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.
Here's my favourite stage hypnotist giving us all a good laugh. He really is this good - I've been to his shows many times. Like me he's a South African, but I live and practice hypnotherapy in Witney near Oxford in the UK. It's a good idea to go and watch stage hypnosis live because you can see first hand that stage hypnotists only use volunteers and that people will only do what they consider reasonable and pleasing while in hypnosis. You just can't get people to do what they don't want to do in hypnosis. I know first hand. I have children.
There is no effect without cause and when it comes to chronic illness, understanding the cause is the key to finding a cure.
Most physicians would probably agree that most of our chronic illnesses are caused by stress. Stress is just fear in disguise. The things that cause us to be afraid also cause us to worry. Holding onto negative emotions in the form of fear and worry ultimately leads to most of the chronic illness that plague our society.
The fears that we live with are not created in the future, they are created in the past. Something in the past creates a fear in us that leads to stress. More importantly it’s not the past event that makes us scared, but what we think of the event that leads to scared and stressed. If we could change the way we think about the event it would no longer be scary. As there’s no point in worrying about something that’s not scary the stress dissolves and the body’s natural immune function resumes its work to heal itself unencumbered by stress.
The trouble with this approach is that very few people can remember exactly what they are afraid of and why. Most of the events that lead to stress happen to us when we are children and as the conscious mind has a short term memory these events are soon forgotten or not linked to the stress they cause. If people are not conscious of what’s scaring them and thus stressing them, how can these events be resolved?
This is one of the reasons “regress to cause” hypnosis is so fast and effective. Using this method it’s easy to track down the specific stressors leading to chronic illness and resolve them. The subconscious mind has a long-term memory. In fact the subconscious mind has a perfect record of every sight, sound, taste, touch and smell we’ve ever experienced. Once the specific stressful events have been pinpointed it’s a simple task to resolve them and remove the associated stress.
Because the individual is no longer stressed the natural immune function is no longer impeded and it begins to work powerfully to normalize the situation. This is which is why “regress to cause” hypnotherapy is such a potent healer. It’s also the reason so many people including the world’s top athletes, celebrities and royalty are turning to hypnosis for answers.
The subconscious mind has been described as the single greatest goal achievement agency known to humankind. Hypnosis is the gateway to the subconscious mind is increasingly used by the world’s smartest, wealthiest, most successful people including royalty.
We all have a subconscious mind and this mind is vastly more powerful than the conscious mind. What people don't realise is that the subconscious mind is always working perfectly well and is always doing exactly what it’s been programmed to do.
The subconscious mind is an organic computer. It is that part of the mind that has a permanent memory, where nothing can ever be forgotten. The subconscious mind holds the sum total of every experience, idea and thought we have ever had including dreams. We are the sum total of all of our thoughts, ideas, perceptions and impressions based on our experience.
There is one thing about the subconscious mind that most people are not aware of; it cannot judge. It is incapable of judgement or analysis. If for any reason a suggestion gets into the subconscious mind, the subconscious does not scrutinise it. It gets straight to work, using all of its strength and might to bring this new suggestion into reality. Just like any other computer, once the software has been programmed, the computer goes straight ahead does what it's programmed to do. The subconscious works the same way.
It stands to reason then, that if things aren't going well for a particular individual, it's simply a matter of re-programming that individual's subconscious computer with the right ideas and concepts! And this is true, except that the subconscious mind has a special protector to prevent any uncomfortable or harmful suggestions from finding their way into the subconscious. This protective barrier called the “critical faculty” is a bit like an anti-virus programme on a computer. It won't allow anything that it's uncomfortable with to get through to the subconscious mind, and as this part of the mind has already been programmed, it will only let more of the same type of “comfortable” suggestions through!
This critical faculty performs an important function. If it wasn't there, the subconscious would be open to almost all suggestions, good and bad. A problem occurs when the critical faculty allows a bad suggestion into the subconscious because it is comfortable with it at the time that it's suggested, and only later does it realise that that it was a bad choice. Smoking is a good example of this. Many people start smoking because they want to “fit in” with a certain group of people. They want to belong. Teenagers are particularly susceptible as they are at a time in their lives where they are preparing to leave the security of their parent's homes and become independent. You may be unaware of it, but to feel secure is the single most important mental need for humans. Believe it or not, “fitting in” and being part of a group is very important to humans, and this is often a good enough reason for some individuals to feel comfortable about breathing smoke into their lungs! It's only later on in life that the individual realises that it wasn't such a good idea, and that the individual becomes uncomfortable with this idea. By then it's a habit, and one that's addictive!
It would seem logical then, to think that all the individual needs to do is simply re-programme their thinking. This thinking is correct, except that the critical faculty is now uncomfortable with this positive idea and rejects it outright! Some people try to change habits using will power. Will power is a part of the conscious mind, and as soon as the weaker conscious mind becomes a little distracted, the subconscious mind programmed with the negative suggestion takes over, re-establishing the negative programming. The individual starts smoking again, and will continue to do so, until the new positive idea is internalised. This can only happen if the critical faculty is bypassed, and the new idea established in the subconscious.
This is exactly why hypnosis works! Hypnosis is the process of bypassing the critical faculty, and the establishment of acceptable suggestions. Very simply, and effectively, hypnosis overcomes the filtering effect of the critical faculty, and suggestions are allowed to flow into the subconscious mind allowing for a new program in the consciousness.
It's also important to note that even though the critical faculty has been bypassed in hypnosis, the subconscious can never forget anything. For example, the subconscious mind can remember every time you have ever burnt yourself in your entire life. If you are told to touch something that’s hot while you are in hypnosis, the subconscious does not need to think about, or analyse this suggestion. It already knows that it’s a bad idea and the critical faculty is reinstated for that piece of information and as such the suggestion is rejected.
Hypnosis is a one hundred percent consent state. People that don't want to be hypnotised won't be. People in hypnosis won't accept any suggestions they don't want to. People in hypnosis won't offer up any information they don't want to. Hypnosis is safe, easy and effective.
I've discovered a wonderful resource for people looking for more information on how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be used to treat IBS. Its from Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D. and he's done a great job!
It highlights twenty studies done on irritable bowel syndrome treated with hypnosis which can be found over here: http://www.ibshypnosis.com/IBSresearch.html
Picture: James P Gray
I have blogged about this subject before. Patients that undergo bariatric weight loss surgery may be at increased risk for substance use (drug use, alcohol use and cigarette smoking) following surgery, particularly among patients who undergo laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery who appear to be at increased risk for alcohol use following surgery, according to a report published Online First byArchives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication (read the article here).
Most people don't understand why this is the case, but all good "regress to cause" hypnotists/hypnotherapists do! Being overweight almost always has something to do with a subconscious need for protection, or a fear or insecurity of some kind. These people people find security in food as it reminds them of the security they felt while being fed as a baby and then growing up. Once surgery removes this crutch, the fear/insecurity remains and another crutch is sought and found in drug use, alcohol use and cigarette smoking.
Some hypnotherapists will offer a hypnotic gastric band which is even more effective than the actual surgery, but probably come with the same risk unless the underlying subconscious insecurity has been dealt with. Nothing deals with subconscious insecurities faster than "regress to cause" hypnosis and a competent hypnotherapist.
Imagine yourself lying on an operating table in a humid hospital tent near a battle front during the Vietnam War. Writhing in agony, you plead with the medics to give you something to relieve the pain in your leg. But the supply lines were interrupted hours ago and there is no more anesthetic. What's more, the leg can't be saved. If they don't operate immediately, you hear someone saying in the background, you're going to bleed to death.
Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/the-trouble-hypnosis
Professor Fabienne Roelants and Dr. Christine Watremez, from the Department of Anesthesiology at the Cliniques Universitaires St. Luc, UCL, in Brussels, Belgium, found, that by using a combination of hypnosis and local anesthesia (LA) for certain types of surgery, patients can avoid general anesthesia. That, the scientists said in a media statement, can aid the healing process, reduce drug use, shorten time spent in the hospital -- and it could help cancer patients avoid cancer recurrence and the spread of cancer (metastasis), too.
There's no magic, no swinging pendulums or swaying watches, and no one is counting backwards as they slump into unconsciousness. This is medical rather than stage or movie hypnotism, and it is increasingly being used to treat the symptoms of diseases and conditions as diverse as asthma, cystic fibrosis, snoring, migraines and warts.
Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/hypnotism-its-all-in-the-mind-434295.html
A study in Sweden found that hypnotherapy can help many people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) alleviate their symptoms.
Read more: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254302.php
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.