Philosopher George Santayana said once, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

I know that you have heard this phrase or versions of it over and over again but have you ever really thought about what it means? Most often, it is taken to mean that we should learn from our mistakes or you will make them again.

I have a little different take on it.

A Course in Miracles has an exercise that says, "The past is over. It can touch me not." Marianne Williamson has spoken about this in her book on The Course, A Return to Love. She says, "The past is merely a thought we have. It is literally all in our minds." And she is exactly right. The past IS all in our mind but so is the emotion and the belief that we formed along with what happened in the past. And, it is that belief about what happened that rules our lives.

It is the false belief, the false emotion embedded in our subconscious that drives everything that we do. Every thought we have, every action we take is guided by skewed beliefs about ourselves or others that formed in our past due to conditions that were present when "stuff" happened to us.

The problem lies in the fact that most of the time, we have no idea why we do what we do or feel what we feel in a given situation. We have fears that we don't know the cause of or beliefs that come up from out of our deepest self that take over and before we know it, BOOM, we've "done it" again. We've lost the job, tanked the relationship, blown the money, missed the opportunity and are right back where we started again.

Our "stuff" comes from things that have happened in our past that for the most part, we don't or can't remember. We need to be able to remember what happened to us and the circumstances surrounding the event, in order to uncover the emotions associated with it and the beliefs we formed at the time.

Some of this past stuff comes from our childhood but a LOT of it comes from somewhere else-a lifetime that we also can't remember. And if we can't remember the past, what are we condemned to do?

All together now…   

Right!  Repeat it!

When we can uncover the emotion and the belief about what happened we can heal it and move on. In other words, if we can remember the past, we are therefore freed from repeating it. We can learn what happened and what we did or didn't do and how to change things. We can also find out what we were supposed to learn from the situation-when we can find the lesson, we can heal.

Ok, so how do we remember and clear the past?

Your mind, your soul, your spirit are connected. You are an eternal being who has always BEEN and will always continue to BE. Your soul has merely chosen this physical vessel-this body-in this time period on this planet in which to exist. This is part of your soul journey. You are here to learn, to explore, to play and to grow. Your soul however, has chosen other vessels before to help it on its journey and the mind of the soul has been along for the ride; the subconscious mind. YOUR subconscious mind.

And the subconscious mind is an amazing thing.

The mind has recorded everything that has ever happened to the soul. It has recorded things in this body since before you were born and will continue to record everything that happens until it passes from the physical back into the spiritual energy form that is its true self. It has done this recording for every form the soul has ever taken and in every place it has ever been. It even records what happens to the soul in between lives-what some call "the Other Side" or our "Life Between Lives".

Using spiritual regression techniques, we are able to tap into the subconscious mind in order to go to anywhere we want, to any time we want, in the life of the soul. We can go to earlier on in this life, even to the time before you were born, and we can use these techniques to explore your past lifetimes as well. We can even go to the "future" of the soul because on the soul's level there is no "time" as we know it. There is just a pure stream of energy that can be tapped into.

So, the healing that takes place when we understand what motivates us in certain situations is wonderful and life-changing but what is the most important reason for spiritual regression or uncovering a past-life?

I feel the most important reason for experiencing a past-life regression is because it reassures us that we DO go on forever. Once you realize that you have lived before, you KNOW that you will live again. Most everyone who has experienced a past-life says that they are no longer afraid of death. They have all been assured of the immortality of the soul.

When you discover your immortality, you begin to understand that this place is just a stopping point; that your “real” life is the time you spend on the "other side" and that this time here is really your "life between lives." You are just here to learn and advance your soul-it is a journey on Earth school-and when you have accomplished what you came here to do, you get to go back Home!  And our life over there is much fuller and richer than anything we could experience here.

There is such freedom in no longer fearing death but having a certainty of where you will go; knowing that loving guides, family and friends are there to meet you. It also is a comfort to those who have lost loved ones in this life because they now know exactly where they are and how they are. 

That is always the biggest question about lost loved ones. "Where are they and how are they doing? Are they ok?" When you re-live your own death and re-birth you understand that no soul is ever condemned to a place of darkness; there is only Love and Light and so of course, your loved one is doing just fine.

So look around in your area for a Hypnotherapist who offers individual sessions or workshops on Past-Life regression.  Once you experience this for yourself, you will find that you have more peace in your life, more purpose and more joy.

Donna Watkins, CHt., is a Channel, Psychic Medium, Spiritual Teacher, Author, Ordained Minister and Hypnotherapist specializing in Spiritual Hypnosis.  She is the author of Signs From Heaven: How to Read the Messages From Your Loved Ones in the Spirit World; available on Amazon. She is currently working on several more books, guided meditations, home-study courses and teleclasses.

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