Strictly Past Life
Are Past Life Memories Always Accurate?
by Michael Judd
Past life memories are not always totally accurate. Sometimes it is quite clear that a recalled description is inappropriate for the particular time and place being described. Other times, there may be obvious inconsistencies. This in no way negates the validity of those memories. Nor does it make all that is recalled untrue. There are several reasons why some of the past life memories may be inaccurate.
First, the accuracy of the recalled memories is dependent on the level of trance achieved and the degree to which the client is immersed in the past life. It is not unlike someone trying to recall a childhood memory. If the memory is not vivid, the details may be blurred. As a result, one tends to fill in the blanks. According to Gestalt Theory, our mind naturally perceives wholes out of incomplete elements.
Second, there could be some confusion due to two separate past lives being recalled simultaneously. By this I mean that the client is moving back and forth between two separate past lives spontaneously. Usually, these two lives have Karmic similarities; yet, they may be quite different in all other ways. To the untrained person, this past life information may appear completely contrived.
Third, the client’s conscious mind may be inserting details that have been previously learned. This results in past life memories being contaminated with consciously learned material. It is not uncommon for someone to ask to be regressed to a particular time and place because they have been told by a Psychic that they had lived at that time. The desire to confirm what they have been told can influence how they perceive their past life experience. Sometimes, a client may research a particular time, place, or person after a regression session. On subsequent sessions of the same past life, the consciously learned information influences or contaminates the regression experiences. ( see: “Captain Kid” at my Web Site )
Fourth, the therapist may mistakenly refer to an event, concept, or person which would be unknown at the time of the past life experience; but, would be known by both the conscious and unconscious mind of the client. As a result, the client incorporates the information into their experience. On post-regression analysis, the incongruity becomes apparent and could put the whole regression experience into question if one does not understand the above fact. This particular problem is well illustrated in an account of a regression entitled “Pope” at my web site.
Like any recalled memories, memories of past life experiences may not be completely accurate. I have discussed four of the most common reasons for these inaccuracies. Even though these inconsistencies occur, they in no way diminish the value of the information gained through the regression. If the regression is for therapeutic purposes, the therapy process is unhindered. Only if one is doing an historical search based on the information gained through a regression, can the inconsistencies cause some trepidation. Are past life memories always accurate? No, but it is not a problem!
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