Past Life Regression Explained

Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recall memories of past lives. By exploring these past lives, a hypnotherapist can help a person to uncover personal stories that hint to who they are now. The hope is that discovered memories help to explain what is being experienced in the current life.

Past life regression is a therapeutic technique for accessing and remembering a person’s past lives or incarnations.

Past life regression is a holistic therapy that works with a person as a whole - body, mind, emotions and spirit.

There is a common misconception that practitioners ‘perform’ hypnotherapy on a client. Past life regression, as well as other types of hypnotherapy, are an active therapy, whereby the client participates in the process.

It can be a full sensory experience - clients will not only visualise situations, but they may feel, hear sounds and recall specific smells.

Practitioners of past life therapy use hypnosis to help their clients relax and encourage the opening of their subconscious minds. Other techniques such as direct suggestions can help to trigger a recall, and specific questions are designed to elicit statements and memories of the client’s past lives.

Some people hope to try past life regression only out of curiosity to see who they were in the past. But for most, it’s a path for personal transformation and healing.

A specific intention for revisiting a past life memory can be beneficial throughout the process. Focusing on this intention, a practitioner uses it to guide the client to a past life memory associated with the outcome desired.

The hypnotherapist guides the client through a guided relaxation to allow them to become deeply relaxed. In a deeply relaxed state, the subconscious memories hopefully surface.

There is no way of knowing for sure what will be experienced during a regression therapy, as everyone's experience is unique.

Some people may experience several past lives, while others may delve into one in more detail.

It is normal to feel unsure about where the memories have come from, or wonder if they were made up. But, as a person becomes more comfortable with the process, their doubts can fade.

Regression therapy, like many types of alternative treatments, are not for everyone. An openness to reincarnation and past lives is a prerequisite to doing the regression.

Past life regression therapy is typically thought to be best for helping people to explore a spiritual path, and it is gaining recognition as a type of spiritual healing. But whether you are religious or not, it is thought that by experiencing yourself as a soul in other lifetimes, you can gain a profound awareness that you are more than a physical body.


Is Past Life Regression Real Or Imagined?

Past Life Regression is where people can be regressed using hypnosis and revisit memories experienced in a previous life.

Past Life Regression can also be used as a form of therapy, sometimes as a self-discovery tool or for the sake of satisfying general curiosity.

Many people are sceptical of the concept of Past Life Regression, and equally, many are convinced it is a real and valid personal experience.

Even though there are plenty of articles and books written about past life regression achieved through hypnosis, there is no proof that the phenomena of past life regression are real. People often use facts they experience during their “past life journey” to validate and prove their claims. Unfortunately, though, every investigated case thus far of apparent past life regression has had too many flaws in it to be considered as definite proof. Even the cases of supposed archaic languages being spoken have turned out to be unreliable.

The critical thing to realise, from a therapeutic tool point of view, is that past life regression does not necessarily mean revisiting a former existence. It is not always based upon a ‘fact’ that we have lived before and that we will discover some previous incarnation of ourselves.

What is often misunderstood about past life regression is that a lot of hypnotherapy practitioners who use it point out that the therapeutic experience is subconsciously symbolic of a past life or how a past life might have been, not necessarily their client’s past life.

A past life that has been accessed, even when it seems to play a therapeutic role may not necessarily have ever been a reality, but even so, the subconscious symbolic imaginings can prove to be profoundly therapeutic none the less.

We must never underestimate the power of a belief system and the creative power of the subconscious mind. From time to time, almost every skilled hypnotherapist will experience an apparently spontaneous past life regression event, but given that this is more likely to be with individuals who are highly susceptible to hypnosis.

Anyone who has ever been absorbed in an exciting book or good movie is susceptible to hypnosis, and the degree in which the person has a relaxed curiosity and lets themselves go with the hypnotherapy process will determine the outcome of the regression.

How Past Life Memories Can Be Triggered


There can be an expectation that revisiting a past life will be like being in a movie. While that is actually possible, initially the memory may be a little more vague than that and only become clearer with time or the deeper you go. This is because the process of recalling past life memories is very similar to how we recall memories in our current lifetime.

What does that mean? Well, memories are often triggered by the senses. For instance, the hot summer sun may trigger memories from holidays spent at the beach, the smell of apple pie may trigger the memory of Auntie Betty's homemade apple pie, the sight of an old friend may trigger memories from the past in which you both shared, or a song you hear may remind you of a past romance. So when a person is regressed into a past life memory, the moment the memory comes to mind it can often be through the senses of taste, smell, sight, hearing, feeling - or a combination of all of them.

Even though the past life memory may not be completely clear at first, if the person relaxes into it and goes with whatever arises, it can become stronger as the senses are triggered. Just like when someone asks if you remember something. At first it might be a vague memory but then as the memory is triggered by little snippets of remembrance it becomes more evident.

As an example, a client of mine doing past life regression could not see anything in her memory but she could hear a sound which sounded like horses hoofs. This then triggered her memory and what was revealed was that she was sitting in a coach travelling along a cobblestone road.

What’s important to note is that when a person is regressed, they are encouraged to observe the past life memory disassociated - as if viewing a movie. This is because some memories can be traumatic and therefore by remaining disassociated they remain free of being overwhelmed. However, if the experience is positive, an instruction to actively engage with the memory can also be given.

Associating with past life memories can have many benefits for an individual. It can offer the opportunity to embody past life gifts and positive experiences and bring them back to this lifetime as subconscious impressions, so they can be acted upon and brought to life.

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