Past Life Regression
Can we truly cross the veils of time by using hypnotic regression.
Travel back to past lives or indeed the times between lives.
I know that there is, in all probability, a large split between believers of past lives and nonbelievers of a past life regardless of the large body of empirical evidence regression that point to survival after death and the concepts of past lives and reincarnation. Whatever your beliefs are theiris no denying the healing value of past life regression therapy.
Many of my clients had been suffering for years, from illnesses, phobias and many other issues. Having tried variety of different things over time to resolve their problems, treatments that simply provide little or no relief from their symptoms. Past life healing has been the key to setting them free.
Past life regression therapy is about going back to gain understanding and insights which lead to the ability to become empowered and resolve those deep seated issues.
So is it about karma? Do you really believe you have been a bad person in your past life so you must suffer in this one
No It is understanding that life is about learning from our experiences. It is the understanding of those experiences that allow us to make sense of what has happened.
Just like a line of domino’s when one falls over the rest follow. Our understanding and acknowledgment of those key seed events of our past lives, that affect us in the present, is what makes them fall away, allowing us to move on, in the present
Can I get stuck in our past lives ?.
No you will simply experience a controlled state of relaxation. This state is what allows you to access the subconscious information for you to put an end to your trauma. The cause of your symptoms, pain or trauma, that you have unconsciously been carrying around for so long, is now transformed to understanding. This is why only past life therapy can finally resolve deep seated problems that have come from that point of origin which have led to long term suffering. Finally leave you to feel unburdened with a great sense of freedom and relief.
That’s why I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation if I am not available when you call
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This academic paper that I wrote for a college. My hope is to give you a better insight, into past life regression and soul work.
Past Life Regression And Soul Work. Fact Or fiction,
But Does It Have A Place In The Therapeutic Tool Box?
Past life and soul work as a therapy, raises quite a number of spiritual and ethical issues. This essay looks at whether past life regression and soul work has a place as a psycho therapeutic tool.
Commencing with a brief outline of some of the most commonly used techniques, within the therapeutic model of what is generally considered past life and soul work. Then some of the history and esoteric belief’s surrounding the modality, so that the therapy can be put into a proper context. This is followed by case histories and observations before reviewing the arguments for and against this as a therapeutic process; closing with a summary and conclusion, including some personal commentary.
A brief outline of the various methods and techniques used in past life Regression.
The first method is scrying. This involves a focused attention with a particular intent, sometimes called crystal gazing when using a crystal ball, a candle or a bowl of water. This technique is often used to take oneself off on a journey. Also used in conjunction with a hypnotic induction with visualisation to take a client on a past life journey seeing themselves in a crystal ball in another lifetime.
The scrying technique provides a deeper level of dissociation, allowing the client to view the event without necessarily having to experience the full emotional spectrum of the event, which can then be the subject for further later investigation (Moody and Perry, 1990, pp.185-187).
The bridging techniques utilises an emotion, image from a dream or situation, phobia, anxiety or relationship, as a starting point to focus the clients attention. The client is then given instructions to track back to the seed event, whilst focused on the image, emotion or situation that is being utilised, while giving suggestions along the lines of “ just stay with that feeling, imagine what you might see in those feelings, now just follow them back, back, back to wherever they might lead, be that in your present life, previous life, or it may be between lives, whatever is relevant”, referring back to the presented situation or emotions, obviously expanding on the few words and suggestions that are here. Generally speaking ,you would then go back to 24 hours previous to the event just to check if the feeling or memory is still there, ensuring you have a seed event (Lucas, 2012, pp.230-232).
The chakra system is often referred to as the energise school of thought, starting by using a common spiritual technique of opening the chakra points which are considered to be energy centres. Energising the client’s body, then giving suggestions of lightening their vibration through to the higher self, said to be just outside the body above the crown chakra, then onward to the soul, in order to communicate directly with the soul.
Communicating with the soul, often becomes a subject of negotiating as to what is relevant and needed, it is then the soul that reveals the journey, eliciting the help of the soul to help bring about a healing to the situation. This method has some advantages in that it can be a free floating event to whatever is needed to help the client come to a better understanding. Indeed, often the client will go through a number of different lifetime experiences, gaining increasing understanding with each experience, until a seed event has been arrived at, allowing for the amelioration of the presenting issues, although it is not always necessary to arrive at a seed event for closure to take place.
But a word of caution, communicating with the soul, needs to be clarified to ensure that one is dealing with the client’s true essence. Those clients that may have an unstable personality, can often end up with a psychodrama of some type, often manifesting as possessions or entities that then need to dealt with (Lucas, 2012, pp.192-195).
The Shamanic Journey is more multistep, having the advantage of also building a lot of ego strengthening into the program. Introducing a sanctuary or haven for the client to visit and feel more at ease and peace within themselves (often becoming part of a self-hypnosis homework practice). Then introducing an animal adviser, examples of this type of induction are in Hammond Meeting an Inner Adviser (Hammond, 1990, p.318). The animal guide that is presented will then form the basis for the ego strengthening. I refer to a book on animal guides, each guide having a different positive attribute.
As an example, this is a random citation of an animal guide “beaver keynotes the building of dreams” (Andrews, 1993, pp.253-254). It is then that the animal guides will take the client on the past life and soul journeys.
The use of animal guides also has the added the advantage, allowing the option of work completely content free with the animal guides choosing the journey. The animal guide can also introduce various other animal guides as a sort of specialist to deal with other issues and aspects, bringing different strengths according to their characteristics. (Mackinnon, 2012, pp.162-194).
History of Past life beliefs past and present day
I came across two interesting studies on past life with twins. Predominantly conducted in Sri Lanka, some of the children were in America and the UK. In each case the twins acted very differently from each other with very different personalities, in both studies the children reported memories and in some cases phobias from past lives (Stevenson, 1999, pp.1359-1360). The conclusions of the second study were somewhat broader expanding the work of the previous author. These cases would seem to prove the theories that there is some sort of transfer of consciousness and certainly a transfer of emotions and in a number of cases physical traumas (Tucker, 2008).
Another interesting study was on secondary identities and past life regression and acted through hypnosis. This particular study references studies and works from 1956 to 1989 with no less than 72 references, a very comprehensive piece of work. The conclusion reached was that the memories surfaced through hypnosis are nothing more than goal directed fantasies corresponding to their current life situations desires and fantasies (Spanos,Menary,Gabora,DuBreuil,Dewhirst, 1991, pp.308-320).
These two studies seem to indicate the two distinct differences in past life experiences. Those that have had a spontaneous past life memory and those having elicited past life memories to gain insights into current life issues, leaving more questions unanswered as to why some people have, what would appear to be spontaneous recall and not others.
This section would not be complete without some mention of the beliefs of the Karma and indeed when noting the most popular beliefs of Karma, this does reflect on the previously mentioned study, on secondary identities, noting that memories surfacing often correspond with current life situations. That in some way this world is our experiential training ground, whilst we are separate and individuals within our own body. On a spiritual level we are all interconnected and often travel sharing pre-life scripts, just as actors on the stage taking a different part each time the play is performed or repeating the same performance just in a slightly different setting.
These cycles often continue through many lives, unable to move on from continually scripting variations of the same experience. Once the emotion is released and lessons of an event or experience have been learned, this then enables the individual to move on.
Many decisions of what we believe we may or may not deserve are decided in the moments of death of our previous life and likewise there are scripts and contracts forged between lives, bringing preconception into the current lifetime. These views are a constant theme within the philosophies mentioned by the contributors to Winafred Blake Lucas’ book and indeed reflect my own experiences. (Lucas, 2012).
Prior to the 1960s there were far fewer reports of spontaneous past life regression and indeed prior to the 1950s it was believed by many that the only way to access past life memories was through years of meditation, rolling back memories slowly over time. Promoting the idea that between the memories of our current life and those of our past and between lives existences there is some kind of membrane or barrier. Over the last 60 years this barrier has thinned between lives allowing easier access to those memories (Lucas, 2012, pp.5-9).
Brief case histories from my own client files
Permission to use the following case histories has been granted by the clients, however their personal information has been changed in order to protect their identity.
Jane is married working in the performing arts industry age 36 suffering from depression and low self-esteem and continually seeks inappropriate relationships, although she has never felt able to achieve sexual gratification. Jane expressed a desire to visit her past lives and felt that there would be distinct connections relevant to her current situation. Given that she had quite a bit of counselling in various forms including hypnotherapy in the past, and had strong spiritual beliefs with some understanding of spiritual energies in particular the chakra energy points, I felt that this was a good point to begin.
After ascending to what was supposed to be her soul self through her higher self we went through a series of five different entities or possessions ranging from spirit possessions to dimensional beings. Each of these entities needed to be excised in some way or cleared, some through negotiation, others guided to different levels. After each clearing there were slight changes in Jane’s demeanour (whether I consider these true possessions, entities or simply some sub personalities, from a therapeutic and rapport point of view really makes no difference, when considering obtaining positive results). Jane then, during our following session, had a spontaneous memory between life as an angel having had her wings cut off, which affected her passions. We were then able to move on to investigating some of her past lives.
During her past life journey she played out various scenarios of herself, her partner and those that she had relationships with in different scenarios. The first example was her current partner as a freedom fighter she was left broken hearted and lonely. Her death statement from that lifetime was, ‘why have love?’ During the next past life which was in the 1700s she saw her partner as her brother. She had died tragically after being stabbed in the back by her brother.
After each past life journey we did some healing work, often revisiting to gain a different perspective. After Jane’s last past life journey we worked on a process known as Karma burning. This is a hypnotic spiritual process transforming pain and suffering to a positive learning experience and a material that can be used to manifest more positivity into her life. (It should also be noted that alongside the work that we did on the spiritual and past life regression Jane was also given more conventional home work of self-hypnosis and various CBT homework assignments).
The reason for the inclusion for this particular case history is that it does highlight a number of the issues that were brought up within the second research mentioned referencing goal directed desires and fantasies, which equate to the sub-personalities of possessions or entities. This case history indicates that regardless of whether there were possessions or fantasies the results were of therapeutic value.
Rachel single age 32 just breaking into the music industry.
Rachel’s presenting problem was that whenever she started to sing and felt she was under pressure to perform, Rachel would burst into laughter, affecting her ability to perform in the studio and live stage performances. Rachel had very strong spiritual beliefs and was open to trying a free-floating regression technique, as there did not appear to be anything within her reported case history that would give any indication to a seed event.
Rachel was given some suggestions to relax and imagine that she was on stage, I then asked her to begin singing, whereupon she spontaneously broke into laughter. I then instructed her to imagine where those feelings might come from on her body, to focus in on those feelings, she pointed to her hip and then her heart. Rachel was given suggestions to follow those emotions and feelings, to really feel and investigate them, to then explore if there was any imagery that went with them. Then once fully committed to the imagery and emotions to go back to where ever the seed event occurred, no matter how far back or which lifetime.
Rachel spontaneously regressed to a past life memory of being with a male that she had upstaged in some way. He had stabbed her in the hip while she was laughing, then stabbing her again in the heart. She died still laughing at the futility of it all. (By coincidence stabbing seemed a bit of a theme, please note this not usually the case.)
At this time Rachel was in no way in a deep trance, Rachel felt very relieved, feeling that she understood exactly what had happened. Rachel later reported that she no longer felt the need to spontaneously laugh whenever she felt the pressure of performing.
This was all conducted during one session, emphasising that whilst some clients may need a number of sessions to resolve multiple issues, for others one simple session can resolve a particular issue. As to whether this was a confabulation or a true past life memory, in reality I have no idea, nor for the purposes of ameliorating the problematic behaviour does it have any significance.
Arguments for and against validating this process as a therapy
One of the main points that research identifies is the profound effect that the beliefs of past life and soul work have on so many. Another theme of note is the experiences of past lives reported spanning such a large variety of age groups from early childhood to much later in life.
Whether these beliefs of past life and soul work are fact or confabulation is shown to not be particularly relevant from a solution focused point of view. It is the client’s belief system that is relevant.
This idea is echoed by all the contributors to the regression therapy a Handbook for Professionals (Lucas, 2012) and was also a constant theme echoed by Milton H Eriksson. What was important was the client’s belief system (Zeig and Munion, 1999). Another quotation is from personal centred counselling in action “the central truth for Rogers was that the client knows best” (Mearns and Thorne, 1999, p.1).
In another study Experimental Tests of Possible Psychological Benefits of Past-Life Regression, the findings were completely conflicting, stating that the use of past life regression as a counselling model did not have substantial benefits but acknowledged that more investigation was needed (Woods, K. Baruss,I., 2004).
The next issue is the suitability of a candidate for past life regression. Although there seems to be a consensus amongst many therapists that this type of regression therapy is not suitable for those with unstable personalities (Lucas,2012) I have reservations about these judgements, having found it not to be the case from my own experience within my practice. I would add a word of caution, while for those with a marginally unstable personality, past life regression work can be very beneficial, I have found, from experience those clients with marginally unstable personalities do need a greater degree of support through the process and will certainly keep a therapist on their toes, with sub-personalities or (possessions).
These views are not shared by all hypnotherapists as cited in an article in Hypnos “some hypnotherapists refused past life regression work because they not do not believe in it and want to discourage false memories and beliefs.” (Brady, S,L., 1998), a valid point of vue deserving consideration, and possibly more research.
Despite the controversy surrounding past life regression I would point out the necessity for clients to have a degree of open-mindedness to this type of process, referring back again to Carl Rogers thoughts that the client knows best.
Carl Gustav Jung felt that the reason for people coming into therapy was for some form of spiritual enlightenment or solution (Casement, 2001, p.1). These ideas would certainly support the philosophies of karma and coming back to re-script in order to find enlightenment.
The next consideration is what type of ailments or conditions past life therapy can be used to ameliorate in some way. Referring you to the list in the Regression Therapy A Handbook For Professionals Volume 2 (Lucas, 1993, pp.539-542). The condition list is very extensive to say the least. In fact one could conclude that the variety of treatments and subject matters that past life and soul work can be used for is as extensive as that used in hypnotherapy, citing the list of hypnotic inductions for various treatments in The Handbook for Suggestions And Metaphors (Hammond, 1990, p.592-602). These references serve to highlight the versatility of the modality.
When looking at various research articles on Past Life Regression, the main question that seems to arise is this some sort of confabulation, do these experiences have any grounding in reality? If only we had a reliable time machine to go back and view the facts. However, the reality is even a memory from just a short period of time ago say within the last month, is a matter of perception and flexibility in accordance with Gestalt fields of perception (Clarksson and Mackewn, 1993). I would therefore argue that on balance even if all past life memories were confabulations, this would still not negate the value of past life regression as a therapy.
However, past life and soul work should be used as part of an integrated therapeutic process, in so far as having psycho-therapeutic skills are also need to be included in all treatment plans.
There are those who might argue as to the efficacy of past life and soul work. Does past life regression and soul work open the client up to abuse and unnecessary trauma? This to some extent a very valid argument however the same can be said of any regression work.
Another point of note is that for those therapists that are not experienced in working with past life regression or between life techniques, it can be a bit of a minefield and is not something that I would recommend any therapist to experiment with on an ad hoc basis.
Summary and conclusions
Although I was able to find numerous case studies of individuals where past life regression had been effective and quite a number of research projects as to the validity of past life memories I was unable to find a single comprehensive reasonably large scale research project as to the effectiveness of past life therapy. However the second case study I mentioned which talks about identities in past life regression, being merely reflections of inner fantasies and postulates that all hypnosis is nothing more than goal directed fantasies. This hypothesis only serves to reinforce the therapeutic value of past life and soul work on the grounds that regardless of whether the memory is confabulation or genuine the results are of a therapeutic value, in that the client is able to gain closure. The relevant factor is that the client is open minded to this esoteric model of therapeutic intervention.
Although the other study by Woods, K. and Baruss,I of some significance experimental tests of possible psychological benefits of past life regression, stated that there was no substantial benefits from the therapy but did acknowledge the need for further investigation to determine if such techniques would have possible benefits. These views indeed should not be ignored as most of us are aware of the potential pitfalls of false memory syndromes.
I did not include a case history of a client using the shamanic path which I have found to be a far gentler and nurturing approach, bringing in the added advantage of a lot of ego strengthening. The reason for this was to focus some of the pitfalls and problems that can be more commonly come across, using some of the other models of journeying into past life, between lives and soul work, reinforcing the need for a reasonable depth of understanding before practising this type of therapeutic model.
Past life therapy is moving from the fringes of what is considered acceptable, in part due to the increasing acceptance of the effectiveness of past, between lives and soul work as a therapy, along with a more general acceptance of spiritual beliefs.
As a therapist, I’m only concerned with two issues, one is it ethical, two is this a therapy that is going to be an effective way of helping my client? I believe that within certain parameters as with any therapy the answer to those questions is self-evidently positive by the results that I have seen within my own practice.
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