Past Life Regression Part 3: Healing Emotional Trauma and the Science or PLR

Past Life Regression, Part 3: Healing Emotional Trauma with PLR

Learning From the Past; Exploring the Future

PLR Part 3

In my hypnotherapy practice, I've been fortunate to work with numerous clients who were interested in exploring the possibility of previous lives. In each case, these people had tried for years to break deeply seated emotional patterns and limiting beliefs about themselves. While they had achieved some level of success, they still felt as though something was holding them back from fully experiencing and enjoying their accomplishments.

One client in particular was very memorable. As we discussed PLR as an option, he seemed somewhat spooked by the thought. Interestingly, when I said the word “reincarnation” he perked up. That was the touchstone that resonated for him.

This person is an author who was having difficulty promoting his books and believing in himself as an achiever.

As our session evolved, this client visited a past life that took place in the 1920s where he experienced a domineering mother, passive father and a family who did not appreciate his mental/emotional depth. In this life, his lessons were to keep quiet to maintain the peace and put his desires second to those of others. In short, he didn't matter.

One of the fascinating things to watch when a client is in a PLR is their body movement. In the hypnotic state, clients' body language can be significant abreactions. In this case, my client curled up in my recliner, as though he was recoiling from the world that was hurting him in this previous life.

We visited the end of this past life; seeing the death scene was freeing to him as he floated up toward space.

We talked about the lessons that he learned in this life: being alone, being second, being unappreciated. I asked him if he needed to carry the baggage of these lessons forward into his current life.

He replied, “No.”

As I guided him through releasing these faulty beliefs, he sat taller in the chair as each emotional weight was removed.

When he woke from the regression a few minutes later, his face was noticeably less strained, he was smiling and energetic. The experience had been profound for him and she took the lessons of the session with him.

Does this one illustration create a scientific case for PLR? No, it honestly does not.

However, it does have some very interesting commonalities with other past life experiences documented by therapists who have studied the phenomenon.

Dr. Michael Newton, author of Journey of Souls, has documented an outline of ten experiences that are common to those who are the subject of a past life regression. These stages are described perfectly in this article: Did Science Just Prove Reincarnation? A Look At The Soul’s Journey After “Death”

Contrary to the title, the process of PLR has not been proven scientifically.

Sadly, much research into the phenomenon has been sloppy. The work of Ian Stevenson is described here.

In any scientific process, it is important that the researcher be willing to allow his/her hypothesis to be disproven by the evidence resulting from data collection and experiments. It seems that Stevenson accepted surface observations as deeper proof in his desire to prove the hypothesis to which he dedicated his life.

At the University of Virginia, psychiatrist Jim Tucker is taking a more scientific approach. Tucker believes that there is something deeper to the human experience of reincarnation and is working with in the framework of science and quantum physics to discover explanations.

It is improbable that current scientific tools will reveal significant leaps into the realm of past life regression. The experience is more an expression of faith than it is one of science.

As the field of quantum physics progresses, we may find stronger links to the powers of mind over matter and the possibility of the ongoing existence of our souls/consciousness.

Even without hard scientific proof to back it up, the protocol of PLR is a proven tool in healing clients' issues in this current life.

I have seen the improvements that the past life experience brings to my clients. It is a powerful tool in my practice.

11 thoughts on “Past Life Regression Part 3: Healing Emotional Trauma and the Science or PLR”

  1. Hello Dan,

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I took some time to reflect on your comment above (sorry if I started a new conversation but somehow I could not find the “Reply” button under your last comment) and it makes sense to me because I went through a similar phase by myself.

    Although I was never killed in previous lifetimes because of my beliefs, I do had issues being chased a lot. Since I was a child, I was spiritually aware and in tune with my surroundings something that caused problems and home and school. That was the main reason why I did not want to professionally pursue a spiritual job / business yet I was always around people to mentor, heal and assist them on their path. Now think that since I was a kid, I could see my past lives and instead of breaking that emotional blockage, I was holding back out of fear that it will happen again in this lifetime.

    I shared my story because even people like us who can access our past lives through past life regression, it is still not easy to break free from those fears and concerns. I have clients who make statements such as “It should be so easy for you to see past lives because you can fix your present life any moment”. Personally, seeing my past lives – because yes, everyday there is eventually something new – it does not make things easier just because I can access them. It only means more personal work to go through emotional blockages and overcome my human fears and concerns that the past will not repeat. The truth is that being a past life therapist does not mean that I am perfect.

    Also, let’s bee honest about past life regression! When a session is done, it is so overwhelming that it might take some days for some people to deal with the aftermath. I always warn my clients about the emotional turmoil. They will laugh and cry during the session, they will feel mixed emotions as well and all this is an indication that what is being relived is real. I have this motto “If it hurts, it is real” which means that if someone feels these intense emotions, past lives are real because the experience is real.

    Think about it for a moment. We can all argue when it comes to logic because we can present examples that can oppose another person’s opinion. Who can argue though about emotions such as sadness?

    This is food for thought for our next conversation! I hope you have a fantastic week Dan!


    1. Well said, Zaria.

      Yes, PLR can be very draining emotionally. I’ve also had clients take days or weeks to process what they learned. It can be such a blast of information and emotion that it’s difficult to really grasp at first.

      Like any new experience or influx of information, it takes some time to get used to. Particularly if the regression was extremely emotional.

      Because, at the end of the day, it all comes down to emotions not thought.

      We can think all we want about how things “should” be, but until that reality which we desire/imagine/see is held in our heart as an emotional frequency instead of in our head as a mere thought, then we just keep stumbling forward.

      One of my shamanism teachers recently made a statement that resonated with me. Your comment about your experiences reminded me of it.

      He was talking to a group of us about the work of helping others and how clients make comments such as, “It must be so easy for you.” He said, “Helping others is easy. Trying to do work on yourself is like trying to shave your own back. You know it’s there, but you can’t see it all. You just wind up with a spotty result.”

  2. Hello Daniel,

    That is a very interesting view concerning past life regression and reincarnation in general. No matter how much controversy there is, people’s experiences provide enough evidence for this topic. When someone could say that these past life memories are fabricated by the person, we can simply turn our focus to children. While playing or interacting with us, we will hear them saying “strange” or silly things but they actually tell us stories from their past lives. In addition to all this, a scientific approach with quantum physics would be a fantastic way to add some more depth to reincarnation and past life regression.


    1. Hi Zaria!

      Thank you for commenting.

      As you can tell, PLR fascinates me; yet I still encounter those clients (or people in general) who feel that it’s just too spooky for them to embrace. If I can engage them in a conversation that removes the “spookiness” and grounds the topic in a way that that they can relate to from a more “physical, earthly” perspective, then they tend to warm up to the idea quickly. My goal is to meet them where they are, present the topic in an approachable way and then let them decide from there based on a new pool of information.

      It resonates for some; others remain in their same safe space.

      So many seem to want proof or reassurance, as they’ve been conditioned by Western science that the physical world is real and only matter effects matter, and by organized Western religion that matters of the soul and spiritual pursuits are best conducted in church.

      I agree with you about focusing on children – they truly are connected and provide valuable insight if we can encourage them before their awareness becomes filtered by what’s “appropriate” in society. The video that is linked in my first article in this series is encouraging. That boy’s parents embraced his experience, worked actively in researching his claims and were able to lead him to an incredible experience of healing. It’s a beautiful story.

      Thanks again! I am looking forward to talking with you further.


      1. Hello again Dan,

        The fear of unknown is what usually makes people to doubt about everything. Now think about the fear of getting to know ourselves, our deepest desires, thoughts and intentions. I have noticed from my clients, it takes lots of courage for someone to break the barriers between conscious and subconscious mind. We create our reality therefore the things we do not like, we push them away or better, we bury them in our subconsciousness.

        I always ask my clients if they are willing to be in such a process because the results of the past life regression will have a huge impact on their current lives. Someone must be ready for fundamental changes and even change the way they see the world. Now think of a couple who has kids and being in a dysfunctional relationship that there is a chance they cannot mend their connection and they have to break up.

        Now when it comes to Western medicine, you are so right! An anti-depressant pill can suppress the emotions and even modify the hormones so as the person feels like they are fine when they are really not. It looks like the illusion is easier than dealing with the root of the issue. This is what past life regression does! It helps us go to the deepest and darkest parts of ourselves by realizing that we have piled up so many issues that stem from past lives and they repeat in this lifetime.

        Let’s hope that more people will decide to experience the cathartic effects of past life regression!

        Thank you too for the amazing conversation, it is such a pleasure to interact with fellow therapists!


      2. I agree, fear is a strong motivator — not only fear of the unknown, but also of the known.

        Imagine this: The client was an enlightened person in the past, and was killed for his/her beliefs/teachings. That memory carried through from the previous lifetime to this one. While they may not remember this event consciously, they do retain a vague sense that if they pursue a similar calling in this life that they will repeat the same fate. Maybe they have a feeling of fear when they read or talk about spiritual work, maybe they shudder when they see a sign for a psychic fair, or maybe they just deny that any other realms exist.

        From that deeper sense of dread, they will tend to either avoid growth, limit their growth or self-sabotage their progress when they sense that they’re “getting too close.”

        I find that there is so much for people to learn not only during the PLR, but also in the life-between-lives work where they can understand the reasons for what happened. They can realize that each life has a purpose and lesson. Once we see that what happened to us was not random, but part of a larger scheme for our soul’s growth, it’s easier to remove the blocks of ego from our path to enlightenment.

        It’s possible that the same hypothetical client outlined above would realize that the reason they chose the lessons of previous lives and the circumstances of their current one, was so that they could help others to grow out of similar situations; leading by example, from experience in ways that others can relate to.

        You are very correct in your statement that PLR changes lives. By gaining new perspective, the client can become empowered to achieve great things — if they are willing to take responsibility for both the previous lessons, their actions in that life (lives) and how they will accept those learning in this life.

        Your process is much like mine – we have to be sure that the client is willing to see those previous editions of themselves and be ready to accept whatever may come during the experience.

        Thanks again!

  3. Each of my PLR experiences has given me insight about my current self’s actions or thought processes. Am I actually seeing a past life? Am I tapping into the energy left behind by humans long past? I cannot say for sure. But the pursuit of PLR has been beneficial.

  4. Love the depth in Part 3 of this series. As one who as experienced PLR, I understand the ‘unproven’ science aspect in relation to what my personal (and many others’) experience has been to making massive change and release to move forward. Journey of Souls was a big book on my personal path to discovery that I highly recommend.

  5. A very interesting post, Dan! As a christian, my theology can’t accept reincarnation. However, as a scientist, I am curious as to the anecdotal evidence of the experiences noted and how best to explain it. I liked the statement in the University of Virginia article, “If that’s true, then consciousness doesn’t require a three-pound brain to exist, Tucker says, and so there’s no reason to think that consciousness would end with it.” To that, I can certainly agree! In any event, I am glad that your hypnotherapy ability and PLR has brought healing to the individual(s) mentioned in your post.

  6. I’ve had conversations with people about quantum physics before (not that I have a great understanding of it) but the person mentioned that some of the people from the past who were famous for miraculous things were probably just on a higher plane. Maybe PLR has something to do with that?

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