There is for every man or woman some one scene,
some one adventure, some one picture, that is
the image of our secret life, for wisdom first speaks
in images and Éthis one image, if we would brood
over it our whole life long, would lead our souls,
distentangled from unmeaning circumstance and the ebb
and flow of the world, into that far household
where the undying gods await all those whose souls
have become simple as flame, whose bodies
have become quiet as an agate lamp.
The visible world was made to correspond to
the world invisible and there is nothing in this world
but is a symbol of something in that other world
Working with past life images and allowing them to unfold into scenes and stories is essentially a meditative process. It requires a stillness, a certain trust in the creative powers of the deep imagination as well as a readiness to encounter not just appealing but often dark and disturbing images.
In the previous chapter I suggested that there is often a deeper level to what we call our complexes, a layer that has a buried past-life core. However, you may still feel a little sceptical about what exactly these past life memories are, indeed you may find you doubt the very possibility of remembering past lives. The rational mind objects, and rightly so, to ideas that do not fit the generally accepted world view. So before proceeding it may be useful to examine some of the most common sceptical reactions to “past life” recall. Read more