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Karma, Reincarnation, Past Life Regression and Popular Culture
by Christine Nightingale


Many people have erroneous ideas about the meaning of karma as it relates to past lives. When they are considering having a past life hypnotic regression (under hypnosis) or a past life reading (channeled by another), they express fear that they may have done something bad in a past life and will therefore be punished.

Karma is not about punishment at all. It is more like this basic law of physics: for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction. This theme is explored in Bruce Cockburn’s song Call me Rose.


“My name was Richard Nixon only now I'm a girl
you wouldn't know it but I used to be the king of the world
compared to last time I look like I've hit the skids
living in the project with my two little kids
it's not what I would of chose
now you have to call me Rose 
I was boss of bosses the last time around
I lived by cunning and ambition unbound…
I was an arrogant man
but now I've got it in hand…

I'm back here learning what it is to be poor
to have no power but the strength to endure
I'll perform my penance well.”

It is true that  baggage which has not been cleaned up…such as lack of forgiveness or compassion, can impact negatively on a soul.

A woman who had been a prostitute since age 14 came for a Hypnotic Past Life Regression session to try to change her life for the sake of her daughter. She had a terrible energy at the start of the session, tough and hard and even frightening.

In the first life she regressed to, she was sitting in a prison cell, condemned to death for the killing of her husband (after she found him with another woman). The incarnation of that time described being angry and feeling no remorse for the murder, thinking he had deserved it.(Crimes of passion go unpunished in many countries when committed by men.)

In another life which my client revisited, she was a young man on a platform above a waiting crowd, about to be tortured to death. In this instance she had been completely innocent of any wrongdoing, and the fury being experienced was far more extreme.

In both cases the solution was for the hypnotic subject to be advised to “forgive all wrongs, all pain caused knowingly or unknowingly let them go.”

By this means she was able to cut all ties with the particular souls who did her harm, and to let go of the pattern of being the angry victim.

After the session the client’s energy was completely different, normal in fact, so that one would not notice anything unusual about her. She would  no longer attract negative energy to herself.

Popular culture has recently explored the idea of reincarnation. Cloud Atlas is a movie which explores the journey of a particular soul through male, female and cloned bodies, from centuries ago to centuries in the future.

Common  phobias can also originate in a past life. A woman who learned during a regression that she fell off a ship’s deck and drowned (in a previous life as a sailor) came to understand her fear of water, and was able to let go of it.

In a more complex situation, a woman came for a regression specifically because she had suddenly developed a fear of highway driving and suspected a past life reason.

In her past life the client described being a male, wearing big baggy bloomers and stockings, sitting on the outside seat at the front of a horse-drawn carriage with paying passengers. So the person had been a stagecoach driver, probably in England in the 1700’s or 1800’s. The client’s previous incarnation described travelling under a bridge, having a man all in black jump on him and kill him.

He had been killed by a highwayman, and when the client (now female) reached the same age, her astral body memory recalled being killed on the highway and so developed a sudden phobia of highway driving.

Understanding this-and doing the forgiveness work-completely cleared up the fear.

On a more positive note, a young college student started making kaftans for her friends (without a pattern), and embroidering them. Decades later she learned of a past life in which she had been a seamstress and embroiderer for the clergy of her church in England in the late 1600’s, making their vestments. The memory of how to do this had spontaneously come back when she reached the same age in this lifetime.

A client came for a Reiki treatment because of debilitating pain which made him unable to work. In his aura I sensed the traces of two past lives-one as an Innuit stone carver and another as a Chinese calligrapher. His body had been in pain because he had given up his dream of being an artist to please his parents, who wanted him to be an engineer. When he understood the message and started to paint, he did not need his pain anymore. 

Having another person channel one’s past lives is helpful for those clients who are not comfortable with the idea of being hypnotised (due to too many stage hypnosis shows in which they have seen people cluck like chickens). In reality of course therapeutic hypnosis has nothing in common with situations in which volunteers who always wanted to be the class clown get their chance to be amusing.

But in any case, whether one wants to actually relive the past lives, or to be told about them and their relevance to current issues, makes no difference to the efficacy of the session. In the case of a channeling I require the name and birthdate of the client and those with whom she is having issues at this time. I am able to do this by email. Time and space have no meaning in the spiritual world. 


Themes recur over and over in the lives of particular souls until they work them through, have a breakthrough or “aha” moment, and then move onto a higher plane of consciousness.

Souls are male and female in different lives, and also choose to play different roles with others in their soul groups. Two souls may be brother and sister in one life, in another life husband and wife, and in a third lifetime platonic friends.

Souls choose between lives, with the help of their guides, what lessons they need to learn in the next life. They are given choices, but may be gently nudged in the direction they need to go. Many Spirit Babies (the unborn, not yet conceived souls) find it hard to return to a life of pain and sorrow after experiencing the realms of light and love

Singer George Harrison wrote the Art of Dying. He followed Eastern religion and philosophies. One of those was reincarnation, which is described in the song's lyrics.

“There'll come a time when most of us return here 
Brought back by our desire to be 
A perfect entity 
Living through a million years of crying 
Until you've realized the art of dying 
Do you believe me?”

Another song which deals with this theme is "Reincarnation Song" by Toad the Wet Sprockett.

“I thought this light would comfort me
I thought it would be easy
But there's a tugging at my sleeve
And too much baggage I brought with me to leave
Something so big I can't understand
From trying to I would go mad
So I hurry back to little earth
For another life another birth
Another life another birth
Mother? “

Christine Nightingale has  done hundreds of hypnotic regressions and  past life channelings(which can be done by email). Her speciality is channeling the messages of Spirit Babies, not yet conceived or previously lost spirits who live in their parents’ auras.  www.nightingalehealing.com  nightiangel92@hotmail.com



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About the Author


I have now worked with over a hundred couples, helping them communicate with their miscarried or terminated or not yet conceived babies. It is extremely rare for a woman who wants a baby to NOT have a Spirit Baby in her aura, but when that has happened she has gotten a full and satisfactory explanation from her guide or angel.  It is gratifying every time I receive an email message or baby pictures. (Most of my clients are by email. Time and space have no meaning in the spiritual dimension).

Christine's first pregnancy led to a miscarriage that directly led to helping others with the same experience. Her older son and wife suffered infertility for four years which further increased her interest in helping families with this situation.





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