For today's found poetry, I'm heading into a workbook journal I started in 2002. It's a past life journal, following the exercises in You Can Remember Your Past Lives, a used paperback I picked up when I was out with my husband. We were on our way to see Black Hawk Down, which is something I noted in the journal. Coincidences should always be noted when you're dealing with past life stuff.
I've always believed in reincarnation, even when I was young and hadn't really been exposed to the concept of it. Likely because I've personally had break-through memories come up for which I had no explanation as a child. My recovery of past life info has been a constant thread in my life. I saw a past life therapist while I lived in Toronto and had five sessions with her.
Once I moved back to Nova Scotia, I did personal meditation work and mindful observation of things in my life. When I found this book, it really helped me pull my personal work together into something I could look at and learn from.
My poem today is taken from the results of a rating-system quiz called Reactions to Stimuli. Ratings from 5 to 1 were given to various cultures, people, animals, weather and environments to take stock of my natural attractions and repulsions. This is a beginning marker to see where I have past life issues and strengths. 5 represents greatly enjoy, totally comfortable. 1 represents great fear, distaste, discomfort.
Greatly Enjoy / Great Fear
British gentry accents
Enjoy kings or queens
Dancers, musicians greatly enjoy
Writers, directors enjoy greatly
Brunettes, totally comfortable
Blue eyes greatly enjoy
Correct body weight
Tall - enjoy greatly
Long hair, comfortable
Babies to 3 years
Little girls and little boys
Adults aged 20-40
Comfort - total
Being in water
Being alone outdoors
Crowds, part of the masses
Books and reading
Fear fringe political parties
Bureaucrats - distaste
Corporate executives - distaste
Salesmen - distaste
Thin body types
Mice as pests
Great fear - tornado
Great fear - lightening
Great fear - sensation of falling
Great fear - crowds as mobs
- Julia Smith, 2009 / original text written 2002
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Michelle Johnson says Your poem was great. You drew off your earlier observations and found a certain kind of peace.
Anthony North says The therapeutic value of reincarnation is beyond doubt.
Andy Sewina says Phew, fascinating stuff Julia.