Thanks for Your Help!

Thanks for Your Help!

I would very much like to thank my readers for their help last weekend with the title for my new book. Over sixty people responded to my plea for help, which had a very short deadline. A great response.

For me, it was a most enlightening exercise and helped shape the final choice made by the publishers.

I found it interesting that over half of those that responded preferred one title of the eight presented. It was, Dark to Light: The purpose of Challenging Lives. It received thirty-five votes. Second place received eight votes and was The Soul’s Dilemma: How Challenging Past Lives Shape Our Future. Third was Shadow Past Lives: How Souls Grow, with seven votesThe other nine votes were evenly spread across the other five titles. (See previous post for details). A few respondents didn’t like any of the presented titles and came up with other suggestions.

Generally most people liked a hopeful title, one that was to the point and that reflected the content of the book. About a third perferred a title that wasn’t too long or wordy.

The responses and informative comments inspired me to come up with a few more titles, which I also submitted to the Publisher, Llewellyn Worldwide.

The publisher gave careful consideration to all factors and suggestions I put forward, then decided on a title. It is:

Lost Soul, Wise Soul: How Challenging Past Lives Shape Our Future. 

I am very happy with this title as it expresses the book’s subject matter. The main theme is our soul journey through challenging lifetimes that engender so much disillusionment, we cut off from Source.  Feeling alone, we become lost, experiencing some harrowing lives. A pivotal life initiates an increased level of awareness and we begin our struggle back to the Light. We learn much through this sacred journey which rewards us with a wellspring of wisdom.

I promised to put all those who responded to my call for help into a draw for five copies of the new book, Lost Soul. Wise Soul, How Challenging Past Lives Shape Our Future.

I used a random generator to draw out the five winners. They are Elizabeth, Gloria, Kara, Kylie and Lydia. Each will receive a copy of the book once it is published.

I will be letting you know exactly when the book will be launched and when it is available for pre-order.

Thank you, Dear Readers, for your support.

Help Please!

I would love to have your help and quickly with a impeding decision I need to make on Monday.

I have written a book which is based on regressions I have done with clients. In these past lives, souls were either lost, victims or perpetrators.

Using many cases in the book, I trace the journey souls take into a series of dark lives and their emergence into light. This includes their journey into separation and isolation, perpetration and/or victimization, a powerful awakening and turnaround with a struggle back into reconnection and emergence into light.

The book also explains why souls become lost and separated and how they are rescued and redeemed. It covers the arc of our soul journey on Earth from our first incarnation through many lives of seeking and learning until we attain balance, compassion and wisdom.

Llewellyn, my publisher has asked me to suggest my preferred titles (See below) almost immediately. Thus, I am asking for your ideas and views on the following possibilities by 9 am this Monday morning the 1st of February.

What book title would attract you?  What title would propel you to pick up the book and read the back cover? Please write a sentence or two on why that title (or subtitle) appealed to you and note any titles that repelled you. Please feel free to make any suggestions, including mixing up the titles and subtitles and other possible titles or subtitles. Then email your thoughts to me at Karen@LifeBetweenLivesRegression.com.au

Once you respond, your name will go into a draw to win one of five copies of my new book. The winners will be notified soon and then can expect to receive the book later this year as soon as it is released.

Here are the suggested titles: (Note you can copy them into an email to me and make comments in red text). Please do so by 9 am Monday morning the 1st of February to be eligible for the draw.

Shadow Past Lives: How Souls Grow

Dark to Light: The Purpose of Challenging Past Lives

Twilight Transitions: Understanding Challenging Past Lives

The Soul’s Dilemma: How Challenging Past Lives Shape Our Future

The Soul’s Dilemma: Past Lives of Falling from Grace and Finding the Way Back

Long Night’s Journey into Light: Past Lives of Separation and Reconnection.

Prodigal Souls: Our Long Purposeful Journey into Past Lives of Separation and Reconnection.

The Soul’s Descent: Exploring the Purpose of Challenging Past Lives and Our Gradual Emergence Back into the Light

I am truly grateful for your help. Thank You!

Getting What You Need

Getting What You Need

The regressions I do are guided, a little by me, but mostly from those beings who are dedicated to the highest good of the client and the highest good of all.

The guidance comes to the clients through their imagination in the form of words, thoughts, ideas, images, feelings or impressions, which is commonly called “intuition.” My only promise for a regression is that each client will get what he or she needs. Occasionally, what some clients receive is very different to what they expected.

During one recent week, I had two clients who did not get what they expected from their regressions. Their names are Lance and Ruth. Although their regressions were very different, the message each received was much the same.

After many years working happily as a tradesman, Lance, 50, was keen to move into a different state to live a simple life in nature. He planned to build a small structure on property near a close friend where he could fish and grow food.

He had waited months to see me and, in the meantime, his pressing issues had resolved. He had left the relationship which concerned him and felt much happier as a consequence. Still, he wanted to experience a past life and a life between lives regression.

Lance had an unusual quality, he had a powerful, constant love for God. During the regression, whenever he quietly focussed on this love, tears of joy streamed down his face. He clearly remembered having these feelings at age four and they had been with him ever since.

I was in a place [church] where everyone was honouring God but I could see that they were not honouring that and didn’t know what they were doing. Their love for God was not manifesting in a genuine way. Always, that has been a deep grief for me. It has caused me to shut down on so many levels because there is no place for that love. It makes me so lonely.

I suggested Lance access a past life, but the only image that came was one he’d seen before.

I see a village in a clearing with six huts made of straw. A group of families live there who have a deep loving connection between them all. I sense a strong contrast with my current life family. A deep overwhelming love for God was easy there in that past life. We knew each other and everything was easy. There was harmony.

Lance could not elaborate on this image. His strongest impression was the feeling of connection between these people. I could see he was experiencing it deeply. Eventually, he explained that the feeling between the members of the group is the same feeling he has of loving God.

I deepened Lance’s trance but nothing more was coming to him so I decided to ask the questions he’d prepared for the session, suggesting he respond with the first thought, idea, image or impression that came to his mind.

Lance did this very well, receiving answers to all his questions. But he felt somewhat dissatisfied. “I already knew these answers,” he said.

Ruth was similar to Lance in that she had waited several months for her appointment and had resolved her situation since.

When I made the appointment, I was traumatised. I’d met this guy and didn’t know what to do.

Although she enjoyed spending time with this man, he had many health problems. After putting up with a demanding ex-husband and bringing up three children alone, she did not want to sign up to caring for an ill man. After thinking it through carefully, she’d decided she could enjoy his company as a friend without taking on any responsibility for his health.

Still, she was expecting to experience a past life and life between lives regression.

Ruth has travelled much since her children reached adulthood and a lot of it has been alone.

I have felt guidance. At one stage I flew on my own to a South American city knowing no one or what I would do when I got there. I would not let the any fear in. Travelling I have had these memories of past lives come back. I can sit alone on the bus and get the feelings.

Ruth recalled an example of her connection to her past lives.

In the Copan ruins in Central America. I felt something as soon as I walked in the door. I wanted to lie down on the ground. We were waiting for the guide. In that ancient time, women were killed to be with their dead husbands. After the tour, I sat with my back against the ruins. I realised that, in that past life, I and others were taught how to leave our bodies and return before we died. These ancient people actually believed that the life on Earth was of second importance to their spiritual life. The reason I felt this urge to lie of the ground came back to me. In the past life, I had decided to be buried alive so I could leave my body when I wanted. Leaning back on the ruins, I felt great joy in knowing that we, as those ancient people, knew about our spiritual life.

Ruth had remembered many of her past lives, but none were forthcoming during the regression. I decided to do the same thing I had done with Lance and ask the questions she had prepared. She received answers, but nothing much that was new to her. However, one answer was telling after I asked what her purpose was this life.

To have faith in myself.

Her guides laughed when she wondered about already knowing what she was receiving.

Lance and Ruth received the same message. Trust yourself. They had resolved their problems and were very capable of continuing to do so. They had looked for validation outside of themselves, thus coming to see me, but they didn’t need to do that anymore. They had the answers already, within. They just had to ask and then trust, knowing the answers are there and everything that is happening is doing so for a reason.

I cancelled their second regressions. They knew, and I knew, it wasn’t needed. Although they didn’t get the experience they expected, they were both happy. They each left with renewed faith in themselves and in their intuition, knowing that they had received exactly what they needed.

Discovering the Spirit World with Michael Newton

Discovering the Spirit World with Michael Newton

Michael Newton

Humans have known about the existence of spirits and the spirit world for tens of thousands of years of human existence, if not longer. Each tribe or culture has created their own interpretation of non-physical worlds from which our material Earth sprung.

These spiritual beliefs form the foundation of cultures. For example, the indigenous people of Australia have ancestral stories that came from the Dreamtime, the time when Ancestors created life and formations of the lands. The art, stories, ceremonies and song, passed down the generations, guide their survival physically, emotionally and spiritually.

In Western culture, the Bible formed the foundation of beliefs in an afterlife. Then came the renaissance, which eventually challenged the biblical ideas of heaven and hell, replacing them, to various degrees, with materialistic interpretations.

However, the evolution of Western culture has not stopped. It continues. In the last century, New Age beliefs have expanded from individuals becoming aware of non-physical worlds during Near Death Experiences, After Death communication, remembering past lives and other incidents that have no satisfactory scientific explanation. Some people write books about non-physical phenomena and readers have a growing body of literature to explore.

I am one of those who had an eye opening experience many years ago, but I am not alone. Michael Newton also described a similar experience well before I stumbled upon a client unexpectedly accessing a past life. I described this experience in my book, Other Lives, Other Realms. Hypnosis practitioners are particularly at risk of discovering the potential existence of other lives and realms.

Recently I came upon a link to Michael recounting this experience provided by the Michael Newton Institute in its quarterly online magazine, Stories of the Afterlife. You can subscribe to the magazine here.  And the link to watch Michael is here. Both links are worthwhile and enlightening.

The Impact of Very Strict Fathers

The Impact of Very Strict Fathers

A few months ago, I wrote about absent fathers, Part 1 and Part 2. I was surprised at the comments I received, some by email. Some readers drew strength from the stories in those blogs.

No doubt absent fathers strongly affect their sons and daughters. These children yearn for the attention of a caring dad.

Strict fathers also affect their children, but in a different way. These children soon learn to fear their fathers and try to avoid them. As they approach adulthood, they just want to escape to find safety and freedom.

 This was the case with Lily. Lily’s father emigrated from a country in Asia which was suffering significant turmoil at the time. Asian dads tend to be strict anyway, but we learned during the regression that most of his hardness came from a recent difficult past life. Lily had no memory of him ever being affectionate. In fact, she felt very afraid of him.

The only way dad knew how to discipline us was through verbal threats. I remember him telling me “If you say that again I will cut out your tongue.” Once I went to the store and talked to a boy. He saw me and said,” If you do that again I will break your legs so you cannot walk.”

Lily had a number of physical conditions that her doctors told her were from stress. She had suffered depression, but her main concern was her skin. Since she was a child, she had abrasions on her body, mainly on her arms and legs. They were not there at birth and when they did appear, they would come and go in different spots. She came for a regression hoping to gain some insight into this problem.

At the beginning of the regression, Lily lives a past life as a woman. She and her husband live together in a primitive cabin. Their relationship is loving.

I am at the window of the kitchen, seeing a man outside. It seems like I know him. I get a friendly feeling.  He is waving. I am not afraid. It actually makes me want to smile. I am married to him. We have been together for a good while. I feel happy and peaceful.

 I keep seeing things on the wall like pots, spatulars and measuring cups. I cook for the family. I have a sense of of connection and peace.

I make sure she anchors these positive feelings of being peaceful, happy and safe so she can access them whenever she wants.

Next she finds herself in a barren place surrounded by huge volcanos. She feels unsafe and scared. I suspect this represents her fear as a child. I ask for help and her guide appears.

The guide has light skin and light sky-blue eyes. She is wearing a robe with a hood over her head.I feel she is very friendly as she holds out her hand. Her name is Angela.

Angela, the guide, takes Lily her back to the cabin, suggesting she access the comforting feelings of being in the cabin whenever she feels afraid.

Soon she is back with the volcanos. She becomes aware of the volcanos being like her father. I wonder out loud how her father really felt about her.

My guide just reminded me of a dream I had of my dad. It was after he passed away. He came to me and was actually holding me. I was sobbing and crying. I’d never felt like that before.

I ask about herself as a girl, suggesting she find out what her younger self needs.

I see myself as a young girl with pigtails, of maybe three years old. I am getting down to her level so I can see her eye to eye. I see fear in her eyes.

I mention how brave this little girl has been.

For some reason, I just picked her up and flew off. She is enjoying flying. I am showing her that the world is bigger and not as scary as it seems. I am actually taking her to the Godfathers Pizza Place. Dad used to look after me when I was sick and bring me my medicine. He was the one who always picked me up when I was ill at school. I had stomach problems. Then he would take me somewhere to eat like McDonalds or the Godfather’s Pizza Place. We are there with him now. Those are good memories.

Lily and I laugh, thinking about eating fast food when ill.

It didn’t matter. It helped. He was a bit softer during those times. I enjoyed being with him then.

Angela now takes Lily to another scene.

I am at my wedding and dad is walking me down the aisle. I am showing my little girl how happy and proud he is. (Lily laughs). He raises his hand so seriously, saying “I do” when the minister asks who gives me away.

Another memory comes. At 27, I had a heart operation. As I was wheeled into the theatre, he touched my toe affectionally and held onto it. (Laughing.) He didn’t know what else to do.

I received an award. Only four girls in the whole school were chosen. He had a bouquet of roses for me. Since he died, I remember having a lot of dreams of him showing me affection.

Lily begins to cry a little. I know she was afraid to cry as a child. I suggest she let herself soften and cry because she doesn’t want to be like her dad—afraid to be vulnerable. After crying a little more she speaks.

Angela is smiling.

We ask Angela about the abrasions on Lily’s arms.

Angela is taking me to the ocean, and I see a sunset. The sun is red orange. The waves are gentle, and the sand is warm. I feel that she tells me that the sea, sand and sun would help with my skin.

Now Angela is rubbing my arms in a very soothing way and putting primrose oil on them. I have been using it before, but I didn’t think it was working. She tells me she guided me to it, and it takes time to work. I need to trust it will help.

Our skin is what separates us from others and the rest of the world. Skin problems are about separation, either wanting to be separated or not wanting to be. Lily’s abrasions appear on the outside of her arms and legs, never on the inside. From that I deduce she intends to push someone away rather than bring them close. She wants separation from her father’s fierce threats. Even though he had died a decade ago, she was still carrying the fear her younger self felt.

From the regression, Lily receives what she needed. Her guide, Angela, took a her through a beautiful healing process which showed her adult self and child self that, in spite of his harsh discipline, her father loved her.

A Transpersonal Journey

A Transpersonal Journey

A transpersonal journey is different to a past life or life between lives regression in one significant way. Our focus in a transpersonal journey is on resolving the problems of the client and we do that by a process of investigation. The client needs to be ready and willing to face these issues and delve deep. We often utilise the emotions associated with the issue to gather relevant information.

The session involves the client’s guides who we call in and ask for help. The journey may involve a past life, a current life or even a visit to the life between lives, especially that area where spirits become stuck. At the beginning, we never know where we may go. We simply trust the shift will take place. To achieve the desired outcome the client needs to be open to exploring whatever situation is presented by the guides.

Even though every session is unique, here is a case which may give you a sense of a transpersonal journey. Paul came to see me in the hope he could sort out some issues.

Paul described having a pattern of depression which came upon him at least once a year. During the months before the day of his booked appointment with me, he had another of these debilitating episodes. He was so tired and anxious he lost fifteen kilograms. Fortunately, he had weened himself off his anti-depressants earlier in the year and was sufficiently aware during this period to clearly describe what had happened.

Paul was very busy in his self-employed business but one weekend took time off to engage in several physical activities. He did a three hour session of martial arts and a couple of hours of surfing. When he got home, he had some household activities to do before tackling the work he had to complete in his office. As he walked into his office, he realised how exhausted he was. He describes how he felt.

I knew I had overdone it and I started feeling anxious. When I feel like that it is a case of the damage has been done but, at the time, I felt overwhelmed.

As Paul described this memory, he accessed the same feelings he had at the time. You might notice how he changed tense.

Fearful energy comes up my spine and I go into flight or fight. I have tremors in the body, palpitations, short breaths, tense stomach. It feels like total dread.

I use these emotions to help us explore, so I ask him if he has felt like this before. He describes some earlier episodes in his current life before further detailing his cycle of distress.

The anxiety creates flight or fight. I can’t sleep and can’t eat. When all of that happens, there are senses in my head which make me feel disconnected because my thoughts are foggy. I have obtrusive thoughts.

I ask Paul to tell me the nature of these intrusive thoughts.

I remember the first time that I had this cycle. I couldn’t switch it off. I was in a stressful job and we had a new baby. I’d stopped taking antidepressants. I had a few anxiety attacks and I couldn’t work. When I was going through a burst of anxiety, I walked around the block trying to calm myself. I forced myself to eat dinner. I was light sensitive so the lights had to be turned down. We decided to watch something and we chose a dark psychological movie. I sat through it. The main character is investigating a disappearance on an island asylum. Near the end, (crying) he discovers the most dangerous patient is himself. He is a murderer.

We went to bed and I was laying there. I had fears of going crazy, that I might wake up in the morning suddenly discovering I am bad, like the psychopath.

Paul is terribly upset while relating this memory. He has the same symptoms as before. I wonder if this could be triggering some sort of past life with remnants bleeding into his current life.

I was scared as a little kid. Before I married, I was very self-destructive. Since having kids, the feeling of love for them is overwhelming. I am over-protective and afraid for them. I want them to grow up and know they are okay. But I want to enjoy them when they are little. It is a catch 22. I cannot enjoy my children because I am so afraid of something happening to them. I can’t watch TV. If I get something that triggers me, like a movie, I feel terrible dread. Then I think, I have gone too far!  

I suggest that this sense of “I have gone too far” is a trigger. Paul replies that he felt like that at the beginning of the recent weekend episode when he had done too much in one day.

I ask if we can keep exploring this sense of going too far.

Paul: I want to do it. I am just scared of being stuck in it and cannot get out.

Karen: Stuck in what way.

Paul: I see a dark tunnel and light at the end.

Karen: Focus on that.

Paul: I am really claustrophobic. 

Karen: What would you like to do? Unlock the claustrophobia or something else?

Paul: I’d like to meet my guide.

I know Paul is currently feeling afraid and stuck. To meet his guide, he will need to access a higher frequency.

Karen: Okay. First, we need to go to a safe, happy place. What is that for you?

Paul: Rainforest with a stream.

I give him a guided meditation of a rainforest and stream, and eventually ask what he is aware of.

Paul: Dark. My heartrate is fast.

Karen: What is that heart rate telling you about yourself at the moment? (long silence) What’s happening now?

 Paul: I feel like I am really deep and dark.

Karen: Is that a relaxed feeling?

Paul: Hmm, body really heavy.

Karen: Stay with that, perhaps that is what your body needs at the moment. (Long silence). Anything coming, Paul?

Paul: Lots of coloured lights in the darkness.

Karen: Could be healing lights. Anything you want to share you can. Otherwise I’ll just let you be for a while. (Another long silence).

Paul: What is my purpose?

Ask you guides and see what pops in.

Paul: Love.

Paul: How do I heal? Light

Karen: How would the light heal you?

Paul: Togetherness.

Karen: What does that mean?

Paul: Family. wisdom, chakra, twelve, heal. It is different now, a real tunnel feeling. I am moving. Bright lights are around me and they are shrinking almost like I am going backwards.

Karen: Go with that. That could be healing too.

Paul: I see a rat’s face.

Karen: What does that mean?

Paul: Time.

What is important about time in this context?

Paul: Time is everything.

K: What do you think about the tunnel and light at the end going backward?

Paul: Not sure.

Karen: Do you remember your fear of going too far and not being able to go back?

Paul: Yes.

Karen: I think the guides just showed you that you can.

Paul smiles.

Karen: Thinking about what we have done today, how do you feel.

Paul: It makes me happy. I am going to focus on self-love as that always makes me feel better. I think that I need to trust my intuition and meditate more. I am genuinely a good person. I know that. I deserve self-love.

Now I take Paul back to the weekend which started two months of anxiety and serious weight loss, including feelings of dread, fast heartrate and tremors earlier in the session. Now he reports feeling nothing. I also take him back to the disturbing movie which had caused him considerable distress. Again, his feelings are neutral.

He had lost all negative emotional charge, which had been previously associated with the scenarios.

You might wonder what happened to gain such a shift in Paul’s attitude as not a lot was said in the last half of the regression. However, there were a lot of long pauses during this time. Paul had calmed himself down and it is quite likely that the guides were working on him energetically while he was seeing all the coloured lights.

Paul left feeling light and happy. He had committed to asking the guides for help in the future, and he assured me he would return if he had any sense of going back into the old pattern of deep anxiety and fatigue.

This sort of session is called a transpersonal journey because it is set up to harness the wisdom of our spirit guides. The guides respect free will. They do not interfere in our human journey. To receive help, we need to ask as specifically as we can.

Before we embark on the transpersonal journey, we explore the client’s issues to gain clarity on the key problem. We call in the guides and ask them to keep out any unwanted energies so only those wise beings are present who are here for the highest good of the client and highest good of all. We do that so we can trust the journey and what is received.

Usually we start exploring the issue without any hypnotic induction but sometimes an induction is necessary to calm the client. If any blocks are present, our first task is to explore and dismantle those. Some clients have something on their mind. When so, it needs to be put to rest. Bringing it to the surface is the most effective way to do that.

Then we embark on the journey trusting we are receiving help from the guides. Sometimes information flows, coming to the client with no help from me. Other times I help the client surface information by asking questions.

I have found the transpersonal journey is a useful way of addressing issues that are holding clients back from progressing in the way they would like.

Interview with Karen Joy

Interview with Karen Joy

During the period of Covid-19 isolation, I was contacted by Simon G. Brown who hosts a well-known Pod Cast on Past Lives and Hypnosis.

Simon has interviewed people like  Eben Alexander, Rich Martini, Carol Bowman Mark Gober, Pim Van Lommel Mira Kelly and Bryn Blankinship.

Below is a link to the interview he did with me.

Simon contacted me because he had read my book, Other Lives, Other Realms.

Interview with Karen

by Simon G. Brown

Life Can Be Easy. Here’s How!

Life Can Be Easy. Here’s How!

Regressions can change your life—as long as open yourself to your intuition. It doesn’t matter what you call it—your subconscious mind, your higher self or a spirit guide. Our intuition gifts us with flashes of insight that seem to come from a place far beyond the rational. During regressions, I help my clients create a permanent connection with their intuition—or with their spirit guides, if you prefer—so this wisdom is available to them as they continue along their spiritual path.

How Does That Work? 

You’re feeling confused or puzzled. A problem is gnawing away at you. And then, as if from nowhere, the answer pops into your mind—even if you never asked the question! But the answer is so compelling you can’t ignore it.

Life the Hard Way. 

Not that you don’t try to figure it out. The answer came so easily—without any effort on your part. So how can you take it at face value? Aren’t you supposed to wrestle with a problem, weigh up your options, seek advice from others? We don’t realise how much easier our lives would be if we learned to trust our intuitive wisdom. 

I have heard many stories from people who learned to trust their guidance. Here are two: 

Anton’s Sad Lesson

Anton came for a regression. I found Anton to be spiritually aware. Still, he harboured self-doubts—until one important day. 

Anton’s ten-year old Labrador, Rusty, became increasingly withdrawn and listless. Anton took him to the veterinary practice where several vets examined him. They were puzzled but eventually gave Anton a prescription. Rusty didn’t improve. At home alone, worried about his dog, an unexpected thought popped into Anton’s mind: A tick. Anton wondered if he should mention it when he went back to the vet practice, but it had come out of the blue, completely untethered to any experience.

“What do I know?” thought Anton. “The vets are experts. I know nothing about animals and illness. Anyway, they would have already considered that possibility.”

Unfortunately, they hadn’t, and Anton didn’t share his insight with them, simply discounting it because he trusted the experts more than himself. By the time the vets figured out that it was a tick, it was too late. Rusty died. 

That was a really tough lesson. But Anton didn’t waste it. Although he still had doubts, more often than not, he acted on his intuition. The importance of listening to his intuition and acting on it was also reinforced during his regression.

Tough Times for Regina

Until Regina came for her regression, she deeply regretted not acting on her intuition many years earlier. Her awakening unfolded over a long time.

Around age thirty, Regina felt lost and unhappy. The doctor diagnosed depression and said she needed a great new drug called Prozac. Immediately “NO!” came out of her mouth, unbidden and definite. But the doctor was insistent. 

Regina eventually relented and followed the doctor’s advice. During the following years, whenever she lapsed back into depression, doctors changed her prescription to other drugs. 

After seventeen years on antidepressants, Regina wanted to get off them. In hospital for other reasons, she mentioned this desire.  At this time, she was on Zoloft. During the five days she remained in hospital, the intern reduced her dose to nothing. 

Zoloft keeps Serotonin levels high and this signals the body to make less. When one suddenly stops taking the drug, the body is left with a deficit. This is called Discontinuation Syndrome and some people can take up to a year to recover. 

When the doctor cut her tablets back so drastically, Regina no longer had enough mood-stabilizing serotonin in her body. She suffered many months of what she called “a hell-zone withdrawal,” including serious mental illness and suicidal ideation. 

The Lesson

At the time of her regression, Regina still regretted taking the drugs because of this disturbing aftermath. I ask her to remember why she decided to take them in the first place, despite her initial refusal. During her session, she recalled the interaction with the doctor. 

The doctor said, “You have a deficiency,” and that made sense because I felt deficient in myself. Then she said I had a hormonal imbalance. That felt right too because I felt out of balance. She said the answer to my problems was this marvellous new medication.

I stayed on the drugs because they helped in the beginning and I felt “in” with the people around me. Many were on it, and it gave me a sense of belonging. Also, my stomach problems improved.

Regina’s decision was understandable. Nearly everyone would choose to take the medication in similar circumstances. At that time, drugs were accepted as the single appropriate treatment.  But, like many, Regina found that permanent improvement never came.  After years of persevering with different prescriptions, she knew drugs weren’t the answer. 

From her experience with anti-depressants, Regina lost trust in the medical profession. For a time, she was angry. She decided to address her issues by undertaking research in alternatives, making personal changes and focussing on her spiritual path. 

During her regression, she discovered that those horrid years were not wasted. Regina did not need to have regrets. She had received a compelling lesson in trusting her intuition. 

Both Anton and Regina needed their disturbing experiences. Anton lost his beloved dog. Regina spent nearly twenty years of her life on an emotional roller coaster. These lessons appeared because Anton and Regina had reached a necessary stage of soul development. Although they were anxious and timid, they were tuned into their wise guidance. They just hadn’t learned to act on it.   

Trusting our wise intuition is a life-changing experience. Life can be much easier when we do.  We know our guides are there beside us, looking out for us and giving us the best advice. All we have to do is act on it.

The Strange Incidence of Terminal Lucidity

The Strange Incidence of Terminal Lucidity

“Terminal lucidity” is the term given to people who become unexpectedly lucid before they die. It is unexpected because their bodies are ravaged and their minds unresponsive. Some are mentally ill, demented, or in a comatose state and sometimes for many weeks.

I first heard about this phenomenon when I was in my twenties. My partner at that time was an orderly working at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. He described how he had observed patients, unconscious and dying, suddenly become energetic and completely present. At first, because he had conversed with these people, he assumed they were recovering. But the next day, when he dropped in to say hello, their bed was empty. On enquiring, he would learn they had died.

He was puzzled. Some had been unresponsive for weeks. But after a while, he came to the conclusion that it was quite common for people to have a “last hurrah” before they passed. Neither of us knew of any medical explanation for this strange occurrence.

Some people have described their pets rallying just before they died. After being listless for days, cats and dogs have come to their owners for a cuddle or curled up and looked into their owner’s eyes before passing.

We know that terminal lucidity has been around for hundreds of years. Shakespeare refer to it in Romeo and Juliet, Act V, Scene III. Romeo proclaims, while laying Paris in Juliet’s tomb:

How oft when men are at the point of death

Have they been merry which their keepers call

A lightening before death

With all our scientific and medical advancements, no one can explain how a deteriorated body and brain (confirmed by autopsy) can rally to participate in such lucidity before death. The only thing that the medical profession admits is that it does happen and is quite common. Many nurses and elderly carers have observed its occurrence.

Over the years, I have heard many stories from clients who have experienced terminal lucidity in their loved ones. However, I know it exists because I have experienced it myself.

In 1981, I was beside my grandmother who was dying. She had suffered deteriorating congestive heart failure for some years. When I was told she was dying, I travelled to the nursing home to be by her side. Her breathing was slow and heavy, and she looked like she was in a deep sleep. I sat by her side for two days and two nights.

On the first night she lapsed into unconsciousness, with long pauses between breaths and a hoarse sound coming from her throat. I panicked and called the night nurse. The nurse flew into action, giving her oxygen and some other treatment, which I don’t specifically recall.  My grandmother’s breathing reversed to what it had been before and she appeared to remain in a coma.

The next day my grandmother stirred, soon becoming wide awake and lucid. She said, “I am in a funny predicament.” I asked her what she meant. She replied that she was dying. I didn’t argue with her. Instead, I reminded her how much my sisters and I treasured all the love, guidance and special experiences she and her husband, my grandfather, had given us. Between them, they had taught us to bake, to kill and clean chickens, to sow seeds and watch the strawberries, corn and other plants grow, to catch, scale and clean fish, to find and enjoy rock oysters, to play cards and board games, to behave with dignity and gratitude, and so much more. I thanked her for the love and protection she had given us—we had extremely dysfunctional parents and the love, attention and guidence of our grandparents was gold for us. Before she lapsed again into unconsciousness, she told me how much she had loved every minute of it.

That night, a different nurse was on night duty. I discussed the revival the previous night. Neither of us saw the point of continual revivals, delaying the inevitable, for which I now knew my grandmother was prepared. This time when her breaths were more and more delayed, we didn’t interfere. I held her hand, speaking to her softly while watching her slowly fade away.

What a privilege it was to be with her at the end. And I was so grateful for the minutes of lucidity which provided an opportunity for the two of us to reminisce and appreciate the experiences we’d shared.

Now I think of all those in nursing homes who, because of Covid-19, are denied their relatives at their bedside. Dying can be beautiful but the lack of loved ones at the bedside of those leaving the planet is hard for all. I pray that somehow this is rethought and changed, so the opportunity for these special moments at the end of a life are preserved.

One nurse summed it up after observing terminal lucidity in her patients while relatives were at their bedside. It remains a beautiful and mysterious gift.

 

NOTE:

If you would like to know more about terminal lucidity, the University of Virginia (UVA) has conducted significant research providing evidence of consciousness being independent of the brain and body.

At a conference in India in 2013, Dr Bruce Greyson, then head of the Department of Perpetual Studies at UVA, spoke about terminal lucidity and other research. Here is the link:

Video of Dr Greyson

Living Love and Beauty

Living Love and Beauty

What is it like to have a life between lives regression? It is impossible to tell until you have one because each one is unique. I can give you an indication by sharing the experiences of various clients. Here is one.

Daniel came to see me hoping to have a transcendental experience. His guides met this desire right at the beginning of his regression. Most of the time he was quiet and peaceful, enjoying the loving light energy he was experiencing. When he did speak, he described the thoughts and feelings arising in him.

I feel that I want to be in nature. I am looking at the sun, feeling the warmth of the sun and everything is enjoying the warmth of the sun. The trees and flowers. The animals. The sun doesn’t choose what to shine on, it shines on everything.

I was thinking about my wife. There is great love from the sun for my wife. I feel the love for my family. That love from the sun is always with us. (Emotion is present in his voice).

 

I guess the light and the love can go through everything. It has the ability to heal and help grow things and help everything blossom and go green. We are made of this light. It runs through our body. I feel relaxed and at peace.

 

I feel that Mother Earth contains this light and love as well. She has a wisdom and wants to share that wisdom with us. I can connect more with this energy by caring for Mother Earth. Loving the trees.

I am thinking about my breath. Life is contained in the breath. When we breathe, we receive the light and the love.

 

I am thinking about water and the streams. How water feeds everything, feeds nature. It quenches our thirst and nourishes us, carrying nutrients to support life.

I see dancing. (Daniel is crying emotional tears). How people are dancing in circles in celebration.

 

I am thinking about fire. It is very powerful. It can be scary but also beautiful. It has the ability to change things. It can destroy old forms and create new life from the old.

I am thinking about wind. It can carry nutrients and seeds to spread new life to new areas. And the breath. It can carry the energy of life to sustain life and give life.

I am seeing that Earth is a small part of the vastness of the Universe. When we connect to our heart we connect to the vast universe, the consciousness of the universe. The Universe is intelligent and wise.

I am thinking about sound. Everything is vibration and energy. The energy and vibration has the ability to change, shift and move. It is a fact, but it is a fun fact, like dancing is fun. The fun is the opportunity to express. There is no right or wrong, there is only expression.

I feel we humans now have an opportunity to dance closer to the light, just basically to enjoy the new dance.

 

When Daniel emerged from trance, he said that being connected to loving energy felt natural, more natural than being on Earth. This wasn’t a surprise as Daniel has only had a few incarnations on Earth and Earth is the heaviest dimension in which he has ever been. His guides advised him to connect each day to the higher vibrations he experienced during the regression. This will help alleviate him missing home.

If you like, you can relax and meditate on Daniel’s descriptions and, with your imagination, create your own unique experience.

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