It was a dream that led me to my first true past life experience, the first one that I was aware of at least. All of the details are somewhat hazy, as dreams tend to be. However, there was a certain color palette I remember: shades of brown and green, the grey of the still water, and a steely sky. The time period seemed to be in the late 19th century, in a rural area perhaps in the South? I was in my early 20s and married to my husband in this lifetime, Dan. I remember lots of warmth and happiness in the first part of the dream, in the tiny cabin where we lived. It seemed straight out of Walden Pond. Then, my husband was taken with fever and infection, likely from the small pond that looked so idyllic next to our house. In the end, gangrene claimed his life at a young age, and the dream ended with me, left alone and devastated.
When I tune into past lifetimes for myself and others, I am often met with stories like this one that appeared in my dream. Although you may have had hundreds or thousands of past lives, there is a reason that one is arising up and away from all of the others. As with all experiences in life, your awareness of a past life can be a catalyst for your growth and healing. It helps you bend time and see the world through the lens of the big picture, rather than staying stuck or playing small, consumed by the pressures of daily life. The lives that emerge often do have traumas attached to them, because they are coming to the forefront to highlight a pattern of dysfunction that is ready to be released.
How do you tap into your own past lives? I highly recommend using a guided visualization, such as a recording by Brian Weiss, or another trained past life regressionist. Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down, use some essential oils, an eye pillow, and a blanket. Let yourself take a journey into these past connections. Trust whatever arises. As Brian Weiss says, you may see a movie playing out before your eyes. Or, you might just hear a word or see one image. If you don’t have a vivid experience the first time, keep trying! You never know what might arise, even outside of meditation.