Past Lives – What do They have to do with Healing?

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series where I look at Life After Death, Past Lives and Life Between Lives.

Children speaking foreign languages not exposed to in this lifetime, children recalling “other” parents and lives they have lived (with details they could not have known of other places and times), hypnotherapy sessions that bring information back about a time and place the client had no conscious memory of – these are just SOME of the ways Past Lives have been proven. Whether it is through Akashic Record Reading, Past Life Regression or Past Life Readings – re-visiting past lives can be healing and help people tremendously in removing past blocks previously not understood.  This topic does fascinate me – so much so that I have had my Akashic Record Reading, had a past life reading AND experienced hypnotherapy to access past lives – all were illuminating. I have also become trained in reading/clearing Akashic Records. I am happy to share some resources and information on why learning about past lives can be healing as well as share some of my own personal experiences. You can go here to read Part I, “Life After Death“.

DEFINITIONS

Akashic Records - A theosophical term referring to an universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. From Edgar Cayce’s site,

“The Akashic Records or “The Book of Life” can be equated to the universe’s super computer system. It is this system that acts as the central storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth. More than just a reservoir of events, the Akashic Records contain every deed, word, feeling, thought, and intent that has ever occurred at any time in the history of the world. Much more than simply a memory storehouse, however, these Akashic Records are interactive in that they have a tremendous influence upon our everyday lives, our relationships, our feelings and belief systems, and the potential realities we draw toward us.”

“Information about these Akashic Records – this Book of Life –can be found in folklore, in myth, and throughout the Old and New Testaments. It is traceable at least as far back as the Semitic peoples and includes the Arabs, the Assyrians, the Phoenicians, the Babylonians, and the Hebrews. Among each of these peoples was the belief that there was in existence some kind of celestial tablets which contained the history of humankind as well as all manner of spiritual information.”

Dr. Michael Newton, in his books “Journey of Souls” & “Destiny of Souls“, has many accounts of the Akashic Record, or “The Book of Life”. Souls before incarnation go to a “library” and view the pages associated with the life they are considering. Although there may be definite way points along the course of our lives, our free will can change paths, outcomes and events. As the soul prepares for a life with the intent of learning a particular lesson or satisfying a karmic debt, the soul will also choose a family and a body that will help them with the lessons for this incarnation.

Past Life Reading - A past life reading is when a person with the ability to see the past looks into your past lives for you and relates that information to you. The amount of details seen vary among intuitive readers. Some see it like a video and are able to fast forward through decades, pausing to focus on important events. A key is the reader’s ability to perceive the emotional content of the client and people involved. This is important because unresolved emotional issues that are carried from one life to another can be either impediments or guideposts on our individual paths.

Past Life Regression - Past life regression is revelation through hypnosis usually assisted by a regression therapist (hypnotherapist). However, past life regression is not always accessible to those who cannot be hypnotized.  Dr. Weiss and Dr. Newton BOTH began as Hypnotherapists (Dr. Weiss a Psychotherapist who USED Hypnotherapy) who DID not believe in past lives – through their work and experience there was no doubting it anymore.  Past Life regression therapy can be used to clear blocks created in past lives and limiting you in your current life.

HOW These Therapies Can Help Heal (and My Personal Experiences)

I want to preface this by saying HOW WE LIVE NOW is of the utmost importance.  Blaming past lives for all of our problems does not serve us and spending too much time dwelling on it or revisiting them is not what this is about either.  BUT there are instances where we have blocks and/or physical or emotional pain that have originated in past lives and removing them makes it easier to move forward in our lives today.

I became interested in wanting to know if past lives were true pretty early on in my studies after healing myself.  As I began to delve into spiritual subjects I was surprised by how widely accepted past lives are in the medical community as I talk about in Part I “Life After Death“.  I became aware that most of the people not believing in past lives just had not studied and researched past lives.  I had been one of those people.  For me, issues came up in my spiritual development where I felt “stuck” and almost as if the problem was NOT my own. I heard about Akashic record reading and wanted to give it a try.

AKASHIC RECORD READING

I had my Akashic Record Reading done by the talented Akemi Gaines, of “Yes to Me” and “Akashic Record Reading“.  I learned my soul’s origination and about some of the limits I had been feeling, karmic debts and associations I had that were no longer serving me, a lot about my soul’s purpose and gifts and even about things I had done in THIS lifetime that were affecting me.  When you have a Akashic Record reading the reader also does a clearing for you.  You are given homework as well – a prayer of sorts for you to say for 21 days in a row (personalized for YOU) to set that clear intention that you are ready to move on.

I would like to give an example of something Akemi said that blew me away from MY CURRENT lifetime.  She told me that I had cursed a doctor when I was 27 years old.  My first thought was “I’ve never cursed anyone and anyway I loved all my doctors when I was 27″ but when I thought on this it DID come back to me.  I had taken a long lunch break from work for a doctor appointment and I figured I would be gone an hour and a half tops, as this was the norm.  After 2 1/2 hours in the waiting room I was let in and after 1/2 hour more in the office, freezing in a gown – I was seen. My doctor was out at the hospital so they had a stand in who I had never met before.  This doctor had no bedside manner and honestly I felt man-handled.  She did a breast exam and proceed to tell me that I had a big lump that was “no good” and I would have to have it out immediately.  Just like that – no emotion, no empathy, actually almost angry as she was talking with me.  Needless to say I was upset; I had missed work and had my boss upset with me, I had a pressing health issue, I felt pain because of the way she examined me and was just totally blown away by the lack of compassion after I had spent 3 hours waiting for an exam. I remember thinking as I walked out of the office (and I KNOW I was filled with emotion as I THOUGHT it), “I hope that doctor experiences the same treatment she put me through someday”.  This was uncharacteristic of me and I know I had blocked it all out until Akemi brought it up and yes, I was 27 at the time.  It went down in my Akashic record and it was something I was ready to clear.

There were many other things that came up during that reading that just made sense to me and shined light on personality traits of mine.  It was fun to read it again for this post – a year and a half later and to see that I was in fact doing many of the things it looked like my soul was pointing me to. Akemi had told me I would be really good at a healing art and a month later I found “Reconnective Healing”. I know the Akashic Record reading opened me up for closer connection to my soul and my spiritual growth has been on the fast track ever since.  Thank you Akemi! :-)

I feel you can receive MANY healing benefits from an Akashic Record Reading from learning about your soul’s origin, to clearing blocks to just feeling more connected to who you really are and deepening your spiritual growth.

PAST LIFE READING

As I began to become more open spiritually I had an odd “side-effect” come over me.  Sometimes when I was around a group of people I would start to feel another emotion strongly that I KNEW was NOT my own. Those in the healing community know this as being an Empath.  I could go on about this because WOW when you feel this it is SO overwhelming. I have even seen studies that suggest some forms of autism are kids that are really empaths – they become so overwhelmed by feeling the emotions of everyone in the room that they do not know how to react and retreat into themselves – as I said – a whole OTHER post… Anyway..it does NOT FEEL GOOD and I felt a strong SENSE that this was NOT from this lifetime.  I knew I wanted it cleared as it was happening more frequently and it was causing me to not even want to be around big groups of people for the fear that I would pick up someone else’s emotions. As a medical intuitive I was used to acknowledging people’s pain as sensations in my own body but this was different – I was taking it on and did not know how to “let it go”. As an aside, if being an Empath IS an issue – I highly recommend Anna Conlan’s series which begins with, “Is Overactive Empathy Ruining Your Life?“.

I called a teacher and brilliant intuitive friend of mine, Andrea Hess of Empowered Soul, and asked her advice and if a past life reading might clear this.  We set up an appointment and she indeed saw THREE instances in clear movie like formats that were causing this to occur in my life.  She had to get permission from me to ask my guides to clear this.  Again, I had a prayer to say afterward and I have not had an episode since. Yea – thank YOU Andrea!

I feel these are great for specific issues that come up that you want to look into healing.  The intuitive reader knows what they are looking for and can ask to be taken to where the issue originated to receive information. If you see certain patterns in your life that you do not feel came from this lifetime this can be extremely useful in pinpointing and clearing them so you can move forward.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION

The most famous case I have read about past life regression helping someone is Dr. Brian Weiss’s patient in his book, “Many Lives, Many Masters: A True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient and the Past-Life Therapy that Changed Both Their Lives“.  Dr. Weiss was NOT a believer in past lives.  He had a patient referred to him that had all kinds of anxiety and horrible physical ailments with no physical basis and no known origin.  She had been to many therapists, doctors and was quite sane but yet had severe feelings of suffocation, anxiety and more.  This was one of THE best books I have read and through experiencing the traumas of her past life and clearing them as a hypnotherapist does in regular sessions – she overcame ALL her issues and returned to full physical and emotional health. The story is so well written and if you have not read it yet I HIGHLY recommend it.

I also talked about Dr. Michael Newton and his writings on Past Life Regression in my post “Michael Newton, “Journey of Souls – a Book Review“.  HE had a similar experience to Dr. Weiss as he was a HUGE skeptic in past lives, was a hypnotherapist and did not believe it until he experienced it firsthand. I highly recommend his books as well and will be talking about him a lot more in my last part if this series “Part 3 – Life Between Lives”.

My good friends; the gifted hypno-therapist, Amy Park and the awesome Chester Bassett have facilitated sessions where I have experienced past lives. It was very strange to see myself back in a different body and time, knowing whole hearted-ly that it was me.  It was surreal to be standing in Egypt in front of and inside a pyramid and having conversations with people with a different voice coming out of my mouth.  It was bizarre to watch myself as an old woman on her death bed surrounded by loved ones that were not my own from this lifetime.  What HEALING did I gain from these sessions?  Well, it was pretty interesting.  I did not go into these with anything in mind unlike the past life reading – but you DEFINITELY can and most people will go into this with a core issue they want to heal.  With me, especially the first time it was more to see if it would even work on me.  I did receive a healing of sorts… When I saw myself in Egypt I was in front of MANY people teaching them about the power that was inside each of them and our connection to each other and Source.  People had traveled with me across the desert to hear my teachings and I was brought MANY gifts of all kinds.  What I gained was the emotion I felt at that time was SUCH comfort and ease at leading and at receiving – two things I have struggled with in this lifetime.  By KNOWING I felt that comfort and actually feeling THAT – it helped me get closer to it in my life. I am often looked to as a leader and as someone who was so ill for 6 years – that has taken QUITE a while to wrap my head around.  I was able to assume that role as I organized bringing the movie, “The Living Matrix” to my town for 400 people and in other situations since.  I am even MUCH more comfortable receiving whereas before it WAS an issue… I was ALWAYS MUCH happier and at ease GIVING. When I have those feelings of doubt I can access JUST how confident I felt in that moment and it DOES help me – every time.

Past Life Regression is different than a past life reading in that you are EXPERIENCING what happened to you as your past self.  In some cases it can be very emotional but there is no danger and the hypnotherapist can talk you through and reframe the event – healing the situation.  If you have not watched the Michael Newton video I included in my post on “Journey of Souls” I HIGHLY recommend you do so.  Many doctors, even mainstream ones like, Dr. Oz have recognized the value in Past Life Regression Therapy.

Resources:

Akashic Record Resources/Past Life Readings

Andrea Hess is my teacher and mentor that has taught me MUCH about the Akashic Records.  I have taken Level 1 and 2 and Soul ReAlignment for Business and each reading continues to blow me away.  Thanks to Andrea’s Soul ReAlignment Program I offer many readings such as a basic reading a clearing, life situational readings, relationship readings, business readings and more.  EACH reading never ceases to amaze me and my clients are always blown away by how much their past lives look like their lives now though I now nothing about them prior to the reading and receiving their name. Getting all the information on WHO you are at soul level and the clearing work that is done is tremendously healing and life affirming.

Andrea Hess - The amazing intuitive Andrea Hess of “Empowered Soul” not only offers a wealth of knowledge on her site about Akashic Record reading but offers a home study class as well so you too can learn how to read Akashic Records.  (While researching this post I signed up – it is also good for developing skills I was looking to develop :-) ) Her site Soul Realignment has information on finding practitioners, frequently asked questions and detailed information on courses enabling you to read Akashic records. Andrea has a tremendous amount of knowledge on her site as well as many classes and services.

Past Life Resources

Dr. Edgar Cayce - From his site, “Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) has been called the “sleeping prophet,” the “father of holistic medicine,” and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. For more than 40 years of his adult life, Cayce gave psychic “readings” to thousands of seekers while in an unconscious state, diagnosing illnesses and revealing lives lived in the past and prophecies yet to come.”  There really is TOO much to even say about Edgar Cayce… I highly recommend you look at his voluminous sitefor courses, articles and tons of information.

Dr. Brian Weiss - As I mentioned, I highly Recommend his book, “Many Lives, Many Masters” as a place to begin learning about Dr. Weiss.  Dr. Weiss travels and gives many lectures, seminars and workshops.  He is a brilliant man with thousands of client experiences and I will be writing more about him in my next post, “Part 3: Life Between Lives”. You can find out more about him and his work on his website.

Carol Bowman - Her site, The Past Life Center is a place with TONS of research and information on reincarnation and children’s remembrances of past lives. Carol Bowman is a past life researcher and practitioner. From her site, “Carol Bowman, M.S. is an internationally known author, lecturer, counselor, past life regression therapist, and pioneer in reincarnation studies.  Her first two books, Children’s Past Lives (Bantam, 1997) andReturn from Heaven (HarperCollins, 2001) are now classics in the reincarnation field, and have been published and read around the world in 16 foreign editions.”

Dr. Michael Newton - I have written about him before and have read two of his books; “Journey of Souls” and “Destiny of Souls“.  Dr. Newton founded “The Newton Institute” which trains people in Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy.  Dr. Newton has chosen to concentrate on Life Between Lives and the soul’s journey and I will be writing much more about him in my next post, “Part 3 – Life Between Lives”.

Dr. Ian Stevenson, (1918-2007) – From the amazing site I recommended in Part 1 of this series, “near-death.com“, “Ian Stevenson is the former head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, and now is Director of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. He has devoted the last 40 years to the scientific documentation of past life memories of children from all over the world and has over 3000 cases in his files. Many people, including skeptics and scholars, agree that these cases offer the best evidence yet for reincarnation.”   Dr. Stevenson has written several books on the topic of past lives – his book that talks about his cases with children is called “Children Who Remember Past Lives: A Question of Reincarnation“. His research is fascinating and he talks about birthmarks in children that have been with them through several lifetimes (or are residuals from WOUNDS that occurred in another lifetime). You can read more about him on the previous site mentioned (near-death.com which has a TON of infoor here.

CONCLUSION

I hope this post illuminated why learning about past lives can be very healing.  Whether it be Akashic Record Reading, a Past Life Reading or Past Life Regression – I feel you can gain much insight about your current life and receive healing by using these modalities.  I hope you check out my services in this areas as well as Andrea’s website. I have listed many websites with a wealth of information if this interests you enough to pursue learning more.  I was a skeptic when I started this research but I am no longer.  Not only has this become an interest of mine but it has helped me heal things in my own life.  I hope you will share your thoughts on past lives with me here in the comments and any experiences you may have had.

To read part 3 of this series, click here: “Life Between Lives – How Learning about Our Soul’s Journey is Healing

Getting an Akashic Record Reading can really open up your life to understanding more about your past lives. When I do an initial reading you receive some clearing of blocks and restrictions and some understanding of a couple of your past lives and how they have affected you in this lifetime. For more about my services, please visit my services page. To find out about which Akashic readings I offer, please visit my Akashic page. To read my testimonials, please visit my testimonials page. If you have any quesitons please email me at jennymannion@yahoo.com.

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Comments

  1. Jenny, excellent overview of how some knowledge of past lives can help us, and of three different methods for accessing that knowledge!! As you know, I also had an excellent Akashic record reading with Akemi, and have also experienced past life regression and various other issues. As you warn, I do think it can be a problem to get too focused on this, but on the other hand, sometimes when you are dealing with deeply-imbedded karmic patterns, it can be so helpful to see them, in order to consciously release them. And I have also come to the point where I think maybe not all souls reincarnate or are reborn (because Buddhist ideas on rebirth are actually a bit different than most reincarnation theories) – perhaps there are all different soul types.
    Anyway, your empath issue interested me. I have it on my never-ending list of potential blog topics to do one on past-life cycling, which is what happens as we do consciously grow – we pull back past life gifts. And in today’s culture, we don’t always get the information or training we need to process this properly. Thx again-Lisa
    .-= Lisa (mommymystic)´s last blog ..Keep Your Sense of Humor… =-.

  2. Hi Jenny,

    Thank you for the mention, and sorry to come late. There must be something wrong with Google — I didn’t see the incoming links.
    Anyhow, I’m glad my reading was so helpful. While the reading is different from one person to another, I feel Akashic Record Reading is a powerful way to dig out the hidden energetic issues to our baffling problems.

    Love & Light,
    Akemi
    .-= Akemi – Yes to Me´s last blog ..Starseeds: Arcturians =-.

  3. Lisa,
    Thank you to you, too, for your kind words about my Akashic Record Reading. I feel honored.

    Blessings,
    Akemi
    .-= Akemi – Yes to Me´s last blog ..Starseeds: Arcturians =-.

  4. Thanks for the mention, Jenny! And I LOVE that you had such positive experiences with not just one but two Soul Realignment Practitioners. As a teacher, it really fills my heart when former students like Anna and Akemi get such positive reviews!!!

    And now you’re going to start doing this work yourself – woohoo! I know you are going to be AMAZING and bring so much to this modality!

    Blessings,
    Andrea
    .-= Andrea|Soul Realignment´s last blog ..Judging Intuition =-.

  5. Hi Lisa,

    I am so happy you enjoyed the post and the one you are thinking of writing sounds VERY fascinating. It is interesting that in all modalities I find the healing that occurs or the information accessed is THAT APPROPRIATE FOR THAT TIME IN YOUR LIFE. So it makes sense that as you evolve different issues come forward. I never thought about past-life cycling but it makes a LOT of sense looking at my own experiences.

    Yes, it important to have your focus on THIS LIFETIME and boy do I understand how once you start this work it can be tempting to dive in… BUT we are here in this lifetime for THESE lessons and for what we can do here in this existence… THAT HAS to be the priority.

    I LOVE this stuff – yes, a fascination for sure and I am just so happy with all I have learned and continue to learn. I never would have believed I would be where I am right now a few years back so every day is SUCH a blessing and I just want to soak ALL of life’s gifts in. :-)

    It is ALWAYS such a pleasure to hear from you Lisa.

    Lotsa of Love, xo
    Jenny

  6. Hi Akemi,

    No worries Akemi – MY GOOF – I STARTED the post a whiles back and it sat in my draft folder so when I posted it posted that date… I actually JUST posted it and knew to change the date thanks to your keen observations. :-)

    I, too find Akashic Record Reading totally fascinating and look forward to studying with Andrea. I got so much from your reading and as I said it was SO interesting to go back and read it over a year later and see that I was indeed aligned with where my soul said I was going… pretty cool and a nice affirmation to get. :-)

    Thanks so much Akemi. Your reading really did help me in so many ways.

    Much Love,
    Jenny

  7. Hi Andrea,

    I am soooo happy to mention you and THRILLED to be taking another course with you! You are an awesome teacher and it shows in your students. I love Akemi and Anna and many more; Evelyn, Kate and more…. BRILLIANT and authentic!

    I am beginning coursework as SOON as possible and have a feeling it’s going to be VERY hard for me to put it down. Thanks so much for all you offer to have people deepen their spiritual connection and help others.

    SOOOO looking forward to this!!!!

    Lots of Love, xo
    Jenny

  8. Amy Park says:

    Jenny,
    It was an honor working with you! Because of the Brian Weiss and Michael Newton Books you gave me I am now using this very useful technique more and more. You are such an influence on so many! I am thrilled to be training with Brian in February and July to further polish my skills and offer even more Past Life Therapeutic strategies in the future! Keep the GREAT posts coming!
    Love
    Amy

  9. Hi Amy,

    Thanks so much for commenting and also for your amazing friendship and inspiration. I am so happy we keep learning from each other. Lotsa FUN times coming!!! Thank you for being on this journey with me.

    Love always,
    Jenny

  10. Hi Jenny, this was a totally fascinating read. I don’t know if I believe in past lives or not however experiences with OOBE has led me to re-evaluate my thoughts on the soul. Thanks for a fascinating read.
    .-= Steven Aitchison´s last blog ..How I Got 4111 Subscribers In 6 months – A-List Blogging Bootcamp =-.

  11. Todd says:

    wow, awesome article. You’ve intrigued me…I want one of these readings. I know both Andrea and Akemi through blogging from some time ago. Who do you suggest I speak to first about this? Thanks Jenny…
    Todd
    .-= Todd´s last blog ..How To Deal With Life In Tough Times =-.

  12. Hi Steven,
    I am so happy you are open to reading about this. Getting in touch with my soul was a turning point in my life for sure and it has been QUITE the journey since then. Not always “easy” ;-) but definitely forward moving even if it felt at some times quite the opposite. :-) Hipe you come back and visit for Part 3.
    Thanks so much for commenting. :-)
    Love,
    Jenny

  13. Yea Todd!

    Awesome to see you here and BOY you WOULD love this work… you know me and what I say, in terms of “who” to pick…. it is an individual choice and to pick someone that resonates with you. I LOVE all three practitioners that I recommended and there is always the possibility of you getting a hypno-therapist for regression.. For this you would have to find someone locally or visit me and see my friend Amy. :-) For between life therapists in NYC I recommend seeing Dr. Newton or Dr. Weiss’s sites…Andrea has a great resource of Soul ReAlignment Practitioners on her site – MANY fabulous people to choose from. So many people doing amazing things.

    Glad you liked the post. :-) Always a pleasure to hear from you Todd.
    Love, xo
    Jenny

  14. Hey, is this Todd of We The Change? How have you been?
    I miss your blog. How is the Shift movie project coming along?

    Shoot me an email sometime. Don’t be a stranger,

    Akemi
    .-= Akemi – Yes to Me´s last blog ..Online Gratitude Journal January 2010 Edition #37 =-.

  15. Suzie Cheel says:

    Hi Jenny,

    This is so psychic! Guess what book I am reading at the moment? Your favorite one…. Many Lives many masters- was a Birthday present and this takes me back in my life to when I first became interested past lives from reading Shirley Maclaine’s Out on a limb back in ’86s

    I have 2 others on the shelf I wonder if they will appear her soon :)

    My interest in past life therapy has me recalling some amazing experiences and looking foward to exploring more.

    I have had a reall aha moment today so will share with you soon
    Love and hugs
    Suzie
    .-= Suzie Cheel´s last blog ..Monday Inspiration =-.

  16. Hey Suzie,

    We always seem to be in synch, don’t we? ;-) I LOVED that booked and it was one I bought and recommended to a lot of friends.

    YES – -I LOVE AHA moments – please share soon! I have had a few myself since beginning Andrea’s Soul Realignment course — wow do I LOVE learning this!

    Lots going on here as well – glad you got to experience some past life therapy – truly amazing isn’t it?

    Talk to you soon.

    Love, xo
    Jenny
    .-= Jenny Mannion´s last blog ..Past Lives – What do They have to do with Healing? =-.

  17. Herb Huyler says:

    Thx for information.

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