Module 5: Bridging Past and Present Lives, Part I

Before we head over to the steps needed to carry out a safe and effective past life regression, I would like to share some priceless insights that I have gained over many, many years of performing hypnosis and past life regression on clients.

The reason that I am sharing these experiences and insights with you now is really quite simple: I want you to be really comfortable when using this technique. I know that it can be difficult at first to use a technique that seems to be linked with a lot of mysticism and even the occult.
While I am aware that many of my readers are more than capable of sifting through misconceptions, it still remains that there may be a lot of apprehensions regarding past life regression.

Instead of trying to convince people that past life regression is a completely usable technique in hypnosis, I am going to try something else: I am going to go ahead and share insights that I have gained from using this technique. That way, you can make use of these insights regardless of what you may personally think of concepts like reincarnation and past lives.
Fair enough? Let us begin!

A hypnotist who decides to use past life regression endeavors not only to help the client regain control over their present by making use of memories from a past life but also to bridge the hidden connections between a person’s past lives and their present life. People are often relieved to discover hidden linkages found in memories from past lives.
This relief can only mean that a person becomes whole when they are able to recall specific aspects of their past life. From a philosophical point of view, we can say that a person never truly leaves their past lives even if they have moved on to the most current one. The memories, experiences and emotions associated with a person’s past life are all intertwined with their present life.
This is the main reason why many people experience psychological liberation whenever they are able to dig deep enough to recover the linkages from a past life. It is liberating because knowledge alone has that ability to set a person free once the veil of unknowing is lifted. When a person gains the right type of knowledge he or she feels free because they are able to act upon certain things with more certainty than before.

Knowledge can also set a person free because they no longer has to guess why he or she thinks or behaves in a particular manner. Whether images or memories from a past life are real or not becomes insignificant when a client is able to liberate himself or herself from mental or emotional shackles that are preventing themselves from leading a normal life.
Another reason why past life regression is helpful in therapy is that it allows a person to act with a sense of purpose.

Purpose comes from the client, not the hypnotist. Unless there is reason to intervene, clients are often capable of determining what kind of action would be most beneficial to them after they have made key discoveries regarding their past life.

Inevitably, a client will ask you why it is necessary to use past life regression during hypnosis. If you don’t have a good answer to this question yet, you can say that learning from your past lives is a lot like going to school.

Every person who has done formal schooling attends different levels at different periods of time. In the beginning, the lessons are light and easy but as one progresses through schooling, the lessons become more difficult and more complex than before.

Past life regressions allows a person to review potential lessons that they may have missed so that they can figure out solutions to their challenges now. Past life regression does not always provide direct solutions to challenges but it does help a person put things into perspective.

Often, life’s most puzzling issues are rooted in a past life. Things that a person was not able to resolve in the past life are carried over to the next life. If we take the Judaic logic of reincarnation then the imperfections of the flame or a person’s life are refined in the next life. But in order for the refinement to take place, a person must first be aware that these imperfections from a past life exist.

As I have mentioned before, it is very common for people to think that they just imagined everything that they have seen or experienced during a past life regression. Technically speaking, it is the imagination that gives life to any kind of therapy that involves visualization. In fact, visualization is probably the most useful skill that a person can have when they choose to
undergo hypnosis and past life regression.

The job of the hypnotist is to encourage the client to use their imagination to give life to memories from a past life. Without the power of the creative subconscious, the very act of remembering becomes impossible. So when does past life regression become more of a life changing experience?

At what point does past life regression cease to be a merely imagined experience? The answer is different for individuals but generally speaking, once the initial doubt regarding past life regression wears off, a more detailed story emerges from the client’s mind. It is during this time that the client begins to understand what the memories of their past life are trying to tell him or her.

You can help the client along by asking more questions related to the memories that have already surfaced. By pursuing this line of questioning you will be able to help the client attain mental clarity. The mind is a complex and powerful tool – but in times of novel challenges as in the case of past life regression it does need some level of guidance in order to work

But don’t worry – once your clients become accustomed to how you handle the past life regression, they are going to become more responsive and more willing to share what is on their mind. This is very important because if your client is always holding something back from you, you won’t know if the past life regression is working as it should or not.

If the regression is not working effectively, you will be able to see that in the way your client responding to your questions. If this is the case, simply adjust the therapy and the questions you are using to draw out the memories from the past life.

Now, let us say that you were able to create a viable past life regression script for your client and the client is still not responding as well as you thought they would. What could be the challenge?
In some rare cases, some people are actually afraid of their own imagination. They are afraid of what they would find within the recesses of their own thoughts and memories. If you think your client is dealing with serious emotional trauma make sure that you refer him or her to the proper professional.

If you are a complete beginner, it would be best to leave emotional trauma and other severe cases to psychiatrists and more seasoned veterans who have been able to handle such cases before. Do not try to help someone who is trying to deal with a violent past or mental illness. Past life regression may not help in such situations. Ideally, your clients should only be troubled by personal and emotional issues that have nothing to do with mental disease or mental illness arising from severe personal experiences.

Now, what should you do if your client keeps telling you that they are getting a lot of visual fragments but they are unable to make sense of it?

My only advice for this challenge is to have the client write down the memory so he can return to it later on. Do not ignore visual or sensorial fragments as these may turn out to be valuable pieces of a larger memory that is just struggling to reveal itself.

One of the biggest challenges of past life regression is coaxing out memories that seem to have been repressed so much by the mind. It is not impossible to retrieve such memories in full but it takes longer and the client has to open himself or herself to the possibility to recovering the images, sounds and information.

If your client is too afraid of the process of recovering such information, he or she may not succeed on the first try. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your client will not succeed with the whole therapy. If they are willing to try again in subsequent past life regression sessions, you are going to accomplish something great with your client, that is for sure.