It may seem far fetched and even a bit kooky to discuss the theory of past lives. I’ll admit, I was at first a little skeptical. But speaking with Ann Barham, certified Regression Therapist and author of the new book "The Past Life Perspective" was nonetheless fascinating. What exactly is past life regressive therapy and, what wisdom, if any can it unlock?
What’s Past Life Regressive Therapy?
“Past life regressive therapy is about going to the very heart of the issue, where it all started,” says Barham. “Whether it’s a relationship dynamic, budgeting problems, or even depression, some issues are difficult to crack. By going to the origin of the problem in a former lifetime we can work through the trauma together.”
According to Barham, sometimes we get stuck in our past lives and still suffer from what ails us many moons later. By going back in time we can quickly address the problem.
Now this is where you lose me, right?
Past lives aren’t exactly realistic to me, either, nor is the idea that a deep-seated issue can be solved overnight by going backward into a theoretical former life. Nonetheless, Barham has me thinking about time travel.
What Goes Into a Past Life Regressive Therapy Session?
A single session usually lasts around 90 minutes and according to Barham, quite a bit is accomplished. Starting with an in-depth discussion of the issue you’d like to address and techniques like meditation to relax deeply. Patients are often led into a deep relaxation that’s akin to hypnosis.
“We’ll move through various events in a prior lifetime, usually in the form of visualization,” says Barham. She says that patients work through key events where traumas occurred. Negative emotions usually stem from negative events, so it's important to figure out where it all started.
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After coming out of hypnosis, patients usually discuss what went on during the session. Barham says that once the issue is resolved, often times people feel relieved immediately, and don’t even need another session.
While the past lives portion is still hard for me to digest, I do understand and believe that hypnosis does work to relieve negative emotions from childhood. To detox the mind of negative emotions you often need to get to the root of the problem and hypnosis relaxes the brain so that the gate between the conscious and subconscious mind opens up.
Past life regression therapy takes it a step further, connecting traumas to former life times. Barham says that she's had patients question reincarnation but are still curious about the therapy and want to give it a try.
What are the Benefits?
Barham, who’s also a licensed marriage and family counselor, was initially drawn to past life regressive therapy because of how fast it works. She’s been counseling patients for decades but transitioned into this therapy 18 years ago after training with Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Roger Woolger, two leaders in the field.
“I still do both sometimes, but traditional counseling just doesn’t work as fast as regressive therapy,” she says.
If you’ve struggled with issues large and small and you’ve never been able to crack them, you’ve got nothing to lose, except the cost of a session. Barham says she's helped patients work through a host of issues including releasing blocked creative talents, dealing with depression, relationship problems, and the list goes on.
According to Barham, even if you’re a skeptic, recalling, processing and integrating situations from past lives can help you address current issues and then propel you to reach your full potential.
What to Look for in a Therapist?
According to Barham, you should find a past life regressive therapist that’s also a licensed counselor. It’s important to have a counseling background when you’re going through these sessions to deal with whatever comes up.
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