Gabrielle was trapped in that timeless state of constantly fighting the stormy sea where she’d drowned.
Remember Karma, discussed in my previous post? Through my clients, I’ve learned that we are neither punished nor rewarded for our actions in past lives. At the same time, unresolved issues can flow from one life to another. Let’s look at some examples, drawn from my clients’ experience.
Adrianne is happily married to Erin. She came to me because her friendship with another woman was causing problems in her marriage. Erin sensed a level of obsession in the friendship, and was pressing Adrianne to end the relationship. This case is discussed in more detail in my book, Other Lives, Other Realms.
During regression, Adrianne returned to a life in which her friend had incarnated as her younger sister. Tragically, her sister died prematurely. Adrianne felt responsible for her sister’s death, and never recovered from the loss. She withdrew from her husband—who shared the same soul as Erin.
As Adrianne had never addressed the grief and guilt she felt after her sister died, her protective instincts were triggered when she met this woman in her current life. I helped Adrianne work through the emotions she had previously avoided, and she was able to bring the relationship with her friend to an appropriate conclusion.
Meredith was torn between her own needs, and meeting society’s expectations. During regression, I asked for her to be shown the origin of this conflict. She soon learned that the same battle had raged in her previous lives.
Meredith returned to a life as a healer, relying on herbal remedies and her psychic abilities. Unfortunately, she lived during the era of the Spanish Inquisition. She was tortured, and burned at the stake.
Her guide told her that she had experienced persecution in several lifetimes. Meredith was shocked that mass hysteria and religious extremism could lead to such cruelty. She also realised that the fear she felt in her current life had its genesis in the tortures she had endured centuries before.
Meredith and I began resolving this issue during her regression.
Gabrielle was afraid of water, especially seawater. Even standing ankle-deep on the beach, the undertow aroused strong feelings of anxiety. Yet she had no memory of any water-related trauma in her current life.
I regressed Gabrielle to her life as an adventurous teenaged girl. One calm evening she climbed into a boat, planning to row along the shoreline a little. Suddenly, a storm rose up, sweeping her out to sea. She panicked, and decided to swim back to the shore.
Unfortunately, the elements overwhelmed her. Even as the waves dragged her down, she kept struggling, trying to reach the safety of the shore. Although she drowned, part of her—the part that wanted to survive—refused to accept the fact. She remained trapped in the terrible reality she had created for herself, fighting constantly to keep her head above water.
Gabrielle remained trapped in that timeless state until she reincarnated in her current life—when she was given the opportunity to clear her fear of death by water for good.
Rescuing the dead
Gabrielle exemplifies the problem of a violent or unexpected death. If we were unable to accept the reality of our death, we can find ourselves trapped in a netherworld of perpetual resistance. However, we need not remain stuck. In my counselling and regression practices I have used hypnosis and other techniques to rescue hundreds of people from the purgatory they created for themselves.
My research and personal experience have convinced me that many of us are carrying emotional burdens created by the manner of our deaths in past lives. While these emotions are not apparent when we are reborn, they can easily be triggered.
For example, the first time Gabrielle dipped her feet into the ocean and felt the tide pulling at her ankles, her latent fears were triggered.
Meredith could have been triggered as a young child when her mother ignored her desires.
And Adrienne’s feelings of guilt and loss were triggered when she met the woman who shared the soul of her younger sister in a previous life. She could not let go then, and had trouble letting go in her current life as well.
Many of the challenges we face—not wanting to have children, a fear of commitment, fear of flying, unexplained anxiety, a compulsion to help others, health problems and addictions—echo the unresolved conflicts of our past lives.
These issues will keep resurfacing, in this life and in future lives, until we resolve them. In fact, we attract the situations that trigger these unresolved issues, and will keep doing so, until we can make our peace with them.
Once we have re-experienced the situation that gave birth to our negative emotions, released those feelings, and seen our problems from the perspective of multiple lifetimes, we find that the issue either melts away, or at least becomes easier to manage.
So why do we experience traumas that can take lifetimes to resolve? Good question. I’ll explore it in my next post!
My position on karma might surprise you. I do not subscribe to the common thinking about this concept. I base my view on experience, research and much thought. To explain my views, I am going to take you on a journey starting thousands of years ago.
Through millennia our ancestors struggled to survive. Strength prevailed. The strongest men were most likely to prosper, and passed their advantages down to their offspring.
As society evolved, our leaders learned that they did not have to rely on mere physical strength. They found more subtle ways to control people.
Constantine, the fourth century Roman Emperor, inherited a divided and rebellious empire. He saw religion as a tool he could use to control the masses. He converted to Christianity and mandated that it be the official religion. In the sixth century, Justinian united the people further by convening the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople, which further decreed formal Christian doctrine.
Rulers in Asian and Indo-European countries also used religion as a means of control. The Islamic caliphate governed in accordance with religious law. Sultans and Rajahs used the Hindu caste system to maintain their power.
Religious texts were concealed from the ordinary people. Most could not read. Even if they could, the sacred texts were in written in languages restricted to the ruling classes. Buddhist sutras were originally written in Vedic Sanskrit, and the Christian Bible was written in Latin.
The ruling classes used religious beliefs to keep their subjects in control—beliefs that enshrined obedience, submission, and humility. By remaining meek, the masses believed they would assure their place in heaven, or in a more favourable incarnation.
I personally know how this works. When I was a young girl, the minister in our Methodist church preached hell-fire and damnation. We were conditioned to believe that bad deeds, or even bad thoughts, attracted eternal punishment.
Only now in the twenty-first century are we beginning to seriously challenge these deeply held views.
‘Karma’ is a Sanskrit word that means ‘deed’ or ‘action.’ The word also embodies the idea that we reap what we sow. Our future depends on our current actions. Bad deeds bring bad karma, or suffering. Good deeds bring rewards.
In Hinduism, karma plays a role in the caste system. It assumes that people born into a lower caste have accumulated negative karma. Bad deeds committed in previous lives lead to low status in the current life.
You don’t need me to point out the coercive power that karma wields over those born into the lower castes. It justifies their inferior status, while emphasising the importance of humility as a way to progress in later lives.
What Regressions Tell Us
By undertaking regressions we are given an opportunity to see the bigger picture of our lives and their purpose. In our life-between-lives, we meet the Council of Elders, wise beings who answer our most searching questions.
We learn that are not punished and we are not rewarded. We are guided, we are helped, and we are given opportunities. Our free will is sacrosanct. The bottom line is clear, and its consequences inescapable: we choose our experiences.
Over and over again, I have listened as my clients received the same message from the Council. We create our reality. We make plans, with others, to take on certain roles in our incarnations. We endeavour to act out these roles. Even if we fail, the Council never chastises us for our performance. Any punishment we experience is our own creation. We punish ourselves through our sense of guilt.
You know this. Remember a time when you felt deep guilt and were found out. Even with your fear and shame, the chance to come clean offered you a real sense of relief.
Here is an example from a regression. A client experienced a past life as a soldier named Bill, in World War I. Bill felt a great deal of guilt about surviving World War I, in which his brother and mates all died. At the beginning of the war, he had convinced them to join up. He felt responsible for their deaths.
When he crossed over into his life-between-lives, he visited the Council of Elders. He saw them as judges with wigs and red gowns sitting at a high bench in a courtroom. He felt small, and sat with his head bowed. He trembled as he waited for their judgement.
The Council gently told him that he alone imagined them to be judges. He had no reason to feel guilty. His mates had free will and had chosen their fate. The Council suddenly changed appearance. He now found himself and the Council members sitting casually together on lounge chairs.
This client had been bought up in a strictly Christian household. In adulthood, he rejected his Christian roots. While he initially approached the Council with guilt carried over from his previous life, he soon relaxed and let go of that old conditioning. He was open enough to see the Council as friendly advisors rather than judges.
The information received in regressions does not bear out the idea that karmic consequences are visited upon an individual without their soul’s permission.
In my book, Other Lives, Other Realms, I outline the case of Morris, who suffers from cancer. Morris’s soul knew that cancer was a possibility because he chose a very sensitive body. Morris’s soul had good reasons for this choice and had accepted all the possible consequences.
In a recent regression, a client realised he had been murdered in a past life. In that life, he’d had an affair with the wife of his murderer. ‘What was the purpose of that life?’ I asked. ‘It was a gift,’ he replied.
Further investigation revealed that the wife and the husband were soul relatives of my client. This means they belonged to the same soul group in their life-between-lives. The husband and wife, as souls, had planned their lives together. The husband was working on jealousy, an issue he’d spent many lives trying to resolve. My client had been recruited to play an important role. He would have an affair with the wife. In accepting this role, he agreed to be murdered, if that was the way it played out.
The murderer was caught and hung. When his soul ascended, he suffered no karmic consequences. He might be disappointed that he failed to overcome this challenge and forgive, because he knows that, in another incarnation, he will face the same circumstances to have another attempt at resolution.
Our idea of karma as punishment is flawed. We have been conditioned to believe that bad deeds, thoughts or intentions bring negative consequences.
Reincarnation and karma are eastern concepts that we in the western hemisphere have adopted. These concepts are contaminated. We have all, east and west, been conditioned to be fearful. Those in control have used religious ideas for their own purposes.
I believe that negative consequences can spill from one life into the next. However, these consequences are not the result of bad deeds, nor are they intended as punishment. I will discuss this in my next blog.