Hello everybody! I’m sorry to bring up the tiresome topic of famous past lives again here. I actually don’t like to talk about it at all because I think it sheds a bad light on reincarnation and the reincarnation community in general. But I’d like to get something off my chest finally, some thoughts that were bothering me lately. I’ve remembered three or maybe four average past lives so far, mostly in dreams and a little bit in flashbacks. Usually I do believe these were all real past life memories. But from time to time I begin to doubt all these memories and pl experiences I had - and sometimes even my sanity! The reason for my doubts are memories of a very famous past life which I’ve experienced over the years also. And I don’t know what to make out of this. The thing is, I was always skeptical of and dismissive about famous past life claims made by others. Since I had my own famous past life experience I try to be more open-minded. But basically I’m still rather skeptical. And I am skeptical of my own memories of this alleged famous past life, of course. For the sensible and rationally thinking part of me it’s hard to believe I was such an important and very-well known historical figure. The idea seems highly unlikely, it seems crazy! It also doesn’t help that there are multiple claimants to this past life, of course. Sometimes I feel really stupid to even think of the possibility that this could have been me in a past life. And I really don’t want to be delusional or get obsessed over some crazy idea. That’s why I’m cautious and don’t talk much about it, if at all. I also don’t want to mislead other people by making them believe I was someone who I wasn’t in the end. There could be some other explanation why I experience these memories and stuff of a famous past life after all. Maybe it’s all just some kind of imagination. And I would be fine with that. But this assumption creates a dilemma for me: If these famous past life memories are not real, then how do I know whether all my other memories of average past lives are real? How do I know the difference? The memories of my normal, average past lives aren’t different in quality, perspective or anything from the famous ones. The famous pl memories seem to be just as legit and emotional the moment I get them. Sometimes even more. It’s just later on that I question them when I start to think about everything more carefully. I try to find verifications, of course. But that’s not easy with a very famous past life. From a totally neutral point of view it could be all cryptomnesia, some educated guessing and good imagination, I think. So what do I do with my other past lives in this case? Are they just imagination as well? Most of my average past lives are sketchy, but for one, a past life in WW2 which I remember best, I could find quite a few verifications of not widely known details, events and locations. There are also connections to my current life. So I’m rather convinced this one was an actual past life of mine. But maybe this is just a mix of imagination, cryptomnesia and coincidences, too? This would be pretty disappointing after everything I went through with this particular past life and after everything I’ve found out about it. I really don’t want to think this was all nonsense. But sometimes I don’t know what to think or believe anymore… I could believe that just my WW2 past life was real, of course, and maybe the other average ones, too, while the famous pl was not. But why would I get real and false memories at the same time? Or some memories that were mine and some that were not mine? Wouldn’t it be more likely that all of them are not real, but imagination? I don’t know. The famous past life memories shed a different light on all my memories IMO and they make me really question everything at times. It would be easier with just average past lives, I guess. Then everything would be more credible to myself and also to others. That’s actually another point. I often fear I will come across as a nutcase and my other experiences and memories of average past lives will be less credible to other people, because I also happen to have some weird famous past life thing going on apparently. That’s why I don’t like to even mention it usually when talking about past lives. Don’t know if all this makes sense to anyone or if anyone had similar experiences. If yes, any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated. Also, if you have an idea why people would experience (famous) past life memories that are not real or not their own, I’d like to hear about this. I don’t know if I will ever solve this mystery in this lifetime. Or maybe I will just know for sure after I’ve died and remembered everything at last.