I do some work with people regarding their past lives. This only comes up in a session if it is pertinent to the issue the client would like to clear, or is blocking the rest of the healing.
In my view the story is not that important, it is the energy that is trapped in the person around it that needs to be released and cleared.
So I was interested when with the Dalai Lama someone asked him “Is it important to know our past lives?”
His answer was “If you want to know what you have done in the past. Look at what is happening now. If you want to know what will happen in the future, look at what you are doing now”
So if you work with your past lives in a non-attached way to forgive those that may have hurt you, this is growing forgiveness and compassion in the now and so changing the future.