Reincarnation, OK Crazy Lady…
In 1983, Shirley MacLaine released Out on a Limb, an autobiographical account of her spiritual journey. A book where she openly admitted to her beliefs in reincarnation, meditation, mediumship, trance-channeling, and even unidentified flying objects. Both acclaimed and criticized, it made Shirley MacLaine the butt of many jokes, especially by late-night television comedians. At the time I was on-board with the criticism. I eye rolled in the most dramatic way and thought, “What a nut case!”. After all, I was reasonable. Logical. And a very mature sixteen years old. Boy, did I have a lot to learn!
Independent Thought is Frowned Upon
I believed in reincarnation for some – not all of humanity. There was my teen aged concrete thinking at play – I was Catholic. Catholics didn’t believe in reincarnation. I was in parochial school at the time. And it never occurred to me that the greatest story ever told in the bible was in fact that of life after life – reincarnation. The rebirth of Christ and second coming. I completely bought what the nuns and clergy were selling. And frankly, independent thought was frowned upon.
Later, I found that many early Christians embraced reincarnation. In fact it appears to be a concept that Jesus and his followers took pretty much for granted. Jesus himself speaks of John the Baptist as the return of Elias (Matthew 11:14 and 17:11, Mark 9:11-13). Yet, we were taught what was “politically correct” for the time. That being 325 A.D and the council of Nicaea’s omission of reincarnation. While the beliefs held for some Christians (the Cathars – a reincarnationist Christian sect in Italy and Southern France). Pope Innocent III launched a crusade to wipe out the Cathars. That and the Spanish Inquisition, with its fatal intolerance for anything outside of current doctrine, managed to obliterate the belief – publicly, anyhow.
Spiritual Development is Your Responsibility
Why should the Pope and the church care so much? Reincarnation undermined the authority and ultimately the power of the developing church. A believer in reincarnation assumes greater personal responsibility for his own spiritual development, relying less on the influence and control of priests, confessionals and rituals to ward off purgatory or worse yet, eternal damnation. Which, BTW were never part of Jesus’ original teachings. They were added by the men who were responsible for this developing religious structure.
Early Christianity was subject to the same challenges many grass-roots movements face when their original leaders are gone. Of necessity, the followers begin to establish a structure and organization to carry on what was given to them. In the process, valuable elements are lost or even replaced by dogma that has more to do with practical concerns (like church finances) than spiritual ideals. Reincarnation has never been in conflict with the tenets of Christ’s teachings, merely in conflict with the control wielded by the Roman Catholic Church.
We Call that Responsibility Your Dharma, What You Do is Karma
Most people interpret karma as “what goes around, comes around.” The reality is, it has no consciousness and no conscience. It’s a balancing of scales. That’s it, plain and simple. We are given the opportunity to do the very thing that makes us better people. Until we do that thing, we get those “opportunities” over and over again.
We also have free will in each and every moment to choose our response — either through love and connection, or through negativity and fear. If we choose the latter, we will have opportunities to learn the lesson again. Over and over again, remember.
If someone treats you badly, it’s their Karma – how you respond to it is yours.
There is a tremendous sense of peace that comes from knowing, the conscious expression of ourselves is eternal. That we are much more than just our current physical bodies, and that we have many opportunities (over and over again – remember) to master the human experience. Many opportunities to learn the lessons we’re here to learn. For many the notion that we return for those lessons just resonates.
What Do You Think About Reincarnation and Past Life Regression?
If the thought of exploring reincarnation with Past Life Regression resonates with you, I invite you to join me for one. I offer both in-person sessions in my Southern California office, at your location (additional fees apply) or remotely using internet video conferencing. I’ve worked with people all over the world remotely and have found this works as well as in-office sessions.
Whether you are interested in past life work out of curiosity and a desire to explore, or you have a specific issue you want to address, most people find that a single session meets their needs quite well. If your goal is to work out a particularly complex issue, at times we find this will chain back over many lifetimes, and additional sessions can be helpful. A number of clients also choose to return again at a later time to work on another issue or deepen their exploration.
What to Expect
Opening up to and connecting with your unconscious past life memories is a skill that can improve with practice, so your first experience many not be as vivid as is portrayed in the media. That said, over most clients I’ve worked with retrieve past life memories their very first time, often in great detail. And some, a small percentage go to an event from their current-life childhood which is actually more relevant to the issues being addressed. And many clients are able to receive important guidance from the life between lives place. Heaven? Maybe. Clients have experienced Angels, departed loved ones and ascended masters in this place. So, if not heaven… it’s gotta be pretty close.
It is important to note that you need to be able to relax sufficiently to do the work; if you have a problem with anxiety, find it difficult to still a busy mind, or feel the need to control everything – you may want to practice with a guided meditation before attempting a past life session. Try my Deeper Meditation MP3 to start with, my gift to you. Just use promo code “GIFT” to get your free copy.
Prepare for the Session
If you’d like to work with me, great! First, secure your appointment and then we’ll get you scheduled.
Remote Video Conferencing Session
If distance from my office prevents you from having an in-person session, this option works just as well. Remote sessions simply require a bit of preparation and a good internet connection.
Setting Up Required
For remote sessions, after we have scheduled a time for the actual regression, we will schedule a preview call of 5-10 minutes to make sure the video conferencing works, and you are set up for a successful session. If we determine in this initial session that technology isn’t cooperating, there will be no charge and we’ll cancel your appointment.
You need to set yourself up with the following for the preview call and the actual session:
- A computer with Skype loaded. I’ve had clients use their laptops, iPads and smart phones. With the smartphone, positioning is key. You need to prop it up during the session so I can see your face. If Skype is problematic, we have a couple other options like Zoom or FaceTime
- Headset, lapel microphone or earbuds with mike so I can hear you. This is essential because client’s voices get very soft when they are in a relaxed state. I’ll have difficulty hearing you without a microphone.
- Quiet location with no interruptions. Phones off, no pets needing to go out or children popping in. This time is for you.
- A couch or comfortable recliner positioned so I can see your face during the session
- For the regression itself, you might want a box of Kleenex, water and a blanket on hand for your own comfort
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