A SOLDIERS AGONY
There are many ways of accessing past memories, or far recall as it is sometimes known. The memory is most often 'triggered' by some event which may cause us to ask "Have I been here before?". The answer to this common question is usually 'yes'. The phenomenon is called 'deja vue'.
A snatch of music, a smell, touch or even taste can trigger a recall. It happens more often than we realise, but the trouble is that our minds get so cluttered with the images of eveyday life that we do not usually recognise the fleeting images that pass through the triggered mind.
HOWEVER - if we are in a relaxed state of mind, when all is quiet and still and there is the minimum of traffic passing through, it is then possible to catch one of the images, stay with it, and let it ripen into a full blown drama. This is where the therapist comes in. He/she recognises the point of entry and helps the subject to stay with it and go with it. Usually the event that is recalled is some form of damaging incident that has been chosen by the unconscious mind of the subject as the cause of some sort of mental imbalance, or as I have said before, a phobia or obsession.
Sometimes a trigger locks in when the subject is simply listening to a lecture -
Donald was attending a workshop on past life regression. As the lecturer droned on Donald relaxed in his chair. The lecturer started to talk about the damage done by past life death in battles. When he mentioned the words 'young soldiers', Donald found himself locked into his chair, unable to move, with the tears pouring down his face. The other students had to lift him out of the chair, and one of them questioned him gently on the images and memories that were flooding his mind. Donald was back in the Great War. He and his 'chums' (a word he used repeatedly) were waiting to go over the top. They were all from the same street of a town in England. When the whistle blew, Tommy (for that seemed to be his name) looked up and could hear the German machine guns firing furiously along the parapet above him. His chums leaped out of the trench, except Tommy, who found himself frozen with terror. As they went over, he could see his chums knocked over and killed as soon as they left the trench. His whole world centred on his chums who had played with him in the streets of home, in particular one great friend Charlie who had looked after him in the trenches. Tommy saw his world disappear and in hysterical rage jumped out of the trench to die with his chums. He stumbled forward, weeping, to receive a smashing blow in his groin which tumbled him into a shellhole. The hole was full of gas and Tommy died in the hole. As, back in this life, Donald recounted the drama to his workshop colleagues, his mouth filled with slime and to the horror of the students poured out over his clothes and on to the floor. Tommy lifted out of his body in the shell hole and joined the rest of his friends, waiting for him in spirit world.
If we are to understand the phenomenon of far recall, we have to accept a change in our thinking about time, and space, and spirit, and body. This will require a great liberation of imagination, and a willingness to suspend all beliefs and take a leap into the realm of possibility.