We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview world renowned Past Life Regression Therapist Dr. Brian Weiss. As a traditional psychotherapist, Dr. Brian Weiss was astonished and skeptical when one of his patients began recalling past-life traumas that seemed to hold the key to her recurring nightmares and anxiety attacks. His skepticism was eroded, however, when she began to channel messages from “the space between lives,” which contained remarkable revelations about Dr. Weiss’s own family. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
Brian, we are delighted to have you as a guest on SpiritWise.ie. We attended your workshop at the Hay House ‘I Can Do It’ event in London 2009 and we were inspired by your insights on Past Life Regression. I work in this area and would appreciate your views on some issues that come up from time to time.
In your books you advocate the therapeutic benefits of hypnotic regression, that many present-life phobias and ailments are rooted in past-life experiences that – when acknowledged by the patient – have a curative effect on the present-life condition. Does the belief system of the client affect the outcome and is it necessary for the client to come to the experience with an open mind to benefit in this way?
A partially open mind is the only necessary condition. Partially often means agreeing to experience the regression and to accept that the process may help. The belief system is less important than allowing the therapeutic session to unfold. Healing will follow. Paradoxically, someone who is trying too hard to have a regression experience may temporarily block the memory flow by enlisting too much of the left brain, or rational mind, and not being able to relax into a state of peaceful concentration.
My interest in past life regression stemmed from having had several encounters with people who triggered spontaneous past life memories and experiences. In your opinion is this a common occurrence and what advice would you give those who have such experiences?
Déjà vu is the sudden and inexplicable feeling that we have been in a geographical
location before or that we have encountered a person previously, even if it is our first
time visiting that place or meeting that person. Sometimes this feeling of recognition is accompanied by scenes, images, or feelings about a past life in that place or with that person. These are normal occurrences, experienced by many people. My advice is to pay attention when you become aware of déjà vu phenomena, because there is a great deal to learn from them. They offer a wonderful opportunity to learn more about yourself, your real nature, your relationships, and your purpose in the world.
In my practice as a regression therapist I find that occasionally I meet clients who come with a preconceived idea and expect to be transported back in time to a past life even if the source of the problem is in childhood in this life. They may find the solutions to their problems but not the answers they expected and are therefore disappointed. Can you please tell us how you manage such expectations if they arise?
These expectations are quite common. Before the session begins, I discuss the nature of the regression process, how it works and what techniques and methods we will be using. The patient’s subconscious wisdom will go to the experience or memory where the healing takes place. Thus I’m often saying, “You will get what you need, but this is not necessarily what you may want.” I modify expectation to hope so that disappointment is avoided.
Clients often say they feel they are making up the story of their past lives,
(sometimes it’s because they feel they have to come up with something). How do you explain the difference between imagination and past life images?
Imagination is often the rope that pulls through the past-life memories. So I am not too concerned with differentiating. I just want the scenes, images, sensations and feelings to flow into awareness. I point out to my patients that imagination does not cure chronic symptoms and that powerful emotions tend to derive from memory, not fantasy. The more regressions are experienced, the easier it is to differentiate actual memory from metaphor, symbol or imagination.
Some people express a fear of experiencing the pain of their passing or some other traumatic event during past life regression. How do you deal with their fears?
There is no need to experience pain or extreme emotion. There are many lightening or attenuating techniques such as floating above a scene and observing from a distance, like watching a movie, that the therapist can use to block any unpleasant sensations.
There have been occasions when I’ve caught a glimpse of someone’s past-life during the regression but have not told them because it seems unethical to do so. Can you give us your opinion on this?
I will also become aware of scenes or feelings from a patient’s past life during the regression session, but I prefer them to experience rather than for me to tell them. There is much more therapeutic value to having the patient experience the entire recall themselves. Past-life readings, for example by a psychic, are interesting but not nearly as healing as one’s own past-life memory.
You are coming back to London & Glasgow for ‘I can do it’ in September. Can you give us some indication of what we can expect from this years event?
During the “I Can Do It” conference in Glasgow and in London in September I will be talking about my research and especially about the experiences in my new book, “Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-Life Memories.” I will also be conducting a group past-life regression exercise with the audience. I’m very much looking forward to returning to Glasgow and London for these conferences.