What is past life regression?
Deja vu is a phenomenon commonly experienced by many people – you're carrying out a task or visiting a place, when all of a sudden you get the overwhelming feeling that this exact scene has unfolded before. You might even be able to predict what will happen next, until you snap out of it and the sensation is gone.
Scientists have regularly tried to explain deja vu over the years, with the common consensus being that it is down to delays between messages getting passed from the optic nerves to the brain.
However, what if it's not? What if we get deja vu because we really have memories of something happening before – and what if they come from a past life?
Many spiritualists believe in this theory that we have experienced human life in another time before we arrived in our current incarnations – it is an extension of the Buddhist theory of reincarnation.
They also believe that our past lives could be having a bearing on how we feel now, which might be why little snippets sometimes pass through into our consciousness for those brief moments.
If you think you might have been here before, how can you harness your past memories and use them to draw conclusions or make decisions about the future?
The answer is that you need a technique called past life regression.
What is past life regression?
Simply speaking, this is a type of hypnosis that aims to reach deep into the subconscious to pick out memories or experiences that haven't come from the here and now. It's a technique that has become increasingly popular since the 1950s and is practised by mediums and some psychologists the world over.
Practitioners use a series of questions to prompt past life memories to appear and the resulting images are likely to be as vivid as any experienced during the subject's current lifetime.
Why should I have it?
There are many reasons why you might want to try past life regression. You might find you have lived a previous life with someone close to you today, which could explain your feelings for them and why you felt as though you had known them forever, even when you had only just met.
Regression could also help you to better understand why you like the things you do or are drawn to particular places – perhaps you love writing because you worked with words in a previous life, or love going to the US because you were part of a native tribe there once. It's an adventure and vey interesting.
On the contrary, you might be keen to seek out any unresolved issues from past experiences that could be affecting your wellbeing now. Sometimes past emotional trauma can echo through time and cause psychological issues that traditional therapies won't touch.
How does it happen?
There are many different theories about why past life regression works, including reincarnation – because we get the chance to learn from the past and evolve – and genetic memory, the idea that memories can be passed on to our ancestors in our DNA structure.
Some practitioners also think we might be able to somehow access the memory of another soul if we happen to be on the same wavelength.
Whichever way, if it works for you and helps you better understand yourself and maybe iron out a few issues, it could be worth a go.
How can I get past life regression therapy?
You can have a go at past life regression yourself, in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is sit in a room with the curtains drawn and distractions like the TV off. Lie back on your bed or on a comfortable chair and relax your mind into a state of calmness.
Imagine a white light enveloping you, cocooning your body all the way around. This is your aura and your protection against harm. Now imagine yourself in a passageway, noting the details as you walk along it.
At the end of the passageway, see a door in your mind's eye. When you reach the door and turn the knob, something from your past life will appear behind it. The image may not be immediately obvious; you might only see a colour. However, you could see something as vivid as a child you didn't know you had.
If you're struggling, try imagining looking down at your feet and imagining you're wearing the first pair of shoes you remember having. Keep looking at them and allow your memory to drift. Perhaps they will change into another pair of shoes from a past life.
When images stop coming naturally ad you find yourself forcing them, it's time to close the door and walk back down that pathway to the present again. And remember that nothing in the past can physically hurt you, plus you can come back any time by closing that door.
If you're not sure that DIY regression is something you'll be able to do, then try getting in touch with one of our mediums at PsychicsOnline. They should be able to help you, or at least put you in touch with someone else who can carry out this kind of therapy.
Why not give it a try and see what you can discover?