How Can People Have Past-Life Regressions?

Are There Past Lives?

People experience the events in other lives in a past-life regression. The events are vivid and can be validated when researchers find the records of a person now dead whose life experiences match the experiences the person having the past-life regression describes perfectly.

Dr. Damian Bertrand took a woman through the experiences of two past lives. The first person whose experiences she accessed was a woman who lived in Egypt in the 1500s and was barren; she described herself as being an outcast because of it. The woman having the past-life regression had no way of knowing that during that time in Egypt, women who couldn’t have children were outcasts. She spoke in Arabic while under hypnosis and told the doctor details about life in Egypt during that time that she had no way of knowing. In accounts of this woman’s life, she was able to access experiences revealing verified facts about life in Egypt during that time.[i]

In a famous case described in the book, Looking for Carroll Beckwith,[ii] Captain Robert Snow was able to describe accurate details of the life experiences of a man named Carroll Beckwith who lived in the nineteenth century. Snow was in charge of the Department of Homicide and Robbery and the Department of Organized Crime in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. In a past-life regression, Captain Snow accessed very clear, detailed experiences about people who had lived in the past. Captain Snow said his perceptions of the past-life events were more clear than his perceptions during his waking consciousness. He accessed experiences from several different lifetimes, but the one that was most prominent was the life experiences of a portrait artist in what seemed to be the nineteenth century. Captain Snow accessed 30 specific experiences from this artist’s lifetime.

The details were so specific and lifelike that he was determined to find out if there was an artist in the nineteenth century whose life details matched what he experienced. The most unusual detail was highly specific. This artist had painted a portrait of a hunchback woman. During a trip to New Orleans with his wife, Snow chanced upon an art gallery and saw, to his great astonishment, the portrait of the hunchback woman he had seen in his past-life regression. He learned the artist was an early twentieth century portrait artist named Carroll Beckwith. Snow located information about the artist and verified all the details about Carroll Beckwith he had stated during his past-life regression:

  1. He painted a portrait of a hunchbacked woman.
  2. He painted portraits to make money but hated painting portraits.
  3. He went by the name “Jack.”
  4. He used a walking stick.
  5. His wife and he spent time in France.
  6. His wife could not have children.
  7. They were desperate for money. He argued with his wife about money.
  8. Despite their problems with money and inability to have children, their marriage was happy.
  9. He had an art studio with a bank of skylights and a row of windows.
  10. He once stayed at an estate with large gardens.
  11. A female relative died of a blood clot.
  12. He died in a large city with tall buildings in the fall of 1917.

You can view a video describing Captain Snow’s experience at

There is no doubt that people are able to mentally re-experience the life experiences people who lived on earth had, with remarkable clarity.

Are People in Past-Life Regressions Reliving Their Own Past Lives?

 The term “past-life regression” has been attached to these experiences people describe of another life, but using the term clouds the significance of the event. Yes, the person is describing experiences someone else had in the past and they ascribe them to themselves. “I was that person.” However, reincarnation is misunderstood. It doesn’t mean someone keeps coming back to Earth School to learn lessons. We remain the individuals we are in the next life and the continuation of our lives after that, but the framework or life essence we have can become the framework for a new life.

We are told consistently by sources in the next life that we as individuals retain our individuality when we graduate from Earth School. All our experiences are part of the Higher Self’s evolution, and we continue to grow in wisdom, love, and compassion after our graduation from Earth School. Other individuals of our Higher Selves attune to Earth School instead. We and the Higher Self learn from the experiences of these other people.

In our pre-birth planning, however, another life in the Higher Self may be the basis for the life we plan. Our Souls may want to learn something not fully learned in that previous life, or counter some actions in that other life during our life, or in some other way want our life to augment or continue something of the other life. We grow up in Earth School as our unique individual self that continues to live in the life after this life as the same unique self. But lives are intertwined because of the desire among us in the Higher Self to have experiences based on that other life. In the Soul-planning meeting, the planning group “leafs through” the various individuals who are part of the Oversoul or Higher Self to decide whether to learn new lessons based on previous learning or bring previous learning into the new Earth School experience.

This affiliation between an individual and other individuals in the Higher Self is where past-life accounts come from. In a past-life regression, someone in this life recalls another life that is affiliated with the person in the Higher Self. Aspects of that other person are part of the individual currently in Earth School.

[i] Damian Bertrand, “Shelise & Julian,” Reincarnated: Past Lives on LMN®, video aired March 22, 2014.

[ii] Robert Snow, Looking for Carroll Beckwith: The True Stories of a Detective’s Search for His Past Life (Daybreak Books, 1999).

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