As our soul moves through different lives we can do carry with us things that are relevant from a past life that block us in this existence. They are carried over or, they manifest themselves in a later, unrelated life.
Typical of these are oaths, and ways of living, for example:
- An oath of celibacy or chastity in past ages came with a monastic life of study, religious devotion, and an unmarried or sexual abstinence in life.
- An oath of poverty as it suggests eschews accumulation of wealth and accepting the bare minimum in life style.
- An oath of obedience means a person follows instructions and rules set down by an authority figure. This is different from compliance where the person is influenced by peers, or conformity where the person seeks to match their behaviour with those of people around them.
Anyone of these oaths, or, combination of oaths, or a belief that has a strong, molding effect on a person’s life can affect you in this life and future lives to come.
I watched a program some time ago, about someone who believed they had been a French soldier in Napoleon’s army when they invaded Russia and attacked Moscow. Not only had he done a lot of research, he had acquired numerous artifacts. The dominant symbol of a regiment in Napoleon’s army was an eagle, displayed proudly on a pole at the head of the marching men and a rallying point during battle, rather like the eagle emblem in the Roman Army.
The Russians kept many emblems of Napoleon’s failed attack, and display them in a museum. One being a regimental eagle. In the presence of the eagle the individual became very “soldier” like. Performing drills, venerating the eagle, and saluting it, right there in the museum.
His time as a French soldier in the army that invaded Russia, his allegiance to the Eagle and regiment still has a powerful hold on him.
An oath of celibacy could lead to a life where relationships with the opposite sex are difficult or nonexistent, even if that is not what the person says they desire today. An oath of poverty can in this life mean an existence where a person “gets by” with the bare minimum and never enjoys a fuller life that even a little more wealth could give them.
Removing these blocks is quite simple.
Sit quietly, hands in Gassho, clear you mind. Say, or think to yourself that an oath made in a past life, name the oath, i.e. celibacy, does not continue or bind me to it in this life, or any future lives. The oath ends here and now. I affirm that being free of the oath I will enjoy a full and happy life without restrictions from the oath. I will enjoy love, and be loved, for the wonderful soul that I am.
If you feel there are other blocks, carry out the same for another oath.
You may of course, perform a block clearing that addresses “all oath and pledges, and beliefs that restrict you in this life… It is important to also include “Future Lives” and also that release from the oath or pledge in this life, ends at a specific time and place, “here and now.”