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What is Past Life Regression?

Past Life Regression involves the subject responding to a sequence of queries while hypnotized to disclose the essence and circumstances of apparent past lives, a process identical to that utilized in healed memory treatment and one that, again, often belies recollection as a trustworthy recording of prior circumstances sooner than an assembled group of memories.

The help of hypnosis and representative queries can escape the subject, possibly holding malformed or false recollections. The origin of the memories is more likely cryptomnesia and discussions that connect adventures, knowledge, creativity, and suggestion or advice from the hypnotist than the recollection of a prior existence. Once formed, those remembrances are indiscernible from memories established on the subject’s life events.

Examinations of memories documented during past-life regression have indicated that they possess historical inaccuracies arising from shared thoughts about history, contemporary popular culture, or texts concerning historical circumstances. Experimentations with subjects experiencing past-life regression suggest that faith in reincarnation and guidance by the hypnotist are the two most significant elements concerning the contents of memories documented.

Past Life Regression is a method that employs hypnosis to recuperate what practitioners acknowledge as recollections of prior lives or incarnations. The method is widely regarded as discredited and unscientific by medical professionals. Specialists typically consider assertions of retrieved recollections of past lives as fabrications or fantasies or a kind of dialogue. Past-life regression is generally embarked to pursue a spiritual adventure or a psychotherapeutic environment. Most supporters loosely cling to ideas concerning reincarnation, though religious practices that include reincarnation normally do not have the concept of repressed recollections of past lives.

History Of Past Life Regression


In the 2nd century BC, the Hindu intellectual Patanjali, in his Yoga Sutras, examined the concept of the soul becoming loaded with an expansion of images as characteristic of the karma from prior lives. Patañjali named the method of past-life regression prati-Pranava (verbatim “reverse birthing”) and noticed it as managing existing issues through recollections of past lives. Some kinds of yoga persist in utilizing prati-prasav as a procedure.

In the religious lore of China, the deity Meng Po, also comprehended as the ‘Lady of Forgetfulness,’ controls souls from recalling their prior lives: she offers them a bittersweet liquid that obliterates all remembrances before they mount the wheel of reincarnation.

Past Life Regression can be encountered in Jainism. The seven truths of Jainism deal with the human soul and its devotion to karma. The fourth truth, Bandha, informs us that karma can cling to your soul. Regardless, the seventh truth, Moksha, reports us that to be released from the process of rebirth and death, one must split karma from the soul. To discover what karma is connected to your soul, you can partake in “Jati-Smaran.” Jati-Smaran includes recalling prior lives.

Modern era

The nineteenth-century witnessed the height of Spiritualism, affecting séances and different methods for reaching parted spirits. Allan Kardec (1804–1869) aspired to codify the readings thus conveyed in a group of five texts, the Spiritist Codification (the Spiritist Pentateuch, 1857–1868), containing The Spirits Book (1857) and Heaven and Hell (1865); these texts present ideas of how souls grow through a sequence of images. Madame Blavatsky (1831–1891), the co-founder of the Theosophical Society, presented the Sanskrit word ‘Akasha’, formed in Isis Unveiled (1877), as a mysterious life force that was constantly redefined, forever vaguely, in succeeding journals; separately but also in Isis Unveiled, she directed to “imperishable tablets of the astral glow” recording both the past and fate of human reflection and effort. These ideas were incorporated into a single view: the Akashic records, matched by Alfred Percy Sinnett’s text Esoteric Buddhism (1883). The statement that the “Akashic records” carried past life data set the stage whereby Western paranormal practitioners could avoid the idea of forgetfulness that, in formal education about reincarnation, had averted recollections of retired lives from being accessed.

An earlier statement for a human accessing past life data during a spell form arrives from 1923 when Edgar Cayce, while responding to questions posed by Arthur Lammers (publisher) in a dazed condition, communicated about Lammers' past lives and reincarnation. The usage of hypnosis for Past Life Regressions was designed by A. R. (Asa Roy) Martin of Sharon, Pennsylvania, who posted Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond in 1942.

In 1952 the Bridey Murphy point, in which homemaker Virginia Tighe of Pueblo, Colorado, when hypnotized, was noted by the hypnotist to have narrated recollections of a 19th-century Irish lady called Bridey Murphy.

Past Life Regression is broadly abandoned as a psychiatric therapy by clinical psychiatrists and psychologists. A 2006 survey discovered that a bulk of a model of doctoral-level mental health experts ranked “Past Lives” treatment as “clearly discredited” as a cure for cognitive or behavioral conditions.

Techniques Employed In Past Life Regression

In the West, past-life regression practitioners utilize hypnosis and suggestion to stimulate memory in their patients, employing queries created to produce information and recollections regarding the past life’s narrative and identity. Furthermore, some practitioners use bridging methods from a client’s current-life issue to obtain ‘past-life accounts’ for deliberate cognition. Practitioners acknowledge that unresolved problems from apparent past lives may cause their patients’ troubles.

One technique for accessing recollections from a past life is documented in an analysis by Nicholas P. Spanos from Carleton University, Ontario, Canada. Subjects of an investigation were informed that they would be experiencing hypnosis. Afterward, they said, “You are currently in a separate life, living in another life that you have lived earlier in another period. You are currently reliving that different life you previously lived in a distant period.” Next, the leader questions, “What title can I call you by? I want you to glance down and inform me what you are sporting. Explain everything you are sporting in particular. Where are you?” Afterward, the subjects were to log the data they could recall after relapsing into a past life.

Past Life Regression can be completed in as small as 15 minutes, but identifying past a juncture of extinction and into “soul memories” bears upwards of 45 minutes of trance induction. Regardless, with psychotherapy clients who acknowledge past lives, whether or not past lives live, the usage of past lives as a device has been proposed.

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