Many people have understandable skepticism about past-life regression, something for which hypnosis is often known. The idea of reincarnation has been around since the beginning of human existence and is common today in cultures such as Tibet and India. There are hundreds of stories, not only in these nations but in Western cultures as well, about children who recall a previous life and are even able to name objects, people, places and experiences that have nothing to do with their present life. Investigators, in many such cases, have been able to confirm the remembered facts, but have no clear explanation as to how this happens.
After many years of working with such memories from my clients, I don’t have a clear explanation either, but I would you like to think about this from several different perspectives before dismissing the whole idea.
As I have said previously, I practice a method of hypnosis I’ve called Quantum Medical Hypnosis. This is based on the scientific proof that all matter, including life, is interconnected. Quantum physicists have found that molecules separated by vast distances can respond in like to other molecules as if they were side by side, something they named Quantum Entanglement. When quantum theories like this first emerged, even Einstein was skeptical, calling it “spooky action.” But nowadays they have become something taken quite seriously. The proven fact that even observing something changes its behavior challenges our whole understanding of matter and energy.
Beyond the particle physics model, we all have had the experience of thinking about someone far away and suddenly getting a phone call or other communication from them. Skeptics will shout “coincidence!” but it is such a frequent and well-known phenomenon that the law of averages can’t explain it. Then again, you may have had the experience of repeatedly envisioning something you wanted to happen in your life, and almost magically it comes to pass. What is happening here?
Consider the possibility that we simply don’t have the ability to perceive the fact that all things are interconnected, and that an action or a thought is not bound by time or space, that these may produce events in the universe that we don’t yet understand. Mystics throughout time have understood this and tried mostly unsuccessfully to convince others that it is true. In his later years, even Einstein noted:
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Now consider this: If even our thoughts or observation can have an effect on matter or even other people, what is a thought, really? It is clear to me that thoughts, like words, are not ephemeral things confined to the recesses of our skull. Instead, thoughts and words are bundles of energy, and as our old friend Einstein said, “Energy cannot be destroyed or created, it can only be changed from one form to another.” What and how we say something matters. What we think matters. I know this from working with PTSD clients and others that are dealing with past traumas and mysterious physical ailments. Too often someone will tell them that it is “all in their head,” in other words that their memories, buried deep or not, are not real things, that these would not cause their physical ailments.
First of all, we know that thoughts and memories don’t just exist in our head. They reside throughout the body. When we get a flash of intuition, we call it a “gut feeling.” If we sit quietly and say the word “ugly,” most people can feel what part of their body resonates with the word. Alternatively, when we say “beautiful” we can feel how that goes to a different place in the body. Think about this, then: What if these words or thoughts or memories don’t just reside in the body but also in the invisible realm of quantum entanglement, outside of the body in the universe at large? What happens when we die after having lived a long life? Many believe that our soul, some energetic essence of all our thoughts and experiences, doesn’t disappear, or even maybe just changes form?
Could this help explain why a child may remember an entire life lived elsewhere in another time, why some places simply feel haunted, why we remember something that feels like it happened to us hundreds of years ago, why we have déjà vu feelings? Could we just be picking up ancient energetic thought forms that have lingered in the mysterious and ethereal universe? The answer is that we don’t know, but the fact that people can vividly experience these memories and such is undeniable.
Let me share a recent experience a friend recently told me about. He was getting deep-tissue bodywork from a Native American practitioner when she noticed a sort of birthmark on the shoulder of his upper back. When she started working on the area, my friend had a vivid vision of being a young man lying on a battlefield bleeding out from an axe wound in that very spot. Now he had never experienced anything like this before, but the vision was so powerful that he began convulsively weeping thinking about the life that this young man would never have—no marriage, no kids, no more love or adventures in his life. The experience shook him to the core and made him less skeptical about the possibility that reincarnation was a real thing. It was, he said, as though he had released a long-buried trauma.
Healing through past-life regression
Whether or not someone has actually lived a previous life, has buried a childhood trauma in the unconscious, or is picking up on some floating thought form, through deep hypnosis we can recreate and confront the experience and, through repeated attention to it, release the pain, emotional or physical, and render its energy harmless.