Hi Paul, hmmm...let me see if I can explain a little better.
Great answers everyone. Thank you for your responses. I appreciate everyone's perspective, not just Erin's so feel free to respond if you've got something to contribute. |
I'd like to take Nneka's response a bit further.
So, would you say that the reason could be summed up as the memories we cling onto from past lifetimes would hinder our conscious development in THIS lifetime? For example, imagine if in one lifetime we drowned and had a massive fear of water due to it. If we kept our memories from lifetime to lifetime, we would continue to be totally afraid of water for 1000's of years just because of something that happened a long time ago.
I don't think it's the memories per se that would limit our conscious development. Rather, it's our clinging to something that is not in the present. It was an experience. It happened. It's not happening now, and our point of power is now.
Let's take an example of a good thing in the present. Say you have a great 11 year old birthday. Your family was happy. Your parents were there. You had a lot of friends. Soon after, your parents got divorced, you had to move, and you lost your circle of friends. You became very isolated in the new city. Yet you cling to that experience. In one sense, it helps you to feel better. In another sense, it is preventing you from choosing in this moment to create new friendships.
Now imagine if you were a king in one lifetime or a pleb in another. A lot of us have the tendency to cling to memories as if they were happening now. That's what inhibits us from living the life that we want, or in other words, from consciously creating the life that we want.
I've heard that this actually does happen. THat there are repressed memories from other lifetimes that if traumatic enough do stay with our consciousness in this lifetime. For example, I *DO* have a rather unusual fear of water compared to lets say heights. That could mean that in a previous lifetime maybe I drowned, but maybe I haven't fallen off any tall buildings. For example, I'd rather jump out of an airplane and skydive, rather than be in the water with sharks. I know others who are the opposite. |
My only challenge with this way of thinking is that it's rather limited. Meaning, surely our "spiritual" selves in all our wisdom could come up with a better way to deal with limiting beliefs and fears from previous lifetimes than to just "nuke the whole hard-drive" of memories. I mean, just the idea of being able to remember yourself being a spiritual being would eliminate most fears for people who fear death due to the fact that they are afraid of ceasing to exist after death.
At any given moment, we have access to All Knowledge and experience. We have access to our other incarnations as well as the incarnations and current lives of everyone else. In each moment, we have that access. So it wasn't really "nuked". We just aren't aware of it.
But, lets say that it does happen that way. We choose to "nuke" our memories in order to descend back to earth and live another life. Would it then mean that anyone a medium communicates with in the "ether" is someone who has not descended back to earth yet, because if they did then their memory would be lost? |
Like, lets say that I get Erin to do a reading and as a medium she has no problems communicating with my great grandma Rose (example). So she talks to Rose and gets a bunch of information from her etc. But then after 5 years, Rose decides to go back to earth and reincarnate as a little child in Africa. I get a reading done a few weeks later and I want to re-connect with Rose through Erin. Would Rose now be "unreachable" because her memory has been wiped as she's now a little child in Africa?
As Erin said, she will always have access to Rose. She uses the term higher self.
Here's another way to look at it. Consider that God/Consciousness/Spirit is the ocean and you are a wave emerging from the ocean. So is your your great grandma Rose. When she dies, she recedes into the ocean. Can you pin point a wave in the ocean when it has receded?
This is what I've experienced. As I became disciplined and consistent in my meditation, I felt like my edges were sandpapered. It scared the bejesus out of me because my edges were disintegrating. This prepared me for the next phase in which I felt like I had no ends. I just faded into the "ocean". Today, I can overlap with other people's consciousness.
We become attached to our individuality to the extent that we believe that it is the singular entity incarnating again and again. But it's not you with edges in a container that comes in and out unless you choose too. I wouldn't be surprised if people have experienced past life regressions where they were 2 people living at the same time.
My theory is (and a little bit of experience) that we emerge out of the ocean as a composite. Once we recede into it, we are no more. Sometimes people have a tough time returning because they want to stick together. I felt this as my edges were being sandpapered. I had great resistance to disintegrating.
We can disintegrate and reintegrate at any moment.
I'm pretty sure that didn't clarify anything...or maybe it did.