“We are here to learn and to love. Nothing else really matters.” Dr Brian Weiss, Through Time Into Healing, page 167.

On 2 March 2017, when I had my first past-life regression, my sense of self changed profoundly. Since then I have come to understand much more about who I am in this life and why I’m here, because of what happened in a previous life. I am training to become a guide for others who seek to know about their past lives.

A regression is a deep form of relaxation, and is a bit like taking a nap in a comfortable chair. It is a kind of hypnosis. During the process we meet our Higher Self, who answers questions for which we seek answers. It is safe: Under hypnosis people cannot be forced to do anything they do not want to do. Our Higher Self – think of it as being like a guardian angel – always protects us.

We have all led multiple lives. My regression guide took me to a past life that my Higher Self considered the most appropriate for understanding my current life. In my case I was an officer in the Royal Navy about 240 years ago, ordered to explore the Pacific. I sailed because I was ordered, but also because it might mean I would discover new lands and maybe return famous. Instead, I died alone on a deserted island after being shipwrecked in a storm, starving to death over many years. I literally wasted away.

Learning about this previous life has helped me understand so much about who I am in this life. Here are some examples:

  • I love living by the sea: Its aromas and sounds, such as wind whistling in the rigging of nearby yachts or the tang of salt air
  • But I am afraid of rough seas, after nearly drowning and losing all my shipmates to a storm, and being shipwrecked on an island
  • I love exploring new places, which explains why I’ve lived in 9 countries
  • But I also have a need for a harmonious home, after living in a beach shack for many years
  • I’ve always had a sense of never feeling full even after a large meal, the result of constant hunger on a deserted island
  • I dislike the taste of excess salt in food, possibly the result of nearly drowning or living in a shack by the sea
  • A sense of “alone-ness” has engulfed me all my life, the consequence of missing human companionship for many years. Isolation has produced in me a deep desire for a relationship, for companionship, and a deep need for connection and touch (I love giving and receiving massages, for example)
  • I have little interest in money, possibly because I did not need it on the island
  • My sex drive has always been high, again because of loneliness on the island and lack of human contact
  • I find sunsets and sunrises especially beautiful and I love nature, because my solace on the island was the chance to witness thousands of spectacularly beautiful scenes

I was never diagnosed, but I believe I have a condition known as “Asperger Syndrome” (it was not known when I was a child and is usually diagnosed when children are aged about three or four). This is the result of all those years alone on the island, in the sense that I have become accustomed to being alone, and Asperger’s is one way of coping with that “alone-ness”.

These lines from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner have resonated with me since I heard the poem in 1966: Alone, alone, all, all alone / Alone on a wide wide sea! / And never a saint took pity on / My soul in agony. Like the mariner in the Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem, I feel compelled to tell you my story – for a range of reasons painful to relate.

Here is a brief version of my previous life: It was about 1770 and I was a British naval officer aged in my late 20s. I was in love with a young woman. She was pretty, slim and blonde with blue eyes, and she loved me dearly. We planned to marry. I did not know at the time she was my soulmate. When I received my orders I knew I might not survive. Perhaps I had some intuition of what might happen. I lied to her in an attempt to help her accept my departure, and told her I did not love her. She was devastated. I was trying to be kind and instead I damned myself. Every day on that island, for all those many years I was alone and dying slowly, I regretted my cruelty and stupidity. I died alone, my body wasting away over many years. She was my soulmate and I hurt her, and I still regret what I did, even if done with the best of intentions. Now I must live with my choices in this life, because I met her in this life, and she did to me what I did to her in a previous life. Such is karma: Something done in an earlier life that affects us in our current life. It still hurts.

During a regression, the guide records what is said. I have listened to my recording at least a dozen times, and each time I discover more useful information.

Prior to doing a regression the client gives the guide a list of questions for which they seek answers. After taking the client through scenes in their previous life, and after the client sees how they died, the guide asks the client’s subconscious for permission to speak with the client’s Higher Self. The Higher Self answers the questions. I received profound answers to my questions. The change in voice tone from the person experiencing a past life (me) to the Higher Self is very noticeable on the audio recording. The language also changes from “I” to the third person – in my case the Higher Self refers to me as “Stephen”.

Dolores Cannon developed the form of regression process I am learning. It is known as the Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT). I am classified as an intern because I have completed QHHT level 1. I need to do 10 regressions and submit my notes to the organisation’s headquarters. After I have done level 2 I need to do another 25 regressions and submit my notes. All this work must be done for free. After I have completed the level 3 training I can start charging for regression sessions. This training will probably take me a couple of years.

A regression or past-life experience typically takes about 4 to 5 hours. The guide spends at least an hour getting to know the client, and compiles a detailed summary of that person’s life history, considering a range of medical, emotional, family and physical factors. Some people who undertake a regression have experienced pain in some part of their body that doctors have not been able to explain. In many cases that pain disappears soon after the regression. Eminent doctors have described the benefits of regression. Probably the best known is Dr Brian Weiss, a graduate of Columbia University in New York and Yale Medical School. I am reading as many books on the subject as I can. Please recommend any you appreciate. I especially liked Same Soul, Many Bodies by Dr Weiss.

The actual regression takes about 2 hours, and then client and guide spend about an hour completing the process. Clients are encouraged to avoid caffeine or tea before the process so it’s nice to have a cuppa afterwards. The process is sometimes done on an empty stomach and sometimes involves emotional catharsis. Usually the client is tired and needs food and a bathroom break. It is best to be gentle with oneself after the session. Sometimes the answers to the list of questions the client prepared are discussed. My guide, Beth Kearney, managed the process professionally and gently, and I felt comfortable and taken care of throughout.

In my case the initial interview took place about a week before the hypnosis, which gave me time to consider my list of questions. After the regression it was like coming out of a deep sleep and I felt very relaxed, if a little spaced out at first. I cried a lot while experiencing my past life, mostly because of my sense of regret. Clients are encouraged to listen to their audio recording several times. I find I make new discoveries every time I listen to my recording.

I believe in reincarnation / past lives and the benefits of regression. For me the results have been profound, even though the discoveries were painful. I have a much deeper sense of who I am and where I need to go.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

With much love,
Stephen Quinn, PhD

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