Contents & Excerpts

 

PREFACE

Poudre Valley, CO

I quickly discovered that denial does not stand much of a chance when you work with a therapist who has intuitive powers, and who uses altered states of consciousness via hypnotherapy techniques.  If you are ready, you can move very quickly and deeply into the heart of your problems.  Most of my work involved dysfunctional family issues from my childhood.  But many times these problems had roots in other lifetimes.  My therapist regressed me to the time, place, and situation I needed to re-experience in order to resolve the issue and heal in both lifetimes.

CHAPTER 1: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE INTERWOVEN

On an individual and planetary level we desperately need to address and heal our wounds.  This book is about healing.  Healing is a process of opening and closing doors.  Each and every door that needs closing is a door of limitation.  Some of these doors lead to aspects of our past lives that continue to influence and hinder us today.  Each door that needs opening is a barrier that has kept us from realizing the incredible potential and divinity inherent in human beings.  The process of experiencing our past lives can also help us open some of these doors.

CHAPTER 2: CREDIBILITY AND EVIDENCE 

Stonehenge, England

Access to the concept of past lives, and access to the past lives themselves, is a right-brain function.  It falls within the realm of intuition and inspiration and altered states of consciousness.  It reflects a certain level of consciousness that more and more of us are opening to these days.  The bottom line seems to be that you either are open to the concept of past lives or you are not. . . . If someone is not open to the concept, no amount of evidence—not a mountain of examples—can change his/her attitude. . . . And nothing is right or wrong with that.  It is the way they are meant to experience reality in this lifetime.

CHAPTER 3:  PAST-LIFE MEMORIES

An important component of healing our wounds entails the releasing of fear-based cellular memory.  The undesirable memories trapped in our cells involve unresolved, painful issues from this lifetime as well as past lifetimes. . . . Releasing cellular memory is like defusing a bomb.  The memories don't necessarily disappear, but the emotional trigger is gone.  We become desensitized and can think about the event with detachment.  The memory no longer has a controlling influence on our life.  We can let it go and experience the grace of forgiveness.

CHAPTER 4:  WHY WE ACCESS PAST-LIFE MEMORIES

If we think or talk about our issues while remaining in the normal waking state, we are restricted to exploring only the surface of our problems.  Once we begin working in altered states we are able to explore the vast portions of the iceberg of self that typically lie submerged and hidden from view. . . . In facing our issues it can be less threatening to have them revealed by "another person" in another lifetime. . . .The sense of being removed from the experience helps to ease disbelief, self-judgment, fear, and resistance.  Sometimes the issue can be resolved and cleared during a past-life regression.  At the very least, past-life therapy introduces the issue, initiates the clearing process, and prepares the person for working on it further in this lifetime.

CHAPTER 5: HOW TO ACCESS PAST LIVES

Overview of Past-life Regression

Preliminary Techniques

Regression Techniques

Facilitating a Past-life Experience

Healing the Memories

Coming Back to the Present

Wisconsin fish boil

Most past-life regressionists guide an individual through a past-life experience and then immediately bring the person back to the present.  With past-life therapy, however, it is important for the person to experience healing and closure. Sometimes the past-life experience is very traumatic, and the person can be left feeling wounded, frightened, or disempowered.  A technique called "Healing of the Memories" helps the person recover from the past-life experience. . . . You can transform an event or memory to create a happy, or at least a healing, ending. 

CHAPTER 6: EXAMPLES OF PAST-LIFE REGRESSIONS

This past life is a good example of how emotional attachment or chemistry between people can be rooted more in past lives than in present circumstances.  It helped me to understand the deep connection I felt for Larry, and it resolved the residual emotional attachment I still felt for him.  In addition, the realization that past-life influences played a role in the Larry-drama made me feel a bit less terminally dysfunctional and a bit less pathetic for pursuing him so irrationally.

CHAPTER 7:  USING PAST LIVES TO HEAL EMOTIONAL ISSUES

Native American headdress

I witnessed a regression of a woman who asked to clear a "sense of sadness."  She was shown an Indian camp in South Dakota in 1860.  The men were on a journey, leaving the women and children alone in the camp.

Therapist: What is happening or about to happen that is going to cause great sadness?

Client: I felt like we were being attacked.  The soldiers were killing the women and the kids.  There is just a real sense of horror.

Therapist: And what is the decision you are making right now as you are being attacked?

Client: The decision not to be alone without men. . . .

[The therapist did a "healing of the memories," brought the woman back to the present time and asked her,] . . .

Therapist: How do you feel?

Client: Oh, much better.  Much better.  I was not aware of being afraid to be without men.  But it explains a lot about feelings I have had throughout my life.  Wow, I feel great!  I feel some freedom.  That feeling in that camp was really terrifying.  I am glad you did a healing of the memories.

Therapist: And you may find that you become more independent in your marriage.  This may start to change things for you.  You may not be so reliant upon your husband to protect you.

 

CHAPTER 8: USING PAST LIVES TO HEAL PHYSICAL ISSUES

Heidelberg castle, Germany

This example demonstrates how a physical problem in this lifetime can serve as a clue that leads to an underlying unresolved trauma from a past life.  The male client asked his therapist to help him relieve chronic pain in his left shoulder.  "It feels like a plug that is holding my heart from being open."  He was shown himself as a king who had been responsible for the deaths of a lot of people in a massacre.  "It was just a real stupid battle that didn't have any meaning.  The enemies just die."  The battle had been fought over property, and the motive was greed.

The shoulders (should-ers) often symbolically represent responsibility.  They are where we carry the burden of our sense of responsibility for the people and experiences of our life.  The man, who is a medical doctor in this lifetime, realized that many of the people who died in the massacre are currently his patients.  He has drawn them to him in this lifetime to balance the karma.

CHAPTER 9: USING PAST LIVES TO HEAL MENTAL ISSUES

Many limiting beliefs affect us in this lifetime, and many of these can have their roots in past lives.  Numerous lifetimes of being victims in a variety of circumstances can lead to the reinforcement of many false conclusions: I deserve to be poor.  It is dangerous to have intuitive gifts.  I deserve to be beaten.  Nothing is more important than having the approval of other people.  If my marriage doesn't last a lifetime, I am a failure.  Trust no one. . . . Often these decisions carry a lot of weight because they are made as the person dies, sometimes under traumatic circumstances.  In this case the emotionality of the moment strengthens the resolve and glues the pattern, belief, or promise into cellular memory.  Also, if the person dies at the time the limiting conclusion was reached, he/she has no opportunity in that lifetime to reverse or resolve the issue.

CHAPTER 10: USING PAST LIVES TO VISIT THE DARK SIDE

By the end of 1992 I had been shown many past lives featuring Jean-the-victim.  I began to wonder about the flip side of the victim mode.  If we really do experience countless situations from different perspectives, that means I have been the thief, murderer, and rapist, perhaps as often as I have been the victim.  Isn't that as much a part of me as the other?  As a "good girl" I hadn't had much opportunity to explore the dark side in this lifetime.  Had that part of me been completely resolved?

I decided to use past lives as a tool to find out. One of the values of experiencing past lives is the freedom and sense of safety it gives you to witness and experience elements of self that your conscious mind and denial mechanisms are not yet able to face. . . . Your soul will determine the level of identification that you need and are capable of experiencing.  And this identification usually takes you to a level of honesty beyond what you are willing to experience as your real self.

CHAPTER 11: THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT

Molokaii, HI

Both of these past-life experiences, viewing two perspectives of human sacrifice, were deeply personal and moving in very different ways.  As the Indian male who sacrificed my beloved son, I experienced overwhelming grief and guilt.  In contrast, in the lifetime as the Hawaiian adolescent and victim of the sacrifice, the overwhelming emotion was one of joy—a deeply felt, spiritual experience of going home to oneness.  And, thanks to the tool of past-life regression, I was able to deeply feel and know, if only for a moment, what it meant to be these two other people.  And deep within my being I was able to touch, as my own, both the agony and the ecstasy of those lives. . . . This intimate identification with another human being and its impact on our consciousness may, indeed, be the most important function of being shown past-life experiences.

CHAPTER 12: PAST LIVES AND SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION

A spiritual awakening and a healing journey can intertwine and interplay in a profound way.  If this marriage of processes is carried deeply enough into the self, the result is spiritual transformation. . . . Spiritual transformation is essentially a redefinition of self that moves beyond the limitations of one physical life to incorporate the perspective of the soul. . . . We experience spiritual transformation as an expansion of our consciousness, which includes both the unfolding of the mind and the opening of the heart to embrace the spiritual perspective of wisdom and unconditional love. . . . The experiencing of past lives can be a catalyst that initiates transformation.  More importantly, past-life-therapy can be a powerful tool that fuels the ongoing transformation process.

POSTSCRIPT

Petroglyph, Mesa Verde, CO

I finally know, not from a book, but from deep within my own heart, that my prior emptiness was caused by the separation from my soul.  And I know it because I no longer feel lost, disconnected, and empty.  As long as I looked outside of myself and tried to fill the void by doing, having, or being something, I was doomed to failure.  As long as I tried to feel whole by loving and being loved by the perfect mate, I either had to keep the blinders of delusion firmly in place, or face devastating disappointment.  Happiness is an inside job.  For me, the missing piece/peace lies in surrendering to, and identifying with, my soul.  And, from that place of connection to wholeness, the doing, having, and being are inspired by a perspective that extends beyond one very separate, very frightened ego.

ENDNOTES

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SELECTED READINGS

INDEX

Note: Some of the excerpts were edited for clarity.