Common Problems and Pastlife
Images That May Release Them
||YOU COULD SEE A PASTLIFE WHERE
|Fear being left, feel insecure?
||were deserted, separated in a war, orphaned, sold into
slavery, left to starve
|Feel depressed, apathetic?
||lost a beloved or parent; didn't complete mourning;
killed yourself; gave up in war
|Fear beasts, fire, water, bugs, knives, disaster,
||were hurt and killed by beasts, flames, water, bugs,
knives, disaster, smothering
|Feel guilty, play martyr?
||made others die
|Overeat, undereat, worry about money?
||starved, were poor or bankrupt
|Suffer injuries, physical abuse?
||died as a young soldier
|Get in family struggles?
||were betrayed, bullied, or cheated by relatives
|Have sex problems, genital infections or involvement in
||raped, abused or tortured or were raped, abused or
tortured. If abused this life, you image abusing in prior
|Have cruel impulses?
||were tormented, with sexual undercurrents and want to
|Have marriage problems?
||had reversed sex and power roles with your mate
|Have chronic physical ills?
||were hurt or killed by trauma to areas now troubling you
|Have throat ailments?
||denounced someone, held-in thoughts
||hanged or strangled
|Suffer wanderlust or long for homeland?
||were exiled, separated from loved ones
|Have traumatic labor or birth?
||had same kind of trauma at death
||tortured, tormented, took advantage, killed
|Feel ill or depressed at certain times of year?
||were killed, hurt, traumatized at that time
I present a visualization below (in bold
type). You can use the visualization to explore pastlife
material. It's best to have a hypnotherapist guide your
visualizing, because you may get very emotional. Lacking a
therapist, you could do the visualization with an encouraging
friend. Or, if you are comfortable with your own intense
feelings, you could do it alone.
Imagine your spirit circling the
world and being attracted or repelled by certain places, and then
sense or see your feet in one of the places that drew you or in
one of the place that repelled you.
Notice if your feet are old or
young, attached to an male or female body. Establish your
body awareness by noticing the texture, pressure and warmth of
things you hold and wear. Feel your immediate situation, as
this person you now embody. Notice where you are, what's
happening or about to happen around you. Let it happen and
fully experience it. View and experience the main turning points,
the story line, of this life. Go backward or forward in time
to the key events in this life. When you get to a key event,
experience your thoughts, actions, body feelings, emotions in
slow-motion. Notice what feelings come up and express those
feelings in words. Let the body move as wants. Notice
the moment when, in this key scene, you imprint a decision about
yourself, about the way things are.
Go to when you're dying. If
the body was in pain, let go of all residual of that pain.
Think again your last thought; feel again your last emotions and
sensations. Notice the last things you see and hear.
Notice any self-limiting, fearful, angry, embittering, saddening
or vengeful attitudes you go out with. Notice any pain or
bodily pattern you lock into your body image at death.
Experience what happens as you die. Go to the actual moment
of death. Then go beyond the death, to a higher place--to
the interlife, the Bardo.
Imagine you go up to a place where
you can reconcile, review and integrate the learning from the life
you just lost. Enter the Bardo, the place between lives.
If you have unexpressed feelings
toward any characters in the past life you just completed,
encounter them in spirit here in the Bardo. Ask their
forgiveness and be willing, as well, to forgive them.
From your spiritual perspective in
the Interlife, look back at the life you just left and articulate
the main things you learned. What did you need to feel that
life? What was the overall meaning of the life? What
would you want to have done differently? Imagine what kind
of atonements or balancing action in the world would be needed, in
a future life, to balance ill you did in the life you left.
Then, to integrate this exploration
into your life now, consider who, from the pastlife, is like
someone in this life. Ask yourself how the patterns of the
pastlife influence you yet. Contemplate how you're like her
or reactively opposite her. Realize which of your inner
voices has been most affected by her experiences. Commit to
acts of atonement, if appropriate.
There are three levels of past-life work:
Realistic-cathartic, Archetypal/Subself and Higher Awareness.
Realistic-Cathartic Level: at first, you get most
therapeutic value if you take the past-life stories you see.
Treat the stories you generate as if they're absolutely
real. Even if you don't believe the stories are real, you
can use them therapeutically. For now, assume there's a
direct cause-effect relation between the past lives you image and
your life now.
At this level, you tell the past-life story without
judgment or interpretation. Allow full emotional
expression of the pain, horror, shame. Live all the major
turning points of the past-life person's history, including the
exact moment of death. Assume the loss, hurt, guilt, grief,
or bitterness you felt in the life you imaged led you to
defensiveness, rationalizations and a lifestyle to avoid ever
repeating the same hurtful situation in your present life.
In successive pastlife regression sessions, you'll
probably find you image mirror-opposite lives. If you're
victim one life--raped, murdered, enslaved; you're bully--rapist,
killer, master--in another. In successive lives, you and one
of your parents may take turns being each other's parent and
spouse; in some of the pastlives, you'll both be of different
sexes than now. Once these feelings between you and your
parent are relived in pastlives, you can drop some of your charge
toward that parent in this life.
Archetypal/Subself Level: at this level you detach.
Guides help you see the opposing sides of your being (eg, killer
and victim) as interacting parts of you. You meet the deep
needs of the voices you developed around the pastlife scripts.
You realize that the things you dislike in other people just
remind you of your inner aspects, your voices, energies,
subselves. You come to peace with self and other folk.
Higher Awareness Level: you see all lives and
oppositions as part of your overall being and live fully conscious
and symptom free. You enjoy all roles and
distinctions as part of the ever-changing play of existence.
|* Based on Woolger, R., Other Lives,
Other Selves, NY: Doubleday, 1987; Fisher, J., The
Case for Reincarnation, NY: Bantam, 1985.
Maui counselor, Sasha Lessin, Ph.D., is a
Certified Holotropic Breathworker and Voice Dialogue Facilitator.
He is certified by Dr. Roger Woolger in Jungian Pastlife