Bigs need a player to deliver the ball. Only reason why they will never be consider the GOAT!They rely on their teammates.
Yes to both of your questions. At first it was a personal belief, perpetuated by A doctrine that had continually revealed itself to be true.
But then I had my taste of it myself
Interesting, how far back was this past life? How did these visions come to you, in a dream or something that you constantly envision? With the people I know who claim to have past lives, they usually say it's a bit of both.
This has actually been my exact same experience, suprisingly. It began as a vision, rather mundane, I was sitting in a chair in a weird looking house, I was a Caucasian man. This happened to me when I was a teen.
Fast forward around 10 years later, as I walked the path I began having dreams that were more surreal than any I could recall having, of being this same Caucasian man in the middle ages. There's no real way of me knowing the time frame but I'd say anywhere from probably 700-900 years ago.
crazy thing about it is that it started happening when I started to tinker with the heart area energetically. This is significant because in Buddhist esoteric philosophy they instruct their initiates to focus on the heart exclusively. So their emphasis on reincarnation is no longer a coincidence in my experience.
These are the kinds of insights that can only come from practicing, rather than intellectualizing, theological doctrine.