Lately, I've had lots of patients asking about past life regression treatments. I find the idea of past lives to be fascinating, so I decided to venture up to New Hampshire this week and try it out for myself. Here's what I learned: you don't need to believe in the concept of past lives to get something out of this type of session. Do I honestly believe that what I experienced happened in previous lifetimes? I'm not sure. But it doesn't matter as much as you might think. The best part of these sessions is connecting with that voice inside, the voice of the higher self. We hold all of the answers we need; they are all inside, waiting to be tapped into. Unfortunately, we tend to override our own truths with ego, fear, and doubt. These sessions allow you to cut through all of the layers that confuse and mislead us, to get the answers that you need.
But I digress; let's start from the beginning. I arrived in New Hampshire on Wednesday, loaded up with questions and info. Before the session, Andree (the woman who does the regression work) sends you a list of questions to answer. Most of these questions pertain to relationships and issues that you would like to be cleared up. She also asks that you write up questions to ask your "higher self." What, exactly, is your higher self? You might think of it as your subconscious, or perhaps your soul. I personally think of it as the very best part of you, that part that is perfectly honest, ego-free, and wise.
Andree and I sat and spoke for a few hours, which in itself was rather cathartic. How often do you get a chance to talk about nothing but yourself with a virtual stranger? Not very often. We talked about my work, my childhood, relationships...all of the pieces of my life, basically. Andree is a peaceful sort of person to be around, and I felt very comfortable with the conversation. She is intuitive, and she had some great insights about my life which were revealed even before the actual session took place.
After a lot of discussion, we got down to business. I snuggled down into the softest, fluffiest futon in the history of futons, and waited for her to set up her recording devices. Every regression is taped so that you can listen to it afterward, which is a good thing; after I came out of hypnosis, I felt like I had only been under for perhaps 20 minutes. It was actually 2 1/2 hours. As a hypnotherapist, I am aware that time distortion takes place under hypnosis, but you don't realize how jarring it is until you experience it for yourself.
Once the equipment was set up, she began to put me into the hypnotic state. I drifted off, and she had me picture certain details around me, which led to the formation of a story-or rather, a life. My first life was fairly uninspiring: I saw myself as a middle-aged man with a family, who was somewhat well off. Nothing really happened in that life; every day seemed exactly the same.
In the second life, I saw myself as a woman hiding a small child. We were in a burned-out war zone, and I had this young boy hidden beneath my long dress, because I was afraid that he would be seen and taken. One day we went outside and a soldier stepped out from behind a tree and shot my son. I told him to kill me too, and he just laughed and walked away. I ended up drowning myself in a river the next day.
The third vision I had was the most disturbing. I was a twelve year old boy who was murdered in a movie theater. I felt it happening, and I saw the image of my killer so vividly, it was as if he was standing directly in front of me. In the other lives, I drifted off when my life came to an end, but I couldn't do so in this life. I just kept waiting around, and Andree finally talked me into going into that famous light. I was suddenly wrapped up in a blinding brilliance, and then everything faded away. I didn't realize until later that I had been crying throughout the entire scene (and if any of you know me, you know that I NEVER cry).
At this point, the session shifts into a conversation with the higher self. Andree began to ask me questions that I had prepared, and I found myself answering them, with no idea of what was coming out of my mouth. In fact, there were some questions that I wanted to give a different answer to, but I simply couldn't. It was as if something else had control of my mouth, and was using it without my consent. I can barely remember that part of the session, and I can't wait to listen to the tape that I received after it was over.
So what is my final consensus? I think that everyone should give this a shot. It is such a unique experience, you will learn so much about yourself, and you do NOT need to believe in reincarnation for it to work. Am I convinced that I was actually remembering lives I have lived before? I don't know. It felt so real, and I tend to think that something which produced so much emotion had to have some sort of validity. But while what I experienced under hypnosis was very vivid and real to me, my skeptical nature insists on looking at it from both sides. Could it have been my imagination? Absolutely. I'll never really know the truth, but regardless, it was incredibly beneficial. I felt like I learned more about myself in six hours than I have in the last ten years! Whatever my "higher self" is...it obviously knows a lot more than I do, and I consider these types of sessions to be bridges to unadulterated truth.
Interested in a session? Here is Andree's website: http://www.innerknowing.biz/