PAST LIFE REGRESSION
“Who are we really? Combinations of common chemicals that perform mechanical actions for a few years before crumbling back into the original components? Fresh new souls, drawn at random for some celestial cupboard where God keeps an unending supply?
Or the same soul, immortal and eternal, refurbished and reused through endless lives, by that thrifty Housekeeper? In Her wisdom and benevolence She wipes off the memory slates, as part of the cleaning process, because if we could remember all the things we have experienced in earlier lives, we might object to risking it again." [Of the question begs to be asked: if we how much could we grow?]
- Barbara Michaels, The Sea King's Daughter
(Cynthia A. Frado studied with Dr. Weiss and is featured in his newest book, Miracles Happen.)
Welcome! This page is devoted to answering questions and dispelling myths about past life
regression therapy. The main purpose is to provide information on what this exciting therapeutic technique is, how it works, and ways in which you can benefit from this unique approach. If you wish to explore your own past lives in more depth, Hampshire Hypnotherapy Center can offer you a variety of resources for pursuing your own regression sessions. This work can lead to significant transformations in how you view yourself and the world; people often come away with a greater realization of the eternal nature of their being, their connection to others, and a closer experience of the love-filled energy that underlies all life.
Past life regression therapy, (also known as past life therapy or regression therapy,) is based upon the premise that we are eternal beings (souls, if you will,) who carry forward learning and experiences from one human lifetime to another. As eternal souls, we experience physical life on Earth in a series of human bodies and associated personalities. On a soul level, we choose each life circumstance as a means of challenging ourselves with new situations and opportunities for learning. Of course, some people believe we only live one human lifetime. In this case, the stories elicited by this therapeutic approach serve as marvelous symbolic metaphors for the issues and situations being faced the present time. Whether uncovering 'real' past lives or not, the approach has helped many people resolve issues and get past stuck points that were resistant to other therapeutic approaches. In addition, it's a fascinating way to experience other aspects of yourself and your personality.
Most often, past life memories are explored through the use of hypnotic regression, which means you are put into a "hypnotic" or highly relaxed state, and then "regressed" (moved backward) to an earlier time. If you think about it, much of life's lessons are learned in hindsight. When you are going thru a particularly difficult or challenging experience, you often can't see the forest the trees. It often takes time, perspective, and reflection to help you process the lessons and insights that each situation has to impart. That is usually how we grow into wisdom.
On a much broader we look to history to offer up its lessons and revelations from the past to teach us more about our human journey in the present. Our ability to evolve or devolve, and how we move thru our tragedies, conflicts triumphs is directly connected with our ability to reflect in “the rearview mirror.” In that same vein, Past Life Regression affords us, as individuals, the opportunity to gain perspective on our soul's journey. To it transcends all time and space and can help us better understand experiences, circumstances, phobias, personal likes, dislikes, physical maladies and emotional responses in this lifetime. Once you start a PLR journey, it has the potential to give you a long view and help you to see this life with a new clarity and sense of purpose. At Hampshire Hypnotherapy Center, we see it as a valuable tool for anyone who wants to deepen their human experience and who wants to grow in body, mind spirit. It expands your perspective beyond the defined boundary of your present body, and the more you experience PLR the more you feel a kinship with all of humanity.
What if I don’t experience anything?
Most people wonder if a regression will really work for them. It is only on rare occasions that clients do not bring up past life material. Instead, a memory from early childhood that seems pertinent to the issue of concern comes up, or we find that current life situations or anxieties intervene and need to be worked on first. What works best is to approach the experience with an open mind, not expecting anything in particular. (For example, if you approach a regression convinced you’re going to discover a lifetime when you were a fighter pilot, this might get in the way of what really comes up.)
Many people expect that they’re going to see their past life vividly, in great detail. This isn’t always the case, especially when experiencing your first regression. Although some clients find they "see" things in their mind’s eye quite clearly, others may find the impressions somewhat vague, only portions coming in clearly. Information comes through in a number of ways -- physical sensations (like feeling hot or cold), hearing what people are saying around you, or just knowing something intuitively all of a sudden. The best approach is to focus on the images and feelings you experience, don’t worry about whether it makes sense or is "real" or not, and trust whatever comes up at the time.
Typically, people who have a regular meditation or relaxation practice move most quickly into a past life regression experience. This shows that this is a skill that can be learned. The more you practice, the more detailed your experiences will be and the more easily memories will be recovered. However, there are also people who have never done any relaxation practice that recover detailed information quickly and easily. The only way to know how it works for you is to give it a try. It is helpful if you have a specific question or issue you would like to explore, but it can also be left open to your inner guidance to bring up a memory that has pertinence for your current life.
Past Life Regression Therapy Works
Most of us have had the experience of meeting someone for the first time, and falling immediately into a comfortable relationship "just like old friends." Or visiting a new part of the world, only to find it feels very familiar somehow. These are often instances of re-encountering people and places we have known in prior lifetimes.
We unconsciously carry forward experiences, attitudes, and relationship dynamics from prior lives into our current lifetime. Many times this is beneficial, as in cases where we just have a "knack" for numbers or seem to master a new skill or area of study as if we already knew it. Other times, traumatic experiences -- like a violent death or loss of a loved one -- are left unresolved. Troubled relationships may be left in a state of conflict. Attitudes and decisions that resulted from or worked well in a prior lifetime may be carried forward into the current life in ways that are detrimental. That is where regression therapy was first applied, in resolving these experiences from the past that are blocking our progress and happiness now. In addition, past life therapy is now also used to uncover and reinforce the strengths and positive experiences we are carrying forward with us.
Trauma and issues from the past can be reactivated by events in our current lifetime without our conscious awareness. We might react to people and situations in ways that seem counter-productive, or we have a "gridlock" problem that we can’t seem to resolve no matter what we try. It may be because the problem is actually rooted in dynamics set up in prior personalities/lifetimes.
We regress clients (to regress means to go or move backward) to the time and place where the original activating event occurred. This can be achieved through hypnosis, guided imagery, or other states of deep relaxation where memories that are normally unconscious can be accessed. Similar techniques are often used to access early childhood memories from the current that may be underlying present-day problems and issues. By bringing these memories into conscious awareness, we can release or diffuse the energy and emotional blockages that keep us stuck. Typically, the therapist guides the client through the significant events of the lifetime, through the death experience, and then a "life review." This is where the purpose of that lifetime, the lessons learned, and decisions made are examined from a higher, spiritual perspective. We particularly look at what is most important about that prior life in terms of the client’s current personality and situation.
Re-experiencing the key events of a past life and reprocessing the impact helps to bring closure to the events of that lifetime. This enables us to move forward more freely in the present. Past life regression work merely extends the time frame further into the past for the deeper origins of issues. Even if one believes these "memories" are not true past life experiences, they function as symbolic stories and are equally as effective in resolving current issues.
Once considered a "new age" gimmick, regression therapy is becoming accepted in the mainstream as an extremely useful therapeutic tool. It can be a rapid approach to bring up material in a single or just a few sessions that might otherwise take many months of traditional counseling to address. It can be useful, as well, for those who would not otherwise consider themselves in need of counseling or therapy service – people who want to expand their experience, draw upon inner wisdom, and connect with loved ones across the ages. Of course, not all problems and issues are rooted in experiences from prior lifetimes. It is important to distinguish when we have a current life issue that needs to be addressed through other means.
Some of the more significant areas in which past life therapy has traditionally been used are:
quite exciting and rewarding. Rather than going after traumatic memories, they focus
- Troubling behavior and attitude patterns that have persisted over time, despite attempts to change
- Relationship dynamics that seem to have a life of their own (intense attraction/aversion to another person, deep-seated issues that defy resolution)
- Phobias – intense fears, such as fear of heights or fear of water, that seem unconnected to an experience in the current life
- Some chronic physical ailments, sensations pains
- Dominant attitudes or emotions that seem to persist throughout your life
on positive experiences. These areas include:
- Accessing strengths and accomplishments from prior lifetimes that can be brought forward to increase confidence and effectiveness in the present
- Re-experiencing a happy, successful lifetime; this can bring a sense of balance and peace when undergoing difficult times, fortifying us to work through our temporary difficulties
- Clarifying direction and life purpose by viewing one’s blueprint for this lifetime. Finding prior lifetimes shared with current loved ones, bringing a great sense of reassurance that we are indeed never parted from those we love
- Accessing the wisdom, peace guidance that is available from the "," (spiritual realms between lifetimes) where our higher mind and/or guiding ones can assess our progress and give direction to us for our current lifetime. Strengthening the clarity of the spiritual nature of our existence.