Yes, the first time I experienced my death I was an Native American and was tomahawked in the neck. I could physically feel it and it took me several minutes before I could breathe normally again. Hardly any of my deaths were as an old person dying peacefully in bed. But I got over the shock after the first two and it just became part of the story of the life. Believe me it is much worse to see yourself as a selfish, cruel person. I had a life in Rome as a man and it is hard to even think about the person I was in that one.
I experienced it in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it was like watching a movie. And yes, you instantly recognize yourself and the people around you. Sometimes I found myself re-living that life as the person and experiencing all the sensations except not as acutely. sometimes I would start out watching as if from above and then suddenly find myself in the person. But I never lost who I was in this life. It is more duel processing. You are taping into the Actualized Past Database.
The main thing is to just go with the flow. The minute you start saying to yourself, "How could this be real? I'd never do that? This is all my imagination." Then the experience stops being organic.
For the most part it is entertainment. It can help you understand the flow of your existence. But it would take a dedicated study to really make sense of it. Most of the lives I accessed were just regular people doing the best they could and making lots of mistakes. I never saw myself as famous. I was fabulously rich in one and very unhappy. It can be useful if you want to be honest with yourself and see the traits of yourself in your past lives still present in your current life. It may give you a more complete picture of yourself. I did break off a relationship because of seeing a dysfunctional pattern repeating itself from a past life.
Unless you are a being with a high level of QoC then it is likely that your next incarnation will depend upon what you do in this one. You may help plan the next one if you need specific things to work on. It is all about successfully evolving. An IUOC that has graduated out of the PMR system but continues to come back as a helper may have several incarnations planned. But remember they are still evolving too. So I'd say that nothing in the future is very set and is more in flux.
I used tapes from Dick Sutphen. He still has and MP3 download still available:
https://richardsutphen.com/products-pag ... egression/
Or Brian Weiss, M.D. also has some CDs available - Regression through the Mirrors of Time.
I used to get the best results with Dick Sutphen's hypnosis CDs called Person of Your Choice
and Time of Your Choice
. He no longer offers those but there is no reason you couldn't use the same concept with any regular regression track. Or you may be able to access the data base just through regular meditation. The point is to focus on what you want and have a clear intent.