Tuesday, 26 September 2017

How I Met My Soul 4 – Past Life Regression By Suman Chhabria Addepali

When Thriive’s COO, Suman Chhabria Addepali, started wondering if a past-life connection existed between her neighbour’s cat and the filmmaker Karan Johar, she knew it was time to attend a PLR session and set the record straight. So, did the experience meet her expectations? What was really in store for her? Suman documents her experience for us...

It all began on a manic Monday with my editor-in-chief telling me to avoid arguments, because Mercury was in retrograde. I tried to respond but felt safer gulping down the words which would betray my astrological illiteracy.

To introduce myself, I am a happy-go-lucky, perfectionist chick with a good sense of humour (my subordinates deliver without therapy). My nature is ‘highly pitta’ according to the most recent Ayurveda workshop I’ve attended, which reiterates the go-getter I am.

I have long chiselled my spiritual quotient and admit being mesmerized with ‘other-worldly’ topics. But I’d never volunteer to dip my toe into the unknown.

But when my 5 year-old starting spouting undeniable fashion-fundas, I quietly digested my friendly neighbourhood aunty’s declaration that it is her ‘past life knowledge!’

Aunty’s statement seemed as strange as her cat who likes to watch ‘Koffee with Karan’ only on my TV. Was there then a past-life connection between Karan and the cat? I brushed away the pointless thoughts that would bring me no hamper.

Going back to find out what happened in a past life seemed like looking at the rear view of your car to drive ahead. It felt absurd.

While I’ve enjoyed reading Dr. Brian Weiss’s Past Life Regression (PLR) series ‘Many Lives Many Masters’, they seemed more fantasy than fact to me.

As for attempting regression,the thought gave me goose bumps. And, where’s the time to know about the past when the present is so overwhelming?

Universal truths, though, have a way of chasing you in forms as attractive as the desi avatar of George Clooney. As soon as I signed my contract with Thriive, I got to know that two of the ‘Pillars of Thriive’ happened to be the very handsome (hold your horses, ladies, he is happily married) Dr Newton, MD, and his beautiful wife, Dr Lakshmi. Together, they facilitate the very popular PLR workshops globally.

I packed my curiosity into a tiny suitcase and hopped on to the first flight to Hyderabad to meet them.
Once inside their PLR institute, the fatigue caused by a late-night flight added a heavy dose of skepticism to my enthusiasm.

Our session started, and I began to feel that I was only seeing events that my mind had created.

Intuitively, Dr Lakshmi told me that we were not there to authenticate the phenomenon of PLR. There were several studies which had established the veracity of reincarnation.

Even as I was pelted by more doubts, Dr. Newton kept reminding me to trust the process and to ‘let go’ during the meditations. As a Sindhi, I found it tough to let go, and the only ‘process’ I trusted was to vasoolo-fy my tatkal flight tickets.

However, the powerpoint slides slowly began to reflect undeniable truths.

Why is it that some people develop illogical fears? A familiar liking for certain places? An unexplained adoration? Or, an irrational dislike for certain people?

Ah, well! I instantly disliked the person I was paired with at the workshop itself, as he kept interrupting the session every 30 minutes for coffee. I couldn’t deny the strong energies around me as the meditations became deeper.

We were told to permit our souls to leave our bodies and travel. (Hello! That felt as scary as telling my 9 year old to take my car and drive to her favourite Belgian Waffle Co. outlet).

I raised my hand and asked, “What if my spirit leaves my body and enters someone else’s?! There are 64 other participants. What if my soul gets lost at the end of the alpha or delta meditation?”

I could tell that I was testing both the very patient facilitators.

But they smiled angelically and clarified,“Do you think your soul needs guidance from you? It travels the world when you’re asleep. Rest assured, there are Masters guiding you, at every point in your life. They did well even before google maps and will take your soul home where it’s meant to be.”

My agitated forehead relaxed. I felt my body sink into the floor. My legs felt heavy like they were holding up 25kgs at the leg-extension machine. My mind soared as shown in the movie ‘Peaceful Warrior’. I could see myself from a height beyond imagination.

That’s when I witnessed something that completely blew my mind. My maternal grandfather, who had left our family even before I was born, had been my Master. I had never dreamt about him or spoken of him to anyone, as far as I could recall.

I cannot share here what he said to me. But it made me weep like a baby and smile at the same time. I realized he had never really left us. It was the kind of love we are always seeking. Unconditional. Unchanging. Everlasting.

I realised that ‘Surrendering to our Consciousness’ was the PIN to credit my account with what I always wanted.

Life will never turn out the way we expect. But the assurance that everything is connected and answers will come.. can give more closures than a factory that doesn’t comply with GST regulations. 

I meditate daily now for as many minutes as my age (guess!).

Dr. Newton says that if one is 25 years old, one must meditate for 25 minutes a day. It increases with age because so does the baggage we carry. Do I want to know about more lifetimes? I’m not so sure. But I meditate daily and I’m ready for more experiences. Stay tuned…

Click here for Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of the How I Met My Soul series. 

Friday, 8 September 2017

Wipe Your Karma-Slate Clean Through Your Dreams


Our thoughts, words and actions have a ripple effect: sometimes good and sometimes hurtful. They can cause us to get stuck and lock us into suffering our emotional wounds over and over again. Is there a way out of it? We put this question to the renowned expert on Dream Symbology and Thriive’s Global Ambassador, Kaya. Read on to know what he has to say.

We have access to a lot of things today that guarantee the healing of all our karma. Most of us must have also tried at least a couple of them. Usually, we prefer to try a few techniques even if we fail, rather than suffering on account of it. There is a volcano of modalities spread over the web today, to heal the karma, such as chanting mantras, performing rituals or simply accepting it in the name of fate.

Kaya, the dream interpreter, believes that we can heal our karma through our dreams. Sounds impossible, right? It is actually not!

He explains, “A data created from all our experiences from this lifetime and the past lifetimes is called memories. Depending upon the qualities and weaknesses you have, a program is adapted to the memories. And in dreams you can see these memories, can reprogram them, change them, extend your evolution, and even cleanse your karma. When you understand your dreams, you can change your emotional patterns and that’s why it is truly believed that spirituality of the future would be dreams.”

What about those who do not remember their dreams?

We all receive dreams even if we don't remember them. But those who think they don't dream at all, it is because they are not going inside of themselves enough and are leading a superficial life. They are more in the emissivity period, which is why they have too much masculine energy. In dreams, we don’t talk about a man or a woman, we talk about polarities. We need to develop our receptivity and that’s why meditation is so important. It is not about just creating emptiness. Emptiness is the last stage, not the first. Emptiness comes to us when we have solved all our problems. But our receptivity is the hard part because all our anger, jealousy and the  accompanying negativity creates blockage of energies.

We have been hurt in part lives. Hence, we find it difficult to love because to love unconsciously is to get hurt. So, when we are trying to get into a new relationship, these things trigger this information from the inside like a volcano. We try to live the relationship but simultaneously we are like a cat. Dreams can show all these memories, good or bad and by working on these dreams, we can transform anything, even the worst of relationships.

How does one work on dreams?

First, we need to write down our dreams and understand all the symbols we see. There is always a message. We should then take the positives and the negatives, and assess if that was a beautiful dream or a nightmare. Then we look for the four elements: e.g. if we see problems with water in dreams, it means we have a problem with our emotions. While entering our memories we should ask ourselves “Where is that emotional problem in me?” This could be done through meditation as well. The more we meditate, the more we see because we open our third eye. And the way to judge whether our third eye is open or not is that when we close our eyes we should see something. If we don't, then we should know that the third eye is not truly open.

At first, it could just be our thoughts coming to our mind. It could be something we loved, an emotion, etc. But if we want, we can ask a question and repeat the question many times until we get an answer.

How does one cleanse the karma through dreams?

Cleansing the karma can begin by understanding ourselves, our memories, thoughts, emotions and actions. We need to meditate on all these four levels. For example, suffering through a problem is not changing your karma but shifting your reaction to that problem is. We need to see the positive and the negative. This is in a way cleansing of the karma because in the past, for example, you may have been an extremist monk and so in present time you could be attracted to a teaching that is in connection to extremism. Once you have recognised your problems through dreams, you can do specific angel mantras to show you the way. The more you meditate, the more you dream and so, greater isthe chance of you encountering a solution to a problem which may have been bothering you for a very long time.

Did you know Kaya was a gifted rockstar whose career was on the brink of take-off when he stepped back and claimed his angelhood? Read about his spiritual journey here: The Making Of An Angel