My prior experience as an actress has greatly influenced my perspective on the unconscious mind. I relate to actors such as Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy in the successful television series Succession and Irving Graff in the movie Armageddon Time:
“At the end of the day, it’s quite simple. You do all this stuff to work as unconsciously as possible. When you’re working on the frontier of your unconscious, I think good work is possible. There’s really not much you can say about that because it’s your unconscious.”
It is important that actors learn to control their subconscious mind. This skill will enable them to better engage with their character, whether they play a saint, villain, lover, priest, general, or homemaker.
I have facilitated past life regression sessions and very often, as clients go deep into their unconscious during hypnosis, a splintered sub-personality of the client appears with a story to tell. It is not clear whether the experience, which is usually positive, ever reflects that of an authentic persona from a former life, or a fantasy. What matters is that the client becomes more familiar with an aspect of themself that they had suppressed. Bringing it to the open, prevents them from interfering with their life in the future.
When I participated in my first past life regression with the assistance of renowned psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss, the father of modern-day past life regressions, I found myself in Suffolk, England at the end of the 18th century. I was a country nobleman who owned vast fields and a medium-sized village that I tyrannized. I deflowered all of the maidens in the village. I had a bear which I had tamed myself which always trotted beside me, its legs chained. The bear was a miserable creature but did not harm anyone. I eventually died of lung disease, suffocating. Nothing about this life was pleasant except that I could live life carefree while my subjects suffered from hunger, cold, and cruelty. This persona of mine was the only one of ill will.
It took me a while to recover from this past life regression. I was shocked! I did not want to accept this country nobleman could be a part of me… or was he?
Which of his cruel qualities was I still carrying with me today? I knew myself as a gentle woman who had made it her life’s work to help others. At least, that’s how I saw myself. However, in the depths of my subconscious awaits the nobleman, the bear tamer, the entitled monster who sometimes interjects without warning. I recognize him when I feel the desire to pass a scathing judgment on someone. These days, I am able to stop myself. I can feel that it is not the true me, but a relic from a distant past.
Is there something you feel that is weighing on your subconscious that you want to address at your deepest level? I’m here for you.