Since beginning to participate in this forum I have been delving ever more deeply into the mysteries of my rather convoluted psyche. Before finding this forum I just used to do things in a fairly ad hoc way, remembering things from time to time at random intervals while hanging out the washing and so forth and only occasionally trying to meditate a bit more formally if I wanted to get to the bottom of something. I was inspired by the level of detail that others have achieved and have been practising more formal methods lately. I was reading about 'active meditation' a while ago and have found it very useful. Normally, in meditation people try to 'still' the mind but this can be problematic for some people whose minds refuse to be still! The writer suggested instead to give the mind something to do to keep it occupied - hence the term 'active meditation'. It is very much like 'creative visualization' which some may have experienced with guided meditation sessions, listening to meditation CDs and so on. I have been using a couple of techniques I thought I might share. In one I will imagine standing in front of a large set of shelves against a wall in a special room. Part of the 'active' process is to visualize very clearly going into this special room, noting all the details along the way, the door knob, the floor boards, etc. as a kind of 'warm up' to focus the mind on the task at hand. When I am focussed enough and am in front of all these shelves I will visualize they contain all kinds of different costumes. One costume will 'leap out at me' and I will then imagine wearing it and what happened next. This will usually lead to some past life scene. Because I have done the preliminary work it will tend to be quite sharp and detailed. I described one story here: http://www.reincarnationforum.com/threads/memories-of-your-first-love.1144/ On another occasion I was imagining walking up a large staircase in a big house and looking at a long series of portraits. If one particularly appealed to me I would 'jump into it' and find out what it was all about. I got to the first portrait in the series, at the top of the stairs, and remembered being a 'cave woman' almost Neanderthal in appearance whose name was 'Woman Stands Up' because I was a bit taller and straighter than most and was always looking at the stars. A most interesting and effective technique, which seems to be getting easier the more I practise. I wonder if others have any tips and tricks they would like to share?