Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations, though others regard them 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.
I have always been interested in lives that were before, and lives that are to come. Having Psychology as one of my subjects, I got more obsessed with the concept through time. It was long before I went to my therapist for a “Past Life Regression” therapy session that I started researching about the phenomenon. It is surprising how global the concept it and how massive a number of people are diagnosed with seemingly being able to remember incidents from a past life, sometimes even leading to complete shifts of identity (like in the movie “Shonar Kella” by Satyajit Ray) After I had completed the session, I could not help but believe in it.
I sat in the recliner in the chilled, air conditioned room, as she whispered beside my ears. I closed my eyes as my eyelids became heavy with her suggestions, shifting into a dreamlike state. Drifting away, far into the oblivion. It was just when she asked me if I see something that I visualised myself in a different life, a different person.
The visuals gradually shifted from my childhood to teenage to a frail old person who was dying with her child sitting in front of her. The memories were vibrant and more than real, I could feel everything, hear and see everything too. It was definitely not a dreamlike state, it was like I was there, living that life once again.
It was getting unbearable when I saw a flash of white light and everything went black. With the help of my therapist’s suggestions, I came back to reality again, opening my eyes slowly.
I was feeling a little disoriented and lost, kind of an out of body experience I was having. I felt better after twenty minutes or so, my body still very tired and exhausted. It was like an eternity had passed by (Even though it was around forty-five minutes that I had been in the state).
I have deliberately not shared details of my past life as it was a really traumatic one, but it was surely a one of a kind experience. I do not know if I saw what I did because I really wanted to, but the feeling was something that I had never felt before. It was exciting and lucid at the same time.
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