Past life therapy is a sub modality of hypnotherapy, it is the therapeutic treatment introduced whilst a client is in a state of hypnosis. It is a holistic therapy that works on the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Hypnosis is a technique within which the subconscious mind is utilised to achieve a therapeutic end. In this case the client is regressed and helped to recall a ‘past life’. It involves the experience of an altered psychological state allowing the client to be more receptive and responsive to the suggestion of inner experiences. It allows the client to re-experience a trauma in a safe controlled environment. During the therapy a client may recall a true/actual past life or they may construct a confabulation based upon cryptomnesia, or a reconstruction of archetypal images representing an actual event in their life. Either way it is down to the therapist to carefully analyse the evidence and use it to direct the clients subconscious mind into resolving whatever trauma or issue that has lead to the current situation.
Firstly a preliminary meeting occurs between client and therapist. This is where the therapist gains valuable client details such as contact information and medical details and also identifies the clients need for past life therapy. This is done by a series of questions and even inducing a preliminary hypnotic state to help get a sense of what’s going on. Usually the presenting issue will fall under one of three headings, a past life traumatic event, a negative act carried out by the client or a commitment/contract made by the client. A preliminary meeting is also a perfect time for the client to gain an insight into past life therapy, ask questions and then decide if it’s right for them. The therapist can use this time to start to develop a rapport with the client which is an important alliance of trust and respect. It help the client can feel safe and comfortable so the work that needs to be done can get done efficiently.
Past life recall can be down to reincarnation, this is where the body dies but the mind continues on and is reborn into another body again and again until the spirit attains complete self-realization and gives up its identification. Whilst on the journey through these lives the spirit experiences traumas and issues that are carried through to the next life and beyond. More often than not these traumas are repressed and pushed away into the subconscious mind where they are forgotten by the conscious mind. The repressed memory doesn’t disappear it has an accumulative effect and reappears as an unrelated anxiety, phobia or behavioural pattern. Past life therapy brings forward the subconscious mind and takes the client back to the point when the trauma occurred. Once abreaction occurs and there is a discharge of the emotions involved in reliving and recalling the traumatic event the client is free of the repression and all the neurosis caused by it.
This same release principle also applies to cryptomnesia which is where the client creates a scenario from memories or skills which were acquired subconsciously or through subtle, subliminal means but with no conscious memory of where they came from. They may also create a scenario by dipping into the Universal memory bank called the Collective Unconsciousness. This is where the residue of experiences formed by evolution over millennia are stored. So during regression it is possible for the client to describe a past life out of a series of primordial images to create a symbolic story giving clues to the true unconscious repressed memories.
After a preliminary session is carried out the therapist can then make a judgement on how to proceed and plan the following sessions. To carry out hypnosis planning and preparation are the key, this is done by creating scripts. A therapist must ensure their scripts have the inclusion of synonyms, para phrased suggestions, connective words, time designations and plenty of repetition. All of these will help get the clients focus of attention directed away from the external world more easily. The other purpose of developing specific scripts is so that the most information can be gleamed about a persons past life as is practicable in that session. It also ensures that no mistakes occur, no wrongly placed word or phrases and that the client is correctly regressed and brought back to the present in the exact same way. Any wrong word or phrase can allow the clients mind to fabricate a past life image which is counter productive. The therapist will also never interpret or add to details produced by the client as the clients unconscious mind will latch onto it and fabricate a story with false memories. A therapist is guided by the law of the 5 P’s “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”.
So a past life therapy continues with a hypnotic induction. This involves the therapist redirecting the clients focus of conscious attention and then making suggestions to the subconscious mind to relax. The therapist makes continuous suggestions to enter a relaxed (or light hypnotic) state ready to accept further suggestion. The session then continues with the deepening process. This is the point where the client shows symptoms of light hypnosis (such as lassitude, slight flushing of the face, regular/shallow breathing, eyes rolled upwards in the head). The therapist now gets the client to use visual imagery to help them accept suggestions to enter a deeper level of hypnosis. The client is now in a heightened state of awareness and suggestibility. Once the client has achieved this deeper level they are now ready for therapeutic intervention. The therapist now makes beneficial suggestions which are immediately accepted by the conscious mind. This is the stage where the client is taken back to birth and then to any previous lives which may have issues buried deep within them. The revisiting of a past life can be done either by the client choosing to re-experience it first hand through the eyes of the past life persona or by third person from the side lines. Therapeutic intervention is designed to get to the root of the presenting problem by aiding the client to ‘relive’ past lives and then identify the event where the trauma or contract occurred. This may involve the client experiencing a traumatic death scene, it is the therapists role to guide them to just before the defining event and through it to the other side. The client needs to go through to a point beyond death in order to commence an evaluation of that life. They need to experience abreaction to release the memories and to allow healing to commence. Abreaction is basically the discharge of energy/emotions involved in reliving an event. The level of abreaction is only as unpleasant as the original trauma. This is a moment of catharsis, once the event is released the person is free of all the neurosis caused by it. It is a moment of liberation and illumination.
Once the client has under gone suggestive therapy and experienced their past lives they can be released from their hypnotic state. Before releasing them the therapist double checks that the client has resolved all that needs to be resolved and then closes out of the session by applying the following routine. Remove any and all unwanted suggestions, Inform the client that they will return to the present refreshed, instruct the client to remember what he/she did and inform the client that they will be able to return to this state easily and without effort whenever they feel it appropriate to do so. The therapist then counts the client back to conscious brain activity and their current life. A session usually finishes with after-care, this is a chance for the client to reorientate themselves and discuss what has happened and how to go forward.
Past life therapy can be beneficial in many areas: phobias, irrational fears, health problems, removing the fear of death, family and relationship dysfunctions, addictions and disorders. It defuses negative patterns and finds a reason for present life difficulties. It eliminates guilt and anxiety and clears blockages. It can help a client to develop their potential and unlock their latent talents, to create a better understanding of others and reveal their life purpose and their reason for reincarnating. Past life therapy creates a sense of knowing and accepting oneself as a spiritual being. It teaches clients that conditions we encounter in our present life are not simply a punishment for ‘bad karma’ or misdeeds in a former life but that we can inflict misery on ourselves as a way of releasing guilt from a past life. Past life therapy entails to go back and re-frame an incident from a previous life so healing can take place in a present life. Allowing a person to better be able to dis-identify from their issues and to begin the healing process.