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Hypnosis and Past Life Regression

By Jon Rhodes


   I have been a clinical hypnotherapist for several years now, and have performed past life regressions on numerous occasions. I have even experienced one myself. However I am yet to be completely convinced that hypnosis can actually help us remember a ‘real’ past life experience, but I am open to the possibility.

   What I notice about most people’s details of their past lives is that the information usually comes straight from a history book. The details are usually things that are widely known. They may have been a soldier in the battle of Hastings, or painted pictures of Henry VIII. I have never heard people talk in foreign languages that were unknown to them, or different accents. I have never seen anyone demonstrate any ‘lost’ skills that they had in a past life.

   Despite these warnings, people are still intrigued. In my mind the jury is still out as to whether we even have past lives. Many think that we do, which they are perfectly entitled to believe. I understand that to these people, they will see hypnosis as a possible way of assessing this missing time on earth, which can be comforting and therapeutic.

   I experienced a past life regression several years ago. This was during my training as a clinical hypnotherapist. After being guided into trance, I was regressed backwards through my life, making me younger and younger. Eventually I was regressed back further, to a point before I was born.

   I recalled being a hunter gatherer in a forest, providing for my family. I remember being aware of sporting a beard, and using a wooden spear, and bow and arrow. It was all very Robin Hood, but did seem quite ‘real’ at the time. I did not have to put any effort into these details; they just flowed into my mind. I simply relaxed my mind, and allowed these thoughts to come, no matter what they were. I do know that the subconscious part of the mind is very creative, and more than capable of making these sorts of details up, without any conscious effort at all. However I was still a little intrigued.

   I was then taken to the point just before dying in that life. I remember lying on the forest floor with a wound to my right shoulder, slowly dying. I knew I was dying, but was in no pain. I realized that I had been attacked by some animal that had horns or antlers, although I did not see this happen. As I laid there staring up at the trees, I felt a sense of loneliness. I was dying on my own, without anyone to comfort me. I knew my family was not far away, but I could not go to them for comfort. This made me feel a tinge of sadness.

   When I woke up, I was fairly convinced that I had experienced some memories from a past life of mine. It was so vivid, and so emotional. However as time passed, I became more skeptical, thinking that it is very possible that it was all fabricated by my subconscious mind, in order to satisfy what was expected of me during the session. This is very possible, but who knows?

   I cannot say for sure whether hypnosis can help you access a past life, or even that we have had a past life. Perhaps this does not really matter. It was a worthwhile experience. I somehow felt a little wiser because of this. I remembered how lonely I felt as I stared upwards from the forest floor, yearning for the comfort of my family. This made me realize how precious people in your life are, and how I should not take people for granted. The experience of being a bearded hunter taught me this lesson several years ago, which I will never forget. To this day I bear this in mind, and I am grateful to him whoever or whatever he is.

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Jon Rhodes

April 6, 2009


Someone’s trying to get your Attention 
Afterlife Communication – they’re closer than you think

By Jacky Newcomb

Millions of people around the world are in contact with their loved ones…after they have died. More and more see their deceased relatives in dreams and visions. Appearing as spirit they get our attention in any way that they can. Life after death is real and we have plenty of proof!
    My own Dad passed just over a year ago. The night of his passing he was busy…he may have been dead but he visited each of his four daughters in dreams. Dad looked well and happy – he was just popping back to let us know he’d made it safely to the other side of life!
    I receive hundreds of letters each month from people who’ve had similar afterlife contact….and maybe you have too.
    Have you experienced any of these?

•    You have a very ‘real’ dream of the person who has died. During the dream visit you are aware that the person is dead and rather than a normal ‘confused’ dream you are lucid. You talk to the deceased and they reassure you that they are safe and well. Sometimes they tell you that they are watching over you or they may comfort you by letting you know that ‘everything will be ok…’

•    You get a sense of the person being with you or close to you. Lights may flicker in the room or respond by flickering lights to yes and no answers.

•    Alarms may go off after you sense the deceased with you – or at the time you are talking about them or thinking about them. This could be smoke alarms, bedside alarm clocks, mobile phone alarms or even door bells. Sometimes people may hear bells ringing but have no idea where the sound is coming from.

•    Clockwork items will start up on their own (several items or something may start to work which has not been wound up for many months or years – and often in response to the deceased person being talked about or thought about. Clocks, watches, children’s toys and music boxes can be included on this list.

•    TV’s, radio’s and DVD’s are messed around with. A DVD player may record ‘their’ favorite program or a program they want you to watch! Radio’s and TV’s turn on and off on their own or will switch channel to something they want you to see or listen to.

•    Items go missing or reappear. Small coins, jewelry or crystals have a habit of doing this. Items will appear again by dropping out of mid-air or reappearing in a place where you have already looked. Sometimes (thankfully rare) objects will fly about! A photo of the deceased will move or fall (usually not breaking) or an object of theirs will find YOU. Items might appear to have been rearranged or lined up when no one (no one physical that is) has been about to do this.

•    Finding white feathers is common. They appear after you ask for a sign or ‘co-incidentally’ when you are in need of comfort. Feathers can appear ‘as if out of nowhere’ or turn up in unusual places.

•    Some people may pick up the very strong scent of flowers or perfume. Granddad might share the scent of his tobacco or Dad his favorite cologne. Other unusual scents people have told me about are coconut and fish and chips! But these are usually when we associate the deceased person with the smell.

•    People see posters or even number-plates which give them signs that the deceased are around. Words stand out in a book or we come across a particular magazine article etc which gives us the information we seek.

•    Birds and animals act in unusual ways.

•    It is common to sense the deceased person around you. You might feel the comforting touch of a hand on your shoulder or someone holding your hand, even though you can see no one. This is normally accompanied by a feeling of great peace and tranquility rather than one of fear which you might expect.

    Our loved ones are desperately trying to reach out to us from their heavenly homes. Our pets can usually see things before we can and children are even more likely than adults to tune in to these afterlife realms which are not ‘up there’ but all around us (and just slightly out of ‘phase’ on a different dimension.)
    Imagine the blades of a fan. When the fan speeds up the blades disappear…disappear from our view that is. Even though we can’t see them, they are still there. The otherworld realms are exactly the same. They are right here with us…just speeded up enough so that (for the most part) we can’t see them.
    During altered states of consciousness (dreaming, meditating, during a coma or when anesthetized for example), then our soul bodies are working at a faster speed – we are more able to tune in to these other realms and they are more able to reach out to us. Like many things that exist in our normal world, just because we can’t see it, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
    The afterlife…it’s closer than you might think!
© Jacky Newcomb

    Jacky Newcomb is an award winning, Sunday Times best selling author. She has published hundreds of articles around the world and been interviewed on national radio and TV including ‘This Morning’ and LK Today (The Lorraine Kelly Show).
    If you’d like more information about afterlife communication you can read Jacky’s book, ‘Angels Watching Over Me,’ published by Hay House. For information about children’s experiences and psychic ability read, ‘Angel Kids,’ also published by Hay House.
    For signed copies of Jacky’s books or to communicate with Jacky, visit her online at:

February 15, 2009


by Jackie Meador

   What is it that makes us part of a group of paranormal enthusiasts who run around looking for ghosts? Oftentimes, late at night roaming cemeteries or deserted buildings looking for the proverbial bump in the night.

   Just a few short years ago, ghost hunting was considered weird because everyone knew there were no such things as ghosts and the people doing the hunting were either in league with the devil or their elevators didn't reach the top floor and were thus discounted as odd or kooks and wacko's. Not so much today. Well, maybe a few still consider us as odd ducks or on the express elevator to hell, but, the majority of people I talk to now all have a story to tell, maybe about their own personal ghostly experience or about someone they know. In essence, more and more people are opening up and speaking out. And not just the average citizen either but celebrities and political figures are going public and saying they believe, movies, TV shows and romance novels are getting into the act making all things ghost related the in thing. So, maybe we're not so weird after all!

   The ghost hunters today come in all shapes, sizes, religions, ages, experience and hunt ghosts for a variety of reasons. Some are fascinated with ghosts and who they are, some want to know about the afterlife and even some are skeptics. But without a doubt, they all have one thing in common, they all believe there is something out there, something going on we cannot see, hear or understand. If you talk to the veterans, the ones who have been around since before ghost hunting became popular, they can tell you because for them it's not a hobby nor a fad but a calling: to find the truth about ghosts and hauntings. They are more than hunters; they are the paranormal research investigators, who devote a good percentage of time and money to their mission. They teach, lecture, write books to fund their passion, they also travel everywhere to conferences/workshops to continue learning and still find time to research in the field searching for answers.

   No matter the name by which we call ourselves, we all have the same goal, to prove the existence of ghosts. We use different techniques and methods but use the same standard equipment: we experiment, always testing the many theories that involve paranormal phenomena; and we struggle to analyze our data, sometimes being our own worst critic. Hans Holzer, who most recognize as the father of ghost hunting, said it best:

   "Ghost Hunters are the grassroots movement that act as scouts. It is this combination of footwork and serious scholarly research that yields the most significant finds."

   Basically, without the ghost hunters, the scientists could not do their work. We are the pioneers and eventually, someone, somewhere will have that irrefutable proof which will prove without a doubt that yes, ghosts do exist and why. My biggest wish is to be here when that happens.

   But, is there one thing that sets us apart from the norm or as I like to say, the unenlightened? Maybe it's the passion or obsession, the opportunity or personal experience but is there just one? Perhaps not, in my opinion a ghost hunter is made up of several qualities:

50% Commitment to finding answers

20% Integrity to be responsible for our actions

15% Perseverance in the face of ridicule

10% Confidence to believe in what we do

5% Objectivity to consider all the possibilities

And a dash of Humor to have fun and laugh at ourselves

   There is no easy answer to what makes up a ghost hunter. Suffice to say, those who have a genuine passion know themselves, know where they are going and how to get there regardless of what others think. For those who are just starting out, I give these suggestions: Read, read, and read some more and not just about ghost hunting but subjects like astronomy, psychology, geology, photography and anthropology, etc. Take classes locally if you can, online/home study courses if you can't, join a group for field experience and learn to research and write.

   Today, it takes more than just a camera and posting pictures on a website to be a ghost hunter and the days of cemetery hopping are over. It doesn't matter if some ghost hunt as a hobby or serious paranormal researcher, if the days of being considered weird are gone then the future brings about a greater responsibility. If we want to be taken seriously and our work credible, then we must also be serious, professional and credible in what we do.

Jackie Meador
Central CA Paranormal Investigators

December 16, 2007