think that we do, but I am unsure whether it is the creative part of the mind
making up the details of a past life, or indeed there are remnants of memories
of a past life that hypnosis can bring out. I will tell you
about when I was hypnotically regressed to a past life, and maybe you can decide
I experienced a past life regression several years ago. This was during my
training as a clinical hypnotherapist. After being guided into trance, I was
regressed backwards through my life, making me younger and younger. Eventually I
was regressed back further, to a point before I was born.
I recalled being a hunter gatherer in a forest, providing for my family. I
remember being aware I had a beard, and was using a wooden spear, and bow and
arrow. I did not have to put any effort into these details, they just flowed
into my mind. I simply relaxed my mind, and allowed these thought to come, no
matter what they were. I was aware that the subconscious part of the mind is
very creative, and more than capable of making these details up, without any
conscious effort at all. However I was still a little intrigued as I was also
aware that just because it was capable of doing so, it didn’t mean that my
mind was merely creating these vivid ‘memories’.
I was then regressed to the point just before dying in that life. I remember
lying on the forest floor with a wound to my right shoulder, slowly dying. I
knew I was dying, but was in no pain. I realised that I had been attacked by
some animal that had horns or antlers, although I did not see this happen. As I
led there staring up at the trees, I felt a sense of loneliness. I was dying on
my own, without anyone to comfort me. I knew my family was close, but I could
not go to them for comfort. This made me feel a tinge of sadness.
When I woke up, I was fairly convinced that I had experienced some memories
from a past life of mine. It was so vivid, and so emotional. However as time
passed, I became more skeptical, thinking that it is very possible that it was
all fabricated by my subconscious mind, in order to satisfy what was expected of
me during the session. This is very possible, but who knows?
I cannot say for sure whether hypnosis can help you access a past life, or
even that we have had a past life. Perhaps this does not really matter. It was a
worthwhile experience. I somehow felt a little wiser because of this. I
remembered how lonely I felt as I stared upwards from the forest floor, yearning
for the comfort of my family. This made me realise how precious people in your
life are, and how I should not take people for granted. The experience of being
a bearded hunter taught me this lesson several years ago, which I will never
forget. To this day I bear this in mind, and I am grateful to him whoever or
whatever he is.
Jon Rhodes is one of the