THE NEW REGRESSION THERAPY - Healing the Wounds and Trauma of This Life and Past Lives with the Presence and Light of the Divine
Greg McHugh CCHt
The New Regression Therapy, a manual for
practitioners and students, augments the state of the art in past life
and regression therapy by broadening its scope and depth. Among the
elements/modalities added through this manual is the use of Divine
Presence from resources found in the client's experience in the
Interlife or through Higher Resources that are applied to the events and
fields of attraction where the past life causal wounds and signature
beliefs of current life issues have resided. Other tools that contribute
to a more profound regression process are 1) the use of what McHugh
calls Inner Plane Dialogue in facilitating the experience of deep
compassion between the client and other significant players in the
regression; 2) the use of Gestalt Therapy tools of awareness to deepen
the insight of the client into the causal events in this and past lives;
and 3) the use of surrogates in regression therapy and spirit
releasement work - Remote Work.
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Brian l. Weiss, M.D. -Many
Lives, Many Masters
This best selling work is required reading for anyone initially
curious about past lives and any professional therapist who
is thinking about venturing into the field of effective hypnotherapy
and past lives regression.
Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist who had not been predisposed to accept
the concept of reincarnation. In this best selling true case history
his patient spontaneously regresses into a past lifeand
leads him through session after session on the track of healing of her
life through reliving significant experiences in other lives. The patients
life stories, alone, are poignant and moving. Brian Weisss growth
and reaction to the gift of her healing in his life is dramatic and
perhaps just as life transforming as the patients transforming
experiences in hypnotherapy.
Weiss has written other books since the publication of this one, Messages
from the Masters and Only Love is Real.
Hazel M. Denning, Ph.D. -Life
without Guilt, Healing through Past Life Regression
Hazel is one of the contributors to the two volume manual Regression
Therapy (see below) and is the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder
of the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies.
William Baldwin has called her the grande dame of past life regression
therapy. Life without Guilt is really a wake up call to the profession
and the public alike about how, until now, we have been missing the
boat in our traditional western approaches to mental and emotional healing.
Hazel writes in a very clear and lucid manner. She presents very succinct
summaries of the histories of reincarnation as a belief and the law
of Cause and Effect, or Karma and how past life regression repeatedly
teaches us of these principles in all our lives. Her narrative on case
histories is very well framed within the context of the theme of guilt.
The selection of verbatim transcripts of the sessions with clients is
extremely helpful. She weaves the case stories and themes so the reader
can easily see and comprehend how easily yet dramatically past life
regression therapy brings about surprising revelation and deep healing
of the clients presenting complaints and symptoms
Randal Churchill -Become
the Dream, The Transformative Power of Hypnotic Dream Work
On sale through Randals Hypnotherapy Training Institute web site
Become the Dream is a welcome addition to the literature of both
Gestalt Therapy and Regression Therapy. It is a well thought out piece
on bringing the principles of Gestalt Therapy dream work into the hypnotherapy
Many hypnotherapists and psychotherapists may be unaware of the depth
of the influence of Gestalt therapy through out the field of Regression
Therapy. Fritz Perls Gestalt Therapy is the basis of many processes
adapted into the regression protocols, trainings, and treatment modalities
such as Roger Woolgers Matrix Therapy and David Quiglys
This easily readable book begins with an introductory chapter to the
work of hypnotherapy and then gives a good overview of the principles
of Gestalt, Gestalt dreamwork methods, and how to combine hypnotic processes
with Gestalt dreamwork.
Churchill follows through with case transcriptions of client sessions
(most done in a class setting). While this reviewer does not agree with
some of the authors directive processes at the end of the sessions,
these elements in no way dampen the positive impact this book can have
for the psychotherapist seeking to add a significant tool to their kit
Roger Woolger, Ph.D.
-Other Lives, Other Selves
Already a classic in this field, the book stories the authors
journey into the practice of past life therapy, descriptions of how
past life therapy works, an accounting of other approaches to past lives,
relates the emerging synthesis of psychotherapy and hypnotic regression,
draws upon the Law of Karma and Buddhist scripture as points of reference
to support an understanding of case histories and then through sections
with other correlated case examples delves into categorical areas such
as childhood trauma, sexual and reproductive problems, phobias and other
A major contribution to Regression and Past Life Therapy is brought
forward in his work on the significance of the birth and death processes
and how the themes and residues from unfinished business from other
lives are carried into the compression space of the womb and the emergence
of the personality at birth. The scenarios and dynamics to be played
out in this life have already been compacted into the conception - womb
- birth experience. Thus, this period in a clients life can offer
tremendous ground for profound clearing and healing.
In a note to readers who are searching for his book at Woolger expresses
that his work has developed significantly further since the 1988 publication
of this book and that it includes more subtle bodies work
and work based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
Barbara Brennan -Hands
of Light and Light Emerging
Barbara Brennan is a recognized leader and healer in the field of energy
work. Her approach is powerful and whole. In this life, she entered
the doorway of the healer through her work as a scientist and then as
Her first book, Hands of Light, was a landmark in the field,
with clear and lucid instructions on how the bodies of energy and mind
and spirit work together, interface, hold our true nature, and hold
trauma and blocks to its clear flow. The inspiration and direction
from her guide is wonderful.
The second book, Emerging Light, is another step up in consciousness.
In addition to bringing insight to the energy of relationship in healing
work and development of ones sight, Barbara also provides
a solid integration of the conceptual holographic model with her work,
the recent profound developments in hypnotherapy and past lives regression
work, and others.
Jack Elias, C. Ht. -Finding
True Magic, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy/NLP
No other author (that I have read or studied) in this field brings
such passion and consciousness to the how to of hypnotherapy as Jack
Elias. When I first started with this manual of technique I was pushed
back a little by his process and then shortly realized that
he was literally attempting to move me to an altered state while writing
of his purposes and concepts. I could feel the compression of wisdom
and mind wrenching and concept blowing sentences that brought whole
realms of my own belief systems to the fore to be examined in an instant.
Often, I would have to read and reread whole paragraphs and then put
the book down and breathe deeply as minirealizations of the Truth of
Eliass monologue seeped in. I found my self celebrating eurekas
Elias teaches that exploring attaining . . .wholeness and
inner peace is an integral part of his manual for practitioners
because he believes that success with clients is directly related to
the depth and experience of the therapists own contemplation and
conscious inner life.
So the process of the practitioner becoming more awake,
if you will, is easily woven into the teaching and training process
of this manual. Detailed scripts are integrated into the discussions
of various areas.
Elias breaks the training in the manual into phases. First is a basic
introduction to hypnosis and the nature of the egoic mind.
Second is an illumination of Regression/Past Life Therapy with discussion
on accessing the Higher Self or True Self, coverage of the Vedic traditions
of India and its view of Shakti and the power of illusion in an interplay
of the psyche that Elias calls egoic minding and the awakening
from egoic trance. He also includes a model of the psyche that correlates
the Neuro Linguistic Programming model of the Psyche with the Five Skandhas
The manual continues with a great piece on subpersonalities and trance
work and an effective (though brief) work on Shame and the Addictive
Elias gives a whole section to archetypes, which can minimally play
a very helpful role for the hypnotherapist seeking to do a thorough
assessment of the client and develop a very whole case plan.
This section has extensive scripts and commentary on accessing archetypes
and utilizing them for the hypnotherapeutic processes.
Finally, the manual deals with shadow work, entity attachment and releasing,
couples and group hypnosis, and developing a practice.
Hans TenDam - Deep Healing
Available only through Tasso Institute in Netherlands
This is a must read for every student of the art of Regression Therapy. While it is flavored with some traditional psychoanalysis orientations and those of Adler, it is mostly a wonderfully expansive description of the elements of successful past life therapy. TenDam gives wonderful assessment and detail on the component and draws the reader in with his insight and his wit. It is a critical read for students and therapists alike.
Winafred Blake Lucas, Ph.D. -Regression
Therapy: A Handbook for Professionals, Vols I and II (1993)
This is an extraordinary opus on regression therapy. It
is a must for anyone doing Regression Therapy. The editor told
me it took her seven years to compile, edit, write her own sections
and rewrite those sections by the contributors so they were all in the
same subject format and easily readable. Over 1100 pages of exceptionally
clear writing on areas of regression therapy and example cases on each
In Volume I: Past Life Therapy, Winafred Blake Lucas, (contributing
author and editor) has put together extremely thorough sections on:
The History of Regression Therapy, Theory, Induction, and Processing.
Contributors include some of the original contributors to the Journal
of Past Life Therapy and internationally recognized proponents of and
authors in the field of regression therapy (sometimes under other names
or terms). Contributors to Volume I are Ronald Wong Jue, Ph.D., Hazel
M. Denning, Ph.D., Roger J. Woolger, Ph.D., Edith Fiore, Ph.D., Chet
B. Snow, Ph.D., Rob Bontenbal, M.A. and Tineke Noordegraaf, M.M. (The
Netherlands), Irene Hickman, D.O., Edward Reynolds, Ph. D., Barbara
Findeisen, M.F.C.C., Thorwarld Dethlefsen, Ph.D., (Germany), Ernet F.
Volume II: Special Instances of Altered State Work includes contributions
by the same therapists in volume I plus 16 additional contributors.
The section include Regression to Prenatal and Birth Experiences, Regression
to Childhood, Child Abuse, Varieties of Interlife Experience, Conversations
with the Unborn, Contemporary Approaches to (Spirit) Releasement, Death,
Dying and the Dead, and Progression to the Future.
Edith Fiore, Ph.D. -The
Most broadly recognized writers in the field of hypnotherapy
who relate to the existence of attached entities (earthbound spirits
or demonic) defer to Edith Fiore as a pioneer in spirit releasement
or at least reference her works case examples of certain types
of encounters and symptoms of attachment. This book is considered a
Dr. Fiore gives case histories in a verbatim manner that reveals her
process of intervention and, as with other hypnotherapists whose work
deals with more than just regression and inner child work, her case
histories document a true willingness to explore out of the box
to uncover the attachments and to bring forth release of them from the
This book is relatively small and easy to read and become engrossed
Louise Ireland-Frey, M.D. -Freeing
A personably written account and treatment manual of cases of
attached entities, both demonic and earth bound (those who have died
but not risen into the Light or the Heaven worlds) and their releasement.
Ireland-Frey also describes remote releasement, doing releasement of
entities through a channel of another while the client or
patient is either physically absent or emotionally unavailable as may
be in the case of a child or elderly person. Additionally she describes
the freeing of earth bounds who are wanderers or haunt various physical
settings. Ireland-Frey also adds more terms to the releasement glossary
to address the functions of thought forms, emotional forms, nature spirits
and other assorted intruders such as concordant elements, and spiritual
William Baldwin, D.D.S., Ph.D. -Spirit
Though the title is misleading, this is an excellent book and
comprehensive work as a manual for serious students and practitioners
of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in the broadest manner of applications
(except medical/dental hypnotherapy). The author systematically builds
the knowledge base from a brief but excellent summary of the primary
psychotherapies, a background and comparative 6history of Multiple Personality
Disorder and Spirit Possession Syndrome and builds a solid base for
students in hypnotic inductions and non hypnotic inductions, Past Life
Regression and Past Life Therapy. With these fundamental tools he then
leads (in the second 200 pages) into Spirit Releasement Therapy (a term
coined by Baldwin), which includes treatment of well intentioned
earthbound entities and treatment of the demonic.
Many cases are described of symptoms whose causes were not ascertained
until addressed as possible spirit attachment. Talk therapies
and even normally highly effective hypnotherapy (including past life
regression) could not bring about the clearing of particular symptoms.
Baldwin clearly lists the signs of attachment (rather than calling it
possession) and then clearly demonstrates his protocols for release
of the attached earthbound spirit into the heaven worlds (Light).He
does the same orderly process for identifying cases where there may
be demonic attachment and the recommended protocol for clearing and
releasing of such entities.
What is always dramatic in this work is the almost night and day type
of experience of the clients before releasement and afterwards, whether
the attached entity was demonic or just an earthbound - a person who
died and for various reasons did not rise into the Light (the normal
passage to the heaven worlds).
Many psychological symptoms brought into the therapy by the client
are often totally cleared immediately after the releasement process.
Of course this does not eliminate the need for other deep healing work
such as past life work, inner child work and other appropriate therapies.
This is definitely a technique manual. Scripts for different settings
and processes are interwoven throughout the 400 page second edition.
Spirit Releasement Therapy is an epic work and a gift to all of who
seek to become more effective in facilitating healing through hypnotherapy.
The author passed on in 2004. His work in this area will be seen by
future healers as a landmark, a milestone in the field of spiritual
and emotional/mental healing. Thank you, Bill.
Shakuntala Modi, M.D.
This 618 page volume gives very extensive and detailed descriptions
of spirit attachment and demonic possession and attachment. While this
should not be considered a how to manual, there are brief
descriptions of this psychiatrists application of various hypnotherapy
tools such as past life regression and the removal of earthbound and
demonic spirits. The greatest value of this book is found in the extensive
case histories and detail of symptoms and the effect of clearing of
the entities. There is a certain religious tone (Christian) that colors
the reading of the cases. Additionally, Modi tends to promote assumptions
around certain conditions that may not necessarily be true with all
clients or patients and can be misleading in the application of these
assumptions in treatment.
Modis work is, nevertheless, very impressive. She states that
roughly 77% of her patients report having demons in side of them.
This is similar data to that of Baldwin and Fiore. Mental health professionals
may balk at the mere concept of attachment, let alone at the claims
of these psychotherapists that the majority of their clients had such
conditions. Upon venturing into such material readers may scoff at the
large numbers of attachment cases, let alone their very purported existence.
Though such attachments may be considered only metaphors of inner dynamics
by skeptics, the case histories presented by Modi (and Baldwin and Fiore),
nevertheless, demonstrate how easily one can reveal the presence of
entity attachment, how their presence explains particular symptoms,
and how clear the pathways for dramatic healings are through appropriate
and well guided hypnotherapy.
The Journal of Regression Therapy (Beginning with Volume 1, Number
1, Spring 1986)
Available through the International Association for Research and
Regression Therapies at http://iarrt.org
An outstanding collection of articles, research, case studies, innovations
in Regression Therapy and debate among the leading professionals in
the field. I strongly recommend these journals. Readers can go to the
web site and review the titles of articles and summaries and order reprints
of selected articles. Allow for about 6 weeks for delivery.
Ronald DeVasto, D.C.H and John Kelly, Ph.D.
Fragmented Souls: An Inside Look at Spirit Attachment
and Spirit Fragmentation Therapy
Available through eSpirit Publishing 687 Cedar Forest Circle
Orlando, FL 32828 407-207-8019
Fragmented souls is a term similar to soul fragmentation
used by William Baldwin, Ph.D. in his manual Spirit Releasement
Therapy. This book approaches the same subject from a different
angle and demonstrates a new protocol or process for regressions therapist
called spirit profiling (charting) that is innovative in that it adds
past life energies and residues to the categories of investigation in
the scanning or charting process of the client in trance. This is sort
of a differential diagnosis to determine whether what is seen by the
client is an attachment of an earthbound spirit or a demonic
entity, or a fragmentation of energy from some one or something else.
The techniques are demonstrated with case transcripts with assessment
of cases and procedures.
The authors tend to find what they are looking for and
write as if there were nothing else in clients psyches except
the categories in this book . . . I found disagreement with some of
the authors categorical statements around this type of work. Never
the less, some of the tools are innovative and easily adaptable into
a repertoire of releasement tools.
A very worthy effort and significant contribution to this area of Regression
For more listings go to
the European Association for Regression Therapy
and my website on The New Regression Therapy
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