Past life regression and life between life exploration is a significant aspect of Awareness Engineering. They are also an important part of self-discovery and the evolving consciousness. Let me share the journey I began many years ago.

Imagine closing your eyes and relaxing. Your mind begins to gently drift away from the day-to-day issues, the bustle of the modern world. And out of the dark a picture begins to form, much like a camera shutter opening. There is a flame. Yes, a torch, mounted on a wall. And as the picture continues to widen and become sharper, you discover you are looking down a hallway, lined with large, rough stones. As you perceive yourself moving along this hallway, you discover that you can look into an open doorway to see a group of men around a heavy wooden table, intently discussing some political matter. You know that you would have no business entering that room. You are a young girl, living in your uncle’s manor, in England in the 1100s.

And so began my journey into discovering my past lives. That was nearly two decades ago. For me it was a milestone event—one that I had eagerly awaited for years, hoping to find the right circumstances together with the appropriate person to guide me into my personal past life memories. It has been an evolving path ever since!

There are numerous means of remembering a past life. After all, the knowledge resides in our own minds. We simply need to find a way of accessing it. Many people remember previous lifetimes in their dreams, while others may have a spontaneous recollection after looking at a piece of art, hearing a melody or visiting an ancient ruin. It is possible to remember past lives during meditation. However, in my experience it is greatly facilitated by having a qualified, seasoned guide to support you through the process of a serious or lengthy regression. Hypnosis is a natural catalyst to the process.

In choosing a regressionist, it is best to find someone who makes you feel comfortable, with whom you can establish rapport, and who keeps the session client-centered. That means that they do not manipulate the course of the memories or use leading questions. The more non-intrusive they remain the better. The therapist’s main function is to keep you moving through the experience, to be supportive in the case of an ab reaction (an emotionally-charged event), and make sure that any tangents that were taken are woven back into the main course. A truly talented regressionist will also be able to assist the client in making life-enhancing changes in their perceptions and behaviors.

The process is fairly simple really. If there is a presenting problem, such as a pain or an emotional response, the regressionist may skip over any lengthy induction and have the client go directly to that sensation. There is developed what is called an “affect bridge”—using the sensation to lead their consciousness to the cause or origin. As the client describes the pain or the emotion, they become aware of more and more information and a natural linking process begins, taking them to memories from this life or a previous one when they have experienced these sensations before. If there is no obvious “affect bridge” to be created, then the regressionist may use a progressive relaxation technique. The client is gently guided into a deep relaxation and arrives at a place where the therapist ceases to talk and the client begins to describe what they are experiencing.

Every person has a preferred mode of receiving, storing and recalling information. Some of us are quite visual, while others are more auditory, and still others are kinesthetic. Visual experiences tend to think of things in visual terms, and will use phrases such as “I see,” “I’ll take a look at it,” and “I have a vision.” They tend to look upwards when remembering facts. Individuals who are auditory will learn more easily from the spoken word, and will use terms such as “I hear what you’re saying,” “You have to listen to your body,” and “It sounds good to me.” They tend to look in the direction of their ears when recalling information. Those who are feelers learn by touching and doing. They speak of “My gut tells me,” “I really feel for him,” and “My sense is that....” Feelers tend to look downwards when searching their memories and speak of “having a knowing.”

It is helpful to know these differences in memory storage, because if a person is gathering and storing information as sound bytes, they will get frustrated if they are under the impression that a past life regression will appear to be a full color moving picture. They may only get visual support as a flash of a scene.
While experiencing a regression, it is likely that the person will have an emotional reaction such as crying or laughing. It only makes sense when you think about it. We are more likely to remember incidents that generated elevated responses such as pain, accidents, death, falling in love, marriage or the birth of a child. Although some lifetimes can pass rather calmly, even boringly, oftentimes they are filled with colorful events and adventures. Those memories are what contribute to creating interesting and multi-faceted personalities within us.
A past life regression can be a useful tool in understanding a person’s purpose in life. This can be done by going back to a lifetime when the person was expressing some version of their purpose. It is also useful to observe the experiences, knowledge, and decisions contemplated just prior to coming into this lifetime. That is a time when most individuals are clear as to the purpose they aim to achieve by taking this particular body, in this time/space. Regression work can also assist in understanding more fully the relationships a person has with the others around them—family, co-workers, friends and enemies. Regressions can also sharpen a person’s acuity in artistic talents and trade skills by allowing the client to strongly connect with their previous lifetimes when those abilities flourished.

Even observing a previous death can be fascinating. If it is a painful process, the talented regressionist can guide the client through rapidly so that they are aware of the facts, yet are not subjected to re-experience it. The subject will be aware of the age at which they died and the circumstances of the death. And then they can let go of the attachment to that body, and notice the sensations of being out of body and between lifetimes. Some people are able to observe what goes on around their body after they have left, and even see their own funeral. Most people move on and explore the “astral plane” where they can meet loved ones who passed on before them or communicate with their spirit guides. Some people describe being in classrooms or having discussions concerning their lessons and where they will need to incarnate next. Many also observe a light they are attracted to, move towards, or are surrounded in. Although some regret leaving loved ones behind, most people consider it a relief to be out of their bodies and find the astral to be a pleasant experience.

I have often encountered those who say that they have enough trouble dealing with this life that they don’t need to “borrow trouble” from another lifetime. I respect their perception, but my experience is that when a person begins to understand their strengths and weaknesses, their lessons and their repeated behaviors, from previous lifetimes, they are more informed and prepared to deal with the present.

Imagine for a moment that you can’t remember anything that happened before five years ago. The only information that you have concerning your origins, behaviors, likes and dislikes, life circumstances, genetic, emotional and psychological background is based on what you know about the past five years. Under normal circumstances (outside this experiment) you would call it amnesia and seek psychological help.

Yet, the analogy is a strong one. The majority of who you are—your motives, traits and habits—come from somewhere buried deep in the subconscious mind. All the evidence of your past experiences is being presented through your personality, yet the actual original data is a safely kept secret. So secret, even you don’t know! And only you can reveal it. Only you can make the adjustments at the core level that will change the way those experiences affect your daily lifestyle patterns. When you understand the wisdom of history, history is free to cease repeating itself. Karma will be cleared. Healing will take place.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Mary Lee LaBay, Ph.D., serves the community through her innovative work as a psychologist and hypnotherapist, facilitating gentle, yet effective solutions to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual crisis and evolution. Named among the Top 100 Thought Leaders by Personal Excellence Magazine, she maintains a private practice in Bellevue, WA. She may be reached at 866.440.4242 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              866.440.4242      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.