‘In a past life I worked for a lord and loved my ale and the ladies’
Dec 15 2007 by Hilarie Stelfox, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
“I was healthily sceptical about it because I’m a down-to-earth person, but I accessed the life of someone called John Poulter, a big chap who lived in the 1750s’
IF YOU’RE looking for an unusual Christmas gift for a friend then why not buy them the chance to find out who they were in a past life.
Hypnotherapist Anne Nicol, who lives in Honley, has trained in past life regression and says that clients often find the experience to be relaxing and sometimes therapeutic.
While studying to become a hypnotherapist Anne, 57, says she was taken through past life regression and emerged astonished by what she found.
“I was healthily sceptical about it because I’m a down-to-earth person, but I accessed the life of someone called John Poulter, a big chap who lived in the 1750s and lived somewhere in a cottage near York.
“I looked after baby pheasants and livestock for a lord and loved my ale and the ladies,” described Anne.
Hypnotherapists may take subjects through a past life and to the moment of death. Anne says John met his end when he was shot outside an alehouse with a blunderbuss. The fatal injury blew away the side of his face.
Anne says that this discovery “really spooked” her because she has an indentation in the bone above one of her eyes, revealed by an X-ray back in 1980. “I am also quite a tomboy and have had male-orientated jobs – I was in the armed forces and used to be a wagon driver. I like woodwork and brick laying.
“There are a lot of things that connected that lifetime to this,” she said.
Hynotherapists frequently take patients through age regression in their own lifetime to explore deep-seated fears and anxieties from childhood, and Anne says past life regression simply takes this process one step further.
“My own personal belief is that we can evolve spiritually and that is why we return time and time again,” she explained.
Reincarnation is a widely-held belief in certain Eastern religions and philosophies.
Anne, a former nurse and counsellor working with AIDS patients, says that most people who come to her for past life regression are simply curious. But there are also those who are seeking reasons why they are plagued with depression or bad relationships. “Regression can release the trauma and help them to see why they are like they are,” she explained.
“The spookiest one I’ve done was a lady who was severely depressed and drinking a lot. She had experienced a fear of the dark when she was a child and found out that in a past life, at the age of five, she had fallen down a well backwards and died.”
Anne says that past life regression, achieved through a deep state of relaxation, accesses the sub-conscious mind.
“A small number of people are not suggestive and may have control issues. But I’m not in control of their mind at any time,’’ she says.
l For further details about past life regression therapy contact Anne on 01484 666619. (She charges £50 a session, lasting up to two hours). Or check out the website of the Advanced Corporation of Hypnotherapy, of which Anne is a member, on www.hypno-corp/org, also www.pastliferegresssion.org.uk