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 feeling very familiar to us 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 lifetimes. 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, relationships are left unhealed, or attitudes and decisions may be carried forward from a past lifetime that are detrimental to our current life. That is where past life regression therapy has traditionally been used, in resolving these experiences from the past that are blocking our progress and happiness now, it can also be applied to carry forward strengths and positive experiences.
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, this may be because the problem is actually rooted in dynamics set up in prior personalities/lifetimes.
In past life therapy the client is regressed (to regress means to go or move backward) to the time and place where the original activating event occurred. This is achieved through hypnosis, where memories that are normally unconscious can be accessed. Hypnosis can be used to access early childhood memories from the current lifetime 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. The process is similar to conventional therapy: we trace issues to their origin, reprocess the experience, emotions, and decisions made, and find completion.
Regression sessions typically take one to two hours.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 way to bring up material in a single or just a few sessions, that might otherwise take many months of traditional counseling to address. And 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.