Robert Schwartz, Are Past Life Regressions Scientific? |400|

#21
There’s also a lot of consistency reported amongst UFO abductees who undergo hypnosis with regards to simarties in their experiences. While it’s possible that there is some leading going on on the part of the therapist and/or some people undergoing hypnosis who have some knowledge regarding the phenotypical experiences of others abductees, after you scrutinize the testimony taken from these sessions, they do come across as more genuine and less made up (generally).

Of course that’s a tricky thing to discern, so who’s to say for certain. But the consistency is striking, PARTICULARLY with regards to the amount of high strangeness reported. I think if a bunch of people where going to make up some abduction stories, they would make them up based upon our everyday experiences, which are devoid of high strangeness. Adding in all these bizarre details makes one seem less credible and believable. So, I have to believe that they are reporting them simply because it’s what they experienced. It’s an enormously small portion of the population who is in tune with the reality of high strangeness with regards to close encounters and abduction scenarios. Even many “top” researchers do not consider or talk about what appears to be the paranormal and bizarre aspect of the phenomenon. But yet it’s very widely reported. If I’m going to make up a story about being abducted and want people to believe me, it’s going to sound a lot like an e everyday Earth kidnapping, and less like a bizarre ghost story.

Of course a lot could be said about what I’ve written and it could be analyzed a million different ways, and while I’m certain that regression is an imperfect practice, I also feel that it’s potenfially valuable. And I do feel that it works, GENERALLY. The skill of the therapist and the state of mind of the subject being the key variables.
I keep pointing back to Rey Hernandez because he's the only guy I know of who's actually tried to apply scientific standards to understanding the contact experience. I think he's legit and working without an agenda.
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#23
Bottom line is that encountering a spirit/medium combo that has asked the big questions, objectively explored, hypothesized, analyzed, tested and formulated an answer is going to be a very rare event. So we get a bunch of junk and half-baked, poorly communicated concepts. And that's before we factor in the tricksters, psychopaths/demonic deceivers. As below so it is above.
I think so much also depends on what our sources are as well. There are quite a few purportedly high quality sources, but they are not part of the popular reading material. There is a lot of junk 'channelling' that conforms to all the rules for doing it badly. Still, the high quality stuff is not only rare, it is often unappealing because it is difficult to read and requires openness to propositions that can be discouraging.

If we look for what is specific and definitive we can miss the fact that the reality of 'the other side' is so unlike 'this side' that witness accounts can vary even more greatly than they do here. Trying to match reports as if there is a one fixed reality that is subject to uniform description is a fool's errand. It is better to seek shared attributes and characteristics to come up with a 'sense' of what is.

A lot of us reflexively insist on knowing on our terms and prefer to 'doubt', rather than speculate and engage. Doubt is essential if the alternative is gullible belief. But doubt also can express a rigidity of thought - in the sense that its not really doubt, but demand to be informed on one's own terms. Proper spirit guides couldn't give a damn about our demands and conceits. The ones that do are the ones to be afraid of. They will, pander to our delusion and flatter us. Then they hook us and reel us in.

I didn't mind Robert's approach overall. I was disappointed that he fell for the tsunami thing. For me that's the kind of BS that lower level influences pull. There are two reasons I say this. The first is that the 'information' is not useful in any way that does not demand a surrender to the acceptance of the proposition. These random bits of informational spectacular titbits that are not accompanied by a useful teaching - they have a wow factor and no other value. The second is that the 'information' is essentially sentimental - and that's a danger signal.

I am not saying the 'information' is not true - just that it is useless. The truth of the proposition is another matter. The notion of noble sacrifice is not invalid, but then proposition that sundry souls who would have to gather in a geographic region in order to fulfil a collective sacrifice could not know the result of their 'plan' for me beggars belief. Its a 'nice' idea. But I suspect the bulk of listeners felt it was untrue.

This does not invalidate Robert's works - if untrue. It points up the degree of difficulty in knowing whether you are in tune with the real thing or spouting BS. The inner guides will not interfere to correct. I had it pointed out to me that most of what I was writing at one stage was too distorted to be really useful, but not so bad as to be toxic - just useless. But then I had asked. That advice was not offered.

This is important, because sometimes the worst problem is not some external bad actor, but one's own conceit and delusion.

I noticed Andy Paquette's presence on an earlier forum. I hope he's still around, because what he recounts in Dreamer is powerfully pertinent to this conversation.
 
#24
I would really like some ground truth established so we can have some hope of generalizing the reports made by this technique. I mean quantitatively, not qualitatively. As an example, if a remote viewer has a history of 80 percent accuracy, then perhaps one would expect the same accuracy for discovering gold deposits.

There are past life regression therapists where I live. It's quite popular.
 
#25
I think so much also depends on what our sources are as well. There are quite a few purportedly high quality sources, but they are not part of the popular reading material. There is a lot of junk 'channelling' that conforms to all the rules for doing it badly. Still, the high quality stuff is not only rare, it is often unappealing because it is difficult to read and requires openness to propositions that can be discouraging.
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Which channeled materials are you referencing? Which do you recommend?
 
#26
I think so much also depends on what our sources are as well. There are quite a few purportedly high quality sources, but they are not part of the popular reading material. There is a lot of junk 'channelling' that conforms to all the rules for doing it badly. Still, the high quality stuff is not only rare, it is often unappealing because it is difficult to read and requires openness to propositions that can be discouraging.

If we look for what is specific and definitive we can miss the fact that the reality of 'the other side' is so unlike 'this side' that witness accounts can vary even more greatly than they do here. Trying to match reports as if there is a one fixed reality that is subject to uniform description is a fool's errand. It is better to seek shared attributes and characteristics to come up with a 'sense' of what is.

I didn't mind Robert's approach overall. I was disappointed that he fell for the tsunami thing. For me that's the kind of BS that lower level influences pull. There are two reasons I say this. The first is that the 'information' is not useful in any way that does not demand a surrender to the acceptance of the proposition. These random bits of informational spectacular titbits that are not accompanied by a useful teaching - they have a wow factor and no other value. The second is that the 'information' is essentially sentimental - and that's a danger signal.
One possible explanation for the so called 'problem of evil' is conveniently transformed into a western style legal agreement before birth (according to my interpretation of Robert Schwartz). That is an uncomfortable statement. My sister is close to suicide do to mental illnesses, the worst of which are voices that try to harm her every day.

But don't 'they' also say we are ancient beings with many lives? Don't they claim time passes much faster there or that its timeless? How easy to justify! How effete our words without power to know.

If we have many lives than this isn't me and this world no matter how painful isn't real. We cannot see what it's for besides survival. I imagine the other side is just a more advanced civilization we are perhaps a part of -- but in what manner is hard to say. That last statement is likely an error.
 
#27
Re; Discrepancies in what is reported concerning reincarnation and other aspects of the afterlife that Alex asked about.

First, I'm a big believer in the Bell Curve and its ramifications. Second, my research and experience causes me to dispense with the notion that upon passing out of this physical plane and into the next that one becomes enlightened and obtains perfect knowledge of everything. In fact, it appears to me that the deceased are little changed from who and how they were in life. If we accept that the evidence points toward people remaining as they were in life, then the disparate reports of what it is, how it all works, reincarnation yes and no become more understandable.

Most people are incurious. For every forum like this there are 10s of thousands (probably 100s of thousands) where people expend their time and energy discussing and debating the most mundane of topics. Most people want a full belly, nice things to wear, a circle of friends and maybe a few people, like family, that care more deeply about them, a little recognition at work, enough money to cover the bills and entertainment. If life isn't working out, they turn to addictions and other carnal distractions to escape. Rarely do they ask the big questions, let alone derive reasonable answers. Lending confirmation to that is that in the spirit world it seems, from the available data, that most - especially the more recent arrivals - are in a place called "Summer Land"; which is a nice enough spirit equivalent of a full belly, nice things to wear, nice neighborhood, etc.

Furthermore, my experience in life has been that people have no problem tossing out their opinion - even though it may be totally uninformed - as if it's fact. They just don't have intellectual integrity. They really don't care about truth and they want to sound as if they are "in the know".

Add to pervasive incuriosity and lack of intellectual integrity that the majority, even among the 2 standard deviations or greater above the mean in intelligence or adventurousness, simply aren't good communicators, even when they truly understand the subject matter they are trying to describe. Again, we're going with the idea that passing out of the physical doesn't substantially change this characteristic. Then we have that problem that mediums are subject to these same issues.

Bottom line is that encountering a spirit/medium combo that has asked the big questions, objectively explored, hypothesized, analyzed, tested and formulated an answer is going to be a very rare event. So we get a bunch of junk and half-baked, poorly communicated concepts. And that's before we factor in the tricksters, psychopaths/demonic deceivers. As below so it is above.

I think there is ample evidence that suggests reincarnation does occur in some instances. We all know about Ian Stevenson and ongoing work at the University of Virginia. The James Leininger case appears pretty convincing and as do others. What we don't know is if hypnotic regression can get us there. Beyond issues with hypnotic suggestion, there is the problem of hypnosis inducing a state of mind similar to remote viewing wherein one is viewing the past and then assuming that the past that is viewed is a former life that one lived, as opposed to something lived by someone else. It is very challenging to assign meaning when we don't know the parameters of what is possible.

Finally, the idea that we consciously plan out our next life with the help of spirit guides has always irked me for some reason. I can see the therapeutic value to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one (as Rob mentioned), but beyond that I just can't hang with any of it. I can't put my finger on exactly why it bothers me so. I guess I agree with what Alex said to Rob about how the true breadth and impact of the negativity effects people is down played. Sure, a tsunami, a murder, any tragic event might bring out some sympathy and good vibes from concerned people, but it also causes a lot of people to become bitter and question God, etc. People that have been abused as children often go on to have terrible lives and outlooks. Souls can become hardened and coarse if faced with evil more, often than achieving a higher understanding. These things have a ripple effect through history that is not measurable when ethnicities or nations are involved . Saying it's all for the greater good seems flippant to me. Maybe some people sort of kind of "plan" their next life based on karmic forces, but that's probably pseudo-voluntary and pseudo-consciously done. I would have to personally examine Rob's processes for eliciting and collating these reports before I began to seriously consider them.
I enjoyed this comment Eric and I also never thought of humans personal tendency towards indolence. It certainly makes sense from the relative mindset of the majority of deceased. So let me extrapolate that with the loss of physical form and it seems this astral plane has no firm shared reality, that is of form created by consciousness. So Uncle Joe who never married, lived life as a night watchman and spent his life listening to ball games on the radio ( my step uncle ) What is his experience on the other side? Probably its a safe and comforting one, probably simple, maybe he chooses to re- create elements of his life he found enjoyable. Why would that occur?

One major aspect missing from your comment is the common theme almost all NDErs experience. Overwhelming acceptance, recognition and unbounded love. Why love? This consciousness which we are is multilayered and multi dimensional. At a deeper level there is no separation. There is only the appearance through form. Is that scientific? Its physically true, we are stardust. Lets say that what has accumulated as personality and beliefs are really shadow aspects of what we are. Once the body is gone, the consciousness which inhabited it projects or recreates what feels comfortable. Essentially, we have complete free will. We can move into the light or choose not to. Its our call.

Just as you and I grapple for deeper truths. It must also be true on this next level. Maybe they have more insight and guidance, but I believe it really depends on what they want to accept as reality. If I die believing Jesus is the source of all love. Why wouldn't I encounter Jesus then? Maybe the Buddhist experiences nirvana and moves into the clear light until they realize I miss playing golf and eating sushi.
I did the medium thing too as Alex did. I wanted to know for myself what the heck is going on. I highly recommend it. I did 3-1hr sessions with 2 mediums Dr Julie Beischel used in her research. I won't go into it here, except to say, I had the distinct feeling, there was no enlightenment experience by the people I had connected with. The insight given to Robert Swartz has to be relative to the depth of knowing of how form interacts with its source. How do we know what they know? Is there an absolute reality beyond form? There may not be any absolute truth with relative form, except radiant infinite love.
 
#28
I enjoyed this comment Eric and I also never thought of humans personal tendency towards indolence. It certainly makes sense from the relative mindset of the majority of deceased. So let me extrapolate that with the loss of physical form and it seems this astral plane has no firm shared reality, that is of form created by consciousness. So Uncle Joe who never married, lived life as a night watchman and spent his life listening to ball games on the radio ( my step uncle ) What is his experience on the other side? Probably its a safe and comforting one, probably simple, maybe he chooses to re- create elements of his life he found enjoyable. Why would that occur?

One major aspect missing from your comment is the common theme almost all NDErs experience. Overwhelming acceptance, recognition and unbounded love. Why love? This consciousness which we are is multilayered and multi dimensional. At a deeper level there is no separation. There is only the appearance through form. Is that scientific? Its physically true, we are stardust. Lets say that what has accumulated as personality and beliefs are really shadow aspects of what we are. Once the body is gone, the consciousness which inhabited it projects or recreates what feels comfortable. Essentially, we have complete free will. We can move into the light or choose not to. Its our call.

Just as you and I grapple for deeper truths. It must also be true on this next level. Maybe they have more insight and guidance, but I believe it really depends on what they want to accept as reality. If I die believing Jesus is the source of all love. Why wouldn't I encounter Jesus then? Maybe the Buddhist experiences nirvana and moves into the clear light until they realize I miss playing golf and eating sushi.
I did the medium thing too as Alex did. I wanted to know for myself what the heck is going on. I highly recommend it. I did 3-1hr sessions with 2 mediums Dr Julie Beischel used in her research. I won't go into it here, except to say, I had the distinct feeling, there was no enlightenment experience by the people I had connected with. The insight given to Robert Swartz has to be relative to the depth of knowing of how form interacts with its source. How do we know what they know? Is there an absolute reality beyond form? There may not be any absolute truth with relative form, except radiant infinite love.
DMitch,
After my father died - a couple months after - all sorts of weird poltergeist like phenomena began to occur in my house; witnessed by myself and my wife. After deciding that I wasn't crazy and these things were really happening, I guessed at the cause. A friend who has long been into paranormal research recommended a top notch medium. My wife - who was extremely skeptical - and I went to see the medium at her house. It was an amazing session. We had totally masked our identities and, in fact, used a false name (this medium actually recommends that skeptics do this when they come to her for a sitting). After some brief introductions (no info revealed as to who had died or why we were there), the medium looked at me and told me that my father had been impatiently waiting for hours and that he wanted to begin immediately. The medium then began firing off accurate details containing specific idiosyncratic info that she could not have known by normal means. There was no fishing, stumbling or asking for verification. It was like having a convo with my father. The medium even assumed his mannerisms. My wife became a believer, instantly. BTW, my father listed out what he had been doing in our home. he wanted to get my attention. When my mother-in-law died a couple years later we went back to the medium and had a similar session. So agree, but been there and done that.

In both instances, I saw the personalities of the deceased little changed. Expanded a bit? Yes. But still essentially the same people with the same serious flaws (both were highly narcissistic and my MIL was an alcoholic and manipulative abuser on top of that). The medium commented that we had an "intense" family and the séances had been very rough on her; which was unusual. It wasn't all love and rainbows coming from the deceased.

Regarding "the clear light", etc - remember, the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' speaks to that. It may be experienced immediately upon passing over, but then most will fall from it as old karmic and thought habits re-boot. That is one reason I don't think that NDEs contribute much to our over all understanding of the afterlife beyond providing evidence that we do survive.
 
#29
DMitch,
After my father died - a couple months after - all sorts of weird poltergeist like phenomena began to occur in my house; witnessed by myself and my wife. After deciding that I wasn't crazy and these things were really happening, I guessed at the cause. A friend who has long been into paranormal research recommended a top notch medium. My wife - who was extremely skeptical - and I went to see the medium at her house. It was an amazing session. We had totally masked our identities and, in fact, used a false name (this medium actually recommends that skeptics do this when they come to her for a sitting). After some brief introductions (no info revealed as to who had died or why we were there), the medium looked at me and told me that my father had been impatiently waiting for hours and that he wanted to begin immediately. The medium then began firing off accurate details containing specific idiosyncratic info that she could not have known by normal means. There was no fishing, stumbling or asking for verification. It was like having a convo with my father. The medium even assumed his mannerisms. My wife became a believer, instantly. BTW, my father listed out what he had been doing in our home. he wanted to get my attention. When my mother-in-law died a couple years later we went back to the medium and had a similar session. So agree, but been there and done that.

In both instances, I saw the personalities of the deceased little changed. Expanded a bit? Yes. But still essentially the same people with the same serious flaws (both were highly narcissistic and my MIL was an alcoholic and manipulative abuser on top of that). The medium commented that we had an "intense" family and the séances had been very rough on her; which was unusual. It wasn't all love and rainbows coming from the deceased.

Regarding "the clear light", etc - remember, the 'Tibetan Book of the Dead' speaks to that. It may be experienced immediately upon passing over, but then most will fall from it as old karmic and thought habits re-boot. That is one reason I don't think that NDEs contribute much to our over all understanding of the afterlife beyond providing evidence that we do survive.
Eric, thank you for sharing that. I think theres something to our similar experiences and observations about life after life. I too had anomalous experiences. Strange as it sounds, there was a period of I guess you could say poltergeist occurances after I started listening to Skeptiko and other types of podcasts. Now I reflect on it as reinforcing the direction I was leaning into.

To get back to Robert Swartz. His book was one of the first I bought and read when I dipped into the subject. I enjoyed it but there was something about it that I felt wasnt authentic. I caught Alex expressing the same feelings. I believe Swartz is sincere and the book may have authority. However, its struck me, my reservations have to do with its tone. Robert is telling us from a second source. Its not his experience. so its not his authority. I don't get to read between the lines as in lets say Eben Alexander telling us from his personal experience. Which by the way is highly subjective and even fanciful sounding, but I have some wiggle room to make a value judgment on his experience.

Staying on topic, I made friends with a lady I shared my Finders Course with in 2015. Found out recently she wrote a book in 2010 about talking with deceased friends through mediums. It is extremely well written and enlightening in ways complementary to past speculations I had on the after life. It's titled 'Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead', by Irene Kendig. Irene was turned onto a highly sensitive medium who wasnt yet charging for services. The interactions are questions and answers and Irene asks some very deep questions. Its a worthy read and has authority for me. I trust Irene. she is a very humble, shy person. Cheers, dan
 
#30
Eric, thank you for sharing that. I think theres something to our similar experiences and observations about life after life. I too had anomalous experiences. Strange as it sounds, there was a period of I guess you could say poltergeist occurances after I started listening to Skeptiko and other types of podcasts. Now I reflect on it as reinforcing the direction I was leaning into.

To get back to Robert Swartz. His book was one of the first I bought and read when I dipped into the subject. I enjoyed it but there was something about it that I felt wasnt authentic. I caught Alex expressing the same feelings. I believe Swartz is sincere and the book may have authority. However, its struck me, my reservations have to do with its tone. Robert is telling us from a second source. Its not his experience. so its not his authority. I don't get to read between the lines as in lets say Eben Alexander telling us from his personal experience. Which by the way is highly subjective and even fanciful sounding, but I have some wiggle room to make a value judgment on his experience.

Staying on topic, I made friends with a lady I shared my Finders Course with in 2015. Found out recently she wrote a book in 2010 about talking with deceased friends through mediums. It is extremely well written and enlightening in ways complementary to past speculations I had on the after life. It's titled 'Conversations with Jerry and Other People I Thought Were Dead', by Irene Kendig. Irene was turned onto a highly sensitive medium who wasnt yet charging for services. The interactions are questions and answers and Irene asks some very deep questions. Its a worthy read and has authority for me. I trust Irene. she is a very humble, shy person. Cheers, dan
Thx DMitch. I may order the book. I see it is available on Amazon.

Usually, I am leery of that kind of book. Can you tell me more about why I should have a higher level of trust in the author before I read it?
 
#31
Eric, I believe Irene has moved beyond this type of inquiry. The book was created over a period of a couple years starting in 2006. She no longer keeps her website in stock. I know her as an avid meditator. I think the book speaks for itself, but one has to decide for oneself. I was surprised how well its written. She explains how it got put together here.
http://www.irenekendig.com/
 
#32
My brother, Dr. Bill Puett, is a past-life therapy hypnotist in San Diego. Years ago, I didn't quite believe the veracity of the hypnotic experiences Bill's clients were reporting, because I wasn't too keen on reincarnation. I would say to him that his clients were not "actually" regressing to a time prior to this incarnation, but were rather experiencing what I called a "therapeutic metaphor" for healing.

However, since my "Simple Explanation of Absolutely Everything" awakening about ten years ago, I now admit that all of life is cyclical, and all creatures are born and die and are born again, as their consciousness recycles into a fresh vessel.

Here is a link to an article I wrote for my blog in 2013 about my brother's hypnosis practice. This article explains in "Simple" terms what we think the mechanism is for regressive hypnotherapy. For Bill and me, his clinical practice provides a proving ground for our various thoughts on consciousness and souls. https://asimpleexplanation.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-simple-explanation-of-past-life.html
 
#33
My brother, Dr. Bill Puett, is a past-life therapy hypnotist in San Diego. Years ago, I didn't quite believe the veracity of the hypnotic experiences Bill's clients were reporting, because I wasn't too keen on reincarnation. I would say to him that his clients were not "actually" regressing to a time prior to this incarnation, but were rather experiencing what I called a "therapeutic metaphor" for healing.

However, since my "Simple Explanation of Absolutely Everything" awakening about ten years ago, I now admit that all of life is cyclical, and all creatures are born and die and are born again, as their consciousness recycles into a fresh vessel.

Here is a link to an article I wrote for my blog in 2013 about my brother's hypnosis practice. This article explains in "Simple" terms what we think the mechanism is for regressive hypnotherapy. For Bill and me, his clinical practice provides a proving ground for our various thoughts on consciousness and souls. https://asimpleexplanation.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-simple-explanation-of-past-life.html
Thanks dr cyd, I think there's much more data showing reincarnation is an aspect of what you term life is cyclical, then not. However, there is the perspective from the absolute that nothing ever happened. So on the deepest level of reality all form is relative and ultimately not real. Thats why some Eastern spiritual traditions deny reincarnation. Christianity, which is heavily dualistic don't see it in the Bible so don't deal with it.
 
#34
What makes PLR unscientific would be the facilitator consciously or unconsciously leading the client.
I recall a practitioner controlling for this and still getting good results. Apparently the clients awareness of the cultural features of the time frame they were in during the session matched historical accounts they would not have known.

This happened with a large enough sample size to indicate they received the information through anomalous means - suggesting that the information did not come from the persons memories or their unconscious.
Why would that not be considered scientific?
Can you recall the name of the practitioner or journal article?
 
#35
What makes PLR unscientific would be the facilitator consciously or unconsciously leading the client.
I recall a practitioner controlling for this and still getting good results. Apparently the clients awareness of the cultural features of the time frame they were in during the session matched historical accounts they would not have known.

This happened with a large enough sample size to indicate they received the information through anomalous means - suggesting that the information did not come from the persons memories or their unconscious.
Why would that not be considered scientific?
If it came neither from the person's memories, nor from their unconscious, would that imply something like clairvoyance or remote viewing? i.e. would it mean this was not actually past life recall?

(By definition a genuine past-life recall is literally a memory, and it must be somewhere within the person, but not ordinarily accessible, i.e buried in the unconscious).
 
#36
Can you recall the name of the practitioner or journal article?
If it came neither from the person's memories, nor from their unconscious, would that imply something like clairvoyance or remote viewing? i.e. would it mean this was not actually past life recall?

(By definition a genuine past-life recall is literally a memory, and it must be somewhere within the person, but not ordinarily accessible, i.e buried in the unconscious).
Can you recall the name of the practitioner or journal article?

It was a woman alex interviewed from Berkeley a while back (maybe a couple of years) who had documented hundreds or thousands of Hypnotherapy sessions. Sorry I can't recall her name or which podcast.
BTW I trained in hypnotherapy including past life regression therapy although
It's been a number of decades since I practiced. The focus of the work was always related to a present life condition or symptom that a person wished to heal often involving intimate relationships or acquiring a skill or resource from a previous incarnation.
The methodology I practiced always used the context of the clients symptom or goal to lead them towards a resolution of a present day problem . There was no leading or planting suggestions as far as what the client experienced other than helping activate the clients memory/imagination in opening to the source of their present life problem. Whether a past life was an actual memory or a healing experience created by their unconscious or perhaps(Higher Self?) remains to be explored IMO. Also of note is that a past life regression was only used after their present life bio has been thoroughly explored and found not to reveal the source of their issue. I must say that I was always amazed how a person would access, experience and describe in vivid detail as if they were watching a movie, a perfect scenario which would have a dramatic effect in healing trauma which they had been struggling with all their lives.
 
#38
It was a woman alex interviewed from Berkeley a while back (maybe a couple of years) who had documented hundreds or thousands of Hypnotherapy sessions. Sorry I can't recall her name or which podcast.
BTW I trained in hypnotherapy including past life regression therapy although
It's been a number of decades since I practiced. The focus of the work was always related to a present life condition or symptom that a person wished to heal often involving intimate relationships or acquiring a skill or resource from a previous incarnation.
The methodology I practiced always used the context of the clients symptom or goal to lead them towards a resolution of a present day problem . There was no leading or planting suggestions as far as what the client experienced other than helping activate the clients memory/imagination in opening to the source of their present life problem. Whether a past life was an actual memory or a healing experience created by their unconscious or perhaps(Higher Self?) remains to be explored IMO. Also of note is that a past life regression was only used after their present life bio has been thoroughly explored and found not to reveal the source of their issue. I must say that I was always amazed how a person would access, experience and describe in vivid detail as if they were watching a movie, a perfect scenario which would have a dramatic effect in healing trauma which they had been struggling with all their lives.
With so many people experiencing success, it saddens me that little if any work is done to investigate the biology of the experience you just described.
 
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