Why does the “past life” affect this life? Many people know nothing about it and struggle with their lives because of their past life. So why do we need to carry these imbalances and phobias from life to life?
Life is about experiences (or we sometimes call them lessons). We (our souls) choose experiences, such as loved/unloved or teacher/student, and we dive into our lives. During one life we may experience the unloved portion by being someone who is always pushing people away. So, the next time around we decide to try being unloved by having some sort of deformity. Then we might try being unloved due to some sort of societal prejudice (Catholics don’t marry outside of the faith, or that type of thing). After a few dozen lives trying out the various ways of how being unloved works, you decide to the loved portion. Now, you’re the one who loves someone, but even that can be problematic. So, it can take another dozen lives to see all sides of that option, too. After that, you try another combination (Happy/unhappy, famous/infamous, supported/supporter, caretaker/cared for, honest/dishonest, etc.
As you experience these different lifetimes, you build up knowledge. But most of us, keep that knowledge “hidden” from ourselves so that we can start each lesson from scratch. But if one of the lessons is stopped in the middle (maybe because it ended very badly), you may have reactions from that past life that “bleed through” into the current life. These reactions can be anything from unfocused anger (not sure why you’re angry, you just are), to rashes, phobias, and physical ailments. Once the cause of the issue is found, the reaction usually fades away. However, most people never look further than the reaction, and so use creams for the rash, psychotherapy for the anger, and other non-helpful treatments. But that’s their choice.
For those who are becoming more aware, looking beyond the obvious becomes more common and more helpful. And it can also lead them to greater understanding as to why they keep repeating the same behavior, or dating the same type of person when it never works out, etc.
So, yes, for some people, knowing the past life can help them understand and live a better current life. For others, it’s not yet an option because they don’t want to interfere with the experiences they’re currently having…even if they are having bleed through reactions.