Have you ever visited a place you felt like “home”, even though you had never been there before? Or perhaps you’ve thought of a place over and over in your head, sensing that you are somehow connected to it.
Ronda woke up one morning sensing a sudden urge to go to Kenya. She had never really fancied Africa and was not much of a traveler; she preferred cold climates and was happy living in Manchester, where she was used to the frigidness, moss and rain, so Kenya would essentially be out of the question; nevertheless, she would still think about the foreign country over and over in her mind. Then one day, she decided to become a foster parent, being the philanthropist that she was. When she received information regarding the child she would foster, a photo of a Kenyan girl was attached to the documents. She immediately knew it was a sign. After five years of fostering young Ndaizi, she finally took the plunge and traveled to Nairobi to meet the young girl. It was there that she realized that she and Kenya were connected in the strangest, most karmic way. Kenya was once her home.
But it isn’t simply places that can attract us psychically and spiritually towards them. The same applies to people. For instance, have you ever met somebody that invoked déjà-vu? Someone you felt like you already knew or had some connection to?
Caleb met Jennifer, his boss, when he was first hired to work at the graphic design studio. She was old enough to be his mother, but for some reason he felt they were the same age. He took it upon himself to take care of her, in his own way, like give her a massage when she got tired and even stay in to help her out after work. Caleb already had a girlfriend and had no romantic interest in Jennifer – Jennifer was also happily married with a son his age. But for some peculiar reason, he had just wanted to be there for her ever since they met. One day, Jennifer walked up to his desk and said to him: “Sometimes I think you’re the only one here who understands me; you’re like the brother I never had.” When they both finally opened up about their feelings, Caleb and Jennifer realized they had known each other in a past life, in which they were most likely brother and sister.
What connects us in each lifetime can be compared to a thin root of energy – each person may bear a few up to myriad roots, all of which connect them to other energies: people and places. These roots intertwine, knowing no time nor era, and are always there whether we acknowledge their existence or not. They hint us at times, attempting to remind us of our connections and karmic ties, which are all one great web of interconnections.
But karma isn’t always pleasantly revealed, especially when it has to do with connections to people. Feelings, which are humans’ greatest weakness, can be overwhelmed to a point where misinterpretations may arise.
Tim and Tania were the best of friends for years. You could say they were soul mates, two identical drops of water, two peas in a pod. They both had similar characteristics and personalities and constantly agreed on everything. Tania would often call Tim her brother and he would call her “little sis”. They thought of each other as “Light Family” and that they had been friends, brothers, and allies in many lifetimes. But that was before deciding to take their friendship to another level and become a couple. When romance came between them, their friendship began to fade away. They would fight, argue and even get abusive towards one another. Even when they finally broke up, they couldn’t stop loving each other because they knew they were soul mates and that they were linked to cycle which brought them together in every lifetime. When they said their final goodbyes, Tania and Tim agreed that “in the next lifetime, we will not make a ridicule of what we already have.”
Karma can indeed be misleading, yet there is one trick above all that can discern a true connection from a “wannabe” one: instinct. Next time you meet somebody you think you are in love with, check with your heart first and forget enthusiasm. Next time you find a postcard from India that allures you to go live there permanently, close your eyes and let your gut tell you if you really want that. Every answer lies within – and even karma cannot dictate that answer.