Talk of ‘past lives’ often produces an understandably sceptical reaction from people.
It’s something that traditional practitioners such as myself are wary of discussing lest we be branded as ‘new age’. Hypnosis is, after all, a scientifically proven process – and is sometimes used by leading psychiatrists and psychotherapists.
In fact, it was one such eminent US physician, Dr Brian Weiss, who in 1980 stumbled across the phenomenon while treating a young woman called Catherine.
When 18 months of traditional psychotherapy had failed to help her, he turned to hypnosis.
He asked her to “Go back to the time from which the symptoms arise”, and was astonished when she went back to a life as a peasant girl in 1800 BC – a life that she was able to describe in vivid detail, including her death in a tidal wave that destroyed her village.
Dr Weiss went on to conduct several regressions with Catherine, revealing numerous past lives.
Catherine had experienced traumas that seemed to have a direct link to her issues in this life, and after the process she seemed completely cured.
His book, Many Lives, Many Masters, became a world-wide publishing sensation, and so the therapy of past-life regression was born.
Since that time, Dr Weiss has regressed more than 4,000 clients, and is convinced there is often a causal effect between trauma, both physical and emotional, suffered in one life, and issues affecting a current life.
In 1986 eminent Canadian psychiatrist Dr Joel L Whitton co-authored a book entitled Life Between Life, which explored the period between lives – again, based on the hypnotic regression of hundreds of clients.
Of course, none of this would have come as any surprise to the hundreds of millions of Buddhists and Hindus around the world who believe in reincarnation.
But what if you are a Christian – or an atheist? Firstly, a number of early Christian sects, such as the Cathars in southern France, believed in reincarnation. Many of the Gnostics did, too.
I have conducted numerous regression sessions at the request of clients, and there is no doubt in my mind that the phenomenon exists.
One alternative explanation is that the apparent past-life experience is a construct of the sub-conscious mind, using symbolism from information we are exposed to in our daily lives in films and TV, to create a parable for our problems.
I will leave you to make up your own mind, but either way, there is plenty of evidence that past-life regression can help people to recover from debilitating issues.
Many people also choose to explore past-life regression out of curiosity, to see where they have been and what they have done, perhaps as part of some spiritual quest. And contrary to popular myth, they don’t all claim to have been Cleopatra or Julius Caesar!
So if it’s something you would like to explore, I am happy to help you on this journey – and I can record the experience for you so that you have a permanent record.