I had lunch with a friend yesterday and the topic of past lives came up. He shared with me that he was told that he was an old soul and that in one of his past lives he was a monk.
As I recalled the conversation this morning it got me thinking about my own past lives. Nine of them that I have recalled on my own so far (plus more that I have been told about). Not the entire life from start to finish, but scenes, bits and pieces. I believe each of them were significant at the time the memory came to my awareness to facilitate an understanding or remembrance that could serve me in that moment, and each carries a fragment of who I am today. They are interesting, and not so interesting, great and ordinary. I remember being a Celtic healer, I remember being a man hunting in the woods with a bow and a knife so that I could provide for my wife, I remember being a native American woman, I remember watching my village burn down as a young woman in Asia, I remember having dark skin and laughing while running barefoot through a lush landscape, I remember being a tall and slender dancer, I remember being a guard for a queen and I remember being a boy with horse.
The concept of linear time is an illusion that we entertain for the purpose of having a physical experience. The past, present and future are all happening simultaneously in this now moment. It hurts my brain a little (some days a lot!) to conceptualize that all lives are now, that they are all overlapping and parallel existing in an overlapping vertical spiral. But this is becoming more and more apparent as I also get glimpses of "future" versions of myself as well.
Knowing this is true, it puts yesterday's conversation in a new light and I want to ask my friend if the version of him who is the Monk remembers the version of him in this life that had lunch with me.
When I think of it in this perspective, I wonder what bits and pieces of this life will be the things I remember in the others.
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