Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy

Jan Erik Sigdell

Can We Establish an Ethical and Scientific Basis for Regression Work? by Jan Erik Sigdell

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In a European group much controversy recently arose about questions of ethical and scientific aspects of regression and even “elitist” claims in that respect. The discussion about this concerns everyone everywhere who works with regressions and needs to be taken to a public level in the professional community. I herewith wish to give answers to criticism and outline a basis for our work.*

What are souls?

One point of criticism was that everyone speaks about souls and even soul fractions and yet no one seems to be able to define them.

If there would be no self that survives the death of the body, there could be no reincarnation and past-life regression would be nonsense. The only valid form of regression would be the attempt to go back into memories from the childhood and, at most, the prenatal state in the womb.

But what is a soul? Since we do work with regressions under the hypothesis or theory of reincarnation, it is obvious that we are dealing with souls. For us, a simplistic and pragmatic definition is quite sufficient: the soul is your self in a state that can exist without a body. Various doctrines, religions and philosophies talk about divisions of this self in at least two parts: soul and spirit, and up to five and more parts like various sheaths (Sanskrit: kosha) or levels which constitute a kind of “anatomy” of that self, but it is of little or even no value to be concerned with that in the practical work with regressions. Hence we may for practical purposes simply regard the soul to be all of that together. Read more

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