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…