2. Past Life Regression


If you’re reading my website, this probably isn’t the first time you have thought about Past Life Regression.  The idea has, perhaps, been percolating in the back of your mind since the first time you heard the phrase.  From time to time – especially when you are at a loss about what to do next or you find yourself stuck in a pattern of self-sabotaging behavior – you may have considered doing a Past Life Regression.

What is a Past Life Regression?

Depending on the field of study and perspective, every practitioner answers this question differently.  In my practice, I use relaxation techniques and narrative to help clients access information about past lives in order to answer questions about their present lives.


Why would I do a Past Life Regression?

People usually contact me about doing a PAST LIFE REGRESSION for one of four reasons.  Very occasionally, a client is simply curious about the process of regression –  he/she wants to see ‘if it really works’;  some people simply wonder what they were in a past life.

Some people are troubled by a phobia which they cannot source in this lifetime.  One of my first clients, for instance, had an immobilizing fear of being in water.  Although she asked all her family members, her friends and associates, she was not able to determine where her phobia developed.  Upon learning she had drowned in four past lives, her phobia diminished dramatically and she was able to take swimming lessons in a pool and – eventually – swim in the lake.

By far, the most common reason my clients are interested in regression is because they keep making the same mistakes over and over.  Although they often recognize that their lives are ‘stuck’, they are not able to identify the patterns of repeating behavior.  When we do things that are positive, those habits provide us with a supportive foundation from which to operate.  But those same habits – when they are negative or destructive – also cause us to do the same things the same way, over and over again – often with the same negative results.

And, finally, individuals are interested in PAST LIFE REGRESSION as a way to identify their life goal or their next step.  Many people reach the proverbial fork in the road at some point during their lives and look to regression for insight.


The short answer is . . . ‘it depends who you ask’.  Some practitioners do PAST LIFE REGRESSIONS using hypnosis.  Most commonly, therapists who engage in hypnosis use it to help a client reduce the distractions of everyday life to focus on a particular memory or event.  Many people are familiar with psychic readings as a way to access details of past lives.  Still other practitioners use their Guides or Angels to connect with Akashic Records.

My approach to REGRESSION is quite different.  The elements I use to facilitate a PAST LIFE REGRESSION include deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation followed by a guided meditation & visualization.  I believe whatever information you need or want is already inside you.  My role in the regression process is to help you access that information rather than provide it.  This style of regression encourages informal story-telling as a way to answer questions you have.

While you are not hypnotized during the process, many people are relaxed enough that they do not recall many details.  Some people feel as though they were not regressed because they are still aware of their surroundings.  This is not unusual.

The point of the regression is to uncover why we do the things we do and do them in the way in which we do them.  I could ask you to simply tell me a story, but the muscle relaxation and meditation provide a way to step away from our left brains and access our imagination.

When we grow from children into adults, we often lose our ability to imagine.  Even the most insightful people can lose sight of their motivations and goals.  A PAST LIFE REGRESSION, done in this manner, allows you to kick-start your imagination.


Again, the short answer is . . . ‘it depends who you ask’.  One of the most dominant theories about past lives is reincarnation or the transfer of the spirit (and the inherent memories) after physical death.  Some theorists believe information about past lives in the result of genetic memory – that everything we and our biological ancestors have experienced becomes part of our genetic make-up.  Some believe past life memories are the result of time travel.  Others believe the information is pure fiction.

As a practitioner, the answer is, ‘it doesn’t matter’.  Because we’re not looking to prove or disprove fundamental theories about past lives, the responses to the prompts during the repression are the important thing.


As I mentioned earlier, most people do a PAST LIFE REGRESSION because they want answers to something – the source of a phobia or insight into what they should do as a ‘next step’ in life.  In order to be as specific as possible, I ask clients to choose ONE of the following statements as a focus for the regression:

  1. “When we go back in time, we will be back in a time and place where you can explore whatever is most relevant to your present life.”


This is the more general focus of the two questions.  Clients who use this intent may be doing a regression out of curiosity, to see what comes up.  It may also be that they are feeling ‘stuck’ but are not able to put their finger on a specific block.


  1. “When we go back in time, we will be back in a time and place where you can explore the root of . . .”


This is the more specific focus.  Clients use this intention when there is a phobia to be explored; when they’d like to get more information about a specific person in this lifetime; or when they recognize the repeating pattern of behavior but aren’t sure of its significance.


This is one of the most important steps in regression.  As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know when you get there.”  Is it possible to do a regression without deciding on a focus?  Sure, but it probably won’t be as meaningful or as full of insight as you’d like.  Setting intent is one of the most effective ways to attain goals.


After determining what you want to explore in your regression, the relaxation sections, which includes deep breathing and a progressive relaxation, helps you . . . uh . . . relax in order to eliminate, or at least reduce, the mental chatter we carry around with us.


When you are more relaxed – and a bit more ‘right-brained’ – I guide you through a meditation that takes you to a ‘past life’.  From there, I prompt you through three or four past lives.


The entire process, including the debriefing afterwards, takes 2.5 – 3 hours.




For most people, a regression answers the question ‘why’.  Why did I develop this phobia?  Why do I choose inappropriate partners over and over again?







Now what?





While listening to the details of three to four hundred ‘lives’, I have never heard the same names used, nor years, nor countries, nor descriptions of landscape or buildings.  No one has ever died in the same way.  I have heard different languages spoken.  Some people take on the identity which is quite foreign or alien.


Kathy D. Milliken, M.A.

Withinsight Healing & Wellness Centre

Sarnia, ON

(519) 312-4285



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