by Carol Bowman
This article invites therapists and researchers to explore children’s past-life memories. Cases and observations based on the author’s six years of research support findings that some children make excellent regression subjects, easily remembering past-life stories and quickly integrating these past-life experiences in ways that change their lives. Five cases illustrate the following: 1) how children access these memories; 2) processing techniques that both therapists and parents can use with children; and 3) benefits children derive from remembering these former lifetimes.
My findings from six years of working with children’s past-life memories show that children can be willing and able subjects for past-life regression and therapy. They remember their past lives easily, and rapidly process and integrate these memories. Children can derive the same benefits as adults do from working with past-life memories: elimination of phobias and recurrent nightmares, cure of physical symptoms, resolution of emotional problems, and enhanced self esteem and awareness.
Past-life memories are so close to the surface of consciousness in some young children that they express these memories spontaneously, with no prompting whatsoever. In other cases, minimal encouragement by a parent or therapist will elicit a detailed, cogent past-life story. The themes that emerge from these stories are often the central issues for the child’s present life, and, I suspect, the beginnings of complex formations that could grow with the child into adulthood. By resolving these issues as they emerge early in life, we may be sparing the child years of unnecessary confusion and pain.