In this talk, Sadhguru explains the often overlooked side effects of ‘past life regression’ therapies, and how it can mess up one’s life. Only when one is in a position to handle memories of multiple lifetimes, one should go for such processes.
See, this few years of living here. 10, 20, 30, 60 years of living here, people are just struggling with the memories of their life. Isn’t it? Yes? People have great struggles with these few years of memories. Suppose a few lifetimes of memory opened up, you know what a turmoil and struggle it could cause within you. Just being here you’re still struggling with relationships. You’re still not able to forget what happened yesterday, what may happen tomorrow. All these struggles are going on. Suppose you realized, let’s say you remember your past lives and you realized that your dear son happens to be your neighbor’s pet dog. Suppose, just saying – these days dogs are having a better life than us – you know what a havoc it would cause in your life, and in your neighbor’s life, and in the dog’s life. It wouldn’t be good for anybody, isn’t it? Unless you’re in such a state of understanding and dispassion that even if you come to know this was your wife or your mother or your father or your dearest friend you can still continue without even looking at them, then it’s okay to know. But if you’re somebody who has emotions – but everything that you think that belongs to you – see this is the problem. People’s emotions are coming only towards those things which they call as theirs. So your emotions flare up only to those things which you consider as mine. So, you have, if you have this problem that everything has to be yours only then it’ll happen then I would say get little more greedy – make everything yours. If that’s your way, take it all the way. Or nobody is yours, that is also fine. It’s a harder way, but that is also fine. Nobody is mine it’s fine, everybody is mine is fine. This is mine, that is not mine, this is a problem. So if you remember past lives and you are in this state that this is mine and this is not mine, then you’re going to get into lots of trouble. Too much trouble. More than you can handle. If you have reached a point – everything is yours or nothing is yours – then it’s okay to remember. Then it would be useful to remember.