Josie – Paul, please can you start by explaining a bit of background information about yourself?
Paul - I am Australian, I was born and bread in Australia and when I was about 18/19 I became very interested in past lives and reincarnation through discovering Theosophical Society in Sydney when I moved there. So that was the beginning really of my spiritual searching in the direction of Past Lives and spiritual topics and then learning meditation and things like that afterwards. So I left Australia and I spent quite a bit of time at the Findhorn Foundation community in the North of Scotland which is a really wonderful new age spiritual community. I spent about 4 and a half years there at Newbold House where I learnt to lead workshops and I just became even more interested in peoples inner life and what is inside our minds, so from there towards the end of the time that I had at Newbold house I wanted to do something more in depth with people and thats when I decided that I wanted to practise past life regression. So initially I learnt a hypnotherapy course and gained my qualification but I did it specifically to do past life regression and then things went on from there, that was I think over 28 years ago.
Josie - Wow! So you have been practising past life regression for 28 years?
Paul - Yes and I have done a lot of other training since then. I think the most important trainings that I did were with Dr Roger Woolger learning Past Life Regression with him for 3 years and he had a very body orientated approach which I found fascinating and which I use quite a bit now and then, more recently I have done the Life Between Lives therapy training with the Newton Institute which has been extremely beneficial and has opened me up personally more fully and given me some wonderful tools to work with clients to help people to become aware of who they are as a soul and there inner spirituality.
Josie - Amazing! It was actually Michael Newtons book 'Journey of Souls' which opened up my awareness to past life regression in 2011. I had heard someone talking about past life regression and got straight onto Google to research all about it which is when I came across Michael Newtons book. At the time I was actually suffering a lot with anxiety and fear about death whether it was for myself, family, friends and I think reading that book and realising that we really are eternal and that death is just like the Death tarot card, you close one door and open another, its like transformation rather than an end unlike how we are conditioned to think. Thats the gift which past life regression gives, it helps to give you an entirely new perception on death, making you see that we don't have to live in so much fear, and thats pretty powerful.
Paul - Yes well the way past life regression works, its not just something that you read and become aware of intellectually as a concept, but its something where people are actually able to experience who they were in a past life and they can experience then themselves as this personality they were then, and it will feel like its still you even though you are dressed in different clothes and are in a different situation from now and of course at the end of that past life people can experience what its like to pass over and to leave that body, to come up into the spirit world. When people first hear about that they can often feel a little bit anxious and unnerved by it and wander what it is but for people like yourself that have had some anxiety or fear about death it can be extremely beneficial because it is an experience where people do find themselves ascending up into the light almost universally and when people experience themselves doing that, moving into their soul consciousness it is such a beautiful feeling of peace and love that comes to people that yes, it can completely remove peoples fear of death and open up to a much more positive expectancy about what happens when we die.
Josie - Yes its so humbling and grounding and I know you have said this before but it feels like coming home almost when you experience it.
Paul - Yes it is very much and thats what people experience, a feeling of coming home, and it gives such a contrast to what we experience during our earth incarnations and this is something where in that realm where we are purely spiritual beings its like thats what is true and thats what is reality. So i guess a lot of our efforts as human beings on this planet are to bring that sense of reality and truth into the way that we live here and now and doing this work can help you just to really be able to consider what you need to do while you are alive here.
Josie - For those people who have never heard of past life regression, please can you take us through a step by step session with yourself? Including what people might experience in a session and what kind of techniques you use?
Paul - I guess its important when somebody does a past life regression session that it is something that they chose to do and they may have an interest in past lives or very often a curiosity just to know what is there. The way I work with it in a typical session where I have got time with that person, I would find out a little bit about that person first and what their wishes and needs are, a very brief kind of profile of the person so I know what they might be about. Then in the actual session, a person can sit or they can lie it doesn't matter that much, the main thing is for the person to feel comfortable.
The process is like a guided relaxation, its really a process for the person to become receptive and open and very much orientated to what is within them and I use some very simple techniques to help people to go into that state so then we can almost invoke the experience of the past life or ask it to come forward, and it does, and the first step with it, its a state where in the way I work with it I am not sort of doing things to the person, I am like a facilitator so its a cooperative process where we are working together where I will be talking with the person, they will be talking with me, and at the beginning the first stage is about helping the person to focus, so they become grounded in the experience of who they are in this past life so just about what they are standing on, the environment around them, what kind of clothes they are wearing, if they are male or female, very often people can get a shock and find out they are actually in their past life the opposite sex of who they are today.
That in itself can be a very interesting learning and experience and it is one of the things when people do experience past lives which can be very humbling because you experience all sorts of different aspects of humanity and the way people are, which might be very different to who you are yourself in your life now, so it helps you to open your perspective about whats possible in the way people can be and that includes yourself, so it is something where there isn't any better than someone else, but we are all souls, deep inside we are all beings of love and light and we are just finding ways to express who we truly are, sometimes we get way off the track with that and people that want to go on a spiritual path will want to sort themselves out so they can find that connection with their inner self and live from that place, rather than from other desires and things that actually aren't really very important or true to who they are.
Josie - In Winter 2015 I finished Michael Newtons later book 'Destiny of Souls' and something clicked, I knew it was my time to experience a Past Life Regression session myself after years of not feeling quite ready somehow. I came across your website and knew instantly in my gut that you were the right person for me to do it with, I think its important to find someone with whom you feel comfortable with. When researching therapists I did notice that other therapists seem to use a deeper hypnosis state during sessions, so I was quite pleasantly surprised in your sessions how you did seem to use a light, simple technique which is obviously just as powerful! Is that something which came organically to you this technique, did it just feel right?
Paul - Well I would question whether its actually necessarily light hypnosis just because people go into it more quickly but its more once a person in their consciousness is able to embrace the reality of what is inside of them, so they experience that as being real and what matters, and whats going on around them in their present day self with the sounds of the traffic or whatever is less important, and that person starts to orientate into that experience more and more, then they are in, they are in a place they can access the past life. I don't find that a great long induction going through all sorts of things and visualisations and everything else is necessarily going to get a person any deeper or any more involved than something that is actually very simple and very affective where the person is experiencing their past life almost straight away.
Josie - Yes its very real and very powerful. From my own experience, each session has felt very different emotionally and I guess this is because every session you are usually going to go back to access a different life, therefore there will be different experiences and situations, some happy, some. What kind of reactions have you witnessed in your sessions throughout the years?
Paul - I never know what to expect when I am working with people and I need to be very open because it can be really testing my own flexibility with what people do experience. I guess that we as souls do go through a number of lives as part of our learning and experiencing of life, its like a journey from being created as having this potential of uniting fully with the reality of god or what you might call divine consciousness or whatever, and its like a journey to gradually become more and more conscious of that, which seems for most of us as souls to express itself through different incarnations.
You never know from one incarnation to the next what might be there for people, but each one can help. So there will be unlikely to be too many lives that are identical to each other and doing this work is really becoming aware of the foundations of who you are today. Its just like doing work and finding out about your childhood because that in your life this time is helping you learn about how you have come to be who you are in your present life, opening up to the past lives and where you have been before is just adding an extra dimension of the foundations of who you are as a soul and where you have been to be who you are today. so doing a session, they don't tend to repeat each other but its like you'll open up to different facets of other lives and places where you have been and each of these experiences contribute to your own self knowledge and are opening your own inner connections and inner awareness to help you express yourself more fully as a soul.
So what I find with that is there is actually an inner intelligence that we have, our wise inner souls, our inner self and we have guides also working with us that are very intelligent and very much caring for us with their love. So what comes through in a session, it doesn't need to be directed by me about what I feel is right for the person, but there is something even wiser that comes from within that will be actually what the person needs most to somehow just open their channels of awareness with spirit, and thats what will come forward in a session.
Josie - So its like consciousness is bringing forward what is relevant at that time in the persons life right?
Paul - Very much so yes, and the person needs to have some courage at times too its not always easy for people to access things inside them, they might not want to know about some things that are actually really important for their learning and some of the things that might be difficult coming from the past can often have some aspect of them which is like a treasure or strength that when realised, will be able to help the person deal with their lives much better.
Josie - Can you think of an example where a past life regression session has benefitted somebody in this life? Maybe they had a fear of something or something they could not shake in this life and you were able to help them access the root cause of this through your work?
Paul - Yes one of the examples I can use is from my Healing Journeys book and I gave a case there of a woman that had all sorts of problems in her life, she was very fragile, hardly functioning very well at all, full of fears, things weren't working for her but something in her was strong as well. She came along to a workshop and at one stage she came across something which was a very strong fear coming up inside of her and she knew she couldn't go further there and then but she came to me later and did a 5 day retreat with me where I was working with her 5 full days and her boyfriend came along as well.
What we discovered was a past life where she had been burnt as a witch and we just needed to go through it many times because there was so much trauma that she needed to release, you know there were tears, her body was shaking, all sorts of stuff where she had been raped and brutalised and finally burnt for something where she was completely innocent. We didn't even go through any other life, but this one seemed to be what she needed as her key experiences to cleanse, then finally she started to feel that yes these people that did this to her, she didn't hate them, she just sort of felt their ignorance and that they were not doing really what was right. Each time we went through this she found a little bit more light, little bit more peace until at the end of the 5 days she felt totally at ease and at peace around the whole thing and I saw her a couple of years later and her life had completely transformed and she was living a life, a very spiritual life where she was quite a lot on her own but she was very much at peace and centred and knowing what she wanted.
Josie - Thats incredible! Has there ever been anybody who has not been able to access a past life in your sessions?
Paul - Yes it happens. At the Mind Body Spirit festivals I do these 20 minute sessions which are like shorter introductory sessions which can be very powerful for people and I am nearly always working with people who are doing this for the first time. So its helping to open them up to an experience one of their past lives and I would say that maybe about 5% of the people that I work with are not able to get in to experience a past life. I wouldn't say its because they don't have a past life, but its more perhaps just them opening their consciousness to it, some people are very analytical or they might have control mechanisms that don't allow them to open. It also must be said that if somebody has experienced that with a therapist that it does not mean that they cannot open to a past life, they more maybe just need to find someone to work with with whom they feel safe and the right rapport, and just the right conditions where they could open up and then they could do it. there are a lot of different mechanisms that it is possible to explore to help people to open up, people that perhaps are along the conventional routes don't naturally go into the past life but there are ways that can help them to do that. I guess the other thing is that I do come across people that actually don't have any past lives, that are fairly new souls and young souls who are finding their way for the first time, they sometimes come to me still interested in the whole thing and then can be quite fascinated to find out that actually they are here for the first time and they have got all that potential inside them.
Josie - I helped you out at the Mind Body Spirit event in Kensington earlier this year and it was very inspiring just seeing you working with so many people, what was it like 30 x 20 minute sessions a day you done?!
Paul - About 25 sessions per day, with these busy festivals I am happy to get into a working rhythm with that and I guess there are other people doing psychic readings that work all day at these things too, but of course doing the past life regression I do get into a kind of rhythm with it where I am able to build up a momentum and go from one person to another, but its what i want to do, I basically want to help people open up to who they are as a soul and if I can go to one of these festivals and work with about 100 people over 4 days then that feels great to me and thats what I want to do!
Josie – I loved that a lot of these people came with no knowledge of Past Life Regression but they were very open to it and some of them were even skeptical but they still had these deep, enlightening experiences, so I think its so great you are doing that!
Paul - Yes well it was lovely for that particular festival to have your help too you did a wonderful job to support the management of the stall!
Josie - It was a pleasure, really eye opening! I have experienced Past Life Regression. Inner Child Therapy and Life Between Lives with you, all have been deeply healing so thank you. I wandered if you could give a brief overview about these different types of therapy that you offer please?
Paul - With the past life work I can do that as these shorter introductory sessions lasting about 20 minutes which I do at the festivals, I can do them as longer sessions lasting 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours which would give a chance for a person to go much more in depth into an experience of 1 or more of their lives, and its a journey of going through that life and also just experiencing coming into the spirit world, finding out about how that connects to their life today and just helping the person open up to their soul consciousness.
The inner child work is very much about helping people work through inner wounds, fears and problems that are still inside them in their consciousness from when they were young in their life today. We all have an inner child consciousness and this can be something which is still there inside of us, we may find ourselves in our adult life that we sometimes feel child like and that we need to express ourselves in ways like we did as a child and its just something which stays inside of us, it doesn't go away. The qualities of the child self are wonder, curiosity openness, joy, innocence, playfulness, all these kind of things which when we are able to express those things in our adult life make life so much more worthwhile, its sort of what gives us happiness really and I think also in relationships if your with someone with whom you can feel safe to express your child self its really something of trust which helps that relationship very much. But then this child self might not be able to express itself so easy because of what has happened and so this therapy is helping you access, with your experience, these parts of you that need help and it may be that in an experience in your young life you weren't able to express something, you might have felt over powered, you might have felt afraid, you might have felt overwhelmed by things that other people said to you that maybe were in authority, there are all sorts of things that could have suppressed some of these natural qualities in you and this therapy is designed to help you express some of those things from the experience of being the child self that you weren't able to then to help a healing process and the way this works is very much that your child self is not in those situations anymore, that child self is with you. So its about the adult self and child self opening up with love with the heart to somehow help each other so you don't reject that part of you anymore but you are able to embrace that part with love. It helps people tremendously.
Josie – Yeah I would strongly recommend it for anybody who feels like they cant connect to their inner child, they cant find the joy or they are aware that there are some things they may need to look at from their child life. It helped me very much, it can be a painful process I will not lie, but its something which is very important as we do not want to push these things down as this is not healthy and it can end up manifesting as a 'physical' issue for example. I remember after my inner child session, where I had relived some memories and expressed some feelings which I didn't even know existed, I became very sick with tonsillitis a couple of days after the session, possibly the worst throat pain I had ever experienced, I rarely ever get sick these days but as a little girl I always had tonsillitis. it was powerful as I could literally feel my throat chakra releasing throughout the week after the session, it was as if I had unleashed something that was stuck so deep inside of my throat that I could literally feel the effects physically as it healed.
Paul – Well the pain is from the past and all the difficulty, and it might have felt too much for us at the time, we might have felt we don't want to know about this its just too much to be able to deal with, but with our adult strength now we can deal with these things and they actually belong to the past so we can be like channels to let the pain and emotional experience of this just come out from us, so it doesn't need to be stuck in us or holding us from being who we truly are anymore. It can work very simply and effectively but its a wonderful therapy. It doesn't just have to be from when you were a young boy or girl, it can be also from your young adult life or other places where there might be difficulty
So there is also the Life Between Lives which a very profound therapy that typically lasts bout 4 hours but can sometimes be longer or shorter than that. Its a journey going back through the time that you are in the womb and perhaps to your most recent past life and then journeying up into the spirit world, so this is where you can focus on learning about your existence as a soul and your experience of who you are as a soul, so you can meet with your spirit guides there, you can sometimes learn about other souls that you are close to in spirit, sometimes people feel like they have a soul family in the spirit world which may or may not correspond with souls that are around you in your life today as your physical family. They might be with different souls. You can also find out where you are at as a soul in the spirit world, so how your development is going, what your areas of interest are, whats really very important for you and you can meet with wise souls there that can help you along. Its also starting to become familiar with what the spirit world is really like, its like the memory of being in the spirit world is in our consciousness and through this process you can start to open up to it to a considerable extent, and another thing which is very interesting is that you can go to the akashic records library.
Josie – Yes I absolutely love learning about the akashic records, can you tell us more about that please?
Paul – Well everyone experiences it in their own unique way, basically its like everything that you have ever experienced as a soul, all the lives, everything thats ever happened for you is somehow recorded and is still alive and so this is learning about your history as a soul. So you may have many many different lives, different places, you may just have a few there are all sorts of different possibilities for learning about who you are and what you are here to do and its possible also that people might underestimate sometimes when they go to this place whats fully there as to their own identity, but people can sometimes find out they had lives on other worlds as well as earth. You can find out the extent of where u have been living on earth and for how many centuries and things like that, and just getting an overview really of what you have been through as a soul leading up to who you are today, so all of that is quite fascinating and it does help you to get truth about who you are as a soul. Its not something which will come through from a persons ego because quite often people will discover something about themselves which are great surprises to them and may not be quite what they expected at all. And this can also help your learning and your own sense of humanity to be able to accept what is true rather than what u want to be true.
Josie – Yes I do remember in my Life Between Lives session with you when you guided me and I accessed my akashic records, to me it was almost like I was in a library and there was thousands of bookshelves but then there was a little step ladder up to one area, I glided up there and accessed a few lives from there, I think I picked up a book and each book was a different life, some of the books were glowing in beautiful lilac light. One of the books took me to a life in Atlantis where I was a crystal healer, that was a moment I will never forget, the bliss I felt within my entire being was unexplainable. It was beautiful to access that life because the others I had accessed in that session were very traumatic in some cases. I would say for anyone thats wanting to deepen their understanding of themselves there may not be things they want to know that they have experienced or done in other lives, but it is all necessary, darkness is just as necessary as light and I think thats the beautiful thing about past life regression, you can access things you could never imagine you have been through or done sometimes, but that can be very humbling as you start to look at the world without any judgement. It gives you that sense of oneness, that realisation that we have pretty much all been there and done that, twice over!
Paul – Yes quite often people that I have coming to me are people that also have a great compassion where they actually want to help other people and help in the world and things like that. But they may not be fully aware of that yet or how they may do that so doing something like a life between lives can be so valuable because it helps a person connect with who they are as a soul and that energy of love and compassion which is in their souls consciousness and from that point it will be much clearer for them how they want to express themselves in their life today and this can help waken up peoples path which might be a path of service or they might want to learn a certain skill or something like that. In my own case it was really a sense that my place on earth is not in one particular place but all over in a way, I got a strong sense that I needed to travel and help as many people as I could.
Josie – And thats exactly what you are doing at the moment! Can you tell us a bit about where you travel to do your work because you are literally travelling all the time aren't you?
Paul – Nearly yes, I have become a nomad in these last years, I am happy to go where I feel called to go! At the moment its mainly between Australia and UK although there are other places starting to open up. I have got family in Australia and in UK so there are good reasons for me to be in 2 places, but I do find myself going from place to place, i'll perhaps go to a festival then people will become interested in my work there so i'll stay for a bit to do individual sessions then i'll move on to another place. So there are people in many locations that have worked with me with whom I am able to continue to help them if they need it. And because of the nature of what I do its not a therapy where people need to come every week for a session, its quite possible people may even leave it a year or 2 and come for a further session that will help open them up, so I enjoy to be able to go to 2 different locations and help as many people that I can.
Josie - Thank you so much for your time, sharing your knowledge and for all of the wonderful work you do helping so many!
- Paul has written 5 books over the years with another one on the way 'Earth Warrior' which I am excited to read! You can read all about them here http://soulhypnotherapy.com/bookscds/
- Paul visits London every few months to offer sessions so if you want to know more or book in you can contact him via his website http://soulhypnotherapy.com/contact/
- Here is a video link of Paul in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OkeS9oF9VM