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If you are right-brain dominant, this subject will excite and delight you. If you are left-brain dominant, you may be skeptical or afraid of anyone finding out you believe in such ‘nonsense’. Either way, this is a natural subject for dowsers to explore. And you will be surprised that it is way more than just a source of entertainment. It forms the basis for a lot of what we do in consulting sessions with clients. You can use the information from this lesson for fun, for personal growth, or for profit (or all three).

Past Lives: Real or Not?

My training and background are in science. I was raised to be skeptical of things I couldn’t prove scientifically. But my mother is a highly talented intuitive. We grew up around a person who used intuition in amazing ways, and even did some miraculous things that science can’t explain. I believe that this is why a Whole Brain approach comes fairly easily to me. I saw both sides of the coin as I grew up, and I can see that using both left and right brain together in a balanced way gives better results than using either alone.

So let’s approach the question of other lives in a balanced way. I never gave much thought to past lives during my youth. It sounded intriguing, but the religion of my childhood did not believe in reincarnation, so it was relegated to mystery or fantasy.

As an adult with two degrees in Biology and many years working at NASA, I revisited the subject of reincarnation and read about scientific studies that seem to prove conclusively that reincarnation does occur. The evidence was quite strong, though it couldn’t prove that everyone experiences reincarnation. All it did was show that some people do. Nonetheless, that was still compelling.

Christianity and Islam are the two major religions which generally deny reincarnation. However, Eastern religions by and large accept it as a concept and there is a growing number of Westerners, including Christians, who believe in reincarnation as a fact.

When I became interested in dowsing as an adult, I was eventually led to energy work and healing methods. All of those methods are quite right-brained in that they are open to whatever information is out there, regardless of whether it is conventional or not. I found myself dowsing about things like aliens and past lives, and strangely, it all made sense. It was as if when you fall down the rabbit hole of quantum physics and ‘energy work’ you discover a rich, complex world that resembles fantasy more than ‘reality’, yet it is real.

The space-time continuum is not fully understood. Many theorists believe that time is not linear. That means the past doesn’t come before the future, and the future doesn’t come after the present. The truth is that our perception of time may not be accurate.

Quantum physics allows for the possibility of other times and places. These other times and places may energetically connect with what we perceive as NOW. They may be running in parallel dimensions. It is difficult to conceive of how it all works, because we don’t think beyond our own 3-dimensional version of reality, or 4-dimensional, if you include time. But there are scientific theories that suggest and support the existence of other realities.

You don’t need to fully understand quantum physics or the space-time continuum to dowse about other lifetimes. You can get useful information by using some basic concepts. With respect to lives, keep the terminology ‘past’, ‘present’ and ‘future’, and add ‘parallel’ and ‘other’ just to cover all the bases.

Be open to expanding your understanding of how things work, and try not to reject any idea, no matter how crazy it sounds. Do as a friend of ours says and put it in your back pocket to be examined at a later date if you can’t accept it right now. Try to avoid judgment of any kind concerning this area of exploration. If something seems strange or ridiculous now, it just might change into something really useful later on. So don’t dismiss the new and the strange just yet. Personal growth is about change, and you may be surprised how much your perceptions change over time.

Why Bother About Other Lives?

For many reasons, we have found it useful and sensible to accept the belief that we have lived other lifetimes. This is not a totally outlandish idea, as most of the world’s people believe in reincarnation. It’s just that in Western culture, it is not a common belief. If you are willing to be open to the possibility that past lives may exist, then your next question is going to be, “So what?”.

If it isn’t this life, what’s the point of knowing about it? Or maybe you feel just the opposite. Any other life intrigues you and seems more interesting than your present one. Whichever way you are feeling, there is more to it than you ever imagined.

Other lifetimes affect you now. You create karma by your actions in other lives, and that karma exists in you today as a mute testimony to other times and places. (Karma is basically the energetic result of every decision you make and action you take. It is neutral. Karma is somewhat like the physics law that states every action has a reaction. Karma is a natural fact of life.) People tend to classify karma as good or bad based on their subjective feelings, but it is best not to emphasize judgment. Just know that your actions have consequences, and those consequences can follow you from one life to another in many forms energetically.

Phobias that can’t be explained by present life experience usually stem from a bad experience in another lifetime that left a strong negative impression. Past life regressions have shown this to be true, and that the phobia can be cured by dealing with that other life.

The significant people in your present life were also significant in other lives. A person you have an unexplained jealousy of in this lifetime may have stolen your beloved in another lifetime. An adversary you face in this lifetime may have been an enemy in a past life. Problem relationships usually have a karmic element, and finding out about the experiences in other lifetimes can often lead to resolution of the problems.

Your health is often a reflection of other lifetimes. My dairy allergy, which began the day I was born, stemmed from several past life experiences around dairy farming that were very negative and caused me to react negatively to dairy products in this lifetime. When those lives were cleared (it took about 15 minutes), my lifelong allergy to dairy products cleared immediately.

It has been found that one way curses can be used more effectively is by causing you to connect to other lifetimes, making you more susceptible to the curse for a variety of reasons, such as you had a negative outcome with the person in that lifetime who is cursing you in this, so that intensifies the results. It’s kind of like programming an outcome.

These are just a few examples of how other lifetimes can affect you now. As a dowser, you can discover other lifetime influences and resolve them.

Dowsing About Other Lives: Pitfalls

Dowsing about other lifetimes can be fun. There’s no doubt about that. It can be entertaining to find out some of the experiences you had in other lives. It’s unlikely you were anyone famous, but you may have been close to someone famous, or you may have had an important part in some historical event you read about in school. Most lives, though, are pretty ordinary. But even ordinary other lives can hold the key to resolving present life problems.

The biggest pitfall to dowsing other lives is the ego. Your ego may reject the facts. It may fear the truth. It may want to be massaged. If the ego gets involved in your dowsing, you won’t get accurate answers.

The bad news is you won’t know your answers are garbage. You may believe you were Napoleon in a past life. (Not to say you weren’t, but it isn’t likely, there are quite a few ex-Napoloeons around) You may want to think you were always a great person in every other lifetime. You never did anything you would consider ‘bad’. You can’t accept that you poisoned your mother in another life. Or you may feel so disempowered in this lifetime that you wish for a past life when you were powerful, a life you can tap into. That wish will influence your dowsing.

The best advice for dowsing other lives is to develop that detachment we speak of so often. The more detached you are, the better your dowsing becomes. Detachment is what comes from releasing judgment. The more you judge things as right or wrong, good or bad, light or dark, the less detached you are. And it follows that your dowsing won’t be accurate.

Exercise in Other Life Dowsing

While I have no qualms about dowsing for fun, I prefer to dowse about subjects that seem important to me. So this exercise will give you a chance to find out information on another lifetime that is affecting you in this one.
First, think about someone you have difficulties with. It can be a person you are currently struggling with, or someone from your past whom you no longer see. It doesn’t matter. But it should be someone you have had strong issues with.

Remember to detach yourself from the process. You are going to dowse some questions. You are merely curious about the answers. You have no judgment. This may be harder than you expect. If this person has betrayed you or done something you think is horrible, you won’t find it easy to detach. But that is very important. Be open to whatever the dowsing says is true.

Dowse the following questions and record your answers, filling the person’s name in the blanks:

Have I ever known the person who is presently called ____________________ in other lifetimes?
How many other lives have I had in which ___________________played a significant role? (Bear in mind how you define ‘significant’ will affect the numbers. I consider significant to mean they contributed in a major way to outcomes for you, either positive or negative, in that life.)

To dowse how many lifetimes, I just say 0, 1 digit, 2 digits, 3 digits…and so on until I get a ‘yes’ response. Then I take that response, say, 2 digits, and test 10, 20, 30, 40…until I get a ‘yes’. Then I ask ‘less than 20’ or ‘more than 20’.

I go from there to pinpoint the exact number by saying the numbers in sequence until I get a ‘yes’. I then double check by asking if that is the number of lives in which this person played a significant role. It sounds clumsy, but it very soon becomes very quick.

The number may be small or large. You may assume that if the number is large, this person is someone you share a lot of karma with. But that can be true even if the number is small.

Now make a statement of intention that you want to find out the details on the most significant life that is affecting your present life negatively. This assumes you will just be dowsing about the details of one lifetime.

Ask the following questions about that one life:

What is the time frame: past, future, parallel or other?

You can then dowse how many years before or after this life it was, if it is past or future. If parallel, that doesn’t matter. If other, you need to choose a lifetime that will give an easier answer. Go back and ask for a significant life that is past, future or parallel.

For example, if it dowses as a past life 1000 years ago, that gives you a time frame for reference.
Now you can ask for more details. Ask if you were human, on Earth and what gender you were (male/female). Do not assume it will be a human life, or even a life on Earth. Those are easier, but it’s not guaranteed that is what you will come up with. Ask the same questions about this person. Was he/she human, what gender, on Earth? Now you know what you were and when.

Next, you can ask questions about what relationship there was between you. You can dowse if you were related by blood, by marriage, by business or were strangers to one another.

If you were blood relations, find out if you were mother and son, sister and brother, etc. If you were related by marriage, find out if you were married to one another or were in-laws of some type. If you were related by business, see if you were competitors or partners, etc. It is highly unlikely you were strangers, but if so, that’s fine. The relationship will suggest things that may occur to you intuitively before you even dowse. Don’t reject those thoughts, but be open to testing them out.

Once you know the relationship, you can begin to see how things were between you. Don’t assume they were bad in that life. Maybe they were, but maybe there weren’t. See what emotions were on each side. Love? Hate? Jealousy? Envy? Did you love each other? Was it reciprocal? Was there animosity between you? Was there a misunderstanding? Ask questions that paint a picture. Don’t assume you were nice and he was bad. Often, it is the reverse. Just be open to whatever the answers are.

Here is an example of an exercise. You may decide you want to ask about your sister Joan. In this life, you and she are not close. She seems to be very jealous of anything good that happens to you, and you don’t recall ever doing anything to deserve that. When you dowse, you find you had 43 other lifetimes with Joan. The most significant one for the jealousy in this life is a past life on earth, where you were both human females. You were sisters, just like now (that is not always the case). You both fell in love with the same man, and he chose you. She went on to commit suicide out of despair. So in this lifetime, she has carried the jealousy over and it activates strongly due to cellular memory. (Remember you are just as likely to be the villain as the hero in other lifetimes.)

Dowsing Other Lives Can Change This Life

There are many useful things that you can do with information about other lives. Using a similar set of questions to the above exercise, you can find out how other lives impact you in this life. Some examples:

Curses from other lives can affect this one. They can activate at any time, or can be active and then dormant and activate again later. You can disempower the curses once you discover them. Use whatever clearing method tests as most effective. Another article goes into the subject of clearing techniques in more detail.
Allergies can usually be cleared by dowsing the energetic cause from the lifetimes affecting you. There may be more than one lifetime causing you to be allergic. You may only need to know the details of one or two of those lives. Then use a clearing method that tests well for getting rid of the energies. We have spectacular results using this method.

Relationship issues often stem from other lifetimes. You may think you know why you don’t get along with someone, but it’s likely to be about other lifetimes as much or more than this one. Dowsing about other lifetimes as in the above exercise will help you to see how karma carries over. You will also have compassion, because in many cases, you were the victimizer, not the victim. You will start seeing that judgment is counterproductive, and that it is best to release it. You can heal relationships by having an understanding of what drives them.
Phobias often stem from other lifetimes. If you can’t explain your phobia, or sometimes, even if you can, it will help heal it to find out about other lifetimes that it started in and clear the energies of them.
Issues with your life’s purpose often will relate to bad experiences in other lives. If you can discover why you are afraid of being a leader, or why you do not want to be well-known, you can clear those energies and be more successful in this life. Another lesson will go into more detail on dowsing about beliefs.

It is not advantageous to be energetically connected to other lives. Dowse how many other lives you are currently connected to. If the number is greater than 0, use whatever clearing method you wish to disconnect from other lives; to clear issues that perpetuated those connections and to clear whatever came over as a result of those connections. This is very useful and healthy to do.

The goal of dowsing about other lives is to allow yourself to enjoy this lifetime more and to have greater success in it. Do not use dowsing about other lives as an escape from this life. Focus on living life in the present. Do whatever you can to bring your energy fully into the NOW. Don’t dwell on what happened in the past in this life, or what happened in other lives. Your dowsing about other lifetimes can bring greater success, understanding and balance to this one.


This type of dowsing can eat up a lot of your time, as one thing leads to another. As always, try to remain detached and unaffected by what you are dowsing. If things start getting exciting, take a rest and come back to it later.

Start off with dowsing one person’s past relationships with you and take it as far as you can before you go exploring any other lifetimes. And, as always, keep the skeptical aspect of you inside and dormant. It can be useful to note down what you find for later reading, maybe years later. You might well be surprised at how much more sense it will make for you then.

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