This book helped me not fear death and not fear hypnosis. If you are not used to reading spiritual books, this is a good book for you. I have always loved psychology but never really entered into the topic of the soul. This book was my first book on this subject and I did have my doubts and concerns. The reason why I liked this book so much was because Dr. Brian Weiss is a psychiatrist that studied and practiced psychology for years. In addition, he also was a hypnotherapist.
Dr. Weiss himself was skeptical about his own findings with one particular patient called Catherine. This is where his journey began in healing traumas that he normally could not heal with traditional psychology and hypnosis.
He usually regressed patients to past life events in their childhood to help heal them but Catherine ended up regressing past this life. She regressed back to prehistoric times and ancient Egypt. After this discovery and healing many patients, Dr. Brian Weiss has specialized in past-life regression therapy to help cure patients of traumas, phobias and anxiety in their current life.
I always feared hypnotherapy. Being a person that always wanted to be in control, I feared that being hypnotized would be out of my control. After studying the work of Dr. Weiss, I realized that as long as I had chosen a therapist with a degree in Psychology and was certified to be a hypnotherapist that I could give it a try. I actually chose a doctor that was trained by Dr. Brian Weiss himself to ensure that I was choosing the best of the best.
My experience with a hypnosis was amazing and changed my life. I remember going to a location in manhattan and it was in a building. When I went upstairs there were a bunch of doors of different psychologist but the door that I was going to enter had a business card that looked very spiritual and unique. When it was time I entered into this small room that looked very bohemian and relaxing. I was very nervous but had a feeling of relief that the person I was there to see was very calming.
I then talked to her for a few minutes on the reasons I was there to see her. I already felt more calm but still very anxious. She then said are you ready to get hypnotized and I could hear my heart beating. I said yes. I then laid down on this sort of bed that looked like a doctor patient table but was wrapped in a fabric. When I laid down, she put a blanket over me to make me feel even more comfortable and shut the lights. I did feel more safe.
She then told me to go to a place in my mind that i felt comfortable and safe. At first it was so hard to go anywhere in my mind because i was so nervous. I tried my best to think of a place and then I began to think of a waterfall. The waterfall was in a sort of paradise with the greenest grass and beautiful animals and the water was super blue. As I kept thinking of the waterfall I did start relaxing more and more.
After the relaxation phase, She then told me to pick any age where I wanted to go and so I did. I thought about a time when I was about 7 years old and I was in the Dominican Republic and my grandmother (who passed away) was telling me to stop dancing the way I was dancing. She told me it was inappropriate. I remember getting so upset with her because I felt she was just old and didn’t want me to have fun but the interesting part was that I went there in my mind for a reason. I must have wanted to re-visit that time in my life to address something that I felt I needed to address. The therapist was guiding me the entire time to try to understand what why i went there and what i was feeling. I kept going. At that moment, I realized why i went there, I went there because I knew that my grandmother was not old and telling me that because she wanted to get me upset. She was trying to help me and protect me. In the hypnotic state, my therapist said to tell my grandmother what I was feeling and so I did. I said grandmother thank you for letting me know this. The therapist then asked me if I wanted to go that time as my younger self or as an adult self to confront the situation. I chose my adult self to talk to my younger self. I told my younger self that there was another way to dance and in my mind I literally imagined teaching my younger self how to dance appropriately. It was so empowering that I literally was re-programming my mind. Instead of feeling upset and helpless, I was going back in time and changing the way I thought about a situation. Pretty amazing.
After that experience, she then told me to choose another age and time where I wanted to go. I chose the difficult one. One that I avoided to go my entire life. The one I wanted replace and block out. I decided to be brave. Throughout the entire time, she was guiding me and there to address any issues that came up. In addition, I felt in control the entire time. If I can describe hypnosis, it would be a relaxed state where an expert is able to retrieve memories that aren’t so easily retrieved in your daily life. The thoughts we all avoid because they cause feelings of guilt, shame, embarrassment, fear, regret and make us feel super vulnerable. I knew that since she was a psychologist that if certain emotions surfaced that I would be in good hands with someone that can help me address the issues.
So I went to the difficult place and now I needed to confront the enemy. She asked me if I wanted to confront the situation as my younger self or my adult self. I said my younger self. I wanted to see my younger self defend herself. The hypnosis was all through visualization and memory. Pretty fascinating. I now go back and replay the memory of my trauma and visualize my enemy exactly where he was. The therapist then asks me what do you want to say to him? I started thinking and talking out loud about exactly what I wanted to say to him for years. For over 20 years I wanted to tell this man exactly what I never got the chance to tell him when i was a child because I was in shock when it all happened. As I let myself say what I wanted to say, I felt more and more powerful. I was regaining the power I lost years ago. What made me feel helpless and fearful. He had no idea how much he affected me and now was the opportunity for me to experience the event and let it all out. Once I finished confronting him and defending myself, I felt good. Not 100% but good.
Lastly in that session she asked me if I wanted to do anything to him. This was interesting because I have always had so much hate and anger towards him for taking advantage of me. She says think about a place where you would like to take him. I think and think and wonder where would I like to take him. I say a desert. I say an Egyptian desert. I visualize a sort of prison in the middle of no where that is concrete. There is no one but him isolated and boxed in. He has no way out and no human contact. She then asks me if I want to do anything to him and I said yes. I want to punch him and hit him. She says ok so then do it. I visualize in my head beating him up. She asks me how does that feel and I say good.
Shortly after, she mentions that she is going to bring me back and starts counting. As she starts counting and I start getting out of the hypnotic state, I feel sort of vulnerable. I wasn’t sure exactly what just happened. I felt like I just had a dream and woke up. I remember that I talked to her for a few minutes and left.
I got in my car and thought about what had just happened. It felt good yet it made me think. Days later I started to feel better. I felt a weight lifted off of me. It felt like I re-gained my power.
Studying Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for years, I can tell you that a pattern of behavior amongst people that have experienced trauma is avoidance. Not all traumatized individuals avoid but it is a common behavior. The reason I feel regression therapy is great is because you are able to confront what actually happened to you instead of living in fear and avoiding what happened.
I did go see the therapist again to see if I could go to a past life but I could not.
I went to a workshop that Dr. Brian Weiss had in Rhineback NY for a weekend retreat and he did a group regression and I could not regress back to a past life. Many people did but I believe that I still may need to work at it in order to achieve this.
Journey continues…If I am able to regress back to past life, I will write about it.
It is a little crazy that Dr. Brian Weiss actually looks a little like my dad.
“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 family and his dead son. Using past-life therapy, he was able to cure the patient and embark on a new, more meaningful phase of his own career.
A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, Brian L. Weiss M.D. is Chairman Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
Dr. Weiss conducts national and international seminars and experiential workshops as well as training programs for professionals.”
“Dr. Brian Weiss is a highly respected psychiatrist from the mainstream of the medical establishment. Catherine is one of his most difficult cases, a 27-year-old woman racked by phobias and anxieties. In the course of Catherine’s treatment, Dr. Weiss makes a startling discovery. Under hypnosis, she recollects, in vivid detail, events from past lives ranging from the prehistoric times and ancient Egypt to the 20th century and the fires of World War II. Encouraging Catherine to relive her most painful experiences, even her moments of death, Dr. Weiss steers her toward recovery, while his own life is dramatically changed forever.
In Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Weiss tells the true story of Catherine, her many existences, her remarkable therapy sessions, and the vision she revealed of the human mind and soul.” (audible.com)
Originally posted 2016-06-04 17:06:20.