark brown color, on the sides many bodies and white ashes, I arrived to the corner and there was a big pile of bodies (here Irealised that the responsible were the soldiers) it was at the building height, around there were skulls and bones, then a blonde soldier tried to catch me, I ran and then a man with modern clothes (red shirth and blue jeans) that were from my country yelled: "damn you" to the soldiers around, at that point I was angry for what I saw, and the I took a gun and began to kill soldier. Suddenly many people from the time and from the moddern time went at chage. At that moment the man from earlie (he was acompained by a small group) and told me: "We are going to kill Hitler, let's go" it was supossed that Hitler went to the place and the men killed him , but at any moment he had been seen.

    I had this dream before I began to get interested on the WWII, time later I saw the street on a movie.

    Very Sorry for extend this, I think that my dream about the WWII were whismical, but wanted to share it.

    Thanks a lot for taking time reading this crazy mind of mine.

    God bless you

  11. Darlene Ahmed says:

    I can not say I have any specific recollection of a past life but when I read your article I sounded very much like you were talking about me, as I have experienced much of this. Very interesting!

  12. Cholo Rod says:

    Memory cells from your ancestors are also inherited. Of course you are remembering, recognizing – the past lifes of other!

  13. Beth says:

    All of this is so true. I am adopted- do not look like anyone from either side of the family- I stick out like a sore thumb. I have always been drawn to Sweden, their culture, their old ways. I had my DNA done, and yes, all my DNA follows a trail of Viking movement, most of it Swedish. The other thing that took me by surprise to figure out, I am an only child so I have learned to be “alone”, but always hated it. I have a huge affinity for large families and always wanted one myself. This has made it a little easier to deal with, knowing the longing I feel deep in my soul comes from many lifetimes of being a part of big families versus this one of a very small family. Mainly because, ok, I tried it out, I don’t have to do this again, thank goodness!

  14. Wayne says:

    Normally I love everything I read on Elephant Journal. What happened to “non-new-agey spirituality”?

  15. Ashlee says:

    This was amazing. Thank you

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