Dr. Brian Weiss appeared on Thursday's show, discussing his work conducting past life recall therapy.
His first such case, Katherine, was "the one who turned my life upside down," he said. Up till then Weiss had been a traditional psychotherapist who had received his medical degree from Yale. But he was shocked when during his hypnotic regression of Katherine she went back over 4,000 years to describe drowning in a tidal wave. After the session, some of her long standing phobias had suddenly vanished. "I sure did stumble on a valuable healing technique," he said. Since then he's conducted some 4,000 hypnotic regression sessions with patients, a number of whom also reported spontaneous recovery from their long standing ailments.
Weiss said that people can conduct past life recall sessions on their own, through meditations or listening to recordings (such a CD is provided in his book Mirrors of Time). After using progressive relaxation techniques, the person first recalls a happy scene from their childhood. Subsequent to that, they imagine a door, where just beyond is a whole new scene. "Imagination can be the rope that is pulling the memory through," said Weiss, who suggested that those with serious conditions or problems may want to seek out a qualified past life regressionist.
Tonight's guest, Dr. Brian Weiss, has found startling evidence for the idea of reincarnation and past lives, through his work with regression techniques. Conversely, the late Dr. Helen Wambach, pioneered "future-progression" studies with large groups of people beginning in 1980. What she found, as documented in the book Mass Dreams of the Future by Chet Snow, disturbed her.
The majority of subjects who were hypnotically progressed to the early 21st Century, reported being in a "floating" state which she recognized as indicating they were between lives. Because many of the people should have still been alive in this time frame, Wambach concluded a large scale catastrophe(s) may have wiped out a significant portion of the population.
Things were looking up by 2300 A.D. and beyond, where a higher percentage of subjects reported being alive (i.e. in a future life). Snow characterized this era as "The Outward Wave," where people found themselves living in a synthetic space environment, a greatly changed Earth, or on another planet all together. One subject reported: "I was alone, looking at a very cold, tall and metallic-type city which you couldn't see into...I was tall and slim, all encased in a body suit except for face and hands...There was a huge empty space all around. Nothing green or growing, no trees, no other people; all was encapsulated in the city I guess."
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