I have always had an interest in the supernatural and the possibility of reincarnation. It’s a theme that runs through my three latest books. Writing them allowed me to explore topics such as past lives, possession and reincarnation within the thriller genre. My fourth novel, The Liar’s Promise, explores the apparent reincarnation of a murdered teenage girl. She is four years old in this life, and seems to know what happened in the lead up to the murder and how she died.
Reincarnation is a topic that has been studied in the academic world. Dr. Ian Stevenson (October 31, 1918 – February 8, 2007), a psychiatrist at the University of Virginia, was a pioneer in the field. He spent the last 40 years of his life researching reincarnation claims. He documented 3,000+ cases of people who remembered past lives. He was able to verify the facts and claims in approximately one third of these cases.
The majority of past life memories come from children. Memories seem to fade after the age of five or six years old. Dr. Michael Newton’s research noted this forgetfulness of past lives. He said that it’s purposely put in place by the soul so as the person may concentrate on their current life and not have interference from past lives. The reason most research and case studies of past lives and reincarnation stories come from children is that forgetfulness takes time to come into full effect as the soul slowly integrates with its new body.
One case such has been shared by book blogger, Kerry Ann Parsons. Her son began saying things at three years old. He would say to her, ‘Mum, you know when I was older?’ When she asked him what he meant, he replied that it was when he used to be a runner and win all his races. Kerry says her son was very insistent, and couldn’t understand why she couldn’t remember what he was talking about. Over time he stopped referring to it and now has no memory of it at all.
There is also a growing use of past life regression – a type of hypnosis that helps people access knowledge from past lives. The hope is that you may discover a root cause of an issue from a previous life, which is affecting you in your current life.
Past life regression is often misunderstood. As well as other types of hypnotherapy, it is an active therapy, where the person being regressed participates fully in the process. A therapist will talk about what will happen and then ask their client about issues or problems in their present life, that could possibly be caused by a past life. They are then guided through the process, and although they enter a relaxed state, they remain in control at all times and can stop the regression at any point.
I have been lucky enough to talk to author S.D.Mayes who was regressed using visualisation techniques twenty years ago. She experienced a past life in WW1 where she lost her husband to the war, and the grief impacted on her so much that she killed herself. As part of the regression, Mayes also made contact with the soul of her past life husband, who told her she would meet him again in this life. Mayes believes that we live many lives, each balancing out the actions and consequences of the last. She is the author of World War II novel, Letters to the Pianist. In this historical suspense, Mayes used her past life regression to explain the grief that one of her characters, Connie, goes through.
Author and psychic, Veryan Williams-Winn was also kind enough to discuss her experiences with me. She studied at the College of Psychic Studies in London, where she picked up another woman’s past life in a series of visions. The other woman verified what Veryan had seen, saying she had been experiencing horrific nightmares involving the same things for some time. Part of what Veryan ‘saw’ was used in her YA novel, The Spirit Trap. Veryan says ‘I experienced regressions and regressed others… all very interesting and yes, substantial past life material would come up. But, and it’s a big one – there was no way of substantiating the evidence other than by gut feeling. For a psychic, I am very pragmatic and feel that interesting though the information obtained by regression may be, it is fundamentally unsafe and so has to be used carefully.’
I have read many accounts of apparent past life experiences where the information, such as names or past addresses, couldn’t be verified. I’ve also seen others that have left me wondering if this person hasn’t had a past life, then how can they know all this information? I do believe that there’s more to life than what we physically experience, but being able to prove we have lived before seems out of the reach of science. At the moment!
What do you think?
Would you consider being regressed and visiting a potential past life?
Have you been regressed, and what did you learn?
Should we just concentrate on living this life?
Please let me know in the comments below.
You can find more information on the research into past lives and regression, and examples of past life experiences, here: www.realreincarnationstories.com.
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