Our past lives have a huge impact on our current life, we choose parents from our soul family (biological or adopted), we agree to teach each other certain lessons before taking this body, we also make pacts with our best friends, children, soulmate who are all part of our lives to cooperate in some way in our soul's advancement in this lifetime.
A bad past life experience can however have a limiting effect on this life.
For example: fear of flying because in a past life it caused your death, fear of water because in a past life you drowned, repeating cycles like always being left by men, because you made a promise to always stay single in a past lifetime, or having financial trouble, because you took a poorness oath.
I have seen so many sometimes unimaginable connections.
When we go back to the very first time you started any pattern, it can be this lifetime or in a previous one we can resolve it, you can heal from it, and not repeating it again. Very profound healings take place when traveling back into a past lives.
For example: bad relationship with family member, financial struggle, fear of water, weight problems, claustrophobia, difficulty to learn a certain language
My own most interesting experience happened when we moved up to Northern Virginia a few years ago and I had to take the subway into DC for work every morning. The first day I got on the train as soon as we went underground I felt this fear of dying, the more people got on, the more I felt terrified and claustrophobic. By the time we got to me stop I was pale, shacking and had to throw up as soon as I got out the train. I figured at first that I was probably just worked up because it was my first day at a new position. On the second and third day the same exact story happened. I felt helpless, I really wanted to continue to show up to work, but I was considering to quit. I had a session with a ThetaHealer, when we looked for the origin of the problem, we were right away taken to a past life; I was on my way to a concentration camp, I was cold, hungry, crushed and I knew I was being taken to be killed. I always had so much interest in the Holocaust, I had relatives who walked home from Auschwitz, and I read every book in the library that I could find of the subject. Once that past life trauma was resolved my fear of trains and subways disappeared. The healing was powerful and memorable, even my motion sickness improved somewhat that I have been suffering from since childhood. I love helping people travel back to a different lifetimes, it's always a humbling experience.
I looked up the rhetoricians from 57. It's quite possible that I was either Seneca or another stoic philosopher from his circle, because the kind of quotes I was saying during session sounded just like him, like he was talking through me. It was a fantastic experience!