|Shelley Kaehr, Ph.D
Hey! Did you happen to catch Oprah two days ago? Well I did, and I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw her guest. My friend and colleague, famed past-life regression therapist Brian Weiss, MD, was featured on her program for the entire hour. I thought I’d never live to see the day!
As someone who has worked professionally in the regression therapy field for nearly a decade, all I can say is… it’s about time. And with that, I’d like to take a brief moment of your time to explain why I think this is one of the most powerful mind-body healing modalities ever.
I first became aware of past lives through the book The Search for Bridey Murphy which documents the case of a lady with horrible chronic allergies which were miraculously healed after she visited her supposed past life in ancient Ireland. Later, I used the modality myself to overcome the death of a loved one and found it so profoundly helpful, I wanted to learn how it was done so I could help others.
Since then, I’ve been talking about past life therapy and conducting these sessions for people from all over the world with incredible results. That said, I hate the label given to the work because it is incredibly limiting and probably scares people off. What if you don’t believe we’ve lived before? Does that make it all invalid? No, of course not!
I’m certainly not here to tell anyone whether or not we lived before. I am not a hundred percent sure that’s the case, nor can I tell you with absolute certainty that what people are seeing is actually a glimpse of their past lives. What I can say is that after conducting a thousand plus regressions, 95% of all the people I’ve worked with have had some sort of phenomenon during the process. By that I mean they saw something, had an emotional breakthrough, or felt better afterwards.
If you saw the hypnotic test subjects on Oprah, she featured people suffering from various phobias which immediately went away after Dr. Weiss worked with them.
One woman had an irrational phobia of dolls, and lo and behold, it was caused by residual fear left over from a fatal car accident she’d had in her previous incarnation….or at least that’s what she told Dr. Weiss. Now she says she is completely phobia-free.
So again, the question is: was any of that true? Did this lady really live in a previous lifetime where she died in a car accident, or was it simply a story she told herself? And does it even matter as long as she felt better?
I’ve worked with phobias myself over the years, the most amazing case being that of a man who was afraid of the dark. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong! The trouble was he was over 40 years old and could absolutely not sleep without the lights on in every room in his house. Needless to say, this was interfering with many aspects of leading a normal life - whatever normal is.
After a short regression, he discovered in a past life he fell down a flight of stairs and was trapped in the dark. After guiding him through a process where he imagined himself turning on a light and being rescued, he wrote to me years later and said from that very night to the present day, he is completely phobia-free.
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself (at least) a couple of questions:
Again, I cannot answer these questions. All I know is that people are able to go into this process via relaxation and tap into what I call their imaginative selves and when they do, they invariably tell me the most incredible stories about why such and such from their life in the 1700’s (or whenever) completely relates to the similar hardships and experiences they’re having in their current life.
Once they acknowledge that, as was shown on Oprah, the current life dilemma often goes completely away and never comes back.
Phobias are but one of the many applications for this amazing work. I’ve found it also incredibly helpful in the areas of emotional healing, revealing past connections you have with people and places around you, and discovering your natural gifts and talents.
To me, it doesn’t matter whether any of it is real or not. The bottom line is that at the end of the day you feel better, more peaceful and have greater understanding of yourself, then so be it. It works, and it does so without the use of mind altering chemicals. Hallelujah! ***
Memories of the Future
I met Dr. Weiss years ago through our mutual friend Dr. Raymond Moody, near death pioneer and author of the international bestselling book Life After Life. At the time, I had recently completed my first book on this subject called Lifestream: Journey Into Past & Future Live which Dr. Weiss called, “An important contribution to the field of regression therapy filled with fascinating case histories…”
At the time, I was experimenting by taking people into their future memories, having them imagine themselves happy, successful, living the life of their dreams. Dr. Weiss found this curious. “I have a question about that,” he said. “What if they see something unpleasant? How do you deal with that?”
I told him what I’ll tell you now - I suggest they go to the happy place where all is well and life is good - the magical land of rose-colored glasses.
In this space, people see themselves doing and becoming all kinds of wonderful things and if I can convince them they are worthy and deserve what they envision as their highest and best, then they can most definitely create it in their daily lives.
The most successful of all my clients envisioned herself opening a retail store, writing a book and lecturing about it. Within six months of the session, sure enough, all of that, including penning her first book, had all come to pass.
In my work, the views of the past - whether real or imagined - are merely tools to glimpse our talents and things we need to heal in order to live a more peaceful present. The future journey is the most powerful part of the process to me. By using the imagination, people are able to see themselves living the life they deserve.
The stories we tell shape our lives and our destiny. Whether you believe in past lives, future possibilities or prefer to stay in the right here and now, as Oprah and her new favorite M.D. Dr. Oz said, any tool that can help us avoid the use of pharmaceuticals is certainly worth taking a look at.
Link to the article on past lives on Oprah.com
For more information on past life regressions, visit my website at www.shelleykaehr.com or pick up a copy of my book Lifestream: Journey Into Past & Future Lives.
About the Author: Dr. Shelley Kaehr is known throughout the world for her work in the field of human potential as a leading authority on the mind body connection and author of over fifteen books. Her decade of work as a hypnotherapist has been endorsed by leaders in the field of consciousness.