Influences from Past Lives
Example 2 of 6: People with Distinctive Birthmarks
For example, when a person has a distinctive birthmark on his body, in many instances it closely corresponds to the way in which that person died in a past life.
Many cases have been reported of marks being located on the same parts of the body where in the past lives people were killed by swords or spears, or died after being hit by arrows. In effect, they are reminders that the person died in such a way in the past.
Example 3 of 6: People Who Fear Water
Then again there are people who are terrified of water. These people think, “I’m scared of going into the water. Swimming pools scare me to death. I’m also scared of rivers. Anyhow, I can’t avoid being horrified when I see water.”
In most cases, a spiritual reading reveals that such a person experienced a water-related death in a past life. This experience of death by water may have taken any number of forms, including drowning, an accident in the water, being murdered in the water, or dying in a flood.
In such cases, their souls will likely be engraved with incredible terror. Such a feeling of terror in the soul might appear in a form of phobia in this life too. Therefore it is no wonder that they should have a fear of water.
Example 4 of 6: People Who Fear Heights
An even more common example is acrophobia, or fear of heights. When people suffering from this phobia go up to a high place, they will be absolutely unable to control their fears. But if we conduct spiritual readings of such people’s past lives, in nearly every cause, we find that they died after falling from a high place.
That may happen in war, or by falling, or by being pushed off cliffs, shoved from roofs, from turrets, from windows of buildings, or otherwise from suffering an experience of falling during a past life. In such cases, these people cannot help their fear of high places.
Recently, there are cases where people who died in airplane accidents were reborn, and now have a fear of airplanes. These people are scared to death of boarding an airplane.
In this manner, a soul will carry over various things from past lives, and experiences of fear in past lives will resurface.
If someone experiences a major accident in this life, it remains as karma and so the next time that person is reborn, it is likely, a fear of it, will develop.
(Examples 5 & 6 will be in next weeks issue)
(article written by Master Ryuho Okawa, leader and founder of Happy Science)