Is past life regression real?

June 8, 2017

Photo by Greg Ciurczak

Is past life regression real? Do you have to believe in reincarnation to have one?

Having just completed a three-course, year-long graduate program in past life regression at Atlantic University, I love those questions. So let me attempt a coherent answer.

Past life regression use hypnosis to bring clients into their subconscious, where they can access information and experiences relating to other lives they may have lived. May have lived. Because there’s another explanation, too.

Deja vu

Maybe you’ve had a sort of deja-vu feeling that you’ve lived in another era. One of my oldest friends had that feeling when he went to the Imperial War Museum in London: he looked at a suit of armor and remembered wearing it in another life. Since in this life he was a pacifist, well, I thought it was odd. But maybe not. Maybe the lessons he learned in past lives were brought to bear in this one. He’d been to war and wanted no part of it.

I’d never had a strong deja vu about another life, just little hints. You’d think I’d want to explore the possibility of a past life, right? But three years ago I decided instead to have what’s called a between-lives regression. It was meant to take me to the time before this life, when I would have met with my spirit guides in the afterlife and made the plans for all that would unfold in this life. I went to the afterlife in that regression–and had a very unexpected and cool experience.

Today, I’ve been regressed many times and each time, something new and interesting came  up.

Not required to believe to have one

But what if you don’t believe in reincarnation? That’s ok, too, because a past life regression takes us into our subconscious mind–which has all sorts of information for us. Any time you are being creative–painting, knitting, writing, even blogging–it’s your subconscious helping you along. Creativity is always in service to the subconscious. So it’s powerful.

If you’re not a believer in past lives, you can call it “active imagination” — because it’s all your subconscious. And through a past life regression, you get  important messages and insights about your life from your subconscious.

Sounds a little woo-woo, right?

What if I told you that there are plenty of documented cases of children remembering past lives in detail–even with names and dates–and that historical records backed them up? It’s true. And that makes it far more believable.

Check out Leslie Kean’s book, Surviving Death: a Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife at my affiliate link below. It addresses many of these children’s cases. And if you’d like to learn more about regression, and maybe have one yourself, click HERE.

66 comments on “Is past life regression real?
  1. Stefanie says:

    Great post! This is a topic that you could discuss forever 🙂 Personally I don´t believe in reincarnation, but i still think its a very interessting topic!.

  2. I think past lives could absolutely be a real thing. I’ve seen so many storied on the learning channel and other education channels looking into the phenomenon of some incredibly detailed memories from kids about past lives.

  3. Vera Sweeney says:

    A really do think past lives have the potential to be a real thing. I’ve heard about the kids you mentioned.Their memories were so specific!

  4. Jen Rattie says:

    I’ve often thought about the concept of reincarnation and past lives. I don’t see why it couldn’t be true. I read somewhere that scientists have proved that when we die, we lose something like a few grams of weight. They have no idea where we lose it or why. Maybe it’s our souls?

  5. I’ve always been fascinated with the thought of past lives and reincarnation, as well as the after-life. I’ve read and seen so many accounts from people, it really makes you wonder. This as well as the subconscious are two topics I could discuss all day long.

  6. This is so fascinating. Wow.

  7. Tammy says:

    Personally I don´t believe in reincarnation, but i still think its a very interesting topic. I have wondered about this subject before. Especially when you meet someone for the first time and you think, I know this person. It has happened to me before.

  8. Jeanette says:

    I read an interesting book once about children who remembered their past lives. It was very interesting and opened up my mind in a lot of ways. I also like how you put it about “active imagination”.

  9. Such a great post. I’m not sure I believe in it if I’m honest, I find the whole concept a little too difficult to get my head around, but part of me would like to think it’s true. My second son died as a baby and with the arrival of our fifth son, I felt as though part of him had come back to me through his brother, perhaps that’s a little of the same thing.

  10. Tara Pittman says:

    WhileI dont believe in reincarnation I do like thinking about the past. There are many past memories that make me happy.

  11. Claire says:

    I definitely experienced a deja vu in some certain times, & I believe in recarnation. I feel like even if we are dead, there will be another world waiting for all of us.

  12. I too have heard about a young child with vivid specific details about a past living person and never knew what to believe. I guess I will wait until I am affected personally. We learn something new every day.

  13. Laurie Stone says:

    Fascinating, Carol. Still intrigued, but for some reason, hesitant. Maybe I’ll gather my courage someday and do it.

  14. It’s hard not to believe when I hear amazing stories from some of my closest friends who have undergone past life regression. My question, though, is how does what you learn about your past lives affect your future choices? What do you do with that information?

  15. Amber Myers says:

    I do believe in past lives. You just never know! Sometimes I get a sense of deja vu and know I never experienced it in THIS life…but who knows? The world is a mystery!

  16. Sarah Bailey says:

    I’ve often wondered about past lives, I’m not sure if I do believe or not, I think it would be really interesting if they did exist and it would be nice to feel that we kept coming back and learning more about the world around us.

  17. Renee says:

    I’m not sure about past lives, but I have definitely had some dejavu moments. Really interesting topic.

  18. Ali Rost says:

    While I know many people who believe in past lives, I haven’t gotten there quite yet. I do find it really fascinating to listen to stories of de ja vu .. and stories of kids in the post that can describe past lives in great detail. Great food for thought!

  19. Chasity L Boatman says:

    I’ve never had enough information to decide whether or not reincarnation was something that I believed in. Although there are a lot of books and new coverage and people who remember their past lives.

  20. Betty says:

    How interesting! I don’t know what I believe really, but it is such an interesting concept. It makes me think every time I have a realistic dream whether or it it’s a memory of my past life.

  21. Maureen says:

    I can see how it could be possible, makes sense to me. I am not sure if you have to believe in everything to believe that life regression is real. I have seen little kids have memories and witnessed accounts of things far before their lifetime, so why wouldn’t life regression make sense?

  22. Sarah Honey says:

    I totally believe it! Some people you can just tell they have an older soul. It makes you wonder who or what they were before. Great post!

  23. Maurene Cab says:

    I’ve experienced Déjà vu when I was in high school. It only happened once. It’s great to know about past life regression.

  24. Very interesting. Deja vu happens a lot to me. Not sure why. Never thought of it in this light.

  25. Jaime Nicole says:

    I read and reviewed this book as well! I thought the first part about the past lives was SO interesting. It was pretty hard not to believe!

  26. I don’t believe in past lives because I believe our soul either goes to heaven or hell upon our death. I’m not sure how kids have these memories, but I know all things are possible. Deja vu is a weird feeling though!

  27. JenNY T says:

    In my opinion this article is so well written for both believers and skeptics. I don’t know if I believe in past lives, but your article shows me that it is ok to not know and still learn more! You have opened my mind 🙂

  28. Cassie says:

    Interesting post here. I’m not sure what I believe but an interesting read.

  29. Pam says:

    I have friends who are really interested in past life regression. One of them was actually attempting to explain it to me the other day.

  30. Amanda Love says:

    This sounds really interesting. I’ve never heard of past life regression before but it would be a spiritual experience that you’d want to try even if you don’t believe in reincarnation.

  31. Neha Saini says:

    This is really interesting. I do have some regressions but I don’t believe in all this. Whatever you’ll do either good or bad it’ll reflect back to you.

  32. Coralie says:

    This is an interesting topic that has been around for a long time. I don’t believe in reincarnation, as I think we go to heaven and eventually our spirits and our bodies will be reunited, but it leads to some interesting discussions.

  33. Anosa says:

    I tend to wonder if it does exist. De ja vu indeed is really happening and I experienced it. This is such an interesting topic.

  34. kelly reci says:

    Interesting topic! Never talked about this to anyone before but I am really curious!

  35. Polarbelle says:

    This is not my particular belief structure but I appreciate that you have the option to believe what you want. Unfortunately, this was shoved down my throat when I was a child and was made to feel “less than” if I didn’t come up with a past life remembrance

  36. Czjai says:

    Reincarnation has always been a topic that piques my interest. I think it began when I first saw Somewhere in Time many many years ago… 🙂

  37. Angela Milnes says:

    I really love this and this is so Interesting, Sometimes I experience deja vu and yes I believe in reincarnation.

  38. Mimi Green says:

    Past life regression and reincarnation are fascinating topics. I don’t know if I’m a believer though but the discussions surround them interest me a bit. I had no idea it was a full course in college.

  39. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I do believe in past life regression and have since I was a very young girl actually. The book by Leslie Kean’s I will have to check out for sure. Thanks for sharing the information and your thoughts.

  40. brianne says:

    What a great post. It really got me thinking I do believe in reincarnation.

  41. This was a quite an unique experience and topic that you studied.
    De ja vu is an interesting phenomenon.
    I am not sure where I stand on this issue, but it definitely is thought-provoking.

  42. chei says:

    I believe that their is a past regression for all of us. As if you wanted to bring back everything to make our mistakes right.

  43. EG III says:

    This is such a fascinating topic. I’ve never experience past life dejavu as your friend in the war museum, but I have had those instances and moments that just felt like they’d happened before.

  44. Colleen wool says:

    This was a great post. Your words really made me stop and think.

  45. sonali jain says:

    such an interesting concept. i really loved reading about this 🙂

  46. This is such an interesting topic. I have talked to my kids about reincarnation and they always say the most interesting things about the subject. I’ll share this post with a friend who will enjoy this topic for sure.

  47. I just love this post so much. I am a firm believer in old ways – values, thoughts, traditions, practices, and beliefs; including this one. It’s amazing the things you can learn if you just open your mind.

  48. Joely Smith says:

    I have personally had a few done and have conducted a few hundred over three decades of being a life coach and spiritual advisor. They are real. Yet, we have to be sure that we are working with a true professional like anything else there are fakes and those who simply are not that great at their jobs.

  49. Ana Ojha says:

    Re-incarnation is new to me! I’ve never given a thought on it! But I’ll check out Leslie Kean’s book on Amazon!

  50. Dogvills says:

    This is an interesting topic to discuss. My faith dictates that reincarnation does not exist. That when we die, our souls go to purgatory to be cleansed . However, I do remember having deja vu when I was around 8 years old. A strange feeling of that day having happened sometime in the past. My 8 year old brain could not understand what it was all about, and now, my adult brain still has no explanation for it.

  51. I love the idea of a past life. I’m not a believer or unbeliever. I’m not really sure what I think. I do find it very interesting and I’ve always had an open mind. This post is very interesting and really makes you think. When I met my best friend, it was like we’d always know each other. We always joked that we knew each other in past lives but maybe there is some truth to it!

  52. There may be something in this. Some people seem to have clear memories of things that they couldn’t have known.

  53. wendy says:

    I think it is what you believe. I believe in reincarnation. I have had situations where I have “been there” before. I would be excited to see if it is true when my time comes.

  54. Dhemz says:

    Who knows…reincarnation could be real or maybe not.I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing!

  55. My Teen Guide says:

    This is an interesting topic. By the dictates of my faith, reincarnation does not exist.However, when you get to experience deja vu, it is reallyl very puzzling how that happened.Sometimes there are things that cannot be explained.

  56. lex says:

    past life is something alot have moved on to read and learn more about, this was a good read though. i believe in it so am close to relating to this very well.

  57. E H says:

    This is such an interesting topic – I have never thoughts of much about. I don’t really believe in reincarnation, but would love to experience it if I could under hypnosis – would be interesting to hear what my mind can come up with. 🙂

  58. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Discussions about reincarnation can be very engaging, as different people have different views about it. I do not believe in reincarnation. However, I have seen documentaries of people going under hypnosis and saying things about who they were in their past lives. I am unsure of whether I would want to know what I was before, if it were ever true.

  59. Kiwi says:

    I actually kinda believe in stuff like this.Deja vu and possibly reincarnation its all so fascinating to me!

  60. Missy says:

    My 5 year old constantly talks about spending time with my late grandmother (who he never met). He also says he has kids. I thought he just had a great imagination at first, but I’m starting to believe him.

    The book you shared looks interesting. I’ll have to look for it on Amazon.

  61. blair villanueva says:

    If there is indeed a reincarnation, definitely I would be happy to be born again and have an adventurous life. It doesnt matter when and where. Life is beautiful!

  62. Stacey W says:

    Fascinating topic. I love different perspectives on this. I go back and forth all the time on what I think.

  63. Mandi says:

    I’m so fascinated by this. I think I’d like to try it sometime.

  64. Silly Mummy says:

    It’s an interesting area, though I don’t believe personally. I agree though that there are interesting affects caused by your subconscious and deja vu feelings, which is fascinating in itself.

  65. Such a fascinating area Carol and something I know absolutely nothing about. I think I’ve had deja vu but you know that feeling of ‘I’ve been here before’ that type of thing. Interesting facts about children. I’m not actually sure what I believe so I have a pretty open mind. Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at #BloggersPitStop. I have shared on social media. Have a great week and see you at next week’s link up! Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty & Beyond

  66. Jenna Hunter says:

    I like what you said about hoe deja vu can be a sign of a past life. This could be really helpful for my cousin to know. It would be really helpful if someone could help you heal from past life trauma.

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