Do past lives need to be real in order for someone to benefit from past life regression? The short answer is no. Even if you don't believe in past lives, you can benefit from a past life regression done via hypnosis. Why? Because in exploring your "past lives," whether real or not, you will learn a lot about yourself, your psychology, and what drives you. You will get a glimpse into your deep inner world.
Even if past lives are just made up, these memories can be powerful "archetypal" experiences that speak to deep longings of the subconscious mind. They help us to get to know ourselves better, while also enabling us to see what life might be like by stepping into someone else's shoes.
Of course, most people who are interested in past lives believe there may be something to it. You may want to get a past life regression in order to potentially trigger memories of past life experiences. You may be simply curious, or, you may want to clear some blockages that are sabotaging your "current" life.
If past lives are real, then a regression will help you connect with your previous lifetimes. You may experience amazing things in different time periods. No, not everyone was Cleopatra or a famous person, but you may find yourself in ancient Rome or on the slopes of the Alps. And you'll be surprised by how different your experiences are - most people who explore past lives have been both male and female, with different racial backgrounds, rich and poor.
Experiencing a past life through hypnosis can be a profound and healing experience. You can learn a lot and come away with a much greater perspective about the meaning of life and your place in the world. If you haven't tried a past life regression yet, you definitely need to check it out!