Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy

trauma release

Treating the Core Issue

by Trisha Caetano

Core issues underlie behavior, says this author. When using past-life regression therapy (PLRT), she advises, it is important to address the client’s case from an overview position, using the client’s response to a theme to focus the session on a search for the core of a behavior pattern instead of the surface presenting problem. The purpose of PLRT then is to remove the subconscious reactive part of a traumatic past-life experience, putting the individual in present time in a position of conscious choice instead of reactive programming.

A core issue may be defined as a viewpoint or feeling that motivates behavior. A core-issue incident is an experience that causes an individual to form a viewpoint, feeling or emotion that originates a pattern of behavior. Primary core issues are: anger, fear, control, worth/worthlessness, good/bad, power/helplessness, trust/betrayal, loss, guilt, etc.

 There may be one primary core issue active in a specific lifetime and any number of secondary issues associated with it or derived from it. For example, concepts of “good” and “bad” are usually formed early on the time line of the reincarnation cycle. There can be a number of lifetimes when, because of entirely different circumstances, the individual may have concluded that he (or she) was bad, and then associated other viewpoints around this core issue, programming and cross-referencing them on the same tape in the memory banks. These are the secondary core issues. Read more

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

About Roger Woolger

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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.

Introduction 

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

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