The wound is the place where the Light enters you.Rumi
Without wounding, there would be no healing. Pain may not be entirely necessary for growth, but growth is often hard and painful. When we fall down and injure our knee, it usually gets worse before it gets better. The same is true when we work on the wounds that are deeply embedded in our psyche. But once we reach a certain level of awareness, we realise that the soul itself can never be wounded.
There are many modalities with which we can heal ourselves. Some find comfort in the words of those who have come before them. Others find their answers in reiki–the hands that heal through the universal energy. In many cultures, the shaman was the one who was given the task of healing the members of the tribe.
Dipa: In life, there have been instances where I’ve felt inexplicably drawn to a particular person that I’ve just met. The connection is instantaneous, deep and strong. Sometimes these relationships bring out our highest good; at other times these relationships bring out deeply entrenched pain in our psyches. What do you believe is the origin of this instantaneous attraction? On that note, why do some relationships bring us joy whilst others take us into the depths of the abyss? Why would a soul willingly choose pain?
Yasmin: The origin of such instantaneous attraction / connection will always lead back to the trace of a distant memory, we may not be able to recall it with precision, it may feel like the morning after a hazy dream which perplexes us as we recall the vague feeling of having dreamt but are unable to visualise the dream. We may feel baffled but our soul is rejoicing at being reunited with a dear one, whom we have shared other lives.
Each soul relationship varies in each incarnation, just as our personalities, creed, colour, race, geographical region and religion vary. The same applies to soul contracts, soul agreements are made prior to each incarnation. Souls carefully discuss and agree what lessons will benefit each of their growth, what they wish to learn and areas they wish to expand their consciousness further.
Our souls do not bargain to bring joy or pain, not in the way we interpret those emotions – for on a soul level, there are no such emotions. As the Bhagavad Gita states to be united with God, source, oneness, a person must reach a state of being where pleasure and pain are felt as one and the same – in that the individual is not affected, their soul is at the forefront and not their mind / emotions.
Souls view such obstacles as lessons and yes, at times we may suffer loss or bear joy, but we agreed to undertake these roles to help expand our consciousness.
A soul is not willingly choosing pain, it is choosing growth – souls do not comprehend pain. Imagine if you lived in a middle class suburb, in a perfect home resplendent with a white picket fence and a perfect family. You would have the occasional bump along the road of life, but nothing too dramatic. Your life would be comfortable and easy. This might to some sound idyllic and seductive – yet, the flip side is – what have you learnt? You’ve had a nice restful life comparatively with the majority of the world’s population. Where is the growth for your soul? How has your consciousness expanded? Would your soul wish to come back and repeat this life over and over, even if it offered no growth, no lesson?
Sometimes, souls just want to be playful or have an easy life and they can do that, but no one can ride that wave endlessly. It just would not work, we are here to expand our consciousness, to understand the bigger picture, to surrender and be co-creators. Therefore, always remember, a soul never chooses pain, it chooses growth.
The soul’s purpose in each incarnation is to wake up and realise it is at one with the divine, with source, with all that is.
Dipa: I’ve often heard stories of ‘soul contracts’ that are drawn up before we’re born. In astrology, this can be seen through a discipline called synastry which charts the karmic ‘give and take’ between two people. In your work, what is a ‘soul contract’? In real world material terms, if we default on contracts, there is a consequence or void that must be fulfilled. What happens when a soul defaults on a contract in a spiritual sense?
Yasmin: This harks to karmic theory. Karma can be built up over many, many lifetimes – e.g. alcoholism, abuser, victim, self-worth, it could be anything.
In the instance of codependency, two souls will eventually be torn apart and learn to be independent. They may find this hard since it is an ingrained habit from many lifetimes. What propels growth and healing is the awareness that this is a repetitive pattern and then working on undoing that conditioning.
Trying to recondition one’s life from infancy is an almighty task but to recondition from past lives is even more trying. The first step is recognising the pattern with objectivity / awareness in oneself – if this is not possible, perhaps one is not meant to work on these issues in this lifetime.
All roads point to one end, the purpose is to change who we are being and break the chains of thousands of lifetimes – not easy but with conscious effort and realisation this can be done.
This is also the law of cause and effect – scientific to the core but also very much part of the perennial truth.
Humans need Rahu and Ketu as much as the lunar nodes need them. They bring the twin forces of karma and dharma to the world, giving meaning and purpose to the human experience. Without them, mankind’s existence would represent a cyclical monotonous dance of the cosmos with no free will.The Little Light by Dipa Sanatani
Dipa: I’ve done lots of karmic astrology readings. Through the natal chart, I can see energy patterns that a soul has carried with them through numerous lifetimes. Sometime earlier this year, a friend introduced me to Brian Weiss’ books and I was instantly intrigued. What is past life regression and how does it allow us to understand and change the karmic patterns that we have brought over with us from prior incarnations?
Yasmin: Each time we incarnate, are born, we create karma. It is an ongoing cycle. It is a delicate balance to attain enough awareness and live consciously, then the challenge to discover past life karma begins.
We all carry karma within our soul’s brief sojourns on this plane. Sometimes we are not aware at all and repeat the same patterns, thus accumulating more karma.
This is when awareness truly comes into its own – it is recognising we are repeating karmic patterns, choosing to stop this repetition and then push ourselves even further by trying not to accrue more karma.
Past life regression is simply a recall to another incarnation. It depends on what one’s intention is before going into regression. During regression we can see karmic patterns, we may come across people we know in this life and understand why we interact with them in the manner that we do. We are all here to learn and teach one another, such a mindset requires dedicated awareness and is incredibly healing.
Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny–he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally–you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.Osho
Dipa: During ancient times, shamans were healers. They would help us heal the wounds in our psyche so that we may lead lives that are in alignment with our higher selves. How can hypnosis and past life regression be used to help us heal?
Yasmin: Shamans are still all around us, many people practice shamanism, I’m rather fascinated by it and if there were enough hours in the day, would study that too! I love learning more about all these healing practices.
Regression may not be for everyone, we all have different ways of interpreting information and this is where different methods of healing can aid. Past life regression can help overcome phobias, traumas and help understand repetitive behavioural patterns in this lifetime.
Hypnosis is simply a light / deep trance depending on what is required. It opens the doorway to our subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a therapy on its own, it overrides the conscious mind and speaks directly to the subconscious mind. For example if one wanted to change a habit, such as nail biting or wanting to stop smoking, or feeling stress. Under hypnosis by speaking directly to the subconscious, a hypnotist will reprogramme those cravings, or triggers for stress.
Contrary to popular misunderstanding, hypnotists do not control one’s mind, nor can they do anything against one’s will. A programme for healing a given issue is discussed and the client is prepared. I am currently doing hypnosis training, before I begin past life regression training. I have been surprised that people are fearful of hypnosis – to an extent I understand their hesitancy. I was always unsure whether it would work on me at all! It comes down to trust, clear explanation of expectations and a sense of being in a safe pair of hands.
Hypnosis is obviously the prequel to past life regression – if one were to be regressed, it would be through hypnosis. Under regression, one can ask for guidance from their spirit guides or indeed higher self. Sometimes, we ask and not everyone is able to pick up the subtle signals from the universe. Under regression, we are in a state of relaxation and more open to receiving these messages.
In order to heal we need to move our egos out of the way and connect with our higher selves – it may take a millennia to get there but it is so worth it!