Having a perspective on how past life karma influences successive lives is incredibly useful for healing and repairing our present (and future) relationships. It makes it so much easier to see the good in those around us, to have compassion for them and ourselves, and to see how the Divine is at work in every aspect of our lives. Inevitably, it leads to a renewal of the heart.
What follows is part of a past lives reading I did for a client of mine. The first section is a synopsis of the images that appeared to me during the vision quest I did, followed by a descriptive account of what was revealed. [As an aside, if you’re a person who also receives images but they don’t seem to make any sense to you, I can help you with that]…
in a large animal head mask, shaking it’s head /ears,
in a large animal head mask, shaking it’s head /ears,
bundle of sticks for a muzzle
chief with a wary eye, looking backwards, dying
fork, can opener
walking egg beater, angel
sad /mourning bear
dancing in unison, aggressive race,
drums on hands, bringing them together,
flower, a scarecrow /a tin man coming down
tin man with colander on head, tank (pillbox)
communications (/satellite) dish, target on fire
The animal head mask that was shown in the vision was a very specific one; one that my client had actually made herself (she was a man in this past life). I couldn’t quite tell what animal the mask represented. I don’t think that it was because I wasn’t supposed to know as much as the way that the mask was designed didn’t make it clear (either to myself or the others that saw the person dancing in it on this occasion). The bundle of sticks that delineated the animal’s muzzle was very interesting. As much as the animal head mask /outfit covered enough of the man to obscure his identity, the sticks muzzle would have made it possible for others to hear his voice.
The chief was suspicious and turned his head to look over his shoulder, behind him. The chief was dying, but at this point, it wasn’t clear to me whether he had already been ill and people were dancing for him in a healing ceremony, or if this man had come in disguise to assassinate him. My first impression was that the chief didn’t think this masked figure was very competent with his healing, but as I looked into it further, that wasn’t the whole story. The chief was indeed ill; this was a healing ceremony for him, and this man – a warrior – had snuck in under the pretence of helping, but with the intention of killing him. It would have been an incredibly bold move, considering that the man’s chances of getting out alive would have been very slim (whether he did make it out alive or not wasn’t revealed, as it isn’t relevant for the purposes of what’s being shown here). I find it a sad irony that the chief wondered what the hell the man thought he was doing as a healer, as ironically, it’s not what he was there to do anyway.
The chief would have assumed that someone he knew was under the mask, but became doubtful, having heard the sound of the man’s voice. He wasn’t quite able to connect it with anyone he knew. More to the point, he couldn’t quite connect the song or style of singing with anyone from his own people. This was something the warrior was aware of, and he was taunting the chief with it, as a means of demonstrating his level of bravery.
The part of the vision described as “dog /bear” relates to what the chief was seeing and thinking, but is at the same time also highly symbolic. As he was looking at the mask and trying to suss out what was going on, he identified the man beneath is as not being ‘Dog’ (~ someone from his own people, a Dog clan perhaps, working out of ‘compassion’ or ‘loyalty’, two aspects of Dog’s medicines), but as someone from a rival (Bear) clan.
Bear medicine is hugely about entering the stillness to connect to information available in the Dreamtime. There was a lot going on in the chief’s mind at this point, but for the sake of what’s being presented here, you could say that he realised that things he’d seen as being from his own experience of the Dreamtime were being made physical /’real’ in front of his eyes.
While some of what follows isn’t information that the masked man would have been aware of from his vantage point as the warrior at the time, what’s being communicated next is how the chief saw things. First, I’ll describe some of the symbolism – I find it fascinating that each has two meanings…
Fork: “…you cannot make a mistake. If someone is speaking with a forked tongue, this is about communication that is coming from fear, duplicity, and an internal split.” In essence, this sign was presented to communicate that the chief was now fully aware that the man under the mask wasn’t who he or the others present had assumed he was (‘there was no mistake about it’). But it also points to an ‘internal split’ that the chief was having that relates to the fact that his ‘Dreamtime’ was becoming ‘real’. You could indeed say that a ‘can’ was being opened. On the one hand, it was a can of mayhem /trouble /(‘whoop-ass’) or whatever you want to call it, but on the other hand, the assumptions his ego had him believing about reality were being blown wide open.
Since a fork, can opener and egg beater are utensils connected to food, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the warrior used a food-related implement(s) to attack the chief, since they would likely have been available, but as I say, their symbolism is perhaps what’s most significant.
The chief recognized him as a ‘walking egg beater’. What does that mean? An egg represents “…fertility in business, conception, ideas, partnership, and the potential for success.” This seems to point to a partnership between the two clans, and that the warrior was breaking it; you could even say ‘beating’ or ‘scrambling’ it.
That said, “An egg is also a symbol of your ego, the fragile, breakable, vulnerable shell that protects the golden life within you.” While on the one hand the chief could see that the (fragile, but promising) alliance between the Dog and Bear clans would be shattered as a result of what was happening before his eyes, his ego was being shattered as well. The chief didn’t see his assailant as an attacker, the way the warrior would have imagined the chief was seeing him, but as an angel. At this moment in the description, the words “know yourself “ were being channelled to me, intended as a message both for my client as ‘herself ‘ /now, and for her/ the warrior that she was then (since time isn’t actually linear, I could just as well have said ‘that very same warrior that she is, in this time-spanning, illusory moment’).
For the fact that the next part of the vision suggests the Bear clan was in mourning, I believe I was wrong about which clan the warrior belonged to and which was the chief’s. The Bear clan – the chief’s – was mourning his death, whereas the warrior’s was celebrating, feeling like ‘the predator at the top of the food chain’ (~ Shark). I believe Spirit had a point to that: for me and anyone reading this, it blurs the lines when it comes to who we decide is ‘enemy’.
Again, there are (at least) two messages in the symbolism of Shark. On the one hand, it’s a reference to the idea my client’s warrior-self’s tribe had about taking everything for themselves instead of sharing, being ‘ruler of the seas of abundance’, so to speak. But it’s also a reference to what I’d describe as an alien energetic presence that’s been influencing and taking advantage of earth-human energies for eons now. They influence people using the idea that we should take everything for ourselves instead of collaborating, so that they can feed off of the energies that we emit as a result of that. I don’t exactly know why it is that they can’t receive nourishment off the energies of peace and harmony instead, but I believe it has something to do with the idea that when we’re in a state of disharmony, we give away (more of?) our power [I’d welcome any insights you may have on that].
As concerns the Dog clan, everyone was “dancing in unison” at this point. They were shown to me /described as an “aggressive race” [personally, I’d like to add ‘…of angels’ to that (although I imagine they didn’t know it). Haha!]. The image of them having drums on their hands and bringing them together, I believe, is a specific reference to a way they actually wore /used their drums, or perhaps more specifically, on this occasion at least, in relation to what had just occurred.
Truth be told, though, I can’t at this point say for certain whether what I’ve just written relates to the Dog clan or the Bear clan. In all likelihood, it’s both, or it became that way, at least. I can well imagine that in response to the assassination of their chief, the Bear clan wouldn’t have seen his murderer as the angel the chief had seen him as. Even if he’d have said something in the moment about what he’d been seeing, I can easily imagine it getting dismissed as a delusion influenced by his illness.
Parachute: “…a desire to be saved or rescued from a dangerous situation. They can also be cautioning you to have a backup plan, something to cushion yourself should you fall.” This image represents a successive life /situation my client incarnated into to balance some of the karma from the previous one. While in her life as the warrior she went into the camp she’d labelled as her ‘enemy’ in disguise, in this life, she was parachuting into her enemy’s territory. Even if you’ve never parachuted before, you can imagine how exposed a soldier would feel in that position; they’d be an open /vulnerable (and slow-moving!) target. Consider the contrast between that and sneaking in under cover of a disguise.
The images that followed are references descriptive of the person she was. You could say that the flower identifies her as a ‘flower child’, perhaps even part of the hippie movement. I imagined that she /he was drafted into war service, though that might not have been the case. Actually, I believe it’s more to the point that she went in with the intention of ‘fighting for peace’ (which makes sense in a way, in light of the conflict her actions would have precipitated in the previous life).
She’s also described as “a scarecrow /a tin man coming down”. In the wizard of Oz, the scarecrow has no brain, and the tin man has no heart. While I imagine the symbolism there is pretty much self-explanatory, a connection I’m guided to make is that contrary to the ‘no brain’ connection, I believe that the plan she undertook in her life as the warrior was (at least mostly) of her own making. It’s worth noting that she’s not also described as the cowardly lion, which is an indication that she wasn’t lacking in bravery in this life as a soldier. This is connected to a belief she held (rightly or wrongly) that she was fighting for a cause worthy of valour – it was much easier for the soldier to be heroic, feeling that his ideals were ‘righteous’.
She as ‘the tin man’ was shown with a colander on his head, which I suppose is a reference to (again) her soldier-self not only not having a heart, but having ‘a head like a sieve’. In other words, when someone told him something, it drained out of his head very quickly. He was aware of that, thinking about it and – as a device for shutting out the fear that was in danger of creeping in – focussing on his goal /mission. He had an enemy (/German) tank on his mind (and perhaps a pillbox – a fortified concrete bunker with a narrow slit in it for shooting out of. I think they usually held larger, rapid-fire guns).
Satellite dish: “…symbolize your receptivity to streams of information beyond your five senses. They also represent your openness to receive wisdom, awareness, knowledge, compassion, and empathy.” Ultimately, his target was some communications equipment, but he had the sense that it was already on fire. I was going to say that he was ‘worried’ that it was already destroyed, but my sense is that this feeling was more evident than that for him. It might have been a surprise to the soldier that he could know it so strongly, even. In a sense, you could say that he now felt that without a mission, there was no point to his being there. It brought to his mind questions about what he was doing ‘there’ at all.
While her warrior-self felt that he had a definite purpose in what he’d accomplished, her soldier-self died feeling as though he hadn’t personally contributed to the acquisition of peace. Interesting to note that the chief had been a man of peace and (she’d) killed him, whereas as her soldier-self she was fighting for peace and ended up putting herself in a position where she died without attaining it. In the first case, you could say ‘she killed the chance for peace’. In the second case, the chance to contribute to peace was taken away from her.
At this point, I’m to call attention again to the symbolism I’d posted about parachute: “…a desire to be saved or rescued from a dangerous situation. They can also be cautioning you to have a backup plan, something to cushion yourself should you fall.” It seems that this second life was indeed a ‘backup plan’, a way of saving herself, cushioning herself from her previous fall. How Divinely perfect was it that she was coming down in a parachute (and that she’d enlist me to reflect it for her these years later, Spirit knowing full well which source I’d reference for it)?
Whether you’ve been doing your own inner work for a while now or just starting, consider this as an opportunity to release beliefs that are no longer serving you. Make a life shift by getting me to do a past life reading for You.
[Quotations in italics are taken from “I Had The Strangest Dream: the Dreamer’s Dictionary for the 21st Century” by Kelly Sullivan-Walden.]