Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy


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

BIOPHOTONS: Biological Lasers on the “Hardware” Establishment of Rapport on Past Lives Therapy


Rafael Couto Melsert, M.D., Homeopath, Hypniatrist

“The Word is the mirror by which Divinity reflects himself to the exterior. The word is both sound and light, because light is the sense of the sound.”   Sufi Thought of Unknown Origin


ABSTRACT: Biophotons are a kind of biological laser emitted by living organisms and they play an important role on cell communication and integration. The past decade has seen rapid advances in our understanding of the underlying principles of biophotons’ emission and absorption. Besides their energetic aspects, biophotons can also hold an informational content.  This paper offer ideas to establish a model, founded on the works of Dr. Traian D. Stanciulescu, Daniela Manu, Paul Constantinescu, Peter Gariaev, Vladimir Voeikov and Fritz-Albert Popp, proposing a role to the interaction of word and biophotons in the exchange of energy/information from the therapist to the client’s unconscious energetic/ informational nuclei upon which past lives therapy works on a daily routine.

KEY WORDS: Biophotons, holography, memories, past lives therapy, light, word, standing waves Read more

Development of a Philosophical Aberration by Esko Rintala


The rapid accumulation of articles on Spirit Releasement published in the internet and a number of books presuppose that discarnate spirits really exist and that it is possible to perceive such entities. In our Western cultural milieu, however, it is customary to treat such statements and opinions with derision and scorn. This emotional attitude is extremely widespread both among the self appointed cultural elite and the population at large. There is an obvious need to have a closer look at the origins of this position.

In the early tribal stage of the development of humanity, the multitude of shamanistic religions shared many common features. People in almost every culture believed that the physical level is surrounded and penetrated by a sphere of existence that man enters in death, and in benevolent and malevolent spiritual beings residing there. The emergence of higher religions did not eliminate this basic religious world view. Belief in discarnate, conscious spirit beings, which are able to influence living people, was shared by a multitude of cultures. “Every era and culture has known the state of possession, in which a discarnate entity enters a living human being, either wholly or in part. In about 90 per cent of the cultures of humanity, there are records of possession phenomena” (Edward Foulks, 1985). One of these records is, of course, our Bible. Even in our modern Western sphere of culture, many people have various “paranormal” experiences. They are often subjected to a powerful negative norm pressure, even ridicule. In several countries, even associations for the defense of materialistic conviction have been founded. Their line of action is to pass public mockery awards to publishers and TV-channels for violating materialistic principles. Read more

Beyond Death: Transition and the Afterlife by Roger Woolger

 by Roger Woolger

He who dies before he dies, does not die when he dies

Abraham of Santa Clara

Zen has no other secrets than seriously thinking about birth and death

Takeda Shingen

We are not dealing here with irreality. The mundus imaginalis is a world
of autonomous forms and images…It is a perfectly real world preserving all
the richness and diversity of the sensible world but in a spiritual state

Henry Corbin

By way of introduction I should say that I am a psychotherapist trained in Jungian psychoanalysis and various other modalities and that my current practice uses what is called “regression” to early childhood, past life, interlife and other transpersonal or “spiritual” experiences. (In other contexts-see below-the word “regression” can equally refer to what shamans call “journeying”)  But I also hold degrees in the comparative phenomenology of religion, a subject that greatly illuminates the kind of areas which we are here today calling “beyond death.”

Our starting point today has been the, by now, quite extensive documentation of so-called Near Death Experiences (NDEs); you have heard the detailed reports discussed by Dr Fenwick and Dr. Powell’s reflections on similar experiences. It will already seem apparent that the scientific paradigm that seeks to fully explain these phenomona in materialistic terms is stretched beyond it limits. Not long ago I saw a tape of a major British television program where a woman suffered a clinical NDE during an operation and reported, while “out of her body” seeing an instrument in the operating room she could not possibly have seen while in her body and alive. Interesting and provocative as the discussion was, it was entirely limited to interviewing medical staff; no informed authorities on parapsychology (except a materialist sceptic), spiritualism, religious phenomena or metaphysics, specialists in thanatology, or experts from religious traditions were interviewed. Later I was told this is a policy decision of the television company! It was like a political discussion where only one party is invited to participate. Read more

How is it possible to remember Past Lives? A Reply to the Sceptics.

by Roger Woolger

There is for every man or woman some one scene,


some one adventure, some one picture, that is

       the image of our secret life, for wisdom first speaks

in images and Éthis one image, if we would brood

over it our whole life long, would lead our souls,

distentangled from unmeaning circumstance and the ebb

and flow of the world, into that far household

where the undying gods await all those whose souls

have become simple as flame, whose bodies

have become quiet as an agate lamp.

   W.B. Yeats


The visible world was made to correspond to

the world invisible and there is nothing in this world

but is a symbol of something in that other world
Al Ghazzali



Working with past life images and allowing them to unfold into scenes and stories is essentially a meditative process. It requires a stillness, a certain trust in the creative powers of the deep imagination as well as a readiness to encounter not just appealing but often dark and disturbing images.

In the previous chapter I suggested that there is often a deeper level to what we call our complexes, a layer that has a buried past-life core. However, you may still feel a little sceptical about what exactly these past life memories are, indeed you may find you doubt the very possibility of remembering past lives. The rational mind objects, and rightly so, to ideas that do not fit the generally accepted world view. So before proceeding it may be useful to examine some of the most common sceptical reactions to “past life” recall. Read more

Past Life Therapy, Trauma Release and the Body by Roger Woolger

About Roger Woolger


ROGER J. WOOLGER, PH.D, was a Jungian analyst, regression therapist and professional 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 a British citizen, Roger had lived and taught Jungian and transpersonal  psychology and comparative religion in North America and England.

He had been a Guest Professor at Vassar College, where he gave the Mary Mellon Memorial lectures in 1988. He had also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Vermont (1975) and Concordia University, Montreal (1979-80).

He had led workshops at the New York Open Center, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute, and spoke at a broad range of conferences internationally.

He died as of November, 18 2011.


Past life regression therapy, as described here, is a therapeutic technique that uses similar strategies and commands to hypnotic age regression (following a time line backwards, talking to the regressed persona etc) but which also draws strongly from Jung’s waking dream technique of active imagination and the embodied re-enactments of past events called by J.L Moreno, psychodrama (Woolger, 1996). As in hypnotic regression and psychodrama, the patient is guided back to and encouraged to relive traumatic scenes or unresolved conflicts from the past that have been previously inaccessible to consciousness, but which are thought to be influencing and distorting current mental and emotional stability. But instead of being regressed solely to the patient’s childhood, a strong suggestion is also given to “go to the origin of the problem in a previous lifetime”. In other words, the notional time-line is extended backwards to assume the soul’s continuity with previous existences via what some have called the soul memory or “far memory”. In many respects the rationale of past life therapy is similar to that of post traumatic stress therapies as well as to the cathartic or abreactive approach taken, but later abandoned by early psychoanalysis (Hermann, 1992). Read more

The Significance of Cross-Verification of Reviewed Past Lives by Athanasios Komianos



There is a tendency for the majority of professionals in regression therapy to overlook the importance of the association between revealed and relived experiences and real events. There are two major reasons for this. First, pioneers of our profession argue that what is essential and vital for our clients, is to achieve emotional relief and catharsis and to alleviate the presenting problem. If this goal is accomplished it should be of no interest to the therapist whether the client is imagining things or truly reliving a past life experience. Second, there are difficulties associated with the verification of the reviewed experiences compared to those of historical reality. How can one trace down events if the story is rooted far in the past when no proper records were kept? Also, we all know that most of our clients reveal emotional material, not names, dates, or historical details. This argumentation is sound and reasonable, and by leaving verification aside, the therapist is thus dispensed from credibility concerns and this makes his work easier.

However, a further issue complicates things a little more: our clients’ personal view about their regressions. We all know that our clients have doubt about their own experiences. They question themselves about the reality of what they see or feel. The idea of reincarnation is foreign to them. They were never taught about it. “Is this all in my mind?”, or “did I make all this up?” are prevailing thoughts, especially for those who have two or three regressions (the average number of sessions for our clients). The natural tendency of an inquisitive human mind is to doubt the reality of these experiences (even for believers in reincarnation). Now when we, as therapists, are posing the question “…why did your imagination make up such a horrible story where you were a slave with a degraded life; you were condemned as a witch by the inquisition, and burned at the stake?” The answer is usually “hmm”… “Hmm” may be interpreted in a number of ways, but it seems to me that it symbolizes a wondering puzzlement. How could one validate a story without names, dates and places?   Is there a way out of this? For me there is. But let me first share with you a few cases before I expand theoretically. Read more

Five Past-Life Therapy Cases by Hans TenDam


by Hans Ten Dam

The Case of the Classy Lady

The patient is an attractive woman, rather well-known in her country as a presenter on radio and, lately, television. She suffers from burning belly-pains since she was around 15. Asked what she would do when the pains would have been gone, she says she wants to take her children to the zoo.

The only times she has been free of pain are the weeks around her menstruation and the months of her pregnancies. Life is only bearable by smoking and drinking too much, especially just before performances. She had several surgeries, but each surgery leads to complications that make new surgery necessary. “Men destroy my life.” The therapist, being a man and not planning any sex change, threads wearily with this patient, one of his first.

Six sessions give only marginal results. In the seventh, images surface of a teenage girl on a railway platform. Everything is shabby and the train is unbelievably crowded. She is Jewish and arrives at a concentration camp, probably Auschwitz. She is staggered, not by what is happening around her, but by “Why is this is all happening tome?” Being a resourceful girl, she spots a smaller line waiting for a barrack with a Red Cross on it. She slips from her own line into that line. Then she finds herself as subject of medical experiments. They are operating on her genitals, apparently creating a cloaca (characteristic of the most primitive class of mammals). Pain-killers are insufficient and she dies, probably from infection, after long and terrible burning pains. Read more

Biophotons as the Agency of ‘Rapport’ in Regression Therapy by Rafael Couto Melsert


Rafael Couto Melsert, M.D., Homeopath and Hypniatrist – Instituto Brasileiro de Hipnose Holística – IBRAH

ABSTRACT: Living tissues emit very weak laser light that seems to have a strong impact on cell communication and integration. This paper proposes that such biophotons are the carriers of energy and information in any effective exchange between therapist and client. Their possible role in paranormal phenomena is beyond the scope of this paper.

KEY WORDS: Biophotons; coherence; resonance; mind; intention; memories; words.


Undoubtedly, regression therapy has benefits. But how and why? Recent scientific discoveries may begin to explain the physical basis of the interaction between mind and body and so throw a new light on how and why regression works. If these new findings and new ideas prove to be valid, we may learn to increase the power, confidence and safety of our therapeutic actions.

The Newtonian/Cartesian paradigm doesn’t explain the effectiveness of therapies that depend on ‘subtle energies’. Holistic approaches, on the other side, usually lack a scientific, physical basis. In regression therapy, mind (a ‘nest’ of quantum and non-local processes) and body interact continually. Photons, the tiniest quanta of electromagnetic force, could well support these actions, due to their quantum origin and notable effects. So we propose that biophotons – photons of biological sources – are the physical intermediary between intentional mind processes and somatic processes. Read more

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