Many people around the world offer Past Life Regressions, and there are numerous organizations for people to collaborate on the subject. While every practitioner conducts a Past Life Regression in his or her individual style, I believe that basic Past Life Regression techniques and concepts are generally similar. I will tell you how I do a typical PLR.
In order to have a successful Past Life Regression experience, the first guideline is for the client to feel relaxed, safe, and open to participate fully in the Past Life Regression process. Once the conscious mind is quieted, there appears to be a bridge one can pass over to the subconscious mind. This can be done several ways such as meditation or hypnosis.
Interestingly, I have done Past Life Regressions on some people who did not believe in prior lives or reincarnation. The process still worked, and they reported past life events, just as the believers did.
In one case, a professor from Stanford University agreed to do a Past Life Regression, even though he did not believe in past lives or in reincarnation. For approximately 30 minutes, he described vivid details of living and dying in a previous lifetime. After the session, he said, "That was really interesting, but I still don't believe it."
Regardless of personal beliefs about reincarnation, the important first guideline -- relaxation -- simply provides permission for the client to access the information that he or she needs. The outcome of a Past Life Regression is not dependent upon belief or disbelief in past lives, reincarnation, or in any spiritual path.
The second guideline involves the client's ability to stop analyzing and judging his or her Past Life Regression experience. The goal is for the conscious mind to function as a non-judging observer/witness. I use hypnosis techniques to induce a light trance, relaxed state of body/mind, which works well to quiet the conscious mind while opening the subconscious mind. The client is not "asleep" like some stage-hypnotized people often appear to be. At all times, the client is in full control of himself or herself.
While in the deeply relaxed state, I gently direct and encourage my client to be open and to report whatever comes to his or her awareness. Usually, memories from the past are easily recalled from the subconscious mind. The conscious mind will still be "awake," but is quietly relaxed and -- optimally -- willing to be a nonjudgmental observer.
With just a little assistance, many people can go quickly back to a past life, once they are willing, and the conscious mind is quiet. At the beginning of our PLR session, our purpose is to go back to the source experience which is the cause of the problem or situation. Usually, the source experience is found either in the client's present lifetime or in one or more past lives.
In the third guideline, the client is encouraged to describe verbally whatever comes up as images, sensations, or "thoughts" when guided back to the source experience. The PLR process is sometimes blocked when the client thinks privately to herself or himself, "Oh, those images are probably not real or not the ones I want, so I won't mention them." THAT IS NOT THE THING TO DO! It is vitally important for the client to describe whatever comes to mind, as it arises, without judgment or editing.
In one case, I told a woman to look down at her feet and tell me the first thing she senses or sees. She exclaimed, "Oh no! I'm a horse! I see horse's hooves." I said, "Now scan up your legs and body and tell me what else you see." She replied, "Oh thank goodness, I'm riding a horse!" Once she accepted the first brief images, the rest of her past life events flowed into place for her. We continued the PLR process, and she recalled her untimely death. As the horse she was riding jumped over a wall, the horse tripped and fell on her. She died under the horse. If she had allowed her conscious mind to "edit" the first doubtful image, then the rest of the past life story would not have unfolded.
So in summary, to begin a successful Past Life Regression these three guidelines are offered:
The outcome from a PLR is always interesting and often can change a person's view of who they are and why they are that way for dramatically profound reasons.
© Copyright 2007, revised 2013 by Lawrence Rodrigues B.S., M.S., Director: EastWest Institute for Self-Understanding.
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