So you’ve decided to look within for answers.
Okay great, looking within is certainaly a good step.
I will now attempt to give a brief intro to it using Linux system administration and programming analogies:
In terms of identifying past-life memories, or past-life motivated behaviours,
which may intermitently arise, it does take some skill to do it yourself,
since you have to be well practiced at meta-cognition, the act of observing your own thoughts, and possibly taking some actions regarding it.
It is much like debugging, as with GDB, but for your internal operating system.
Ordinarily there are many processes (thoughts) going on at any given time,
the ones in the foreground (external senses, and active thoughts) are easier to notice, and the ones in the background (subconscious fears and desires) require more practice.
background processes are just like daemons or services, not sure your prefered terminology for /etc/init.d, however many people go through life without pruning them, indeed often they didn’t even know they could shut down or start up different daemons, simply because they are rather new to system administration. Daemon services in the brain typically are either just repetitive phrases/memories (simple neuron loop), or a “spider-bot” (a subconscious process that looks for certain kinds of things and interrupts foreground when they are found).
so meta-cognition is like using GDB to stop the foreground process or take a sample of background-processes so that it can be analyzed, stack-traces (trains-of-thought) can also be analyzed. Most often these internal stack-traces of thoughts end up going to some external stimulus, or a memory that is from the present life, perhaps a book that was read, or even a daemon service.
However on a rare occasion (if just on random thoughts) the stack-trace leads to a dream or fantasy which is not derived from current-life experience, i.e. there is new information there which you didn’t recieve in this incarnation, nor took the time to create in this life.
How rare that occasion is depends on your filters or firewall settings, for instance you can block all “network traffic”, certainly I wouldn’t suggest keeping them all open. But generally it is accepted that there are three or four main sources of “good” or “safe” knowledge which can be allowed on at least some limited basis, these include the “akashic records” the spiritual equivalent of archive.org
“spirit guide” similar to a mentor, and “higher-self” or part of yourself that remains in “spirit-world” and can pass on past-life memories.
Assuming your firewall settings are good (you are open to recieving past-life experiences) then can set up a spider-bot daemon that will retrieve and present in foreground past-life memories which are most beneficial for reviewing to help make decision(s) in the present life, while also notifying you or reminding you what their source is. After you have that all set up, the trick is to forget about it, so the subconsicous can do it’s thing, and continue to be mindful or observant of foreground processes.
Anyways so that’s my fun little intro to meta-cognition for past-life recollection.
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Speakable Programming for Every Language (SPEL) developer.