In an initial past life session you go back to a past life that is having a significant impact on your current life. You become aware of yourself in that life, as male or female, age, personality, family, date, geographic location, and other aspects of that time and place that were once very familiar to you. I give suggestion, “Move to a significant event in your 20s.” A memory from that life comes into your mind, and you can view it as an observer or relive it as though it were a vivid memory. You can see images, sense things, have a strong knowing, hear a voice in your head giving you information, or you have sort of see/feel/sense/know it all together. You proceed through the life, decade by decade, remembering and experiencing various significant events.
You then move to the last day of your life. It can be very healing to be “done” and ready to leave. Or, it could be a normal day and death is not expected. You then easily release your body – it’s part of your memory – feeling no pain or discomfort. Once you are out of your body, you have a complete sense of freedom, lightness, the lack of a dense physical body. It’s fabulous! You can then look back on the bigger perspective of that life and you are able to discern the lessons you had come in to learn and how you did in that lifetime. You also sense and see the impact that life is having on you currently. We then do release and healing work on those impacts and clear up any unresolved issues from the past life.
In and of itself, the past life regression can be a powerful healing. Simply the experience of moving past death and feeling the freedom and peace of being a spiritual being can be liberating.
Many people are simply interested in experiencing a past life regression, rather than the life-between-lives (LBL) spiritual regression. Also, if you haven’t experienced a past life regression before (or recently), you will need to do a past life regression prior to the LBL session in order to become accustomed to hypnosis and remove any subconscious blocks or fears you may have. The LBL is advanced work and you need to know that you are able to be hypnotized and regressed prior to the session. The past life session enables you to do just that.
All of my sessions are done over the phone or Zoom with no difference in quality compared to those done in person. It’s simply my voice that leads you on your journey back in time. You just need a good internet connection, a good headset with microphone so I can hear you clearly when you lay back, and a place where you can recline and not be interrupted for the 90 minute session.
A 2003 Harris poll cites 27% of Americans believe in reincarnation, which, at that time, was about seventy-five million people. Other surveys bring that number as high as 50%. Studies in England have proven consistent with the 27%, and that number has been steadily rising during the past fifty years. Belief in reincarnation has been espoused and written about by the Egyptians and Greeks, to the Buddhists and the Hindus. Famous people throughout history have been avid believers in it, including Aristotle, Plato, Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Tolstoy, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein, Walt Whitman, Thomas Edison, Carl Jung, just to name a few.
The book I most recommend is now considered a “metaphysical classic”, Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss. While this is not based on research, it is the true story of a client of his, Catherine, who spontaneously slipped into a past life when Dr. Weiss gave her the suggestion under hypnosis to go back to the root cause of her phobia. The book chronicles her path of physical healing as she visited numerous past lives, as well as Dr. Weiss’ change of belief toward reincarnation and healing. What made this book extraordinary is that neither Catherine nor Dr. Weiss believed in past lives, nor did they really want to. At one point, Masters begin talking through Catherine and telling Dr. Weiss information about his private life, the death of his infant son, that he knew his client had no information about. I highly recommend this book because of the skeptical nature of both client and therapist, their own journeys toward healing, and the extraordinary results attained through past life regression. Dr. Weiss has numerous books and CDs and an extensive training program.
Another book I enjoy is by Jenny Cockell, Across TIme and Death. This is her true story of finding her past life home and children. As a young child in England, she was plagued with dreams of a town named Malahide, a home, and leaving behind her five children. As this information and knowing continued to grow within her, she followed the clues to the Irish village which she had been drawing maps of earlier in her life. She located information about her former self, as well as her children. In her previous life, she had died in childbirth, leaving young children behind. Through a journalist as a go-between, she contacts them and is able to reunite with a couple of them. They were on various talk shows, along with Dr. Weiss, when the book was published in the late 90s.
In 1967, working at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Dr. Ian Stevenson founded the department that conducts survival research, including near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, visions of deathbed apparitions, after-death communication and reincarnation. During the past forty years, Stevenson has been in charge of researching over twenty-five hundred cases of children from all over the world who remember past lives with such detail that the prior life family can be contacted for verification. In many cases, these children recognize specific members of their former family by name, remembering details of that family life as well as their death.
Tom Shroder’s book, Old Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives, follows his own ten-year skeptical journey and his travels with Dr. Stevenson on his final international trips to Lebanon and India as well as Virginia. He had the unique opportunity to observe first-hand Stevenson’s field research, calling back on people he had interviewed up to 30 years previously to find out how the past life recall as a child had affected their lives. Shroder’s skepticism makes it a fascinating book that delves into the idea of “proof” of past lives in the face of overwhelming evidence using scientific research tools on detailed past life recall. Sadly, Dr. Stevenson died early in 2007 in his late 80s.
In the Fall 2006 magazine What Is Enlightenment? Carter Phipps writes about being struck by the sheer quantity of evidence that has been painstakingly gathered since Stevenson began his field research in the early sixties. “I simply had no idea, prior to beginning this article, that such a formidable body of scientific research had been conducted, and at a major American university no less. Individually, the stores are striking and convincing, and many simply defy prosaic explanations. Indeed, the explanations that immediately come to mind – fraud, fantasy, faulty memories, wishful thinking on the part of the parents – do not readily apply to a significant number of these cases. The stories have been carefully researched, and family members and friends have been interviewed. Taken as a whole, these files constitute what is probably the single best collection of evidence for reincarnation on the planet today. What may be a matter of faith for billions of people around the world has been, for the last forty years in this small office, a matter of empirical study.”
When Phipps questioned whether their studies prove the case for reincarnation, Dr. Jim Tucker, a prominent researcher, stated that, “We certainly don’t use the word proof, because these are not cases that are done under tight laboratory conditions where you can rule out everything.” Ian Stevenson has said that reincarnation is the best explanation, but not the only one, for the strongest cases. They provide evidence. But they are not proof.
Carol Bowman, author of Children’s Past Lives: How Past-Life Memories Affect Your Child, found several qualities that were consistently present when children related past lives to her. Generally, children begin spontaneously talking about past lives around the age of three, soon after they learn to talk, and then grow out of it around seven or eight, as they move into their next level of development. In her research, Bowman found that children spoke in matter-of-fact tones, almost adult-like, rather than in their normal child-like manner. The details and facts of the stories they told remained consistent with consecutive sessions, rather than changing in a fantasy manner each time. They had knowledge well beyond their experience, able to explain complex life issues far beyond their limited years. When they spoke of their deaths, they were able to calmly relate even violent or traumatic scenes. As mentioned above, phobias they have in this life made sense based on their past life experiences. It’s interesting to study children’s cases because they are too young to have knowledge of many of the facts and details they report.
A major statistical analysis research project on adults with past life regressions was conducted by Dr. Helen Wambach. Beginning in the late 1960s, Dr. Wambach conducted a 10-year survey of past life recollections under hypnosis among 1,088 subjects. She collected the information by holding full-day workshops of about a dozen people each in which she led them on a four-stage journey. For historical accuracy, she asked specific questions about the time periods and daily lives in which people lived, including social status, race, gender, clothing, utensils, money, eating habits, housing and other similar daily living details.
After careful analysis of the data, Dr. Wambach concluded that the information collected under hypnosis was, with respect to historical records available to her, “amazingly accurate” with the exception of 11 subjects. Of those eleven subjects, nine gave information that deviated only slightly from the historical time frame. Thus, only 1% of those in the study were found to be historically inaccurate.
What made this research so significant is that, regardless of the percentage of men and women in the regression sessions, the gender of their reported past lives remained consistent at 50.6% and 49.4%. This number is consistent with the best projections of the global gender distribution throughout history. Her book, Life Before Life, describes her research.
What makes this research study even more amazing is that Dr. Wambach did not set out to prove reincarnation, rather she wanted to debunk reincarnation. She had spontaneously slipped into her own past life experience during a visit to a Quaker center. As she confronted herself with what she had experienced, she began asking if all of us have buried memories of other times that are genuine. She was confused, even cynical about the validity of reincarnation, but decided to continue with her research as she found what she believed to be truthful data among the vast amount of data collected.
So while researchers do not use the word proof because of the problems inherent with people’s memories and subjectivity, those in the field refer to past life recall as suggestive, supportive, and evidence of lives lived prior to this current life.
As described above in Past Life Evidence and Research, not all past life recall is accomplished using hypnosis. As with the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson and Carol Bowman involving thousands of children and the personal case of Dr. Wambach and Jenny Cockell, a person can spontaneously move into a past life. My personal story is this type. In 1982 I did not believe in reincarnation. I could take it or leave it as a theory. Then one evening when I was talking with two friends, I spontaneously slipped into a past life in Japan. We weren’t talking about Japan or past lives, so I don’t know what triggered this memory. I could see it as clearly as though I was watching a movie, and I knew with every fiber of my being that the young girl with long, straight black hair and blue blouse was me. I was about 10 years old, in a ditch with my younger brother, hiding from Samurai soldiers marching nearby. As I watched this scene unfold in front of me, I became very frightened and dramatic, and began yelling out loud because I was so afraid and confused. It shook me to my core and set me on my path of reading and opening up to a much bigger picture of my own immortality. I had always thought of the Japanese culture as being brutal or barbaric. After that experience, I began buying Japanese artwork because of its gentle beauty and suddenly became quite adept at using chop sticks.
I was living in Southern California at that time and as a result of the past life experience, I enrolled in a clairvoyant training program to learn more about the metaphysical world. I began reading auras and past lives, learned about energy, gave healings, and eventually began teaching energetic healing and meditation. Over the course of the next eight years, I psychically read hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, past lives. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that we live on as immortal spirits and that our other life experiences are available to us.
One experience that remains vivid in my mind is during a psycic fair while I was in my first year of training. The fair was in a house with several rooms in which there were probably 20 aura readings going on at any one time. As readers, a person would sit in front of us and we would read their aura or a past life, and then that person would move on to someone else for another reading, if desired. There was one woman who had three past life readings, one right after the other, from three different readers in different rooms. As one of the readers, I knew there was no discussion between or during her readings. Afterwards, the woman was amazed because all three of us told her about the same past life, with similar aspects and yet different pieces of information. Not only was she excited because it was so validating for her, as a student psychic reader, I was even more excited to know what I was saying was validated by others.
Throughout my life I had said, “Nobody cuts on me,” meaning that I will never have surgery. I’d also said, “I’m leaving this life with all my body parts intact.” I am very healthy, take vitamins, eat lots of greens, and do a lot of mind, body, and spiritual work to stay that way. When my left groin muscle began tightening up in August 2006, I did some stretching and yoga and figured it would loosen up and all would be well. Over the course of the next 2-1/2 years, I began experiencing increasing pain in my left groin, down the leg, and then in my sciatica. I was doing acupuncture, cranial sacral, yoga, chiropractic, therapy, and probably a few more healing modalities. Some helped temporarily, but I was on a downhill slope. I saw a medical doctor who determined it wasn’t vascular and said it was probably a nerve being affected. I was having trouble walking because of the pain, and yet I could walk the pain out after about ten minute and so I kept going.
I saw a new doctor in November 2007 who said she would order x-rays if surgery was an option for me. I said it wasn’t an option at all, despite the pain, and signed up for a yoga class. By early February 2008 I could barely walk, I was able to do less and less, and the pain shooting down my leg was often at a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. I bought a cane to help me walk and was taking over the counter pain killers on a constant basis. I couldn’t make it through the night without pain waking me up. I could only go into stores that had baskets/carriages that I could lean on for support.
At that point, my doctor ordered x-rays and I agreed. The results came back as “severe bone on bone arthritis with sclerosis and remodeling of the femur.” I didn’t know what most of that meant but I did learn that I only had one real option: hip replacement surgery. The Universe had brought me face to face with one of my biggest fears and there was no way around it. I had avoided it as long as I could. Now I had to go through it.
That was on a Friday and by Monday morning I made an appointment with a local orthopedic surgeon who was highly recommended by several people I talked to. Three weeks later I had my initial appointment with the surgeon and surgery was scheduled for May 15, six weeks later. The reality set in that I was going to get cut on in a major way, and the terror that ran through me was incredible. What I felt was beyond fear, it was terror and panic.
“I can not do this!” There are no other words to describe what I was experiencing. Intellectually, I knew I would be fine. I had an incredible surgeon, tops in his field, an excellent hospital that offers therapeutic healing, I was in good shape with no other real health problem, and I was about 20 years younger than many hip replacement patients.
None of that intellectual side mattered. I couldn’t do the surgery. I couldn’t think about it without crying and hearing the voice inside of me screaming, “No! I cannot do this!”
That’s where the past life work comes in. I had known about two of my past lives in which I was cut open and died traumatically but had never released the energy of those death traumas. Those lives (deaths) were the cause and the fuel behind my terror of being cut open. There was a depth of sadness, grief, despair, helplessness and fury, all of which rolled around inside of me in some nebulous form and yet which created this real fear and terror. When I thought about those lives, I curled up and cried.
When there’s this much energy involved, we usually need help in releasing it. By having a therapist friend guide me back and through the main life, the energy was released. I was then able to release the energy of the second life as well. I believe that enabled me to do the following work.
During this same time frame, Oprah was having her first online web-seminar (webinar) with Eckhart Tolle on his book, A New Earth. I was following along and understood about the painbody. However, I learned it on a deep knowing level as I was driving to the chiropractor several weeks prior to surgery. All of a sudden, my little girl voice inside began yelling, “I can’t do this” and fear began in my feet, rolling up through me, and it all felt very real. Just as I was about to really lose it, I turned inside to that voice/feeling and said, “Oh! You’re the painbody!!” And it dissolved instantly! I was filled with a deep peace and calm, and that terror and voice never returned.
At the same time, I was also getting other energy healings so that I was ready on all levels for the surgery. The morning of the surgery I was as calm and relaxed as I could be, received a pre-surgery healing that was amazing, and never experienced even one moment of fear or trepidation, although I was waiting for it. Two days later I was up and walking around, three days after that I was off the walker and just using a cane, and within a month even the cane was hardly needed. As I write this, it’s seven weeks post-surgery and I couldn’t be happier or more pleased to have my life back again.
June 2020 – as I edit this, it’s now been 12 years since the first surgery and 11 years since the other hip surgery the following year. Absolutely no issues with either of them. By clearing all the energy, nothing was blocked or caused any problems.
You may wonder if the release of all the terror had anything to do with the past lives, was it the Eckhart Tolle work, or something else? There’s no “definitive right” answer or way of knowing. I do know this. It all works together. We don’t always know if it’s A or B or C that we’re doing that gives us the results. I say, just keep doing them all, because it’s the results that matter, not the ego knowing which was the “right” or “best” modality. For me, I know the past life work was essential to my ability to be calm, centered and have an extraordinary healing experience.