Your intention is the key. You will get what you intend to get. If you want to access a real past-life memory, then that is what will come up for you.

Even if you did try to ‘make it up’, your story would still contain truth about you because it came from within you. One of my workshop exercises is to ask people to ‘make up’ a past life spontaneously and share it with the group.

They’re always surprised afterwards when they realize that they didn’t choose a wonderful fantasy. Instead, they talked about ordinary lives such as a Victorian servant, a Roman soldier or a medieval farmer.

Talking it over afterwards often shows that clues about those lives were already in their current life. It becomes clear that although they set out to ‘make up’ a past life, they came up with a real one.

On this subject hypnotherapist Dr Morris Netherton said, ‘Some patients start by feeling that they are “making up” parts of what they tell me. But they soon discover that they cannot change the content of their past-life incidents, and must reveal the most personal and painful aspects of the stories they had thought were imaginary. This is what most quickly convinces the sceptic.’

Another validation comes from the strong emotions that often arise during a regression. This creates involuntary physical effects, such as a reddening nose and tears. Reactions such as these can’t be faked.

As psychologist and hypnotherapist Dr Edith Fiore said, ‘Are they putting on an act? If so, most should be nominated for Academy Awards. After thousands of hours observing regressions, I am convinced there is no deliberate, nor conscious, attempt to deceive.’