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Hans TenDam

Exploring Reincarnation, Hans TenDam

Exploring Reincarnation: The Classic Guide to the Evidence for Past-life Experiences

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Written by one of the world’s leading authorities, EXPLORING REINCARNATION is a definitive study that examines the full range of explanations for past-life recall proposed around the world and over the centuries, along with describing diverse case histories. A range of intriguing theories about the relationship between body and soul are discussed – from general social beliefs about past lives to detailed questions about karma and past-life regression therapy. This is THE outstanding introduction to reincarnation from a historical, scientific, and philosophical point of view.
Hans TenDam first describes reincarnation beliefs in ancient and modern settings, spiritual and religious. Then he discusses experiences with reincarnation: children’s memories, spontaneous and induced regressions, paranormal explorations (for example via mediums), and so on. He then covers other explanations for past-life experiences, whether we can reincarnate in animals, how karma seems to work, and diverse other topics.
The author summarizes a large number of books on the subject and rates them for guiding further reading.
From reader reviews:
* The great definitive work on reincarnation; it is hard to imagine it ever being superseded. (Comment by Colin Wilson)
* A classic in its field.
* An eye-opener of the best kind.
* No other work casts its net so wide.
* The most complete overview obtainable.
* The outstanding encyclopedia of knowledge on the subject.
* The most thorough literature study available.
* The best and most complete book about reincarnation currently on the market.
* If you are beyond your introductory new age book on past lives, then you are ready to graduate to this monumental work.
* If Ian Stevenson can be said to be the Tycho Brahe of the new science in virtue of his collection of vast amounts of data on childhood past-life memories over the decades, then Hans TenDam is the Kepler who, by hard work, common-sense and clear insight has imposed the first real order upon the subject of reincarnation and past lives.
* I own a growing library of books in this field, and I agree with Colin Wilson that this is the definitive work on reincarnation.
* Certain aspects of reincarnation I have never seen covered in any other work – and I read quite a lot. A masterpiece!
* If you wonder how past life regression studies stack up against the traditional beliefs on reincarnation in Buddhism, Hinduism and other less well-known belief systems, and against the more modern systems of theosophy and anthroposophy, this is not only the book for you, this is the only book for you.
* If you’re interested in reincarnation – either from a professional or from a layman’s point of view – I would certainly recommend this book.
* This book not only provides a good academic introduction to the topic of reincarnation from various historical, scientific, religious and philosophical points of view, but also provides analysis and validity statistics bearing upon these standpoints.
* TenDam, a regression therapist himself, looks very seriously at other possibilities for explaining memories of past lives, such as false memories, fraud, deja vu, and so on. He dares to criticize religious beliefs and work of other authors in the field – salting his discussion with a dry sense of humor that sometimes made me roll on the floor laughing.
About the Author:
Hans TenDam graduated from the University of Amsterdam in psychology and pedagogy. Having become interested in the literature about reincarnation, he stumbled more or less by accident into regression therapy and found he had a knack for it. He has written a textbook on regression therapy: Deep Healing and Transformation. He has trained regression therapists in the Netherlands since 1983, and has given workshops in the USA, Brazil, Portugal, Finland, UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Japan, and Turkey. He oversees international training programs in the Netherlands, India and the Philippines.

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

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

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

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

Professionalism And Spiritualism In Past-Life Therapy: A Call For Witch-Doctors


by Hans Ten Dam

Published in the Journal of Regression Therapy, Vol.VIII, Nr.1, December 1994 Where battles rage forever, eternal treasures are to be found. Where colleagues are worlds apart, interesting and valuable bridges can be built. Between professionalism and spiritualism is an everlasting tension, as there should be. When such tensions manifest themselves in, so to speak, the same family, we live in what the Chinese call “interesting times.”

To understand the tension between professionalism and spiritualism we need to understand the tension between intellect and intuition. Our intellect is like a plodding housewife doing things step by step, in an orderly and well-known and above all reliable fashion. Our intuition is more like a femme fatale leading us straight to the top experience of being right at the stroke of lightning. Even the follies of intellect are dull, while the follies of the intuition at least make for great living.
In my mind there is no doubt that the development of civilization follows the development of intellect. Greece and Rome are our roots. However, the victorious intellect has pushed away the people with more sensitivity and intuition. When even religion became an institution and so the province of’ regular thinkers, people who felt and thought differently had to withdraw to the woods and the hills. In the end this led to the painful confusion around witches and witch hunting. Read more

Where Regression Therapy Stands: Towards a Body of Knowledge




Based on an analysis of the First World Congress of Regression Therapists, 2003 in TheNetherlands
Hans TenDam & Fons Van den Heuvel
CONTENTS Press here for the full version of the article.
1 Towards a professional body of knowledge
2 Practitioner workshops
3 Research workshops
4 Differences between practitioners
5 Proposed research
This analysis is based on the work of Fons Van den Heuvel, who was responsible for recording the congress and, in the framework of his graduation thesis, listened to all the recordings, read
all the handouts and summarized and commented them. His work, which includes copies of the handouts of the workshops, can be ordered on CD-ROM at
Diversity in regression therapy V1.2
Fons van den Heuvel 27-7-2008 page 2 of 32 pages

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Hans TenDam – Bio


Name: Hans ten Dam




Resume:  Drs Hans TenDam, CRT has a degree in educational psychology. He has been a management consultant since 1970. In 1982 he discovered past life regression and became one of the pioneers in the field. His school, Tasso Institute, gives courses in transpersonal therapy and transpersonal coaching.

He initiated the ‘Dutch School’ in regression therapy. He has 30 years of experience as therapist and teacher. He has been teaching in the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, India, Portugal and Brazil and done workshops in Germany, Finland, Turkey, Ireland, the UK and the USA.

His books Exploring Reincarnation and Deep Healing: A Practical Outline of Regression Therapy are considered groundbreaking and are translated into German, Portuguese and Turkish.

He organised the First World Congress for Regression Therapists in 2003 and was a presenter at the next World Congresses held 2006 in New Delhi, 2008 near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and 2011 near Izmir, Turkey. He founded EARTh 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany and has been its President from 2007 to 2013.

Because of his many international activities he has only a limited private practice.

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