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Past Life Regression
by Geoffrey Knight
Geoffrey Knight

Regression therapy is very commonly used in hypnotherapy in order to find the cause of some emotional problem that a client is seeking to change. A client, under hypnosis, is taken back in his or her present life to a situation or event in the past. Often this is a traumatic event which so affected the client at the time that it has had a debilitating effect on that person ever since. When this event or situation is found, the therapist and the client work together to change or re-frame the trauma experienced in the past, so that it can no longer detrimentally affect the client when therapy is successfully concluded.

Re-regression therapy is where you are taken back, in hypnosis, to a past life (or sometimes to a future life) for exactly the same reason. This is known as Past Life Regression.

Past Life Regression was first used as a therapeutic tool by a French doctor in Paris in the 1890's called Dr. Pierre Janet. The famous psychologist Sigmund Freud and Dr. Janet at one time collaborated by experimenting on past life regression. The subject was for sixty years regarded as taboo because it was thought to be unbelievable at best and something approaching occult philosophy at worst. Then an American hypnotherapist called Morey Bernstein brought the therapy back to life in the sixties with a book called "The Search For Bridey Murphy." This was a true account of one of his clients called Virginia Tighe of Colorado, who in hypnosis, went back over 200 years to when she was an Irishwoman called Bridey Murphy in Ireland and recalled an abundance of details about her life. All the facts given were checked and found to be completely accurate. Mrs. Tighe had never read a book on Ireland nor had she ever been outside Colorado.

At the same time Arnall Bloxham, an English hypnotherapist of high repute, collaborated with the BBC in making a television program of a housewife called Jane Evans. She regressed back to a twelfth century Jewess called Rachael who lived in York in 1189 in the reign of the bad King John. Live on television, she recalled how she was the wife of a wealthy money lender called Joseph. In great detail she described how she and her family and other members of the Jewish community were hounded by a mob led by a nobleman called Richard Malebisse to whom her husband had lent money and who had refused to repay the loan. They and their two children tried to take refuge in York Castle but were ejected by the constable of the castle, and eventually found their way to a crypt of a church just outside the gates of York. It was here that the family was put to death by the sword.

An historian called Prof. Dobson was intrigued, since Jane Evans was uneducated and had never read a history book about the York Massacre. He decided to check the details of Jane's story and was amazed at what he discovered. From Jane's description of the church in which they took refuge, he concluded it could only be St. Mary's Castlegate; but, since the church did not have a crypt, he questioned her memory of the events. However, a few months later when the church was being renovated, workmen found under the chancel a crypt with stone arches and vaults dating from the twelfth century. All the other facts given under hypnosis were corroborated by known facts of the massacre of Jews in York in 1180 where the rest of the community had by agreement been slain by Rabbi Yantof who then killed himself. York paid dearly for this crime by being heavily taxed, and 100 citizens were imprisoned for life. Richard Malebisse escaped to Scotland.

This is one of many recorded accounts of facts that emerge in past life regression therapy and are found to be inexplicably true. I personally believe that we have all experienced many lives. And these lives have been in many bodies, in many diverse places, under a variety of circumstances and in different sexes. This is all part of the continuity of our soul. I believe without question in the existence of our soul and in reincarnation. I am not alone in this belief, because over half of the world's population regards reincarnation as a fundamental tenet of their faith.

What a number of people don't realize is that Past Life Regression is a wonderful therapeutic tool. Recalling and re-experiencing dramas of the past can help us. Here are some examples:

  • Insecurity and fear of abandonment. Often relates to past life memories as a child, separation during war, being orphaned, left to die in times of famine.
  • Depression and low energy. Past life memories of loss of parent, unfinished grieving, suicide, deportation, massacre, etc.
  • Phobias. Every kind of trauma in a past life; e.g. death by fire, water, suffocation, natural disasters, etc.
  • Guilt. Past life memories from feeling responsible for the death of others. "It's my fault. I deserve this." Etc.etc.

But the list is extensive, and one person may have several themes that need to be worked through in the course of therapy.

Perhaps one of the most profound responses to past life regression is that inevitably it relieves the fear of death. Without exception, death is experienced in regression as a painless withdrawal from the final moment of death, and often the person lingers in spiritual form to observe the body from which they have just departed. This experience puts to rest the fear that many people hold that they will simply cease to exist when they die. Not true.

Geoffrey Knight is a clinical hypnotherapist and can be reached at (503) 246-7300. Address: 2387 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210.