Past lives have helped some unlock trauma, explain anxiety, and even given context to a disease they are living with today. Say what?

Psycom connected with Pardis Partow, a medium, psychic, healer, metaphysical coach, and teacher for the scoop on this unique form of therapy.  Pardis playfully describes herself as a recovering lawyer turned lightworker on a mission to help her clients restore balance to emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

One of the therapies she practices is past life regression therapy, a type of journey taken while in a relaxed meditative state where a person can recall—by seeing, hearing, or feeling—past lives they’ve lived. If you can wrap your head around the notion that consciousness doesn’t die when the heart stops beating, you may want to learn more. Here’s how it works.

What does a past life regression session entail?

First, it’s helpful to know what needs addressing so I ask my client to make a list. It might be a fear, a hurt, or a painful relationship they don’t understand.  Or, maybe they just want insight and are looking to explore their life’s purpose.

I’ve found some people have energies attached to them that aren’t their own and are creating problems, so I clear them. For example, a loved one from a past life that won’t let them go. It can be a profound experience.

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During a typical session, I ask my client to relax in a reclining position and I guide them to a deeply-meditative (some would call it hypnotic) state using breathwork and relaxation techniques. The idea is to return to prior life spans in search of information that can improve your life today.

Who benefits most from this type of therapy?

People with chronic health issues that have no known origin, those with inexplicable phobias, as well as persistent pregnancy issues (I’ve helped people who haven’t been able to become pregnant.)

Past life regression therapy is also beneficial for anyone having a run of bad luck, who is trying to figure out what to do with their life,  as well as a person interested in knowing if they have the ability to work as a healer or intuitive.

It’s not always about uncovering past traumas—sometimes, you’re shown happiness in a previous life which can be inspiring and help you remember how to live a good life today. Seeing how you shined in a past life, can remind you of your worth and power.

My job is to be a conduit —I act like a bridge and help connect people to their own power. This TEDxIITBHU Talk provides a good explanation of past life regression therapy and some of the science behind it.

Did you receive training in past life regression therapy?

Yes, I was trained by Brian Weiss, MD author of Many Lives, Many Masters. Dr. Weiss is a traditionally-schooled psychiatrist who has demonstrated his work on the Oprah show. I’ve been using past life regression therapy to heal people for more than a decade.

My work has evolved a bit over the years. I have found I get the best results not just by helping someone see a past life but feel it, too. Breathwork and color aid me in shifting deeply-embedded negative energy from a person so they can feel emotion they experienced in the past.

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Can you talk more about your use of breathwork?

Body parts can be blocked by emotional issues that transcend this lifetime. I use breathwork (guided breathing) and color to clear these past traumas and help the client ascent to a higher, more embodied space by connecting them to what is happening today. In the process, the person becomes more aware of their surroundings and of who they are.

Through breathing, I help you become aware of parts of your body that feel tight or are tingling and ask you to explain what is happening. Together we explore it and parse out where it comes from—a past lifetime, this lifetime, or a combination of both.

For instance, one of my clients had a problem with her foot. She was shown in regression therapy that in 1800s England she was a doctor, and a wagon wheel ran over her foot—the pain and energy of that incident were still with her. We discovered the pain, we lifted it and removed it. That’s how past traumas can be cleared and connected to what is happening in your life today.

How do you use color in healing?

Let’s say someone feels tightness in their throat; I ask them to describe what color it is: “it’s a disgusting dark green.” Then I ask what emotion is around it: “it’s frustration,” and then I ask the person what color they can imagine would help: “perhaps blue, healing—and white, clearing.”

By exhaling the color green, and inhaling the blue and the white, emotion is released and blockages are clear. We move from body part to body part to access what is held there. In removing the blockages, the person is sometimes connected to a guide or guardian angel who helps them move forward after we finish our healing session.

Can you explain how past life regression therapy helps people conquer fears and sort through confusing feelings?

The most powerful past life work is often rooted in a disease—sometimes a person will discover they suffered from an illness in a past life that sometimes affects your well-being today and may be connected with current phobias and anxieties.

I fear MRIs and learned through past life regression therapy that this is likely the result of abuse in my past.  I remembered being thrown into a closet as a child and developed—or was left with—residual claustrophobia. I’ve had clients who have breast cancer, and the sickness is related to sadness or grief from a past life.

Sometimes this type of therapy shines a light on why you have particular relationships with people in your life. One of my clients has a father who’s never helped her financially. She discovered that in a past life, she was her father’s friend and that friend had money, but didn’t help him. So now, in this lifetime, she is experiencing what she did to him.

It can be very powerful, and healing, to understand interpersonal dynamics through the lens of the past. It gives perspective.

How long does a session last? What is the cost?

I charge by time. A typical session lasts two hours and costs $350.

What do the critics say?

Opponents of past life regression therapy say people in hypnotic states are extremely suggestible and the role that the imagination plays is not clear. Another criticism is that results haven’t been scientifically proven.

Practitioners and other proponents like to point out that spiritual concepts have long been controversial in western cultures and as a result research money has not been made available.

Experts  like the late Ian Stephenson, MD, founder (and former head) of the Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine said serious research is needed as “there may be useful therapeutic value in engaging in[hypnotic regression].” (According to university’s website the DOPS was founded on the notion that”science urgently needs to extend in directions that will allow it to accommodate genuine spiritual experiences without loss of scientific integrity”.)

How can someone find a qualified past life regression therapist?

The American Psychological Association has a therapist finder tool that may be useful. I’m not aware of any national organization of past life regression therapists. Try asking your healthcare provider for a referral to a traditional therapist who may be able to connect you to someone trained in the modality. Or, contact your state’s psychological association for names.

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Last Updated: May 6, 2021