Looking back on this experience as my present-time self, I feel gratitude at being able to recall this lifetime, and quite relieved that it was not one of great suffering, as I have experienced in other past lives.
I now have happy memories to mingle in with those of pain and suffering. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to have those moments of inspiration that reveal who we were—prosperous, not-so-prosperous, happy, not-so-happy, tyrant, slave, citizen, healer, etc.
I’m pretty sure these glimpses of past lifetimes show us all the facets that have come together to form us, and can give us a better understanding of who we are today. They are meant as reference points, not as places in which to dwell or get lost in their drama, but to show gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion for the human condition.