Past Life Regression Story: Heavy Lifting
“What’s a past life regression like?” people sometimes ask me, eager to hear an exciting mystical story. “Well…” I reply, “you kind of have to experience it for yourself.” They react a bit puzzled, and I admit that it’s not a gratifying answer. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say on the subject, on the contrary – How much time do you have?
Past Life Regression Therapy is a unique, intra-psychic experience that varies from client to client. The stories that come up can be surprisingly ordinary, even meaningless for the casual observer, yet they carry a deep significance for the regression subject. These experiences have a tendency to carry a certain energy that correlates with their present life in ways they may find hard to explain.
Most past life regression sessions begin with a snippet of a Past Life experience, followed by a deepening or complication of events, which sometimes lead to the Death stage. Some clients get to experience the Afterlife stage, in which they evaluate their past life persona. Others go further into the Interlife stage, in which they report being in a state of oneness, and being-ness. They may even speak to spirit guides, or ascended masters! Some may experience themselves descend back to Earth to explore a Fetal Stage, or even their own in-utero memories. The whole experience is deeply transpersonal, and speaking about it can sometimes feel like you’re grasping at words that exist right beyond the veil of language itself.
My role as a results-oriented hypnotherapist is to facilitate introspection and self-awareness by offering key questions that can provide wisdom and clarity during this process. So, when a client is able to gather insight on the issue that brought them to the session in the first place, I know that we both got something done that day. Today I’m going to share one of these stories to help illustrate what a session is like.
Martha* reached out to me inquiring about Past Life Regression interested in diving deeper into their spiritual exploration. Before the session, she shared that she was holding some frustration in their work and was curious about discovering any limiting beliefs that could be blocking their current projects and career goals. Below is a transcript of that session.
What do you notice?
I have bare feet. [Walking on] natural ground, grass and dirt, warm, boxy, manly. I’m male. Not tall. Adult; experienced adult, 50’s. Rough-material clothes. Natural colors. Scratchy. Loose and baggy clothing.
What is it like to be you?
Feels tired. Hopeful. Feeling blessings, blessed. There’s work to do. Concern for family. There’s a forest, and fields. It’s very green. I’m outside. Midday, afternoon perhaps Fields. No people, just me. There are insects buzzing. I’m walking somewhere. I might have some fieldwork to do. I’m a farmer. Plowing with no animals, just me. Tending to crops.
I have a wife. Children. Boys. (Begins to cry) A lost child, very young. Female. Sickness.
Family is doing farming chores. There’s a house, they’re at the house. The boys are taking care of things in the yard. Fixing tools. The boys are blonde, barefoot. Wearing overalls.
One is slightly older than the other. One is almost a man. The younger one still likes to play with toys.
(Asked if they recognize the boys in the present life)
They look like they’re related to my brother. They have the same eye color and hair color.
Tell me about your wife.
My wife is in the house, in the kitchen. She is older than me. She puts everybody else first. She’s a good partner. She’s wearing an apron. She’s very strong. Sturdy. She does scowl a lot. Always busy, taking care of everything. Expectations unfulfilled.
What kind of expectations?
Leadership, she expected more power. She expected us to be more accomplished in a leadership position in our community. A farming community. Horses, small. Trying to grow industry. Frontier, just in the beginning of the industrial revolution. It’s cold. I feel like I’m in Northern Europe. The sky is cloudy but I see blue here and there. House is mostly stone, small.
Big room. Big fireplace. There’s a sleeping and a living area. A barn. I don’t know my wife in the present life.
(Asked to move forward to the next significant event)
My son is married. The other is with us still. My wife has died. She’s not here. She didn’t come back from a trip to sea. She had to go on a trip and she didn’t come back (crying).
(Asked to move backward to understand what happened)
She went to see her family, her ship drowned. She didn’t have to but she felt she had to. I feel abandoned. My son’s taking care of me so I’m not alone. After this, I go on.
I stay in the same place, in my home. Until eventually I get a cough that won’t go away. It sometimes keeps me from doing the work. Eventually it keeps me from doing any work. My son doesn’t work. (Time seems to go by) The person my son married is very sweet but I can’t stay
with them (begins to cry). But they take care of me. The girl looks like somebody I know. My youngest son’s wife. It’s Sarah. (Clients are able to recognize souls in a past life that they know in the present life)
(Asked to move forward to the time of Death)
I die in bed; all my children are there. My boys and their wives. I feel release. Love. A presence that isn’t human. There’s a priest or something. I feel that I’ve passed on wisdom to them and they will be ok. I’ve given them something to take when I’m not around – knowledge. They have each other for support. The priest makes them uncomfortable. Too nosy.
(Asked to elaborate on the presence that isn’t human)
The presence that isn’t human is like a shadow in the room, like a candle waiting. It’s waiting…For its own release.
(Asked to move through this experience)
(Surprised) It’s waiting for me! To take me from this plane. I go back to oneness. I leave through the stomach.
(Asked to share their impressions on the body left behind)
His body was used up. He gave it its all. He worked until he could work no more.
What was the most difficult or traumatic part of this whole life experience?
The sickness. Not being able to do the work. Not being able to rely on myself.
And all of this, what does it make you do in the present life?
I just stay busy all the time, I always have to be progressing, to get it all done instead of just being.
And all of this, what does it stop you from doing in your present life?
It stops me from enjoying the moment. Being present. To not accept or realize when someone is doing something for me.
(Asked to continue onto the Afterlife)
It’s just light. And energy. All the others. They are ready to go. Sharing. I feel all the energy. All of it around me. It’s beautiful. Love, comfort, everything. Cosmic love.
What wisdom is here for you?
I don’t have the ability to know it all, and that’s OK. Life isn’t about knowing, it’s about feeling. What I do need to know will come to me when I need it. Love is the foundation for everything.
What is blocking you in your work?
It’s just a job. I have to have value in what I do now. I need to ask for more help. To go out of my lane and be uncomfortable with it. It’s OK.
In her past life, Martha had been a very hard worker, toiling away at the farm and plowing the fields without any animals. She worked so hard, in fact, that she found it traumatic to have to be taken care of when her past life body became sick. The regression helped her gather some wisdom that was directly related to her career concerns: That’s it’s OK to ask for help.
This regression also had a curious element to it – There was a psychopomp present! Energies can sometimes appear during a Death stage exploration, coming up as entities, angels, spirit guides, etc. I was very intrigued by this because, although they are not unheard of, they are certainly not common during a PLR. Martha also got the chance to experience the Interlife stage, which left her with a deep validation that death is nothing to fear.
Every Past Life Regression brings a unique story. Contrary to popular belief, most regressions are not epic or fabulous. In fact, they’re often stories of ordinary people experiencing very human emotions such as fear, sadness, betrayal, or loneliness. Every regression holds a message, a reflection, or a piece of wisdom that is meant to offer clarity to the client at the time of the regression.
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*Names have been changed to protect client’s privacy. Stories are only shared with clients’ permission. Italicized text in the transcript represent my comments, notes, or impressions.