The wild stories of traditional religion are something we’ve gotten used to. A virgin birth? Walking on water? Fishes and loaves? Raising the dead? They don’t seem so crazy, do they? Or at least not when we view them through the lens of traditional religion.
But we don’t feel the same way about pagan gods, do we? Or the sun god. Or native American spirits. Traditional society is so far removed from all those beliefs they seem fantastical.
The same is sometimes true of New Age spiritual beliefs, like reincarnation.
Past life stories that are verifiable, like children who have memories of specific prior lives they’ve had and can give factual detail? It’s hard NOT to believe them. After all, the facts are objective. We do love our facts, don’t we?
So when the opportunity to have a between-lives regression came up, I took it.
A between-lives regression is a light hypnosis session that takes the sitter back to a period of time between lives and usually, their guides will help them understand the purpose and planning that went into this life.
Oh, wait. Did I mention that I believe in reincarnation?
So the thing about me is that I have no fear of regression, but I find it difficult to visualize things that are not in this world. Shamanic journeying? Hard for me. Native American journeying? I was able to do it once and not a second time with the same medicine woman. So I was concerned that during my regression, my monkey mind wouldn’t shut off and would chatter incessantly, saying things like: You can’t do this. You aren’t really doing this. You’re making this up.
I relaxed a little when the regressionist said, “If you feel like you’re making this up in your imagination, go with it anyway.” It makes sense: what is imagination, anyway?
When the session began, guess who started talking?
Yes, monkey mind. I tried to ignore it as I struggled and finally brought to my mind’s eye a very narrow slice of a past life as a young woman with a child in the first half of the 20th century. I worked way too hard to bring it up on my mind’s screen. I could feel myself thrashing on the couch as I labored to bring this life into focus. I couldn’t see the setting. But I did feel emotion as the regressionist asked me questions about my life and what I learned from it. I cried. And then, when that life ended, the regressionist brought me into the spirit realm.
To my surprise, monkey mind disappeared and so did my struggles. All of a sudden, I had a lot to say about my job in the spirit realm, those I worked with, what I did. I mentioned symbols and structures that I later discovered had meaning and were not unique to me but instead, pretty common descriptions of the spirit world across regressions. As well-read as I am on afterlife matters, I was not well-read on these details; they were new to me.
At a deep level I understood the meaning of M’s return to my life, something that I just hadn’t been able to grasp before. All of that came so easily! There were tears, there was laughter (spirits are very playful and funny!) and there was a certainty about my role and my work there and about who I am here and who I’ve always been.
Yes, I know. Some of you think this sounds crazy or demonic. I can assure you that it’s neither. Instead, it’s a deeply personal spiritual experience that’s part of my spiritual evolution and another step on a spiritual journey that I’ve always been on, although I didn’t realize it.
The fear-based traditional religions have never connected with me. I don’t believe in a devil or hell or that there is only one way. Nope. I don’t believe it. I don’t believe the Divine cares who we sleep with or where we worship. The closest I get to a religion I related to is Hinduism, but even that doesn’t really do it for me, not fully. Spirituality, not religion, that’s my orientation.
You’re curious to know what I found out in my regression, aren’t you? I would be, too.
I’d love to share details, but they are so deeply personal that they don’t belong on a blog. Instead, they’re a conversation and I’m glad to have it with you upon request.
But meanwhile, I’d love to know what you think in the Comments section below.. Yes, even if you think it is demonic.