I would bet money that at one time or another we have all had the inkling of deja-viu: the feeling that we were already somewhere or already someONE in an another life, that we had prior experiences of doing something before, even if — in a specific moment — we were doing whatever that “something” was for the first time.
Destiny or fate seems to pull us in different directions throughout out lives, so who’s to say that the energy that impacts our being isn’t rooted in an existence from another time and place? Past-life regression (also referred to as PLR) is real to those who believe in it. According to Uncommonforum.com (www.uncommonforum.com), past life regression is the traveling back to former lives while hypnotized. Believers claim that under hypnosis, a person can journey back to previous lives. Skeptics point out that the past lives that people claim to recall are probably false memories, products of the imagination or of the intentional or unintentional suggestions of practitioners. But you know, if delving into past life regression helps an individual focus on the cause of negative energy in their life or can help a person overcome any number of obstacles that are — to them — very real, than more power to them.
In fact, according to www.hypnos.co.uk, the majority of men and women who try to “take themselves back” to discover if there even was a former life are doing for therapeutic reasons and not because they are looking for some cosmic joyride.
Therapists who embrace the potential of PLR say that hypnosis is the most useful and viable tool for exploring past lives – since (paraphrasing www.new-visions.com) it involves the experience of an altered psychological state — which makes a person more receptive and responsive to inner experiences. In hypnosis, it is possible to tune into levels of awareness normally not accessible to the conscious mind.
The site www.pastlives.org points out that 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. 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.
Some of the more significant areas in which past life therapy has traditionally been used are:
– 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 and pains
– Dominant attitudes or emotions that seem to persist throughout your life
Hypnosis is by no means the only method that allows information about past lives to surface. For example, PLR therapist RogerWoolger uses what he calls bridgetechniques, which don’t require hypnosis. With bridge techniques, a client is encouraged to delve into an experience, sensation, feeling or image, and to become totally immersed in it to the point that it triggers past life recall. These methods can be used when a symptom or feeling is clearly expressed by the client during a session, often repeatedly. For most people, however, past life recall is facilitated by being in a hypnotic trance.
According to www.new-visions.com, there are some newer areas in which past life therapy is being applied as well, that are quite exciting and rewarding. Rather than going after traumatic or troubling memories, they focus 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
Who’s to say if Past Life Regression is real or just a figment of an individual’s imagination? The mind is a powerful thing and ultimately you’re going to believe what you want to believe. If you are convinced that you were Marie Antoinette’s lover and that’s the cause of your bad back, way harm is it causing? Especially if you’re lower back pain disappears! There are many New Age therapists who perform PLR therapy under the guise of personal growth. The problem many mainstream psychologists have is when PLR is performed under the guise of healing. As www.skepdic.com makes a point of emphasizing, there may be little harm in encouraging people to remember about their living in earlier centuries or for encouraging them to go forward in time and glimpse into the future. But as a method of healing, there are great dangers in encouraging patients to create delusions that are rooted in false hope. Some false memories may be harmless, but others can be devastating.
I don’t know if I existed in another life or not. If I did, I’d like to think that I was the same beach-loving happy-go-lucky person that I am today.
Of course I wouldn’t mind a bit if “back then” I was a little bit taller.