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Uncovering Past Lives—or Alternate Lifetimes
Uncovering Past Lives—or
Let’s say you didn’t come here for a lecture on quantum physics. Let’s say we’re going to an alternate reality: Time is malleable. The past, present, and future coexist in a single moment. Reincarnation is a possibility. And this present life might be a blip in a constellation of lives that compose your soul’s identity.
This theory cannot be proven. It cannot be disproven.
But firsthand accounts suggest that even acknowledging a past version of yourself—fantasy or not—can be deeply cathartic. And that unearthing these hidden identities can dismantle your working draft titled: Why I Do the Things I Do.
Medium and Reiki teacher Caitlin Marino says there are two ways to crack open the book of life and start skipping around the chapters. The first is past-life regression therapy: a form of deep hypnosis that seduces your brain into a trancelike state, to prompt you to recall memories buried deep in your subconscious. The other, which Marino prefers, is an Akashic records reading.
A Q&A with Caitlin Marino
I prefer the term “alternate lifetime” to refer to past lives. Time and space cease to exist when you begin exploring psychic dimensions. Instead, we perceive multiple dimensions of reality where all versions of ourselves are happening simultaneously. From this perspective, our existence is not linear—we do not disperse our identity on a timeline that starts at birth and ends at death. Our souls have cyclical lives, like an infinity sign that folds over itself. But there is a place in everybody’s energy field called the Akashic records, holding their entire soul’s history—past, present, future, parallel. And through these records, we are able to access any moment in a soul’s journey.
I use the Akashic records in my healing work to remove past lives that may carry lower vibrations, imprints, and stuck energy that are inhibiting a soul’s evolution. A past-life wound may show up as a karmic illness, which is caused by energy left over from another lifetime that is present now to balance or complete karma for an individual. When used as an opportunity for metamorphosis, karmic illness has the potential to change a person’s path in life for their greatest benefit. I use past lives to help create context and resolution through self-awareness. The simple act of acknowledging a past life through a reading has the potential to alleviate karma. Any time our consciousness expands in this way, we increase our potential for evolution.
I know of people who have. You can get really specific with names, dates of birth, and locations. This usually happens if one of your past lives was fairly recent.
I don’t see any limitation to it. Since everything is happening simultaneously, I don’t know if counting them is even an effective way to measure this. I believe there are infinite possibilities when it comes to measuring past lives.
I don’t feel it’s necessary to learn about all of your past lives. It can become detrimental to dwell on alternate existences because we are meant to be present and working to obtain our highest blueprint for this lifetime. I don’t believe it’s healthy to get distracted or attached to alternate lifetimes. It’s important to extract the information that is relevant to the present lifetime and use that to move forward with your purpose in this lifetime.
Our lives show us what we need to learn and when. When we become stuck and feel uncomfortable with where we are, then it is time for a shift. We decide what lessons we learn in this lifetime before we incarnate. We have a plan for the lessons we want to learn for our soul’s evolution. Your life will show you when these lifetimes are relevant, and they come up to help you evolve past a block or a pattern of stuck energy.
Every moment of your soul’s existence is contained within the Akashic records of your soul’s energy field. It can be located with clear intention to access these alternate lifetimes. There are books that can teach this process and classes are available. I recommend How to Read the Akashic Records by Linda Howe. You can also find a practitioner to read your records.
I have no personal experience with past-life regressions—a different method. An Akashic record reading allows one to read the energy of another lifetime without having to relive any trauma. The less attached we are to the reading, the better we can maintain a healthy energetic boundary and remain present and grounded.
I always set a clear intention, and I ask for divine guidance before I start the reading. And once that is complete, it is about getting out of your own way. The ego will want to censor or edit information that comes through, but I’ve learned over the years that the details that don’t make any sense to me are those that impact my clients most profoundly.
Yes. This is the nature of the universe. Everything is connected, and everything is occurring simultaneously. Your present life can also influence your past life or alternate life for the exact same reason: Everything is occurring simultaneously. That is why it is important to be present and conscious about the decisions you’re making and how you are making them. Otherwise you could be creating karma for yourself in other existences. In any given moment, you have the choice to live from a higher vibration, to evolve in some way. Opportunities are always showing up in the present moment for you to choose a higher vibration and learn your lesson. If we choose to resist, we make problems for ourselves because we’re just not evolving as we should be.
Caitlin Marino is an intuitive, a medium, and a certified Usui Tibetan Reiki Master. Marino primarily works over the phone, creating customized distant energy sessions for clients all over the world.