I've been doing some reading on past life regression, and I discovered this wonderful article (along with this intriguing blog and author that came with it, her links will be below). Be sure to check out her blog, where you will find a plethora of spiritual and new-age topics.
I have actually dabbled in past life regression before, and by "dabbling" I don't mean frivolously playing, I mean in only briefly. I've always wanted to go further in depth with this topic. I have used tarot cards to do a handful of past life readings which always proved to be interesting. The cards were pretty much just a trigger for the subconscious, as they are in all my readings (if you haven't already noticed this). Once the cards open the door, the subconscious mind and the intuition and clairs do all the rest.
Anyway, I find this subject fascinating and this article interesting and full of information. I hope you enjoy it!
author: Vasundhra Gupta
So let’s get started.
- What happens during Past Life Regression?
When I found the healer I wanted to work with, I was asked to read Many Lives, Many Masters before coming for the session, just so that I’d know what I could expect. Having already been acquainted with Dr Brian’s books, I then prepared myself by putting together the questions I wanted to explore in my past.
I was additionally asked to be well-rested, listen to some guided meditations, and come on a light stomach. Why? Let me explain by going into the science of past life regression. This will also be fundamental in helping you learn how to do past life regression for yourself, in case you’re interested.
A person is regressed back into a certain period of their life, using steps that I’ll discuss shortly. The end-to-end process takes up a lot of mental energy! And if unrested, or on a heavy stomach, it can make you tire easily. In some cases, you could even doze off.
Hypnotherapy is not exclusive to past life regression though.
When hypnotherapy is used to access the “Akashic Records”, or past life memories, we call it past life regression therapy. However, the same technique can also be used for inner child healing, overcoming addiction, or getting closure from a traumatic experience from the past.
Side note: Akashic Records is a metaphysical term used for the energy "database" of all events that have happened, are happening, and are yet to occur. The belief in hypnotherapy, especially past life and future life regression healers, is that because everything is energy, you can tap into the past, or the future (beyond constructs of time), and gather information that will help you heal.
- Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is NOTHING like the dramatic TV shows, where a person is influenced and taken captive!
In the words of the pioneer in the field, Dave Elman, you must understand that “all hypnosis is self-hypnosis“.
This means that when you’re hypnotized, you’ve simply been given a suggestion by another person, and you have willingly taken action on it. For example, in your day-to-day life, if someone says, “come, have a seat” and you go sit down, you’ve accepted their suggestion.
On the contrary, if someone said, “Let’s go eat chicken wings”, and you’re a vegetarian, you will reject the suggestion.
When you undergo a hypnotherapy session, the only difference is that you’re given several layers of suggestions in order to achieve deeper stages of relaxation.
This helps you experience your past memories, without the excessive resistance of the conscious mind.
What are some examples of steps taken to deepen the hypnosis?
This process is a rather artificial means to tire your conscious mind, which operates in beta waves. Thus allowing you to experience the subconscious thoughts by moving towards alpha waves. The different brain wavelengths and their purpose can further be understood through this source.
If you’ve listened to a guided meditation before, you’ll realize that the process is the same. Because guided meditation is also a form of hypnotherapy.
There’s nothing more dramatic or fanciful to it!
So no, it is NOT a dangerous process. Even under hypnosis, you are fully aware of sounds around you, you can talk, and you will remember everything that happened. You are just more relaxed while experiencing your subconscious thoughts.
Which is why you’ll even find self-hypnosis videos on YouTube. Many people claim to have experienced healing through them as well. It hasn’t worked for me though, for various reasons, but it doesn’t mean it won't work for you.
- Common Myths About Hypnotherapy
1. Isn’t hypnotherapy scary?
No, it’s just different.
When you recall an old memory, does it scare you? Probably not. A few incidents might create anxiety for the future, or stir other emotions like anger, insecurity, or sorrow. But then logic will kick in, and you’ll be able to self-soothe by self-affirming thoughts like,
You’re HERE now and you’ve overcome everything.The past is gone, and there’s a new hope for what lies ahead.The past doesn’t have to control you, or enslave you.You’ll continue to overcome your obstacles beautifully in the future.
Many times, the reason will seem so silly and unnecessary that as a consequence a person can experience major breakthroughs. Like immediately quitting smoking, no longer needing to binge-eat, or no longer feeling so insecure about key relationships.
2. Does the hypnotherapist take you directly into a past life, or is it gradual?
Every hypnotherapist has their own style, and they might take you into a pleasant memory, or help you tap into childhood wounds first. It isn’t necessary for you to access your past life right away.
While the hypnotherapist will walk you through different "doors", or walk down stairs in your imagination, it is your soul that decides what happens when you cross the threshold of the door to the “other side”.
However, before the session, the healer will typically ask you what your area of concern is, and why you are using PLR to heal it. In some cases, past life regression may not even be necessary to heal something, which is why it’s important to let the healer suggest what they feel is best.
Ultimately, whatever may be the area of concern, your regression into the past is navigated to find some answers.
Such was my case. Here are some interesting findings from my own past life regression stories.
- How Past Life Regression Healed My Fear of Black Cats
As I regressed into my third lifetime, I saw a woman in her late twenties being tortured and raped by a group of men. She was left to die in the jungle, stripped naked, sans resources to save herself.
She made her way into a cave, where she shivered through the night. When she opened her eyes, there were a couple of giant black leopards ready to attack. This was how she finally died in that lifetime.
My healer worked with me to release the trauma of assault, as well as the wildlife attack. Ever since then, I actually love cats! And rape? The fear reduced significantly.
It’s important to understand here that when you consciously access past life memories and work to heal them, you will notice that many experiences will no longer matter. But some things might still have some charge around them, such as the “rape” experience here.
It is both an opportunity to understand why it still has a grip on us, and a chance to free ourselves from fears that might seem irrational and unexplainable in this lifetime.
There have been countless validated cases, where exact details were mapped to lesser-known family history. The works of Dr Ian Stevenson and Jim B Tucker focused precisely on validating such claims, by children.
- Are Past Life Regression Experiences Real?
There is compelling evidence in Dr Brian’s books too, especially Only Love Is Real where two people narrated the same past lives with each other, without even knowing about each other. It was magical to read!
- Personally, whatever I saw did not have concrete geographical information or detailed timelines. I still consider a past life regression experience logically powerful because:
1. When you revisit a subconscious fear and retrain your brain to look at it differently, you alter your conscious behavior too. This is precisely what we want to achieve.
2. Our brain uses the knowledge and dictionary we have created from our experience, so what you see is the closest possibility of what happened. It's good enough to help you understand the significance at least.
4. Even if it’s a figment of your imagination, or fabricated, the fact that your subconscious is conducive to healing can be a breakthrough in itself for people who otherwise struggle to consciously make lasting choices in their life.
For me, it didn’t matter whether what I saw was factually correct, but it did help me see aspects of myself that I wasn’t aware of, at least not consciously. One such example being intense anger and anguish.
- How Reviewing A Past Life Helped Me Mourn A Child I Didn’t Have
I wasn’t even married at that point, let alone a mother. But regressing back into time, I saw a woman badly starved and beaten by her drunk husband. She held a baby, her baby. Their baby, force-fed alcohol by that man. As her child passed away, she grieved intensely. And so did I. I could deeply feel her pain and anger.
Now to put things into perspective, I’m not easily emotionally swayed. It takes a lot to make me cry, but this vision felt so personal, so real, it really felt like my loss.
And the kind of anger I felt in that moment was nothing I’ve seen before. My healer worked diligently to help release the emotions that were uncovered in that lifetime.
I was stunned when I recognized the baby in that past life as a friend from college in my present life. The next day, out of curiosity, and upon my healer’s recommendation, I asked that friend if he had “stomach issues”. He mentioned that he did, but he healed from them in college. Which was when WE met.
You might have an instant knowing (feeling), you might recognize their characteristics (visual), or in introspection a name might come to you (auditory). It’s my theory that perhaps the psychic sense which is strongest in you will be utilized during this process.
- How do you recognize other people?
Past life regression in itself is like seeing a dream, except it’s not illogical, and you can remember it long after you wake up.
- How many past lives do we have?
To be honest, I don’t have an answer for that because each soul is unique. Some choose to incarnate often, while others try to learn their lessons through other realms. I’m not a huge fan of religious scriptures that put a number on our births and deaths, because healing, once conscious, is timeless.
This means that you could take several lifetimes to overcome a pattern, or you could finally sit down and “get it” in one day. The process of incarnation is so fluid and dynamic, but it’s safe to say that we may have had many, many lifetimes. At this point, I’ve seen over a dozen glimpses from mine and they have all served in my healing.
Instead of worrying about how old your soul is, it’s important to focus on what you’ve been doing with your time while you’ve been around. And of course, what can you do ahead, looking towards the future, to make the most of your time here!
- Why is it good or bad to get a past life review?
While the benefits outweigh the flaws, here are some things to be mindful of during subconscious work:
Unless you heal the memory after seeing it, it may not be useful having seen it. For example, when I saw the black cats, I didn’t know what to do because I was scared. A professional hypnotist needs to help you navigate such incidents. My healer suggested I turn the black cats into beautiful vibrant butterflies and let them carry my body into the Light.
NOTE: This isn’t about denying something happened, but to creatively help you reconnect with the bigger picture. Therefore, on most occasions, you will not be able to see a past life yourself, unless you’re capable of dealing with it.
It can seem exciting to revisit the Akashic Records and retrieve your soul’s journey. But becoming overly obsessed with the past is one of many spiritual vices. Trust me, I’ve been there! So please, remember that though past life regression is useful to understand some of our behaviors, we don’t always need to know WHY something happened for us to change who we are NOW.
It is expensive. I don’t know why, but in general, all healers charge a fortune for past life regression. I don’t discredit their work, and I’m all for balancing the karmic debt in whatever way one deems fit. But I’d say that if you can understand the process and go for a few sessions just to get the idea, you should focus on learning how to regress yourself.
It’s really not that difficult. Dave Elman, whom we met earlier in the article, explained in great lengths about all this in his book called Hypnotherapy. Unfortunately, his book is difficult to purchase at this point. But looping back to where we started, Dr Brian Weiss has a fantastic collection of resources for self-hypnosis layered into his books.
All that being said, let’s talk about the benefits of a past life review with a few more stories.
- How Seeing My Best Friend From A Past Life Healed My Trust Issues
This story had both of us laughing. We were in fits when I slowly mumbled through my phone, “You were my wife in a past life." Ironically, when we were roommates, I would always call her biwi (hindi for wife).
In the first past life I regressed into, I saw that I was a secret agent on a mission in Russia where I was finally captured and tortured to death. My best friend, my wife at the time, had left me, unwilling to stand by my side in my life-threatening decisions.
It was her leaving then that had placed a subconscious message in my heart that she might leave me again. It was this thought that challenged our friendship. Even though we were best friends, I had a tough time trusting she would stay that way. Sure enough, this silly but sweet story brought us closer. I’m married to my husband in this life now, but it was cute to see how our roles keep switching in lifetimes. And even our genders!
But it wasn't just about the relationship aspect. This past life regression showed me why I had an inclination towards Russian history and thriller stories, and why I’d conveniently switch to a faux Russian accent in casual conversations.
Would you like to hear more? Okay, one more!
- How I Finally Stopped Being Scared of Diving
In my first session, I regressed a total of five lifetimes. They were all tragic in their own ways, but brought me great insight about the trauma I was carrying subconsciously.
One recurring pattern I saw was about drowning. Two of my lifetimes came to an end because I drowned at the deepest part of a river and pool. It had to do with swimming and losing control.
Growing up, I used to learn swimming at the YMCA. But every time I was led to the 10-feet diving board, I would panic. My body would freeze, and I would become a fetus in mid-air. I ended up scraping my wrists very badly, twice. When I finally learned the why, my inner child took a deep sigh of relief. She wasn’t scared without reason, was she?