In 1975 I read a book that would eventually change my life.The book was called The Bloxham Tapes, by Arnold Bloxham a hypnotherapist who regressed his subjects back to previous lives.This book fascinated me, however at that time I didn't believe in reincarnation, it went against my traditional religious upbringing, so all thoughts of reincarnation and past lifes rested on the backburner.
After the death of some one close in 1988 I wanted to know more. Do we simply cease to exist or does our consciousness survive physical death.So began my search, I scoured bookstores and libraries for literature on the paranormal, spiritual and phychic subjects, which over twenty years ago was quite limiting. However everything I read, contained a common theme, we are all made of mind body and soul and our soul has always existed living many incarnations in differant physical bodies.
THE LAW OF KARMA; or the law of cause and effect made sense to me. This explained the reason for seemingly unequality that exists in mankind. Why some people live in the lap of luxuary whilst others live in poverty, why some people can live through to old age fit and healthy while others suffer terrible diseases. Why some people have genious qualities and others have low IQ intelect and why some people have a life seemingly blessed and others seemingly cursed. All this could account for the fact that to evolve and learn, our soul needs to experience many life's experiences. The belief that the law of karma can be carried over even from a remote past life.That we are ultimately responsible for our own destiny and fate. We create our future karma according to how we live our lives.The law of karma is exact and every action has a reaction, whether in present, past or future time, untill karma is transcended.If we continue to exist and experience karma throughout many lifetimes in order to evolve, what is it that continues to exist? certainly not the physical body, but could it be our consciousness? This search led me to study past life regression.
WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS; It is certainly difficult to define, there are various views ranging from Sigmund Freuds model of dividing consciousness into three levels of mind, to Buddists view that consciousness is life force and many more definitions inbetween.
The concept of consciousness being able to exist independently of the physical body is a difficult one. Our bodies are the central point of our focus of wellbeing. We are concerned about our physical health, even about our looks. Our physical body directed by the brain, nerves and a myriad of chemical reactions combined with the more intangible parts of us eg memory and mind, constitutes the sum of our being. Everything we believe we are is enveloped within flesh, blood, bone and nerve endings. We are therefor convinced that we exist within our body and that our consciousness directs and oversees the bodies functions, therefor that consciousness is connected to the physical body and that one is inconcievable without the other. The science of the physical body is an argument against the survival of physical death. However consiousness is intangible, yet we know it exists. (I think therefor I am) Descartes 1596-1650.So therefor is it possible that intelect, reason, imagination,memory, perception and all other functions of consciousness can exist in pure form independently of the physical body?
CAN THE STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS SURVIVE THE DEATH OF THE PHYSICAL BODY? In recent times modern technology has advanced to the point where successful resucitation from conditions such as cardiac arrest, has allowed many people to survive clinicle death.Reports of near death experiences have been successfully investigated by scientists and doctors such as Raymond Moody, Elizabeth Kubler Ross and Dr Ken Ring.Techniques to collate near death experiences from people who had survived clinicle death, found that all experiences contained common themes. They found that dying patients continued to have conscious awareness of their envoirement after being pronounced clinically dead. All experienced a floating out of their physical bodies associated with a great sense of peace and wholeness.
It is now common practice in emergency hospital rooms to stratigically place an unusal object on a high vantage point eg a symbol may be painted on top of a light shade; so that if a patient experiences floating out of his body during a near death, and recovered he would be able to confirm the objects seen from a high vantage point.
A description of the complete experience which embodies all the common elements found in the near death experience in which it is typical for them to occur are; a dying person is sentient, he can hear himself being pronounced dead by the doctor. He may hear a ringing or a buzzing noise and instantly feels himself moving along a dark tunnel, after which he finds himself outside of the physical body but still in his immediate physical envoirement. He can see his own body as though a spectator and watches his rescusitation usually from a vantage point and is in a state of emotional turmoil.He becomes accustomed to his condition and notices he still has a body but one with a very differant nature from the one le
ft behind. He meets spirits of deceased freinds and relatives and encounters a warm spirit of light. He is asked to evaluate his life (non verbally)and is shown a review of all major events of his life. He approaches a border which represents the limit of no return to earthly life. He finds he must go back as it is not his time. He resists as he is overwhelmed with intense feelings of joy , love and peace. Despite this he unites with his body and lives.A near death experience affects a persons life profoundly.
OOBS(OUT OF BODY) During forms of deep relaxation such as meditation or when awakening from sleep, people have reported floating out of their physical body spontaneously. Whilst in that state, they have found themselves looking down at their body. Often while returning to their physical body they can experience a state of paralysis for a while.Oob's can occur at any time, to any healthy person and is anotherexample of consciousness existing outside of the physical body.
HOW CONSCIOUSNESS RELATES TO PAST LIFE REGRESSION; If consciousness has been experienced by people outside of their physical body, can this be the essence of who we are and is it this essence that continues beyond death. Is consciousness and all that it has experienced , that which has incarnated previously within a physical body and that which will continue to do so in the future. Therefor if consciousness survives to to reincarnate, why do we not remember consciously our previous existances? Could it be that in our every day lives our conscious minds has to deal with the here and now. Our conscious mind is restricting it's focus on the physical world and it's conditions, whilst the memories of previous lives are stored in the deeper levels of the subconscious. However the effects of emotions, issues, trauma any memories repressed deep in the subconscious can produce problems, phobias, relationship patterns even physical ailments in the present life's body.
HOW PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY WORKS; In the mid sixties, therapists such as Dick Sutphen found that past life regression worked as a therapy. He felt that 95% of human problems had their roots in a past life.Issues and traumatic memories become repressed stored in the deep subconscious and manifest into physical and emotional problems in the present life.Through past life regression therapy, recalling and remembering past lives, painful repressed memories are brought forward, abreaction takes place followed by healing.As the memory is no longer repressed the knowledge can be used to change negative even destructive life patterns.
CASE STUDY I; Peter Hunt age 46 years. He was adopted and only traced his blood family five years ago. He discovered he had a brother and a sister. He feels very close to his brother and trusts him above any body else.
During his past life regression, his first impression was that he was lying in a field with his leg broken and there was a battle going on all around him.He was wearing a brown uniform and as he looked around he could see other people wearing the same uniform. He was a white male, age 15 years old, his name was Albert. He was lying in a wet damp hole. When asked if he had any family, he replied "my brother is lying dead beside me." He was in the British army and said he felt afraid. I asked him to go forward in that life but he replied, "it's dark, I'm not here". I instructed him to return to the battle, he was shot in the stomach and died. He described his death as "just like the lights going out, it went dark". Reviewing that life, he said "it wasn't right, I wasn't aware, I shouldn't have been there". I asked him what he had learned from that life, he answered "love for my brother, we died together and we will always be together, nothing can ever part us".
Upon being released from hypnosis, he was very emotional. He said he felt the shot as it entered his stomach, he could smell and hear the noise of the battleand he recognised his brother from his past life as being the recently discovered brother in this life. He now understood why he felt such a close bond with his brother and that nothing could part them, not even adoption or death.
CONCLUSION; The mind and consciousness are so tangible that it is impossible to prove that consciousness can exist outside the physical body. When dealing with pastlife regression one must be aware that other phenomena could be occuring, such as cryptomnesia, tapping into the collective unconscious or genetic cell memory. However when knowledge comes forward that can be verified and the client can make sense of feelings and emotions that have always haunted them, then in all proberbility memories of a past life are being recalled.
The body is composed of physical matter, it can be studied with scientific proof, conscious and mind however are subjective, impossible to see, therefor to prove but we know exists. However that is not to say that consciousness ceases to exist, once the body does. Could the body be a vehicle for consciousness to reside in, in order to experience life or lives on the physical Earth.
One thing is for certain, past life regression allows insight and produces positive results in helping people to transform their lives.
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