Imagine this: You and your family are enjoying a gut-busting meal at a lauded restaurant. The warmth of a hearty dinner shared with loved one fills the room, when all of a sudden a latex-clad Québécois tam tam player named Benoit busts through the door and begins to force-feed you from a platter of smoked meat sandwiches. As the light fades, your gullet closes, and you begin to slowly shuffle off this mortal coil, you think, "I'm never eating here again."
So let me ask you this, because it is the only logical question: When you die and are ultimately reincarnated, will you in fact live up to this self-imposed ban?
Well, according to a San Antonio woman interviewed recently on KABB Fox 29 News, the answer is yes. She says the way she eats in this life arises directly from her previous life.
As an Aztec.
Belinda Ramirez of the fine state of Texas claims that because of her past life as a emaciated Aztec woman, she is addicted to food in the here and now.
Ramirez—who, according to her Facebook page, graduated with a degree in mathematics from Texas State University and works at the Unlimited Thought Life Enrichment Center—claims to have struggled her entire life with food addiction. She says she never understood why others around her were so willing to waste foodstuffs when she had an aversion to seeing food in the trash.
But then one day, Ramirez took the leap; she went to a therapist who specializes in past life regression.
She was regressed to a lifetime in which she was an Aztec woman, which I imagine to be a hell of a lot like a mashup between Scorsese's Kundun and Gibson's Apocalypto. Food was scarce. "I was skin and bones, lying on the ground, taking my last breath, and the sun was shining bright," Ramirez told the local station.
According to Ramirez, only one regression was enough to do the trick. She says, "I felt like I had just dropped a lot of baggage. I'm really happier and happy that I was set free from I guess this behavior."
A cure for the obesity epidemic in America? Ramirez seems to think so: "It was such a relief. I could walk by a trash can and not worry what was in it."
Oddly enough, this isn't the first case in which someone's food-obsession has been chalked up to a past life experience. Dr. Brian L. Weiss is perhaps the best-known advocate of past-life regression in the world. A Columbia- and Yale-trained physician and psychotherapist, he wrote in his bestselling book, In Through Time Into Healing, about curing a patient of obesity by taking her back to a past life. According to Weiss, she had been a Native American woman who was kidnapped, raped, and mutilated. In her present lifetime, she packed on the pounds to keep men at bay. Weiss says, "When the real reason for obesity can be uncovered by regression to the source … the excess weight seems to drop off."
Ramirez agrees: "There isn't scientific data that I can provide you or physical proof that I can provide for you. But it is true for me because I lived it."
We called up Ramirez to ask her about her past life and the role food plays in her current one.
MUNCHIES: Hi, Belinda. Can you tell me more about the actual past life regression in which you had learned that your weight issues were due to a past life? Belinda Ramirez: The session began with me lying down and getting very comfortable. During this session I was first guided to get very relaxed. From this very relaxed state, the practitioner then gently guided me into my own subconscious to the lifetime that was the cause of my food habits. The only thing I saw or needed to see was how I died.
The Aztecs died in one of three ways. They were either killed, died of disease, or starved to death. I starved to death. I saw myself lying on the ground, emaciated, and taking what would be my last breath. Not only was that visual very emotional for me to see at the time, but it was very revealing. I realized that the trauma associated with starving to death in my Aztec lifetime carried over into my current incarnation.
During my Aztec lifetime, I must've been looking for food any way that I could find it…including sifting through trash. After my past life regression I never ate food out of the trash again.
How did your food problems manifest in this life? I do remember as a child sometimes crying when I didn't get the food I wanted. As I got older I started to notice a habit that I couldn't quite explain, and even though I knew it wasn't normal, I had a very hard time not doing it. I'd notice when friends or family threw away unfinished food. Sometimes it was an unfinished hamburger still in its wrapping, or half-eaten pizza, etc. But when alone, I had an uncontrollable urge to fetch it out of the trash and eat it. I did this for many years, and it wasn't until I experienced a spiritual awakening that I realized I could heal myself from this. I meditated and prayed about this issue looking for resolution. I couldn't trace this behavior back to any event in my childhood, so I was very confused. It wasn't until a few serendipitous events that I realized this must be a result from a past life. And sure enough it was. During my Aztec lifetime, I must've been looking for food any way that I could find it … including sifting through trash. After my past life regression I never ate food out of the trash again. I had finally released that karma from my past.
Do you work in the past life regression field? I work and teach classes at a metaphysical center called Unlimited Thought Life Enrichment Center in San Antonio, Texas. I am a spiritual teacher, but I do not perform past life regressions myself. We have two staff members at Unlimited Thought that perform past life regressions for clients fairly often. I had my past life regression with a former staff member of Unlimited Thought named Scott Orhwall. My life changed after my session with him.
What other revelations have you experienced through past life regression? Even though I was healed from that old habit of eating food out of the trash, I noticed that I still had a food addiction. I started to notice that I could be in the middle of a good meal, and I was still thinking about what I was going to eat next or later. I recently sought out the assistance of a light language healer in San Antonio named Robert Tang. I didn't mention any details of my past, only that I wanted to heal my food addiction and why I always thought about food. During the session, he himself picked up images of my Aztec lifetime and relayed to me the information I already knew. What he made clear to me was that the reason I thought of food constantly was because of my Aztec lifetime … as I was lingering near death, my thoughts were consumed with where my next meal would come from, and nothing else. I felt the burden lift instantly and I can honestly say that those constant thoughts of food have ceased.
Have you lost weight any so far? I have lost weight. It is pretty evident, although I don't know exactly how much because I am not keeping track. I'm just allowing the new me to unfold as I may. I had a friend who cured himself of a fear of heights by doing a past life regression. During his session, he saw himself running through a jungle, being chased by a large black jungle cat. He was quickly coming upon the edge of a cliff and had to decide whether to deal with this cat or jump. Well, he jumped … to his death. So in this lifetime he had a fear of heights.
What's your favorite place to eat in San Antonio? Are you a fan of the city's famous puffy tacos? Yes, I have heard of Henry's Puffy Tacos, and have been there quite a few times. It's a great restaurant. I am Mexican-American and get plenty of homemade Mexican food from my momma, so I don't really frequent a lot of Mexican restaurants. But I do love Thai cuisine, and my favorite is Thai Dee Restaurant in San Antonio.
Thanks for speaking with me, Belinda.
This post previously appeared on MUNCHIES in May, 2015.