Should Mediums give Past Life Readings?

The Big Debate about Past Life Readings

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Many Spiritualists claim that we do not reincarnate and within Spiritualism it is not permitted to give past life readings. Other Spiritualists are firm believers in past lives and like to give past life readings as part of their consultation. Within the movement there continues to be hot debate as to whether past life readings should be part of a mediums remit or not.

Within our online community too there has been hot debate about the free past life readings currently being given in our free chat rooms. What do you think? Please add your comment to the bottom of this article and tell us about the free past life readings you may have had in our chat rooms or readings you have received with the telephone psychics on this site.

So what are Past Life Readings?

Many of the professional psychics who work with us are firm believers in reincarnation and give past life readings by telephone and private consultations. Past life regression and past life readings are claimed to uncover information about who you were in Past Lives. For example people who have been hypnotised and then asked to recall information from the time before they were born have sometimes give extraordinary and verifiable information that would suggest that they have lived before.

Using hypnotic techniques for past life recall and life regression, Dr. Stevenson and others have shown that some people are able to give verifiable information about past lives and quote historical facts which they have no way of knowing. Information about past lives has also been obtained from children who could not possibly know the detailed facts they relate. Similarly, intuitive psychics who give past lives readings are said to unlock this same information about reincarnation that is uncovered during past life regression by using their psychic skills to answer the question “Who was I in my Previous Life?”

Past Life Readings
Past Life readings allegedly describe who you were in a past life

The case for and against past life readings

Some Spiritualist mediums do not accept past lives and reincarnation as proven fact and say we come to earth only the once. Reincarnation, they say, is not scientifically proven or necessary, while other psychics and mediums believe there are plenty of solid facts to support the theory of reincarnation and claim that many earthly lives are necessary to progress our spiritual evolution. The famous medium Emma Hardinge Britten pointed out in an article in 1875 that Spiritualism was based on the verifiable facts of communication through mediumship. It was threatened if it admitted theoretical speculations not supported by evidence.

Other mediums argued against Britten’s assertions about reincarnation and a number of famous British trance mediums gave spirit messages asserting that reincarnation is a fact. Some of the spirit guides who spoke about this included Silver Birch, Red Cloud and White Eagle.

The Spiritualists National Union (SNU) rules do not permit mediums to talk about past lives as fact or teach reincarnation philosophy in SNU churches. In the UK this can sometimes cause heated debate whereas American Spiritualism is open to reincarnation ideas. Spiritists (the mediumistic religion founded by Allan Kardec) do believe in reincarnation and the case for past lives is argued in their literature. Similarly, the famous American psychic Edgar Cayce gave detailed readings about past lives and reincarnation.

The truth is that what may constitute proof of past lives for one person may have no credence to another.

What do you think? Should psychics and mediums give past life readings and if so what should be included. I’d also love to know about your past life readings and whether you had verifiable proof of a past incarnation.

Join the past life reading debate

Please ‘leave a reply’ and post your comments below this article. Is reincarnation simply a BELIEF or is it a proven FACT. If so, should mediums give past life readings as part of their messages from spirit?

NOTE: We do still sometimes offer free past life readings in our Psychic School chat rooms but these are generally included as part of a structured discussion or debate. There is divided opinion on the site. You are welcome to add your comments about the past life readings in the chat room below and whether they should be part of our remit and free teachings.

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PAST LIFE DEFINITION: Reincarnation, literally “to be made flesh again”, as a philosophy, holds the notion that some essential part of a living being is reborn into a new body. This part is often referred to as the Spirit or Soul, the ‘Higher or True Self’, ‘Divine Spark’, ‘I’ or the ‘Ego’. Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recall past life memories and previous incarnations. Some of the first references to past life recall come from ancient India where there is mention in the Upanishads and in the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali. Modern Spiritualism in the UK is divided as to this belief though past lives and reincarnation feature in the comparable beliefs of  Madame Blavatsky who co-founded of the Theosophical Society and the French Spiritist philosopher educator Allan Kardec.

11 comments… add one
  • Kaylee Harter Aug 31, 2019, 9:43 pm

    I’m a 16-year-old girl named Kaylee. I’d like to find out more about my other lives I have had since three weeks after Christ died on the cross. I would like to have assistance to help improve my life and pay my debt to karma. But I must know what exactly I must do. If you could contact me at my given email for insight and to help develop my powers as a witch/white lighter/demon/day walker hybrid becoming an archangel in the next 12 years.

  • Henry May 24, 2018, 2:32 am

    Hi, I would like to reveal my past life. I often get things like supernatural phenomenon. E.g. having a dream about visiting the city of the dead, dreaming have a deep conversation with Ganesha or elderly spirit, dreaming interact with dragons (chased and saved by them), dreaming meet with a ghost, etc. In the real world, I do like practice meditation and martial art (I dunno why its just nature’s call and I am being good at those and enjoyed it). Could you provide me with your help and guidance?

  • Dusty Anne Jul 3, 2016, 10:20 pm

    Yes we have lived past lives. I use to have the same dream over and over in my late teen years of being up north in the 1920’s and I worked in a bar as a dancer and dated an older married man in from my best guess in the mob and I was shot on the sidewalk in the neck when walking out with him and his men. He was the target but I got hit as well. I can still taste the blood in my throat and see myself as if it was yesterday laying on the sidewalk gasping and looking over at his dead body as I died. I had this horrible dream so many times and I would always wake sitting in my bed screaming but with no sound coming out.

  • chima linda chinyere Feb 16, 2016, 4:28 pm

    I am from Nigeria and I just want to know about my past life because I have this weird feeling that I was reincarnated.

  • Maricel Sep 14, 2015, 5:56 am

    Hi, I would like to know my past life if it is true !

  • EM Jan 13, 2015, 12:54 am

    I would very much like to know more about my past life. I’ve wanted to go to someone who use hypnosis techniques. Do you know where to find someone who can help me with this? I have heard that hypnosis can be “dangerous” so would like to find a qualified regression therapist.

  • Marcus lee Nov 7, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Hey my name is Marcus and I would love to know about my past life and how my previous life ended. Why was I born? How do I find out? I have always been the one who has a open mind in my family and i have always had a unnatural attraction towards the stars and ancient Japan is there a way i can get some help with figuring out who or what i was in my past life for free if possible.

  • larrybosveld Jan 18, 2014, 6:12 am

    I believe in past lives because I have some memories from one from about 1927. I believe I met the person again in this life.

  • jerilyn Johnson Oct 8, 2013, 4:26 pm

    I I would like to have a reading on my past lives I have no money can you help me?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Oct 9, 2013, 2:15 pm

      We do offer free readings and advice about topics such as past life readings in our free forums and chat areas. Follow the links at the top of this page.

  • Gwen Jan 14, 2013, 10:53 pm

    In reply to this “hot” debate, I believe that past lives are real. From ongoing deliberate research as a psychologist, I’ve come across scientific regression therapy by the honorable and acclaimed, Dr. Brian Weiss. He headed the Miami Psychiatry Center in Florida and is an esteemed Columbia and Yale Medical school graduate in both chemical and neuro-psychology. Patients who have undergone his past life regression therapy have had life long chronic illness either completely abated or tempered.

    As using scientific grounding as a means of the grounding framework for my research, it is proven that the soul may not be a finite entity in and of itself. It experiences an immortal state until it has evolved in consciousness that transcends the idiosyncracies that most humans cannot get over in one lifetime.

    Whether this is approached through spiritual means or scientifically, if a spiritualist feels that they can see the evolution of the lives a soul has incurred, then they are tapping into the next realm of their spiritual capabilities. This must go on and the mediums/spiritualist must help those who believe that their soul has experienced another life before. So the answer to your question chould the chat rooms continue to help others uncover their past lives? Yes!

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