I'm spending a little vacation time in Gettysburg, PA viewing all the historic sites and seeping myself in the Civil War memorabilia. I'll also be doing a book talk and signing while there on Saturday July 30. It brings a salient point forward. What's up with those folk that spend so much time and money doing Civil War re-enactments? Well, of course from my perspective, they're probably re-creating a past life experience. When we face violent and sudden death, especially death that cuts us down in our youth before we've been able to manifest our life's purpose, we typically carry forward the trauma as unfinished business. A hallmark of trauma recovery is telling your story-- sometimes over and over. That's one way to process what happened. Re-enacting, even better! On top of that, pre-war way of life may have been one that the individuals of the time really loved. Hard to let it go. And a great glimpse of history for the rest of us!
Clients continue to amaze and sometimes delight me with the past lives they reveal in session. One of the more unique lifetimes visited in recent memory is one of a young woman who went to a lifetime in the 1940s as the owner and master of ceremonies of a circus. The prior personality, a man, loved the circus life and was particularly fond of the circus animals. However, he finally decided he should 'settle down' and have a family, so he sold the circus.
Sadly, this man never found fulfillment in family life; he and his wife were unable to have children, and they drifted apart emotionally. He had money, but no real purpose, and he longed for his days with the circus, falling into a long depression. My client was able to identify this prior life experience as the root of her depression in the current life. A very important message of following your bliss and staying true to your passion came through in this session.
I just received a wonderful ‘progress report’ from a client I worked with a few months ago that demonstrates the ease with which powerful changes can occur after past life work. In her session we traced her current issue of her tendency to ‘run for the hills’ when she felt trapped in an obligation to take care of someone else, to a lifetime as a polio victim who was wheelchair bound and lived a very unhappy and isolated life in her private room.
Here’s how she described her feelings before the past life work: “I used to get very anxious and would feel trapped over nothing in particular. I would spend all day at work stressed and working up the nerve to run away, only to go home and realize that I actually really like the people I live with … It was just weird and very contradictory. Friendships were like that too, as soon as there was a sense of them needing me or me having some obligation to care for them, I’d run far, far way. I’d also travel obsessively …Big trips, small trips, whatever the cost. If I didn’t have a trip booked, I would almost panic…It’d keep me up some nights. I almost never spent a weekend at home. I was always going somewhere or doing something.”
She shared that the past life session has had a very positive effect on her life, without her having to try to change. “Now, it’s completely different but not really with a conscious effort to not do those things on my part. Every part of my life … just feels very relaxed and laid back. I can honestly say I have not felt stressed in the least since our session. It’s like I don’t have a worry in the world. The lack of stress, anxiety or panic, has really done wonders for my marriage too, like it’s had a trickle-down effect…I haven’t fought with [my husband] at all since our session and we have actually had some pretty deep heartfelt conversations which we never seemed to be able to do before on some sensitive topics. It’s really nice.
“I also stay home on the weekends (still do a day at the beach maybe once a month but it’s not all weekend, every weekend). It was unplanned too. It’s like I just forgot to go to the beach the weekend after our session and it was no big deal. I just lost this compulsion to always be on the move. I still really enjoy traveling but the “need” to do it is completely gone and has been replaced more with a “would like to” or “want to” do it feeling…
“It’s really changed everything in ways that weren’t even planned or intentional. I was skeptical too since I had a hard time getting hypnotized and my experience was not really visual …despite all that, I would say it’s had a pretty profound positive impact.”
A recent client who wanted to explore her penchant to constantly question herself and slip into people pleasing mode went to a very unfortunate past life experience. As a young married woman in London in the early 1800s, she served as the nanny for a little girl that she was very fond of. One day while they were walking together in town, the girl playfully darted away from the nanny, and was run over by a carriage and killed. The nanny was understandably distraught and felt profoundly guilty, even though this was an unpredictable albeit tragic accident. Her feelings were compounded by the girl's parents who angry and unforgiving toward the nanny. In deep depression and guilt, the young woman took her own life not long thereafter.
We had some very significant processing in the spiritual realm after death. The connection between that past life experience and the self-doubt and people pleasing now seemed evident. The client was told by her spiritual guidance that the little girl's death was part of a learning experience about love. "Love of the moment continues forever," she was told. "Even one moment of love continues into eternity; it does not end at death." An important truth for all of us to realize.
To the client's surprise, during the regression she was able to identify the little girl's parents as her current husband and her current sister. "No wonder I've always felt an underlying thread of anger with each of them somehow," she commented. We discussed how she could work with them on the spiritual plane to apologize and help dissolve this anger from the past, whether or not she chose to tell them about her regression experience.