Past Life Regression: Evidence of Life after Death?


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Dr. Michael Newton was a traditional psychotherapist opposed to past life regression work when a client spontaneously entered what seemed like a past life regression..

The man had complained about a persistent pain in his side that doctors couldn’t diagnose or treat. In the regression, the man found himself in the battle of Somme of World War I  on the British side. He was dying of a bajonet wound. Newton, a keen scholar of martial history immediately asked him to look at the division patch on his arm. The client could describe it correctly. That was the clincher for Newton. But was it proof a past life?

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I’m in two minds about past life regression because on one hand I have reservations about the validity of so-called past life experiences. On the other hand, I’m happen to be one of the people who may have had a past life experience. (I’ll tell you about it further down).
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Past life regression

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This is a form of therapy where people allegedly access previous lives in the course of hypnosis. It’s a controversial form of treatment and there are two main questions one could ask. One is: are these really previous lives? The other: is this therapeutic intervention useful?

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Are past life regression memories real?

They certainly feel real to the person experiencing them and seem convincing to therapists who evoke them. Whilst I have some reservations about the validity of this therapy, it’s fair to say that there are respected psychotherapists and psychiatrists amongst the PLR (Past Life Regression) therapists, as well as people whos qualifications are more doubtful.

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One of the leading developers of PLR therapy was Brian L. Weiss, M.D., the Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. The well-known psychotherapist Dr. Michael Newton explains why he became a PLR therapist in this video.

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I’m not sure whether past life regression is a useful tool for well-being and mental health. I would hate to see people whose psyche is already fragile burdened with more life-times of trauma. To heal the wounds of this life seems to be more than enough for many people.
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Prof. Ian Stevenson’s work, whom I introduced in my article on reincarnation, is often quoted by therapists as supporting evidence for the validity of Past Life Regression. Actually, he was dead set against it. In an article he voiced strong concerns:

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The subconscious parts of the mind are released from ordinary inhibitions and they may then present in dramatic form a new “personality.” If the subject has been instructed by the hypnotist–explicitly or implicitly–to “go back to another place and time” or given some similar guidance, the new “personality” may appear to be one of another period of history. Such evoked “previous personalities” may be extremely plausible both to the person having the experience and to other persons watching him or her…

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In my experience, nearly all so-called previous personalities evoked through hypnotism are entirely imaginary and a result of the patient’s eagerness to obey the hypnotist’s suggestion. It is no secret that we are all highly suggestible under hypnosis. This kind of investigation can actually be dangerous. Some people have been terribly frightened by their supposed memories, and in other cases the previous personality evoked has refused to go away for a long time.

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From his response I can’t help thinking that he would have been delighted with a current book title, ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Past Life Regression’!

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I think we need to consider the fact of False Memory Syndrome [FMS] when discussing past life regression. Here is an example False Memory Syndrome from Kathleen Flannery’s article on FMS. She relates:

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In the mid-nineties, a sniper’s shots echoed through an American playground. Several children were killed and many injured. A 1998 study of the 133 children who attended the school by psychologists Dr. Robert Pynoos and Dr. Karim Nader, experts on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among children, yielded a very bizarre discovery. Some of the children who were not on the schools grounds that day obstinately swore they had very vivid personal recollections of the attack happening.

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Prof. Elisabeth Loftus, a leading researcher of False Memory Syndrome, explains in an interview:

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Psychological studies have shown that it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a real memory and one that is a product of imagination or some other process.

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Consequently, it could be that what we experience as ‘past life memories’ are actually images fabricated by our brain and stitched together by our mind. Prof. Sam Wang explains how our brain lies to us in a recent NY Times editorial.

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Some people are particularly vulnerable and susceptible to hypnosis. In some cases, it’s quite clear that the therapist has primed the client for particular experiences. The following is from a woman’s description of a Past Life Regression therapy session:
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Upon reaching the bottom of this very special staircase, I found myself in what my Regression Therapist called the Hall of Wisdom. This hall had many doors and openings. My Regression Therapist advised me in advance that this “Hall” looked different depending upon the individual being regressed.
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I think you can see in this description that the client was obligingly fulfilling the therapist’s expectations!
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I was struck by this woman’s experience of the ‘great hall of wisdom’ because it echoed an experience of mine. Some fifteen years ago I had this vision or deep dream during meditation:
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I found myself in an ancient temple. I had the body of a man. I was kneeling on a huge flagstone near one of the great pillars. By the faint light of lamps I could see an ornate coffered ceiling high above me. At the other end of the huge temple people in robes were lighting fires in big bowles. They were preparing for my ceremony and I was waiting to be called.

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Even now I can recall minute details of the ceiling and the temple This is very different from night dreams  that fade in time. My experience has remained undimished and feels significant.
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Was this a past life regression?
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I interpreted it as a makyo, a Zen expression for ‘mysterious vision’ -which is not seen as a past life experience. According to my teacher Robert Aitken, Roshi, a true makyo experience has three characteristics:
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    A sense of the ancient,
    A religious drama in which the dreamer is chosen or confirmed as a disciple,
    A sense of encouragement.
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What was this experience? Why does it feel so significant even years later? Was my mind just playing tricks, or did I really glimpse a past life?

What do you think?

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Have you ever had odd experiences like this? Or have you heard of some first-hand? Please share them with us in the comments.

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Related article:  Is there Life after Death?

PS. I’ve had a hard time determining the ‘Best Commenter’ for June. There were so many brilliant comments! However, I finally decided that the winner is John Rocheleau. His indepth comments and his interaction with others in Is there Life after Death? moved the discussion to a new level.

I‘ll be looking for the ‘Best Commenter’ in July. I’ll take into account:
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  1. Here’s my new post: Past Life Regression: Evidence of Life after Death?:
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  2. Al at 7P says:

    A very interesting read, Mary. The part where you mention that it’s hard to “between a real memory and one that is a product of imagination or some other process” reminds me of a recent NY Times editorial that describes how the brain confuses some lies as truths.

    It gets real hard to piece together the truth when our brain, the tool that we use to search for the truth, sometimes can’t be trusted.

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  3. I am personally very skeptical of past life regressions. I believe in reincarnation, but these past life regressions seem very suspicious to me.

    And I echo your caution. If someone is doing it for entertainment, I guess that is one thing. But, if they’re doing it for therapy – dare I say it seems like a misguided effort? As you say, we have plenty to deal with in this life, what’s the point of putting our minds into a past life that may or may not reflect a real past life.

    As far as the vision you experienced, I find that very interesting and I believe your account. It may indeed have some supernatural underpinning. But I ask you, Mary, must it suggest a past life? Also, is that what is characteristic of a makyo? Or, can a makyo be something else. I’d be interested.

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  4. Mary,

    I was intrigued by your vision/dream in meditation.

    Questions: Is it a past life memory? Is it necessary to know that?

    If we have honored and empowered our higher sense of self, we then have a dispassionate judge within us that can discriminate between the genuine and the fanciful.

    Are the conclusions more important than the experience and the quest? My own experience tells me that we can best make use of whatever experiences we have by not “tagging” them with a fixed identity.

    The validity of past life regression is dependent on the neutrality of the client and the therapist.

    The other danger is mistaking other genuine phenomenon for past life evidence. There are more influences in play than are commonly known or suspected.

    Personally, it doesn’t matter why I experience what I do — what really matters to me is how that experience connects to, and influences my life.

    That said, if a person with dispassionate neutrality undergoes past life regression with an equally dispassionate neutral therapist, then we have something we can draw conclusions from.

    But do the conclusions benefit us? Which holds the most power — the question or the answer?

    Cheers,
    John

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  5. @Al
    Thanks for the link to the NY Times editorial! I’ve now included it in the post. It makes me think that the fact that memory is such a fickle thing may also have bearing on life satisfaction. As Daniel Goleman discusses in his book ‘Stumbling on Happiness’ , we are unable to recall how we really felt in the past. He says, “We remember feeling as we believe we must have felt.”

    That may be why optimists like me lead satisfying lives. Maybe we filter out all the difficult memories and have the expectation that we had a happy time!

  6. @Bamboo Forest
    You ask, ‘What is Makyo?’. Sometimes the term is used to describe psychophysiological distortions that can arise in meditation. For example, one might the floor move like waves, or one might see strange colours.

    However, as Robert Aitken Roshi points our, true Makyo is something different. It’s a spiritual vision.

    I’ve always thought of my experience as a message from my deepest spiritual wisdom to my ordinary consciousness. The message was about spiritual ripeness and readiness.

    However, what strikes me now, many years later, is that the vision I had is still so clear and feels so significant.

  7. @John Rocheleau
    You ask: ‘Is it a past life memory? Is it necessary to know that?’
    I don’t think we can know. And I don’t think it would make much difference to my life if I did know one way or the other.

    On the other hand, I’m fascinated by this adventure we call life with all its strange experiences.

    I have to admit that I’ve had another moment when it occurred to me that I may have led a previous life. That was when I – as a sixteen year old landlubber – first stepped into a dinghy. I immediately felt at home. I’ve never pursued sailing further. Maybe because I could feel it is a major passion lurking in the wings. Oh no – not ANOTHER major passion!

    I’m still vulnerable. That passion wouldn’t take much to fire. Knowing my personality, the next thing would be, “Oh, why don’t I learn to navigate, sell up, and sail around the world?!” 🙂

  8. Mary – how interesting!! My feeling is that if someone has an experience that suggests a past life, whether it’s a Makyo or something that manifests physically, it should simply be observed as yet another way the Universe reaches out to us. In most cases, I don’t think significant meaning should be attached to the experience; and by the same token I’m not convinced that people should seek out regression therapy as it just seems too suggestive.

    If I ever have a glimpse into what or where I was before I am now, I’d consider it a blessing and a special message and tuck it away in the stack of blessings and special messages that I have already received in this life. I think it’s a warm-fuzzy rather than a directional type of thing.

    Love these discussions!!

    Annie

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  9. @Annie Binns
    I’m glad you like the discussions! I was a bit nervous venturing into these far reaches of human experience.

    You say, “I don’t think significant meaning should be attached to the experience”

    I’d like to agree with you (down-to-earth as I am…) but I must admit that my makyo experience shaped my life. It confirmed me on my spiritual path. And that path is still central to my life.

  10. What kind of ceremony were they preparing for that you were going to be called for? Did your vision elaborate on that detail?

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  11. @Bamboo Forest
    The ceremony was an initiation. The fire in the bowls were lit for a purification ceremony that was to be the first part of the initiation.

  12. This is an interesting post about past life. Past life regression is not the only context where information from past life can turn up. It can happen in dreams and they are not guided by someone telling you how things ought to look or feel.

    The information we get from past life is often about something that affects our current life. Understanding the messages from the past can help us make our current life better.

    I think your temple vision is a spiritual message and not from a past life.
    Namaste

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  13. @Bengt-BTWendel
    That’s a very interesting idea that if we do indeed get messages from a past life, they have significance for something we’re dealing with in our life now.

  14. I’ve always been fascinated by the whole past life thing. Both my husband and I got Akashic record readings from a client for fun. She warned us at the beginning that having it done would likely disrupt our lives for a while before things settled into a new normal.

    He went first — skeptical, but good natured — and was told all manner of craziness about the history of his soul. Sure enough, his life went to hell. I did the same thing, and the same thing happened to me. We’re talking parents cutting us out of the will, kid dramas, health dramas, moving to a new house on zero notice — the whole nine.

    I didn’t even know what the whole thing was until my client offered it. I thought I’d get it done to be supportive of her. But now I’ve done it, I’d be very interested to know how much was coincidence and how much was real. Because the upheaval was very real indeed.

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  15. @Naomi Dunford
    Thank you for your interesting comment. I must admit, I’d never heard of ‘Akashic Records’ before. I googled it and found quite a few sites.

    One said: “Since 1963 Cosmic Awareness has been communicating through carefully trained channels.” I get twitchy when I read that. If it’s so cosmic then 1963 is a bit late for it to be revealed…

    When I read about your experience I wonder whether the person who did the reading actually planted a negative expectation into your mind. D’you think that’s possible?

    I know that what we expect has a way of becoming reality.
    Maybe some other readers might like to respond to this comment?

  16. It must have been in the first part of the 80-ties that this dream came to me. In that time I was quite obsessive in reading and thinking about the spiritual. Anyhow this part of the dream stayed with me since. A figure dressed in a middeavel like black monk robe with a cap hiding his face – somewhat like the Death dress cliché – is flying towards me and lands in front of me. I’m lying down on the ground somewhere outside in the fields, on my side, resting in a kind of half sleep. Nothing is spoken but I get the message that the dress is given to me. Also a begggars cup looking like some tea cup is placed before me. The moment I understand the message the figure becomes smokey and dissapears out of the dress, which is falling to the ground. I get the strong impression that in that moment the figure is dying.

    I wake up a little scary. I’ve had nightmares before, but this one is different. The dream came with a strong sence that it was not a dream, but that it really happened, though awake I had neither a dress nor a cup.

    To me it ment that though I had no intention in becoming a monk, I was put on the spiritual path. I don’t think it’s a makyo. Nor is it a wishful dream. In fact it does not realy matter to me what it is. I simply got more or less the message of the dream that I had to find it out for myself, going alone, monk like. Something like that.

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  17. @Amazingmess
    Thank you for sharing this amazing dream with us! It was obviously a very significant experience.

    I find it very interesting that this experience felt different from an ordinary dream whilst asleep. Maybe what we’re talking about is really visions.

    If you talk about having visions these days, you may get call from the mental health team! But, if you think about the testimony of human culture going back many millenia, it does seem that having visions is actually a natural part of human experience.

    One difference between a dream and a vision seems to be that a vision is sigificant and life-changing.

    As I was writing, the word ‘significant’ leaped out at me. Its root is ‘signum’, the Latin word for ‘sign’. And that it, I think: visions are signs. If we follow them, life changes.

    These days

  18. All this seems to me realy tricky stuff. Who creates the sign? Is it my own wish? Am I creating my own guidance?
    Since the split of Freud and Jung, the mainstream of western psychiatry seems to be on the hand of Freud, who simply put a barrier between the ‘occult’ and the libido, the sexual drive. According to Freud all of man’s drive came down to the sexual. Which left Jung with the so called occult, including gnosis, heaven and hell, religion, vision, thelepathy, and so on and on. All of this made Jung to a prophet of the New Age Movement, whatever that may be, and any person who comes up with visions, dream … etc, very suspicious. Almost every vision is put down to a psychotic experience, which must be controlled by medication.
    I’m not saying modern psychiatry is wrong. No, in most cases we are dealing with a hallicunation like experience coming out of a fragmented mind. But to me it seems that there is almost no platform left to come up with dreams, visions … whatever, and discuss them, without being framed as a possible psychiatric patient. This makes me worry, for a great part of the human mind is simply put aside this way, whitout further learning. So thank you for this platform. It means a lot to me.

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  19. @amazingmess
    I agree, this is difficult territory. Despite advances in science, there are still many aspects of human experience that are mysterious.

    I’m definitely not in the new-age camp. Just yesterday I met a woman who has a row of large crystal rocks lined up on her dashboard. I said you her:

    “If you have a crash, these crystals will act like projectiles and cause horrendous injury.”
    “Oh, but the crystals prevent me from having a crash!”

    That makes me roll my eyes…

    I’m so happy that GoodlifeZen is a place where we can have thoughtful conversations about odd things without being shot down in flames.

    I was quite nervous about writing the last two ‘life after death?’ articles. But the response has been fantastic!

    Thanks to you and others for sharing so frankly!

  20. Bengt says:

    @ Naomi Dunford
    I wonder why Akashic record readings had to disrupt your lives for a while before things settled into a new normal. To me it sounds really strange that you have to destroy everything first in order to create something new. The way the Akashic readings worked for you sounds negative, not positive. We do see what we are looking for so her warning made you look for the bad stuff.

    @ amazingmess
    Your dream or vision sounds interesting. And I think (feel) you got the message right when you decided to follow the spiritual path

  21. Mary ~

    I’ve witnessed some rel life experience in my teenage years with past life. One of my best friends had past memories and upon fact checking, we found the details accurate. I’ve been a strong believer since then.

    Shilpan

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  22. @Shilpan
    That’s very interesting. But you’re leaving us all in suspense. Story?? Details??

  23. Mary ~

    This happened to a friend of mine in our teenage years. He kept telling us that he is hearing a voice in the night, a crisp voice of his mother from the past age. Then he started explaining us that he used to live in a village…at this location. His name was xxx. We ignored this initially as he was mischievous. But he kept repeating this story so finally three of us went to the place where he claimed he lived in the past life and upon checking, we found that he was right. Now, there is no scientific way to explain this but it surely was an incredible experience.

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  24. @Shilpan
    What a very interesting story! That must have been a jaw-dropping moment for the three of you.

  25. Sceptics will always find reason to “pooh-pooh” a thing they disbelieve while supporters will always find evidence to validate their own claim. If you assume “right” and “wrong” don’t exist, (because duality is a human invention), then you’re left with your own beliefs and what you choose to do to validate them inside yourself.

  26. @Liara
    I’ve always loved this passage from Alice in Wonderland:

    “Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”

    “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day.

    Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

  27. Bengt says:

    @Liara
    I agree with you, in the end each of us is left with our own beliefs and have to decide how to validate them inside ourselves. Having an open mind and trusting our own judgment makes life more interesting.

  28. Arne says:

    I had a very scary thing happening to me 1970 in Jamaica. Kingston was an extremely dangerous place. I was always scared. One evening I walked through a pub to my room in a little hotel. As I put my head on the pillow I was suddenly in another world. I was on top of a mountain and deep down in the valley somebody was shooting at white horses. I had 2 children with me. Suddenly the children and the horses looked up into the sky and became extremely agitated and scared. I looked up and saw the full moon and said to the children “Don’t be scared it’s only the moon”. At that moment the moon opened up like a window and a face looked through and an arm and a hand with grapes. One grape fell down to where we stood. I “woke up” and was in shock for some time until I was able to write this experience down on a piece of paper. About one year later I discovered a picture of Swami Sivananda in a Yoga ashram in Canada. I couldn’t belief it but the man on that picture looked exactly like the man in the moon. It was all very strange but it started my path with Yoga. Later on I read that Swami Sivananda was known as the “face in the moon” and other people around the world had similar visions. He never left India and died 1963. Weird isn’t it? I still have no idea what happened. I can’t explain it and don’t really want to. The Here and Now is enough. But I still get goosebumps when I think about it.

  29. @Arne
    Thank you for sharing this precious and mysterious event with us!

  30. cool way of looking at things

  31. Laura says:

    In 1980,I had an unexplained experience, my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Orlando,Florida.He got lost when I fell asleep in the car and he woke me up to tell me this and I sat up and looked around,then I began to give him the directions to get to the hotel and we made it there to our amazement ,I continued to give him directions during the whole 2 weeks that we were there and we were amazed at this since I had never to been to Florida in my life.I thought then that I was reincarnated.I also have the the ability to know when there is going to be a death.I don’t think that has anything to do with it though.

  32. Jocelyn says:

    It was not a regression, per se. I was given information about a past life that changed this one dramatically.

    After a life (45 years) of not knowing a day without pain and spending years in the hospital when I was young (my first operation when I was 11)… I was told the life in which it started by an intuitive. He said, “You can change the past just like you can change the future. You see yourself get away before it happens.” He said to let my imagination go with it because sometimes it wasn’t imagination.

    I did that. I worked at it. I “saw” myself get away and grow old with grandchildren around a warm hearth in a cold stone room. I felt the weight of my heavy beard and smelled the roasting food.

    In the process, my back changed – literally, physically changed. I bound out of bed in the morning instead of gingerly, carefully placing each foot on the floor. I can do things I never dreamed I could ever do when I was crawling across the floor with tears from the pain.

    I now __LIVE__ this life because of information from a past one.

    Maybe it’s not all real. Maybe some of it is false information.

    For me, however, it’s very real. Each day for the last 10 years I’ve blessed my freedom and my life because of 3 minutes worth of information I got about a past life.

    Jocelyn

  33. Alan says:

    I would descibe myself as being very open minded on most subjects and normally have a foot in two camps. The first being solidly in the ‘real’ world and the other open to the strange and unknown. However, as someone who has actually undergone Past Life Regression (PLR)I feel I can express a view. In my session there was no prompting involved I was simply taken into hypnosis and asked to take a journey on a boat. I’ve been hypnotised on numerous occassions and fully understand what happens and how this is experienced. I can say, with hand on heart,that I went to another place-somewhere I’ve never been before. Of course, this is the bit where some people will describe being Cleopatra’s hand servant,Henry V111’s bit on the side or something similar. In this case it was nothing grand, in fact just very ordinary and mundane (if one can describe any human life as such) I just knew that I was in another time and place and witnessing my own demise – waist deep in muddy water being stalked by an enemy. I had a strong awareness that I was in a war, that I was a soldier and that I was seriously injured and dying. I felt frightened. I came into this experience during the final minutes of life and I watched as the light around began to fade very quickly. What I thought was the fading of the sun was my own life being extinguished.
    So was this a real past life? I have no idea. All I know is that my senses were somehow suspended. As I said before, I’ve been hypnotised many times – this was very different and something I have never felt before. I’m still baffled by my experience.

  34. kvinne says:

    Greetings, Like Alan, I have undergone PLR that was not “guided” by the practitioner. Their are neutral processes to allow a conscious physical person to elevate their vibration to a higher level and allow the most appropriate healing or messaging to be revealed. I am not sure whether past-life is different from any other non-three dimensional experience because we don’t really know if time is linear in other dimensions. There are many, even whole cultures, who feel that time is simultaneous or cyclic. So we could be tapping into experiences in other dimensions, rather than other times. I wonder if it is necessary to try to group experiences into categories. One person may perceive an experience as a past life, another may experience it as empathy with a larger collective consciousness. Both ways of experiencing an event can be true. To me, what is important is 1) that any process is undertaken with the intent to healan issue, not for entertainment, and 2) that healing occurs.

    In one experience I had, I meditated on the fact that I was having repeated visions of a large object coming at my head, which were frightening and disruptive. These visions plagued me for years, happening in any sitation of stress, and sometimes in relaxed situations where I was enjoyably occupied. I tried talk therapy and many other techniques, to no avail. As I meditated alone, without a guiding therapist, and asked that the cause of these visions be revealed to me in a way that I could understand how to stop them, I felt myself assuming a different body in a different time. I found myself in a conflict between two men (I was a woman), accidentally stepping into their path, just as one man threw a lead weight at the other. The weight hit me straight in the forehead and caused serious injury.

    When I returned to my present consciuosness and body, I realized that I was carrying a feeling of being at risk at any time, that I could accidentally find myself in a life-threatening situation. I did a couple of energy healing processes on this feeling, and have not had a single vision of a large object flying at my head since then. This has been over a year.

    So do I call this a past life regression? It feels that way to me. I felt an identity and a personality in the other time and body. But does it matter? What matters to me is the universe or my most evolved self, whoever, found a way to communicate a deep issue for me that I had not been able to uncover any other way. I am fine if it originated from an experience in another life, and I am fine if it was something I picked up out of empathy or experiences in this life. What is important to me is that the issue, disturbing, disruptive visions, has been healed, and I am not interested in limiting my ability to heal by refusing to believe in particular processes, or by believing that processes that work must be uniformly labeled for all. This experience felt like a past life situation to me, and I am comfortable with that, but that doesn’t mean that anyone else needs to define the experience the same way. Could anyone define anything the same as the person experiencing the event?

    I should state that I am opposed to “guiding” or leading clients, and feel that the therapist should be as neutral as possible. In this way, the client can have the most beneficial experience, without undue influence.

    What I wish for most is that we all honor each other’s healing, and accept that experiences can be highly individual, as can our ways of labeling the experience.

    Namaste, Kvinne

  35. Scott says:

    I have been interested in past life concepts for a long time. I have gone to two psychics that gave me consistent renditions of past lives of mine. I was an ordinary person in most of the reported ones, not a famous person. The one possible exception was the reported one from Atlantis from a time in pre history, if it is real. Whether real or not, the descriptions and at least one experience of past lives have been therapeutic for me. I am highly skeptical about what they actually are, but I’m totally open to experiencing them and integrating these things into my psyche. The one regression hypnosis session I went to was very vivid and dramatic. I was standing at a large podium. The podium was covered with complex drawings. Drawings that appeared to be similar to engineering drawings. I looked at them but I did not understand the symbols on the drawings. A number of people were around me – all in uniform. Each person had a similar unifom including a hat colored black and white with a striped design. The hats were circular with vertical sides and a flat, slightly rounded top.

    The people I saw in this vision were coming to me and asking me questions, but I could not understand what they said nor could I understand my answers to them, but I saw it as though out of my own eyes. Everyone was working on a large (big bus size) aparatus that the people were walking in and out of with tools, parts, drawings etc. I believed that this was an engineering project, that I was in charge and that this complex large-bus-sized apparatus was being constructed from the plans that were in front of me. The apparatus was circular and had several openings or ports and doorways large enough for people to walk in and out of it. There is even more detail, but that is enough of an overview for you to get the picture.

    Was this a past life experience? I don’t know. Was it helpful for me? It seems that it was. Would it add trauma as was suggested of adding the difficulties of yet another life to those of this life? I don’t think so, the emotions for me were very, very neutral. I was observing myself in another dimension, so to speak, so there was no trauma about it whatsoever. Whether it is really about past lives or not should not deter us to experience and analyze this phenomenon. Let us keep an open mind and not be dogmatic about what it is but rather that it is an interesting phenomenon and that we can, if we are interested, learn from it and expand our self awareness through it. I like to think of the experiences at a minimum to be a useful archetype that represents a key element of who I am. That alone is very enlightening…

  36. james says:

    I think that past life recall is a funtion of our access to the imprint on our dna of our ancestors past expieriences as far back as you want to go

  37. anonymous says:

    I did a self-plr through plr audio, only the first time I got many images, one of which resembled me, but was of a smaller age, but it was like a still form of image, not moving much, but after that all I get is a crystal clear view of trees, mountains, rivers, and nothing else, may be all this could be true or not, no idea.

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