Past life regression (पिछले जीवन का प्रतिगमन) is a method that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations. The practice is widely considered discredited and unscientific by medical practitioners, and experts generally regard claims of recovered memories of past lives as fantasies or delusions or a type of confabulation. Past-life regression is typically undertaken either in pursuit of a spiritual experience or in a psychotherapeutic setting. Most advocates loosely adhere to beliefs about reincarnation, though religious traditions that incorporate reincarnation generally do not include the idea of repressed memories of past lives. Experiments with subjects undergoing past-life regression indicate that a belief in reincarnation and suggestions by the hypnotist are the two most important factors regarding the contents of memories reported.
Past life Regression Meaning
Past life regression refers to the process of exploring or recalling memories and experiences that are believed to be from previous lifetimes or incarnations. It is based on the concept of reincarnation, which posits that the soul undergoes multiple lives in different bodies.
The term “regression” in past life regression refers to the idea that the individual undergoing the therapy or exploration is moving backward in time to access memories that are believed to be stored in their subconscious mind. The goal is to regress or go back to previous lifetimes to gain insights, understand patterns, resolve unresolved issues, or explore the potential origins of certain emotions, fears, or relationships in their current life.
Past life Regression History
In the 2nd century BC, the Hindu scholar Patañjali, in his Yoga Sutras, discussed the idea of the soul becoming burdened with an accumulation of impressions as part of the karma from previous lives. Patañjali called the process of past-life regression prati-prasava (literally “reverse birthing”) and saw it as addressing current problems through memories of past lives. Some types of yoga continue to use prati-prasav as a practice.
In the religious mythology of China the deity Meng Po, also known as the “Lady of Forgetfulness”, prevents souls from remembering their past lives: she gives them a bittersweet drink that erases all memories before they climb the wheel of reincarnation.
Past life regression can be found in Jainism. The seven truths of Jainism deal with the soul and its attachment to karma. The fourth truth, Bandha, tells us that karma can stick to your soul. However, the seventh truth, Moksha, tells us that to be freed from the cycle of rebirth and death, one must separate karma from the soul. To find out what karma is attached to your soul, you can participate in “Jati-Smaran.” Jati-Smaran is remembering past lives
Modern era Past life memories
The nineteenth century saw the rise of Spiritualism, involving séances and other techniques for contacting departed spirits. Allan Kardec (1804–1869) sought to codify the lessons thus obtained in a set of five books, the Spiritist Codification (the Spiritist Pentateuch, 1857–1868), including The Spirits Book (1857) and Heaven and Hell (1865); these books introduce concepts of how spirits evolve through a series of incarnations.
Madame Blavatsky (1831–1891), co-founder of the Theosophical Society, introduced the Sanskrit term, Akasha, beginning in Isis Unveiled (1877) as a vague life force that was continuously redefined, always vaguely, in subsequent publications; separately, but also in Isis Unveiled, she referred to “indestructible tablets of the astral light” recording both the past and future of human thought and action.
Past life information
An early report of a human accessing past life information during a trance state comes from 1923, when Edgar Cayce while answering questions posed by Arthur Lammers (publisher) in a trance state, spoke of Lammers’ past lives and reincarnation. The use of hypnosis for past life regressions is said to have been developed by A. R. (Asa Roy) Martin of Sharon, Pennsylvania, who published Researches in Reincarnation and Beyond in 1942.
In 1952 the Bridey Murphy case, in which housewife Virginia Tighe of Pueblo, Colorado, under hypnosis, was reported by the hypnotist to have recounted memories of a 19th-century Irish woman (“Bridey Murphy”).
Past life regression is widely rejected as a psychiatric treatment by clinical psychiatrists and psychologists. A 2006 survey found that a majority of a sample of doctoral-level mental health professionals rated “Past Lives” therapy as “certainly discredited” as a treatment for mental or behavioral disorders.
Past life regression Techniques
In the West, past-life regression practitioners use hypnosis and suggestion to promote recall in their patients, using a series of questions designed to elicit statements and memories about the past life’s history and identity. Past life regression techniques vary depending on the approach of the therapist or facilitator conducting the session. These techniques are designed to guide individuals into a relaxed or hypnotic state, where they can access supposed memories from past lives. Here are some common past-life regression techniques:
The procedure of Past life regression
Studies about Past life regression
Studies suggest that past lives are likely false memories, implanted through the susceptibility of the hypnotic method.
Ethical questions about Past life regression
Luis Cordón states that this can be problematic as it creates delusions under the guise of therapy. Additionally, the hypnotic methodology that underpins past life regression places the participant in a vulnerable position, susceptible to the implantation of false memories. Because the implantation of false memories may be harmful, Gabriel Andrade points out that past life regression violates the principle of first, not harm (non-maleficence).
Benefits of Past life regression