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Memories of Crossing Over

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I recently got a call from a friend who had rung me after hearing of the death of a friend of his. He called me, not because I knew the person, but because, as he said, ‘You’re good with this kind of thing’. My feeling is that this is because I don’t believe that death is the end of us and I have good reasons for that belief.

I’ve done hundreds of Past Life Regressions with clients, and also experienced quite a few myself, mostly when I was training in Regression Therapy but also whilst mentoring other Regression Therapists and working with peers. There are so many similarities in the experiences that I cannot put it down to imagination, but not necessarily the similarities you might imagine.

One thing I’ve noticed is that our religious beliefs, and also our age, play a large part in how we experience death and crossing in to the ‘spirit realms’. It is extremely difficult to describe, understand or explain (to ourselves as much as to anyone else) the experience of crossing over, and even more difficult to describe what we find when we do. But also, I think we experience it differently because each of us is different and perfection, in our ego state of humanity, is different for each of us.

There are the many religious writings that try to explain, or guide us through, this crossing, from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Tibetan Book of the Dead to the Bible. The thing we have to remember is that each one is trying relate the experience with the language, knowledge and understanding of their place and time. This is where my experience of working with Past Life Regressions, and particularly crossing over, becomes really telling.

Whereas many people describe ‘the Light’, and someone coming to meet them, whether this is a relative or friend, a spirit guide, and angel or a saint, others describe feeling sucked into a tunnel and inextricably drawn towards the light. Some describe feeling lifted upwards and layers of ‘weight’ peeling off them, still others just find themselves, instantly, in another realm. Generally these descriptions are related to what they have learnt or been told about death and the crossing over. Even if you are not religious you will have a cultural story that is indoctrinated into your psyche. My understanding is that you will remember it in whatever way makes it feel safe for you. When we remember these things in our living body we translate them into something that we can understand.

So where is the similarity? If this is real would we not all have the same experience? From the point of view of religion this may be true but from the point of view of science, and in particular the science of memory, this makes total sense. Memory is not saved like a video recording but we extract from it the meaning and store it in a way that makes most sense to us. We fit it into ‘schemas’, ways of categorising information based on past experience, knowledge of people, objects or situations that we have previously encountered. Schemas are therefore capable of distorting unfamiliar or unconsciously ‘unacceptable’ information to ‘fit in’ with our existing understanding or schemas.  So it is easy to understand how we can go from the experience of crossing to a cultural reference of what that feeling should look like, because whatever they describe ‘seeing’ it is always accompanied by feelings of ‘pure love’, ‘bliss’ and ‘going home’.


Have You Been Here Before?

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Have you ever experienced the feeling of knowing someone you’ve just met or recognising a place you’ve never been to before? Perhaps you have a connection with them in a previous life. Even people who have no belief in past lives are heard to say ‘I must have done something really bad in a previous life to keep suffering like this’. Albeit that it is not as simple as this there may be some truth in the statement – karma is not about judgement and often those who suffer the greatest are learning at ‘postgrad’ level!

Past Life Regression was probably discovered accidentally by hypnotherapists directing the client back to the first time they experienced something. We now take this step intentionally to reveal deeper seated problems, repetitive behaviours or unexplained phobias and illnesses.

Past Life Regression can be an extension of Regression Therapy or a ‘tourist trip’ to a past life. Where it used as a therapy it can alleviate problems that have been affecting your life for which there seems to be no cause or for understanding experiences that have seemed to blight your life.

It is common for people to describe pain in ways that reveal their understanding of its origin – a pain in the shoulder ‘like a knife in my back’; headaches like ‘a band being tightened around my head’. Most of us have no experience of these in this life, however, under hypnosis, if we are taken back to the origins of these experiences, our subconscious can take us to a life where these things actually happened to us. By understanding the true origins of these pains and understanding the connection with this life these pains can completely disappear.

 Reincarnation is the basis of many of the worlds spiritual beliefs including  Buddhism; Hinduism; Sikhism; Gnostic and Esoteric Christianity, to name but a few. I have found that more and more people, especially children, have some memory of a past life, although they are not always encouraged to trust that memory because of the wider spiritual connotations and so begin to forget the memories.

 It has a beautiful logic to me and answers all the questions that I could find no other sensible solution to, including déjà-vu; karma (probably the most misunderstood); intuition; energy or spiritual healing; not forgetting ‘why are we here?’; ‘why is life unfair?’

 It is not necessary for you to believe in reincarnation for Past Life Regression to work for you. Modern psychology doesn’t seem to have a lot to say about this – some say that it is a metaphor that your subconscious has constructed for you to understand your problem – whatever you believe, it can have remarkable results with a wide range of physical and emotional problems that have no clear source. Often it can be a deeply profound and life changing experience.