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The Socratic Lifestyle

March 8, 2015

 

“With the silver-tongued wit and intellect that Socrates was famous for, I watched as he swayed the jury to stand in his favor, all with the powerful influence of pure reason.”

 

When confronted with the notion that past lives could be a reality, the logical mind of the normal individual has a unique tendency to immediately recoil with incredulity in something of a Freudian display of systemic defense. I remember when I was first exposed to this idea, even having considered myself open-minded, I rebelled against it. We are subliminally taught and conditioned through early life to fear the idea of death. I suspect that it is the finality of the subject that makes it so pernicious, so off-putting, so repellant. I remember never being afraid of the pain of death, or the fear of dying at someone else’s hand; but the mere notion of losing control, losing consciousness, acquiescing to the blackness from which I would never return is what terrified me the most.

 

As I grew, I started to see that there were certain proclivities to which I was subject. I loved knights and swords, pirates, and dinosaurs. All of my favorite things revolved around an undying, unflinching love of history.Looking back, the ferocity with which a child conducts him or herself when they are immersed in their fantasy world is unfathomable to an adult. No activity in which adults engage has that passionate a charge. I believe now as I believed then as a child, that I was only doing what felt right, what no one had to teach me, and certainly what no one had yet discouraged me from — I was living my past lives.

 

Coming to these conclusions in my early twenties felt quite liberating, but I was still without any proof. Feeling what I like to call an intuitive resonance deep down within me, I was certain that this wasn’t my first incarnation and it will not be my last; but dubious thoughts still lingered. It wasn’t until I started practicing Alchemical Hypnotherapy that my intuition was validated. The following is one of my experiences with Alchemical Past Life Regression, which I hope will shed some light on the subject. It involves a famous personage that I know the reader will recognize. It is important to see that when working with past life journeys, one must not ask themselves if it was real; we must ask if it was relevant, or, did it precipitate a sense of healing?

 

The point of past life regression is not necessarily to document or chronicle history (although that is possible), but to work toward a sense of relief as the memory relates to the current context of our existence. You will see in the following story that this character might not have been my actual past life, as is often the case with the recollections of famous people, but simply a metaphor presented by my subconscious to most efficiently facilitate the repair of a damaged aspect of my life. The following is a true story.

 

When utilizing the Alchemical method, the client, which was my role in this case, identifies a presenting problem (or ‘the issue of the moment’, as it comes to be seen), to the therapist, who in this case will remain nameless. The point of which is to have a tangible mission for the alchemy session; a pronounced goal upon which the Higher Self or the subconscious of the client can base its decisions, (More on this in a moment). My presenting problem was something of an aversion to speaking in front of crowds. No matter the size, whether 3 or 300, I remember always being inexplicably terrified of speaking in front of people. A fear of expressing my truth to strangers was articulated after a particularly revelatory pre-induction interview took place just prior to the session. And, we were off.

I’ll omit the details of the past life induction as it is protected knowledge, and we’ll jump right into the memory.

 

My subconscious was prompted to retrieve a memory that was directly related to my fear of speaking and, naturally, would also prove to be the avenue to my heal