It is rather easy to remember past lives. Small children can do it very easily, but as we grow up the present life’s impressions become stronger thus remembering the past life more difficult. But there are several means of doing this, most commonly past life regression trances, or guided meditations, or Dhyan-mediations.
Our past lives are always accessible and if you really need some information from there you can pull it out. In fact, your sub-conscious will make it available to you. If you have some spiritual background it will be easier to do so. Even normal people with little or no spiritual base find themselves doing things because their intuition tells them the way. Intuition is nothing but the accumulated experiences of all your past lives. It is the real you, and it is always available as a ‘gut feeling’! Sometimes you like someone for no real reason or hate someone on sight, these are not irrational feelings but are sourced from deep within your entire lives-experiences.
If you are really interested in knowing about your immediate past life, you can, easily. This past life chart is same as the D-1 birth chart, but here you will count the 2nd house from the ascendant, as the 1st house of the past life chart. So to find out your personality of the immediate past life, check out the 2ndhouse of your current birth chart. Use the keywords from this post to check out the rest of the houses and thus know your immediate past life.
There are some combinations which allow you greater access to the astral store of past lives. The most important one is Rahu/North Node in the 12th house or in Meen/Pisces rashi, especially aspected or conjoint with Jupiter either in the D-1 birth chart or D-9 navamsha chart. This will allow you to remember the wisdom acquired in the past lifetimes. The combinations involving the 12th house which force you to leave your home and settle abroad are also favourable for accessing past lives.
The Navamsha D-9 kundali is the chart you have to refer to know about your Real Self forged by the experiences of all your lives. For example I know a chart where the person in his past lives, either was always left a widow/widower or continually abandoned his/her spouse.There was intense love on the subconscious levels but not much physical interaction because of these death events. His Venus of the D-9 in the 12th house shows this episodes of loss of physical relationships as a permanent feature. If he marries again, this pattern will be repeated. But his D-1 has Venus exalted in the 9th, aspected by the Moon and Jupiter. This indicates that he was able to convert the loss of the physical into the gain of the spiritual and has developed a perfect relationship with his personal philosophies and Self. This will lead to his Moksh soon.
However there is a recent trend where people visit a hypnotist for knowing about their past lives, through induced trances and regression. This in my opinion is needless and can lead to even more trauma. E.g. you have an irrational fear of thunder and lightning so you go to a consultant. He puts you into a regression trance and you realise that you have in some past life been killed in a lightning strike. All good, the trauma will be resolved now that you know why. But now this hypnotic trance is not a normal action, someone has actively invaded your sub-conscious self. The self has no control on what it is showing you from your past life. So then you see that you were out in the rain because your husband beat you and threw you out of the house, you had nowhere to go. And that husband is now your present life’s son, who now genuinely cares for you. Now what? You have unnecessary information which will now affect your relationship with your son!
There is a reason why the D-9 navamsha kundali and the D-1 basic birth chart are different. You cannot experience the present if you always have the entire past from all your past lives in front of you. In a very broad sense there is nothing called as ‘Time’. There is only a single moment and all your lives from the past, present, future and all the parallel universes are all happening just this instant. The seers and sadhus experience this Moment and thus Enlightenment. As you progress spiritually, you also will access even more information as your mind is able to absorb. Training the mind to absorb the Experience of the Universes and Itself is a slow process. If your mind gets over loaded with information that it cannot make sense of, it will shut down and go insane. There have been several incidents where hypnotic trances went wrong and the person lost his mind. Too much information was revealed during the hypnotic ‘rape’ of the astral self that the physical conscious self, collapsed.
We are continually evolving, in each life. Even if you are not consciously aware of it, you move even closer to your ultimate desire, Moksh! So concentrate on your present manifestation, the experiences you are here to learn and the karmic balances you are here to work through. You learn through your interactions with other humans. This is a continuous process. You cannot desire to go back to your past and relive or re-do anything. It has already occurred and you have already learnt from it. And it may be confusing too. We move as a soul-group, inter-connected souls living with each other in all ways, in all relationships and experiences through several lives together. Your mother from your past life is now your son, so how do you wrap your mind around this concept? Even if your best friend, a man now, was your sister in some past life what can you really do with this information?
Another important thing is that in every life the soul manifests a different reality D-1 which is derived from the D-9. Now when your best friend was your sister it was a different personality, it was not her as he is now. Now he is a very different person from who your sister was. It is a mind bender! Too much information about the past causing problems in the present.
Since we have been discussing our continuum of lives, here is something that you should think about. The physical body does not endure, it destroys itself. But the astral body endures. If you focus on developing physical attributes in your life remember that you are investing your energies in a very temporary thing. But if you develop your mental, emotional and spiritual qualities they will be stored in your astral body. These assets will be available to you in your subsequent lives too. A tiniest bit of activation and your assets are back. This is the reason in the Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism), there is a huge focus on spiritual development. It is your asset for all lives to come. You will build on this resource in every life till you finally attain Moksh!