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In my private practice and in workshops I have observed that people are reporting spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) of many types. According to the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, 35.7% of the adult US population has had a least one religious or spiritual experience “that changed their life”.
I recently attended the American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences Conference (ACISTE). They do research, educate and support people through those changes.
Some categories of ST experiences are:
-Mystical (ecstatic/bliss, unitive, spiritual rebirth, visions, revelations)
-Spiritual Energy (Kundalini),
-Psychic (past life recall, clairsentience, spirit guide visitation/communication)
-Near Death Experiences
-Death related (terminal lucidity, after death communication)
While these experiences can be transformative they can also be confusing and overwhelming. It is important to be able to integrate these into our lives through support and validation of the experience.
Common positive effects of spiritually transformative experiences lead to a feeling of peace, certainty of the afterlife, a refocus on life purpose, increased empathy, and compassion.
I have observed that some of these STEs are experienced during hypnotherapy to contact loved ones on the other side, past life regression and life between lives sessions. They may assist in overcoming fear of death, overcoming grief and a greater awareness of our spiritual nature and life purpose.
Eclipses, Retrogrades, Transits
As many of you are noticing, we are going through intense transitions and energies on many levels. We are on a mental and emotional roller coaster with the astrological transits of Mercury (affects communication, contracts, electronics) and Mars (anger, irritability, impulsiveness) in retrograde combined with triple eclipses. On an outer level these transits can manifest as earthquakes, volcanoes, war and fires. On an inner level these energies can feel “crazy making” with symptoms of anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and anger.
Note: Mercury in retrograde will be done on Thursday, August 17!
Some people might want to “check out” or “self-medicate” with alcohol, food or drugs so that they don’t have to feel their anxiety, depression or “metaphysical angst”. The good news is this is a time of great opportunity for accelerated inner healing of past life and this life unfinished business. Even though we have free will as to when we tackle our karmic lessons, now is a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of this time period for accelerated Soul growth.
It is important to take some time to “unplug” from the frenetic distractions of the outer world. We can ground ourselves by being in nature, meditating, doing Yoga, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong. Clearing a space to return to our spiritual center of peace and calm is essential during these challenging times.
In my holistic practice I offer many modalities to assist in healing karmic patterns including past life and between lives regression therapy. I also use energy psychology and hypnotherapy to clear the blocks to living a soul guided life of passion and purpose. (The different types of therapies that I use are on my website www.susanwisehart.com).
Some of my clients report feeling “burned out”, drained, fatigued, losing their zest for life, work, and their relationships. Our fast-paced world leaves little time for balance. We need to schedule restorative time where we can recharge our batteries. This can be done by spending time in nature, unplugging from electronic distractions, meditation, practicing self care, humor, and playfulness. However, it may be necessary to get to the root of these persistent non-productive patterns that deplete energy. One method that I use with clients is a “parts” process where we compassionately dialogue between the Higher Self and the inner sabotaging parts. The “Pusher”, the “Perfectionist”, the “Judge and Critic” parts often take over so that the Higher Self is not in charge. There are underlying reasons for why these parts (coping mechanisms) take over because of past programming. The good news is that these parts can be calmed down so that equanimity and peace of mind can be restored. The result is that the Higher Self is back in charge. What are the signs that the Higher Self is present? The seven C’s…compassion, calm, creativity, courage, clarity, connection, and confident.
Our planet is in a “celestial speed up” where more and more people are accessing enhanced intuition and awareness of the non-physical world. I have been searching for a practical book to help my clients make sense of and develop their intuitive abilities. “The Intuitive Dance” by Atherton Drench is just the right book with a balance of spiritual grounding and a tool kit of techniques, exercises, and daily practices. It answers many of the questions often asked, such as identifying your intuitive type, using intuition ethically, how to protect oneself, clearing space, reprograming limiting beliefs, and restoring centering calm. Atherton’s book is a profound contribution to move us forward beyond our fearful ego voice to the quiet calm voice of our higher intuitive Self.
What amazing times we are living in right now. Does it feel like energetic whiplash? Some days you just want to have your money back on your Soul contract. However, another way to look at it is that we are living in a time of accelerated lessons and growth. Some of the issues we have personally and societally swept under the rug have surfaced to be confronted and healed. Rather than take 10 more lifetimes to resolve entrenched patterns, we can significantly progress in this lifetime. All the “button pushers” in our lives reveal to us our unconscious beliefs and attitudes. We can’t always change people or events but we can change our perception about it through Soul guidance and forgiveness.
What an amazing time we are living in. A major solar eclipse, which was only visible in the United States 99 years ago, will be traversing our planet this August 21. Mercury is in retrograde along with several other planets as well. These energies although challenging present tremendous opportunities for growth. The “shadow side” (that which is hidden or buried) in our individual and collective unconscious is rising to the surface so that it can be visible. What we can see and feel allows us to make a choice to release what no longer serves us.
Many people are going through “dark night of the Soul” experiences which shake loose those core stuck places within us. Just when it seems that the light has disappeared, the dark clouds of unknowing eventually pass and we realize the light of the sun (Soul) was always there.
This is a time to call upon our inner spiritual resources, to anchor the light, and do healing work. It is a great time to take advantage of these accelerated energies and do clearing of the past with past life regression, inner child work, “Soul Visioning”, and life between lives hypnotherapy.
As we welcome in the new year, we have so many opportunities for growth and healing if we so choose. For some people the events of 2016 have triggered high levels of stress and uncertainty. If we step back and view the unfolding events from a Soul perspective there are some explanations for what is happening personally and collectively. We go through periods of transition when we move from one period to another. For example, we are moving from the Piscean age of spiritual obedience to religious authorities to the Aquarian age of inner obedience to our own Soul. The Aquarian time period is characterized by more altruism, unity, freedom and equality. However, during these transitional times there is often “push back”, polarization, resistance to change and wanting to hang on to old energies of the past.
While it is not always a comfortable time to go through, it offers us
the opportunity to become more aware of our “shadow” side, that which is hidden in our unconscious so that we can see it more clearly and choose to heal what no longer serves us. Our global and personal “wake up call” is a time of accelerated learning.
This does not suggest that we are passive in this process. It means that we find our “place of peace within” where we can access our intuition and inner wisdom to guide us. We may be guided to pray, meditate, forgive, volunteer for an important cause, run for office, or any number of things which allow us to share our unique talents and gifts. The key is to have a consciousness of peace in whatever we are led to do. May we release fear in the new year and anchor the light no matter what the ego world stirs up.
The article below, by Dr. Brian Weiss (author of Many Lives, Many Masters), was featured in Oprah Winfrey’s Life Class.
Four Signs That you Might Have Had a Past Life
1. That Old, Familiar Feeling Through past-life regression, Dr. Brian Weiss says it’s possible to heal-and grow-your mind, body and soul, as well as strengthen your present-day relationships. He says one of the most common signs of a past life is déjà vu-the sensation that you have met a person before or have visited someplace previously. Sometimes, this déjà vu feeling is a sign of a past life with a particular person or in a specific place.
2. Your Dreams Are So Real It’s Like You’re Actually There Do you have vivid, detailed dreams of yourself in different times and places? That might be a past life memory emerging. As I’ve written in my book, past-life recollections aren’t always actual memories: they may also contain symbols and metaphors that need to be interpreted so that their meaning and message can become clear. These symbols are no less powerful than literal ones. Think of these past-life scenes more as a poem than a history text.
3. You Got an A in History (Without Even Trying)Talents and abilities, likes and dislikes, and attractions and aversions can also be clues to past lives. You might feel yourself being drawn to certain people or to certain cultures, even if you’ve never visited them. You might find you are able to learn certain subjects or prepare for a profession more easily than others. For example, a particular foreign language might come quicker to you, while others are more difficult. Or you may have an intense interest in certain historical times and events, such as ancient Egypt or the Civil War period.
4. You Have a Soul Mate
It is very common to travel through different lives with the same group of souls-I call these groupings, soul mates or soul companions, or soul families. We seem to learn our spiritual lessons and accumulate or resolve our karma with our soul groups. Relationships may change from life to life, but the souls are the same.
Read more of Brian Weiss’ article…
Only 1 to 6 percent of children experience night terrors, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The National Sleep Foundation considers a night terror a parasomnia, which includes anything abnormal that occurs during sleep. While experts have cited everything from genetics to medications to sleep apnea as possible causes (it’s rarely linked to a psychiatric disorder), Carol Bowman, who’s been researching children’s past-life memories for more than 25 years, believes this can be a memory from a past-life experience. And psychiatrist Brian Weiss agrees. A specialist in the field of past-life therapy, Weiss says he has found that, as with deja vu or an aptitude for something like a foreign language, night terrors and vivid, detailed dreams can be a sign of a past-life memory emerging. “Past-life recollections aren’t always actual memories,” he writes in “Miracles Happen.” “They may also contain symbols and metaphors that need to be interpreted so their meaning and message can become clear.”
Read more about this article by Susan Fishman, a freelance writer and contributor to The Washington Post.
In a study conducted with holocaust survivors and their descendants, scientists have found that trauma/PTSD may be passed through generations via DNA. The study was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. You can read the article on the research published in The Guardian (link below), and read an abstract (link below). The study was led by Rachel Yehuda, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai Hospital (New York).