by Dree K. Miller-Dunlap, Ph.D.
It is within the context of the family that our experiences and knowledge of life in a physical body begin. The framework and interactions of the family provide the basis for a substantial amount of learning and are frequently the focus of psychotherapy. It therefore seems highly probable that the family plays a significant role in past-life therapy as well.
It is within the family that the human being goes through the stages of development that bring one from birth to adulthood (and beyond). Consider the possibility that the stages of development observed in the human being may be a reflection of the stages of development of the spiritual being. In looking at how these stages are portrayed within the patterns of past lives (particularly with the same cast—the family), we may also be looking at the spiritual stages of development. Whenever one of these stages becomes interrupted, traumatized, or diverted, development also becomes interrupted, traumatized, or diverted. The event or events that intervene in the normal development set up a “vibration” in the energy fields of the thoughts, feelings, sensations, behaviors, and/or beliefs of the individual. This intervention “locks” the vibration into the stage of development where the intervention occurred. With a part of our energy (whether physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual) locked, anytime a “memory” of that vibration occurs we are drawn into the stage of development where the lock exists.