More and more people are taking a trip into their past lives to sort out their present. And, they’re happier, finds SudeshnaChatterjee
IT’S been a while since we’ve known how to peep into our past lives, thanks to hypnotists and past-life therapists. Today, for many seekers who are getting younger, it’s just an alternate form of therapy.
Chaitali Sinha, 15, used to get pastlife flashes of those close to her. Unfazed, her father Anil, an IIT-ian from Kanpur and a management consultant based in Dehradun, decided to "empower her" with a past-life regression workshop. While Chaitali gained in confidence after the workshop, Sinha pointed out, "Relationships get better clarity and such sessions connect you with your own consciousness. Once you connect with yourself, everything and everyone falls in place. It’s no mumbo-jumbo. It makes you more sensitive, aware and empowered."
The sessions also helped 20-year-old engineering student Vineeth Chathoth, from Kannur in Kerala, who was dyslexic. While in the midst of past life, he was able to correctly spell names of certain places and people. Intrigued, Chathoth now wants to explore further.
Hyderabad-based Dr K Newton says the average age of people going in for regression therapy is decreasing, including more young adults in the agegroup 19 to 30. Newton, who holds an MBBS degree, has been practising regression therapy for two decades. He explains, "We’re in the midst of a spiritual revolution. The younger generation is increasingly aware that spirituality is the way to live a more fulfilling life.They are more open to seeking alternative, newage, holistic therapies."
He asserts, "Compared to 10 years ago, the number of people taking therapy has gone up by around five times, with the prime motivation being selfhealing and inner-transformation."
Agrees Pune-based entrepreneur Aporajita Pal Mukerji, "Young and educated people today are increasingly going back to their past lives to sort out their present." Mukerji, who has undergone regression, also guides others through the process. She recalls, "I have always wanted to know why I was born as Aporajita. When I look around, I feel blessed: a happy childhood and a successful professional life. I’ve visited three past lives and in one I saw myself as a Keralite girl, and even spotted some people from my current life. I’m yet to piece together the purpose behind my current birth, but am confident I’m on the right track."
Experts say a trip into a past life essentially helps locate the cause of a current woe. Workshops, books and cassettes are available too. A guide is recommended in the initial stages, to interpret experiences. Says Pune-based psychologist and hypnotherapist Adithy, "It’s possible to heal the trauma of a past life during a session."
Karishma (name changed), 28, is an artist, who has majored in psychology. A schizophrenic and lesbian, queued up for a session in hypnotic regression therapy during a tough phase. The session helped her find peace. She explains, "In my first session, I saw myself as a boy from the Mughal dynasty. In that life, I saw some of the people from my current life, like my ex-partner. She was my sister and I had an incestuous relationship with her, which explained my turbulent relationship with her in my current life. I explained my past life connection to her and we’re now good friends." Our psyche records every single experience of all the lives that we have lived till now, maintains Dr Newton. He adds, "Initially, people came for health issues. Nowadays, it’s more to do with phobias, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues and for clarity about their spiritual growth." His patient, a 33-year-old resort owner in Bangalore, Susheel Nair underwent a life changing session after he chanced upon the book Many lives, Many Masters by Dr Brian Weiss.
Nair had been plagued by a bad dream since he was 11. He would see himself flying an aircraft that crashed into a building, killing him. He would feel guilty at the end of it and wake up sweating, with his heart thumping.
When regressed, he saw himself as the captain of a Munich-bound plane in 1951, which crashed into a high-rise apartment. As the landing lights focussed on the building, he could see a small boy, staring at his impending death. He was overwhelmed with feelings of helplessness and guilt. Nair later checked up and discovered the crash did happen. And he didn’t get those dreams anymore.
Rohini Gupta, from Mumbai, who guides people into past lives through meditation, says "You stop getting upset at life, feel peace and joy and discover parts of you never knew you had."