What is a Past Life Reading (And What Can It Teach You?)

Sam Boomer


A person looks into a crystal ball for a past life reading.

Do you ever get the feeling there is more to life?

Have you ever felt unseen threads are guiding your actions just out of reach of your conscious awareness?

You’ve heard of miraculous stories of people remembering their past lives and the possibility of reincarnation. But there’s still that element of doubt – why is it that people only ever claim to be famous/historical figures?

There are reasons for that, which can – and will – be answered later in this post.

Because I can tell you past lives are very real, and past life readings are just one way of discovering who you were in a previous life. The term past life reading applies to several ways of exploring who you were in previous incarnations.

The most common method you’re likely to come across is either a straight past life regression session or other regressive hypnosis modalities such as Beyond Quantum Healing.

But how does it all work…

What is a Past Life Reading?

A man looking into a large crystal ball doing a past life reading.

A past life reading is any interaction with another person that leads to the discoveryobservation and interpretation of your past lives. Any modality that you choose to engage with will include at least one or, in some cases, all three of these elements.

The most common modalities you’ll come across that deal with past lives are:

Past Life Reading (Psychic)

This is a psychic reading where your practitioner tunes into your energies to intuit who you were and what your defining actions were in a previous incarnation. They will usually cover just one past life, and the information can sometimes be vague due to the unorthodox technique they might be using.

Akashic Records Readings

An Akashic Records reading is a more accurate face-to-face form of past life reading as the technique is less open to experimentation. The Akashic Records is a place in the unseen/astral world where your entire history as a soul on Earth is recorded. An Akashic Records reader can view the order in which your lives fit together and provide with a picture of your soul’s journey. 

Past Life Regression

Past Life Regressions are the most common form of past life reading you can have and one that will also provide you will a tangible experience. With regression work, you’ll be inducted into a hypnotic trance and be an active part of the experience. Your regressionist will ask you a series of questions to build up a picture of where you are. You can have a regression that’s either recreational or therapeutic.

Quantum Healing Hypnosis/Beyond Quantum Healing 

QHHT and BQH are the more progressive methods of having a past life reading. They’re similar to a straight-past-life regression but with a twist. Although you do very often end up in a previous life, that’s not always the case. You might visit future lives, parallel lives or even the life in-between lives. Quantum Healing Hypnosis is more than worth its inclusion, though. It is a legitimate way of exploring your previous incarnations.

How Does a Past Life Reading Work?

Exploring your past lives is more than just a novelty experience.

It can be that if you want… Your only interest might be to satisfy your curiosity and leave it there – and that’s fine. The what’s, why’s and how your previous incarnations connect to your present might not interest you all that much.

But if you are struggling with personal issues, having a past life reading can reveal many clues as to why you might be experiencing those challenges. If you’re willing to play detective and connect the threads from your previous incarnations to this one, you can learn some astounding things about your character.

To keep things simple going forward, we’re going to focus on past life readings from a hypnotic regression perspective. Although Akashic Records readings are excellent, finding those readers can be hard. You’re much more likely to find regressionists and will probably find the experience far more rewarding.

Here’s why…

What Does a Hypnotic Regression Actually Involve?

A man relaxes into a hypnotic regression with locked padlocks with keys around him.

Let’s clear away some misconceptions; it’s nothing like the way hypnosis is portrayed in media or TV and film by ‘mind control specialists.’ Hypnotic regression is very much its own branch of hypnosis, separate from the suggestive and clinical styles of hypnotherapy

Past life regression works by taking you into the alpha and theta brain wave states – what is also often referred to as an altered state of consciousness. The purpose is to bring you to a place of deep relaxation. From there, you’ll be able to connect with your Subconscious Mind/Higher Self and gain conscious access to your past lives.

Don’t let the thought of doing this intimidate you. You’ll be guided every step of the way by your practitioner with a specific induction script designed for this work. There are hundreds of variants out there. But the one I favour is Candace Craw-Goldman’s BQH script, which I’ve adapted for my voice and style of delivery.

Anyone with the necessary training can perform hypnotic regressions. And despite the obvious esoteric and metaphysical slant of exploring past lives, you don’t need to be psychic to either give or take part in this experience or even remotely spiritual.

Past Life Recall

The advantage of choosing hypnotic regression to explore your past lives is the immersive nature of the experience. The difference between having a straight reading and a regression is the same as having a story read to you and going to watch a movie in IMAX. Once you’ve entered the trance state, it’s not so much a past-life reading as it is a past-life exploration.

Your practitioner will begin by asking for your first impressions as they come to you.

These are closed questions such as whether you’re inside or out, male or female, with company or alone. The purpose is to warm you up before moving on to broader questions about your surroundings and why you’ve come to that particular place.

By doing this, your practitioner is helping you build the narrative of why you’ve come to that particular time and place.

The approach I use is the three-act structure method. It’s simple; just like in the movies, there is a setup (the time and place), the conflict (why you’re there) and the resolution (how you resolve that conflict).

The aim is to hit on each of these points to create a narrative – or character – arc. This will help you understand why your Higher Self has led you to this place and what you’re there to learn.

Working with your past lives in this way from a first-person vantage point is a powerful way to have a reading.

And that’s because of the way you integrate the experience.

Because you’re front and centre, you’re able to feel the subtle energies that are at play. It allows you to connect the dots from your past to your present self, adding that extra layer of understanding – and soul healing.

Why It’s More Important What You Did than Who You Were in a Past Life

A man ponders over a sun rising with spirits in the air symbolising his past life karma.

Most people come for a past life reading, wanting to know who they were. It’s only natural.

It’s such a fascinating area to explore, and most harbour at least some hope – even if they won’t admit to it – that they were someone important in their previous lifetime(s).

But the truth is…

It doesn’t matter – the doing is always more important than the being.

It’s your deeds, both good and bad, that carry with you lifetime after lifetime – not your importance. These experiences are recorded in the Akashic Records and may result in continuing trauma/karma and will follow you around until it’s resolved.  

Past Life Connections

You may not believe it, but your soul is on a never-ending journey of growth.

Throughout your soul’s history, you’ll have encountered many of the same people who are present in your life right now.

You create what is called ‘soul contracts’ with those people.

In layman’s terms, this means each soul agrees to play a specific role/function in the other’s life to create a shared learning experience. If there is a more complex agreement in place, you might complete your contracts over several lifetimes. This is what’s referred to as soul commerce. It’s how we as souls continue to evolve – by setting up these growth experiences for ourselves.

In addition to this concept of soul commerce, there is also your soul family. This doesn’t necessarily refer to your blood relatives in this lifetime. Although it can work out that way –but it’s not as common as you think.

What soul family refers to is something different…

It’s a collective whose shared goal is gathering as much experience as possible so that each member can benefit from the efforts of the whole. That means each soul will live out separate incarnations and bring their learnings back to the soul family, creating a shared knowing experience.

Remember we talked about multiple people claiming to have lived the same lives at the beginning of the post?

This is the reason why…

They might not have experienced that life first-hand but will have been part of the same soul family as the person who did, allowing them access to wisdom gained during that lifetime.

This concept of sharing allows us as souls to amass huge amounts of knowledge very quickly and move on to experience consciousness in the 5th, 6th and 7th-dimensional frequencies of expression and beyond.

Past Life Healing

Exploring your past lives can have a transformative experience on your health. If you’re someone who’s continuously come up against roadblocks and can’t seem to break past them, past life healing could be the answer to your problems.

Here’s an example.

Let’s say you’re experiencing difficulties expressing yourself because you fear no one’s going to take you seriously. You’ve tried everything, but you can’t connect with that sense of inner confidence you know you have within.

But then, you have a past life regression.

You discover you were in a position of great responsibility and had knowledge that would prevent an impending crisis. But no one believed you, and you were dismissed as a fringe lunatic.

By bringing that experience into your awareness, you’re able to acknowledge and shed off that inner trauma, which has been holding you back on the unseen level throughout many lifetimes.

That is the power your past lives can have on your personality in the present. They can affect the quality of your thinking and hence the quality of your life in a huge way. Traumas such as these can even be responsible for physical health issues and long-standing chronic illnesses.

How Working with Your Past Lives Expands Your Consciousness

A man's mind expands his consciousness.

If you’ve ever wondered whether past lives are real, experiencing one first-hand through a regression can be a paradigm-shifting event.

The idea this life is just one of many provides reassurance on many levels.

All of a sudden, death isn’t such an absolute – the fear dissipates. Death, as you think of it now, is just a transition to the next phase of life.

Knowing that there is another stage of life and there is another chance to re-experience life in this physical reality lifts an enormous amount of pressure off your shoulders. You no longer suffer from the FOMO (Fear of Missing out).

You’re going to get another chance. In fact, you’re going to get as many chances as you need to get it right.

And seeing just how much you’ve experienced in your previous incarnations, it reminds you that you’re capable of far more than you realise.

What to Expect from a Past Life Reading/Regression

A woman in a trace

How you experience your past lives during a regression-type setting will depend on you as a person. No two people are exactly alike – and neither is each session.

Some find recalling their past lives easy and breeze through the session without much prompting. For others, it can take a little more coaxing to become deeply immersed in the experience.

This is completely normal and doesn’t mean past life regression is only for a select few. It’s open to anyone – there are no requirements other than your willingness to participate!

After your induction, things can be a little hazy at the outset. But the more you engage with the questioning process, the more you’ll be able to flex your intuitive muscles. And you’ll find by the end of the session, even if you struggled in the beginning, your confidence will have noticeably improved.

But do be aware you will have your doubts – especially if you’re a first-timer – about the validity of what you’re bringing forward.

You’ll be wondering whether or not you’re making it all up – and possibly whether past lives are even real at all. The experience you have could make complete sense of your circumstances in the present, but that still might not be enough.

It can happen to anyone – even those who’ve had multiple sessions.

I’ve even led practitioners through regressions who’ve doubted their own experiences. It happens!

But if you only take one thing away from this post, it’s this, and I reiterate… The experience you have will always be the one that is most relevant for you at that time. There is no such thing as coincidence – only divine timing and synchronicity.

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Sam works to assist others in their transformative journey, enabling them to tap into their fullest potential and embrace the best version of themselves.