Past Lives: The twins from Minoa

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When Beccy told me that she’d had a twin brother, I remarked that twins are sometimes people who were very close in a previous life. She said that was certainly true about them, and poured out the following tale: ‘When I was about 12, I became obsessed with the Minoan culture. I mean, really obsessed. I ran out of children’s books on the subject and started using the teachers’ library. They got worried about me and told me to drop the whole thing. That was tough. But I did what I was told.

‘Maybe it was just as well they didn’t know what my twin brother and I used to play at! It was always horse tricks. I’d climb up a tree. He’d then get the horse to come under the tree. When it was just below me, he’d yell, “Jump!” and I’d jump down onto the horse.

‘When he grew up, he joined the Royal Navy. One day he announced that he was going to fight in the Falklands War. Before he left, he said he might not come back. He put all his affairs in order. And he was right – he didn’t come back. It was very hard for me to lose him.

‘Years later I was on a meditation retreat. One of the men there – someone I’d never met before – suddenly said, “You had a twin”.

‘We went into a quiet room to talk. He told me that my brother and I had lived in ancient Minoa. We were part of a team that did acrobatic acts riding on the bulls. Our lives depended on getting it right. The bulls’ horns were deadly, so it was all about split-second timing.

‘One of our tricks was for the girl – me – to be thrown straight at the bull’s horns. The man riding the bull – my brother – would then catch me just before I reached the horns. That always thrilled the crowd. ‘Well, one day he didn’t catch me. The horns did instead and I died of the injuries.

‘The man said that in this life my brother had come back to be with me to make up for that accident. It’s also why we played those dangerous horse tricks when we were kids – we were re-enacting the bull riding. Doing that somehow healed the effects on both of us of the terrible accident we’d had in Minoa. ‘I have no idea how a complete stranger could have known about that. But it made perfect sense. Everything fell into place at last.’