Past life regression hypnotherapy - Is there any point to past life regression hypnotherapy other than entertainment value? Having given this a lot of thought I've come to realize that there are at least two important benefits to past life regression hypnotherapy.
At some point in our lives we have to face the fact that we are all going to die. Ready or not, it is going to happen. At some point in our lives we are going to take our very last breath and we are going to stop living. Most people don’t really know what happens after we take our very last breath. To most people this is a terrifying thought that affects every part of their lives.
This uncomfortable fact always reminds me of the story of the little five year old boy that had survived a rare and life threatening disease. As such he’d developed the anti-bodies to this disease. His sister wasn't as fortunate. She was unable to produce the necessary anti bodies and her life was in jeopardy. The little boy was asked to donate his blood to his sister in order to save her life. With very little hesitation the little boy agreed.
As the blood transfusion began the little boy asked the attending doctor if he would die quickly. The surprised doctor realized that the little boy was expecting to give all of his blood to his sister. The doctor quickly reassured the little boy that they were only going to take a small amount of his blood for the anti bodies and that he would very definitely survive the transfusion.
Many people are amazed at how brave this little boy was in being prepared to die for his sister, but I disagree. The little boy was certainly very generous with his blood, but I don’t think he was brave. You see, I just don’t think he was scared of being dead. No one had explained to him yet just how supposedly bad it is to die. No one had told him that if you've been bad you could go to hell and burn for all of eternity. He had no fear of death. He hadn't been to a funeral yet and observed all the tears and trauma. He had not yet seen how upset the grownups get at a funeral and as such was still at peace with dying.
This little boy did not use courage. He didn't overcome his fear of death using bravery. He just wasn't afraid of death to start with, the same as I’m not afraid of jelly beans. He saw death in the correct light. When asked to give his sister his blood it was a bit like being asked to give her his packet of jelly beans.
This little boy had a healthy attitude towards death. If it’s possible to learn that death is something to be feared, surely it’s possible to learn that death is something that is normal and natural, like birth, and should not be feared? I discovered the answer to this question by accident.
For months the pain in my lower abdomen had gotten progressively worse. My old doctor shook his head knowingly as he finished his inspection. He looked at me and said “colitis”. He then told me that I needed to change my diet and eat more fibre. I didn't have the heart to tell him that as a vegetarian I was already taking all of his advice and more.
Months later, a client had missed his flight from Kenya and as such couldn't make his session. I got the message as I walked into the office. I decided to use the time to treat myself to some deep relaxation in hypnosis and to do some goal setting. I plopped myself into the recliner and stretched out. As I dropped into deep hypnosis I realized I’d forgotten what I was doing there! It didn't matter as being in hypnosis just felt so good.
Before I had the chance to start looking for the purpose of my own hypnosis session I was surprised to suddenly find myself in a very vivid scene. In front of me a man was lying on a slab of some sort with his shirt opened up to display his stomach. While I sensed other people in the scene my attention focussed on a masked man that was working on this man’s stomach.
The man lying on the slab had his belly sliced open and the masked man was inserting what I perceived to be an iron tool of some sort into the open wound. I asked the man why he was being tortured (although it later occurred to me that he could have been undergoing surgery of some sort). The man took a while to realise I’d been talking to me. He looked at me, mumbled an answer and then, as if realizing it was all over and he was dead, got up and walked right past me. He walked a short distance, turned around to look at me, as if this was all normal, and then disappeared.
I had no idea what this was all about or what it meant. As I started emerging myself from hypnosis I became aware of a warm feeling in my belly where I’d been previously diagnosed with colitis. It felt like it was very gently vibrating and this warm feeling persisted for perhaps half an hour. The warm feeling then faded and with it went the colitis symptoms.
I have since never again experienced any of the colitis symptoms I’d suffered for so such a long time. I do appreciate the removal of the colitis, but I have come away with this experience having gained something far more valuable. I have found it impossible to deny that I have lived in some form before. I have come to the obvious realization that I was the other man being tortured (or operated on) on the slab. Every time I try to rationalise the experience away as a figment of my imagination I am reminded of the colitis symptoms that vanished having witnessed this scene.
And so the two main benefits that I've personally experienced from past life regression hypnotherapy is the removal of painful colitis and the knowledge that I can’t die. I know that at some stage my physical body will die, but I also know that I will survive this. This knowledge changes everything. It’s very difficult to be afraid of death if you know that you don’t die.
Broken heart hypnotherapy – When the people in our lives leave us for whatever reason, when we’re not in control of this change it often leads to tremendous emotional pain and suffering. Why does it hurt so much? Why does it feel like the world is ending?
I still clearly remember my first girlfriend. Her name was Alison and she was hot! Of course everything and everyone is hot when you’re five. Alison was hotter than all the other girls because she shared her school lunch with me. Just as I started giving serious consideration to asking her to marry me, she ended it all. She broke up with me to share her lunch with Roy. Even now as a mature grown man I can still feel a small pang of pain in my chest. How on earth is this possible? I haven’t seen Alison in over thirty years?
It all boils down to fear and quite literally it’s the fear of dying.
We are not born as adults. We are not born with jobs, money, bank accounts, freedom and independence. We are born as helpless, cute little blobs of flesh. When we are born we are unable to communicate very well. At best we can only signal our discontent by crying and hope that caring parents will understand and find the source of unhappiness.
As babies we’re also generally unable to get around very well. When we do start getting better at mobility we’re generally locked up in a crib or a play pen. Our parents and carers don’t do this to us out of spite, but to protect us from injury. As babies we have no experience which makes our judgement very poor. Getting a job and making money as a baby is unthinkable.
My point is that human babies, compared to all the other animals on this planet are useless. Left by themselves they would die. Babies are unable to fend for themselves. Babies know this. Any threat of rejection to a baby would lead to the destruction of the baby. When you’re a baby and unable to help yourself this is a very scary thought.
The subconscious mind is the protective mind, and it has a permanent memory. The subconscious mind exists to protect you from danger. To fully protect you from danger it has a memory of every single sight, sound, taste, touch, smell and emotion you’ve ever experienced in your entire existence. How many times do you need to burn yourself before you know that, for the rest of your life, burning yourself is not a good thing?
Of course, the first time a baby is left alone for too long the baby realizes that it’s very vulnerable and will become afraid. Left a little longer and the baby will become afraid that it could die. This is what the ultimate consequence of being fully rejected would mean to a baby. As soon as mom or dad arrives to help, the baby will calm down and forget about this traumatic event very quickly at a conscious level. This is not the case at the subconscious level.
The next time the baby senses it is alone it is reminded of its prior near death experience and screams its lungs out! This is why some people find loneliness so difficult and frightening. At some level it’s still a near death experience. The subconscious is incapable of forgetting.
Perhaps as the child is growing up it will lose sight of its parents for a few moments while shopping in a busy shopping centre. Again, the all remembering subconscious mind sees this as a life threatening experience and the young child goes into a panic attack only to be discovered moments later by the surprised parents. The very thought of being abandoned or rejected causes tremendous fear in the child based on experience.
At this point we have a young person that’s conditioned to panic whenever faced with issues of abandonment or rejection. To make matters worse, every time this child experiences anything like rejection or abandonment, it will compound the original fear.
It ‘s then no small wonder that when this person experiences a death in the family, a divorce or a romantic break-up, it’s going to hurt a lot. This person is re-experiencing all of the previous fear that has anything to do with abandonment and rejection. As a subconscious level this is seen as life threatening and is labelled as pain, suffering and heart break. Even though this person is now a mature, financially independent person, this person has been conditioned since birth to feel the fear of death at rejection and abandonment.
Unfortunately, most people will try to resolve this fear, labelled as heart break, at a conscious level. This is a bit like trying to have a conversation with the actors on TV while you’re watching TV. The people on TV can’t hear you. It’s probably going to take a lot of time and cost a lot of money and it probably still won’t work very well. To resolve subconscious hurt, you need to resolve it at the source of the pain. You need to resolve it at the subconscious level.
Fortunately, broken heart hypnotherapy makes it very easy to communicate directly with the subconscious mind. It’s easy to recondition the subconscious mind as its function is to protect you. As soon as the subconscious mind realizes that it’s misinterpreting information, which causes you pain and suffering, it will come to your aid. The subconscious mind will assist by re-framing the information so that it is seen in a more positive way. Once experiences that were originally seen as painful have been converted to positive experiences, they can’t hurt you anymore. This brings an end to the pain, suffering and heart break.
Hypnotherapy for arthritis - Most people think that arthritis is a physical illness that occurs in the body and only in the body. After years of studying consciousness and hypnosis I came to believe that this was not the case. I came to believe that arthritis had its origin in the mind and that this was the best place to treat it. Then I got arthritis myself.
In the eighteen hundreds physicians thought that hysteria was a physical disease. Patients suffered paralysis and seizures during fits of hysteria. Around this time Jean-Martin Charcot started using hypnosis to study this mysterious disease.
While Charcot never used hypnotherapy for arthritis, he did discover that he could induce the symptoms of hysteria using hypnosis. He also discovered that he could relieve the symptoms of hysteria using hypnosis. This led him to the conclusion that hysteria has an origin in the mind and not the physical body.
More specifically, Charcot came to the radical conclusion that not only was hysteria not a pathological disease but instead a disease of the mind and that this disease was caused by emotion. This has been verified by many of the world’s leading hypnotherapists based on direct personal experience with thousands of clients.
In my own practice, I have often been impressed at how rapidly symptoms of chronic illness faded once the emotional causes were addressed and corrected. I was far less impressed to discover that as a healer, I was not exempt from illness myself. Driving to work one morning I noticed that the pain in my right hand that I’d been trying to ignore for some time had reached a new level. It was now uncomfortable and painful to grip the steering wheel of my car. The time had come for me to practice hypnotherapy for arthritis on myself.
That evening on arriving home I got to work. I guided myself into hypnosis with the intention of finding the event that created the emotions causing this painful condition in my hand. I didn’t have to wait long before my subconscious mind dropped me into a scene I’d experienced as a child. My grandmother was in a lot of trouble!
My grandmother was a gentle hedonist. She lived on chocolate éclairs and cup cakes that she washed down with sugary fizzy drinks. The only thing she allowed to get in the way of all the unhealthy food was a course of at least thirty strong cigarettes a day. Of course this eventually led to obesity and emphysema. As a much loved matriarch of our large family, this caused great concern. A secret emergency family meeting was called to find a solution to this problem. As a young boy I was party to this secret meeting.
The whole family agreed; something drastic had to be done or my grandmother would die. They resolved to stop buying her unhealthy foods and cigarettes and to confiscate her ever growing stash (which she shared with me). For my grandmother’s sake, I was horrified! I knew that my family had decided a fate worse than death for my beloved grandmother. I had to warn her!
As soon as the meeting was concluded I darted to my grandmother’s room to warn her of this conspiracy. I spilled the beans and told her everything. To say she was angry would be the understatement of the decade. She was livid. Hell hath no fury like a granny without swiss roll and cigarettes. For the first time in years she got out of her chair and onto her feet unaided. She stormed down the passage into the dining room where the rest of the family were wrapping up the meeting. Things got ugly quickly. Faces turned red and words were heatedly exchanged. I disappeared into the garden while the grown-ups sorted it out.
When I eventually had the courage to return indoors, my father was waiting for me. He made it very clear very quickly that he felt betrayed by my disclosure. He made it very clear that I wouldn’t be party to anymore family meetings until I was mature enough and that he was disappointed with me. Actually, he was bitterly disappointed. I was stunned. Single handed I’d managed to upset everyone that I loved and most of all had upset my father who’d only been trying to help my sick grandmother.
As a mature man observing this scene immediately realised that the hurt of this event had led to my arthritis. I explained to the little boy that he, like everyone else, had been trying help and that his intention was good. I explained to him that children are adults without experience and it was just his lack of experience that got him into trouble. I told him that he was a good little boy for trying to help. I then explained to him that the only way to get experience is to learn from his or other peoples mistakes. I explained to the little boy that his father had spoken in the heat of the moment and didn’t mean what he said.
When the little boy realized that he was not a bad little boy and that he had not been rejected by his father he was able to forgive his father. After forgiving his father he then forgave himself. I emerged myself from hypnosis and went to bed feeling a little lighter. It was only when I got to the office the next morning that I realized that my hand had stopped hurting. It was still sensitive to the touch though and I could still feel the bumps growing on my knuckle under my skin. But the pain was gone.
Now, over a year later there is no sign that I’d ever had a problem. I no longer believe that emotions cause chronic illness in our bodies. I now know that it’s the emotions we suppress that can cause chronic illness in the body. I also know from direct personal experience that hypnotherapy for arthritis is effective.
Hypnosis is safe – In 2009 Queen Fabiola of Belgium underwent thyroid surgery. Instead of using convention anaesthetic for surgery she opted for hypno-sedation. She didn’t use hypnosis because it was the less safe option. Queen Fabiola made use of hypnosis because for her it was the safer option. Hypnosis is safe enough for royalty during surgery.
It happens all the time. A client walks into my office, plops himself into the chair and begins to tell me how badly he needs to stop smoking: “I smoke fifty plain cigarettes a day. I have full emphysema which makes me cough for two hours when I get up in the morning and even longer when I go to bed. My chest wheezes all the time and my teeth and hands have gone yellow from all the smoke. I have to stop smoking.” He then turns his head to look at me and with a very worried look on his face asks me, “Are you sure hypnosis is safe?”
Now I know it’s obvious to the reader that the cigarette smoking is going to kill him far faster than hypnosis ever will (have you ever heard of someone dying from hypnosis?), and yet the client has a serious and genuine concern for his safety while in hypnosis. I always find this odd as most of my clients are very reluctant to emerge from hypnosis. Profound relaxation is a wonderful experience. So, what could be the cause of this unfounded fear?
I blame TV. It usually starts off with young children watching cartoons. Young children have very poor judgement and so when they see cartoons of hypnotists making people do silly things while in hypnosis, they sadly believe it. This is repeated until adulthood so that even adults believe hypnosis can get you to do things you don’t want to do while in hypnosis. This is as ridiculous as believing that Spiderman is a real flesh and blood person! Maybe that’s why companies are prepared to spend billions of pounds on TV advertising?
Here are the facts on hypnosis:
Hypnosis is nothing like the way it’s presented on TV. Clinical hypnotherapy is nothing like stage hypnosis or the world of entertainment. As more people discover how ruthlessly effective hypnotherapy is and how safe it is, hypnosis is becoming far more popular. In the foreseeable future hypnotherapy will be sponsored by the NHS because the public will demand that their money is spent on the methods that give them the best results. If hypnosis is safe enough and good enough for royalty and the rich and famous, hypnosis is safe enough for everyone.
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.