Seeing life in a larger context gives us new perspectives on birth and on death. We come to understand the choices we make as we approach birth, and have greater insight into the birth process itself. Having visited our deaths in past lives gives us far greater awareness of that process, and usually a great deal of comfort as we approach our own death or the death of loved ones.

What has been most remarkable to me, in regressing clients to pre-birth and early childhood memories, is their extraordinary knowledge and clarity in those very early stages of life. The embryo, the baby, and the child are acutely aware of their environment and the people around them, and of all the emotions that everyone is experiencing. These memories can yield extremely useful information about why the person chose a particular body or a particular set of parents.

While experiencing a past life, my client Maria described being in her mother’s womb while the mother was walking on the beach. They lived in a primitive culture, so when it was time for Maria to be born, her mother simply squatted on the beach and gave birth. Maria remembered the entire process of being birthed—the acknowledgment that it was time to move out of the womb, the journey through the birth canal, and then being out in the air, and on the beach.

In her observations about how it felt to be a baby, she claimed that one of the greatest disappointments was the lack of information. Maria was craving instruction and understanding about her new world, even as an infant. She cried frequently, not from hunger or pain, but from frustration that her vast consciousness was not being filled with information about the fascinating world she had just entered.

If only we were counseled in such consciousness before we started our families!