Past Lives + Mediumship
I had quite a profound past life experience...
I had quite a profound past life experience, as the result of past-life regression.
It was in March 2012 when I attended the Hay House ‘I Can Do It’ conference in Glasgow.
Dr Brian Weiss (author of Many Lives, Many Masters) led the entire audience in a past life regression visualization. I relaxed into my seat and closed my eyes. After a short time, the darkness parted and I saw that I was a sailor on a ship called Athenia. I was there with my nephew from my current life. I was an older man, stocky, with red hair and hairy arms. My nephew was a family friend, much younger. I had talked him into the life of a sailor and had taken it upon myself to look after him because he was going off the straight and narrow. There was a sudden explosion and I was underwater. As I died, I felt overwhelming guilt that I had led this boy to his death.
Many years later, I remembered the name of the ship in my ‘past life’ vision and decided to look it up. I fully expected that it was just my imagination. I was surprised to discover that Athenia was the name of not one, but two ships that were sunk. One in WW1, and one in WW11. The facts of the second incident strangely relate to my current life. The ship was built in Glasgow, Scotland, where I’m from and currently live. And it was sunk on its way to Montreal, Canada, where I also lived. Weirdly, I previously lived on the same street as the captain of the ship.
I found all this out many years after the past-life regression and it gave me chills. Especially because I have an irrational fear of the sea at night. I feel uneasy being on a boat, or out on a pier when it’s dark. I do not enjoy the bleak loneliness of cold, pitch black water.
If a person can die, and yet continue communicating from beyond through mediums, then how can reincarnation also be true?
And if both are true, what are the conditions under which someone remains in the spirit world as their most recent self, and someone reincarnates to enjoy another go on this ride we call ‘Earth’?
I have a theory that the part of us that continues after death - call it consciousness, self, or soul - has similar properties to water.
Just as contaminants, colourants and salts combine with water and become part of it, so the experiences of our lives shape, change and influence the base nature we are each born with.
We live embodied life as ice in a mould. Solid, frozen, and unable to escape the parameters of the ‘self’.
When we die, we are popped out of the mould that was our ‘self’, and the consciousness that remains holds a record of the life we lived.
Just as ice begins to melt and loses its shape when it leaves the freezer, our souls gradually melt and return to the cosmic ocean of the Great Intelligence after we die.
For reasons beyond my comprehension, some souls melt away very slowly indeed. They remain integrated as personalities - ‘selves’ - for a long time after death. Those are the ones who can communicate through mediums.
Many souls melt fairly quickly, melding and blending with the cosmic ocean, cleansed and clarified, ready to be poured into a fresh new mould. They begin an embodied life once more, with little-to-no memory of the joyous, painful, and full lives they lived before. They are reincarnated.
For some, their memories are not done melting before they are poured into a new body. Chunks of ice retain segments of their history. And as they are dispensed into life once more, the new body and mind - that of a baby - is unintentionally given knowledge and awareness of the past.
Consciousness, as analogous to water, could also explain why children with dramatic past life memories lose them just as profoundly, such as those studied by Dr Ian Stevenson and Dr Jim Tucker. Sooner or later, ice melts in a warm body, and is reconstituted and imbued with vivid new memories from the child’s current life.
I have forgotten all but the black painted lettering on the white hull of the Athenia. Just don’t ask me to go skinny dipping at midnight.
Now, I’d love to hear from you.
Have you ever had a past life experience?
Ps. This week, I was a guest on Simon Bown’s The Past Lives Podcast. You can check out our episode at the following link, or on your favourite podcasting app.