Past Life Regressions
Advanced meditators and others who believe they’ve had out of body experiences — OBE’s — give us useful insights into the spiritual side of being alive on Earth, but while what they share is intriguing, the insights are neither complete nor sure to inform us about life after death.
(Going There is an excerpt from What If You Died Right Now And Went To…?)
Past life and life between life regressions show us what may lie beyond the tunnels or inside the light. What’s more,they are evidence, lots of it.
Past life regression therapy is controversial. As therapy, it can ease discomfort or resolve emotional struggles by taking a hypnotized subject back to a previous life where he or she discovers a source of troubles and becomes better able to deal with them. But the past lives might be imaginary, dreamed up constructions that facilitate healing. They may be well managed dreams that need not be real to be effective.
Patients can benefit from the therapy without believing fantastic implications.
Well enough, but then, what if past lives are confirmed in public records from information gathered during regression? Now, you’ve got fantastic rattling reality.
Dr. Michael Newton, now retired, included work as a hypnotherapist in his practice. His life changed when a patient came to his office complaining of sharp pains in his side. He had already seen medical doctors who had been unable to relieve his symptoms or even find a cause. Hypnosis might help by uncovering something hidden in his subconscious, maybe a psychosomatic condition.
Newton found that his patient hypnotized easily, going into a deep trance quickly. Asked about the source of his pain, the patient agonizingly recalled being a soldier, bayoneted to death in the Battle of the Somme in World War I, a half-century earlier. This man had done something the doctor had never seen before, making a leap into a past life as an individual who died fifty years before.
A history buff, Newton got as many details, including name, rank and military unit as the man under hypnosis could give him. His patient’s mysterious pains subsided after this session, but more important in the long run, Newton was able to confirm the details gathered in the regression.
Believers in reincarnation wouldn’t be surprised by what he found, but a direct past life encounter is not normal or accepted in western medical science. For Newton, it proved there was more to life than the surface dimension with which we are all familiar. Another unplanned patient event took him even deeper.
A woman, troubled by isolation and friendlessness, came to him, hoping hypnosis might help her find the source of her extreme sadness. Practicing past life regression therapy regularly by now, Newton helped her find her way into earlier incarnations in search of connections and insight. Nothing came up until, abruptly, the woman brightened, declaring that she was now with her friends.
She gestured across the room where a crowd invisible to Newton had gathered.
What past life was she in?
None of them, she explained. She’d been joined by her soul cluster, a spiritual family that had been with her during and between all of her many lives.
Was it her imagination? Maybe. But if not, who could prove any of what she claimed?
Seven thousand recorded case histories later, Dr. Michael Newton was certain that he could. His book, Journey of Souls, detailed a strange universe exposed by hypnotic regressions and spurred broader interest in the study of life between lives.
Taking our understanding so far beyond Moody’s near-death experiences and with implications far greater, Newton and his followers’ startling findings have been about as widely accepted and understood as those of the pioneering quantum physicists. That is, hardly at all.
David Stone is a New York City based writer. You can find his books on his Amazon Author Page.