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“.
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. 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”.
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.
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 info) or here.
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“