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Past Life Regression - a personal experience...

Updated on March 1, 2010

Many years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I decided to have a past life regression. I didn't have a particular reason - other than the the fact that the whole idea absolutely fascinated me. So when I saw an advert in the local paper, by a hypnotherapist, I just couldn't resist it!

My (now ex) husband was not thrilled by my decision. He told me that I couldn't have it done in our home, so I arranged an appointment at a friend's house.

I was nervous and excited the night of the regression. I didn't know what to expect. My friend, Lucie, stayed in the room as an observer - which made me feel more comfortable.

I'd never been hypnotised before and was worried that I wouldn't be a suitable subject.

Luckily I soon relaxed and the hypnotist 'put me under'.

He took me back and back in time and then asked me to look around and tell him where I was. I was in a forest and I was a little girl. My name was Joanna Birchet or Birket.

The hypnotherapist asked me about what I was doing in the forest and I told him that I was playing with the animals and how much liked being with the animals.

(Later, my friend told me that I had spoken with the voice of about a 5 year old!).

He asked me to take him to where I lived and to describe it to him. I described a kind of log cabin which was in a clearing in the forest. I told him that my father was a 'woodsman' (although as I said it, I didn't know what I meant!)

I went into the cottage and my mother was cooking in a big pot over the fire, she kept coughing and looked very frail, but was very kind and loving.

All the time that I was hypnotised I was aware of what was going on around me.

I could hear the traffic in the street outside, I heard Lucie shifting position in her chair and thought to myself "Is this right? Am I really hypnotised?" and yet, when he asked me the questions everything was so vivid. I could see the colours, smell the odours and feel the textures.

The hypnotherapist then took me forward about two years.

By then I had a baby sister but my mother had died. I had to do everything. The cooking, the cleaning, look after the baby, etc. My father was a very strict man and often drunk - I was scared of him. It was a hard life.

A couple of years further on and it was market day.

I felt really excited because I was going to be able to buy some ribbon for my hair. The market was amazing. The sights, the smells... it was all so vivid!

I was asked near what town I lived and I said "Harrogate." (Later I looked at a map of the area, as I had never been anywhere there, and saw the 'Forest of Knaresborough' near Harrogate, it sounded so familiar.)

From my description of different details we assumed that the life I was recalling was during the 1700s.

The next episode in my life that I 'viewed', I was betrothed to a young man.

When I was asked his name I said "Thomas Gosling."

I couldn't understand where I'd got the name 'Gosling' from - I'd ever heard it before - but later found out that it is an old Yorkshire name so would not have been unusual in the Harrogate area.

(My father's name - in this life - is William but he has always been called Thomas since he was a baby.)

Anyway, we were soon to be married and my father-in-law was going to give us two pigs as a wedding present.

In this lifetime pigs are one of my favourite animals and over the years I have collected pig ornaments of all different shaped and sizes.

The hypnotherapist took me forward to my wedding day.

I described my calico dress and the wedding in a little wooden chapel in great detail.

We then skipped on a little way and I was pregnant. I had a baby son and we called him Thomas.

(A few years later, in this lifetime, my husband and I named our long-awaited son Thomas too - we'd had three beautiful daughters first!)

Another year or so later I was very heavily pregnant again.

I was expecting twins by the size of me. I felt extremely uncomfortable.

I was taken forward a few months and I was in labour! I was screaming out in agony and rolling around, quite distressed, so the hypnotherapist very hastily took me to the next day - where there was nothing...

I had died in childbirth...

The whole regression had been amazing.

It had felt to me as though hardly any time had passed, whereas I'd been 'under' for about two and a half hours.

I wasn't sure if I had really experienced the life of Joanna, or if I had made the whole thing up.

However, over the following few days I checked into as many of the details as I could and a lot of things that I had described seemed to be quite accurate (coinage, etc) I always hoped that I would go to Harrogate and try to check out the birth, marriage and death records, or look for a gravestone with my (other) name on it!

Unfortunately the opportunity has not arisen, as yet...

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      4 years ago

      You have to have a lot of trust in that therapist. I have heard of false memories being implanted.

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks Ziyena!

    • ziyena profile image

      Ziyena Brazos 

      5 years ago from Somewhere in Time ...

      Very interesting ... I've had my own experiences as well but through dream memories, and as you say everything is so vivid and surreal. Thanks for the wonderful share!

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks CresentMoon - as I have said to the others - you should do it! Then you can write about it and share you experience too :)

    • Cresentmoon2007 profile image


      7 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      This is so interesting. I want to get a past life regression done sometime for I have no idea what my lives were. Thank you for sharing.

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thank you Prey :)

      You should try it - the past life that you re-visit usually helps you work through problems you are encountering in this life. It is a fascinating and enlightening experience!

    • prey profile image


      9 years ago from places you should hope we never meet

      I always wondered about this

      very cool hub

      uh oh

      found a hubber i am going to have to snoop about hubs

      Thank you

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Go for it Teresa! You may also have an amazing experience - and then you can write a hub about it too :)

    • Teresa Laurente profile image

      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      9 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Amazing story and experience. I do not know yet if I will go through with hypnotism. But, its worth a try, someday, sometime.

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks Hokey :)

    • Hokey profile image


      9 years ago from In the energy.

      What an amazing journey. You are truly blessed to have been able to experience this. Namaste

    • CrystalStarWoman profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, England

      Thanks Nell and Rosalie, for your comments.I would not hesitate to recommend trying it!

      Past Life Regression therapy can be useful too, in helping people with issues in this life, stemming from experiences in earlier lifetimes.

      I have tried different methods other than hypnosis. I was regressed shamanically, which was very interesting. (We connected and she accessed one of my past lives and described what she was seeing.)

      I have also done self-regression, using a guided medition on tape (or CD). Very safe and done in the comfort of your own home. I shall have to write another hub about that one :)

    • Rosalie Koslof profile image

      Rosalie Koslof 

      9 years ago

      This is quite an experience. I have been tempted to try past life regression but I have been scared that I would feel myself suffering through at least several deaths. I have been concerned about who I might have been also because I have had so many unusual spiritual experiences. It seems like you felt safe with this experience which is encouraging for me, if I decide to try it.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Wow, that was amazing. I have always wanted to try it. good for you, for going for it! I suppose I am scared at what will be revealed about another life!! ha ha what if I was a murderer?! thanks for a fascinating insight into regression. cheers nell


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