The Big Questions About Past Lives

This article was first published in Psychic News, March 2019.

Q = Question from Psychic News Magazine

A = Answer from Atasha Fyfe

Q: Did any great civilisations of the past accept the notions of rebirth and past lives? If so, why did they fall out of favour?

A: Since ancient times, all tflower buddhahe great religions believed in reincarnation – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and even early Christianity. The Bible is full of references to it.

Socrates, Plato, St Augustine and many others in the ancient world taught a lot about the effects of past lives.  

Then in 553CE the Emperor Justinian declared this belief a Christian heresy, punishable by death. This increased control over the masses by replacing the reassurance of eternal life with the threat of damnation. However, for cultures everywhere else, going back to very ancient times, rebirth was always accepted.  

Over time, Islam and Judaism both dropped teaching reincarnation to the general public. Nevertheless, they didn’t refute it or make it a heresy. Belief in past lives is still part of the mystical branches of Judaism and Islam, such as the Sufis and the Kabbalists.sufi teacher

Q: What sparked your interest in the subject?

A: It began when I discovered Dion Fortune’s novels in my teens. I enjoyed the way she worked past life effects into her stories – it made so much sense. Then when I took up yoga I loved hearing about the Indian view of reincarnation.     

Q: Can you describe a past life you recall?

A: Also in my teens, I had a very vivid dream of being executed in the French Revolution. When I put my head on the block I was shocked to feel other people’s wet blood on my throat. Then I suddenly woke up with a gasp, sitting bolt upright. Over time, other dreams about that life would come up now and then.french-revolution

Eventually I had a regression, and accessed a life as a young man in revolutionary France. I was very keen on the new ideals. But it looks like I wasn’t politically correct enough!  

Q: Are children especially adept at recalling a previous life? Are they usually believed or do parents generally dismiss their accounts out of hand?

A: In the 1970s Professor Ian Stevenson, Head of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, did some major research to find out if past lives were real. One of his discoveries was that children under the age of eight often remember their past lives quite clearly.  

Until recent times, western parents would dismiss a child’s chatter about previous lives as nothing but childish babble. In places like India, where reincarnation is accepted, this kind of talk is not dismissed. Even so, many eastern parents are not always happy to hear about other families or lifetimes that might have been more comfortable. Perhaps they fear it will make the child discontented with them.

In the western world, more people are becoming aware of this now, and are prepared to listen when their child talks about former lives.  

Q; Why do most people not recall a previous existence?

A: It’s best for those memories to come up only when it’s the right time for them. If not, they might distract or interfere with the person’s purpose or path in life. For example, recalling a negative former life could destroy someone’s self-worth just when they are meant to be rebuilding their confidence. So it’s not always the right thing for everyone. Lack of interest or wariness about their other lifetimes works like a protective instinct for many people.

However, I think everyone benefits psychologically and spiritually by accepting past lives as natural – without necessarily having to recall any of their own. This is because just believing in rebirth means we are less likely to over-identify with the ego. When we know that our true identity is the spirit within us that goes from life to life, we aren’t so pulled down by the issues and complexes of the temExpanding Consciousnessporary self. This also releases us from fear of death, which exacerbates many other fears.

Q: What are the benefits of remembering a past life?

A:  The biggest one is that it helps us to understand ourselves. We can find out where any unconscious patterns, habits, neuroses or phobias may come from. Doing that is more than half way to overcoming the issue.

It helps to understand other people in our lives, which improves all our relationships.

It can also help with health problems, as the body often carries and expresses issues from past lives in a number of different ways.

And of course past life awareness adds so much to the interest and richness of the reality we inhabit.

Q: After someone passes on, who decides if they are to return to earth again and as what? Is it always voluntary?

A: I think this differs quite widely, depending on the individual. Some come back almost immediately because the attractions of physicality are hard to resist. People who die suddenly may also return quickly, from a sense of unfinished business. Anyone who feels a strong wish to do something – perhaps to continue studies or to follow an ideal – may soon choose another life to continue their work.

Those who have given their lives some thought, and are aware of reincarnation, are more likely to accept the help of their guides when they reach the other side. It’s still up to them if they accept that advice or not – no-one is ever forced into anything.

Q: What’s the best way for someone to tap into a previous life?

A: While the most common methods are past life regression, workshops and guided meditations, there are many other ways.

Clues about our former lives are within and around us all the time. Some of these are:

  • Inexplicable personal or relationship issues
  • Strong likes or dislikes
  • Unexpected tastes in food, clothes or décor
  • Feeling either drawn to, or repulsed by, particular places in the world or times in history.
  • Historical books, films or pictures may trigger a past life memory.
  • Feelings of déjà vu when visiting a special place

When you’ve spotted a past life clue, you can then put out that question to the universe and your own greater consciousness, asking for more information about it.

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The next step is to trust the answers that will start to arise. These usually come through dreams, messages or images received in meditation, synchronicities or sudden realisations.

Sometimes bodywork, such as massage or acupuncture, can be surprisingly effective in releasing and making conscious a former life memory that was held in the body.

Q: How would you answer a sceptic who dismisses past lives as an over-active imagination or wishful thinking?

A: While it’s clearly impossible to scientifically ‘prove’ previous lives by replicating them in a laboratory, there is enough strong witness evidence for them that would stand up as proof in a court of law.

There are countless documented cases about people who discovered past life experiences that helped to resolve all kinds of personal problems. If they were just tapping into any past life, or making it up, it wouldn’t have had this effect.

For example, one of my regression clients wanted to understand why he couldn’t lose weight. It turned out he’d once been a monk who’d resented that austere way of life. So he was now making up for it with lots of fast food. Once he realised that, it was much easier to change his diet and slim down.

birthmark 4There are many physical signs of former life experiences. Professor Stevenson discovered that birthmarks can look like the marks left by how someone died in a previous life. This is why some birth marks resemble bullet wounds, knife slashes or burns.

One young woman recalled a tribal life when she was executed by having to walk into a fire. Afterwards she showed me the red marks she’d always had on her feet. They looked just like flames licking up her ankles.

I’d say that people who scoff at the idea of reincarnation have probably not read much about it.

Q: Would you agree that too many people claim exotic past lives and were rarely a leper dying in the gutter?

A: The famous former life fantasy usually happens when people have just begun thinking about past lives – and before they’ve explored them properly to find out the truth. Maybe it’s natural at that stage to wonder if they were someone important. Also, many people may need this kind of fantasy to heal their inner wounds. This is why I’m always tactful when people confide these notions to me.     

There are sometimes clues to a real earlier life underneath the fantasy – not as the famous person, but from having lived in that part of the world, or in those times.

A young man I once regressed recalled horrific experiences in the First World War. He said afterwards that this confirmed what he thought – that he was the reincarnation of a famous poet from those times. I think if the reality of a past life is too difficult to bear, it may be psychologically necessary to gloss over it with an idealised version.

Another of my clients recalled a life in Biblical times when she was a young woman who gave up everything to join a religious group like the Essenes. She thought that meant she was Mary Magdalene. There are many cases like this when people identify with an iconic figure because it represents a quality they may need to emulate or strengthen within themselves. 

Those two are rare examples of people clinging to their fantasy after a regression. Most people who come to see if they can confirm an exotic past life through a regression are usually brought down to earth with a bump by the real memories that come up. It takes courage for them to face that, so I think a lot of them for it.

Q: What’s the best researched past life you have come across where the facts fit what someone claims?

A: Although there are many great examples to choose from, one that stands out is Professor Stevenson’s case of a little Indian girl called Swarnlata. Indian folk dance ggl

At the age of three, while travelling in the family car over a hundred miles from their home, she suddenly recognised the area. She directed the driver to a specific house, and announced that was where she’d once lived.  

When she was ten, her supposed former life family decided to test Swarnlata. They arrived unexpectedly with several other unrelated people. Then they set all kinds of tests and traps for her. She didn’t fall for any of them. She immediately recognised her past life brother, calling him by her private pet name for him – Babu.

She also recognised her husband from that life, and her son Biya who was 13 when she’d died of a ‘pain in the throat’. She reminded her former husband of 1200 rupees she’d given him and the secret box he kept it in. Only the two of them ever knew about that.

When they then took her to visit her previous home, she immediately noticed changes that had taken place since she lived there. She asked where the veranda and the neem tree had gone. Both had been removed since her death. She also correctly identified the room where she’d died in 1939.

Professor Stevenson did his usual rigorous investigations to make sure there was absolutely no possibility of fraud about this case – and passed it with flying colours.

Q: To put it very clumsily, if someone is currently having a terrible life are they paying for sins or bad behaviour in a previous existence? 

A: That is sometimes true, but not always. Often a soul will take on a difficult life because it gives them an opportunity to grow quickly and forge ahead on their spiritual path.  

Other times, people may be punishing themselves. It seems we are the only ones who judge and sentence ourselves – judgement doesn’t come from any gods, guides or angels.

When people have behaved in awful ways, looking at that lifetime afterwards can make them feel rather ashamed or guilty. The natural reaction is to decide to have a life suffering in the same way they made others suffer.

scroogeHowever, self-punishment only creates fresh wounds for that soul, as well as perpetuating negativity in the world. A better solution is to decide to then do the opposite. For example, someone who’s ashamed of having been a bad parent can make up for it by being a good parent next time. Doing better next time may be the unconscious drive behind at least some charity workers, philanthropists and reformers.

 Q: Why are some people princes and others paupers? 

A: Nobody ever experiences only one type of lifetime – we go through them all to experience and learn about every side of life. And despite how it looks, privileged lives also have their tests, lessons and challenges.

I think we enter a reincarnation cycle from a joyful curiosity to find out everything we can about life – and along the way, to benefit from the personal growth every different lifetime gives us.

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FINDING YOUR PATH

One of our biggest questions is, ‘what is the purpose of my life?’ Just asking that can labyrinthhelp – but the answers may not arrive in a neat little package. If we’re destined to move onto a particular path, it usually unfolds in its own way and at the right time in our lives. However, that way may be unexpected, and sometimes even difficult.

This is because the purpose we choose before incarnating is never solely about helping others or the world in some way. It will also involve healing or overcoming whatever personal issue we’ve chosen to sort out in this life. That is why answers to the question ‘what is my purpose’ sometimes only become clear after emerging from a life-changing experience. 

The famous mystical author Dion Fortune went through a gruelling initiation onto her destined path. Still under her birth name of Violet Firth, she began her working life as a teacher in a small school that was dominated by the headmistress from hell.

This person’s unjust and arrogant ways enraged the young woman. Those who knew the danger warned her to avoid confrontation, and instead to just quietly leave the school. Ignoring this, she marched into the head’s office and spoke her mind about everything that had been going on.

B_DionShe had unwittingly walked straight into a trap. The head teacher hypnotically brainwashed her for hours with monotonously repeated statements about how inadequate and inferior she was. The attack was successful. Violet’s spirit was crushed, and it took her a few years to recover.

In the process, however, she began to study psychology and the occult powers of the mind. Under her new name of Dion Fortune, she spent the rest of her life teaching those subjects, and became the renowned author we know today.  

Dr.Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy and the Steiner schools, began life in a poor Austrian family. One day in his childhood, he was sitting in a station waiting room. A woman came in who looked a bit like his parents. She stood in the middle of the room, made some strange gestures, and said, “try to help me if you can – now and later on”. Then she walked through the ancient stove and disappeared.

Little Rudolf didn’t tell his parents about this because they were Catholic, and he RS bookfeared their reaction. Over the next few days, however, he noticed that his father seemed sad. He later found out that a female relative had committed suicide at exactly the time her spirit contacted him in the waiting room.

That was how Dr.Steiner’s spiritual path began. In his lectures, he often mentioned this incident, saying from that time on a soul life began to develop in him. It was the start of his future role as one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the early twentieth century.

In the 1970s, Dr.Helen Wambach did groundbreaking research work that contributed hugely to the understanding of past lives. Her discoveries, statistics and analyses proved reincarnation as near as possible outside a laboratory. Those achievements may never have happened without the following strange experience, which took place before she had any idea of past lives.

Browsing through the library of a Quaker memorial, she felt drawn to one of the books. She had a strong feeling that it was ‘hers’ in some way. As she paged through it, a vivid past life memory came up. She was male, riding a mule in the countryside. The day was hot, and his rough clothes were uncomfortable – but his whole attention was focused on the book propped up on his saddle. It was about a priest describing the other worlds he’d gone to while in a coma.

olde bookeAs she turned the pages of the book in her hand in the present, she had the strange experience of knowing exactly what was on each following page before she’d reached it. She realised she was having a vivid past-life flashback. After that – and for the rest of her life – she immersed herself in past-life studies, publishing books and becoming an important influence in that field.   

In more recent times, the American therapist Denise Linn had a tough initiation to push her onto her path. When she was 17, a motorist knocked her off her scooter, shot her and left her for dead. While in a coma with horrific injuries, she had a near-death experience. Her guides said this was not her time to die as she still had work to do.

Before that experience, she had no interest in any kind of spirituality. In the years that followed, she blossomed into an internationally successful healer, author and past life therapist.  

A friend told me about the watershed experience that set him on his path as a spiritual healer. In 1963, his wife had a minor accident in their car. Worried about the cost of the repairs, he went to the garage to ask for extra time to pay. Here is his account of what then happened.

“Eric, the garage manager, brushed aside my concerns and said, ‘I want to talk to you about spiritual healing.’ I sat down uncomfortably, not knowing how to react. I didn’t know whether he was joking, taking the mickey or playing a cruel game, talking to me about something I’d never heard of and had no interest in. ‘Blah, blah, blah, spiritual blah, blah, love of God blah, blah, spirit doctors blah, blah.’ He was using words and concepts I had never heard before.x healing the world

I was wondering how long this could go on when he said, ‘don’t worry, for the moment, about paying. I know I can trust you. I will be seeing you soon, I know.’

That might have been that – except my wife had a rare blood disease. Complications after the car accident got worse, and she went into a coma. The hospital said they didn’t expect her to last the weekend. In desperation, I went back to the garage to ask about spiritual healing. Eric told me to contact Harry Edwards, as he was the top distance spiritual healer.   

That evening in desperation, I wrote to him about my wife. I posted the letter on the Saturday morning and spent the weekend in an agony of despair.

On Monday morning when I went in to see her, she was still in her coma. But of course, Harry Edwards had only received my letter that morning. I found out later reiki energythat he didn’t start working on her until the Monday evening.

On Tuesday morning, as I approached the ward where my wife was, I saw the specialist in the corridor.

‘I can’t understand it,’ he said to me, ‘she’s sitting up, having soup, laughing and telling jokes.’ He walked away shaking his head.         

From then on, she began a long slow period of recovery. It was clear to me that spiritual healing was the only thing that had saved her. That was the start of my future path as a spiritual healer.”

Fortunately, not everyone has to go through such difficult initiations. Sometimes just reading one book can turn a life around. For many people, the path unfolds magical path booksslowly, like a flower opening one petal at a time. Over the years, there may be several big turning points, and many more minor epiphanies. That’s how it was for me, and still is.

If you’re ever in doubt about which way to go, your enthusiasms are your best guide. When a subject, course or activity feels exciting, it’s like a big signpost saying, “This is it!” That’s what Joseph Campbell meant when he said, “Follow your bliss, and doors will open to you”.

Goethe said, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it”. If a path doesn’t seem to be opening up for you, look at your deepest passions and find your purpose there. Life will then meet you half way. That’s when all the wonderful synchronicities and opportunities will really start to happen.    

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PAST LIVES AND PRESENT HEALTH

The body is like a book: it’s full of secrets about our past lives.secret book

This is because we have a spirit body that goes from one lifetime to the next. All our experiences affect our spirit body, with the biggest experiences having the greatest effect.

Then, when we take on a new life, our spirit body imprints those effects into our new physical body.

Those effects can be highly positive. For example, good posture can come from a past life in the military or as a ballerina. One of my clients had a good voice for public speaking. We found that it came from an earlier life of happily singing in a choir. Edgar Cayce, the famous psychic, once told a woman she had beautiful hands because of a previous life spent in devoted spiritual service.

Because the body holds so many of our past-life memories, physical therapies, such as massage, can sometimes wake them up. A woman I know used to have a migraine problem. She went for an Indian head massage because she sensed that it would somehow help. It did help – but not in the way she expected.

During the treatment, a vivid memory came up of a previous life. In a fit of anger, her husband had killed her by hitting her over the head with a crowbar. That was the inner cause of her migraines. It also explained why she’d never wanted to be married in this life.

So many issues have past-life causes that it’s always worth looking at the past life element of any physical problem. The most common physical effects from past lives are chronic ailments, disabilities, skin and weight problems.

WEIGHT PROBLEMS
Dr.Edith Fiore found that practically all her patients who were overweight by more than ten pounds had been through a lifetime when they either starved to decarrying waterath or suffered long periods of food deprivation.

Because of past-life shortages, many people have a deep-down fear that their food supplies will suddenly disappear again. Because of this, they feel unconsciously driven to make the most of the times of plenty while they can.

Media and health-care pundits often wring their hands about the ‘obesity problem’ in the western world. I’m convinced it would help if they understood that in many cases, the root cause of this is not greed, but past-life deprivation.

Food issues can work the opposite way around as well. One of my clients told me that she’d been anorexic in her teens. As an adult, she still had problems about eating enough.

In her regression, she discovered the cause of this. She was punishing herself for having been a fat man. At the end of that life, he was horrified to realise that he’d lived well while beggars at his gate were starving. Once she understood that, she knew it was finally time to stop unconsciously punishing herself for it.

People are coming forward now with memories of their experiences in Nazi concentration camps. The starvation they went through there can create eating problems in a later life, such as anorexia and bulimia.

Just living in times when resources were scarce can leave its mark. This takes the form of an unconscious but strong belief that ‘there’s never enough’ or ‘I must eat as little as possible to make things last’ or ‘I must eat as much as possible while I can’. Because they went so deep, these beliefs continue to be an influence in subsequent lives, causing all kinds of eating disorders and issues around food.

SKIN PROBLEMS
A traumatic past life experience with fire is one of the biggest reasons for skin problems in this life, such as eczema or psoriasis.

One of my clients had suffered psoriasis on her arms all her life. In her regression, she found that in a past life she’d reached through the window of a burning house to try to save her baby.

Her arms had caught fire, and she hadn’t been able to save the child. That terrible memory had literally burnt itself into her psyche. Once she knew where it had come from, the psoriasis on her arms began to fade away.

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Professor Ian Stevenson’s researches found that many birthmarks are in fact death marks. They look like the scars left by the deathblow that ended the person’s previous life.

He found that the shape, position and colour of the birthmarks looked exactly like the marks that bullets, hammers, knives or strangling wires would have made.

When you know how to decode birthmarks, it’s fairly clear to see what kind of past life event could have caused them.

PHOBIAS
So many phobias come from terrors held in the body because of a past life physical trauma. Fear of water, fire, spiders, snakes, crowds or heights are the most common. Unexpected, completely individual, issues can also pop up now and then.

One of my clients used to be terrified of moths. Moths had never harmmoth1ed her of course. But in her regression, she discovered that in a previous life, while dying in great pain, she was gazing at a moth. Therefore, moths meant pain and death to her. Once she understood how she’d made that association, her fear crumbled away. Eventually she could even let a moth sit on her hand.

LIKES AND DISLIKES
Little aversions can be big clues. Do you hate tight necklines or anything round your throat? It’s a sign that you might have been hanged or strangled in a past life.

Likes and dislikes about food can also be good clues. Someone I know who loves North African food found out that she once had a very happy past life there. A man once told me that he loves stew because it reminds him of a simple but contented past life he had in a cottage in the woods.

boundfeet1One of my clients told me that she loves to go barefoot as much as possible. In her regression she found that in a Chinese past life her feet had been bound.

It was once a tradition in China to bind girl babies’ feet to keep them tiny for the rest of their lives. They could never walk properly of course, but that was supposed to be a sign of great beauty.

After that experience, she was determined to savor the joy of being able to feel the earth with healthy feet again.

DISABILITIES
These do not necessarily come from bad karma. People often have them for good reasons – such as healing a personal imbalance. For example, someone who relied a lot on physical strength in their past lives might choose a sickly life to develop their inner powers. Another might have a life of disability to learn how to receive love and help from others.

Edgar Cayce said that a woman who came to him had been born disfigured because she’d persecuted others during a life in Imperial Rome. However, she’d made a lot of inner progress since then, and this was her last bit of karma around that. All she needed to do was accept it, and after this life she’d start incarnating on higher planes.

Whatever the reason, disabilities are always there to help the person’s inner spirit to grow or heal in some way.

SYMBOLOGY OF THE BODY
A good way to understand, and ultimately heal, any physical problem is to see how it relates to the symbology of the body.

Long before problems show up in our physical bodies, they can be traced in the aura chakraman-purpleand the chakras. This means that many of our physical problems have an inner cause that could have been building up for lifetimes.

Traumas then come to those particular areas because there was an inner imbalance or emotional problem there to start with. For example, past-life suffocation often causes asthma in later lives. But before the physical suffocation took place, there might have been another, more subtle, kind of suffocation going on.

When the person then reincarnates with an asthma problem, it’s as if the body is prompting them to deal with the more long-term emotional issue. The physical problem focuses attention there in order to bring about a necessary deeper healing.

While any area of the body may carry the effects of past life physical wounds, there is often also a psychological / spiritual / emotional side to the problem. Addressing that can bring surprising improvements to the physical effects.

Here is a quick overview of the symbology of the body. This is just a general guide, not a one-size-fits-all, because everyone’s past life effects are always completely individual.

HEAD: Mental pressures; connection with higher consciousness.

FACE: Self-image; relating to other people, and the world ‘out there’.

EYES: Vision in all senses of the word.

EARS: The ability to listen and to hear in every way.

NOSE: The ability to detect subtle influences; to ‘smell a rat’.

TEETH: Boundaries; defences; use of words.

NECK & THROAT: Communication; speaking out.

SHOULDERS: Responsibilities; burdens.

BACK: Unconscious issues; burdens; punishments.

BACKBONE: Inner strength.

BONES: Deeply held beliefs; the inner foundation.

ARMS: Ability to take action.

HANDS: Creativity; responsibility; connection with others.

CHEST: Ability to give and receive joy, love and appreciation.

BREATHING: Ability to receive inspiration; to let go of whatever needs to be released.

LIVER, KIDNEYS, PANCREAS: Ability to process and clear negativity.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Ability to absorb goodness from experiences; difficulties created by emotional blocks around receiving or being present.

SKIN: Boundaries; relationship with others and the outer world.

REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS: Creativity; life force; survival; family life.

LEGS: Direction in life; ability to move forward on your path

KNEES: Flexibility; adaptability; humility.

FEET: Relationship with physical reality, and the current life.

SEVEN HELPFUL HEALING METHODS

1. Bodywork such as massage. This relieves both physical and emotional pain, especially when focused on the neck, back, feet and head.body-work

2. Deep breathing. See the in-breath cleansing the body of all past issues; use each out-breath to release and let go of old wounds.

3. The use of healing magnets to draw old emotional pain out of the body.

4. Acupuncture or acupressure to clear the inner meridians. Long-standing emotional issues clog these up. The blockages then create health problems. sound-healing-bowls

5. Chakra healing and clearing exercises and meditations.

6. Use of sound healing such as gongs and rattles to clear the aura.

7. Awareness. The more conscious we are about the inner cause of any problem, the easier it is to resolve it.

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HOW KARMA REALLY WORKS

This article was first published in Soul & Spirit Magazine.
They asked the questions, and I gave the answers.

Q: Firstly, what are karmic mechanics? And how can they affect your current life?

A: Karma means that the consequences of everything we do will eventually come back to us. This is not to punish, but to teach. Our karma works with us, not against us. Its purpose is to move us towards lives of greater joy and enlightenment.

For example, a young soul may use power in tyrannical ways. In subsequent lifetimes, this oppressor becomes the oppressed to understand how he affected others. Later on, he may decide to stand up for the pearls in shell 2 gglrights of downtrodden people. Many people have done wonderful work in the world because of this kind of karma. It’s like the grit in the oyster shell that produces the pearl.

Although karma is mainly about actions, harshly judgemental attitudes can also have karmic consequences. Someone who is heavily prejudiced against any group of people will one day find themselves reincarnated as part of that group. The purpose of this is to get them to drop their prejudices and learn to accept different kinds of people.

Karma also works to change negative illusions. For example, someone who believes they are worthless may find fate pushing them to do something that will bring a healthier sense of self-worth. Or someone who incarnates with a lot of arrogance from a previous life may inherit the karma of having to live in very humble circumstances.

However, not every difficulty, challenge or limitation in life is the result of ‘bad karma’. There are all kinds of different reasons why souls choose those experiences, so it’s best never to make glib assumptions about them.

Q: What are the signs that you are experiencing a karmic connection with someone? How can we become more aware of these signs?

A: Most of our karmic connections are with the people who are closest to us – family, partners and lifelong friends. When those relationships are happy, it means you’ve had a good history together.

Nearly everyone can think of at least one person who’s always been there for them – always on their side, come what may. This is the sign of a gold star karmic connection.

people joining handsOther good karmic connections are those people who come into your life – perhaps only for a short time – and have a good effect in some way. Of course, you can find yourself doing the same for others. These are also signs of good karmic connections.

On the other hand, long-term problems with someone who’s hard to get away from is a sure sign of a karmic issue that needs to be sorted out.

Q: Why are we drawn to our karmic connections? What purpose do they hold in our lives?

A: Before incarnating, in the between-life worlds, we decide which issues we’re going to deal with in the life to come. We then make soul contracts with the others who will be involved. Once we’re here again, our lives will then inevitably pull us towards those very people.

The best way to handle these fateful relationships is to remember that all our karmic dramas are a journey towards finding real love – i.e. healthy, happy balanced relationships based on mutual acceptance and respect.

This doesn’t mean that you’re supposed to be ‘nice’ all the time. Sometimes karma pushes us into standing up for ourselves, or drawing clear boundaries.

For example, in a previous life an older woman bullied one of my clients very badly. She hadn’t resolved the issue in that life, so in this life the same relationship began to play out. Once she understood that, she realised she had to be brave this time around, and reclaim her self-worth.

Q: Are we always fated to meet with people that we have karmic ties with? Are we destined to meet the same soulmate in each lifetime or would it only occur if there were unresolved issues to solve?

A: It’s more fluid than that. All kinds of karmic connections are constantly weaving in and out of our lives. minuetWe aren’t with the same people in every lifetime, and we don’t always have the same relationship with them. It’s a dance of constantly changing roles and partners.

If two people need to sort out a karmic issue, they can wait for a life that will work for both of them. In each lifetime, we don’t give ourselves more than we can reasonably handle.

Q: Would you be able to give us one example of a karmic situation that you, or one of your clients, have encountered? If it was a negative experience, how was it resolved?

A: During a regression, one of my clients went back to a Native American life. It was when white people Red Indian Silhouettewere starting to take over the land. In that life, she was a warrior. He was very angry with the invaders. But he refused to slip into negativity and victimhood. Instead, he held onto the belief that whatever happened, the gods would always bless his people with lives of abundance and spirituality.

That choice made a huge difference to her in this lifetime. She was born into circumstances that made it easy for her to follow her spiritual path, without any financial problems.

This is how we create good karma for ourselves – by choosing to stay positive, whatever challenges life may throw at us.

Q: Apart from past life work, what other therapies will help with karmic issues?

A: The body often holds onto past life issues. So when you’re sorting out those problems, it helps to have a physical therapy such as reflexology, acupuncture or aromatherapy massage.

Beliefs and attitudes that affect our karma often lodge in our auras and astral bodies. When you’re working on yourself at that level, therapies like Reiki, Shiatsu or sound healing can all help.

Ancient Indian wisdom says that meditation and yoga are excellent ways to reduce bad karma. I’m sure yoga classthat’s also true of Tai Chi and Chi Kung. These practices raise your vibration, which clears away all kinds of negativity.

The best way to find a good therapy for karmic issues is to follow your heart, and pick whichever one feels right for you.

Q: Finally, do you have a particular exercise that you would recommend for cutting negative karmic ties?

The best way to cut negative ties is to forgive the other person for any wrong they may have done you in this or any other life. This will not change them or erase the past – but it will release you from its effects.

Resentment, anger and vengeance create binding karmic ties that guarantee lifetimes of unpleasantness. Forgiveness just means letting go of the whole issue. When you do that, it also lets go of you.

lantern girlThe following three steps will also cut through negative karmic ties:

1. When a problem comes, accept what’s happening as a form of karma – even if you can’t understand why at first.

2. Treat it as a test to see if you’ll choose a positive over a negative reaction.

3. Ask your higher guidance what this has come to show you, and what the lesson is.

Karma is a wise law that works to push us slowly but surely onto more positive, loving and happier paths. With that as your guiding light, your pathways through the world of karma will always be good.

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HEALING PAST LIFE WOUNDS TO THE INNER GODDESS

dianaAs a past life therapist I’ve noticed a trend developing in recent years: the healing of past life wounds to the feminine side of our nature.

This applies to men as well as women. Because we experience both male and female lives, men also have wounds to their yin side. However, while some men do become aware of this, it’s more usual for this kind of issue to come up for healing during a female life.

Women now have freedoms which they haven’t had for centuries. New doors are opening that were always firmly shut before.

Despite this, many feel that an invisible chain is still somehow holding them back. That chain often turns out to be an experience in a former lifetime, which attacked or oppressed their female nature.

The good news is these wounds can be healed. Just unearthing those memories from the subconscious removes the power they once had over us. While it’s still unconscious, a negative memory will constantly whisper fearful messages to us. This influences our choices and decisions in ways that are difficult to trace at the time. As Professor Carl Jung said, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate”.

This may be what the story of Rumpelstiltskin was really about. Many mythology and fairy tales are now turning out to have deeper meanings, which we’re only just beginning to rediscover. In the tale of mad wizardRumpelstiltskin, when people didn’t know his name he had power over them. But as soon as they guessed his name, he lost that power. I think this stands for the control our subconscious fears have over us until we identify them.

Facing these issues brings all kinds of positive changes in how people feel about themselves; their whole approach to life; and ultimately, the kind of future that then becomes available to them.

When a significant number of people transform themselves like this, it resonates through the mass psyche like a gong. As a result, the inner pathways that individuals have forged remain there for others to use more easily. Hopefully this will eventually heal the wounds to the divine feminine for everyone. When that happens, this kind of personal problem will then fade into history.

In the meantime however, there is still work to be done. Some common themes have emerged, which often interweave together in a past life memory. They are:

~~Running away from oppression~~
~~Problems about speaking out~~
~~Gynaecological problems~~
~~Fears about reclaiming old powers~~

RUNNING AWAY
Hilary had insomnia for years. Nothing she tried made any difference. She was also kept awake by ‘restless legs’ – a creeping feeling in the legs that’s only relieved by constantly moving them.

Her regression took her back to the middle ages. She was running away from an arranged marriage with a man she heartily disliked. For the rest of that life she had to keep moving on, forever looking over her shoulder.

Unconscious memories often lodge in the body. While she remained unaware of it, Hilary’s legs expressed her desperation to keep running. Once she understood those fears, they lost their power over her. From that day on, her insomnia and restless legs disappeared. She said it made the most wonderful difference to her life.

(NB: Like all the names of my clients in this article, ‘Hilary’ is a pseudonym.)

maiden in forestWomen have fled from more than just oppressive marriages. Penny recalled a life many hundreds of years ago, when she escaped from a sheltered spiritual community. It was Christian in a mystical way, run by a charismatic male guru figure. After a while, she realised how much he was draining personal power from her and the other women there.

One day she made a big decision. She changed her distinctive robes for ordinary clothes and quietly slipped away. She sensed that the man in charge knew what she was doing – he had that much psychic power.

Eventually she found a place of refuge. But she never felt completely safe. She was always aware of male energy from the first centre circling around her, watching for a chance to get her back.

After the regression, Penny said she now understood why she’d spent this life always moving on. A pattern of constantly moving from one place to another is often a sign of past life fear of pursuit. It takes courage to stop, turn and face the fear that seems to stalk us. But when we do, that fear withers away.

PROBLEMS WITH SPEAKING OUT
Many women today struggle with a throat chakra that has shut down because of all the lives when they had to keep quiet. Maddie recalled a life in Victorian England. She was 18 years old, and married to a man she feared. She said she was ‘just someone who has to keep quiet all the time’.

It all came to a head when one day he put her into a carriage to send her somewhere she did not want to go. It was too difficult for her to recall what that place would have been. With her back to the wall, she finally spoke up. She ordered the carriage to head as fast as possible to her parents’ home. They received her warmly, and she felt safe again.

After a while she found another, more loving man. But in the end, her husband tracked her down – and strangled her. After the regression, Maddie said she could see where her strange fear of speaking out had come from.

This theme of women experiencing a stranglehold on their voices – sometimes literally – runs through many of the past life experiences that are now coming up for healing. While everyone’s experiences are unique, the effect is much the same for all – feeling unconfident, even fearful, about speaking out in any way. Often this issue comes up because that is the very thing they need to do to move ahead on their path.

For example, Jayne had a lifelong terror of talking in public. She had a talent for teaching, and longed to make that her career. But this fear made it difficult for her even to consider it.

In her regression, she went back to a time when she was about twelve years old. She was facing a jeering, hostile crowd that was accusing her of witchcraft. She had no idea what they were on about. When she tried to explain her innocence, that only made it worse.

This experience created a fear of crowds – especially if she had to talk to them. Once she realised where that had come from, she was able to shake it off. I believe she’s now happily following her calling to be a teacher.

GYNAECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS
The different parts of our bodies symbolise aspects of our psyche. Past life wounds to the feminine side of our nature are therefore often held in the female parts. This can manifest in a wide variety of problems, from difficult periods to breast cancer.

For example, Jenny told me that her doctor was advising her to have ‘pre-cancerous’ cells surgically cut from her uterus. She felt sure this would repeat a past life cutting in that area – and therefore not be for her highest good. We discussed the whole issue, including the possibility that if she intends it, the operation might heal what happened in the past. When she left, she was still thinking about what decision to make.

An even more graphic example came from Terri, who came to see me quite recently. She explained that she had a semi-cancerous condition in her vagina – part of which had been surgically removed. Although this malaise was dormant most of the time, the doctors told her it would always be there in the background and could flare up at any time.

water-jar-in-sand-stormTerri came for past life therapy as part of her wide search to cure this. In her regression, she went back to a barren, desolate place of mud huts. In that life, she was an African girl of about eight years old. She could hear other girls screaming, and felt afraid.

Then a scrawny old woman came after her. She bundled the child under her arm and took her, kicking and screaming, to the place of fear.

In that hut, Terri said she saw blood on the floor. One dirty cloth was used for everything. Then she remembered great pain, and her body going into deep shock.

She had undergone female genital mutilation – and died of the side effects not long afterwards. Because she never recovered from the trauma in that life, the effect on her psyche was magnified. The memory was still so strong that her body was finding ways to replicate it with the cancerous condition.

In the second part of the regression, when she communicated with a spirit guide, Terri learned that this experience had been part of her soul contract. At first, this appalled her. How could she have agreed to go through something like that? Her guide showed her how it would now bring her great inner strength and a flowering of consciousness that would otherwise have taken many more lifetimes. By the end of the session, she was feeling happy and positive about both the past and the future.

At a very deep level within the mass psyche, the cutting away of female parts is a symbolic expression of humankind’s fear of its female side. This could partly come from racial memories of much earlier times when matriarchal societies could also be brutal and unjust. Hopefully the inner work that so many are now doing will eventually help to heal these underlying issues.

RECLAIMING SPECIAL POWERS
I think all women have the innate gift of some form of intuitive, psychic or healing power. In the recent patriarchal age, those abilities were so persecuted they had to go underground. Most women decided it was safer to forget about all that and taught their daughters to do the same. It looks like the wheel is now turning, as many women are now starting to reclaim their natural abilities. This doesn’t happen easily however, as old fears still get in the way.

History tells us about the burning of the witches. However, this was only one way in which female powers were victimised. So-called friends and neighbours could be just as oppressive.

auld witchGerrie recalled that in a former life as an old widow, the only way to support herself was to make herbal remedies. She’d developed them to keep her children well while they were growing up. So her potions worked, and many people came to her for them.

Despite that, others in her village hated what she was doing. They made that clear by treating her like an outcast. When she went out, they’d spit and throw things at her.

Another of my clients in a similar situation said that when she tried to sell her remedies at a fair, other women came and trampled all her precious oils into the ground.

These experiences can be deeply disheartening, creating fears that stay with us for lifetimes. Now, when those women try to do the work they love and believe in, an old fear blocks their way like a fierce guard. Understanding the fear is like finding the magic password, which gets the guard to step aside.

POSITIVE PAST LIFE MEMORIES
However dark the world may be at times, there are always little patches where women have been able to walk a sunlit path, left alone by oppressive forces. Many recall past lives when they could safely use their higher abilities to help others, such as:

• The priestesses of Ancient Egypt. That civilisation lasted so long – at least 3,000 years – that it’s not Egypt Priestesssurprising many of us had past lives there. In those days, women enjoyed more equal rights than they ever saw again until recent times. People who remember their Egyptian priestess lives all say they had a spiritual authority that was respected by all.

• As healers in small communities which accepted and supported them. This kind of life flowered most often in the tribal societies of North and South America. However, it could also take place in many other times and places – even tucked away in quiet corners of the medieval world.

• As visionaries and seers. These lives were mostly in the ancient world before the rise of Roman power. In those days, it was still acceptable for the Mystery Schools to initiate women for training in the use of their psychic abilities.

• In Atlantean times. The great civilisations that came before our recorded history were more advanced than anything we have seen since. This included the status of women and the kind of abilities they had. Those worlds had a highly developed knowledge of things we are only just beginning to rediscover – such as the many uses of crystals, levitation, sonics and conscious astral travel.

No past life ability is ever lost. It’s easy to re-learn old skills, because we never really forget them. These memories also remind us of the safe and happy lives when women used powers long since forbidden to them. Recalling these times shows us how that way of life was once possible – and therefore could be again.

SOUL GROUPS
Another hidden but positive influence are the powerful soul groups that have been incarnating here for the last hundred years.

Around the beginning of the 20th century, a warlock called George Pickingill received an important message from the inner planes. He learned that in the years to come, a large group of priestesses from Ancient Greece would incarnate in England.

Their purpose was to promote female empowerment, starting with the esoteric societies. Pickingill’s job was to change the balance of that male-dominated world. He set to work re-drafting many of the old magical rituals and practices to bring in more sexual equality.

In his time, he was greatly influential in occult circles – so the changes he set in motion went ahead. This created a strong foundation for the future of women’s empowerment in the world of mysticism and magic.

In 1951, the British Government finally repealed the Witchcraft Act. After centuries, it was no longer illegal to be a witch. A few years later, Gerald Gardner published his best-selling book Witchcraft Today. This persuaded the public that witchcraft was a force for good – a positive way of working with the natural powers of earth and the seasons. Because of these gradual developments, it is now much safer for women to reclaim their higher powers.

balanceOther soul groups have also incarnated with this kind of clear purpose. In the 1920s, the seer Edgar Cayce said that in the second half of the twentieth century, many Atlanteans would reincarnate in America. They would come with the purpose of bringing ancient higher technology back to the world; and to fight for sexual and racial equality. Looking back on the civil rights and hippie movements, it looks like Cayce’s prophecy came true.

Groups no doubt still continue to incarnate together. They bring the power of their intent with the strength that comes from a united group. Even if they are scattered through the world, they meet on the other planes through meditation or dreams.

In the past, local groups sometimes formed because of these inner connections. They usually had to be secret – or at least highly exclusive – because the majority of people around them would not understand.

Fortunately, the worst of those times are now past. Perhaps thanks to that Atlantean technology we now have many new ways to connect with our soul groups. The internet makes it easy to find others of our tribe. Conferences, workshops and talks are another modern way to meet with like-minded people.

I feel confident that both individuals and groups are making huge progress healing old wounds to the yin side of human consciousness. Ultimately, this will restore the divine feminine archetype – the goddess – to full health and power again. When that happens, the world will be a softer, saner and happier place for everyone – whatever their gender may be.

I’d love to hear about your own experiences on this path. You’re welcome to either add your comments to this article, or if you’d prefer to talk more privately, just contact me – I’m always happy to hear from you.

This article was first published in THE GODDESS PAGES

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SEEING YOUR FUTURE LIVES

mysterious timeIs it possible to find out about our future lives? And if so, is it a good idea? At my past life talks, people often ask this during question time. So I’ve given it some thought.

FIRST GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE
Dr.Bruce Goldberg was one of the earliest past life therapists to open the door to future lives. In 1982 he published his book ‘Past Lives, Future Lives’. He says that in this book he uses “Actual case histories of past life regression, along with progressions into future lives, to help explain the laws of karma.”

His case studies present some fascinating glimpses into the future, for example:

underwater city• Glass pyramids that transmute energy from the sun
• Underground and underwater cities
• Noiseless transportation systems
• Greater use of telepathy and other psychic abilities
• Healthier lives and longer life spans
• Interplanetary travel and ET contacts

However, before these wonders can manifest, some of Dr.Goldberg’s subjects said major earth changes will radically reduce the earth’s population.

So it looks like there’s a great future on the way – eventually.

THE SCIENTIFIC WAY
Dr.Chet Snow was another bold pioneer into the realm of future lives. Taking a slightly different approach, he followed in the footsteps of Dr.Helen Wambach. In the 1970s she investigated the validity of past life recall by regressing large numbers of people to specific times in history. Afterwards they filled in detailed questionnaires about what came up for them.

Statistical analysis showed that those reports reflected reality to an astonishing degree. They showed that:

• There was a realistically equal split between male and female lifetimes recalled.
• The social demographics were accurate – i.e. most people said they were poor, with only a few who were better off.
• The kind of diet described was true for the times.
• The utensils and tools they used were also reported correctly.

The advantage of doing mass surveys like this is that it’s more reliable than individual regressions. While those may be perfectly valid, they are difficult to verify in any demonstrable way. However, with many people’s memories about the same era, it’s possible to build up a clear picture of that time.

So Chet Snow decided to use Dr.Wambach’s method to see what he could find out about the future. Between 1980 and 1988, he conducted a series of workshops and seminars in which he used future-life progression to discover “humanity’s hidden, inner vision of our species’ future”.

I can personally vouch for this, as I went to one of those workshops. I liked Chet Snow right away – he comes across as mild-mannered and sincere. He began by explaining what he wanted to do. Then he gave us relaxation suggestions, to prepare for viewing a future life. Afterwards he asked what we’d got, while recording our answers.

There must have been about 40 people at the workshop. Three main types of future lives emerged. They were:

spaceships• Spiritually evolved and aware people, living in a beautiful natural environment.
• Lives in domed cities, with a harsh environment outside.
• Space farers, living among the stars.

I was happy to get a future life as a space farer. Because this was a workshop rather than a private regression, we didn’t go deeply into these experiences, or see much beyond the general conditions.

Dr.Snow didn’t tell us at the time, but I’ve since read in his reports that a fourth type of future life also comes up now and then: people who find themselves living in simple rustic settlements, which are like throwbacks to 19th century conditions.

In the future, these different ways of life may take place:

• At the same time, but in different areas of the Earth.
• At different times in the future.
• On other planets as well as Earth.
• In completely separate timelines or dimensional realities.

OTHERS WHO SEE SIMILAR FUTURES
Dr.Michael Newton, who has specialised in between-life memories, says that his clients have sometimes seen themselves on a starship, or in domed buildings. They too say that the earth’s population seems to be greatly reduced at some point in the future, due to adverse climatic and atmospheric conditions.

Dr.Snow’s researches also showed that taking place – but with a wonderful recovery blossoming afterwards. He said it seems that from around 2300 onwards, humans will no longer be bound by this solar system or old limiting beliefs. After that, earth people will start to become true citizens of the cosmos.

Hopi Blue Star

All these researchers’ findings dovetail with the prophecies of Arizona’s Hopi people and the Australian Aborigines. Both cultures foresee a massive decline in the world’s population, followed by a great spiritual flowering.

This also reflects ancient Hindu wisdom about the pattern of world cycles, which go through degeneration and destruction before rebirthing into a happier new age.

PREPARING FOR LIVES IN A NEW AGE
Perhaps the best point of knowing about this is simply to realise that one day we will all move into the kind of world that we believe in and prepare for.

As we now approach the end of the Age of Pisces, the Mayan 5th Sun and the Hindu Kali Yuga, our world faces a great spiritual crossroads. It’s the key time for everyone to choose the path that they could be on for many lifetimes to come. This may be why so many people have incarnated at this important time. It’s also why spiritually aware people are so focused on revising their beliefs, healing their wounds and clearing their karma from the age that is now passing.ages

So at this important turning point in time, is it a good idea to see your future lives? While it’s certainly possible, I have some reservations about it. I’m happy with the kind of generalised overview of different futures that Chet Snow’s researches have given us. However, I wonder if it’s a good idea to get anything more detailed or specific than that.

We are changing and evolving all the time. The future life we see for ourselves now may be outdated in ten years’ time – no longer our best possibility. Having seen it may somehow tie us to a future that we could have outgrown before we get there. However, as long as we bear that in mind, and if it feels right, a little peek into the future would probably do no harm.

THE MYSTERIES OF TIME
It’s also worth remembering that linear time itself is an illusion. At higher levels of consciousness, I think we see time more as a kind of extended present. We experience linear time in this world to stop things happening all at once. This creates a reality for us that is made up of stories. Our brains seem hard-wired to see life in terms of beginnings and endings, pasts and futures.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Linearmagic-tree-clock time is, in effect, a gift from the gods. It helps us to both cope with and understand our soul journey while here. Nevertheless, it does mean that, as Yoda of Star Wars said, “Always in motion the future is”. The same may also apply to the past.

Chet Snow himself said that the cases he discovered “Need not be considered a rigidly fixed and predetermined future, but the most probable outcome.”

I fully agree with that. I think many people are now following their soul’s inner direction in clearing themselves of leftover stuff from the age that is now ending. After that, it may be best to let our personal future lives evolve without poking around in them too much. In all my years of giving past life regression, no one has ever asked to see a future life. That may be a wise instinct.

It doesn’t mean we can’t daydream, of course. In fact, doing that may be a wonderful way of creating the kind of world we want to live in. In meditation and dreams, I’ve sometimes glimpsed an amazing future for this planet. Because of its great beauty, I’ve seen the earth become a cosmic centre for inter-planetary conferences, holidays, trade, research and healing. If this ever happens, I’m sure it has to be centuries ahead. Until then, I’m happy just to dream about it.

Have you ever found out anything about your future lives? If so, I’d love to hear about it. You can add your comments to this article – or if you’d rather talk more privately, you’re welcome to contact me at any time.

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