At some time or the other we have all made or heard statements like “I must have done something awful in my past-life to suffer like this”, “I must have done something good in my past-life to be so fortunate in this life”, “I feel like I know him/her in a previous life”, “I feel like I have already been here before – may be in a past-life” etc. Such statements are an integral part of our language and expression. These statements are said without giving much conscious thought and, therefore, reflect our sub-conscious memories. Even those who hear such statements do not question the validity or ask for a detailed explanation, as they too, at a deeper level of their psyche, understand the validity. At a deep level, we all understand reincarnation and accept its validity.
If we become more aware of what we perceive, and ourselves, we can observe the signs of reincarnation in our everyday lives. Déjà vu in French means, “Already seem”. It refers to that unmistakable feeling that we get in situations wherein:
- We have dreams where we see ourselves in different life situations but have the unmistakable feeling that the person in the dream is none other than our self.
- We meet someone for the first time and yet we find that we are instantly attracted or repelled by the person.
- We visit a place for the first time and yet we feel that we have been there before.
- We have certain specific likes and dislikes that cannot be explained by our family background, social conditions and other such factors.
The mind and its functioning:
The mind consists of the conscious mind and the Sub-conscious mind. Our conscious mind is like the proverbial ‘tip of the iceberg’.
The conscious mind is that which is responsible for the way one perceives, interacts with, and relates to the environment. It controls both the involuntary functions of the body as well as our conscious thoughts and actions. The Sub-conscious mind is like a hi-fidelity recording device that records each and every impression that a soul has ever had during all its lifetimes. These impressions are stored in the sub-conscious mind as memories. Not a single impression escapes being captured in the sub-conscious mind.
The sub-conscious mind is not accessible in normal waking consciousness. It can be accessed during deep relaxation states or altered states of consciousness. The term ‘Altered State of Consciousness’ was first used and defined in the early 1960s. It is marked by an altered psychological functioning and experiences that are different from those had during normal waking consciousness. The way one perceives, interacts with and relates to the environment is different from that in the normal waking consciousness. A person experiencing an altered state of consciousness is much more absorbed and focused on the inner experience.
To understand what happens during altered states of consciousness or trance states. It is important to know about the brain wave activity. The common misconception is that the mind is asleep during trance states. However, one is fully aware when in a trance state.
The mind has four different levels or stages of activity.
- Beta Level: This is the level of normal consciousness while we are fully awake or completely conscious and its main function is to regulate the metabolic activities of the body.
- Alpha Level: During the alpha stage, the Sub-conscious mind is activated. Alpha stage is reached during meditation, bio-feedback, day-dreaming, crossing over into natural sleep, awakening, trance-states induced by regression, etc,. High levels of concentration and focus are characteristic of this stage.
- Theta Level: We reach the theta stage during light sleep.
- Delta: This is the stage we reach during deep sleep or deep trance.
When we induce a trance during regression, we by-pass the conscious mind and communicate directly with the sub-conscious mind. The trance state is not a sleep state. A subject in a trance state while undergoing regression will normally experience a very high level of concentration coupled with total relaxation. During a trance state the subject also experiences heightened awareness. The perception of the senses becomes more active. Though we are mostly unaware of it. We all go very often into a trance state quite naturally.
Levels of trance States:
The first level is that of a light trance: In this level, the subject does not feel as if in trance state. They are fully aware of the noises etc. in their environment. Although regressions and progressions can be done at this level, the information obtained is not very clear. Almost anyone can achieve a light trance.
The second is a medium trance: In this state the subject is more relaxed. In a medium trance, the subject may be dimly aware of external noises but does not get distracted by it. Most people can achieve a medium trance.
The last level is a deep trance: Even in this deep state. The subject cannot be told to do or say anything that is against his or her moral or ethical code. The subject is always in control and an never be made to do or say anything that he/she does not want to do.
Different people have different ways of perceiving past-life-experiences. Based on the way they perceive, they can be categorized as visual, kinesthetic, auditory, etc.
Visual Persons: A majority of people are visual persons and, therefore, visual images are the most common way people know they have experienced real memory. Visual Persons see images of the experience. They often get very clear visual imagery of the past event or situation that they are recalling. They are able to see past-life events as if they are watching a movie. Depending on the depth of their experience, they may feel that they are seeing everything as a third person or they may actually re-live the past-life. In either case, they get visul images of everything that is happening.
Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic persons get little or no visual images. However, they get the physical sensations of being there. For example, a person who is experiencing a past-life where he is swimming in the sea would get the physical sensations associated with being in the see water like the sea spray hitting the body, the temperature of the water, etc. Person re-living the experience of being burnt to death may experience the feeling of tremendous heat.
Auditory: Auditory persons get auditory sensations. For example, a person experiencing a past-life as a soldier may hear the sounds that one associates with a battlefield. A person re-living a life spent near a waterfall may hear the distinct sounds of the water fall.
Feeling: This is another way one cn recall past-life experiences. Here, one re-lives the emotional feeling associated with the past-life event. For example a person re-living a past-life as one who has been insulted will re-live the same feeling of hurt and rejection associated with the original past-life event.
Knowing: This is when one gets an uncanny sense of knowing it all. For example, a person re-experiencing a past-life may suddenly get the realization of what happened then. This happens without any logical thinking.
Right Brain and Left Brain:
Our brain has two hemispheres.
The Left Brain is the part that controls all the logical and analytical functions.
The Right Brain is the seat of our creative abilities and intuitive intelligence.
Most people predominantly use their Left Brain and do not develop their power of intuition. It is important that we use both. We should not only sharpen our analytical abilities but also our intuitive abilities. Only then can we be balanced individuals.
Intuition is a result of following our feelings. Logic is a result of following our linear thought process. The source of our feelings is our multi-dimensional self that has access to higher knowledge and wisdom. The source of our logic is our one-dimensional mind that has been conditioned by our past-beliefs and experiences. Intuition is always empowering and logic is always limiting. The way to begin trusting your intuition is to accept the FIRST feeling, picture or words that pop into your head even if they don’t make sense to the logical mind. This will help you to increase your power of intuition. Following your intuition makes it possible to achieve what your logical mind considers impossible!.