Presentation Time: ~30min
What is Regression Therapy? A Brief Historical Regression
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What is Regression Therapy? :Regression Therapy is approaching the root of our problems by recalling, reliving and processing situations that were traumatic in our life and interfere with our ability to function well in the present. By discovering, reliving and understanding those causes we may find deep and lasting relief. What is Regression Therapy?
What makes it different to other therapies? It does not limit itself to talk therapy. Altered states of consciousness are typical for recalling and reliving. Experiences that surface do not always belong to the current life. What makes it different to other therapies?
Do regression therapists believe past lives are real? No one has to believe in the existence of a past life to be able to work with it. Regression therapists are prepared and equipped to deal with past life recall. They found out that such phenomena occur very often. Conventional psychotherapists are not willing to overcome the current materialist paradigm, and so may unjustifiably label a patient in an ‘exceptional’ category. Do regression therapists believe past lives are real?
Is accepting the existence of “former lives”, rejecting modern science? Not necessarily. Many scientists are currently challenging the premises of the Cartesian paradigm. A cumulative body of evidence, findings and publications by prominent and qualified scientists contradicts the mainstream scientific axioms. We expect this trend will bring a shift in perspective.
When should people refer someone to a regression therapist? When conventional therapies do not work. When medication only suppresses the symptoms of a persistent psychological, psychosomatic or chronic physical problem. When people seem ready to face deeper aspects of their personality and come to grips with them.
What are the problems most commonly dealt effectively with regression therapy? :Migraines & Headaches Weight problems Eating disorders PTSD Asthma Obsessions DID (MPD) Anxiety and Stress Above all finding meaning & finding purpose in life What are the problems most commonly dealt effectively with regression therapy? Intense phobias Relationship problems Sexual problems Identity Problems Addictions Nightmares Recurrent Dreams Night Terrors Insomnia Attention Deficit Disorder
Is Regression Therapy effective? Dr. Hazel Denning, executive director of the Association of Past-life Research and Therapies, studied the results of eight therapists with nearly 1000 patients between 1985-1992. After five years she traced 450 of the patients and found the following figures:
Yet another study… In the Netherlands, in 1992 Ronald Vander Maessen investigated the effectiveness of regression therapy with 401 clients of 32 therapists. The results were reached with an average of 15 hours of therapy during six sessions. Most patients had tried everything else before they resorted to regression therapy. Six months after the end of this therapy the patients reported:
…and in a survey done by R. L. Clark in the US in 1995 the therapists responded that: : PLT dispels the fear of death, loss and failure PLT demonstrates that we are not identical to our body PLT provides rapid and complete cure of difficult problems PLT relieves symptoms that have resisted all other techniques PLT overcomes child abuse PLT locates sources of fear PLT deals effectively with hallucinations PLT breaks blocks to success PLT develops a sense of personal responsibility PLT enhances one’s understanding of self and others PLT broadens client’s frame of reference PLT helps in spiritual growth and development
When did regression therapy originate? There are a lot of researchers that suggest a possible link to ancient healing done in Egypt or the healing Temples of Asklepios in Greece. Sleep temples were hospitals of sorts, healing a variety of ailments, perhaps many of them psychological in nature. The treatment involved chanting, placing the patient into a trancelike or hypnotic state, and analysing their dreams in order to determine treatment. The Greek treatment was refered to as incubation. Meditation, fasting, baths and sacrifices to the patron deity or other spirits were often involved as well. This can be seen as early psychotherapy. They also suggest that ceremonies in the Mysteries of Eleusis were related to such experiences that resemble regression techniques.
Modern times However, most researchers place the discovery of the ability of persons to recall previous existences through regression with the publication of the book of Albert de Rochas in 1911 “Les Vies Sucessives”. In this book he wrote cases of his subjects that were regressed further and further to the past and found themselves in what looked like a former life. He stretched his experiments even more by progressing his patients to the future. He was the head administrator of École Polytechnique of Paris, but was forced to resign because of his interest with the occult.
Other researchers report cases of past lives recall in the 1950s: Sir Alexander Cannon came up with hundreds of regressions expressing his certainty on the phenomenon of reincarnation. Inacio Ferreira in Brazil saw past lives as an explanation of psychiatric problems but had no therapeutic response. Dr. Ivanova in the USSR and Dr. Bjorkhem in Sweden also induced hundreds of regressions to former lives but did not publish them. Ron Hubbard in the US came up with the same phenomenon.
The findings keep piling up in the 60s : Joan Grant wrote about her remarkably detailed ‘far memory.’ Her third husband Dr. Kelsey reported cases of curing with the use of regression to the origin of problem which was found in a former life. Dr Arthur Guirdham was writing about the massacre of the Cathars by the Inquisition in the 13th century and the group reincarnation of some of them. He also found that psychiatric problems may arise from former incarnations. Arnall Bloxham, a hypnotherapist, tried to solve the arthritis of his client, who spontaneously regressed to her former lives and got spectacular insights out of her journey.
The first wave of regression that was used specifically for therapy comes in the 70s : Now things become more systematic: Dr. Netherton came with a systematic approach to solve problems that stem from former lives. Dr. Fiore published her findings with spectacular cures when people were regressed into former lives. Dr. Wambach regressed 1500 volunteers and came up with spectacular statistical results. Dr. Dethlefsen published interesting case studies from Europe. Dr. Grof published his experiments on patients with LSD. Images arose that seemed to come from former incarnations also.
Past Lives Therapy :That is the title that Dr. Netherton gave to his technique. Without the use of hypnosis, he managed to get his patients beyond childhood and beyond prenatal and birth periods into a past life to locate the source of the problem. He is actually the first man to use past life recall and reliving specifically and systematically for therapy. He is now considered one of the living pioneers of Regression Therapy.
Meanwhile… : A significant body of evidence is gathered from one of the most prominent scientists of the 20th century Dr. Ian Stevenson. He founded the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia. (1918-2007)
Where do Reincarnation and Biology intersect? : Since 1960 Dr. Stevenson gathered thousands of cases of young children from all over the world that did vividly recall their previous lifetime. In many cases the stories of the children were verified and fitted factual details of the former personalities. He even found current birthmarks corresponding to the fatal wounds of the former personalities. Despite his discoveries he remained skeptical of regressing people in past lives.
The second wave of the 80s : Dr. Weiss comes with a blockbuster that changes the public awareness of the field. Dr. Woolger, a Jungian therapist, comes with his own findings in a another useful approach with emphasis on body work. Dr. Oppenheim and Dr. Whitton use their psychoanalytic toolkit to deal with all this incoming former existences and lives between lives stages.
Roger Woolger & DMP :Roger Woolger & DMP Another one of the living pioneers of Regression Therapy. He introduced in the process of regression new ideas. Among them: the Jungian concept of the shadow and the importance of body work in unblocking hidden traumas and carryovers from former incarnations. Now he is the tutor of his technique called Deep Memory Process DMP at an international level.
An association is formed : In 1980 The Association for Past Life Research and Therapies (APRT) is formed. APRT publishes the first Journal of Regression Therapy in 1986. A lot of prominent pioneers get together to share their findings. The first research findings are published. The first conferences start to be held. Later on this association is renamed as the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies (IARRT). The International Board for Regression Therapy (IBRT) is formed to set standards for professional qualifications.
The Wave of the 90s : Significant publications come out these years that change the status quo. Practicing doctors see that their clients heal with spectacular rapidity and decide to speak out about taboo subjects such as reincarnation or spirit possession.
Two definitive contributions to the field of Regression Therapy : Exploring Reincarnation was written by Hans TenDam, president of the EARTh and one of the leading experts on regression therapy. This ground-breaking work offers evidence of the most recent research, the relationship between past-life memories and paranormal abilities, cases of sudden recall of past lives, karma, events before death and beyond death. Deep Healing a book for professionals full of counseling techniques for regression therapy.
On the other hand… : Regression therapists did not only produce often spectacular healings but also convincing cases whose details later were confirmed to belong to real people whom the person in regression had no way to know. So these memories were no fantasies. Such as…
“The Reincarnation of James” : Bruce Kelly had no clue to the origin of his terror of water and enclosed places. A regression by hypnotherapist Rick Brown brought him in the sinking of a US submarine in the WW II called Shark. Kelly’s trivial and detailed memories were substantiated by high school records, a birth certificate, and records of the US Navy and Civilian Conservation Corps.
An even more complex story… : Linda Tarazi a psychotherapist from the US regressed her client (L.D.) many times to the life of a Spanish woman named Antonia in the late 1500s. She compiled long lists of historical data, most of which was only verifiable in ancient municipal records from the city of Cuenca, Spain. What impressed Tarazi was the vast amount of specific details in the woman’s account. These resources were unavailable to L.D. since she did not speak Spanish and had never been to Spain. Some information was considered to be erroneous, but was verified by archival records… More in “Under the Inquisition”…
Another intriguing story by Captain Robert Snow of the Indianapolis PD… : Snow, while being regressed, was surprised by the vivid images because he did not believe in past lives or accurate hypnotic recall. Determined to prove that the details he obtained were products of his imagination he investigated them and reported them in “Looking for Carroll Beckwith”. He listed 28 statements that could either be refuted or verified regarding the life of the unknown artist in his past-life image. Snow astounded himself by verifying 27 out of the 28.
At the same time… : Significant research took place in related fields: Systematic studies of Near Death Experiences corroborated the findings of regression therapists. Further studies on consciousness and Out-of-Body Experiences supported the idea that consciousness can exist without a body. Research on Psi-related phenomena also challenged the prevalent materialist paradigm.
Upon the advent of the new millennium newcomers join in… :Upon the advent of the new millennium newcomers join in… Andy Tomlinson who has contributed to the field by improving the training of therapists has published two books full of transcripts from his sessions. Ian Lawton also in the UK published his own findings in his book “The Wisdom of the Soul”
A need for an International Conference sprang up… : So the 1st World Congress for Regression Therapists was held in the Netherlands in 2003… …to be followed by the WCRT2 in India in 2006…
…and the next one? :…and the WCRT3 in Brasil in 2008… …and the next one? … the next one, WCRT4 will be held in Turkey in 2011. Visit: www.regressioncongress.com Join us!
How do therapists induce a regression? :By a mental, emotional or somatic bridge: a symptom that is already trance like and needs focusing By imagination By hypnotism By magnetism By psychic trance By clairvoyance – usually somebody else’s. How do therapists induce a regression?
What experiences are common with regression to former lives? Past-life experiences are usually visual and in color, sometimes including odors and sounds. The images seem more real than dreams and do not feel as distorted. Past life regressions seem to have a life of their own. The scenes unfold on their own. Subjects sense they are not making up, as in daydreams. They may feel like watching a movie that is vaguely familiar. The imagery produces an uncanny feeling of familiarity. At times, the subject may return nostalgic, even homesick. The subject strongly identifies with one character despite profound differences in physical appearance, occupation, sex, race or other life circumstances. A wide range of past-life emotions may be experienced during a regression. Subjects may feel they are in the body of the person with whom they identify, and at times may observe the scene from the outside. The experience often mirrors present issues in the subject’s life. The conflicts and dilemmas in the regression usually relate to actual circumstances or struggles. Dr. Raymond Moody identified twelve experiences…
Dr. Moody continued… : The regression may be followed by genuine improvement in one’s mental state. Repressed, pent-up or stuck emotions may be released by catharsis and produce a strong feeling of relief. Regressions may affect medical conditions. In some instances there may be dramatic improvement -or even spontaneous resolution- of physical symptoms. Like in normal memory, regressions develop according to their relation to an actual life theme; they do not follow a historical timeline. Past-life regressions become easier. Next times, people will likely experience past-life images more quickly, and often more vivid. Most past lives are mundane. Subjects usually experience lifetimes that are quite common for the time period to which they regress. …in “Coming Back: A Psychiatrist Explores Past-Life Journeys”
In the summer of 2006 something remarkable happened… : EARTh was founded in Frankfurt. It aims to improve and enlarge the professional application of regression therapy: By providing a meeting ground for regression therapists through conferences, meetings, websites, internet forums and newsletters for individual practitioners, researchers, teachers, training programs and regional or national associations in the field of regression therapy. By developing professional standards for the practice of therapy as well as in training and research. By stimulating and doing research and disseminating research findings.
Can one get a University degree on Regression Therapy? : No universities or institutions offer a degree in regression therapy, as regression is directly challenging the accepted framework of science. For them, regression therapy is metaphysical. Only private schools offer a basic training in regression therapy.
Are there any schools for Regression Therapists approved by the EARTh? As it is already said, Yes.
As Roger Woolger said: “One reason to explain these images as coming from a former life is the extreme vividness of the images, to the point where clients express strong emotions as they appear to be re-experiencing the scenes. In trance, they may shed tears of sadness or joy, scream in fear or agony, contort their body in pain, sob uncontrollably for several minutes, squirm, grimace or express ecstatic jubilation.”
Quotes from the pioneers of Regression Therapy “Throughout history, humankind has been resistant to change and to the acceptance of new ideas… When Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter, the astronomers of that time refused to accept or even to look at these satellites because the existence of these moons conflicted with their accepted beliefs. So it is now with psychiatrists and other therapists, who refuse to examine and evaluate the considerable evidence being gathered about survival after bodily death and about past life memories. Their eyes are tightly shut.” Brian Weiss MD (“Many Lives, Many Masters”)
… and some more… :”If someone’s phobia is eliminated instantly and permanently by the remembrance of an event from the past, it seems to make logical sense that that event must have happened.” Dr. Edith Fiore (“The Unquiet Dead”) “Past life healing experiences, for reasons that I cannot explain, almost always lead to rapid improvements in the patients’ lives.“ Dr. Gerald Edelstien … and some more…
…and some more… : “To give the reader some idea of the remarkable range of human problems that have responded to past life regression in my psychotherapy practice, here is a list of the more common issues I have treated … Insecurity and fear of abandonment; depression and low energy; phobias and irrational fears; sadomasochistic behavior patterns; guilt and martyr complexes; material insecurity and eating disorders; accidents, violence, and physical brutality; family struggles; sexual difficulties and abuse; marital problems; and chronic physical ailments.” Roger Woolger PhD (“Other Lives, Other Selves”)
…and more… :”Past lives therapy allows you to stop doing things to people because you have to and to start doing things with people because you want to.” Dr. Morris Netherton (“Past Lives Therapy”) “Most people do not benefit from psychoanalysis because the trauma lies not in this life but in a past life.” Dr. Alexander Cannon
…and one more! : “My hope is that you keep your mind open. It is not hypnotherapists who heal, it is you who have the ultimate responsibility. Past life regression and progression into future lives allow you to expand and explore your awareness and eliminate fear, anxiety, depression, and other negative tendencies, as well as the fear of death. Hypnotherapy is neither magic or a panacea. It is a way to help shape the future. By creating your own reality with the knowledge from your subconscious and superconscious minds, you can positively effect your present and future lives.” Dr. Bruce Goldberg (“Past Lives, Future Lives”)
If you are interested in regression therapy… : If you are interested to have a regression find one of our professional members in your country… If you are a professional and you have findings that challenge your formal education, join us… If you are simply interested in frontier research join us as a student member… Be welcome and discover
Visit our website: www.earth-association.org :There you will find: Lists of associated therapists and students A variety of articles on the way we work. A collection of videos on regression therapy and related fields. A library of related books and references to our work.
Join us in our Annual Conventions : Each summer we have a full week of workshops and seminars offered by the pioneers of our field. We gather in different countries and share our experiences and findings. Join the action and the fun!
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Help! I need to explore the source of my pain. Regression therapy might be the right direction to go.
What is the quality of your pain? What do physicians tell you about it? Did you do all the necessary tests to check the cause of it? If you have done all of the above and the pain persists then you should try to find a therapist in our fund a therapist section…
I have never heard of past life regression therapy until my friend mentioned she was involved with it. I find it interesting that this process can provide “deep and lasting relief.” I’m glad there have been so many great options for therapy. I think it has benefited a lot of people. Thanks for sharing this with me.
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