Past Lives & Future Lives
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke is Chairman of Llewellyn Worldwide, one of the oldest and largest publishers of practical metaphysical and spiritual books. He has a degree in Business Administration (Babson), studied Law (LaSalle), Philosophy (University of Minnesota) and Clinical Hypnosis, and has honorary recognitions in Divinity and Magical Philosophy. A lifelong student of metaphysical, psychological and spiritual subjects, he also variously studied with the Theosophical Society, Rosicrucian Order, Society of Inner Light, and the Arcane School. He was a leader in the rise of Wicca during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1973 he helped organize and then chaired the Council of American Witches, drafting the widely recognized “Thirteen Principles of Wiccan Belief,” later incorporated into the US Army chaplains’ handbook. While no longer active in the Craft, he retains ties to the Wiccan, Neo-Pagan, and Magickal communities. He is a Past Grandmaster of Aurum Solis and actively supports the current leadership. Author Donald Michael Kraig calls him the “Father of the New Age” because of his early sponsorship of new understanding of old occult subjects. Still actively associated with Llewellyn, he is devoting more time to studies and practical research in parapsychology, quantum theory, Kabbalah, Tantra, Taoism, Tarot, Astrology, Shamanism, and Magick. He is also actively writing, coauthoring books with Dr. Joe Slate, and working on various projects.
Warren H. McLemore
Joe H. Slate, PhD (Alabama), is a licensed psychologist and Emer足itus Professor of Psychology at Athens State University. He introduced experimental parapsychology, biofeedback, hypnosis and self-hypnosis into the instructional and research programs at Athens State University. The US Army and the Parapsychology Foundation of New York have funded his lab projects in parapsychology. His research led to the establishment of the International Parapsychology Research Institute and Foundation. His official research topics have included: rejuvenation, health and fitness, the human aura, psychotherapy, reincarnation, precognition, retrocognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, objectology, numerology, astral projection, sand reading, crystal gazing, dowsing, dreams, the wrinkled sheet, table tipping, discarnate interactions, psychic vampires, hypnosis, self-hypnosis, age regression, past-life regression, the afterlife, preexistence, the peak experience, natural resources, learning, problem solving, and the subconscious, to list but a few. He has founded several scholarships: Dr. Joe H. Slate Scholarship for the Arts, Athens State University. Dr. Joe H. and Rachel Slate Scholarship, University of Alabama. International Parapsychology Research Foundation Scholarship, Athens State University. Note: Each scholarship exists in perpetuity and is awarded annually to students who need financial assistance. Dr. Slate has appeared on several radio and television venues, including the Strange Universe series, the History Channel, and Sightings.
A Personal Empowerment Book
Past Lives & Future Lives Practical Applications of Self-Hypnosis Joe H. Slate, PhD Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
Llewellyn Publications Woodbury, Minnesota
Doors to Past Lives & Future Lives: Practical Applications of Self-Hypnosis © 2011 by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke and Joe H. Slate, PhD. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever, including Internet usage, without written permission from Llewellyn Publications, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Portions of this book previously appeared in Beyond Reincarnation (Llewellyn, 2005) First Edition First Printing, 2011 Cover art: “Infinity Doors” © iStockphoto.com/Palto, “Endless Corridor” © iStockphoto.com/Osuleo Cover design by Lisa Novak Editing by Connie Hill Llewellyn Publications is a registered trademark of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Slate, Joe H. Doors to past lives & future lives : practical applications of self-hypnosis / Joe H. Slate, Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. — 1st ed. p. cm. “A personal empowerment book.” Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-7387-2797-4 1. Autogenic training. I. Weschcke, Carl Llewellyn, 1930– I. Title. III. Title: Doors to past lives and future lives. RC499.A8S63 2011 615.8'5122—dc23 2011026205 Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. does not participate in, endorse, or have any authority or responsibility concerning private business transactions between our authors and the public. All mail addressed to the author is forwarded but the publisher cannot, unless specifically instructed by the author, give out an address or phone number. Any Internet references contained in this work are current at publication time, but the publisher cannot guarantee that a specific location will continue to be maintained. Please refer to the publisher’s website for links to authors’ websites and other sources. Llewellyn Publications A Division of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive Woodbury, MN 55125-2989 www.llewellyn.com Printed in the United States of America
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This book is your passport to the exciting world of reincarnation and your own past lives. You’re about to embark on a journey of a lifetime. There’s no need to grab your suitcase—you’ll be traveling light. All you need is a willingness to explore. You can now be whisked away into your past lifetimes and your life between them, even your earliest preexistence. So climb on board, and read on!
contents Acknowledgments . . . xiii Preface . . . xv Foreword . . . xvii Introduction . . . 1 One: The Mind-Body-Spirit Connection . . . 19 Two: Self-Hypnosis and Past-Life Regression . . . 37 Three: Preexistence and Life-Between-Lifetimes . . . 75 Four: The Spirit Realm: A Present Reality . . . 103 Five: Astral Projection and the Afterlife . . . 153 Technical Reports . . . 175 Suggested Reading . . . 179 Glossary . . . 183 Index . . . 191
acknowledgments We together are deeply grateful to each individual whose support and encouragement made this book possible. To the many research subjects who enthusiastically gave of their time and energies, we here express our sincerest appreciation. Also, to the students who served as laboratory assistants and technicians, we are especially grateful. They were always there when needed. Although they do not appear visibly in this book, the results of their efforts are found throughout its pages. We would like to thank our learned colleagues whose suggestions, criticisms, and encouragement helped bring this book to comple tion. They have our highest respect and admiration. Among them are Dr. Franklin Turney and Dr. Gene Chamberlain, whose imaginative and insightful contributions greatly enhanced this effort. To Warren McLemore who assisted with the photography and to Ricky Pruitt who provided invaluable technical assistance, we express our sincerest thanks. To Isaac Dean and Marc Slate, Jr. for their contributions to every phase of this effort, we will always be grateful. We wish to express our special thanks to the International Parapsychology Research Institute Foundation for its unwavering support and encouragement over the years. Now under the direction of Honorable Judge Sam Masdon, the Foundation’s long-term commitment to the search for new knowledge remains an invaluable source of inspiration. Finally, we together owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and women of Llewellyn Worldwide for their ongoing guidance and encouragement. It’s our hope this book will reflect their highest hopes for bright new worlds of mind, body, and spirit.
preface Here for the first time is a do-it-yourself guide for exploring the full scope of your past lives. You can at last rediscover your past lifetimes, your life between them, and your preexistence. You can even get a glimpse into your future. How is this possible? You have at your command all the required resources—master hypnotist, teacher, healer, and guide. Better than that, they exist within yourself—they are an integral part of you. All you need are the programs required to access them and unleash their powers. Possibly nothing is more important to our development as evolving souls than self-discovery, self-reliance, and self-empowerment. Promoting autonomy in exploring your past life through workable, do-it-yourself programs is consequently the centerpiece of this book. With the exception of the Eye Blink Procedure, the programs are based on studies conducted under the auspices of Athens State College (now University) or the International Parapsychology Research Institute and Foundation. The studies exist at present as noncirculated technical reports in the archival collection at the Athens State University Library. With the concepts and related programs presented in the following pages, you can discover for yourself the spiritual essence of your being. You can finally experience the full magnitude of your existence. You can retrieve the past-life experiences that hold relevance for you in the here and now. You can uncover the unlimited resources available to you from the spirit realm, including your personal guides who are constantly poised to facilitate your growth. Beginning now, you can embark on a new and exciting journey into your past life. The result is a newly empowered life of enlight enment, fulfillment, and joy. With these rich opportunities before us, who could ask for more?
foreword Carl Llewellyn Weschcke
understanding the spirit world & the importance of self-involvement, NOW! What does anyone actually know of the Spirit World? What do we really mean when we speak of “spirituality?” Do we really have immortal souls and what does that mean? Who can give you answers to the questions that you have about what happens after death? What’s the “truth” about reincarnation? It would be easy to say that no one knows the reality of life after death, but that isn’t true. And it’s not true that you will only find the answers in ancient scriptures or from psychics and spiritual mediums. It would be easy to be blasé and say that no one has ever “come back” to answer these questions, or to talk only about those who may have had near death experiences (NDEs). Well, the fact is there are ordinary people who do regularly experience previous lives through the technique of regression, and they do come back to talk about what they’ve learned about life after death, and even about life before birth. What’s more, not only can you read their reports (in this book and others), but you can easily discover these things for yourself through do-it-yourself past-life regression implemented by self-hypnosis!
Why turn to others for such information when it may well be that they have no personal knowledge about the subject, and—worse— may be speaking from a private agenda developed to rob you of your personal power, placing yourself in a position of dependence upon others to think for you?
“do-it-yourself” and self-empowerment When I bought my first house back many decades ago, there were laws against doing most simple repair work related to plumbing, heating, and electric. And when it wasn’t directly illegal, the building codes specified materials and methods beyond the resources of an amateur. Back then you had to use only copper pipe and no plastic; back then putting up a wall was a complex process involving lathes, wire mesh, and hand-applied wet plaster; back then there were no windows and doors complete with their own framing ready to be installed, and many things you can now readily buy at your local Home Depot had to be hand-fabricated and custom-fitted on the job. The desire to do-it-yourself spawned entire industries and made remodeling and repairs something almost anyone could do and afford. As a result, years later, in another house it was possible for me to construct a custom-designed and shaped sand box in an odd space right outside my window so I could work while watching my young son at play. I was able to build wood seating (using treated lumber) into a hillside, making a nice entertainment space suited to a large family reunion. I wasn’t a carpenter or even mechanically inclined, but I built and custom-fitted pocket doors, various items of furniture specific to space and needs, and undertook repair projects that would have been otherwise unaffordable for me at the time. When I was younger, the only do-it-yourself medical information involved nearly incomprehensible textbooks, and you were not encouraged to look into your health problems because “doctor knows
best” and you were just to follow doctor’s orders. There was no readily available information about investments and instead you were dependent on a broker (not a financial consultant) whose source of income was derived from your buying and selling activity. And to answer simple legal questions you had to hire a lawyer. Essentially we were conditioned to depend on other people, the trained professionals, for all our needs, and to accept their wisdom without question. I remember one time years ago when I was involved in a copyright matter and was not satisfied with the answers I was being given. After days of research I came up with new answers and my high-priced attorney complimented me by saying I was a better lawyer than he was and cutting his fee to represent only the filing of paperwork, etc. I wouldn’t pretend that expertise anymore but the point remains: you are the one who best understands your situation—do the diligence to become a partner with your professional advisor. The period was the forties, fifties, and sixties. There was no Internet; the only viable (profitable) book publishers did textbooks. The primary retail outlets were a very few Catholic religious stores selling books along with paraphernalia, and department stores selling mostly children’s books along with a few bestsellers identified by book clubs, plus books from the Modern Library. As I remember the figures, there were 50,000 titles in 1960 vs. the multiple millions published annually today. The only self-help books related to “Sex for Young Men,” “Sex for Young Women,” Norman Vincent Peale’s books, etc. The earlier books on Spiritualism and Theosophy from the 1800s were mostly out of print and what little was available came directly from the Theosophical Society. So, there really were no self-help books as we know them today. Actual bookstores were almost exclusively selling used books, old magazines and comic books, and old family Bibles.
information and self-knowledge When information is accessible, and understandable, knowledge is possible and can be applied to your own (sometimes unique) needs and circumstance. You are the one with the unexplained pain that really isn’t all in your head. With the information resources available today via self-help books and Internet search engines you can narrow down the possible causes and better explain the problem in terms specific enough for your doctor to work with you in its resolution. Being able to read about paranormal phenomena you are better able to trace the source of those “bumps in the night” to the strange energies of an angry teenager and help her through a difficult time. Being able to resource information pertinent to a leaky roof you may be able to cheaply and safely repair it yourself or direct a roofer to the exact problem rather than being sold an unneeded new roof. With access to information you can know exactly what you need or want to work effectively with professionals—if necessary—and make responsible decisions. With access to information, you can become a responsible and involved citizen able to confront embedded bureaucracy and self-serving politicians, and work for what is best for your community. An informed patient, client, citizen, householder, owner, student, and so forth brings out the best in any professional, and empowers you with the right service for your needs.
knowledge is empowering Today we have access to technology, and to self-help methodology allowing you to get answers for yourself. You have the means to direct experience and personal discovery that enables you to develop and form your own belief systems rather than accepting their imposition by other people. What’s more, by being in control of the process—whatever it may be—you do get what you need or desire on your own terms when and
where you want it. In some situations personal control makes a substantial difference in the effectiveness of the process. Self-knowledge and do-it-yourself understanding is empowering and puts you in control. In the application I am about to describe, that personal control bypasses resistance that otherwise diminishes the effectiveness of the procedure. It is common in many interpersonal activities to encounter resistance that inhibits the value and effect of the activity. One of the most common inhibiting encounters occurs during hypnosis, where one person submits to the will of another. Of course, that is not the reality of hypnosis but it is part of the folklore and is often deeply embedded within the person seeking the benefits to be gained through the hypnotic experience. All hypnosis is a voluntary focus of attention and concentration upon particular suggestions and goals. A hypnotist is only a facilitator to the process, but stories and movies have imbued the hypnotist (portrayed with scary eyes) with seemingly supernatural powers to force the subject to unwanted action. No wonder people resist such a hypnotist! Self-hypnosis avoids resistance. Self-hypnosis puts you in control, able to ask your own questions, directly observe what is important to you, follow leads that seem important to you, and avoid experiences that may be uncomfortable. As Dr. Slate has many times observed and stated, you are your own best hypnotist.
past lives? life before birth? reincarnation? This is a book about reincarnation and do-it-yourself past-life regression implemented by self-hypnosis. The techniques that use self-hypnosis involve â€œSelf â€? (your full consciousness) in practices promoting personal growth and self-empowerment.
Yes, it is interesting to read about the worldwide belief in reincarnation, about the cultures, religions, and societies who shape their daily lives and esoteric practices around that belief, and itâ€™s even more interesting to read about the spontaneous memories of past lives in sufficient detail so they can actually be verified as demonstrated in the ground-breaking researches of the late Ian Stevenson, MD, founder of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia and one of the founders of the Society for Scientific Exploration, a professional organization of scientists and other scholars committed to studying unusual and unexplained phenomena that cross traditional scientific boundaries and may be ignored or inadequately studied within mainstream science. Dr. Stevenson spent thirty-five years in deeply detailed research into cases of children remembering previous lives where they gave sufficient detail that follow-up research verified the stories. His work involved extensive interviews with firsthand witnesses, corroboration of reports, examination of birth certificates and postmortem reports, etc., to document every pertinent detail including the mode of violent death, birthmarks, unusual behavior and skills, gender confusion when the previous life was of the opposite sex, and noted unusual interests. While he published over three hundred papers and fourteen books, his most important work was a two-volume, 2,268-page report on over two hundred cases in which highly unusual birthmarks or birth defects of the child corresponded with marks, usually fatal wounds, on the previous person. Interestingly, his records show that these children usually start speaking of their memories beginning at about ages two to three years, and stop around ages seven or eight when the needs and interests of the current life become dominant over past-life memories and the play games and fantasies so important to healthy child development begin.
importance of follow-up research You may not wish to contribute your own past-life experiences to the growing body of scientific verification of past-life memories, but your own follow-up studies can help you to realize the full advantages of these memories and insights. Pay attention to any details such as past-life identity, or the time and location of the past-life experiences. Pay particular attention to past-life skills and expert knowledge such as law, language, history, and others, so that you retain the possibility of being able to recall at least some awareness of them for the current lifetime. Also note recognitions of historic personages and events and your reactions to them. Be open to the unexpectedâ€”gender, race, social position, profession, etc.â€”and what understanding you can retain from these experiences. Even though you will not be able to retain a particular skill, such as speaking a foreign language, that was part of your experience when under hypnosis, those memories are likely to facilitate the study of that language in this lifetime should you wish. The same is true of a memory of you as, for example, a lawyer or medical doctor, even though todayâ€™s law and medicine is vastly more complex than in previous generations. You may be able to recover the background understanding that goes with such professions, which will be beneficial to any occupation today, just as study and reading about a subject or historic period broadens your overall awareness and human understanding. Such study, like a life-review, is cumulative and enriches your current life, and may set a pattern carrying conscious awareness and understanding over into future lives.
A Cautionary Note It is important not to force a past-life experience, should your pastlife regression bring you an encounter with an empty room (referring to a technique to be described later) or one that gives you feelings
of terror, dread, or pain that you are afraid you canâ€™t handle yet, or experiences that at first seem confusing. Under self-hypnosis, you are always in control and can make choices about what you can safely experience. You will soon realize that you can even control such feelings so that you can penetrate to what lies behind them and free yourself from any reactive energies that may be inhibiting your present-day life.
An Encouraging Note Dr. Slate writes: Our past-life experiences can be so intense that awareness of them not only alters our perceptions, but brings forth profound changes in our behavior as well. If we are indeed the totality of all our past experiences, most of which remain beyond conscious awareness, it would seem only reasonable that many potentially empowering experiences are among them. To uncover them and activate their powers could literally change the directions of our lives. Conceivably, they could provide solutions to pressing problems, and explain behaviors that would otherwise mystify us. Exploring your past lives can be more fascinating than reading the autobiographies and biographies of other people, sometimes more enjoyable than even the best fiction, and perhaps more efficient and effective than certain areas of study. More than anything else, such research and study of your own past lives can integrate the cumulative wisdom of all your past lives into the present. It could be like the science-fiction fantasy of implanting into the brain a small microchip containing the total content of all the books and journals ever published. Such research and study can finally answer the question of why you donâ€™t remember your past lives. In reality, you donâ€™t really want to remember all the sordid details, or even the most enlightening ones. What you do want is to access the cumulative wisdom of all your life
experiences, and perhaps through them the wisdom of all peoples from all times everywhere. We share in the very best humanity has achieved. For at the most fundamental levels we are united.
past-life knowledge is evolutionary Your experience of past lives and your review and study of those memories can become one of the most transformative and enlightening programs in your current life—similar to but more exciting and meaningful than genealogy and your family tree, giving personal involvement in the study of historic periods, answering questions about your personal life that otherwise seem quite unfathomable, and opening doors to truly meaningful spirituality. But the real value is what we could tentatively describe as selftherapy—the retrieval of past-life experiences relevant to your presentday healing and development, and your spiritual growth—all of which are part of the continuing evolution of the Soul. Dr. Slate writes: Through past-life regression . . . you can both observe and interact with your personal past. As either a spectator or active participant, you can experience important events that made up your past history as an evolving soul. You can become empowered to retrieve past-life experiences that hold particular relevance to your present development. All your past-life experiences exist within yourself—they are a part of your evolution as a soul. By tapping into them, you can reactivate the growth potentials of your past experiences and integrate them into your soul being where they function as new growth resources. In probing your past life, you may find that an unresolved conflict or phobia is directly past-life related. Fortunately, past-life enlightenment is often sufficient in and of itself to resolve present conflicts and extinguish distressful phobias which otherwise
could constrict your present growth. Not surprisingly, our pastlife experiences often provided solutions to present-life problems while motivating and inspiring us to reach higher levels of spiritual growth. Your past-life experiences and the enlightenment based on them contribute to your uniqueness as an evolving soul while offering resources with permanent growth possibilities. Because souls exist forever—they have neither a beginning nor an ending— the destiny of souls is growth and greatness, from everlasting to everlasting. You are an immortal spirit entity whose identity remains forever unchanged and whose evolvement is forever continuous. . . . the soul, rather than something you possess, is what you are. It is that unique eternal essence—the “I am” of your being that sets you apart from all other beings. . . . But it is also important to keep in mind that we have a common attribute—that of forever evolving—which makes us more alike than different. That attribute can promote tolerance and acceptance of others. It can facilitate communication and understanding between widely different cultures. It can help unite us in our efforts to achieve global peace and make the world a better place for ourselves and future generations. We can now conclude with reasonable certainty that past-life knowledge is power in one of its purest forms.
there’s more than “just” past lives The do-it-yourself past-lives regression technique that Dr. Slate has developed using self-hypnosis opens doors to more than past lives. The technique itself is implemented through a visualized corridor with many doors—each a key to experiencing a single past life that you may choose to explore, and that you can return to at any time. You are in control of the experiences, and may choose to merely open the door as a passive observer or enter through the door into
active participation in that life. You remain in control, and can move forward or backward in time, in fast motion or slow motion. You also choose the degree of objectivity or subjectivity with which you delve into each past-life experience. The more past lives you explore, research, and study to recover the actual wisdom gained in each particular life, the closer you correlate with part of what you can experience through one of the two special doors in the visualized corridor—the one that is marked “lifebetween-lives,” where you both review past lives and plan future lives with the help of spiritual specialists. Life, all our lives, is a learning experience facilitating our growth as Souls in fulfillment of the evolutionary plan from before there was time or space, from before there was a beginning, because our souls are forever—as living parts of our Creative Source by whatever name we choose: God, Creator, etc., or Father/Mother for we are indeed his/ her children, destined to grow into greatness. There is another special door marked “Preexistence.” Dr. Slate’s discoveries and conclusions about our preexistence and the nature of spiritual reality rank with the most inspiring scriptures and esoteric writing—with this difference: they are backed up with the experience of ordinary people engaged in past-life regression under scientific controls. The description of “classrooms for the soul” and “therapy for the soul” from the actual experiences shared by regression subjects brings a constant presence of hope and renewal because of their genuine source. These are experiences and discoveries you can verify and share by your own entry into the preexistence door. Because of the infinite magnitude of our past, probes of our preexistence are typically more productive when they focus on relevance rather than scope. Given such a focused probe, we can then integrate our preexistence into our present lifetime experiences. Fortunately, there exists within each of us an inner knowing, which we could call our higher or super consciousness, with power to ferret out those
crucial experiences from our past and reveal their present relevance. Beyond that, we have access to the spirit world with all its powerful resources poised to enrich our search. In probing your past life, either as an observer or active participant, it is important to keep in mind that the spirit dimension is not some distant mystery realm, but rather a present and receptive reality. It is as close to you right now as the air you breathe. As a soul, you are connected to that dimension. You have within yourself the power to reach out at any moment to touch and directly interact with it. Through the regression experience, you can rediscover the spirit realm as you experienced it before your first lifetime as well as between your past lifetimes. The shared perceptions of the regressed subjects leads to new understanding of the challenges of our daily life—described as a polarity phenomenon in which we normally oscillate back and forth between such opposites as hope versus despair, meaning versus meaninglessness, happiness versus sadness, love versus hate, feelings of dependence versus independence, and belief in good versus evil. When we are entangled in this polarity, our spiritual growth and continued evolution can be interrupted while in the current lifetime. Still there was consensus among the subjects viewing their past lives from the perspective gained from their experience of life-betweenlives that the upward growth spiral is resumed at the time of transition to “the other side.” Furthermore, there was agreement among the subjects that the growth experiences of each lifetime are never lost, for they are the “rewards of life on this planet.” They are important resources for our continued development after death. It is the continued experience of life through life-after-life that we discover purpose and achieve meaning. We live to grow, and grow through living.
past-life regression and psychic empowerment The Doors procedure has been further developed to enable subjects to access categories of psychic information including the possibilities of precognitive experiences even—in some instances—with the opportunity to influence future developments. With repeated past-life regression, along with review and study of the experiences themselves, the performance of the subjects in controlled ESP tests for telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition remarkably increased. Regression to their preexistence enabled several of the subjects to demonstrate mediumistic and channeling powers. Another technique developed by Dr. Slate and his researchers is called “Interfacing” and involves small groups making contact with the spirit world without the need of an experienced medium or communication tool. Dr. Slate’s work shows that the spirit world is accessible here, now, and always. . . . we can experience the spirit world as it exists right now. Rather than a far away place that’s our future destination, the spirit realm is a present reality that invites our present interaction. . . . it is forever present with unlimited enrichment and growth resources. [It], like our personal existence, is interactive— it does not exist in a vacuum of mystery and isolation. It knocks at the soul’s door, inviting interaction and enlightenment. It is the immeasurable collective force that undergirds, permeates, and sustains all that exists, whether physical or nonphysical. Astral projection is one of the most direct ways with which we can experience and interact with the spirit world. Through past-life regression and self-hypnosis you can travel inward to retrieve important experiences from your most distance past, preexistence, and lifebetween-lifetimes. Through astral projection you can travel out to
directly experience the spirit world and access its abundant resources. You can discover new meaning to your life in the present and the magnificent realities that await you in the future. Free of the material limitations of the physical body, consciousness can move through dimensions of interior and exterior realities, growing and merging into Spirit, and return with higher knowledge and experience to benefit life here and now. As our planet undergoes transformation, so must all who live on and within the planetary being. With the sudden acceleration of earth changes and life changes it is possible, perhaps likely, that many of us will actually experience life in a New Age. What that may mean can only be determined by each person through the kind of direct experience attainable through methods like the do-it-yourself past-life regression presented in this book. We live in most interesting times, times that may challenge our very survival as a civilization and perhaps even as a species. At the same time we have greater experiential assurance than ever that we are truly immortal and that our lives are meaningful and purposeful. You know the words to the famous song â€œWe are the World,â€? written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie for charitable purposes in 1985. It has been performed by many different artists and groups many, many thousands of times, raising tens of millions of dollars for aid and relief in Africa, Haiti, and elsewhere. It is one of the most uplifting and inspirational pieces of music ever heard. Its message is simple and direct, as old as it is new, but the timing is more pertinent than ever. Simply stated, it reminds us that not only are we are all children of the world, part of Godâ€™s universal family, but that individually and together we are the world and it is now up to us to act to save this first-time-ever global civilization with its diverse, collaborative cultures, and to continue our ancient charge and pledge to make the world a better place.
Itâ€™s true: we are the world, and when we perceive the world as one, physically as well as spiritually, when we choose life and love, and recognize the constant need for beneficial change, we can accomplish great things. When we see all our lives as one, we gain the wisdom of all our experiences and become greater than we are, for all children are destined to grow up and become responsible adults and share in the family enterprise. We are not supposed to remain dependent forever, herded like sheep and pushed around by dictators, but rather to grow and become the whole persons intended through the great plan of evolution. Reincarnation is the proof of the continuity of life, and do-it yourself past-life regression implemented by self-hypnosis is your means to self-involvement with the true process of spiritual evolution. Your conscious self-involvement has never been as important as now, and the opportunities for self-involvement have never been greater with the proven techniques of psychic empowerment and self-impowerment. Any glance at the daily news brings home the threats of mass terrorism, of groups seeking to impose ideologies that deny individual rights, of environmental disasters threatening human life itself, of destructive financial manipulations that threaten personal security, and offensive (not defensive) military postures that press us toward a collective society. Our ultimate social security calls for changes in consciousness that can only come through personal growth and empowerment. Thankfully, through the research and development work of pioneers like Joe Slate, individuals do have the means for self-development and selfempowerment that take us beyond the threats of collective â€œisms.â€? Do-it-yourself past-life regression provides one of the most fundamental and progressive techniques of personal growth and empowerment available to you. It only requires you to open the door to the great adventure of all your lives.
All the past is here, present to be tried. —henry david thoreau, journal
Have you ever wondered whether you have lived before and whether you will live again? Have you ever thought about the full scope of your existence, from your most distant past to the present and beyond? Have you considered the possibility that you preexisted before you were ever born into a mortal body? Have you ever questioned whether there’s an intelligence behind the universe, and if so, its relevance to you personally? We’ve probably all pondered at one time or another these searching questions, only to conclude that there are no easy, ready-made answers. Figuring out the full scope and meaning of our existence is one of our greatest and most difficult challenges. That’s what this book is all about.
Yet this book does not claim to have all the answers—they must come from within yourself. Our primary purpose in writing this book is to inspire the search for new knowledge through workable, do-ityourself programs. Beyond that, it is our hope that this book will ignite within each of us a new commitment to use the knowledge gained for the greatest good. The central focus of this book is on the endlessness of life within a four-dimensional spectrum: • Your preexistence or life before your first lifetime. • Your existence in each past lifetime. • Your existence between past lifetimes. • Your post existence or life following your last lifetime. The term past life as used throughout this book typically signifies the totality of your past existence, including your preexistence and past lifetimes as well as your existence between past lifetimes. The term past lifetime, on the other hand, refers to a particular lifetime of embodied consciousness in your past, including your first lifetime or incarnation and each lifetime or reincarnation thereafter. Discarnate existence as used in this book refers to a disembodied state of continued consciousness in the afterlife realm which is also referred to as the other side or spirit dimension. Our treatment of these topics does not exclude the possibility of past-life existence in other realities or dimensions. In view of the vastness of the universe, and the possibility that our known universe is only one of many, it is conceivable that we have existed in other dimensions that remain at present unknown to us. It is further conceivable that the theories and principles of contemporary science, at least in their commonly perceived forms, simply do not apply to those dimensions. If, as Einstein observed, some dimensions are unknown to us, it would follow that the science required to explain them would
likewise be unknown to us. Among our most important research goals has been the discovery of new knowledge, including that related to dimensions that are either unknown to us or largely unexplainable. Our emphasis throughout this book is on the bidirectional endlessness of life. Incomprehensible though it may at first seem, only that which has no beginning can be endless. Your existence forever after your last lifetime must be counterbalanced by your existence forever before your first lifetime. You can’t have one without the other. This requires us to conceive an alternate dimension of time beyond the physical-biological, brain-perceived time—a change supported by the latest researches in quantum theory, but recognized in ancient scriptures and philosophical writings. From that perspective, when we look backward into our past, we see no beginning; and when we look forward into our future, we see no ending. Your life’s journey thus becomes forever continuous and immeasurable—it has neither starting point nor final destination. Simply put yet contrary to much conventional thought, your existence is from everlasting to everlasting, a concept consistent with the very nature of your existence as a soul being. This book steadfastly embraces a spiritual worldview. It emphasizes the continuity of our evolvement within a flexible framework that acknowledges the spiritual nature of our being. We each exist within a dynamic scheme that is logical and orderly. It is a scheme that, like our own evolution, is neither rigid nor automatic but rather vibrant and ongoing. It is not complete, nor do we individually know all there is to know about it. One of this book’s major goals is to promote a deeper understanding of that enormous scheme and the magnificent totality of our existence within it—past, present, and future. We are not “finished products” but rather are beings in the process of becoming more than we are, endlessly growing, endlessly developing, and endlessly fulfilling the great plan at the source of all existence.
This book is based on the simple premise that knowledge is power. The more we know about ourselves, including our past lives, the more personally empowered we become in achieving our present life’s goals and shaping our own destiny. Beyond that, the more empowered we become the more opportunity we have to make the world a better place for present and future generations. Wherever we are in our life’s voyage, we are at any moment the sum total of our past, though we can scarcely comprehend its mag nitude and magnificence. In one way or another, consciously or subconsciously, we bring with us into the present all our past expe riences—from our preexistence to this present moment in time. Within that vast totality, we each become a never-ending work in progress. Our past-life experiences remain forever with us for a purpose. But rather than being automatically available to us at the beginning of each lifetime, they challenge us to retrieve them and discover their relevance for ourselves. Only then can we integrate them into our present lifetime. It’s through concentrated effort and self-discovery that we learn and grow. It’s then that knowledge of the past becomes power for the present. It’s then that we uncover totally new potentials to be realized and enjoyed. Once we discover them, our past-life achievements in particular can build feelings of worth and well-being. We become less constricted in our self-identity and more at one with the universe. Even deeply painful experiences from our distant past life can be laden with amazing growth possibilities. Once we become aware of them through self-discovery, past-life disappointments can increase our capacity for flexibility and adaptation. Past-life suffering, whether mental or physical, can empower us with greater compassion for others who suffer. Past-life adversity can increase our resolve to overcome present-life obstacles. As we will later find, self-discovery of the past-
life sources of our fears, anxieties, and conflicts can empower us to promptly overcome them. Given the relevance of our past lifetimes, it is not surprising that many of us experience spontaneous glimpses into them. Among the examples are the past-life images that often surface during the dream experience and detailed past-life experiences that can spring forth during such altered states as hypnosis and meditation. Yet another very common example is déjà vu, which can often be explained as past-life residue. Each of these manifestations is a clear call to probe the depth of the past and discover its present relevance, and unless we can do so, their pertinence—indicated by these spontaneous appearances—is, for the time at least, lost. What could have been a response to need is ignored. Even our experiences in the spirit realm between our lifetimes can emerge spontaneously to empower us in the present. Among the common examples are inspirational glimpses into the spirit world that emerge as “peak experiences.” They often awaken between-lifetime memories that propel us forward with renewed insight and faith. Similarly, many of our dream experiences seem to recapitulate our between-lifetime interactions with loving spirit guides and teachers who remain with us to empower us in this lifetime. These experiences can be so profound that they literally alter our perceptions of the purpose and meaning of our lives. It is not unusual for subjects during hypnosis to experience spontaneous past-life regression that holds important relevance to their present-life situation. Depressed or anxious subjects, for instance, often rediscover a loving spirit guide from out of their past who had seen them through many difficult past-life situations. These spontaneous experiences often reconnected them to a spirit helper at a time they needed special support and reassurance. Similarly, subjects experiencing serious phobias or obsessive-compulsive conditions that limited their lives often experienced during hypnosis the past-life sources
of these conditions. The results of these spontaneous experiences during hypnosis have been found to be consistently liberating and empowering, another example of the power of past-life knowledge. Subjects during past-life regression often find that a guiding spirit presence from out of their distant past sometimes remained with them over several lifetimes to guide their growth. At their transition, that same comforting presence may remain with them to guide their continued development in the afterlife realm. How comforting to know that we can experience in this lifetime the powerful presence of spirit guides who have been with us in the past and will remain with us in the afterlife! Along another line, subjects during hypnosis occasionally experienced a spontaneous phenomenon called hypnoproduction, in which they demonstrated remarkable, complex skills which they had not acquired in their present lifetime. For instance, a graduate student who regressed to a past lifetime in Germany spoke fluently in German during hypnosis, a language he had not studied in this lifetime. Another subject during past-life regression discussed complicated scientific concepts using terms he had not acquired in his present lifetime. Hypnoproduction can also include demonstrations during hypnosis of advanced musical and artistic skills not acquired in this present lifetime. Each of these spontaneous past-life manifestations suggests a wondrous reserve of subconscious resources and inner potentials just waiting to be discovered, and perhaps asking to be recovered. But for the most part, discovering your past-life experiences and retrieving past-life skills require deliberate, concentrated efforts. By discovering them for yourself, you will value them more highly, and you will better understand their current relevance. It follows that mastery of workable past-life regression programs could access critical knowledge and even retrieve lost skills that otherwise would remain unavailable to us or else require years to acquire.
The basic goal of past-life probes is twofold: to acquire new knowledge and to use it for the greatest good, including your own evolvement as well as that of others. Here are a few examples of the many rewards of past-life knowledge: • P ast-life knowledge can help satisfy the basic human need for understanding. Alienated from our past and devoid of its knowl edge, we are like minnows darting erratically in a small country stream—enclosed, out of contact, disconnected. The unknown invites awareness and you possess the potential to experience it close up. • P ast-life knowledge can give new direction and balance to your life. As in mountain climbing, awareness of your past progress pushes you ever forward. It enlarges your perspective and steadies your resolve. Even past slips and falls can motivate you to try again. • P ast-life knowledge can build feelings of dignity and self-worth. You discover that you are a permanent citizen of the universe, not a flickering candle in the wind. • P ast-life knowledge promotes acceptance and understanding of others. Discovering that you were of another race, gender, sexual orientation, or even species in a past life can increase your understanding and appreciation of all living beings. Pastlife enlightenment can eliminate bigotry, intolerance, and prejudice—whatever its form. • P ast-life knowledge has therapeutic value. It is one of the most powerful healing and rejuvenating agents known. Mental, physical, and spiritual well-being is at your fingertips when you tap into the experiences of your past. • P ast-life knowledge has many global implications. Given the magnitude of knowledge available through past-life probes,
we become more compassionate of others and active in solving pressing global problems, such as hunger, poverty, disease, environmental pollution, conflict, and war. Possibly more than any other single factor, past-life knowledge can inspire us to help others and make the world a better place for all. • P ast-life knowledge—like the study of history—can help us to not repeat the mistakes of the past and instead help us move ahead into a more solid future. From our preexistence onward, life can be seen as an unfolding drama in which we play out many different roles. In one past lifetime, you may have been the star or the acclaimed hero who won the adoration of the masses. In another, you may have been the villain who was reviled and hated, even executed. In one past lifetime, you may have been fully dedicated and committed to your role. In another, you may have been a disengaged, passive spectator. In one past lifetime, you may have been a great leader who helped shape history. In another, you may have sought quiet refuge away from the noisy crowd. In one past lifetime you may have scaled the heights or made quantum leaps in your personal evolution. In another you may have struggled just to survive. Whatever the nature of your past life, your life’s journey, when viewed in proper perspective, is forever forward. Continuous growth and fulfillment are intricately woven into the broad fabric of our existence. When you recognize that adversity, reversal, struggle, and even tragedy are energized with tremendous growth potential, you can explore your past—and engage your future—with optimism and confidence. You will discover that where there was an imbalance of suffering and injustice in one past lifetime, joyous fulfillment almost always followed in the next. You will find that blocked growth in one past lifetime is a good predictor of quantum leaps in the next. As we will later see, our experiences between lifetimes often rearrange and integrate our past-life experiences to
include our setbacks and disappointments in ways that orchestrate a totally new growth spiral. Understanding the role of balance over past lives may help you find balance in your current lifetime, thus accelerating a proven part of the human evolutionary process. Discovering the full landscape of your existence requires not only exploring your past, but more importantly, incorporating your findings into your present life. Clarifying your present-life view of your personal existence is the important first step in that critical process. In our studies, diversity along with optimism typically characterized the present-life views of college students and nonstudents alike. Here are a few examples. • A humanities major (female, age 20): “My life is constantly evolving in what I believe to be a higher plan, not only for me but for all of humanity. It’s within that plan that I set goals and find direction.” • A psychology major (male, age 22): “Everything evolves. All you need is a starting point which can be accidental. I may be just an aberration in an accidental universe. Nevertheless, life is beautiful, and I’m glad to be alive.” • A n undeclared major (female, age 19): “I’m still searching for meaning in my life. I don’t know where that search will take me, but I’m open to the possibilities.” • A library science major (female, age 24): “I get meaning and fulfillment in life by helping others. I strongly believe there is a force for good in the universe. Beyond that, I believe that we sometimes overly complicate things, including our existence and the meaning of life.” • A n interior designer (male, age 27): “I sometimes see my life as an accumulation of meaningless debris scattered across a wasteland.
At other times, I’m more hopeful. Unfortunately, the world today seems to be spiraling downward, not upward.” • A n attorney (female, age 32): “My life is like a comet streaking through time and space. Will it burn itself out? Probably. I only hope it will leave something behind, if nothing more than a trail of dust.” • A real estate manager (male, age 37): “My personal existence is something I seldom speculate on. I exist—that’s all I know and maybe all I need to know…” • A building contractor (male, age 41): “I don’t think we will ever know the full meaning and purpose of our existence. If we discover too much about ourselves, we may be disappointed with what we find. Sometimes, less is better—we have less to worry about.” • A n English professor (female, age 49): “If we continue our search, I believe we will finally discover who we really are and what it means to exist. The truth will come, but only if we persist. I’m still searching.” • A department store manager (male, age 35): “We can never know the full truth of what it means to exist. My existence is a forever-unfolding process, never to become an end product. There is no absolute truth and no final answers.” • A sociologist (female, age 45): “I’m still trying to figure out the purpose and meaning in my existence. There must be a reason why I am here at this place and time. I cannot conceive of going through this life indifferent and out of touch. Maybe that’s why I am here—to more fully understand the scope and purpose of my existence.” • A personnel manager (male, age 51): “My search for meaning is an ongoing growth process, sometimes painful in and of itself.
There are few guarantees in life—it’s the uncertainties that push us forward.” • A high school math teacher (female, age 30): “There are no fixed boundaries and no permanent solutions to life’s dilemmas. The tattered culminations of past struggles are not endings—they are merely signals that mark our unsteady progress and jumpstart a continuation of our endless search.” • A magazine editor (female, age 41): “I am whatever I decide to be. I am the author who writes my own life story. I shape my own destiny. Life demands my attention and action. The opportunities are before me. It’s up to me to take command of them.” Many of the respondents in our life-view studies endorsed a spiritual worldview that recognized an intelligence somewhere in the uni verse. Not everyone, however, embraced the spiritual nature of their own being. For instance, a mechanical engineering student noted, “The existence of a spiritual force in the universe does not necessarily mean that I am a spiritual being. I can be an intelligent part of a divine plan without being divine myself. My role may be to facilitate a plan greater than myself. I thus become a secular cog in a spiritual machine.” In an interesting reversal of that position, many respondents who held a more secular worldview were quick to note that they regarded themselves as spiritual beings. Along that line, a psychology student mused, “The universe is physical, I am spiritual. My existence therefore does not depend on the existence of the physical universe or an intelligence behind it. It’s possible I existed as a spiritual being before the universe began and if so, I will exist as a spiritual being after its dissolution. I may have, in fact, been a part of the force that created the universe.” Often accompanying both spiritual and secular world views were questions regarding the capacity of earth-bound beings to fully comprehend the significance of their existence. Quoting the Bible, a minister
observed that in this life, “we see through a dark glass. Only in the afterlife will we fully comprehend the mysteries of life. Whether in this lifetime or whatever is next, awareness of the possibilities propels us forever forward.” Indeed, it is likely that as earth-incarnate beings our horizon is limited, but we contain within as yet undeveloped capacities to see beyond physical limitations and to actually experience nonphysical realities. But, first, we need to open windows and doors to comprehend the worlds beyond. Whatever our present views of our existence, our past experi ences are powerful influences that continue to shape our lives. From a psychoanalytic perspective, our very early childhood experiences are particularly important. Many of our adult conflicts and anxieties have their origin in early childhood experiences buried but still active in the subconscious mind. Once these repressed experiences are retrieved and resolved, our lives can become enriched and empow ered with new insight and growth possibilities. Like early childhood experiences stored in the subconscious, our past-life experiences are forever with us. They are an integral part of our totality as evolving souls—they cannot be erased. Furthermore, they are all relevant, and like forgotten childhood experiences, they can be retrieved and if needed, resolved. They invite our attention and await our probes. Our most recent past lifetimes often seem to command our special attention, beckoning us to explore them and uncover their relevance. For instance, parental rejection in a recent past lifetime can result in an exaggerated need for acceptance in our present lifetime. Resolving that need can be facilitated by the past-life awareness of its origin. Along a different line, poverty and deprivation in a past lifetime can result in a heightened drive for financial success and security in the next.
Any unresolved traumatic experience in a past lifetime can energize an intense reaction in the next. For example, falling to one’s death in a past lifetime can be the source of a persistent fear of heights in the next. Similarly, long-term imprisonment in a germ-infested dungeon in a past lifetime can be a source of obsessive cleanliness and compulsive hand-washing in the next. An important part of our development is to figure out how to overcome past-life adversities and transform them into new growth resources. As earlier noted, past-life knowledge is therapeutic. Our studies repeatedly found that past-life insight into the sources of present-life dilemmas is almost always sufficient to resolve them. The power of that insight is especially evident for such conditions as obsessions, compulsions, and phobias which almost invariably vanish, often instantly, in the light of past-life knowledge. A particularly intense past-life experience can become a powerful force that expresses itself in a more generalized form in a subsequent lifetime. For instance, if you were betrayed by a lover in a past lifetime, you may find yourself more cautious about entering romantic relationships in your present lifetime. On the other hand, you may be more objective in your present love relationships, knowing that they are not always lasting. Along a similar line, a failed past-life friendship can result in greater selectivity in forming present friendships, or by extension, it can foster a general distrust of people in your present lifetime. Fortunately, all the growth experiences of our past lifetimes become integrated into our soul span, or our capacity as evolving soul’s to stretch and grow across many lifetimes. For instance, if you successfully overcame adversity in a recent lifetime, you are probably better equipped to accommodate adversity in your present lifetime. Along a different line, if you achieved important humanitarian goals in a recent past lifetime, your humanitarian interests may remain very strong in the present, thanks to the strong reinforcement effect of recent past-life altruism.
On a very broad scale, knowledge of our past-life experiences, whether recent or distant, can equip us with the power we need to meet totally new life challenges. We become more empowered to overcome barriers, resolve conflicts, cope with stress, and build better social relationships, to list but a few of the possibilities. All too often, however, we are enclosed, out of touch with ourselves, and alienated from our past. We experience life passively or secondhand through the interpretations and directions of others. Too often, we rely on others to do for us what we could more effectively do for ourselves. To expand our awareness and foster our personal growth, we must abandon the screens that filter knowledge and inhibit our growth. Only then can we focus with purpose on what is relevant to our present existence. In the chapters that follow, we will first examine our basic makeup as human beings—mentally, physically, and spiritually—with emphasis on the supremacy of the spirit over the mind and body. We will explore the existence of the soul as the indestructible but everchanging essence of our being. We will then explore self-hypnosis as a regression technique, and review its effectiveness in providing past-life information related to our present existence. We will present a totally new hypnotic induc tion program for use in conjunction with a laboratory tested past-life regression procedure. We will examine our capacity to experience for ourselves a panoramic view of our personal past-life history. We will explore specifically the three major dimensions of our past life: our past lifetimes, our preexistence, and our life-between-lifetimes. We will explore a variety of discarnate manifestations, including interactions with the departed, as important sources of insight concerning the afterlife and the nature of the discarnate realm. We will examine several accounts of paranormal phenomena that seemed to manifest the spirit world. We will explore several spirit communication and interaction techniques, including table tipping and after-life interfacing techniques.
Finally, we will explore out-of-body travel as a potential source of after-life knowledge. We will present totally new out-of-body programs specifically designed to explore the nonphysical world. Throughout the chapters that follow, our constant focus is on the dynamic repository of knowledge and potential existing within each of us, and our capacity to experience it firsthand. Aside from that, we will explore the existence of spiritual specialists, including ministering guides, guardians, and master teachers—all of them poised to facilitate your quest for enlightenment and self-empowerment. As you begin this important pilgrimage, here are a few practical guidelines and safeguards that can help you stay the course and empower you to reach new levels of personal growth and knowledge. 1. C larify your goals. Your goal may be to explore in depth a particular past lifetime or to experience a panoramic view of your past life from your preexistence forward. Your goal may be to explore only those past-life experiences that relate to your current life situation, such as a personal relationship, problem situation, or important decision. Whatever your goals, grab a piece of paper and write them down. 2. K eep your probes focused. Target what seems relevant at the moment. 3. K eep your perspective and stay balanced. Should your probes seem to get off course, back away and bring them to a com fortable level. 4. B uild your self-confidence. Should you have uneasy moments during your past-life probes, remind yourself that you are in control. Your written goals will give direction to your probes and help bolster your resolve to achieve them. 5. I nvoke the guidance of your higher guides and teachers. Get to know these spiritual growth specialists. They will accompany you and provide the support you need to achieve your goals.
6. F ine-tune your past-life probes. Periodically review your goals and evaluate the results of your probes. Look at your overall progress, and figure out where to go from there. Don’t hesitate to make adjustments as needed. 7. K eep a journal of your progress. Record your regression experiences. Detailed documentation can identify significant events as well as small fragments of information that can be critical to your progress. 8. A nalyze your past-life findings. Group them into categories and prioritize them. Look for relationships and central themes. Explore the present relevance of your findings. 9. U se your past-life knowledge for decision making and problem solving. Past-life knowledge can increase the quality and satisfaction of your life. 10. S tay receptive to love. The soul thrives on real love in whatever state or dimension it exists. Authentic love is the highest condition of freedom and growth. It can release karmic baggage and energize your evolvement with amazing new growth possibilities. 11. B e open to growth. You may assume that you are, but still unconsciously resist change and fear new ideas. Welcome the challenge to become more than you are, knowing that person you think you are is only a fragment of the Whole Person you are becoming.
summary and conclusions Your existence at this moment is a manifestation of your immortality as a conscious spirit being. As an evolving soul, you are from everlasting to everlasting. Your past is forever within you and your future is forever before you. By embracing both, you enrich the moment.
Your evolution, like your full existence, is forever. The greater your understanding of your existence in its fullness and scope, the more effective you are in accelerating your own evolvement while promoting the evolvement of others. Thatâ€™s the challenge of each lifetime and each moment within it.
You have the ability to access the collective wisdom of all your past life experiences. By tapping into this immense storehouse of knowledge...