Why do a Past Life Regression?
In my practice, I have found that Past Life Regressions are particularly valuable when dealing with issues that have no “rational” cause in this life's experiences. Many people find healing with individuals that they are in conflict with at work, in social circles and in their families. These conflicts all have the quality of “unsolvability” meaning that there is no outward cause of the conflict but rather the feeling that “there is just something about that person I don’t understand”.
Past Life Regressions are also particularly helpful in solving relationship problems with partners, parents and family members because of the tendency to continue to share life experiences with these primary people. In addition, people with phobias tend to do well with Past Life Regressions: fear of heights, fear of flying, fear of water, etc. all seem to have roots in Past Life Traumas, and I have found that this modality is especially effective in these cases.
There is also remarkable evidence both in my practice and the literature that chronic somatic illnesses can be relieved and often times cured through the use of Past Life Regressions. Our bodies are a reflection of our conscious and unconscious mind. As a result, certain traumas that occur in a previous life can manifest physical symptoms in this life.
How Should I Prepare for a Past Life Regression?
In approaching any “transpersonal therapy” it is important to have a specific intention. While many people initially want to “just be open” to whatever might happen, having a clear intention offers us a context in which we can consciously understand our experience.
With a new client, I never know what that client is going to see or why Spirit has brought them to me in the first place. An intention gives clients a framework in which to draw conclusions and gain insights into themselves. Many people are concerned that they will limit what could be obtained, but my experience is that Spirit never disappoints or limits us. You will experience what Spirit wants you to experience, so we start with an intention, and then are open to the possibilities.
What Kind of Intentions Work Well?
If you stay with things that you consider problematic, you’ll be able to see how you’ve played out your problems in the past and what you’re trying to accomplish in this lifetime. Specific questions about life circumstances, relationships, phobias or illnesses will all bring good results. Make sure that you keep it within the realm of your everyday life and always about you only. This will also help you see how truly spiritual your everyday life is.
Four Common Questions:
Why do I keep falling into the same patterns and keep repeating the same problems in this life?
The "compulsion to repeat" offers a clinical explanation of why we live out the unfinished business of a past life. Jung wrote, “a complex arises where we have experienced failure in life.” Roger Woolger Ph.D. expands that phrase to “in any life”. This compulsion to repeat is the method by which we finish our unfinished business for when we repeat the behavior, we have the opportunity to change the outcome, thus finishing the business.
Past life therapy offers another way in which to finish business while learning the lessons. The client, after experiencing the failure of that particular life, is able to release the repressed emotions and see the situation from the paradigm of his current life. This view allows resolution with the past situation as well as assistance in finding other solutions, alleviating or dissipating the existential problem.
Also, the compulsion to repeat is often expressed by the opposite behavior. I have found that clients who are severely overweight have had past lives of starvation, for example. Roger Woolger noted “the number of concentration camp past lives that appear in the U.S. (can be expressed) with all its 24-hour grocery stores and fast food chains.”
Sometimes the answer to the present-life problem lies in experiencing a life where that problem didn't exist. For example, if a client has a deep fear of "standing out", then we can look for a life where the client was a successful community leader and bring back that confidence and sense of safety to this life. I have found that many of my interests and talents come from past life experiences.
What if I get in over my head?
This is one of the two most commonly asked questions that I hear from clients that begin working with Past Life Regression. The unconscious mind’s “prime directive” is to protect the body and the psyche from harm, so you can rest assured that you will not experience anything that you cannot handle. This is one of the “fail safe” mechanisms built into human beings. Even when it feels difficult, know that you are ready for this experience. You are much wiser than you are consciously aware of.
We see this psychic prime directive working when discussing abuse. Often times, people do not remember their abuse as a defense mechanism allowing them to cope and survive in society. When one begins to remember abusive situations, they do not “get it all at once” but remember pieces and spend years reconstructing their childhood. To remember it all at once would be devastating to the individual.
The same is true of past life experiences. My experience tells me that people have been through torture, separation, war and abandonment both as the victim and the perpetrator. To remember all of this in present time would be absolutely overwhelming. In regression therapy, the goal is to remember just a little bit at a time, process it, and then remember a little bit more.
Will this work for me?
My answer is yes, provided that you’re willing to allow yourself to become deeply involved in your experience. When a person is willing to suspend what they think they know and are willing to allow themselves to sink into an altered state of consciousness, then the process works.
It’s like reading a book. While you are reading, you allow yourself to get into the flow of the action, become deeply involved with the characters in the story and often times draw pictures in your mind about what the characters might look like, their setting, perhaps what they’re feeling, etc.
This is a form of hypnosis and if you can look at it that way, you will be very successful. You wouldn’t say, while reading this book, that this isn’t really happening, its just words on a page and my imagination is making it up. You become involved in the action and often get your other senses involved. This is what I find is most helpful for people doing regression work.
Please note that, like any skill, you may have to practice self-hypnosis or meditation before you are successful at a past life regression, especially if you have a busy mind or are highly skeptical. Also, this work is not recommended for those with psychological diagnoses, other than depression.
What results can I expect?
Past Life Regression is one of the most effective psychological and transpersonal tools available, and often saves many years of psychotherapy; however, nothing is a panacea and rarely does just one or two sessions solve a lifetime of problems and habits.
It's true that people often notice profound changes after one or two regressions, but without continued work and follow-up (whether with me or another therapist), these changes tend to be short lived. Rarely does one past life hold the answer to all of our problems, nor does one regression cover all the subtleties and insights of a given life. Our past lives were lived in the same way that your present life is, with growth spurts, times of stagnation, moments of sorrow as well as joy.
Dedicated and consistent effort in your healing process using many complementary modalities provides the best results. In the case of regression therapy, you will find that a series of lives usually revolve around a specific issue. Lives around particular problems can succesfully be accessed to give you more resources and energy to move forward, while difficult and painful lives can be brought to closure and redirected, again to give you more energy and resources to your own personal growth and healing.