How Self-Discovery Changed my Life – Part 1

I have always been fascinated to hear stories of people who experienced past lives. So, in the 70s, I jumped at the opportunity when I saw an ad in the newspaper about Dr. Helen Wambach offering to regress people interested in learning more about their past life. I called my friends and invited them to join me. To my surprise, they expressed various fears, so I went alone.

I arrived at Dr. Wambach’s home in Concord Ca with $20, a pillow, and a blanket. There were about twelve people, and she told us to pick a spot on her family room floor. As everyone settled down, Dr. Wambach sat in the corner, puffed on a cigarette, and spoke about her research and what to expect.

It took a while to get everyone to relax. Dr. Wambach told us to be aware of any images that appear in our minds as she named countries and centuries, Ancient Greece, Egypt, Europe, China, and America in the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s. I wasn’t getting any images until she mentioned the 1800s. I saw a vague silhouette of a lady in a long white dress.

Dr. Wambach said, “Focus on the strongest image.” Since I only had one, I concentrated on the lady in white. She told us to go to the home, look out the window and observe the surroundings. I was on the second floor of a large house with stables and a dirt courtyard for horses and carriages. Now go to the medicine cabinet and look inside. I saw a few small bottles and jars. However, I still thought I was creating what I wanted to see. Then she told us to look at our hands; I was surprised when I mentally looked down and saw tiny hands, which didn’t make sense because the white lady was a grown woman. Then I realized I was looking at the lady in white as a small child sitting at a table with her family. We were poor and sad because my brother had died. At that moment, I understood that the lady in white was me. I wanted to know more, but Dr. Wambach moved on to observe the death scene of the lady in white. I felt no discomfort as I considered what my children had accomplished. I felt grateful!

Dr. Wambach encouraged us to reach back into an earlier life. I saw a small Indian boy in the southwest setting a snare trap, but that image turned into a grown Indian man. I was confused as I became aware that I had raped a woman. My enemies lured me to an isolated place where an arrow pierced my chest. As I lay dying, I was angry that my enemies had tricked me.

After several hours, and more encounters, Dr. Wambach had us gradually return to reality and share our stories. One man slept through it all, while others lived everyday lives in many countries. Several people excitedly discussed their unique journeys and drew designs they had seen in their villages or on their clothing so they could do research. We all filled out a form about our experiences to contribute to Dr. Wambach’s research.

As I headed home, I realized my journey was to raise successful children despite my difficult childhood and make a positive difference as I move forward in my evolution. I understood that we are here to learn from our challenging lessons. That experience changed my life, and many years later, I am still working to fulfill my mission to empower families, neighborhoods, and communities.

Life is challenging, but we all have incredible power if we learn lessons today and from past lives. We need to evolve past anger, hate, revenge, or violence toward other people because there will be consequences in our future life. 

For many years, we thought today’s humans only use 10% of our brains, which may or may not be a myth.

  • What if a portion of our brain stores information from past lives that can help us develop our character, courage, and self-awareness?
  • What if we teach our children to respect and listen to their elders with an open mind? Perhaps, they would be less violent and reject drugs and self-harm if they understood their life has meaning and consequences. Learning the hard way is a difficult path!

We are all on a journey of self-discovery, enlightenment, and evolution. We need leaders who have evolved to help keep communities safe as citizens work together to create healthy families that offer love and support for every child.


Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie L. Mann
Stephanie Mann co-authored, Alternative to Fear: Guidelines to Safer Neighborhoods,” which helped launch the national “Neighborhood Watch” Program. Within 2 1/2 years, involved residents in her community (17,500 residents) decreased crime 48%, WITHOUT a local police department. Mann worked as a community leader, neighborhood organizer, county coordinator, state consultant and authored, “Safe Homes, Safe Neighborhoods: Stopping Crime Where You Live” (Nolo Press 1993) In 2010, while working in Richmond CA, with “Mother’s Against Senseless Killings,” Mann saw people too scared to be involved or report crimes. She wrote, “The Adopt-A-Block Guidebook,” with an easy-to-follow guide for existing groups and “My first steps to a safe neighborhood” for citizens. These booklets give individuals and groups the tools to reach out and bring people together to help each other. Stephanie started a homeless men’s support group while working with “The Mary Ann Wright Foundation” in Oakland CA. She recognized the need to support children at an early age and wrote, “Street Safe Kids: 10 Step Guide for Teens and Adults” (which has been used in after-school programs) to help youth grow strong from within to develop self-esteem and stay centered. Book available on The Safe Kids Now National website states, “Every child needs a healthy family and neighborhood to stay safe.” In partnership with the CARR Foundation, a binder, “Safe Neighborhoods: Access to a Healthy Community,” was created for city leaders to make neighborhoods safer for families and neighborhoods. Stephanie’s books strengthen families and can decrease the social isolation that fuels bullies, domestic violence, abuse, drugs, gangs, and other destructive behaviors.”

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