We’ve all experienced at some time or other in our lives a profound sense of “déjà vu” or meeting someone for the first time, but having this eerie feeling that we already know the person. Or perhaps it’s the experience of a recurring dream that doesn’t seem to fit any known memory, yet the content feels as if it had to come from somewhere…
Perhaps from a previous life? Or even several past lives?
Even more interesting in the possibility that some of the internal conflicts, emotional issues or other struggles we’re experiencing today may be due to unresolved trauma or conflict from a previous life. This is the underlying premise of Past Life Regression Therapy, a branch of hypnotherapy that enables you to regress back in time to one or more previous lives in order to get to the root of a psychological disorder or troubling issue as a way to bring resolution and healing
Past life regression therapy, also referred to as regression therapy or past life therapy, has been steadily growing in popularity and use since the 1970s. (It should be noted that the term “regression therapy” may also refer to age regression therapy, which usually refers to regressing back to earlier time periods in a person’s current life (rather than past lives.)
Many traditionally trained psychotherapists have found past life regression to be a highly effective therapeutic tool. One of its greatest strengths is the ability to rapidly access underlying issues and deeply buried traumatic material, often in just one to three regression sessions. As any experienced psychotherapist knows, this is a process that can take several months – and sometimes even much longer – with more traditional approaches to psychotherapy. Getting to the root of a serious problem quickly is obviously appealing; not only in terms of time and money saved, but also because the sooner the underlying issue is brought to the forefront, the sooner the process of healing can begin.
Basic Premise of Past Life Regression Therapy
The basic idea that unresolved issues from our past continue to manifest in negative ways in the current lifetime (e.g. symptoms, disorders, behavioral patterns that are resistant to change, etc.) – and are difficult, if not impossible, to truly resolve until the underlying issue is brought into our conscious awareness – isn’t new. In fact, it’s a prominent theme in most psychological theories and approaches to psychotherapy. However, the primary difference between past life regression therapy and other types of therapy is that past life regression allows for the likely possibility that the root cause originated in a previous lifetime, rather than assuming that it had to originate at some earlier point in our current lifetime.
Past life regression therapy works by regressing clients (i.e. taking them back) to a previous point or points in time to identify the original event or situation that is causing the current problem. This is usually referred to as the “original activating event”. All of these memories are stored in the unconscious mind. Regression is used to access them. Getting in touch with your unconscious mind requires a highly relaxed state. Therapists usually help clients achieve this with hypnotherapy, although guided imagery and other focused relaxation techniques may be used. These are the same techniques often used to identify significant events from your present life early childhood that are causing problems.
Once the targeted memory is brought into your conscious awareness, other therapeutic methods and techniques can be used to resolve the issue and remove emotional blocks that are keeping you stuck.
During the regression process, the therapist will guide you through the most significant events of any particular life, including when you died and left that life. Following that, you’ll review that life, exploring and examining the choices you made and the important lessons you learned (or failed to learn). The goal is to determine what things from that life are impacting your current life.
Similar to exploring and addressing unresolved trauma and conflicts from early childhood can bring resolution, healing and a sense of completion or closure, re-experiencing salient events from a previous life can do the same. Even if you regard these past life memories as symbolic and not real memories of another life, their symbolism can be just as powerful in terms of resolving the problems you’re currently experiencing.
Past life regression has been used to help individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, somatic complaints, life challenges, and other problems and conditions including, but not limited to:
Benefits of Past Life Regression Therapy