Past lives

I was talking yesterday with my Mum about everyday things such as reincarnation and past lives, as you do. We usually talk about the weather, or the special offers that are on at the local supermarket, and I think it was during one of these chats that this topic came up.

We were also discussing the concept of time, and how we are only aware of the passing of time because someone told us about it long ago. Cats, on the other hand, haven’t been told about the passing of time, so to them, everything is simply now. My Mum has a little cat friend who visits her every day, and she will wait, patiently in the garden, come rain or shine, until she gets the chance to say a little “Wewwo”  – that’s the cat waiting and saying it, not my Mum. My Mum says “Hello” when she sees the cat. It’s the cat that says “Wewwo” – she really does! Gorgeous little thing she is too!

Anyway, cats will wait and wait and wait, not moving until they want to. They aren’t bothered about the time. They aren’t bothered about the weather. They are only bothered about themselves. What they did a second ago has been done and it is done. What they are doing now is what they are doing. And they aren’t bothered about what they are going to do, but they will do something. I think it’s a great life, that of a cat.

You may wonder what on earth I am going on about. This post is entitled “Past lives” and I’m waffling on about cats’ lives. All will be revealed!

I’ve just read a post on Babblesbybex’s blog that put me in mind of the conversation I had with my Mum yesterday. I love coincidences, I really do! We were talking about how often we can see a complete stranger and yet feel like we know them. Not in a sense of knowing them by sight, but in a sense of ‘really’ knowing them. I’ve experienced it quite a few times. Bex has experienced it. My Mum has. And so must countless of other people too. But how can this happen? How can we ‘know’ someone we have ‘never met’?

I have a theory about this. Those in the scientific community will probably roll their eyes at my theory, but roll away! I like my theory. Before I mention it though (and I’m not deliberately dragging things out for dramatic effect!) I’d like to recount one of my examples of this personal déjà vu phenomenon.

I was at a motor cycle racing event at one of the race tracks in the UK, I don’t remember the one unfortunately but names tend to blur into one when you are surrounded by thousands of people in racing leathers! I was walking past a stall in one of the market places that was selling power tools. A proper man’s stall, with nail guns, drills and stapler thingies. I was browsing the stall to pass a little time when I met one of the salesmen. We recognised each other instantly, but we had never met. He asked if he knew me and where I was from – we had never been to each other’s home town and I wouldn’t normally be walking around a power tool stall, so the chances of us ever knowing each other would be practically zero. Yet, we both had the feeling that we did. We both had that intense feeling of familiarity.

Now, on to my theory. This is where past lives come in. And also a little bit of confusion as the theory is in two parts, but bear with me. I think that these familiar feelings of us knowing someone come from the fact that we have known them in a past or future life. I think that as one life ends, we eventually are born again into a new life either before or after (in time) the previous one. Now, if we can be born at any time, there is nothing stopping our ‘life-times’ overlapping, and when they overlap there is a chance that our two lives may meet up. Obviously, we will be two different people (it would be a bit freaky if we met ourselves! To see how freaky watch the movie Big Business!), but there is something that is connected between the two ‘existences’ that sparks of the familiar feelings. The second part of this theory is that we meet other people who we met in our previous incarnation, and in this case the feelings of recognition are there, but not the intense feelings of knowing that person.

Go on – roll your eyes! I like my theory – it’s nice and comfortable for me!

Oh, and as for the cat part, I mentioned that to highlight the concept of time. We think that time moves only forward because that is how we perceive it. If we can live like a cat and think that everything is happening now, then it makes my theory easier to take in. Well, it does to me, anyway.

I think it’s time for a little cat nap now! I’m purring with how good I’m feeling! 😀

5 thoughts on “Past lives

  1. I’m happy to know that i’m not the only person in the world who talked about past lives with their mum.

    I don’t think the scientific community can either prove or disprove your theory – it isn’t testable! – so I hope no one rolls their eyes at you.

    I ended up in a conversation last night about coincidences and things happening for reasons with veiled allusions to past lives – I don’t know. About any of it.

    But I do love when it happens and what other people think about it…

    (it was thrilling to read my name on your blog! i’m happy that we could share this mental space.)


  2. I’m not one to roll eyes but sadly I’m not a great thinker when it comes to reincarnation or déjà vu but I did enjoy reading your thoughts on it.

    I DO like your thinking about cats though, they are very much a ‘law unto themselves’ and I can understand your thinking on their perception of time. I think and behave in much the same way, I could sit for hours simply watching and waiting for something to happen.

    Perhaps the next time I’m sitting and waiting I will turn my mind to your reincarnation.


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