When people have not formally experienced past life regression it is normal to have many questions about what to expect. Due to the wide range of possibilities, there is no set answer to that query. It all depends on the person.
Some people experience a regression almost like a movie, while others report catching glimpses of still pictures, or describe a knowing, without actually seeing visions. Once again, when the imagination is fertile and the mind is allowed to be openly creative, the experience may have more intensity in every way—in color, visions, feelings, emotions, and details.
Generally, there will be emotions attached to the thoughts or visions that emerge. This is actually a good indication that either the memory is valid, or at least it is significant as a metaphor. Either way, such realizations will reveal issues that would be well served by examination and understanding.
Subtle and filmy
A difficulty may arise when a person seeking a past life regression is expecting a bold, technicolor, surround-sound experience. In our life, here on earth, we are continuously inundated with loud noises, strong smells, bright colors, and other vivid physical sensations. During a regression, the experience will be more like recalling a dream.
Most likely you will be fully aware that you are here, in this world, in this life. Yet, at the same time, you will be aware of another storyline, emotions that are not related to this present day experience, and an awareness of information that belongs to another time and another life experience.
When working with a facilitator, the experience will be similar to describing a dream to someone. You will be fully capable of speaking and narrating the story, while experiencing a dream-like alternative experience.
Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic
We have three primary modes of acquiring, storing, and recalling information. They are: Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic. Each individual will be slightly different.
When people are visually oriented, their memories will be recalled with pictures. They find it easy to create a picture in their head, be clairvoyant, and use language that is visually based. They may use phrases such as:
I see what you mean.
Let’s take a look at that.
My view of this subject is…
People who use auditory accessing may be sensitive to voices, remember events by the music that was played, learn by hearing someone lecture, and use words that refer to hearing. They may say phrases such as:
That sounds good to me.
I hear what you are saying.
Listen to this plan.
Those who are kinesthetically oriented are “feelers”. They have gut feelings, and may be empathetic, compassionate, and use sensory words. They will speak in terms of:
That story didn’t feel right.
I’m feeling touchy today.
That gives me a bad vibe.
Most people have a primary accessing modality, with a close secondary mode. For instance, they may sense the emotion in a past life, and then begin to visualize the environment and events that have created those feelings.
In understanding that we may differ in our sensory modality, clients are encouraged to discover their own method of accessing their memories and not necessarily base their expectations of the experience on stories they have heard or read. A person trying desperately to “see” their past lives will be frustrated if they are actually a kinesthetic person.
To determine your own modality, think of the words that you use.
Ask yourself whether you prefer to learn by doing, hearing or seeing? Also, think about how you remember your dreams. Are they visually detailed? Are they in color? Do you remember more about the conversations than the appearance of people? Are the emotions more memorable than the way things looked?
As a person practices regressions, they find the memories flow easier, and they develop stronger images or sensations. It is as though each journey into a past life cuts a groove in the pathway between the subconscious memory bank and the conscious mind’s ability to access it.
Pay Attention to All Responses
During one of my early experiences of being regressed to my past lives, I found it quite difficult to get any visions. Because I had had such a great experience the first time, I believe that I had high expectations mixed with trying too hard. Nothing was coming for me. After a few minutes of frustration, I began to notice a tension that was growing stronger, leading from my collarbone, down my arm to my wrist on the left side. I thought it was peculiar, so I paid attention to the sensations in my body.
Soon I realized that I was experiencing a past life memory in which I was drawing an arrow on a longbow. The tension was the sensation of pulling the bowstring. As soon as I recognized that image, the whole scene developed in my mind’s eye, and I was able to move through the past life easily.
I was a female in that lifetime, and in that scene, I was engaged in a battle with swords, bows, and arrows. In the next scene that I experienced during that regression, I noticed that I was sad and frightened. Focusing on that emotion, I realized that I had received a message that my father was in danger.
This demonstrates the value of paying attention to all physical and emotional responses, even when the picture is not clear in your mind. In this case, I was leading with kinesthetic sensations, followed by the visual confirmations.
Pain and dying
Some people fear that if they experience severe pain or death in a past life, it may bring on the same physical symptoms in the present body, and cause them to die. Despite the vast number of people who have experienced past lives, I have personally never heard of anyone dying in the process!
An individual can fully experience the same sensations they had in that other life without danger. When the past life memory involves pain, people do report discomfort. Simply instruct the mind to move past that event until a time of regained comfort, and the sensations are relieved. If the client is recalling their death, they can move past that event and release from the body. As they do so, they no longer feel the painful physical sensations. From the perspective of the subsequent moment, they are able to then look back over that experience and recall the events as a memory.
My client was a young man, 19 years of age, whose mother had given him a gift certificate for a past life regression. She was present in the room for his experience.
As he went into trance, and began the regression, his first words were that he was in excruciating abdominal pain. As the scene opened, and he became aware of his surroundings, he exclaimed that he was a Native American female, squatting in her teepee, giving birth to her child. He went on to experience the childbirth, and then return to calm comfort.
At the end of the session, we discussed how grateful his future wife would be, because he can truly be sympathetic while she is going through pregnancy and childbirth. Few men can relate to the childbirth experience as personally knowledgeable as he now can!
Beyond the threshold
Most clients express relief, relaxation, and calmness once they experience the death process and have left the physical body. The cause of one’s death may be more traumatic than death itself. However, once the spirit has lifted off the physical body, there is no mention of pain. In fact, reports indicate just the opposite. Especially when there is a lot of pain involved with the dying process, the death itself is a great relief.
Most people describe floating, relaxing, and enjoying the sensation of being out of the physical body. Some stay around and observe the deathbed scene with loved ones gathered around. Some turn their consciousnesses rather quickly to their new environment, ready to explore and discover who and what can be found in this other realm. Some people describe loved ones waiting, or spiritual guides, colors, or energy. Most people feel supported, loved, safe, and happy.
Occasionally someone will report distress. This is most often in connection with regrets they may have from the lifetime they are leaving. Perhaps they died prematurely, through accident or other means. In some cases, the person has tremendous grief in leaving their young children, or their mate. At times clients have expressed regret concerning something they did or didn’t do during the previous lifetime.
Most problems of this sort can be alleviated by being vigilant during the physical lifetime in keeping choices ethical, expressing feelings to loved ones, and living life to the fullest.
When my favorite uncle died, I hypnotized my cousin so he could communicate with his father. He wanted to have a final conversation to put closure on the relationship, and to inquire what was to be done with all the tools in the basement. My uncle appeared, almost to the surprise of my cousin, who had never done anything like this before.
My cousin found it curious that his father appeared as a young man, vital, energetic, and excited. His father really didn’t care at all about what was to happen to the things he had left behind. My cousin said, “It’s like he is tapping his foot, anxious and impatient.” When we asked my uncle about this, he said that after dying he realized that there was so much more to the universe than he ever imagined, and that he was anxious to move on, explore and have some adventures.
The two of them had their conversation, and my uncle was off to enjoy his new realm. My cousin felt good about putting positive closure on their relationship, and was able to disburse the material goods without remorse or guilt.
Which lifetime will I experience?
The subconscious mind can be allowed to choose a lifetime to observe, or it can be directed to produce a lifetime that will inform the client about a particular subject. The subconscious mind can be instructed to provide information about past lives based on any guideline.
You can choose to visit lifetimes when you were with people you know now, were in a similar occupation, had a specific talent or acquired a phobia,. You may choose to visit a lifetime that will demonstrate the root cause of an illness. When a person is facing a difficult or important decision, the subconscious mind can be directed to lead them to a lifetime when they have faced a similar choice. In this way, they can see the consequences of similar decisions in a more objective manner.
To conclude, only you can remember your own lifetimes. It is a skill that you can develop, and will be extremely valuable to your consciousness and to your soul. Like any skill, it may take practice to fully develop.
Most of all, enjoy the journey of learning to experience your past life memories – and enjoy the journey of remembering them!