Do you feel that you have been famous? Do you sometimes wonder what happened to your valet or your lady in waiting? Do you wonder how you got put into the role of Cinderella this lifetime, and how long will it take before your real parents come along to claim you and put you back on the throne and in control of your rightful inheritance?

Ah, yes, those were the good old days, weren’t they?
But here we are in this life, imprisoned in this unremarkable, unknown body, having to put in hard work to make the mortgage payment. What happened?

Those are lamentations I have heard in my office – and quite frankly have thought about myself.

Just a few days ago I was on the radio giving an interview about my newest book, which happens to be all about past lives. And, as is inevitable, the question of whether everyone who experiences a regression remembers being a famous historical figure. Why does it seem that way, and can it be possible? Of course, the real question is whether it is true that everyone experiencing a regression remembers a famous lifetime. I am always happy to share what I have learned over the decades of my personal and professional experiences, and this is an intriguing aspect of past life regression work.

Just to put my answer in context, exploring past lives has been a driving passion for me for most of my life. I was curious about it as a child; and from the beginning looked at reincarnation, not as a belief, but as a fact. As soon as I found someone to facilitate a regression with me, I was hooked. Over the years, I have written two books on the subject and have established a niche in my career of facilitating regressions and training others to be past life regressionists. My response to this question comes from facilitating thousands of hours professionally, and experiencing over 50 of my personal lifetimes.

Contrary to the suspicion that everyone remembers being Napoleon or Joan of Arc, the vast majority of memories drawn from past life regressions involve everyday life experiences. Once in a while extraordinary feats will be accomplished, though most are of a personal nature. These may range from saving a friend’s life in a house fire to surviving hand to hand combat in an attempt to save a community from invaders. Rarely do people remember life experiences where they had a major impact on a country or the planet.

Famous People Get to Reincarnate Too

That said, famous people get to incarnate too. All of the presidents, rock stars, martyrs, and heroes have the opportunity to reincarnate and continue their journey. They will come back again, just like anyone else. And they may have additional notable lifetimes, or they may find themselves learning their lessons in relative privacy.

When recalling a lifetime that indicates a person was a well-known personality, it is wise to be extra diligent in discerning between memories and make believe. Many factors can contribute to confusion in this regard. It is easy to move from actual memories of a past life to scenes of a recent movie or book. It is also easy to assume that since images of a certain event arise, that the subject is somehow at the epicenter of that situation.

As an example, imagine that you were the personal aide to Napoleon. You understood the details of the battle strategies. You even remembered the daily rhythm and personal habits of this leader. Perhaps you were a bit envious of him and in your fantasies would pretend to be him. During a regression to that period, it may appear that you understand all of his emotions, and are intimately aware of his relationships and his reasoning behind decisions. Wouldn’t it be easy to assume that you were, in fact, Napoleon? Upon further investigation and honest objectivity, you may later discover that, in truth, you were his aide. This type of confusion has occurred in many instances.
It may take diligence to discern the truth of whether you were the famous person or someone closely related to them. In your present life, is there anyone who you identify with so closely that it may confuse you if you were to regress to this lifetime from a future one?

It may help you to understand this principle by examining the case of Mark David Chapman, who shot John Lennon. He was obsessed with Lennon and may have lived vicariously, to a degree, through him. Of course, a person did not have to be insane or a criminal in order to have this mistaken identity during a regression.

Another example is a lady I regressed some years ago. She thought she had identified herself as Morgan LeFey, of the Arthurian legends. After numerous regressions and settling into more details of the past lifetime, she came to realize that she was Morgan’s sister. Morgan had several sisters in that lifetime. They would have all likely recalled the same parents, childhood environment, the culture, and many of the same events.
My client admitted to being envious of her more famous and adventuresome sister, and no doubt lived many fantasies through her sisters stories and experiences. At first glance, it is easy to assume that she must have been Morgan to know so much of the lifetime and feel so many of the emotions. And, while there is someone who will reincarnate and actually be Morgan LeFey, this client was, indeed, her sister.

Do you feel famous?

Our spirit carries many patterns with it as it moves from one incarnation to another. If it is typical of a spirit to be in a leadership role, or in the spotlight, they will typically make decisions that will foster those opportunities again. When a spirit is aligned with being a helper, affecting the world from behind the scenes, that person will be more comfortable in a supportive role rather than in the leadership role. Some souls gravitate to roles of saintly virtue, while others may cycle in roles of a darker nature.

To demonstrate, imagine what role you think Albert Einstein would choose if he were to reincarnate. Do you envision him as a movie star, teacher, mother, assembly line worker, criminal, musician, or farmer? Would it seem likely that he would be very bright, or have difficulty in school? What is it about his character that leads you to have that opinion?

While Einstein could take the opportunity to learn lessons from each of those perspectives, chances are strong that he would not choose to act out as a criminal, nor would he be satisfied over time with the redundant work of the assembly line. His brilliance and character would begin to shine through regardless of where he found himself.

When examining your own energy, preferences, and comfort zones, ask yourself whether it would be natural for you to be a leader, in the spotlight, and taking risks, or in the shadows, behind the scenes, and a helper? Although we may have a variety of roles and experiences, and may switch from leadership to supporter from life to life, there will be a tendency and a comfort zone apparent in the soul’s characteristics.
Were you famous? Maybe. Were you an ordinary citizen? Probably more often than not.

Does everyone remember being famous? Hardly anyone who comes in to my office to do the real work.
Does it matter? Not at all. The most important aspect of exploring past lives is to discover who you really are, become aware of the purpose your soul desired to accomplish in choosing to incarnate at all, and to understand how to best align yourself with your highest nature in order to accomplish your goals.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Mary Lee LaBay, Ph.D., serves the community through her innovative work as a psychologist and hypnotherapist, facilitating gentle, yet effective solutions to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual crisis and evolution. Named among the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Personal Excellence Magazine, she maintains a private practice in Bellevue, WA. She may be reached at 866.440.4242.