An Interview with Brian Weiss on Regression, Reincarnation and Remembering

How can we access our past-lives?

It’s certainly possible to have actual past-life regression through regression exercises, although many other types of relaxation or meditation techniques can lead to the same thing as well.  People may also experience past-life recall during dreams or déjà vu, spontaneously, or in many other ways. For example, my first recollection of a past life actually didn’t take place during regression therapy or hypnosis, but as a result of the state of relaxation caused by shiatsu massage. Suddenly, I vividly observed myself as a priest in ancient Babylon. It took me three months of daily meditation before I had this first regression.

How do we differentiate between what’s real, fantasy or pure imagination?

It isn’t critical to determine whether what comes to mind is a symbol, a metaphor, a true memory, your imagination, or a mixture of them all. My advice is to relax and let what happens happen, in a nonjudgmental way. If you allow the rational side of your brain to take over, you may block memories and waste an opportunity. There are many people who try to validate their memories with proof: Some of them have found their own graves; others find official records that confirm evidential details of their recall, offering proof of past lives.

One of the most extraordinary cases of this involves a woman named Jenny Cockell. As a child she had memories of living in Ireland and dying when her children were small. As an adult, she decided to look for them, and she managed to find five of the eight children that she had borne during that life.

Can you describe what the memories that come during regression are like?

I find that actual past-life memories are usually accessed and described in one of two ways. The first is the classical pattern, where the person enters one lifetime only and is able to perceive an extremely complete, detailed depiction of that life and its events. Almost as if were a story, much of the entire lifetime passes by; that is, it often begins with birth or childhood and doesn’t end until death. It is possible that the person will painlessly and serenely experience the death scene and a life review, where the lessons of the lifetime are illuminated and explored with the benefit of the person’s higher wisdom.

The second pattern of past-life recall is what I call the key-moment flow. Here, the subconscious knits together the most important or related moments from a cluster of lifetimes, those key points that best elucidate the person’s hidden trauma and can most quickly and powerfully heal them.

Does everyone reincarnate?

Reincarnation occurs because we have lessons to learn about such things as love, compassion, charity, nonviolence, inner peace, and patience – it would be hard to master them all in only one life.

If your education isn’t finished, you’ll find yourself being born into another lifetime. There may be some choices involved, however, but apparently these choices are limited. For example, when you learn all about love, you don’t have to come back. Yet highly evolved souls often voluntarily choose to reincarnate to help teach others.

This is an excerpt taken from the book, Mirrors of Time, by Brian L. Weiss (Hay House, $29.95), available at all bookstores August 2010.

Brian will be appearing at I CAN DO IT! August 2010. He will be offering an highly experiential workshop focusing on hypnotic regression techniques, healing visualisations and intuitional and right-brained training. For details and tickets CLICK HERE.

3 Responses to “An Interview with Brian Weiss on Regression, Reincarnation and Remembering”
  1. I am such a fan of Dr Weiss and am so excited to be attending the ‘I can do it; seminar. Thank you Hay House for allowing us the opportunity to be in the same room with such wonderful, enlightening people. I am truly grateful.

    • hayhouseoz says:

      Wow, thanks for the compliment Wendy! We love that we can bring these authors to you! Can’t wait to learn all about Brian’s regression and visualisation techniques.

  2. vivi says:

    Dr. Weiss….admire him because he has proved the soul, what the Buddha teach us!!!! 🙂 ~~

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