Reincarnation-the spirit and soul’s return to this earth plane in another body. Several religions, including Buddhism and Hinduism, believe that the human spirit returns to Earth in different bodies again and again as it strives for spiritual and emotional perfection. A 1997 Cosmopolitan Magazine survey revealed the following little-known facts about beliefs of Reincarnation (a.k.a. Past Lives)
o 79% of Americans believe in Reincarnation
o 45% of Americans believe one can ‘experience’ a past life
o Research reveals everyone can ‘experience’ numerous past lives
o The Spirit and Soul’s sole purpose for reincarnation-emotional and spiritual growth
o Benefits derived from accessing a past life-profound and life enhancing healing and connection to oneself
People engage in Past Life Regression for a variety of reasons. The most common is our need for self discovery and understanding. Regression therapists have successfully helped people regress and come to terms with many issues. Regression can help you become aware of:
o Your present life purpose and plan
o Your connection to your parents, siblings and other important relationships
o The cause of your fears, feelings of guilt, anger, phobias, etc.
o Past life memories and experiences that may be affecting your health
o Past life gifts, talents, knowledge and abilities
o Past life trauma and death experiences
o Your between lives experiences
o Connecting to your spiritual guides and deceased loved ones
o Healing grief and loss
o Understanding your attraction to certain lands, people, interests
Past Life recall can be accomplished in three ways:
o The first is spontaneous self recall – you remember snippets and transitory images during meditation and reverie or even during your daily activities.
o The second is a flashback, which is frequently triggered by being in a place where you were in that life time.
The most thoroughly documented pastlife flashback is recounted in the book, Somebody Else’s Yesterday: The Confederate General and Connecticut Yankee: A Past Life Revealed, by Jeffrey Keene. Keene is a decorated fire fighter, an Assistant Fire Chief in Westport, CT., and highly responsible member of his community. Keene’s story began in May, 1991, when he was on vacation with his wife, Anna. They were looking for antiques and stopped in Sharpsburg, Maryland, which was where the Civil War battle of Antietam was fought. Though Keene had never read a book on the Civil War or had any affinity for that era, he felt compelled to visit the battlefield. At a portion of the field called “Sunken Road,” Keene listened to an audio taped narration of the events that took place there in 1862. After listening to the tape, as he walked away from the battlefield monument, he had the following reaction:
“A wave of grief, sadness and anger washed over me. Without warning I was suddenly consumed by sensations. Burning tears ran down my cheeks. It became difficult to breathe. I gasped for air, as I stood transfixed in the old roadbed. To this day I cannot tell you how much time transpired, but as these feelings, this emotional overload passed, I found myself exhausted as if I had run a marathon. Crawling up the steep embankment to get out of the road, I turned and looked back. I was a bit shaken to say the least and wondered at what had just taken place. It was difficult getting back to the car because I felt so weak. I had regained most of my normal composure on the way back and said nothing to Anna about what had just happened. What could I say? How could I explain it to her? I did not have any answers, just questions. ”
o The third is past life regression, the induction of a hypnotic reverie where you relive pieces of relevant past lives. It is highly important to engage in doing a Regression with a Certified Regression hypnotist, savvy in the process of reviewing past lives for mental and emotional clearing and even physical awareness and healing. The most highly documented and authenticated past life regression is written by Robert Snow, who is a Captain in the Indianapolis Police Department, in charge of the Homicide Division. Based on a dare made by a fellow police officer, Captain Snow went to a past life regression therapist. Captain Snow, in his book, Looking for Carroll Beckwith, relates that he only went to the therapist so that it didn’t look like he “welshed on the dare.” http://www.johnadams.net/cases/samples/Snow-Beckwith/index.html
Captain Snow did not believe in reincarnation and did not expect to have a meaningful experience. Subsequently, Captain Snow researched Beckwith’s life by studying an extensive diary that Beckwith had left behind, as well as other resources. Of the 28 specific memories that Snow had documented from the regression, such as the painting of the hunchback woman, 26 were verified through this research. Though initially reluctant to accept reincarnation as the basis for his regression experience, Captain Snow finally came to the conclusion that he was Carroll Beckwith in a prior lifetime.
o You can facilitate self directed regression through meditation. However, this does pose some potential risk if very traumatic memories surface. It helps to have a trained Regression therapist facilitate the experience to help you process what you remember. Furthermore, all past life recall needs to be processed, otherwise the memories, which need to be processed in that lifetime will continue to push through for resolution.
While many people would rather have a channel or psychic medium ‘tell’ them about their past lives, this method is simply for curiosity sake and has little or no therapeutic value. Furthermore, the past life may not be accurate as the medium or channel has no way to authenticate the information. You can authenticate the life as you were the experiencer. The therapeutic value is in processing the memories as you experience them in the regressed stated.