Monday, February 1, 2010

Past Life Regression

Today in the morning, I had a debate with a friend on past life regression. I am reading the book "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Dr. Brian Weiss these days. Dr. Weiss, a traditional psychotherapist, had a patient called Catherine who has memories of certain traumas that happened to her in her past life and he uses hypnotic treatment for past life regression. The patient recalled certain instances from the past thereby finding a remedy for her past life traumas like fear of water and fear of enclosed places. This is what the book is all about. Past life regression and reincarnation. That they really exist.

Coming back to the debate, my friend believes that nothing of this sort exists. On the contrary I really feel that there is truth attached to these terms. Our opposite beliefs are just a matter of difference in perception. There is no evidence to prove either side of this argument. Researches have been carried out. Some conclusions have been made and support that there is reincarnation. Whereas others go against it.

Dr. Brian Weiss is an American. However this theory of past life regression dates back to the ancient India where life after death was mentioned in the Upanishads. There is no evidence to substantiate past life memories. Nor are there evidences to support that this theory is purely imaginery.

As I said, it is just a matter of perception. I am not giving any critics to this theory but I am just stating my belief that this exists.

I read this book for the time when I was in school. About 7 years back. I remember, I was reading this book while my English class was going on and I was caught reading a book out of course. My teacher called me to scold but instead was surprised to see this book in my hand. She asked me, "How can you read such heavy books at such a young age?". I had no answer to that question. I had kept quiet. But frankly speaking, I believe every word that is written in this book.

Today, my friend pointed out that my teacher wasn't wrong. Thats the age when we as kids learn and percieve whatever we read and see around us. Thats the time when we start thinking and decide whats good and whats bad. And so was the case with me. I agree with him. Since, I read this book at a very early age and I believed it to be true, that has become my perception. And since my friend was exposed to concepts that go against my concepts, that became his perception. I have no clue whether this theory exists or it does not. There was Archimedes who rushed out of his bath shouting eureka for he realised that the concept of displacement exists. Newton discovered gravity with an apple falling on his head. Einstein coined the theory of relativity. Didnt these people face criticism from the entire world. These people were called mad. There were theories which took many hundred years to be proved true. But till then they carried the title of idiots.

There are a lot of concepts which still havent been proved (or even disproved).

Let me know what you think.

Do you believe in reincarnation and recalling the past life.

Do you think that hypnosis can heal the symptoms that you see in your present life but originated sometime in your past life.

I think that these are true. What about you?

25 comments:

supriya said...

hey chanz..i could have given it a shot to beleive but since that stupid show on the idiot box called "raaz pichle janam ka" has started...i can't even imagine myself following it. Yes,I do believe in hypnosis...but not really in reincarnation.
Although..thats a different case..that you have made me curious to got through this book..!!

Rashmi said...

Well firstly, I must say quite a thought out post... liked knowing your perception.

As far as having one's own perception is concerned I guess that also comes primarily from the surrounding you've been exposed to from the very early age of your life. Every thing around you influences and thus determines what kind of person you are and will become.

But I also feel that some things are ingrained in you, which while getting the conducive atmosphere come to the surface, I call them basic nature of a person. They might mould according to the situation demands but they will turn back to their own self once they are set free.

I am also considered to be completely mad and one of a kind which of course I happily accept and thus nod, but so are the others everyone is unique in their ways and one of a kind. And thats the way to be otherwise life would become so boring and monotonous.

Now coming to your question of past life thing to be true?
Yes, in my personal opinion i do feel that there is something of this sort that exists. But the very reason of me believing this way is entirely because I choose to believe in anything that someone says or experiences or feels. But i dont blindly follow what these beliefs are unless i am the one who goes through that particular experience as that will give that incident a feel of authenticity in my aura, my world.

Oh! btw sorry for such a long comment, i guess its even longer than your post [could be the result of me not writing anything since ages thus i let it all out here ;)]

And one more thing i want your mail address, i checked it in your profile but couldn't find it. Mine is rashmiyadav247@gmail.com

Much love,
rash :)

Chanz said...

@ Supriya : u must read that book... There are a lot of things that I didnt mention here.. Things that caught my attention...

I think every one should read this book.. even those who do not believe in this theory..

Chanz said...

@ Rashmi : I totally totally agree with what you said.. Thats the argument that I gave to my friend. About the perception part.

I feel that everything that happens to us (good or bad) holds some meaning. Life has its own way of teaching us. And so things shape the way they should be which may not necessarily be according to our liking..

It is not good to blindly believe what others say.. I found certain instances in the book which convinced me and made me realise that life needs to be taken more seriously.. And hence ma love for this book...

I never read any book twice. Never. Until and unless I found something in that book worthwhile. Only then would I read it again.

@ease said...

@ Supriya: thats the Tele-serial which actually ignited this topic for discussion.

@ chanz: i still don agree to your theory.
Nothing is destined in this world, unless you do some thing or put your efforts. And you tend to put your efforts in, what you believe to be true.

Renu said...

sometimes I want to check this personally, so far I havent seen anyone who could hypnotise me.I have read many stories, but personally havent seen anything to verify

Shivani said...

I have read two books by this author - "Only love is real" and "Many lives many masters" and yes I do believe in reincarnation.
Before I read the book, I had seen the concept of reincarnation only in movies like "Karan Arjun" :-p and I mocked it. But as I grew up, I started believing in this, dont know how, but I started using the word "Soulmates" often. And then I read Brian Weiss and understood the whole thing much better.
I think its true.

Siddhesh 'Ravan' Kabe said...

I totally agree, I have not read the book. But I do support the regression therapy.

Saying that, i also should mention that i do not support things people do using this regression theraphy.

There is a reason why God made the memories forget, let them be that way.

annum said...

Hey Chandni,

Respect your perception, but
I believe that only 1 life has been given to us. If I were Einstien in the previous life, then of what use wud I be in this life?

anjugandhi said...

Hi even i read that book. and the first thing that came to my mind is whether is it really possible?and then that stupid serial on TV. makes one really wonder is it really possible.if we go by that book that means all of us do have a past life as all of us face so many problems, all of us have some or the other issue which is troubling us that means all of us have had past lives.which is just unbelivable

Chanz said...

@ease : exactly.. I believe this theory to be true so i put in efforts to make it happen.. :)

Chanz said...

@ Renu : same here.. I too wanna try it once.. Just once. I wanna see how can it be possible..

Chanz said...

@ Shivani : I know. Sometimes I get goosebumps when I imagine myself as a guy in another lifetime.. I dont know what I ever was, was life I have lead.. I have no clue but I so want to know about it...

Chanz said...

@ Sid : Umm... I have never thought like that. But since u mentioned, I think I will agree with u.. But I am damn curious to know..

Chanz said...

@ Annum : well, its not necessary that you need to be big in every life. Maybe Einstein was a beggar in another life or maybe he was a an ordinally man with an ordinary brain.. He proved himself in one life, that doesnt mean that he has to prove himself in every life he lives...

Chanz said...

@ anju : Its not necessary that everybody has had the same fate in every life. I might have had a terrible death in one life whereas I must have died peacefully in all others. That does not mean that I will suffer in my present life because of that. Maybe I have already suffered in some other life.

Dont u agree that every body has some issue and some troubles. Do you not have any fear. None at all. Is there something that scares you. Or maybe some of your fears are alien to you coz u have already learnt how to deal with it..

oRange* said...

i totally believe in past life and yes, that book makes a lot of sense. especially the parts where he tells us how they are healed.
but somehow when people say stuff like we suffer because of some sin we committed in our previous life ..it doesnt convince me because i feel it should get over in the same life itself.

btw, isnt that the book wherein he tells us how we could practice past life regression?

chitz said...

hypnosis ok..but whats the surety about the incidents which you claim to be of your past life...

well i am no authority on the topic too..:)

Chanz said...

@ Orange : No.. its not the same book.. He doesnt teach how to do it. he just explains his encounter with the masters through his patient.

Ofcourse it gets over in the same life. The credit and the debit. But sometimes we dont learn things in one life only. The lifetime becomes short for us to learn the vas knowledge.. And so we are born again and again.. To learn.. The author in his book pointed out that we need to be in the physical state so that we learn, feel the pain and understand the relationships. This cannot be achieved while in the spiritual state.

Chanz said...

@ Chitz : This entire concept is definitely not based on surety. There isnt any. It is just that we are born becuase we need to learn. hypnosis takes us to the time we were uncomfortable. If we have had a sound death and we have learned everything the way it was intended to then we will not carry our sins in the next life..

buckingfastard said...

waattt!!! i thot dis is da only life i got and i can bindass commit sin and all wid no consequences...

nw u tell i will tak birth wid one testicle fr all da sins of dis life...dammit!!! may request god to send me to pandora!!!

oRange* said...

Okay then there's another book of his where he teaches us how we could practice it on others and on ourselves!

and BF'S comment cracked me up! LMFAO!

Chanz said...

@ BF : lol.. dont worry about the testicles... u will never be born with just one... bt yeah, you might be born with none at all.. :P

Chanz said...

@ Orange : Oh Ok.. might as well read that book.. :)

Nipun said...

There might be times when you really believe in such things. While u r reading a book, U get so much into the story that u think that its not fiction and everything thats hapening is real.
There are times when a DEJA VU may occur. There may be reincarnations but no past life regressions. That show was complete shit!
No hypnotism can heal u.
Dint know what will u say to this but while I read harry potter i used to dream and think like him. I used to cast curses by saying them in my mind and sometimes, some of them wored by making my wihes coming true...:)

Cheers

Nuts