Do you find yourself stuck in a pattern of attracting the same type of relationships and situations? This could be linked to your past lives, which could have possibly revolved around certain significant events that are now interfering with your present mental and emotional well-being. This is exactly when regression therapy can come to the rescue.
‘Regression’ means going back in time. While the body cannot go back in time, your mind, awareness, and thoughts can, revisiting the pleasure- or pain-associated memories of the past. Pleasure associations are a treat for the mind to recall as they have a satisfying and pleasant effect. However, when traumatic memories resurface, they leave a deeply draining effect. These trauma-induced memories cause emotional damage to the confidence, self-esteem, trust, creativity, and potential of the individual, leaving them feeling helpless and hopeless.
Such incidents are often overpowered and dominated by intense emotions such as feeling unloved, unwanted, and ignored. These past traumas can be healed with an intervention by a therapist who can systematically guide the client’s awareness back in time to a specific event, retrieve missing parts, and rebuild the associations, unhealthy beliefs, and past conclusions drawn by the client. There are four kinds of trauma regressions:
1. Age Regression
Age regression is about going back in time to heal life events of a certain age, where a personality trait remained incomplete due to neglect, abuse, controlling attitude, criticism, situational void, or self-inadequacy. These significant events must be dealt with to resolve the behavioural issue that the client has come with. Behavioural problems are a result of our wounded inner child that subconsciously holds onto toxic traits as we grow up.
We notice these traits through our relationship problems, career setbacks, family issues, or limiting beliefs that whisper at us to seek help and heal our inner child. For instance, thoughts like ‘I am not confident’, ‘I can’t make decisions with clarity’, ‘I have lingering self-doubt’, ‘I am unhappy in my relationship’, or ‘I am not good enough’ are examples of age-related trauma. Age regression can successfully help in finding the cause of this effect or toxic trait, and can be a powerful approach to healing core issues of the past.
2. Intrauterine Regression
This form of regression span is the most important span from the perspective of parents planning to conceive a baby. The willingness of the parents to conceive a child – whether the baby was planned or an accident where the mother had no choice but to keep the pregnancy – defines a lot for the child coming. The beliefs and issues of the baby who is coming into the world can also stem from the amount of stress a mother goes through, the number of times she thinks of aborting the baby, and the support that she gets from her husband and family – they all form the basis of the data that goes into the child by default.
The adult of today might have some money beliefs that got formed when the parents were discussing finances while they were still in the womb. It’s also possible for the adult of today to feel unloved and uncared for as people didn’t react positively to their mother’s pregnancy. For instance, we had a client who had an allergy to lactose and eggs, which was rooted in the trauma that the client’s mother went through. The mother followed a plant-based diet while the child’s father was a non-vegetarian.
The father of the child thought that the child would not develop properly in the womb because the mother wasn’t eating meat or protein-rich food. He then started forcing his pregnant wife to drink milk and eggs with a daily dose of protein and nutrients for the sake of their child. The mother consequently felt traumatised and cursed the child in the womb since she had to change her diet – something that meant a lot to her – for the sake of the child. This feeling from the mother then got associated with the client’s existing allergy.
3. Life Between Life (or Inter-Life Regression)
This form of regression takes the client’s consciousness to the higher self and the soul to the universal collective unconsciousness to understand their life’s purpose and karmic learning for which their life path was planned. The life skills and wisdom from the divine plan and spiritual resources are to be extracted while the client is in the theta state to walk the highest path in their current life.
Inter-life regression helps in finding out the cause of one’s traumas. When someone seeks a therapist because they feel victimised, has money issues, or faces abusive relationship patterns, the therapist seeks answers from the higher self and the soul council as to why someone attracted all these things in their life. Based on the answer to that, healing begins.
4. Past-Life Regression
Past-life regression is the most popular form of regression and is known by many. However, not everyone is willing to go through a past life because of cultural beliefs and biases. This approach requires a deep sense of understanding of the subject, and the therapist needs to have various religious perspectives in order to not hurt or conflict with the client’s existing belief system. This involves answering questions such as:
- Does past life exist? Or is it a facet of my imagination?
- My religion doesn’t believe in past lives – what then?
- How do I know it’s real?
- Is there one life or multiple lives that need healing?
- How many regression sessions are required to heal such deep-rooted issues?
Past-life regression is usually done in case of psychosomatic ailments such as asthma, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo, or chronic allergies and even severe phobic panic reactions due to height, fire, drowning, breathlessness, or claustrophobia. It is also done in cases of relationship and sexual abuse or relationship disharmony, recursive patterns of anxiety or paranoia, or a panic disorder due to fear of abandonment, loneliness, or even the loss of a loved one. There could be many reasons why a therapist might suggest a past-life regression.
One such reason could be to find out the last dying conclusion or thought with which the past-life personality died. Thoughts like ‘I couldn’t secure my family’, ‘I died lonely’, ‘I didn’t have enough money and success hence my family left me’, ‘I wanted to marry this person but couldn’t be with them’, ‘I felt weak and helpless because I was raped and abused’, or ‘I committed suicide because I was ashamed’ were left unfulfilled at the time of death, which is why the soul had to reincarnate. When a person is dying, these unfinished matters or unfulfilled desires of the past life leave behind a part in the earth realm for which the mind has to come back to heal and recover that fragmented awareness.