A Satanist’s view on Past Life Regression.
Several years ago, through my work at the time with developing TV-projects, I ended up in the chair of a hypnotist. Not any funfair hypnotist either, but one of the world’s foremost experts in past life regression. I might be a satanist, an atheist of some kind, but I’ve always decided to emerge myself in what I’m doing at the moment, even if it goes against everything I stand for. I tend to be quite criticial in private, but when I get the chance to try out something out of the ordinary I think it’s extremely important to also set myself in the same state as the believers - it’s a fair thing to do (because IMHO everyone walks their own path and I should do nothing to change that if they’re not asking for my advice) and I still can keep a distance to it.
To the sound of “relaxing” music, which for me is often the total opposite thing, the hypnotist started to count down, very slowly, from - I think - the number 30 down to 1. During this time he also gave me small advices; how to breath, how to visualize my body and lights warming it etc. When he reached number one he told me I would see a bright, white light and I should step into it.
And I did. The light appeared and I took a mental step into the unknown. Then I heard his still very calm voice tell me to look up and asked me what I saw there, and the same thing looking down. I saw a bright night sky filled with stars and down below I saw a trail through the forest, and me having bare feets. The hypnotist asked me more questions, non-leading, and I could describe the world around me, my family, my work and so on. We jumped further into that life and until the day I died and what happen after that.
I’ll spare you the details, but the place where I died was Khon Kean, which is now Thailand, the year 1232. Basically all facts I could gather during this past life regression could be fact checked, even if I didn’t have any names and so to go on. The person I was a the time was a pretty normal dude, probably a farmer and nothing extraordinary. That was quite the revelation, I would have feel very embarressed if I turned out to be yet another emperior, religious leader or someone else “important”, someone that just would be a way for me to feel special.
This experience was so alive. It felt so real. But was is? The thing is that I’ve always been, since childhood, been interested in the asian culture, to that degree my first love was The Monkey King in the 1963 animated feature (actually in two parts, 1961 and 1964, also titled Havoc in Heaven or Uproar in Heaven - I guess what I saw was a shorter version dubbed to Swedish), directed by Wan Laiming. I felt so at home in what I saw there as a kid, and later dreams often included incredibly realistic samurais and other asian symbols. So all these places and cultures have been with me as long as I can remember. Later in life I’ve visited Thailand, Cambodia, China and Japan, and I never felt like a stranger.
So this interest, whatever it came from, might have made me create this past life. I talked to the man who hypnotized me afterwards and I asked him what he thought, and truth to be told, he said he wasn’t sure either. Part of doing a real, serious past life regression is also to deal with a personal issue, which is something between me and the person leading the regression. But maybe was this a way for my mind to cope with this issue, to deal with it - and by generating this fictional story of an earlier life I could see it from another angle and maybe understand it.
Wouldn’t be an idea to use the concept of past life regression and work with it like it’s pure imagination? Accept that fact it’s something our mind creates to deal with different kind of issues, positives and negatives, and thereby create a new form of terapeuthic care? It sounds to me like the most existing and rewarding form of therapy, where the client can set him- or herself in situations, extreme and mundane, where it can be dealt with an almost cinematic viewpoint.
As a skeptic when it comes to an afterlife, the final part of the past life regression made me very curious about death and what’s happening when we leave this existence. I was floating through space, a huge eternity of nothingness. Just the I, no body, no emotions, no thoughts. It was a completely neutral state. Until I saw a net - where very cross road was a shining “star”, an opening, of unfathomable size. Everyone, billions...trillions, of these shiny dots was paths or doorways I could choose to my next existence. I aimed for one of them, and let everything go. Because now it was time to start all over again.
I learned one lesson from this experience: I am my own star, no matter if this was some kind of reality or a creation of my mind. I control my own existence and the only thing I can to is to worship myself.
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