Everything we have ever done has left a mark on our subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is like it computer. It records everything we have ever experienced through the senses. In other words it records everything we see, hear, touch, taste, smell and even everything we think. Hypnosis is a valuable tool for assisting someone to rememer past events. This technique is called regression. Hypnosis bypass the concsious mind and access the subconcsious mind, which is a vast storehouse of information.
You can easily remember what you had for dinner last night but if I ask you what you had for dinner last night a year ago, the chances are very good that you won’t be able to remember. Now even though you think you can’t remember, your subconscious mind recorded that event and knows exactly what you had for dinner last night a year ago.
To get an idea of how regression works, sit back for a moment and reflect back on your childhood. Like most people, your mind will skip from one significant event to another significant event. While it is not as accurate or as deep as hypnotic regression, it is basically the same idea.
People experience regression is a number of ways:
You can relive the experience as if you are actually there
You can be looking at it like watching it happen on TV
It could be a combination of both
It could also be a feeling, smell or sensation
Regression are used for different things. Some people use regression because they need more details about a specific event, for example someone who witnessed a crime. In a traumatic situation stress levels jump high. Adrenaline courses through the body, breathing becomes erratic and heart rate accelerates. Understandably this overwhelmed feeling could cause a person to think that they can’t remember the details of what happened. However the subconscious mind still recorded and stored the information. Through regression all the details the subconscious mind has stored can be retrieved.
Another reason people use regression is when they are having a specific problem or behavior that they cannot seem to stop. Sometimes things happen when we are younger that affects our behavior and when we go back to the time the problem started, we become more aware of what happened, and it also help us to understand the problem. It also helps us to see how it relates to the present and usually understanding a problem helps relieve the problem.
A simple example we can use is a lady struggling to lose weight. As a young child her parents might have told her to she has to eat everything that is on her plate. This means the behavior her parents taught her is not to eat till she is full but till her plate is empty.
The same behavior development can be linked to parents giving a child candy when they are upset or crying. As an adult this person could still eat candy for comfort when they are upset.
Often people who stutter do so because of a learnt behavior when they were younger.
When a person who overeats or stutter regresses to the event that started the behavior in the first place, they can see the whole event from an adult perspective. This helps them understand what caused the behavior or problem in the first place.
The subconscious stores everything that has ever happened to us we are able to regress to any event that happened in our live. There is however also a deeper level of information the subconscious has stored. It is highly probable that these deeper levels of mind include information from more than one lifetime.
This type of regression is called past-life regression. This involves assisting someone go back through their childhood to a time before they were born. Through hypnosis the barriers of time and space can be abolished by the power of the mind.
Some people try past life regression out of curiosity to see who they were in the past, but for most people it’s a path of personal growth.
In a way past life regression is healing. You are not born as a blank slate, but as a soul rich with both the wisdom and scars from many lifetimes. We all carry memories from past lives into this life – unconscious memories that carry an energetic charge and continue to affect us. They can be things left undone, vows made, accomplishments, failures, mistakes, success, emotional debts, guilt, gratitude, traumatic and sudden deaths, wisdom and love.
These charges from the past set up patterns, which are continually triggered and repeated, in our present life. These patterns can be positive or negative. They can affect our relationships, behaviors, motivations, and even our physical bodies and health. By making these memories conscious, we can release the patterns that no longer serve us, freeing us to live more fully in the present. Beneficial patterns are reinforced and negative patterns are neutralized.
Always remember this is a new life. You should learn from the past, not live it. The only importance in whether you were Cleopatra or her maid is what you can learn from that past experience and put it to use in the present.
by Meeka O'Brien - Dip.Clin.Hyp