I have always been fascinated to hear stories of people who experienced past lives. So, in 1973 when I saw an ad in the newspaper about Dr. Helen Wambach offering to regress people interested in learning more about their past life, I jumped at the opportunity. I called my friends and invited them to join me. Much to my surprise, they expressed fear about someone messing with their brain. So, I went alone.
I arrived at Dr. Wambach’s home in Concord Ca with $20, a pillow, and a blanket. There were about fifteen people, and she told us to pick a spot on her family room floor. As everyone settled down, Dr. Wambach sat on a chair in the corner, puffed on a cigarette, and spoke about her research and what to expect.
It took a while to get everyone to relax. Dr. Wambach told us to be aware of any images that appear in our minds as she named countries and centuries, Ancient Greece, Egypt, Europe, and America in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s. I wasn’t getting any image until she mentioned 1800. I saw a vague silhouette of a lady in a long white dress.
Dr. Wambach said, “Focus on the strongest image.” Since I only had one, I concentrated on the lady in white. She told us to go to a window and notice the surroundings. I was on the second floor of a large house with stables and a dirt courtyard for horses and carriages. Now go to the medicine cabinet and look inside. I saw small bottles and jars. However, I still thought I was creating what I wanted to see. Then she told us to look at our hands; I was surprised! I mentally looked down and saw tiny hands, which didn’t make any sense because the lady in white was a grown woman. I soon realized that I was looking at the lady in white as a small child sitting at a table with her family. They were poor and sad because a brother had died. At that moment, I understood that the lady in white was me. I wanted to know more, but Dr. Wambach moved on to observe the death scene of the lady in white. I felt no discomfort as I thought of what my three children had accomplished. I felt grateful!
Dr. Wambach encouraged us to reach back into an earlier life. I saw a small Indian boy in the southwest setting a snare trap, but that image turned into a grown Indian man. I was confused as I was aware that I had raped a woman. My enemies lured me to an isolated place where an arrow pierced my chest. As I lay dying, I was angry that my enemies had tricked me.
After several hours, Dr. Wambach had us gradually return to reality and share our stories. One man slept through it all, while others lived everyday lives in many different countries. Several people excitedly discussed their unique journeys and drew designs they had seen in their villages or on their clothing so they could do research. We all filled out a form of our experiences to contribute to Dr. Wambach’s research.
As I headed home, I realized my journey was to raise successful children despite my difficult childhood and make a positive difference as I move forward in my evolution. I understood that we are here to learn from our challenging lessons. That experience changed my life, and fifty years later, I am still working to fulfill my mission to empower families, neighborhoods, and communities.
We live in challenging times! Individual choice allows us to grow in self-awareness or suffer the consequences in this or another life if we let anger, hate, or violence fester toward other people.
I pray you are on an exciting journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that will help make our planet safer and create an environment that offers love for every child.
Stephanie L. Mann, Founder, Safe Kids Now
Crime and Violence Prevention Consultant
Author, “Empowerment Parenting: How to raise resilient children who become happy, self-reliant adults.”