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I have been fascinated with the idea of past life regression ever since the time I read Brian Weiss’ Many Lives, Many Masters.
In the book, Weiss, a psychiatrist, shared the story of one of his patients (Catherine) who spontaneously accessed a past life when asked to go to the event that prompted a longstanding fear of hers.
Since that time, I have tried past life regression and have found it to be a powerful tool for my own growth, both personal and spiritual.
Past life regression is based on psychological and spiritual principles. In the simplest terms, our experiences lay the template for our behavior. These experiences may be things we go through as children or they may be observational.
For example, we may learn about romantic relationships by observing our parents. But what if we add in a soul perspective and consider that the soul does not die, but chooses to come back to continue this learning process? This means that who we are today—our personalities, behavior, blind spots—is determined by our experiences of living in our present-day body as well as bodies we had in the past.
I have always been reasonably insight-oriented and enjoy putting together the psychological puzzles of my own therapy clients. While I have never had an experience as profound as what Weiss described, I have seen that understanding something is not always enough to lead to change. I get it—best-laid intentions often get in the way of accomplishing therapy goals.
Take my classic workaholic neurosis. I’ve worked on this in my own therapy forever. I understood it based on family issues and really wanted to shift it. However, it was not until I did a past life regression that I took active steps to make changes.
In the past life session, I regressed to a life in 20th century Europe and saw myself as a baker, working with her husband from sunup to sundown, with no break, or respite. We progressed to me as an old woman finally at rest. I could clearly hear my own thoughts and regrets at the life I lived, echoed in this past life version of me. I felt enormous compassion toward this past life me, so much so that it spurred me toward changing my habits in the present day.
My past life exploration has also explained interests, passions, fears, and feelings of familiarity. This can be quite affirming.
What happens in a past life regression?
We can all remember our past lives, and we can spontaneously access them in dreams and memories. One of the most common ways to see our past lives is by doing a past life regression session.
Past life regression can be done in a group or individually. Both have their advantages. As you lie or recline comfortably, the past life therapist leads you into a gently meditative hypnotic state. You are then guided to go even more deeply inside and walk through a door into another lifetime.
Once through this metaphoric door, you’ll have an opportunity to explore some key memories and events in this lifetime. You may see childhood memories, become aware of important people, see those most pivotal events, and even how this lifetime has ended.
It’s interesting to notice those people you encounter, as many may be familiar. People often meet members of their soul group, your lifetime travel companions so to speak, or soulmates. These encounters can explain a lot about present life relationships.
Journaling about the session, themes, and lessons is a helpful way to conclude a past-life regression session.
The best way to learn about our past lives is to try it yourself. What are you waiting for?