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4 Things You Didn't Know About Past-Life Regression
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:
3. The Most Common Mistake Is...
Trying too hard. "Some people may have memories the very first time, but other people may need a lot more practice. For example, it took me three months of daily meditation before I had my first vivid visual past life memory," he says. "The more that you are able to relax and let go, to not think and to not analyze, but to just experience whatever is happening, the better the result."
4. There Is No Danger to Finding a Past Life
Remember, Dr. Weiss says, it's only a memory. "You can open your eyes and end it at any time if you choose as it is just concentration," he says. "The memory doesn’t cause symptoms. It helps to cure symptoms that are already present."