The knowledge of my previous incarnation came to me through a very interesting pathway.
2 years ago a good friend of mine was raped and it turned me into such an emotional wreck that it almost seemed unseemly, I wasn't the one traumatized, she was. But soon I started having an reoccurring nightmare involving me being tied up while my friend was being raped by a soldier, which was extremely odd because 1. the rapist had nothing to do with the military, and 2., I usually have great trouble remembering my dreams, but these were frighteningly vivid. I also broke out crying whenever a story on the BBC World Service came on about women being raped by soldiers in whatnot conflicts going in places like Congo.
Then, about a year ago while deep in meditation, bits and pieces of my past life started coming to me. What I have been able to glean is that in my last incarnation I was a farmer who lived near the French city of Nancy who died in the 1970s. during the Nazi invasion of France some German soldiers broke into "my" house, raped my wife and daughter, and robbed my house.
That caused everything to make sense.
Anyone else have traumatic past lives that influence your behavior in this life?