This story begins quite some time ago – Actually half a century ago, but for me, it started maybe six or seven years ago. I had a particularly hard time letting go of an old ex-boyfriend. It was comical really. Our actual relationship had been only 6 months. Granted, it had been a pretty weird break-up (he had told me that he still loved me, and he still wanted me, but he just couldn’t be with me any longer). I had met my soulmate and married him. Yet, five years later I was still thinking about this particular ex-boyfriend on a semi-regular basis even though we lived over a thousand miles apart. Why couldn’t I let go? Years before, a wise English teacher of mine from highschool had mentioned that perhaps there was a past life influnce at work here. She said, “maybe you were together in a past life, but it’s not right for this lifetime.” Although I have believed in reincarnation from a very young age (My mother tells me I first mentioned it around age 5) I certainly had doubts about specific past life influences. No doubt this was a simple crush that I have become a bit obsessive about – I had a hard time accepting that it could be a real past life influence and that kept me from giving the idea any serious creedence for a long time. Some five years later without feeling completely over this guy, though, I was ready to explore the idea.
I looked up past life practioners nearby and found one that wasn’t too expensive not far from home. The woman operated out of her house which was in a somewhat dilapidated neightborhood. As the sun set, and I approached a stranger’s house, alone, in the darkening evening, I admit to being a little nervous. My fears were not assuaged by the cacophanous barking of multiple dogs coming from behind the door. I am not really a dog person. I don’t hate dogs, but due to two dog-related incidents in my childhood I confess that I am somewhat uncomfortable around them. A middle-aged woman of slight build opened the door a crack and, upon confirming my identity, let me inside. Her Rottweiler and German Shepherd barked and pawed wildly at the sliding doors outside. I gulped as I noticed some of the paw prints on the window were well above my height. “Do you mind if I let them in?” she asked. “They’re super friendly, and wouldn’t hurt a fly.” I bit back my retorts about flies being small enough to evade their enthusiastic bounding and managed to nod as she motioned for me to take a seat on the couch. Thankfully, the dogs were much calmer once inside. The Rottweiler, of course, came to sit on my feet. Not atmy feet, on my feet. Suffice it to say, it was not a very auspicious beginning to a relaxing Past Life Regression session.
We chatted for a few minutes about why I was there and what brought her to Past Life Regression therapy. She walked me through the process a little bit. Having been a veteran meditator, even at the time, I was curious about how this would go. Introductory work concluded, she directed me to a small side bedroom, closing the dogs outside (Thank you!). The bed was fairly snug around my frame, which at 5’4” is hardly towering, and the room was so small her chair barely fit between the desk and bed. It created the mild effect of being at the dentist’s office, having her loom over me. I hadn’t thought to bring a recorder (this was my first time doing something like this and I had no idea what to expect) so she offered to take some notes and I gladly accepted. She began a relaxation sequence and I tried to let-go and sink into myself. With past life regression, you are usually completely conscious (this was not something I knew at the time) and the therapist puts you into what’s considered a mildly hypnotic state. I think because of all my own meditation work, it was maybe harder for me to ‘feel’ as if I was under hypnosis or in a trance (or, rather, to feel that this was in any way different than what I usually do). She directed me to visualize that I was in a room with boxes and asked me to open one and see what I found in it. That line of visualization went pretty much nowhere – I found a key in the box and said that I was a princess having a birthday party, but to me it just felt like I was making it up – it felt, honestly, a bit silly. Perhaps sensing this, she tried to take me to another lifetime. For awhile I just seemed to be drifting and I think we were both getting a little bit frustrated, but finally I got something – although it still felt so hazy as to just be an impression, a feeling, at first. The therapist kept asking me to look at my shoes (every time we tried to hit a lifetime she would ask me to look at my shoes). But, Suddenly the scene snapped into focus and I remember thinking, I don’t care about my stupid shoes, I just want to describe what I’m actually seeing. So, I did.
In the reflection of a large dresser mirror, I saw “myself” in a dark dress with white polka dots – only I didn’t look myself. I was with someone and we were involved. Not in flagrante delicto, but passionately working our way in that general direction. Then something happened – or rather, maybe, didn’t happen – and I saw us both sitting against a bed headboard; talking and smoking. “Is this your ex-boyfriend?” the therapist probed, “Yes,” I returned, “it’s his face I see on this man, although I don’t look like me.” She followed with more questions, “Did you have sex?” she asked. “No… I… we didn’t… we stopped.” She asked for more details, “He’s someone important.” I told her, “Like a General or something like that. He’s married… he has a wife and children… but they are somewhere else.” She asked if I was married, “No… I… had a fiancee… but he died… in an a..accident… there was an explosion or something… maybe a crash… I’m not sure.” She talked to me more about where we were, “We’re in some kind of house.. or bed and breakfast or something…” the décor was somewhat reminiscent of my host home when I studied abroad in England in the mid 90s. “We’re on the second floor… out the window… there are cars…I can see cars out the window on the street… people are sortof watching” The relationship was definitely clandestine and also clearly somewhat tortured. I could feel in those moments a sense of hopelessness about it. We loved each other, but it wouldn’t work, couldn’t work, because he had other commitments that he would never break. My impressions in the moment were that this was because of his inherent moral compass rather than any external factors – although those were certainly complications. The therapist tried to bring me forward (I’ve learned later that this is a practice they do) and asked me how I died in that lifetime, “I was sick… it was some kindof long sickness.” She also asked me whether there was anyone else and I indicated that there was someone later who identified as my current husband. The details were somewhat more sparse at this stage and she started to pull me out.
On coming out, I wasn’t really sure what had happened – had I just made up the whole thing? It had felt sortof real, but ‘re-living’ the memories wasn’t like watching a movie, clear and crisp, as I had expected it to be. When the therapist had asked questions, I had reached for answers and they were there – but were they real? I took the brief notes from her that were written on a 5×7 sheet of note paper and thanked her for the experience, still a bit muddy-headed about the whole thing. As I was driving home, pieces began to fall into place regarding my old relationship. My English teacher had had it reversed – the relationship between me and my ex-boyfriend wasn’t wrong in this lifetime – it had been wrong in that one and we had just been unable to overcome it in this lifetime. There was no reason why we were unable to be together in this lifetime. Once, in fact, my ex-boyfriend told me a year or so after our break-up, “There was always something that didn’t feel quite right about our relationship.” and suddenly that made perfect sense. The most wonderful fact of all, however, was that I suddenly felt something resolve deep inside me around our relationship. It was as if all of my confused, romantic feelings towards him were exorcised and I could see him in a new, clean, light. I felt a deep soul-level love for him as a person who had been very important to me, but I no longer felt any inclination to have any sortof relationship (even a friendship) with him in this lifetime. It was amazing how immediate the relief was and that it has lasted even until this day.
I was so happy with the results of my past-life regression session on my current life that I no longer cared whether it had been a ‘real’ experience or not. That’s why, when I suddenly came face-to-face with the woman in my remembering it literally knocked me off my feet….. (to be continued in Part 3)