A 25 year long study on past life recall in children was performed at the University of Virginia. Most of these children had clear memories from age 2 to age 7. These kids from around the world had quite a few things in common including shared verifiable traits of the previous personality, memories of unnatural causes of death, recognition of relatives from the same family circle, and birth defects or marks corresponding with injuries experienced in those past lives.
The most interesting similarity for me as an EFT practitioner is that these children often have a phobia that corresponds with the way they died in the last lifetime – for example a water phobia in a child who remembers drowning in a past life.
The work of Dr. Brian Weiss in the classic book Many Lives, Many Masters, describes the case of a woman with a severe phobia that was healed quickly when she was led through a past life regression hypnosis session. Dr. Weiss, a traditionally trained psychotherapist, documents case after case in his subsequent books of how past life regression heals trauma, anxiety, phobias and more.
My hesitation in dealing with past lives with my clients who believe that their current issues stem from past life traumas was due to my own theory that we are given all the knowledge we need to heal anything with the experiences we have had in this lifetime. This was confirmed for me over and over again as each of those clients healed without the need for me to hear about their past life memories. Some of these “memories” were merely suggestions or inter-pretations of information from some third party source such as a hypnotherapist or psychics and rarely did it come from personal dreams or visions.
That being said, my beliefs were challenged a few weeks ago when I worked with a client who had extreme separation anxiety whenever someone came to babysit her daughter. Her daughter seemed to be just as affected by the temporary parting. Their fear was irrational and had badly strained the family’s home environment. In the middle of our session my client suddenly had a vision of standing in the middle of a line in a death camp during WWII. The baby she held in her arms was suddenly ripped from her arms. We tapped on the guilt that she felt at not having been able to prevent the tragic death of her daughter as well as related aspects of the memory. Her extreme anxiety immediately subsided and then disappeared.
A second recent case was with a woman whom I was helping with infertility issues. At one point in the session she recalled a past life memory of a pre-verbal sexual assault which she described as a bloody mess. I got the hit that she had made a subconscious association with a bloody mess and birth because couldn’t one, given the wrong viewpoint, interpret childbirth as a bloody mess?
The moral here is use what shows up and don’t allow your own disbelief to get in the way of your clients’ healing. If your client believes that the world is run by a red elephant and that elephant is causing them insomnia then use it in your wording. The most important thing to remember at all times is to became a clear channel and recognize that the work is coming through you and not by you.