Calling on past lives to solve the problems of the present

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Alison Le sees a little boy running down a cobblestone street lined with brick buildings. She somehow knows he gets into trouble a lot. He’s lonely. He’s an orphan.

That little boy is Le, but not in this life. In this lifetime, Le is a 31-year-old woman living in Los Angeles.

Le is part of a Meetup group for past life regression, one of nearly 70 such gatherings available in and around Los Angeles for anyone who wants to take a hypnosis-aided trip into his or her previous existence.

In past life regression, participants view what they believe are memories from their past lives or incarnations. The practice is more than a century old and saw its biggest boom in the United States in the 1970s and early 1980s.

More closely related to the field of psychology than religion, practitioners nonetheless spend much of their time discussing the soul. With a strong spiritual-not-religious sentiment among young urbanites, the practice is gaining steam around Los Angeles.

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