Past Life Memories
do you remember?
Beliefs vary as to where the information received in a regression or progression actually comes from: collective unconscious, soul, cell or genetic memory, ancestral knowledge, metaphor, imagination...
We were introduced to the phenomenon of past lives during my first hypnotherapy training course to prepare us for clients who requested it and for those moments when clients spontaneously regressed to what they believed to be a past life.
At that time I 'knew' it would never happen until I had a client do just that in a smoking cessation session. He had continued smoking and in his follow-up told me he felt afraid to stop. I regressed him back to the time when his smoking habit had importance; unlike the usual reports of wanting to look older, peer group pressure or rebelling against parents, he told me he was a soldier on guard duty and was so tired that the only way to stay awake was to smoke. Needless to say, he'd never been a soldier in this life and when he released the connection he stopped smoking immediately.
When I opened my practice I never mentioned anything esoteric or that might be perceived as ‘woo’ (I love woo). It seemed important to be seen as more ‘normal’ or ‘medical’. I was wrong. One day I had a call from a surgeon who had developed issues (all very Doc Martin). He told me he repeatedly felt waves of despair which made him reluctant to operate. He then quietly added, “I think it might be a past life issue.” He was right.
We learn things all the time and the information is stored and accessed constantly to keep us safe. This is all great until our mind kicks up a fuss that prevents us from doing things and getting on with life. This can be manifested in the form of phobias or intense dislike/fears of situations, objects or people. We operate in rhythm and cycles and are programmed to repeat the same old for that ‘just in case’ moment.
An example of this is the experience of pain – if your heart gets broken you might become wary and tread very carefully before investing yourself in another relationship. Or, because you expect to get your heart broken you seek out relationships to confirm your belief.
What though if there isn’t a reason for your difficulty and you can’t make a change or recover?
Past life regression (PLR) is recognised as a valuable technique for the resolution of a variety of ailments and conditions. Many people wish to explore their past life memories without having a specific problem, they are just seeking – often they know not what. The experience tends to give answers and sometimes questions.
There is the belief that we can hold on to trauma and emotional debris from previous incarnations, in the same way we do in this life; in the form of fears, anxieties and non-specific pain. And, by regressing to the memory of that (or those) lives it is possible to release the problem.
It is a bit like being frightened by something in the dark. You hear a noise and your heart begins to pound. Your brilliant imagination conjures up a variety of options to fuel your terror.
You then discover the noise was caused by your cat. This makes you smile and your fear dissipates. As soon as you know you are ‘sorted’.
It is not necessary for PLR to be about 'therapy' - if you have a desire or are curious that is just fine and the experience usually ends with those ahha moments. You only know you have a question when you receive the answer.
Fun fact - it is not even necessary to have the belief that past lives exist for healing or resolutions of problems to happen.
Here are a few examples of problems resolved by past life regression:
Recurring nightmares about water
Fear of being without, i.e. food, causing yo-yo dieting and constant weight battles
Fear of death and losing people
Unexplained or reoccurring pain and discomfort,
Attraction to the ‘wrong’ types of people who cause more harm than good and many other issues.
Some people are attracted to PLR because they are aware of a familiarity about places or particular people. Or they have experienced a severe reaction to people, places or things. Others just ‘know’ and want a journey or discovery.
Here are a few examples (permission given - names changed)
Mary always chose to have relationships with abusive men. Her regression revealed that she had accidentally killed her husband when he tried to save her from a fall. Was she punishing herself in this life, was she not worthy of a happy life? Whatever the answer she is now happily married to a lovely kind man.
Jim was fed up with neck pain and insomnia that was put down to stress. In his regression he was hanged and although cut down he wasn’t quite dead. He hung on for a long time believing that if he fell asleep he would die. Immediately following his session his pain began to subside and he was able to sleep.
Elise wanted a have a baby very much but was terrified to even try to get pregnant. She recalled having a forced abortion in a past life. As the trauma was released so were her fears.
Peter was terrified of water but his wife wanted them to go sailing together. His previous self remembered being sent to Australia as a prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit. He was distraught at leaving his family and spent the whole journey sick. He is now a happy sailor and his wife is thrilled.
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