I talk about the several ways to examine your past life on my June 3rd, '14 radio show - listen to it here or go to my co-host Yerevan's site www.readingsbyyerevan.com see radio shows then June Ahern.
You can journal your thoughts and/or dreams of another time. Once you have expressed your thoughts or jotted down your dreams you can refer to history books to see if what you saw, heard, and thought about matches up during that historical time.
A psychic reader might be able to pick-up your past lives or try karmic astrology. I've never done but sounds interesting. I prefer a person to experience for him or herself a past life through hypnosis. I am a certified hypnotherapist and specifically went to school for the purpose of helping others attain information about past lives.
Poets Walt Whitman, Alfred Tennyson and William Yeats all referred to other lives in their poetry. Inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had several conversations about past lives. Plato and General George Patton believed in reincarnation. In Mark Twain’s My Platonic Sweetheart he refers to a past life in his reference to a girl he had loved in many different lands at different times. - excerpt from my consumers guide, 'The Timeless Counselor: the Best Guide to a Psychic Reading'.
Who were you in another life time? Why did you come here?
If you believe you have lived before and reincarnated (come into flesh) why have you done so? What is the purpose? What is it you wish to experience and learn in a new body, new setting, and with new opportunities? How can you be a better person?
The examination of this can give great meaning to your present life. I encourage you to experiment with how to access the information.
Come with on my ghosts complete with a massacr (part two) in San Francisco - Walk with a Medium Part One and Two The Haunted Bay Paranormal Investigations can be seen on youtube.