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Posted: Thu 05/30/2013 10:30 AM
Then, Dr. Weiss took on a patient who changed his life's work forever. Her name was Catherine, and she suffered from panic attacks, phobias, fears and nightmares. After a year of conventional psychiatric treatment with little progress, Dr. Weiss decided to try hypnosis, a therapy he'd used successfully before. Catherine was able to easily recall traumatic memories from her childhood.
But when he asked Catherine to go to the source of her pain, Dr. Weiss says he was shaken to his core—Catherine regressed back and started talking about living previous lives.
This Sunday, Dr. Weiss opens up to Oprah about the experience that became a turning point in his life and discusses his decades-long work in past-life regression. (Tune in at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN, or join our worldwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv or Facebook.com/supersoulsunday)
Before then, learn more about past-life regression from Dr. Weiss.
1. Past-Life Regression Can Help Heal Your Mind, Body and Soul
One of the common misperceptions about past-life regression, Dr. Weiss says, is that the experience is a dream instead of a memory. "Fantasy or imagination does not cure symptoms or heal grief," he says. "It is the healing of physical and emotional symptoms that validates the memory."
Dr. Weiss says there are three major healing benefits to past-life regression. "The first is the ability to heal a body and mind, to get rid of symptoms and to restore to better health. For example, certain phobias may have past life origins. The fear of water may be related to drowning in a past life, or a fear of heights may be connected to dying in a fall in a past life," he says. "The recall of the past life trauma often leads to an improvement or even to a cure of the symptom."
The same applies to relationships. "You may have lived before with a significant person in your present life," he says. "Remembering past life connections can lead to a better understanding of the relationship in the current time."
Past-life recall can also be a powerful tool for spiritual growth. "People who remember their past lives have a diminished fear of death because they know that they have lived before and they will again," he says. "People gain a better understanding about the purpose of life and the ultimate spiritual nature of their being."
2. Anyone Can Try It
There are a few things, however, that can help you make the most of the experience. "I use techniques that require concentration so those people who can concentrate well can remember more past lives," he says. "People who practice meditation and other spiritual techniques are able to reach deeper states of concentration, relaxation and focus more easily."
Dr. Weiss says he sees more women in his practice and workshops, but there is no difference in a man or a woman's ability to remember experiences. "It does require an open mind because people have to be willing to try the regression techniques," he says. "The only requirement is a willingness to try."
Want to try for yourself? Try this regression exercise Dr. Weiss lead at The Omega Institute:
Posted: Wed 05/29/2013 12:00 AM
This Sunday, Oprah is talking to psychiatrist Dr. Brian Weiss about his journey from skeptic to believer in reincarnation and past lives. Dr. Weiss says past-life regression can bring about a tremendous amount of physical, mental and spiritual healing. In fact, it may help cure the phobias and ailments troubling you today.
In this excerpt from his new book, Miracles Happen, Dr. Weiss and his daughter, Amy, share the story of one woman who found freedom from her emotional pain after discovering she was a World War II spy.
Fears, phobias, anxieties, and other emotional states can be as debilitating as physical illnesses. Just like physical symptoms, psychological distress can have its origin in past-life events. Once those are discovered, healing can be rapid and relatively complete. Freedom and joy can be regained.
Not all our afflictions are rooted in the traumas of prior lifetimes. Current-life events are sometimes the culprits or may even be compounding past-life seeds. And the stresses of today’s competitive and overly materialistic world add their own weight to our emotional maladies. So much sadness and anxiety assail us because we are easily distracted and overwhelmed by day-to- day events. We have to juggle work, relationships, and interactions with other people at every moment. We have to deal with our daily needs. And so we forget that we are spiritual beings, which leads to emotional turmoil. Spiritual beings should think and behave like spiritual beings; that is our nature and ultimate destiny. But when the circumstances of everyday life lead us astray and we forget our true nature, that is when sorrow, worry, and fear enter. That is when inner peace, joy, and happiness exit.
All we have to do is remember: remember who we are and what we are, what we have been through, where we have come from, why we are here. As we do this, emotional healing will naturally follow, just as it did for the authors of the stories in this chapter.
As emotional symptoms are resolved, the patient’s family and friends benefit as well. Their stress and responsibility are lessened. Even beyond this healing shift, relatives and significant others may indirectly experience the feelings and facts of the regression. As they hear the patients’ stories, they feel the emotion and the immediacy of the memories; they react and respond to the improvement in their loved ones’ lives. Often, to their surprise and joy, they find their own symptoms and illnesses disappearing. Such was the case with Mira’s lover in the remarkable story that follows.
THE LESSON OF LOVE
The story of how I became acquainted with the powerful process of experiencing one’s past lives began during my summer vacation after seventh grade. I had grown up in Communist Bulgaria, and topics of any mystical or religious nature were simply not a part of my upbringing. However, a few years before that summer the wave of the democratic revolution had swept through Eastern Europe, and spiritual information had become readily available.
That summer I was thirteen years old. I came across your book Through Time into Healing. Even though the concept of reincarnation was not a part of my childhood and I doubt it was ever discussed in my presence, I did not question the possibility of its existence. It just seemed so natural, so normal. As Voltaire said, “It is not more surprising to be born twice than once.”
I absolutely loved the stories in the book. I loved the wisdom in it, the possibilities it presented to me. I loved it so much that upon reading the final few pages, I immediately decided to make a recording of myself reading the sample script given in the book and experience a regression for myself. As I was getting ready to begin recording, I remember thinking, But I am only thirteen. There is really nothing wrong with me. I have no phobias, no physical ailments. Why would I do this? But the pull, the curiosity in me was too strong to resist.
I made the recording, rewound the tape to the beginning, and even though I did not know what to expect, I pressed play. The recording guided me through a beautiful relaxation, and I felt very calm and comfortable. But at the moment I crossed through the door into a past life, that changed.
I immediately dropped into the body of a woman who was running for her life, and I became her. My heart was pounding with fear, and my inhalations of air were short, abrupt, and desperate. It was terrifying. I was running down a dimly lit hallway and knew that there were men chasing after me who would kill me if they caught me.
My gray suit consisted of a jacket and skirt made of thick wool. I wore black stockings and black shoes with small heels. My dark hair was neatly tucked in a bun on the back.
The brick walls reverberated with the sound of my steps as I ran. There were rows of doors on both sides, but upon trying to open them I discovered that they were all locked. Finally, a door handle gave in. I entered the room and saw that it was bare, with one small window with bars on it that was high up on the wall, close to the ceiling. I knew that I was trapped and that they would catch me.
It was at the time of World War II. I was a doctor who, instead of healing a German general, had poisoned and killed him. That is why these men were after me—they were seeking revenge.
The next scene was one that I looked at from above. I saw how I was put on an electric chair, how my hands and legs were strapped to it, how I was executed. Then something truly beautiful happened. I watched as my spirit rose from my body. It slowly drifted upward. There was a trail of white light in front of it that it followed. At the end of that path, there was an open door through which a magnificent white light was shining.
At the door there stood a being that glowed with love and light, waiting to greet my spirit. I felt such peace, such love, and such a sense of being eternal.
Posted: Mon 05/27/2013 12:00 AM
Dr. Brian Weiss, the groundbreaking psychiatrist and best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters, tells Oprah of how he came to practice past life regression therapy.
Posted: Fri 05/24/2013 12:00 AM
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Posted: Thu 05/23/2013 12:00 AM
Elizabeth is the co-founder and senior adviser of Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the United States focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity. For more than 30 years, Elizabeth has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of healing, spiritual development and cultural change. Her work at Omega has included co-directing the organization, curriculum research, conference weaving, teaching and writing the yearly Omega catalog, a reference book that describes the work of some of the most eminent thinkers and practitioners of our times.
Elizabeth attended Barnard College and San Francisco State University. Prior to Omega, she was a midwife and birth educator. She has been active in local environmental issues for many years in New York's Hudson Valley, where she lives with her husband. She is the mother of three sons.
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