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Can a past life regression heal you?

We attended a group session at Tarot Society, hoping our former selves could tell us how to fix this one.
What does your past self know that you don't? Photo: ISTOCK

On a rainy Tuesday evening, I arrived at Tarot Society Gallery and Reading Room in Bushwick to meet my former self. That was the goal, anyway. I had booked a Past Life Regression Workshop, because ‘tis the season for all things spooky and witchy and maybe she — pre-Kate — knows something I don't? 

Half a dozen of us sat on the rug-lined floor of the studio, which was filled with tarot decks, votive candles, sage and more witchy accoutrements, as our psychic guide Trish Burger explained what the session would entail. Using the Dolores Cannon method of quantum healing hypnotherapy, Burger would lull us into a trance — light hypnosis, she called it, akin to a meditative state — and use visualization techniques to help us access our past selves. 

I'll cut to the chase: It did not “work” on me, per se. Meaning, for the half-hour or so that I closed my eyes and focused as Burger coached us through time, I was unable to picture my past self. Following her directives — I’m paraphrasing, as I was in a foggy state — like, “Picture yourself at a very important event,” “You are now entering a house,” “You have arrived at the last day of this life,” I could only see versions of myself. Whether that means I’m unimaginative, self-involved, too tired on a Tuesday night to focus, or, as Burger told me later over the phone, potentially only on my “first Earth incarnation,” I may never know — unless I try again.      

“There is a part of your brain, your higher self, that has all of the information about the essence of you from the beginning of creation to the end of time,” she told me. “In that relaxed, meditative state, you’re able to tap into it.” She added that folks who meditate regularly often have an easier time.  

A few of my fellow participants were able to connect with their former self, or so they said when Burger asked if anyone wanted to share their experience. One woman pictured her past self with red hair. Another watched her brother beheaded on a guillotine. Yet another recalled that she was royalty in Elizabethan times. Oddly enough, more than one participant described scenes set in Victorian-era estates and countrysides, leading me to wonder, have we all seen too many period dramas?!

 

PAST LIFE REGRESSION WORKSHOP WITH TRISH BURGER⠀ Tuesday Oct. 24th 7:30pm⠀ $22⠀ 4 Charles Place. ⠀ ⠀ During this 2 hour past life regression experience we will be using the Dolores Cannon method of guided regression. You will have a chance to remember who you were in a past life in an effort to better understand your present life. Incorporating the new information of who you were/are from your past life can give clarity to the current life you are living. Patterns repeat in lifetimes until you learn and transcend your challenges. This is accomplished during the class by using simple visualization and imagery techniques. The entire group is taken back in time to past lives where you can also meet your spirit guide or a guardian angel. After the experience you will have time to write down what you have seen and we will have a group discussion. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a pen and paper. Anything is possible. All attendees are gifted 33% of a personal 3 hour past life regression with healing from your higher self or a one hour psychic reiki with crystal grid healing experience.⠀ This class uses light hypnosis. I find clients who meditate regularly can go deeper. A meditation practice is not a prerequisite but can be helpful. Try meditating 10 minutes a day for a few days before the class for the best experience. Feel free to contact me with any questions before or after the class. trishburger@gmail.com⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #pastliferegression #plg #dolorescannon #workshop ⠀

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What’s the purpose of a past life regression? Over the phone, the 46-year-old hypnotherapist explained that learning who you were prior to this lifetime can shed light on the struggles you’re experiencing in this one, helping you uncover the root of the problem. 

Burger, who also practices reiki and does spirit coaching, recommends the experience to anyone who finds themselves “engaging in repetitive behavior that they can’t seem to break.” If you’re someone who gets obsessive and clingy in relationship after relationship, could be that a past life fuckboi (my words) broke your heart, and you’ve carried over that fear of abandonment into this one. 

Burger says you can accomplish more with an in-depth, one-on-one session, which she offers in her Battery Park practice. During these hypnosis sessions, she guides clients through their past life regression, and then “calls up” their higher self to offer guidance. (She knows when she’s tapped into the higher self because the client will actually talk about themselves in third person, sometimes changing their tone of voice and exhibiting a slightly altered personality. Post-hypnosis, they rarely remember it.)

One client, who came to her with the goal of feeling calmer and more grounded in NYC, found the key in his past life: He was an old man unable to evacuate a war-torn country, so he passed his days sitting on a rocking chair on the porch. This taught him that he’s always had the strength to stay calm and centered under seige — even if it's the particular attack of New York city.

That's certainly a lesson we could all use.