Basically, the theory of Reincarnation is that the soul, to use a term all are familiar with, survives the death of the body and in some future time returns as a newborn to live again.
This can happen over and over again with the soul having new experiences and learning new things with each life. The end result is the subject of many interpretations, some believe that as the soul matures it will eventually reach a plane of existence some call Nirvana, or become one with the universe or with God.
The concept is as ancient as any other belief on this planet. The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all believed in some form of rebirth as do those of the Hindu faith. Today the theory is accepted by many primarily because it seems to make sense. The reasoning that something happens because “God wills it” may be comforting to some but not to others.
Reincarnationists believe that everything happens for a reason. Bad things happen to good people because at some time in a past life perhaps they inflicted some pain or suffering upon someone and are now having it inflicted upon them so that they can understand and learn from the experience.
This is known as karma and has the same result as the Christian ideal, “Do unto others and you would have others do unto you.” A person’s behavior in a former life dictates the higher or lower form one will take in their next life.
Phobias and Déjà vu
A belief in past lives can help explain many things. Why does a child, with no experience, wake up screaming in the middle of the night for no apparent reason? Are they recalling an experience from a past life? Why do people have phobias? Does one have an unreasoning fear of flying because they were once killed in a plane crash? Do heights terrify someone because they once fell to their death?
These are just some of the few theories associated with past lives: some believe that past life experiences can be responsible for development of phobias in the current life.
How many people have had the feeling that they had been somewhere before even though they know full well they never have been? There are many documented cases of people how go on vacation to a place they have never been to and yet know more about it that they should be able to know.
Why is it that you can take an instant dislike to someone you have never met before? Or perhaps you did meet them in a different incarnation in a different life and for whatever reason grew to hate them.
Some believe that this phenomenon is the result of experiences from past lives.
In most cases, it’s believed that people recall little or nothing of past lives; many also believe that this is as it should be for learning experiences would be colored if one had that knowledge.
It is thought that the people furthest along in their quest to the end experience are those with the strongest beliefs on reincarnation. Those just beginning the journey reject the theory outright.
Much has been written about using hypnosis as a tool to delve into past lives. Many things about the subconscious are still not understood and the recalling of memories from past lives is amongst those in question.
A past life regression is a way to tap into the subconscious mind in order to retrieve memories of past lives. One of the most common ways this is done is with a past life therapist through use of hypnosis.
What Happens During A Past Life Regression?
Initially, the goal is to place a person in a totally relaxed state. This would mean sitting or laying in a comfortable position and then beginning to take some deep, relaxing breaths. Next, the past life regressionist will begin a guided, visualization process in which the person will be instructed to picture a particular scene in their mind.
This could involve descending a set of stairs, with each step allowing the individual to become more and more relaxed.
Another visualization technique involves being in some type of room or building with a series of doors, with each door representing a past life. Different therapists use different techniques.
At this point, the key is to enable a person to be relaxed enough to access memories of past lives from their subconscious mind. It is important to note that even though a person is placed under hypnosis, that individual is still completely aware of everything around them.
Once the person begins to explore a past life the therapist may ask some questions to help determine what sex a person was, where the individual lived, the type of clothing they wore, what they did for a living, and what their family was like. Some people are able to recall memories quite easily, while others may only remember a small amount of information.
Benefits Of Recalling Past Lives
Outside of curiosity or looking for proof that reincarnation exists, there are some true benefits that can come from past life regression. For example, some people have deep fears or phobias without any apparent cause.
Exploring a past life can reveal the reason for those fears. Perhaps a person has a fear of water even though they’ve never had any bad experiences associated with water.
During a past life regression that person could recall drowning in a past life. Although that memory isn’t in the conscious mind, it still exists in the subconscious mind and the fear of drowning bleeds over into the conscious mind. Once the individual is able to get to the root of the fear and understand it, the fear goes away in many cases.
Recalling past lives can also help a person have a better understanding of particular relationships within a current lifetime. It is believed that certain groups of souls incarnate together over different lifetimes.
While in this lifetime it may make no sense why a person is so against a certain family member, particularly because that family member has never done anything malicious to that individual, during a past life regression, that person might recall knowing the family member in the past whereas the family member was cruel or abusive to the individual.
How To Find A Past Life Regressionist
Check to see if there are any hypnosis centers in your area. If so, be sure there is a certified therapist trained in past life regression. A metaphysical bookstore might be able to recommend a therapist. Of course, an internet search should be able to reveal therapists in or around the area.
When seeking a professional to help with past life regression, it’s important to distinguish between a therapist who will place you under hypnosis and a psychic who will psychically tell you about past lives.
A past life regression can be interesting and informative. Sometimes, a person can become emotional while recalling certain memories. It’s worthy to note that nothing can hurt you while under hypnosis.
Whatever has happened in the past remains in the past and for most people, while recalling memories, it’s like watching the action take place on a movie screen. For those who believe in reincarnation, being regressed is like opening a window to the past.