With Kathleen Shannon, CHt
With Kathleen Shannon, CHt
Past life Regression Is My Passion
Past life regression has been my passion since I was a pre-teen in the 60’s when I discovered a random book about this subject called “The Search for Bridey Murphy” by Morey Bernstein. It is a non-fiction story about a true event that Morey had witnessed of an American woman who remembered a past life in Ireland. She had agreed to be regressed by a hypnotist at a cocktail party. Morey was so intrigued he eventually became a hypnotist also. I was living with an Irish family at the time, so this story really captured my attention. The woman, Ruth Simmons, was regressed many times to that lifetime, each session was for only an hour. She was able to remember many details including songs, dances, family members and their lives, the village where Bridey had lived, all later documented to be historically true. A Hollywood movie was made with the same name, based on the book, starring Teresa Wright and Louis Hayward. A majority of my fellow students with whom I studied hypnotherapy years later were also positively influenced by this book, and inspired to take hypnotherapy certification trainings.
I had always felt there was more to life than what I was hearing from my parents, teachers and ministers at church, home and school. I was really bored and miserable in my life as an unwanted child, ever feeling the servant or a burden by my foster families, so this book really attracted my interest. It was the only book of its kind I could find at the time. Later on I discovered more books about past life regression by pioneers in the hypnosis world, my favorites being “Born Again To Be Together” and “Past Lives, Past Loves” by Dick Sutphen, which I read in the ’70s, “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Brian Weiss which I read in the ’80s, “The Couple Who Became Each Other” by David Calof in the ‘90s and “Miracles Happen” by Brian Weiss in 2012.
Part I Family Therapy with PLR
I enjoy working with clients who are a couple, but believe it or not, it is a challenge. Some of my associates do not accept this work. I welcome it because looking into past lives is my passion, and I love romance, so putting both together is fun for me. My favorite questions to ask a couple: “How did you meet up the first time?” “Why did you choose each other?” Clients light up at that question, explaining how they got together. Some couples even disliked each other at first. Then, when they actually remember a past life they have spent together, it is just so exciting. It always gives more understanding to the couple and teaches compassion for their partners.
Back in 2008 the divorce rate was down because couples who wanted to split up just couldn’t afford it. They were forced to get along and stay together for survival reasons. Having this kind of therapy helped calm down the situation. Also learning how to manifest abundance with hypnosis programming can help raise the money needed if they decided to go ahead with the split. Being made by circumstances to get along until later may actually get couples through crisis and they may decide to stay together, as they learn to get along and grow more mature. I had clients who this happened to. Sometimes it is the easier path, just to stay together and work it out.
Having had 2 successful long term marriages that ended in amicable divorces, I believe that any coming together and breaking apart is rich with lessons, love and growth opportunities. Past life regression helped me to figure out where my challenges and patterns originate from, as all feelings come from a cause, and that determines our beliefs. This phenomena may appear to come from this life, but these feelings almost always originate from a past life experience. It is usually a pattern that repeats over and over until one can learn the lesson and forgive themselves and all others involved. This can even come from a group trauma, such as a tribe of people getting wiped out.
Past Lives Bring Insight
You and your spouse may not have any problems and just want to explore for fun. This is what I call a past-life party, and it brings you closer together for experiencing it. You can also explore when your children came together with you before in your past lives. Do you have a son or daughter who acts more like a parent than a child? I let my son know the theory that he may have chosen to be born to me and my husband. Or maybe it was a soul agreement we each made before we were born.
In 2008 I had been dating a hypnotherapist boyfriend for over a year so I revealed that I loved him. He said he really wished he could feel the same way about me. He is year of the OX, rather slow to warm up and commit. Later in the evening we explored with past life regression. He perceived we had been married with 3 children in a primitive fishing village long ago. He started telling me he loved me right after that session, as it had created real connection and emotion.
We have explored many past lives together since then, even one as male friends. All of them were positive and strengthened our relationship. But even if they had been negative, it would still be insightful and bonding. Live, love, learn and live again. We are compelled to return again to the physical for more lessons, hard though they can be.
Karma and Reincarnation
Metaphysics is based on the idea of karma and reincarnation, the universal law of cause and effect. Like a pebble tossed into a quiet pond, the ripples move out, and then back again. The way a pendulum swings in a grandfather clock can also be used to describe the way a yin-yang balance is universal, also the rising and lowering of the tides. All life is a cycle where we find ourselves back where we came from. You can’t escape yourself and your actions will always cause blessings or consequences. That is why it is important to live with mindfulness. Mindfulness is paying attention to everything we think, do or say. Karma means action, and any action has a reaction.
It is your given quest to find out your soul lineage and what makes you unique, as we are God experiencing herself. I say herself because God is the Ultimate Creator, the Mother Who Gives Birth to All, but she will be beyond gender, or all genders. One way to explore is discovering your past lives through past life regression. What did you experience before that shaped you into the person you are today? What talents did you have in the past that you can bring forward into your life path now? By clearing up any negative past life trauma, you can raise your vibrations and evolve into the person you were really meant to be, as you want to live a more complete life this time around.
A client of mine couldn’t understand why she was so challenged by her mother in this lifetime, and her mom was living with her in her home. Her mother had been in and out of mental institutions and blamed everything on my client and her father, her mom’s ex husband. My client had already been working hard to release the abusive behavior of her mom through the study of spirituality and compassion. I had met this woman when we were studying hypnotherapy and past life regression together from Dick Sutphen’s Seminars.
When I regressed her she discovered in a previous lifetime that her current mother was a pig farmer and an abusive father. She had a close relationship with her mother in that lifetime and she had been a boy. In this current lifetime she couldn’t understand why she was not close with her mother like “normal”. When she found out her mother used to be her father, she was then able to detach and allow her current mother to leave her house and find her own apartment. Her mother’s obvious strain on her family of a husband and three children was noticeably relaxed after she left. I did indicate to my client that the family feud may extend even further back in time than that, when my client may have had a reversed role with her tormentor.
Part II Weight Control with PLR
You Are What You Believe
Your body shape is created by your beliefs. What do you believe? Is your body shape genetic? Do you believe when you get older, you will get heavier like your older relatives? Do you feel stuck or helpless in your current body shape that you are not comfortable with? Your belief programming can be deeper and reach back even farther than this lifetime. This section is about understanding the cause of subconscious, buried beliefs about weight by observing the past-lives most effecting you now. You don’t have to believe in past-life regression for this to work. But, you can get stuck in a pattern that began lifetimes ago and still is affecting this one. And I must say, that just isn’t fair! You can’t remember it, right?
It may be time to stop believing something your soul experienced long ago. Those beliefs were put in place to protect you in a different lifetime, not needed now. If you can see and understand what happened in these related core events, you can create the compassion it takes to let it go, get unstuck and move on. You may not be able to move forward until you forgive yourself and all those involved. How can you forgive yourself for something you didn’t even know happened in the past? What is the point, you may ask?
Edgar Cayce’s Theory
The famous “sleeping prophet” Edgar Cayce, when asked to give some astrological readings for his clients, replied that past lives may have more effect on people’s behavior than astrology, and he started to give “life readings” for people, charting the past lives they had experienced before. He did this to heal people with mysterious illnesses.
With past-life regression being easy enough for anyone to learn, you can uncover any negative patterns carrying over into your life today, which are effecting your body’s shape, and correct them with various simple hypnosis techniques that I can teach you.
Struggling with Bulimia
A client wanted me to regress him “back to the cause” of a problem with bulimia. This young man was miserable at his job. He wanted to move to another country to be with his new found friends. He had traveled there and felt a tremendous deja vu. It felt like home, a place he felt he had a past-life connection. But his father had tremendous influence over him and he forcefully discouraged his only son from moving far away. The father insisted that the young man now had a steady job, a good job in the field his father had chosen for him, and he should stay there. The young man struggled with his body image and bulimia. He had been miserable in middle school. He revealed that one day, when he was around 14 years old, he came home and both of his parents were at work, as his mother had started a new job. He began to gorge himself on an entire box of pop tarts, then started on cookies and ice cream. He went into kind of a trance as he ate, thinking about the trauma he had endured at school. When he finally snapped out of the trance and saw how much junk food he ate he felt disgust, so he stuck his finger down his throat and purged. This started a habit that stayed with him all the way through college, as his father forced him to study for a profession he didn’t care about.
When I regressed him back to his childhood, he remembered other kids at school teasing him about his weight. He also remembered his father criticizing his body shape and eating habits, calling him a “little fat pig”. Although he was now a very handsome man with an awesome body (because he works out obsessively) he still feels overweight and ugly. I used hypnosis to program him to love himself and keep down all the healthy foods he was eating now. I used past life regression to take him back to the cause. In a past life he discovered he escaped an invading horde who massacred his fellow villagers. He scratched out an existence hiding in the mountains. He was starving most of the time. After he experienced his death scene, which was quite peaceful, I took him up to higher self where he perceived his spirit guide, who was his deceased great uncle, his favorite relative in his current life. This uncle gave him good advice about his life. When the young man asked him if he should leave America and follow his dream, the uncle replied, “I’m wondering why you haven’t left yet”.
Cultural Perceptions: Weight=Status
A woman client felt hopeless about her lifelong battle against obesity which included psychotherapy and diets that never worked. A breakthrough happened when she was regressed into a past life where she perceived herself as a Hawaiian princess. Being fat back then was a status symbol. Fat symbolized she didn’t have to do any work. The princess was well fed by her subjects who were made to give her part of their harvest. She became queen and took advantage of her elevated status.
In her current life this woman was pushy and bossy. She realized why this was when she saw her arrogant past life and how fat meant wealth. She decided not to repeat this behavior. The client is working very hard to forgive herself and to be kinder to others. She is letting go of her fear of losing weight. Weight loss was equal to loss of status in her subconscious mind! Now that she understood this old attitude with her conscious mind, she has started to lose weight and should be better equipped emotionally to keep it off. She is willing to put in a day’s hard work. She didn’t like the image of the slothful princess.
Food Anxiety from a Past Life
Another overweight client was regressed and got a past life in India. She was a child beggar in this past life and never had enough to eat. She and her mother were controlled by a cruel master. They were kept at starvation level by this man. He forced them to beg on the street and bring the money back to him. They were fed household’s table scraps, but only if they brought him enough coin. They committed suicide by eating poison set out for rats. Diets sounded like die to this modern day woman because eating was such a base survival in her traumatic past life. Food to her equalled power. She suffered from food anxiety, fearing any lack of food. But now she could see and understand where these feelings were coming from. She had to forgive herself in that miserable past, because she had to let go of its influence over her life now. She let go of its power. She also had to forgive the cruel master and her mother in that life, to rid herself of a victim complex. When she felt sorry for herself, she would reach for comfort foods.
A Fear of Being Beautiful
I attended a hypnosis seminar teaching past life regression where the facilitator told this story: A client of his revealed she was a victim of sexual abuse. When she was regressed back to the cause she saw a past life where she had also suffered sexual abuse. This overweight woman perceived a past life in Eastern Europe. She had been a young girl in a wealthy family. An invading army came and took the family as slaves. They plundered the family home. She was sold to a master to be used as a prostitute because she was so beautiful. It was a very unhappy life. She was killed by a client who was jealous of her other lovers, even though they were just customers and she was forced to service them. When she was taken to up to higher self, under hypnosis, she felt her former self thinking this thought: “If you are pretty you will be used. If you want to be safe, don’t be pretty.” She had pre-programmed herself to be invisible in this life by disguising herself with fat. She had even chosen to be born to an obese mother, to inherit those genes.
Three generations of women came to me regarding the fact they all wanted to lose weight. The daughter was only 12 but her mother was already upset because she had a little pot belly. The daughter didn’t know why it was a big deal. The mother rolled her eyes: “she doesn’t get it”. Her grandmother agreed with mother, who was her daughter. During the group’s hypnosis session, the young girl perceived a past life where she was a famous Sumo wrestler in Japan. She was highly revered and respected. Her great size offered her the opportunity to be a success and she enjoyed that life immensely. She said she actually wanted to come back to a family with large bodies, so she could continue to have a large body too, which to her symbolized power and prestige. She did not know about Sumo wrestlers before. I had given each of the ladies a sheet of paper to write down their impressions. The girl had simply drawn a picture of a huge man wearing only “a white diaper”, which was a loin cloth. I was amazed the girl was such a natural receiver.
The Belief in Reincarnation
The biggest objection to the belief in reincarnation seems to be that people just don’t want to come back, that life is too hard to want to do it again. Maybe that is why most of us don’t remember our past lives when we reincarnate. We don’t want to remember because we don’t need to be burdened with past hardships, guilt and disappointments.
But do not fear this work. I have noticed when people remember past lives, no matter how dire or shameful, they seem to absorb it really well. Maybe because it’s like watching someone else in a TV show. You are no longer that personality, so it is not traumatic.
Energy does not die. Our consciousness really is immortal, the energy of each one of us lives forever. When you explore past lives, you get a much broader, more complete and enlightened picture of who you have been and who you really are. It’s amazing how this little bit of insight can heal and dissolve blocks in your current life. That is worth doing!
Past Life Regression
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