Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy

February 2015

The False ‘False Memory Syndrome’ Syndrome.


By Hans TenDam

Published in the Journal of Regression Therapy, 1999

The False Memory Syndrome is a bogeyman hindering the acceptance of our profession. It has been discovered that clients who relived graphically sexual abuse by a parent when they were very young, remembered something that did not happen. It has led to court cases and negative publicity. It sometimes leads also to extra work for us. I have had several clients utterly shaken because of the false accusations of a daughter. The therapist or psychiatrist involved worsened things by prohibiting the daughter to have contact with her denying parents anymore. If memories from childhood may be false, memories from previous life must be much more unreliable even. Though I cannot prove it, I’m pretty sure this reasoning is rubbish. Let me explain why this is most probably so.

False memories exist, but they don’t have the character of a syndrome. This is just added to make it sound like it is a professional diagnosis, as if people talking in this way know what they are talking about. They don’t. Let us assume for the moment that 20% of all hypnotherapists and regression therapists use past-life therapy, that is, accept experiences from apparent previous lives as at least therapeutically valid. What is the percentage of therapists involved in false memory cases that are past-life therapists? I would not be surprised if that percentage would be nearer to 2% than to 20%. Read more

A Changing Perspective on Emotions in Regression Therapy


By Hans Ten Dam

Here, Ten Dam relates how his views of the roles of emotions in regression therapy have evolved over time. He proposes that negative emotions have a proper and working place in our human experience and uses parts of sessions as illustrations of this point. He defines emotions in many different ways, such as communication, information and states of being.

In my first years as a regression therapist, the role of emotions seemed clear-cut. Emotions were used to induce regression, to focus the session and to anchor the evolving train of events relived. Finally, emotions were the most noticeable part of catharsis.

A client may have recurrent bouts of deep loneliness. Focusing on the loneliness, we find that it connected with a sense of coldness throughout the body. If the session results in a shallow catharsis, no part of the body is cold anymore. In a deep catharsis, all parts of the body are warm. Likewise, in a shallow catharsis, feelings of anger may have disappeared. In a deep catharsis, they may transmute into feelings of peace, acceptance and inner strength. In a shallow catharsis, negative emotions dissolve. In a deep catharsis, negative emotions transmute into positive emotions. All this is straightforward. Most fellow therapists will recognize this. Read more

Reincarnation and Ecology by Athanasios Komianos

A Contribution to the Coming Generations 1


“As you sow, so shall you reap”


This is a call to all colleague regression therapists to contribute to a deeper and better understanding of our relationship to the environment in terms of reincarnation. According to all the incoming scientific data it is more than evident that human activities have a deep impact on Mother Earth. Homo Sapiens, is pushing the planet to its limits. What we do today has a direct and probably irreversible effect on the fate of the planet. We are poisoning the habitat of the coming generations. However, what most of us have never thought about is that it is we who will harvest the problems that we planted today. It will be us in different bodies, our future incarnations, that will reap the disasters in the future. Our descendants will be none else but we ourselves…

The most imperative contribution to our fellow humans is to undertake the task to share with them our findings with them. One hundred years after the publication of Col. Albert de Rochas’ findings in 1911, the “great grandfather” of regression research, we should come up with a compilation of our recent insights. We could even address this topic on the next World Congress by contributing and sharing our findings. Thus, we could clearly demonstrate to skeptic scientists that the cycles of life were always present and that our actions had always had an effect upon ourselves, our environment and our future. It is our duty to make our fellow humans realize that everything is interrelated and interconnected. Any action taken today has a direct impact on ourselves first, before it affects others around us, or the future.

[1] In no way do I intend to plagiarize or even reach the impetus of Ian Stevenson’s monumental work Reincarnation and Biology, which may be considered to be the single most decisive contribution to the acceptance of the concept of reincarnation by future generations. Read more

The Presence of Other Worlds In Psychotherapy and Healing

by Roger Woolger


An earlier version of this paper was first presented to the Beyond the Brain Conference, held at St. John’s College, Cambridge University, England, August, 1999. It was later published in its current form in Thinking Beyond the Brain, edited by David Lorimer, Floris Books, Edingburgh, 2001.

A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is

Lao-Tzu Tao Te King (transl. Mitchell) [14]

Consciousness creates reality

Amit Goswami The Self-Aware Universe

To my mind a major culprit behind our enthralment to the philosophy of materialism is the tiny little word “in”. From my somewhat labored examples it may now be clear how pervasively this innocent little word deceptively conceals a spatial metaphor that betrays its true allegiance to the materialist dogma. The unexamined use of the word “in” sadly restricts much neurological research and has taken on the status of a scientific myth about mind, energy and spirit, a myth in the Jungian sense of “something which is believed everywhere and by everyone” Read more

The Secret History of Reincarnation by Roger Woolger

by Roger Woolger


Worn-out garments
Are shed by the body:
Worn-out bodies
Are shed by the dweller
Within the body.
New bodies are donned
By the dweller, like garments.

-Bhagavad-Gita II

(Extracted from Healing Your Past Lives, Sounds True, Boulder, Colorado, 2004)

Not long ago, I saw a slogan on a bumper sticker: Reincarnation is having a comeback. It’s a sad fact that the scientific establishment in the United States still marginalizes most work that even hints at realities beyond our own, including regression therapy, parapsychology, and a vast body of research into paranormal phenomena, from out-of-body experiences to children’s spontaneous past-life memories.[1] [1] By clinging to such a narrow protocol, mainstream psychology risks becoming, in George Orwell’s memorable phrase, one of ‘the smelly little orthodoxies which are now contending for our souls.’ But fortunately, in most countries where I have lectured, the general public is far ahead of the academics. Nearly everyone has heard of the doctrine of reincarnation, and recent polls show that almost one in three Americans now believes in it, even though most of the Christian churches reject it. Read more

Classical Indian Ideas about Karma and Rebirth Compared to Modern Regression Experiences

by Hans Ten Dam


In 1980, the University of California published a reader of twelve contributions about Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and classical Indian philosophies under the title   Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Thought, edited by Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. These contributions were the result of two conferences in 1976 and 1978. What have scholarly articles about the theology of classical India to offer to modern past-life therapists? Next to nothing or a lot, depending on our point of view. Anyway, these essays demolish the assumption by many enthusiasts that the Indians shared a straightforward vision on karma and reincarnation. This article submits what Hans learned from this book.

Sometimes people do exciting discoveries that appear to be more than a thousand years old. I did. My experiences in past-life therapy led me to conclude that karma and dharma (or negative and positive karma) were energetic – or as theosophists would call it: etheric – realities. Like financial accounting is about debit and credit in money terms – and about capital formation – so dharma and karma are concepts of a kind of energetic or spiritual accounting. Soul growth is spiritual capital formation; soul decline is spiritual capital loss. We may think differently about the possibility of spiritual bankruptcy. If there is a destiny like that, we don’t find it in our therapy practice. Read more

Deep Memory Process and the Healing of Trauma

by Roger Woolger and Andy Tomlinson

What are Deep Memories?

Cheryl was a young professional psychotherapist who attended one of our workshops on Deep Memory Process.  She was a very able therapist but had always suffered from crippling panic attacks when it came to speaking out in groups. By the the third day of the workshop she had successfully avoided such anxiety by carefully burying her nose in her notebook and deliberately saying as little as possible. The topic that morning was fear however, and when the examples turned to terror in group situations, she found herself having an anxiety attack at the very mention of the subject. Quite unbidden a flashback of herself as a little girl of four popped in to her mind and she found herself quietly weeping and trembling. Someone offered her the Kleenex and she shrank in embarassment. The group leader, Roger, unaware that she had been “triggered” invited her to say what was happening. She felt trapped and even more embarassed; the spotlight was truly on her and her worst fear. But bravely, when the leader offered she took the opportunity to work. Read more

Honoring Pythagoras: Reincarnation ideas in classical Greece

By Hans Ten Dam


Reincarnation or rather metempsychosis ideas were already known in classical Greece. Orphic and Pythagorean sources have been known. Originally, those ideas probably would have come from Egypt or India or both, and some have suggested that these ideas came from the Celts in Gaul or from the Thracians. Recently, I came across an excellent study by Robert Long. His doctoral thesis, A Study of the Doctrine of Metempsychosis in Greece from Pythagoras to Plato was published by Princeton University Press in 1948. This very scholarly work seems to set the record straight.

The source of Greek reincarnation ideas was certainly Pythagoras, not his teacher Pherecydes, not the Orphic religion, not Egypt, not the Celts, not the Thracians, and most probably not India.

The idea that metempsychosis came from the Egyptians rests on the tales of Herodotus. Herodotus saw the Egyptians as the source of about everything. Absolutely nothing of his story is confirmed by any Egyptian source, though we have a multitude of texts about death and afterlife.

Some have declared that the Thracians of the fifth century B. C. believed in metempsychosis. Because of its supposed presence in both Thrace and Gaul, others assumed a ” Scythian” source for metempsychosis, the doctrine spreading from an area north of the Black Sea to Western Europe, to Greece and to India. This case depends on a few text passages on Thrace. Unfortunately, these passages do not refer to metempsychosis. The earliest evidence for metempsychosis in Thrace and Gaul is from the first century B.C. and so it is more likely that the Thracians and Celts acquired the doctrine from the Greeks than the other way round. Read more

Past-Life Therapy by Hans TenDam

by Hans TenDam


Past-life therapy

Past-life therapy is regression therapy accepting that scenes from apparent past lives may emerge. Regression therapy derives its name from its method: recovering and reliving past experiences cathartically. Though reliving cathartically is sometimes sufficient, regression proper often has to be complemented by working with subpersonalities, sometimes called egostate therapy: having the present personality communicate with the child or the past life that had the traumatic experience. In the present lifetime, this work is called Inner Child work, in past lifetimes, this is called working with pseudo-obsessors: treating and integrating disturbing past-life personalities.

The second complement of regression is bio-energetically: discovering and processing old residues – including those from past lives – that clutter our system and that we still may experience physically. Regression therapy in the wide sense includes Inner Child work and bio-energetic work, and the same holds for past-life therapy.

So past-life therapy is an expanded and specialized form of regression therapy. What should a broad regression therapist who works in this life only, have to learn extra to become a broad past-life therapist? Read more

Roger Woolger – Bio

 Beyond Death: Transition and the Afterlife

ROGER WOOLGER, PH.D  1944 –  2011

was a Jungian analyst, regression therapist and lecturer with degrees in psychology, religion and philosophy from Oxford and London Universities. He trained as an analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich. Born in England, Roger Woolger lived and taught Jungian and transpersonal psychology and comparative religion in North America and England. He has been a Guest Professor at Vassar College, where he gave the Mary Mellon Memorial lectures in 1988. He  also was a Visiting Professor the University of Vermont (1975) and Concordia University, Montreal (1979-80). He led workshops at the New York Open Centre, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute, and lectured at a broad range of conferences internationally.

A gifted psychotherapist and teacher, Roger Woolger had the ability to bring people through deep transformative experiences with deep compassion creating an atmosphere that is safe and contained. In addition, he had an extraordinary (and much commented upon) ability to illuminate the broader spiritual picture—everything from Sufism to Western mysticism to Shakespeare–-teaching with humour through poetry, music, story and meditation

Roger Woolger’s first book, Other Lives Other Selves, (Doubleday, 1987) is an innovative synthesis of Jungian depth psychology, bodywork, yoga psychology, psychodrama and eastern meditation principles.  It broke regression therapy out the narrow confines of hypnotherapy and talk therapy giving it embodiment and lived experience through psychodrama and bodywork. Rooted in yoga concepts of the subtle bodies and shamanism, and drawing upon Tibetan teachings about death and transition through various bardo or intermediary states, his method is a major contribution to transpersonal psychotherapy.

Other Lives Other Selves, (1987) is one of the most influential works in the field of regression therapy and has been translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Japanese. More popular versions of his work areHealing Your Past Lives (2004) and Eternal Return (Audio-book, 2002). A definitive presentation of his work appeared in the foundational text Regression Therapy: A Handbook for Professionals by Winafred Blake Lucas (1993). He has a chapter in Transpersonal Psychotherapy. (ed) Seymour Boorstein, CA, 1996.

During the last decade Roger’s work has continued to evolved into the highly original therapeutic tool which is called Deep Memory Process®.  He discussed and demonstrated his work on American, Canadian and Italian network television, in 2011 he appeared in a PBS special in the States.

Roger Woolger ran training programs in DMP for therapists in Britain, North America Portugal, Austria, Turkey and Greece, also teaching professionals in Holland and Romania. He also ran a series of training programs throughout Brazil where in 1996 he was a keynote speaker at the International Transpersonal Psychology Conference in Manaus hosted by Stanislav Grof.  He also presented at the First World Congress for Regression Therapy in Holland in 2003 and the Third World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2008.  Roger Woolger was also an acclaimed keynote speaker at first Brazilian Transpersonal Congress (ALUBRAT) in Lindoya (2002) the following year and at the Third international Conference in Lisbon (2003). He again slectured at the sixth ALUBRAT conference in Lindoya in 2010.

Roger Woolger was a well known teacher in Britain, having appeared in 1966 in the Channel 4 television series Transformations and in various other television programs.  In 1997 he gave a much noted talk The Presence of Other Worlds in Psychotherapy and Healing at the Beyond the Brain Conference co-sponsored by the British Scientific and Medical Network and the Institute for Noetic Sciences (California) hosted at St. John’s College, Cambridge University. This talk was the fruit of a lifelong study of the perennial philosophy and the mystical traditions of Christianity and Sufism and reflects how his practice of psychotherapy was early on shaped by the practice of Buddhist vipassana meditation and the mysticism of Simone Weil. The talk in question was later published in Thinking Beyond the Brain, edited by David Lorimer. (later translated into Portuguese and German.)

In 2004  at a Conference sponsored by the Royal College of Psychiatrists called Beyond Death: Does Consciousness Survive? he lectured on Beyond Death: Transition and the Afterlife

In 2004 Roger Woolger hosted MalidomaSomé in a widely acclaimed conference on Voices of the Ancestors in London.  This was followed in 2005 by an equally popular conference called Mary Magdalene: Priestess, Apostle or Goddess? to which he invited noted Magdalene, Gnostic and Goddess scholars Susan Haskins, Tim Freke, Lynn Picknett, Anne Baring  and Caitlin Matthews.

In 2005-6 Roger Wooger gave a series of popular seminars near Oxford entitled Mystics, Gnostics, Psychics and Shamans, and well as a later foundational seminar on C.G. Jung. In Search of the Self and the Hidden Christ  Then in 2007-8 he gave the highly acclaimed lecture/seminar Mystical Body, Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ to the Oxford Jupiter Trust and the Canonbury Centre for Masonic Studies.

Between 2006—2008 Roger Woolger helped establish the International Deep Memory Association (IDMA), through which he had helped hosted a number of international Spiritual Healing Conferences: Regression and Shamanism (Portugal: 2006) andWar and Human Memory: Soul Loss and Lost Souls (Austria: 2007), Exile and the Longing to Return (Ireland, 2008) andThe Sacred Marriage of Body and Spirit (France, 2009).

In April 2008 Roger Woolger opened in Salvador and Brasilia the InstitutoWoolger para a Psique e as TradicoesEspirituais for Brazil  where he taught two extended seminar series on Jung: in Search of the Soul & the Hidden Christ and Mystics, Gnostics, Psychics and Shamans.

In spring 2009 he inaugurated the London based Institute for Psyche and Spiritual Studies and co-presented The Mystical Marriage of the Soul with Jungian analyst and author Anne Baring. In the autumn of 2009 the Institute hosted a conference on Jung, Goethe and the Politics of the Spirit with Paul Bishop Ph.D. and Leon Schlamm, Ph.D.

Roger Woolger also taught literature, published articles on dream work and meditation and has given film seminars on Fellini, Bergman and Cocteau. He also ran two mini film festivals in Salvador and Brasilia in 2010 on Jung and Fellini. In earlier years he was an amateur Shakespeare actor and literature teacher. His popular second book, The Goddess Within (Ballantine, 1989) written with Jennifer Barker,  is an in depth exploration of feminine psychology as mirrored in the myths, conflicts and wounding of the Greek goddesses; it draws upon Roger’s scholarly knowledge of  Jungian writing, the history of religion and feminist revisionist history. This very entertaining book has had much success in the US, Germany and Brazil (as A Deusa Interior).

A lifelong interest in the Grail legend and the esoteric spirituality of medieval Europe has inspired Roger to lead several extraordinary tours to sacred sites in the South of France, to troubadour and Cathar country; sites of Black Madonnas and the Magdalene.  His talk The Holy Grail; Healing the Sexual Wound in the Western Psyche was published on CD in 2010.

 Roger created a well known school Deep Memory Process- DMP® . His school continues to teach his work internationally.

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