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What is Past Life Therapy?
Past Life Therapy is a spiritual form of transpersonal psychotherapy, that provides a guided healing experience which can put you in touch with your own inner wisdom and help you discover your higher purpose in life.
Many clients have used past life therapy to understand and transform negative behavior patterns, to turn unhealthy relationships into growth opportunities and to release unconscious, deeply held emotional traumas that generated chronic feelings of fear, depression, anxiety, and rage.
Sessions normally last anywhere from one hour to two hours depending on the scope of the work and the willingness on the part of the client to venture deeply into a session.
Past Life Therapy is not just for people who believe in reincarnation. Through a gentle process combining relaxation and guided visualization, you will get in touch with your own personal mythology -- the hidden patterns of thought, emotion and behavior that unconsciously motivate you to act in certain ways. These patterns emerge in your habits, tendencies, inclinations, conditioning and the kinds of relationships you form. Past Life Therapy can be a mirror into the soul, and a tool to encourage the release of those outmoded thought patterns and behaviors which do not serve your best interest. It can also be a path to self enlightenment and soul evolution and a means to find peaceful forms of communication and communion with everyone in your life.
There may be an expectation that in a past life therapy session, you will be hypnotized to such an extent that you will have no recollection of the session and will require a tape recording to hear what happened 'to you'. Others believe a past life therapy session is like watching a movie or like getting a psychic reading, where the therapist will 'tune in' to your past lives and recall them for you. There may be some psychics, intuitives or hypnotists who perform such sessions, but this is not what we do at Satya Center.
In a session we guide you through a set of visualizations in order to help you into a semi-hypnotic state, where all that you see, hear, and experience will be consciously experienced by you. We are your guides through your own story journey which you will remember during and at the conclusion of the session. Most sessions last between one and two hours, including the introductory intake, explanation of what to expect, and the session itself, followed by 'integration', which will help you to make the connections between your 'story' told and your current life and relations.
Some people who are very visual may find the session has similarities to cinema. Others who are not visual, may simply reexperience the events, in a physically and emotionally safe space so that they can become aware of important information. The most important part of the sessions are the feelings one experiences. We work with clients to do a lot of releasing work to clear detrimental energies within the aura or the memory and sometimes even working on clearing cellular memories. Before a session, we help clients to formulate an intent for the session which drives the script, so to speak, so that afterwards, we can help you to clarify and digest the information received.
In a past life session you can finally become conscious of your own mythology and tell the story that reveals the patterns shaping your behavior, your emotions, and your relationships. And in so doing, you can free yourself from unwanted emotions, relations, and impediments to an evolutionary joyous life.
"A lifetime may be needed merely to gain the virtues
which annul the errors of man's preceding life. . .
The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us,
are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others --
existences which the spirit alone remembers,
for Matter has no memory for spiritual things.
Thought alone holds the tradition of the bygone life.
The endless legacy of the past to the present is the secret source of human genius. . .
The final life, the fruition of all other lives,
to which the powers of the soul have tended,
and whose merits open the Sacred Portals to perfected man,
is the life of Prayer. . .
Silence and meditation
are the means of following that Way. . .
It is thus that the separation takes place between Matter,
which so long has wrapped its darkness around you;
and Spirit, which was in you from the beginning. .
and now brings noon-day to your soul."
from "The Heir of Heaven" by Honore de Balzac
Selected Past Life Therapy Links
Introducing Past Life Therapy, Karma and Reincarnation
Past Life Therapy
There's nothing like a first person account of a past life therapy session to impart the true flavor of the experience. I thank Bob Olson, Editor at OfSpirit.com, for his article, "I Cried, Shivered And Shook! The Physical, Emotional And Psychological Impact Of A Successful Past-Life Regression".
About.com's Past Life Therapy Index has many, many first person stories of past life experiences, arranged by nationality, race, locale, personality, historical significance, and specific time periods.
Schools of Past Life Therapy
David Quigley's Alchemical Hypnotherapy
California Hypnotherapist David Quigley has created a system for healing and spiritual development he calls Alchemical Hypnotherapy. Alchemical Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process designed to assist the client in working with their Inner Guides to change their lives. Alchemical Hypnotherapy synthesizes techniques from many modern schools of Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and Psychology. It includes Gestalt, Regression Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Psychosynthesis and Shamanism with the ancient science of Alchemy as translated and channeled to the modern world by Dr. Carl Jung.
Henry Bolduc, an American pioneer of hypnotic past life regression therapy began his career as a research hypnotherapist in the Nineteen Sixties, and chronicled over twenty-five years of real-life experiences with clients sitting in the past life chair in his book, now available for free download : "The Journey Within Past-Life Regression and Channeling".
Simple narrative structure relates stories of clients who experienced healing, emotional release, and spiritual insights about themselves and their loved ones during past life therapy sessions. Some clients relived past lives that seemed to contain the seeds of karma they were seeing come to flower in their own lives in the present. Some clients contacted towering intelligences living in spiritual worlds. These intelligences seemingly contacted and even spoke through“ the entranced subjects, conveying an insightful, relevant viewpoint that demonstrated a wisdom far beyond the spiritual development of the subject having the regression.
International Board for Regression Therapy
The International Board for Regression Therapy (IBRT) Inc. is an independent examining and certifying board for past life therapists, researchers, and training programs. This organization offers an overview of the scientific research into past life therapy.
Dr. Morris Netherton
Dr. Morris Netherton established the Association for the Alignment of Past-Life Experience (AAPLE) to continue his work as a past life therapist. Dr. Netherton did not place clients into an altered state, and the pre-birth memories accessed by Netherton tended to be of time spent in the womb, especially the mother's emotional state, which Netherton held to be very important to human development.
A belief in reincarnation is not necessary for the therapy to be successful, according to the AAPLE. There is no formal hypnotic induction. The process accesses hypnotic states that exist from prior traumatic experiences and remain unresolved in today's life patterns.
Dr. Brian L. Weiss
As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from "the space between lives," which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss's family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
In his first book: "Many Lives, Many Masters", Dr. Weiss vividly describes the insights of a young patient named Catherine. She came to important realizations about the circumstances of her life today and the intricate thread of previous beings within her experience.
"Through Time Into Healing" contains numerous case histories which illustrate the healing potential of past life regression therapy, and it provides several techniques for eliciting past life recall.
"Only Love Is Real" is the story of Pedro and Elizabeth, two patients who have lost each other across lifetimes and now have another chance to reconnect. A romantic story of soulmates reunited.
"Messages From The Masters"-drawing on the wisdom of the Masters, Dr. Weiss reveals the essential life force in the universe and the ultimate healing energy. Its name is love. And he shows us how to harness its awesome power.
Dr. Roger Woolger
Jungian therapist, meditator, and comparative mythologist Dr. Roger Woolger's book "Other Lives, Other Selves: A Jungian Psychotherapist Discovers Past Lives" is a classic in the field. Dr. Woolger finds that it doesn't matter whether you believe in reincarnation or not "the unconscious mind will almost always produce a past-life story when invited in the right way. Even if the conscious mind is highly skeptical, the unconscious mind is a true believer."
Drawing on both Western science and Eastern spirituality, Dr. Woolger shows how patients have unlocked the secrets of their innermost memories-the often self-destructive cycles that are repeated life after life - to overcome the insecurity, depression, guilt, inhibition, family dysfunction and physical illness that they have inherited from their past lives. A lucid, compelling account of a revolutionary therapeutic technique, "Other Lives, Other Selves" offers an alternative path to self-improvement and self-enlightenment that addresses the whole person: mind, body and spirit.
Patricia L. Walsh
Shamanic Practitioner, Evolutionary Astrologer and trained by Roger Woolger, now co-teacher & Chief Trainer for Woolger Training USA, Patricia Walsh can be reached for appointments through her website. "Deep Memory Process / Regression Therapy - This work is designed to rapidly get to the core issues and problems from your present and past lives that are still affecting you today and help bring them to completion and resolution."
Karma and Reincarnation
Reincarnation: Its Meaning and Consequences
compares the Christianized New Age version of reincarnation as a form of soul evolution and the original Hindu and Buddhist concepts of reincarnation, which definitely have no room for a personal soul or seed of self that carries over memories and other personality details from lifetime to lifetime.
Rebirth and Other Worlds; Karma; The Soul and Immortality
by Sri Aurobindo presents the case for a Hindu model of karma and rebirth that transcends dualism and views the reincarnation experience as a spiritual form of evolution. Sri Aurobindo Sri Aurobindo elaborates on this case in his beautiful and profound book "Rebirth and Karma". Sri Aurobindo distinguishes between Buddhist, Western and Hindu views on karma and reincarnation. Aurobindo views the traditional Hindu ideas of karma and rebirth as based on dualistic philosophy, fueled by a desire to utterly transcend material creation. Aurobindo's idea is that my evolution as a soul, and the evolution of the groups I belong to, is interwoven with the evolution of the human race, and that the evolution of the human race is interwoven with the spiritual evolution of that big being we know as the Universe, the Unity that comprises creation. Aurobindo says that the purpose of human life is to bring spirit consciously into the center of one's daily life. Having done that, one becomes aware that one has no separate existence, apart from the whole. This is the end point of the soul's evolution through material creation, when by infusing material creation with spiritual thoughts, deeds, feelings, prayers, and words, we come to inhabit the highest spiritual worlds while still here on this Earth. In doing so we leave behind us questions concerning individual existence and the fate of the personality after death.
Rebirth, the Master Key, published by The Rosicrucian Fellowship, provides an exoteric explanation of the Rosicrucian view of reincarnation. The Light Beyond Death, a free online e-book by Rosicrucian author Max Heindel provides a profound exposition of Christian mysticism under the banner of the Rosy Cross.
This is not a substitute for medical advice.