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