by Sydney S. Heflin, Ed.D.
My clients, who wish to experience past-life regression for the first time, often express the concern that they will not regress or will not access a past life. It has been my experience with clients that, technically, there is no such phenomenon as “failure” to regress; that there is, indeed, therapeutic reason and purpose in the client’s not regressing in what is often considered the traditional manner.
Certainly, there are those individuals who do not access a past life in the first, and sometimes subsequent, sessions. However, I do not regard these experiences as “failures.” Rather, I view them as progressive steps on the path of the client to uncovering information that is valuable to the client, as well as to me as the therapist. In my experience, if the therapist and client make the commitment, before beginning the initial regression session, to work through whatever experiences are manifested by the client, a past-life connection will eventually emerge.
In other words, my approach to any “blockage” or “failure” to regress is to treat it as a therapy issue that stems from a logical source. This includes the observation that even if the client accesses “nothing,” (e.g.: blackness, empty space, nothingness, colors, vagueness) they, in fact, are actually accessing valuable information. Therefore, while the past-life memory may be “right there” for some clients during the initial regression, other clients may have one or more intervening experiences (from this life or a past life) that must be processed through to access further material. This seems to be especially true if acute trauma is associated with the memory. It is notable that such trauma may be associated with the past life, with something in the client’s current life connected to the past life, or both.