Past Life Regression Therapy Skepticism

By Charles Wm. Skillas, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, MCCHt

Many people call me about past life regression therapy (PLT) but are concerned about whether it will work for them because they're not sure they believe in reincarnation. Lots people do not believe for numerous reasons including religious dogmas. A substantial number of hypnotherapists around the world are using PLT and getting great results with it, including myself.

Consider the following PLT scenario. A client under hypnosis during a session describes an experience on a sailing ship complete with the name of the ship, its ports of call, the name of its captain, the date of the voyage, and a detailed description of the shipwreck. Another client describes himself during a PLT session as a rabbit trying to escape from a forest fire. When asked under hypnosis to progress to an important event, which is what most hypnotherapists will do, the client describes an event in his current life's childhood in which he was frightened, just like that rabbit is.

One might ask is the shipwreck story more real because it could be verified through public records and the rabbit situation can't be? Perhaps the first client is a shipwreck buff and is recalling an event that he has read about or heard about. But if he also describes the fear he felt as he faced death in the shipwreck and the child describes his fear as the rabbit in the fire, then for the purpose of this regression therapy, his experience and the experience of the first client are equally real.

Hypnotherapists who avoid past life regression therapy work because they don't believe in reincarnation or because they are afraid their clients will not accept the concept, are denying their clients a technique which has been shown to affect monumental changes in people's lives. The question the hypnotherapist should be asking, is not "can this experience be verified?" but rather, "what insight into the emotional and physical condition of the client can this experience offer?"

Numerous books have been written about past life personalities, which proved to be historically accurate. These stories make fascinating reading and perhaps form a body of proof regarding reincarnation, but they don't usually discuss the life-changing effect brought about by client's insights into those personalities after the regression therapy has taken place.

For the hypnotherapist, it is more important that a rash or chronic cough or depression or anxiety goes away, than a book has been written. What is important from the standpoint of therapy is that the client's problems disappear, and his quality of life is enhanced. The truly interesting aspect of this whole procedure is that it really doesn't make any difference that neither the hypnotherapist nor the client believes in reincarnation for this to occur. It is the same with Spirit Releasement Therapy; you don't have to believe in spirit attachment for the therapy to be effective.

Is the client under hypnosis making up the story? Of course he is. After all, if the superconscious mind which is the high self, or divinity within us, is sending a message that is helpful to the client's growth and to their mental, emotional, physical or spiritual health it really doesn't matter whether the life in the PLT vision during a regression is real or not. The PLT has accomplished its purpose because the imagination under hypnosis is the subconscious self. But under hypnosis the imagination is unfiltered by the conscious mind, so it is the right story for healing. Maybe the client is just remembering the book that he read a long time ago or just being influenced by some psychic connections in the universe, but who cares if he is helped? The whole purpose of hypnotherapy is to help and the Divinity within us knows best how to accomplish this.

However, there is an important caution when doing PLT. Make sure that the client undergoing PLT is free of entity attachments or you will end up regressing the entity and not the client. All the psychotherapy in the world isn't going to help the client's problems if you are working on the entity and not on the client. It is a useless expense for the client and gives a bad name to PLT.


This article is intended for general informational purposes
and does not provide medical, psychological, or other professional advice.


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