The McTavish Regressions Creative Process
The McTavish Regressions is a literary fiction series, focusing on two doctors, who document their cases in short novel form. We’ve brought these characters to you from a creative mindset, and any resemblance to actual past-life occurrences or characters is strictly coincidental, with the exception of McTavish as Carl Jung and Buret as Freud, reincarnated respectively. This relationship between McTavish & Buret is purely for entertainment purposes! However, the subject matter and existing professionals in the field remain close to our hearts, and we want to honor the actual practice of past life regression therapy.
The information below came from our personal research in the field, which will continue to expand as we bring you these case studies for your enjoyment.
Our first book The McTavish Regressions: Arabesque aims not only to provide a good read but to ignite your mind as to the life experience possibilities beyond what we consciously know. The concept of profiling an individual psyche through past lives is exhilaratingly gripping! Have we known each other before this life? Is this why you’re reading this? Let’s find out 😉
Past Life Regression & Deep Healing
Past-life personas are not only characters in past dramas, but they exist today as subconsciously driven personalities still alive within us. Their “unfinished business” presents as habitually irrational behavioral patterns. We feel their fear; utilize their talents; process their thoughts; are sometimes limited by their emotions and continue their searching for existence even though the life is over and often without consciously knowing we are doing so.
Lost love & unrequited love can point to underlying past-life issues that have yet to be resolved. Wounds from abusive situations, personal or collective; isolation from abandonment; unexplained guilt or shame; phobias, and chronic pain are just some of the areas addressed when you consult a regression therapist.
Present Life Problems = Past-Life Wounding
Karma is often the keyword to explain recurring past-life issues. The simplistic Western conception of karma implies a payback retributive system, but this tit-for-tat idea does not present the entire landscape wherein karma exists. Our existential balance directly relates to past life wounding and trauma. These experiences contribute greatly to our current life experience and constitute a large part of our karma. To understand their effect on us in the present, we need to observe how trauma affects the psyche in the current life.
The overwhelming traumatic experience (physical, emotional, mental or spiritual) causes the psyche to disintegrate it fully, and therefore continue with the same expression as after the traumatic event was experienced. This trauma “signature” therefore remains active and all our current life experiences filter through it. Symptoms include but are not limited to: habitual dissociation from specific trauma-related realities; anxiety; phobias; obsessions; extreme defensiveness; misunderstanding, misinterpreting, or projecting emotions onto others; apathy; confusion, and compulsive or impulsive and self-destructive thought and actions.
In a person with PTSD, the natural “fight or flight” response activates when they face a perceived threat that connects to the experienced trauma. Mild or severe, the varying in intensity though natural response becomes inaccessible, because the initial action was never completed. So an individual becomes stuck in a loop of ineffective responses, however real, based on a past trauma that has not healed. There has been no proper trauma memory integration.
That part of the psyche that separates from the ego structure and remains unchanging through time is what shamans call “soul loss.” When we encounter these soul fragments in past or present life regression or through inner journeying, they seem to have a very real life, and remain exactly as they were when they split off. This inert bit of energy lacks the awareness that life has moved on, or it is reluctant to be a part of the “new” life or incarnation.
The difference between conscious and subconscious memories is a matter of perceiving time. The conscious mind perceives chronological time as linear: past, present, future. To the subconscious mind, especially traumatic memories happen in the now. War veterans, for example, whose heinously violent experiences never left time for processing, live with the absence of those fragments. Sometimes even a street corner can present as an underground battlefield tunnel, where the soldier fears what’s around the corner. The stress hormones created by living in this constant state of fear keep the present locked in the past. Once the memory is retrieved and integrated, the individual—in this case the soldier—can begin to discern the difference between a memory and reality, and so naturally relieving the ever-present fear.
Sometimes there’s an inability to remember a trauma and it becomes a repressed/suppressed. Buried deep in the psyche, they can be inaccessible to the conscious mind, and yet the person experiences the physical reality of their existence. Feelings of nausea on the sight of a horse, for example, or unexplained fears of kitchens are random examples of how we see the result from suppressed trauma.
Repetition compulsion shows the psyche’s attempt to find an outlet for the experience, to resolve it, as the psyche attempts to heal. Recreating the event also makes sense in a longer timeline — over the many lives of the soul. The soul, as it appears over the course of many lifetimes, attempts to evolve and heal by recreating traumas experienced in its past. If it is unable to do so, depression is a common result, living in “resignation” that it must live with the unresolved trauma. A large part of present life healing comprises past physical, emotional, and mental wounds that need subconscious to conscious transmitting, to “welcome home” the memories once adrift and frozen in time.
As past life regressionists our job is to allow the individual to revisit the scene of the traumatic event from a safe and controlled environment where the proceeding may be stopped at any time. The person’s psyche will allow the individual to heal piece by piece, trauma by trauma, allowing for the total of past experiences to be integrated into the mind and therefore no longer control it as a separate life force.
If we look even briefly at the documented history of humanity we see alongside its merits we primarily see the dominance of war, violence, suppression, and exploitation of the weak—each of us were either a victim or a perpetrator or both. This experiential duality includes the many great minds in history, just think of the collective knowledge of one mind! If we take reincarnation literally, then we know that each of us carries these imprints as unresolved traumas or triumphs. It is a part of our collective and individual psychic inheritance that we are here to heal and expand, respectively. We have a duty to live the healthiest and most soul evolving lives we can.
Past Life Regression Therapy (PLT) Dynamics
Intensely problematic lives today are the ones with unresolved trauma or “unfinished business” from past-life experience. In PLT we bring these problematic inner characters to the conscious mind and work with them to bring resolution and healing to their complexes, so they stop affecting or even controlling the current life.
During a regression session, one past-life story can resonate with other stories with a similar theme (same theme, different life). Through the work, “bundles” of similar past lives show from the soul’s incarnations, all connected by the same theme yet each may reflect a different facet or aspect. Using our soldier from the previous example, the theme or personal imprint is one of fear. If we are exploring the personal theme of fear, several past life stories could arise, that carry different aspects of the original or core imprint. These core themes show by examining recurring patterns of behavior.
Repetitive themes we tend to take as actual truth cannot help but shape our reality. Ask yourself if you “always” or “never” do something. See if there is a judgment projected onto others who exhibit the relevant behaviors. If you see you judge others resolutely for anything, it could be pointing to a core imprint. Heal the root, heal the plant!
Past Life Regression Therapy (PLT) Dynamics
Because we’re seeking core imprints, we thoroughly explore the past-life character’s emotions and thoughts, to reveal which theme has been set on repeat. It is essential to relive the past life as fully as possible during the session. There are two main reasons why: 1) trauma causes freezing and dissociation; 2) one needs to uncover the depth of the past life characters experience to actually heal it.
Reliving the past life helps in the “unfreezing process.” In essence, unfreezing wakes up that soul fragment that may still be stuck or split off from the whole psyche. The second point follows the first one closely. As therapists in past life work, it is essential to know the inner life of the past-life self, to effectively bring about change and healing.
Sources and further reading:
Tilak of Tibet Reveals Life’s Purpose, by Ann Hackett (1944).
Tibetan Book of the Dead, Evans-Wentz [Ed.] Oxford University Press, (2000).