Too often, there are reports of people claiming to have been glorified historical figures in past lives.
It’s a frequent misconception, perhaps encouraged in part by somewhat unscrupulous psychics who tell clients how important they were in their past lives. When people are regressed and see their own past lives, it’s common to perceive experiences as being both rich and poor, male and female, powerful and powerless, productive and unproductive, and so on. If people perceive themselves as a famous historic figure such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, one of the Disciples of Jesus, or even as Jesus himself, there are four possible explanations for this:
- The person really was the historic figure in a past life.
- The person is identifying with personality patterns associated with the historic individual to such an extent that the person believes he or she was that individual.
- The person’s ego is adding to the session. For example, perhaps he or she perceives through regression the ancient civilization of Egypt and a woman who looked like Cleopatra, or they may have been associated with Cleopatra, but the regressed person wasn’t actually Cleopatra.
- The person is somehow connecting to the energy or consciousness that was once part of the historic figure.
Regarding those who consider people who believe in reincarnation and past lives to be escapists and cowards, it actually takes more courage to accept and live within the ideals of reincarnation and karma because it means you have to take responsibility for everything you do, say, intend, and feel for all that happens to you. There is no such thing as a victim, you can’t blame anyone for anything, and you “get away with” nothing.
Furthermore, physical death may be the end of our body, but we are far more than just a body. Our soul consists of energy or life force. Science has proven that energy never dies and can’t be destroyed; it just takes a different form.
Past life regression can be used for entertainment purposes, but more importantly, even if you don’t believe in past lives, it can be a very useful and therapeutic tool.
Finally, it doesn’t really matter if the theories of reincarnation and karma are valid or not, but if we all acted as if they were, our world would be a much better place.
Copyright © 2004 Scott Petullo, Stephen Petullo