I studied archaeology and anthropology in college, I volunteer with my local Historical Commission and my favorite novels are historical fiction. It should come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of history and learning about the past.
A couple of months ago, I received a copy of Ann C. Barham's recently released book The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes. The non-fiction, written by a licensed therapist and certified regression therapist, shares client experiences with past life regression work and delves into how one can take those experiences and apply them to their present personality and life. I've heard of past life regression, but I was a bit skeptical and hadn't done tons of research on it.
Upon opening the book for the first time, I was anticipating an entertaining story outlining peoples' personal experiences where they were famous historical figures who lived lives of grandeur... isn't that what we'd all hope for?
Pleasantly surprised, and incredibly impressed, I instead read the stories of people just like me who pictured very normal and often emotional past lives. Men and women were brought back to lives as soldiers experiencing the turmoil of war, daughters living in huts with strained parental bonds and spouses who were forced into marriage too soon in time periods well before ours.
As someone who considers herself an amateur historian, I was immediately impressed with these completely regular folks who were able to place themselves in particular years and provide detailed accounts of their surroundings... possibly without ever having learned of those places or being able to point them out on a map. They had an understanding of how different cultures lived from what food was on the dinner table to what their parents did for work.
The stories were riveting, and it was really quite moving to read along as these clients went through their regressions and were able to connect experiences to their present life. This, the connection to the psychology of it all, might have been the most interesting.
Many present day injuries or scars were related to some sort of cause of death or injury in a past life and often clients were able to overcome phobias and fears afterwards because they were able to place themselves at the utmost root of the issue. There were couples who were having trouble understanding one another and the past life regression helped them to better understand themselves, which made it easier for them to overcome some of their personal struggles and be more effective communicators with one another. There was a mother who was struggling with the loss of her child, and the daughter's appearance in a past life (this time as the role of the mother!) gave her closure and allowed her to mourn and regain her strength for her surviving youngest child.
Regardless of belief in past life regression or skepticism, I'd highly recommend Barham's book to all readers. It's fascinating to get glimpse back in time and to see how the past can influence our present so greatly.
And yes, I'm now very anxious to go get my own past life regression done. I have so many questions!