Three of my past lives briefly seen and experienced in meditation.
For those who have yet to experience regression into their past lives it might be helpful if I first briefly explain how it feels to be regressed. Also I should explain what might be achieved for the one who is regressed. At first glance the subject seems to contradict the ancient wisdom. This always urges us to live in the now, and not to dwell on past glories or past failures. In terms of present life clung-to guilt, regret, bitterness and so on, the wisdom is undeniably correct.
Equally, for the person who must do menial work in this life, what benefit is there to know that in a past life he, or she, was a rich and powerful ruler? Ofcourse there would be no benefit if the purpose were simply to satisfy casual curiosity. But this is not the purpose. Master and slave, both are said to enter and leave physical life with nothing. In terms of Earthly goods and Earthly knowledge this is true. Neither is relevant to non-physical existence on the Astral and the higher levels.
What we do take with us to the astral is the effect on our outlook of our individual experiences in physical life. Both, positive spiritual progress and negative obsessive thought are non-physical. Because they are non-physical their effect remains with us and affects our outlook no matter where we are. From life to life the cause of an obsession will be forgotten, but the obsession will continue to affect the one who is obsessed until the cause is once more revealed. To illustrate the point, and with his permission, I will describe how regression helped my husband David.
David is a harmless gentle sort of man, who throughout his entire life had always loathed houseflies and bluebottles. Allow one of these to exist in the same room as David, especially at meal times, and there would be no peace until it was dispatched. Most people dislike flies, but not with the intensity of loathing felt by David. When I guided David into regression we both then at last found out why.
In that life David knew that he and his brother were fellow soldiers in the armies of the Roman Empire. David was able to describe his situation to me. A battle had been fought and David and his brother had been mortally wounded and both now lay near to death under the hot sun. His beloved brother’s body had terrible, bloody, gaping wounds and the swarms of flies that covered and crawled in the wounds increased his agony. Helplessly, David could only watch the slow, agonised death of his brother.
As that life ended, David died full of hatred for flies, and with the first hand knowledge of what they had done to his brother. In the many lives that followed, David’s brother was forgotten, but the irrational hatred of flies remained. After the session had clearly revealed the cause, David’s obsessive hatred of flies ended and never returned. Before we move on to my past lives, just a couple of points for the readers to note, because to be regressed is not to view your self like in a cinema film.
First of all David was not a detached onlooker who observed someone who was himself and his brother in the described scene. David’s experience was as one of the two wounded men in the scene, and he relived the intense emotions felt at that time. Secondly, David did not experience any other part of that life. His higher self only revealed to David the part that was relevant in that it affected David’s present life.
23-10-1989: In meditation I was taken into a past life. In that life I know that I am a Roman lady of great wealth and that I now wear a heavy, ornate gold chain around my neck. I can feel that I have just been injured by the collapse of a building caused by an earthquake. Near to where I lie injured I can see some men who hastily board a boat to escape the chaos and destruction. One of these men pauses in his flight to lift my gold chain from my neck with the tip of his sword, and then he kills me.
1-1-1991: As I enter this life, before me stands a first dynasty Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, in his hand he holds a rod of power that has a tassel at its end. I know that I am a priestess of the temple, and that I wear a white fitted gown. Around my neck hangs a wonderful necklace of gold, heavy with many large rubies. In my hands I carry a ceremonial sword, beautifully made of pure gold richly encrusted with many precious gems including more rubies. I carry it partially covered in a white cloth. It is my role to present this sword to Pharaoh.
9-11-1991: Another life in Ancient Egypt, but quite different from the one just described. This time I had committed a great offence or sin for which the penalty was death. First I was bound in cloth and then forced into a large bag into which also a live cat was placed. The neck of the bag was tied and then I was thrown into the Nile to slowly drown whilst the fear-maddened terrified cat fought and clawed in vain to escape. Later my body was washed up on the bank of the river. There two spirit beings watched over my body until my friends came to take it away for decent burial.
So why did my higher self select those three past-lives incidents to show to me?
Often, matters that others are able to easily comprehend as obvious seem at the time to be totally beyond our own comprehension. When eventually the light dawns and we do comprehend we could then kick ourselves that something so obvious eluded us for so long. In this present life we all tend to cling to and overvalue our roles or we undervalue them and wish we had other roles instead. The hungry pauper longs for the power and riches of the king, whilst the harassed king, surrounded by human parasites, usurpers, and Yes-men, longs for the responsibility-free life of the pauper.
Phrased like this no one need feel the urge to kick their selves, but countless numbers of people have to live enormous numbers of physical lives before the obviousness of the truth dawns upon them. It’s not their fault really, because in each life they are conditioned from birth by loved and respected elders to think in a certain acceptable way, as previously were those elders. We souls in our own timing, pendulum-swing from astral to physical and back over and over again but the thought conditioning travels down the physical generations and awaits each soul no matter when we reincarnate.
Lovingly the conditioning always channels our thoughts into a path relevant to physical survival and success, and all that comes with success. Anything outside of that path is considered as interesting but irrelevant. The time to kick ourselves is when it finally dawns upon us that our individual spiritual enlightenment is the only success that is always relevant no matter where or who we are.