As a past life regression therapist I love the mystery of this intriguing phenomenon. I don’t really get into the ring on the arguments of “Is it real or is it something else?”. Why? Because I find the mystery as fascinating as the experience itself and whatever is happening I’ve seen the benefits it can offer in helping to resolve current issues.
It’s clear to anyone who’s done this that something remarkable is happening when we go into a regression. It feels very much as though we are exploring a previous incarnation during the experience and my personal belief is that we are. People are also sometimes quite specific about places and detailed in their descriptions of them. These accounts of often quite obscure buildings and localities then produce encouraging results when researched. However, as always, I am curious and enjoy exploring all possibilities.
One of these possibilities is that it’s all got something to do with mice. Yes, that’s right, these small furry rodents seem to have something quite significant to contribute to the discussion on past life regression. In fact, they are challenging one of our oldest and most entrenched assumptions about our memories, that they are all our own.
These recent discoveries about our recollections were made by studying what happens when you scare a mouse. Now the fact that people got paid to spend their time scaring mice is pretty eyebrow raising in itself, but when you look at the results it gets even better, and so much more interesting.
Dr. Brian Dias from the department of psychiatry at Emory University is part of a team who appear to have discovered that we actually inherit some of our memories from our ancestors. At least, when those memories are of traumatic events that caused our ancestors some anxiety. The way they did this was to frighten some mice every time they smelled cherry blossom, a smell that apparently mice are normally fine with. These mice developed a fear of the smell of cherry blossom. Ok, so Pavlov could have predicted that a long time ago, but here is where we get to the good bit. They then bred from those mice and discovered that their offspring had inherited a fear of the smell of cherry blossom. Proceeding to breed from those offspring then produced again the same aversion in their micelets (What do you call a baby mouse anyway?)
The researchers found that there were structural changes in the area of the brain in these mice that detect odour. Changes were also found in the gene in their DNA responsible for that structure. What we have here is evidence that some kind of genetic memory, long dismissed by science, does in fact exist. Or as Dr. Dias puts it, “From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.”
I find this particularly interesting as some of the most powerful and convincing results I have seen from past life regression have come from helping people with phobias and anxieties. These appeared to have their roots in a past life and left the person after regression. As though gaining knowledge of the stimulus in a previous life that caused the phobia helped them to realise that the seemingly irrational fear once had a logical cause, but no longer had a place in this life.
Dr. Dias appears to agree, “Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Dr. Dias, I know you are a scientist and as such probably dislike esotericists such as myself, but rest assured, I love you. Seriously, this guy and his mice have created one of those wonderful areas, though I suspect he’d deny it, where the esoteric and science bump awkwardly into each other and create the place where I love to play and explore. A place where perhaps, and I’m really chancing my arm here, one day we could again work together in trying to increase our understanding of this amazing, spectacular and ever surprising universe we have the privilege to call home.
So is past life regression a journey into our own past incarnations or those of our ancestors? Well, as always, these experiences that take place in the peripheral vision, in the extremes of our perception and the senses that form it, remain mysterious. A beautiful, fascinating and captivating mystery to be explored. Seek the truth and run from those who claim to know it, but above all, enjoy the ride. Because this is just another example of what a great joy it is to be human. Curious, intrigued and enthralled by the journey.
To find the source material referred to: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n1/abs/nn.3594.html