Even as we enter the first century of the new millennium, people both inside and outside of the hypnotherapy profession still hotly debate the topic of past life regressions.
Two major religions believe in past lives (Buddhism and Hinduism). In addition, while most Christians believe that we only live once, as of 1997, Elizabeth Clare Prophet stated that there are 28 million Christians who believe in reincarnation (Prophet & Prophet, 1997). According to Rabbi Yerachmiel Tilles, Judaism also accepts reincarnation.
A very significant percentage of the world’s population accepts the concept of living more than once. That makes the topic very relevant to hypnotherapists around the world. And as a hypnotherapist, I am asked frequently by clients and potential clients to facilitate a Past Life Regression with them.
I have facilitated many Past Life Regressions, and many of my clients have learned important lessons from their experiences. I am reminded of a recent client who wanted to resolve his anger issues. He regressed to a previous life in which he had been a woman who was raped and murdered. This woman had led a very wild life and had been very promiscuous. In another session, he regressed to an ancient life in which he had been a neglected prince who was murdered by being buried alive.
After each of these regressions, we examined what lessons he needed to learn from these previous lives. When he recognized that he was born into his current life to learn these lessons, he was more able to connect the dots in his understanding of his present anger.
Call Dr. Bruce Eimer at 561-377-1039 to learn more about experiencing a Past Life Regression or PLR session. You can also visit Dr. Bruce Eimer’s website, www.BruceEimer.com, or take a course on Hypnotic Regression Therapy at www.HypnosisCE.com.
Do you know anyone who is uncomfortable getting on an airplane? Over my years of practicing professional hypnosis, most clients who saw me for the fear of flying experienced the success of overcoming the problem rather than simply learning to fly despite their anxieties. In fact, some of them became frequent flyers, logging tens of thousands of miles.
Find the cause
The reason is that instead of simply trying to suggest the problem away, I use Hypnotic Regression Therapy (aka Regression Hypnotherapy) to guide the client back in time during the session in order to discover and release the core cause of the fear of flying. Numerous clients seeing me for other problems over the years have also enjoyed success as a result of hypnotic regression therapy; yet in recent years, a number of hypnosis professionals have hotly debated the topic of regression hypnotherapy.
The regression therapy controversy
The controversy did not come out of thin air. Hypnotic regression therapy enjoyed high popularity for a number of years during the latter half of the 20th century; but even before the end of the 1990s, it became the subject of considerable debate. Genuine concerns are at the heart and core of the controversies. Here is a brief summary of the arguments for and against the use of regression hypnotherapy.
Those who use regression often assert that it is very useful in helping the subconscious discover and release the cause of a problem, and that effective use of hypnotic regression therapy often achieves lasting results. Those who oppose the use of hypnotic regression techniques usually state one or more of the following reasons for opposing its use: (1) the risk of false memories and/or (2) the belief that clients do not need to experience abreactions (emotional discharges) while remembering unpleasant experiences from their past. Occasionally a third reason is posted, criticizing hypnotherapists who use regression with almost every client.
Imagination is the language of the subconscious. Inside your imagination, you have total power and total freedom to be anywhere you wish and to do anything you choose. In addition, we can use the imagination to move through time as well as space.
During a hypnotic state, moving back in time inside the imagination is called a regression. Many hypnosis professionals use regression to guide a client back in time in order to discover the cause of a problem. Sometimes people simply wish to remember details about an event. There are also forensic applications of hypnotic regression techniques as used in police investigations to solve a crime. While the subconscious does make a record of everything we experience through the five senses, emotions can alter our perceptions, resulting in inaccurate memories. So hypnosis professional who use regression techniques must be careful!
A primary reason for the skepticism regarding regression is that many therapists over the years have formed preconceived opinions regarding the causes of problems before hypnotizing their clients, and then proceeded to use regression to validate those opinions. This is inappropriate leading. It is a major cause of what we call “false memory syndrome,” which means that a client may believe false perceptions to be facts.
I will write more about Hypnotic Regression Therapy in future posts to address the value of this form of therapy and the caveats. If you want to learn more about Regression Hypnotherapy, go to Dr. Bruce Eimer’s website: www.BruceEimer.com. Also, you can check out our book, The Art of Hypnotic Regression Therapy. If you would like a free initial consultation, or you would like to book a Hypnotic Regression Therapy session, call Dr. Bruce Eimer at 561-377-1039.
Do you need help for your anxiety? No wonder. Nowadays, there seem to be more reasons to be afraid than in previous decades. The world is a more uncertain place than ever. The COVID pandemic has swept over the world bringing illness and death. There has been a sharp increase in political divisiveness like never before. People all over are living with the threat of COVID variants and more societal disruptions. And the television and news media provide a continual stream of information that heightens the focus on these threats. Understandably, all of this has led many people to feel frightened of what the future may bring.
All the above has been reflected in major changes in the stability of the world economy. In addition, technology is changing at a pace that can be described conservatively as “warp speed.” All this change, instability, and uncertainty has made people feel more vulnerable.
Vulnerability stems from the feeling that one has no control over the outcomes of what happens in the world. Feeling vulnerable leads people to feel more endangered and threatened. It can shatter our basic sense of trust and security in the world, our belief that the world is a safe place to live in, and our expectations that we will be here tomorrow. Our vulnerability can become a breeding ground for fears of all types and erode our feelings of comfort and security in carrying on our day-to-day activities. The lack of adequate support and connectedness to other people can also become a breeding ground for alienation.
Given all the instability and uncertainty in our world today, if you are suffering from anxiety or depression, or the activation of old traumas, perhaps you need to see a good therapist. Call Dr. Bruce Eimer at 561-377-1039 to set up a free consultation, and visit Dr. Bruce Eimer’s informative website at www.BruceEimer.com
Writing is therapeutic for me and for many of my clients. Also known as “journaling”, when you put your thoughts and feelings to paper, you release pent up tension. Writing out your thoughts also makes it easier to examine and re-evaluate your thoughts and feelings. Writing Therapy is the simplest and most affordable form of therapy. However, for it to work best, it is advisable to follow a few simple procedural rules. I teach these to most of my clients.
Use the modality with which you are most comfortable and that is available. It could be your “smart phone”, your computer, or pencil and paper. You can even dictate into your phone!
If you are writing for yourself, do not censor what you write.
If you are writing to publish as in a blog, first write stream of consciousness. Then edit as appropriate.
It is all right to have a time and a place where you will write, or you can write wherever you are when you have a spare moment.
From time to time read your previous journal entries to get a sense of your emotional development.
Do not second guess yourself.
Recognize you are doing self-therapy. Give yourself credit.
People who write learn. By writing about your experiences, you learn about yourself. Isn’t this what therapy is about?
If you would like a free consultation about writing therapy, call Dr. Bruce Eimer at 561-377-1039, or visit Dr. Bruce’s website www.BruceEimer.com