Past Life Regression Therapy (PLRT)

Have you ever felt drawn to a place or an historical time period and didn't know why? What about feelings of déjà vu or moments when you meet someone for the first time and feel as if you've known him or her forever.

And what about the existence of a spiritual plane--call it heaven or the "other side" or simply "spirit?" Depending on your source of information, somewhere between eight percent and over 70 percent of Americans believe in angels. Many of us have experienced one or more events in our lives that can only be explained as divine intervention.

Experience Transcends Belief

It is often hard to integrate such experiences into our religious or strongly rational or secular belief systems. And so we might tend to deny the pull or the experience and explain it away as coincidence. Past Life Regression Therapy does not ask you to bring your beliefs into question. It only asks that you consider the possibility that experience may transcend belief. If you can do this, it may be possible to get at the root of and heal from deep wounds, feelings of profound loss and depression, fears and phobias, unresolved physical complaints, or repetitive patterns of broken relationships.

What does Past Life Regression Therapy teach us?

Underlying the idea of past lives is the concept of reincarnation and the continuation of life (as spirit) after death. There is also the premise that we move through various reincarnations as part of soul groups that interact together (to one extent or another) in each new life. And souls are not just those within our own earthly plane but souls exist in multiple dimensions and universes and may reincarnate here on earth or elsewhere.

But what is the point of moving between the material and spirit worlds through reincarnation--hundreds, perhaps thousands of times? It is so that we can continue to learn, and grow, and evolve (ultimately) to the highest plane of spirit. Perhaps it is just another way of understanding God and soul. Not a reward or punishment (heaven or hell), but simply a journey that we must take and one that we will only know the purpose of when it is our time.

How does Past Life Regression Therapy work?

Just like regression therapy that is used to bring adults back to early life experiences, the therapist works with the client through relaxation and meditative techniques (some using hypnosis) and guided questioning to help elicit long buried memories, emotions, and experiences. The therapist and the client together set the "intent" of each regression. It may be to elicit a specific memory of a person or situation in a past life. Even when there is intent, however, a regression does not always take a client to the intended place or situation. It may open up other memories and experiences that the unconscious self has been holding onto.

For instance, a client is suffering from debilitating phobias around driving or traveling in a car. A regression may reveal a previous life in which traumatic death occurred in an automobile accident or other transportation vehicle. The therapist does not allow the client to "relive" the death per se, only to observe it as a way of understanding and letting go of the fears that have persisted from that past life into his or her present life.

Tumultuous relationships with individuals (spouses, family, friends, co-workers etc.) may also carry over from one life to another. Insight into persistent and repetitive patterns of interacting may bring healing and resolution in this life. 

What if my regression doesn't reveal any past life memories?

Past life memories are not guaranteed each time you regress. Sometimes there is a learning curve. The harder it is to relax and set your thinking-self aside, the harder it will be to regress. This is because regression is not about thought or intellect but about spiritual memory, and that is something that can only be tapped into with a sense of trust and calm.

If you are committed to the process, it will happen eventually. Brian Weiss himself, a teacher of past life regression therapy for decades, did not have his first memory until after three months of regression sessions. He was trained as a doctor and psychiatrist, a very analytical and intellect based profession. Allowing the mind, body, and spirit to work together is something we must all learn.

What happens after my regression?

The therapist allows ample time for the client to discuss and share any emotions, observations, or concerns after each regression. Together, client and therapist explore how the regression may have been helpful in the context of preset intentions or what the implications of unexpected memories might be. Often the meaning and learning comes in the days and weeks following a regression. Because of this, followup sessions are always helpful and sometimes necessary.