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I am very aware that many people find it hard to believe in past lives or reincarnation. “When you’re dead, you’re dead,” they say, and don’t give it another thought. I respect their point of view. All I can say is that my own experiences have led me to believe completely in the whole concept of the soul surviving death and in reincarnation.

It is a huge subject, and one that is gradually being talked about more openly here in the West, although we are still a long way behind Eastern countries in their belief and acceptance.

There are now thousands and thousands of documented, recorded cases of past lives around the world, and respected authors have produced books focusing on various aspects of past lives, from the spiritual to the medical and the scientific. If you would like to learn more, I can recommend books by such authors as Roger Woolger, Dr Ian Stevenson, Dr Michael Newton, Tom Shroder and the pioneer of this type of work, Dr Brian Weiss.

It is often through the trance state of hypnotherapy that people discover one or more of their past lives. In my experience, that journey always produces valuable insights and, often, catharsis and healing of a wide range of issues.

stormy seaMost commonly this occurs with fears and phobias, although it can also happen with unexplained pains, physical issues such as a limp or even birthmarks. So for instance someone with a fear of water may find they were drowned in a previous life; someone who has an irrational fear of fire may find they were burned to death one way or another. A woman who is frigid may have taken a vow of chastity, while someone with a fear of being shut in a lift may have been buried alive or died in a mining disaster. Someone who has, for instance, a nagging pain in their side that no medical professional can account for, may well find that it was precisely in that spot that they were shot or speared while fighting a battle.

Some clients who come for help with issues such as, for example, anxiety or a recurring dream would not openly come for a session of past life regression.
When the root cause of their issue is traced back to a past life, they are shocked and, sometimes, even embarrassed. “What was all that about? Where did that come from?” they will ask while acknowledging at the same time the completeness of their experience and the fact that they feel “lighter” and “better” somehow.

For me, it is perfectly valid for someone to request a past life regression session just because they are interested, rather than presenting a specific problem or issue. However, I always caution that the unconscious will inevitably direct us to a life that has a particular relevance to something that is happening in your life now. I have worked with many, many clients in an assortment of situations – for instance:

  • A lady who had met a man and was instantly attracted to him. She felt she had known him before and wanted to know if this was true. We found two different lifetimes in which they had been together. In both cases, they had been happy but she had ended up caring for him and she said that in the short time she had known him in this lifetime, she could see that this would be the case.
  • A lady who had a fear of being shut in small spaces, especially underground, such as lifts that went to a basement level. She was a journalist due to make a visit to a mine the following week and therefore the pressure was on to sort the problem out! We found a previous life where she was a young girl in middle Europe, and she had been kidnapped, drugged and buried alive as part of the annual festivities of another village/tribe. When she came round, she was unable to get the lid off the “coffin” she had been placed in, and died in tremendous fear, to all intents and purposes buried alive. Once that had been uncovered and dealt with, she was able to fully enjoy her visit to the mine and had no further problems with enclosed spaces.
  • A mother who brought her young son to see me. The family had recently moved to a new area and the boy’s school had a strict uniform policy that included a tie. The boy hated wearing the tie, but could not explain why. All he could say was that he felt very strange when he put the tie around his neck. He also said it was the same if his mother made him wear a scarf in winter. Exploration revealed that he had been hanged in one previous life and had been beheaded in another – no wonder he was so sensitive about his neck! Once those issues had been dealt with, the problems vanished, and he was able to wear his tie with pride.

Equally, let me make it clear that it is very unusual to discover a famous person when exploring past lives. For every one Cleopatra there were a million slaves; for every Duke of Wellington there were thousands of foot soldiers. We will experience the world from the viewpoint of the person in that life: an intellectual writer or lawyer or landowner will have a very different perspective to a peasant or prisoner or disabled person.

So whether there is a specific problem that is niggling, or whether you just have an interest in the whole subject – let’s talk about it some more and discuss the best way forward. Call me on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512 or email me through the form on the CONTACT page: I look forward to hearing from you!
I live in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, also in Haywards Heath.