There are many misconceptions surrounding past life therapy and hypnotherapy in general. Hypnotherapy is not to be confused with stage hypnotism. As its name suggests it is a therapy brought about by using hypnosis. The aim isn’t to make people foolishly act out of character but to gently ease your way into their subconscious mind to;
- Access the root cause of phobias, illnesses not responding to conventional treatment,
- To help overcome addictions to drugs, alcohol or smoking and also to relive events from our past. Sometimes we bury things so deeply that we can’t consciously remember them, this could be a near drowning accident in the bathtub as an infant which later manifests itself as a fear of water and of swimming in later years.
Occasionally however, we have to go a little further back in time, in fact to another time entirely, a previous lifetime to discover where it all began.
What to expect from a past life regression session
During hypnosis you are gently led into a light trance, similar to that you would experience while daydreaming. This is slowly deepened to meditation level. At this point you are asked to visualise a “safe place”, this can vary from person to person. Some like to imagine a beautiful garden, others a secluded beach. This is a midway point and from here you are taken more deeply under, but always knowing that should you encounter anything that may disturb you, you can always return to this place of safety. It is also to this point we return to after the regression to allow time for the new information to be integrated into the conscious mind and also into this lifetime.
At no time are you so deeply under that you wouldn’t hear the phone ringing, or someone knocking at the door, in fact quite often you will experience things on two levels, having one foot in this lifetime and one in a previous one.
Many approach past life regression for a specific reason, whether this is to get to the root cause of a phobia, or a maybe persistent complaint that refuses to clear up despite the best efforts of medical intervention, often termed as psychosomatic. Others have recurring dreams or flashbacks to another place and time and wish to explore deeper, maybe a fascination for a particular period or event in history. Some feel a particularly strong bond with another person, a feeling that they have always known each other even though they may have only just met this time around. While some are just in it for curiosity. All these are valid reasons, but before deciding to take the next step, it is wise to think through all the possible things you may encounter, even the type of person you may have been.
Could you cope with the knowledge that you may have murdered, lied, cheated and bullied or tortured others, and also on the other side of the coin, any of these things may have also happened to you. Once you open this Pandora’s Book of memories there is no putting the lid back on those new memories!
Step back in time
Everyone experiences their regression differently, some people are very fortunate and are very gifted at visualising, and they see and hear everything in bright vivid detail. For others they may; see only, hear only, or just “sense” what is happening around them.
Some people are very in the “thick of it” and experience everything in real time; while others prefer to dissociate themselves and feel that they are sat back watching a movie unfold before them.
At anytime during your regression, you have the ability to “step out” of what is happening if things are becoming too intense for you to cope with. You can float above, or sit back and watch what is happening without experiencing painful emotions.
Sometimes people will experience just one lifetime, while others will leap frog through several, this is quite common if tracking a phobia, as it can reoccur in many lifetimes and it is important to track it back to its origin.
When the regression is over, you will be guided gently out of the session. It is very important to “close down” properly or you may feel disorientated and ungrounded afterwards.
It is also important to discuss your findings and to integrate them into your present lifetime. We must always remember that no matter what happened, it is over and can no longer have any influence on us. Everything must be seen in its proper context.
Quite often we may know someone in this lifetime that we had a wonderful relationship with in another lifetime. Sometimes these “reunions” can be wonderful and some couples do pick up where they left off, others try to but it doesn’t work out. Everything that happens to us happens for a reason, even down to the people we encounter day to day. Like relationships we may have enjoyed in this lifetime that have run their natural course and cannot be recaptured, the same is true for past lives. Sometimes we are put together karmically for a specific reason and when that goal has been achieved or that karmic debt has been paid, both parties are free to go their separate ways.
There are many books, scripts and CD’s available if you wish to attempt to regress yourself. I do advise a period of contemplation before you begin of what you may discover bout yourself. Also you may find it will improve your experience if you spend some time before hand working through some basic visualisation exercises. This will sharpen all your senses while you are under. Meditation is excellent too, as you will find it much easier to drop yourself under.
When it is over don’t forget to write everything down as soon as possible. It is amazing that what was so vivid and life like can so quickly fade from the memory!
What to expect afterwards
Afterwards you may experience vivid dreams, day dreams or flashbacks, all of these are perfectly natural and it is just your conscious mind sifting through all the new information. You may feel very emotional, teary or unable to associate yourself fully with this lifetime. Allow yourself to time to heal naturally, these emotions are surfacing for an important reason, and they need to be experienced, worked through and laid to rest gently. When we suppress these things, we only store up problems for the future, not only in this lifetime but in future ones too. If you have someone who you can discuss this with you may find that helpful.
One more thing, drink plenty of water afterwards, this cleanses and rebalances the mind, body and spirit. Spend time near large bodies of water; oceans, lakes, waterfalls and enjoy long soaks on the tub.
If you feel that you need to be guided on this journey then there are many hypnotherapists out there specialising in past life regression, who will guide you through the whole process step by step and will be happy to discuss and if necessary counsel you on whatever you may experience.