Discovering your past life is easy, relaxing, and free! Follow these step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be reliving your history in no time.
Sit or recline in a quiet, dark place. Choose a time when you are alert and not sleepy, hungry, or distracted.
Lie on your bed, or wherever you’ve chosen to conduct your self-hypnosis, and relax for a few minutes. Close your eyes. Make sure you are comfortable. Lying on one’s back usually works best. Keeping your hands at your sides seems to help, too, simply for the fact you won’t feel your limbs rising and falling with each breath, creating a distraction. Pay attention to room temperature, and plan for staying either warm enough or cool enough during the next half-hour – you don’t want to find yourself shivering just when you’re beginning to see something spectacular!
SPIRITUAL PSYCHOLOGY: Past life memories created under hypnosis are indistinguishable from actual memories and can be more vivid than factual memories. The greatest predictor of individuals reporting memories of past lives appears to be their beliefs about the existence in reincarnation – individuals who believe in reincarnation are more likely to report such memories, while skeptics or disbelievers are less so
Protect yourself from harm: While you’re lying there in your comfortable, inanimate, warm position, imagine a white enveloping light all around you. See it in your mind’s eye, shining on your feet, your legs, your knees, your thighs, your torso and arms, your neck, your face, your head. This white light is protecting you from all negative influences. It represents love and warmth and enlightenment in a dazzling mistiness all around you, cocooning you in its brilliance, protecting you from anything bad. See it in your mind. Feel it. Invite it to wash over you. All the while, as you envision these things, say to yourself over and over, “White protective light, keep me safe…White protective light, keep me safe…” Or whatever works for you. Take the next color that comes to mind, and repeat.
Imagine yourself in a long hallway, with a big door at the end. See this hallway in as much detail as you can, whatever comes to mind. Your hallway may be all gold and filigree, or gothic like a cathedral, or entirely constructed from gemstones. It doesn’t matter. Make something up, and use the same visualization each time you try to remember a past life. Imagine this hallway with the expectation that when you get to the end, when you reach the big door and turn the knob, you will see something about a past life. Take each step down that hallway with purpose. See your feet touch the worn, smooth flagstones, and visualize every aspect of your journey as you approach the large door. When you finally reach the end – when you feel you are ready and not a moment before – take hold of the doorknob. See yourself doing it. See the brass knob turning. Give the door a gentle push…
Accept the very first thing you see on the other side of that door as something from a past life. It might be something as abstract as the color yellow, or as clear and vivid as a much-loved child nestled in your arms. Your job is to take whatever you see and expound upon it. Conjure it up. The color yellow? If you hold the imagery in your mind and open up to it, accepting anything that pops into your head, you might find that yellow becomes a carpet. With a little more prodding, you might see sunshine spilling onto that carpet. You might suddenly realize that yellow carpet is in a London house…and so on. You may doubt yourself at this point, but be reassured; you are remembering a past life.
If you see nothing, try thinking about something you’ve always enjoyed, a favorite hobby, skill, or travel destination. Ask yourself, “Why do I like this? Can this be past-life related?” If you still get nothing, try the shoe method: Look down at your feet, and go with the first pair of shoes you see yourself wearing. Expound upon that. You might see sandals, and then realize you’re wearing a tunic. You might see little pointy shoes, and realize you’re wearing a big silk gown.
Once you’ve remembered something – even if it’s just a pair of shoes – and if you’re pretty certain there’s a grain of truth to it, you can start your next meditation from there. Always begin each session with something you’ve already seen. Always work from the known to the unknown.
Accept what you see. It will seem like you are inventing these images. Sometimes you are, and you must accept that as part of the process of trying to remember a past life. But these visions almost always have a shred of truth at their core. You will only know for certain when you’ve done a significant number of past-life meditations, and you begin to see patterns and details repeated over and over again. In the meantime, you must choose to believe that what you see is genuine; if you don’t, you will never get anywhere. Your analytical mind will simply shoot down every image as a product of your overeager imagination.
TRIVIA: In the religious mythology of China, souls are prevented from remembering their past lives by the deity Meng Po, also known as the “Lady of Forgetfulness”, who gives them a bittersweet drink that erases all memories before they climb the wheel of reincarnation.
Unless you’ve had to remove yourself from an unpleasant memory, usually what will happen is that you will simply run out of steam. You will find the images have stopped coming, or your analytical mind has been inadvertently triggered by something you’ve seen…and then you’re done. You have no choice but to open your eyes. If this doesn’t happen, simply imagine that doorway where you began. Open the door. Return down the length of that gemstone hallway – or whatever you visualized – and tell yourself that when you reach the start point, you will be refreshed, and you will remember your past life in perfect detail and clarity.
When you open your eyes, resist the temptation to lie there, ruminating over all you’ve experienced. Get up, find a pen, and start writing down everything you saw. Be sure to note the date and time.
Never review your previous past-life notes before beginning a new session.
Don’t perform your self-hypnosis exercises on consecutive days, or too often. Trying too hard will only glean inaccurate past-life memories. Also, if you leave time in between sessions (weeks or months), you might find after reviewing your notes that you’ve remembered past-life information in the same way twice – a powerful clue that what you’re seeing is real.
Use the same protection words and visualizations each time to invoke a “Pavlov’s dog” effect.
Be ready to find and recognize the resonance of truth in what you see (or feel or smell or hear). You will know truth when you find it. You will experience a reincarnation memory, and suddenly you will have an epiphany relating to something in your current life today.
It may not work straight away, so keep trying until you succeed in recalling something
You may find that you are able to are able to get good results by using the Best Me Technique of self-hypnosis to more easily involve your whole person in the content of a reincarnation experience.
- The “Best Me” Technique is a form of hyperempiria, or suggestion-enhanced experience, which involves your whole person in the content of a suggested event.
In order to allow your mental processes to become as sensitive as possible to memories of a past lifetime, you may prefer to use a hyper-empiric induction, which is based on specific suggestions of alertness, mind expansion, and increased awareness and sensitivity.
Realize that some pretty weird things can happen during past-life regression and self-hypnosis. The most common phenomenon is similar to the out of body experience. It’s a sensation of floating above your actual self, as if you are a spirit hovering over your reposed body lying on the bed. Although it’s not a past life experience itself, it brings you closer than ever to the spiritual, and thus makes you more apt to remember your past life. This experience is usually accompanied by an increased heart rate and REM-like eye movements as you “look” at the scene around you.
Another common phenomenon that can happen is “fragmenting”. Your memories will become more vivid, your heart rate will increase, and then you will start to get a sensation like you are very, very small, as if your entire being consists of a tiny speck of consciousness peeking out from where your eyes should be. The images you see will then become fragmented, like a broken pane of glass. You might begin to view abstract things, shapes and forms, like something out of a strange dream. Gradually all the past-life memories will be overtaken by this fragmenting. This whole experience can be disconcerting. But recognize anything odd and similarly abstract to be something that’s normal. Don’t let it worry you. Simply remove yourself from the imagery and stop.
If you encounter an unpleasant remembered past-life image, realize that you can instantly remove yourself from it and awaken from your self-hypnosis. Although you have protected yourself with white protective light, you might still come across a scene too painful to endure. Simply open your eyes. If you do choose to continue with seeing the unpleasant aspects of your past life, reassure yourself that you will only see it, not relive it, and that you are safe from grief or terror in your warm cocoon of protective light – you will see that life as if it’s a movie reenacted by professional actors on a stage. Tell yourself it cannot harm you, and it won’t upset you.
Many people in present-day Western culture are skeptical of past-life experiences because we have not yet been able to conclusively prove in a scientific laboratory that reincarnation exists, though half the world believes in it. (Nobody has ever brought back an ancient Roman coin from a hypnotic reincarnation session, for example.)
But there is an ancient Chinese proverb which says, “It doesn’t matter whether a cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice“. From a strictly psychological point of view, it doesn’t make any difference whether hypnotically-..induced past-life regression experiences are actually real or whether they are a form of experiential theater. As long as some people report that their problem has been alleviated by PLR, a cure is a cure, regardless of the explanation for it.
As is the case with other forms of religious experience, we need to remain open to (or at least tolerant of) the exploration of memories from a previous lifetime as long as they help us to make sense out of our present existence.
Enjoy and Good luck!
Love and Light!