Among the most popular branches of hypnotherapy is the practice of past life regression – the deliberate, conscious retrieval of memories and experiences that occurred in other lifetimes. In doing so, we aim to deepen the understanding of:
- Our relationships with other people
- Personality traits and patterns of behavior
- Health issues, pain and discomfort
- The origins and meaning of our occupations
- The source of our knowledge and wisdom
But how can we be sure that what we uncover during regression therapy is genuine memory and not a fantasy of the mind in dream-state?
It’s a fair question, and one that routinely pops up among my new hypnotherapy and past life clients and students. While there are a number of ways to determine authenticity, I’ve selected one of the techniques I use during sessions: monitoring physical indicators to separate memory from fantasy.
Authenticating a past life through eye movement
Remembering a past life does not feel the same as remembering something that occurred in this life. Nor does it feel the same as relating a fantasy or making up a tale. To see the difference between the two for yourself, enlist the help of a friend and work through the following exercise.
- Step 1: Place two chairs directly across from one another, separated by a few feet, and sit facing one another.
- Step 2: Tell your friend about something that actually happened, perhaps something you did last weekend or even a memory from earlier in your life. As you recount the memory, instruct your friend to take note of your eyes. Pick something that will last for about five minutes, giving your friend plenty of time to become familiar with the movement of your eyes and your expressions as you talk about facts.
- Step 3: Now have your friend watch your eyes as you tell a fictional story from the first person perspective. Again, try to make something up for about five minutes to give them plenty of time to become familiar with your mannerisms during a fantasy.
- Step 4: Have your friend take careful note of the frequency of your blinking, whether you look more to the right or left, or upward or downward, whether or not you fidget, the brightness in your eyes, and the tension in your face. There should be a noticeable difference between your mannerisms when you are relating an actual experience, and when you are making up a story.
This is a fascinating exercise that can help you distinguish between memory and fantasy as you explore past lives. Even more significantly, it can be used as a tool of personal insight, giving you subtle clues as to when you may not be telling the whole truth in your daily interactions with people.
Are you curious what your past lives will reveal about you?
To learn more about the insight achievable through past life regression and how to take actions that will directly shape your future, please take a moment to review my book, Exploring Past Lives: Your Soul’s Quest for Consciousness.