by Elaine Berk
Some people wish to do Past Life Regression Therapy (PLRT) work but have anxiety about the process and what they will learn about themselves. For many, anxiety about the unknown is a normal response. Knowing more about what kind of professional should be sought and what the process involves will help people as they consider this kind of therapy.
PLRT is powerful work, and healing and transformation usually continue after the session for days, weeks and sometimes months as the experience and healing are integrated. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced professional, preferably someone that has the background and credentials in PLRT and psychotherapy to assist in any issues that arise during or after sessions.
During a PLRT session, a therapist guides the participant to retrieve and (re)experience past life information that comes to them by way of all six senses. As that process unfolds, a slow unraveling of what occurred in that lifetime will come into awareness, bit by bit, in the form of mental pictures, emotions and intuitive insights as the journey of that lifetime becomes increasingly clear.
Each lifetime we have lived is stored in our cellular memory, so it is only a matter of accessing and retrieving it. The memories one accesses are the stories of one’s prior lifetime(s). Each person must decide for him/herself if it is “real” or not. Most who (re)experience a past life will attest to the very real and visceral emotions and physical feelings they experienced during the session. To these individuals, it is undeniably real.
When one is telling a fictionalized story, it doesn’t evoke the same type and degree of emotion. Imagining losing a loved one in a fictionalized story may cause sadness and upset, but reliving a lifetime in which a loved one was lost leads to feeling something much deeper—perhaps overwhelming grief and despair—feelings that can also be experienced in the physical body.
That being said, even if the lifetime were an “imagined” story, it still has therapeutic benefit. For example, if a person in this lifetime has a fear of heights and in their past life they fell off of a cliff—whether fact or fiction, it is still therapeutically beneficial in helping a person with their fear of heights. Viewed from a non-believer’s perspective, the person’s subconscious created that story for a reason: it is a self-created therapeutic metaphor and the therapeutic outcome is the same.
The life may take unexpected turns, but eventually the end of that lifetime is reached. It is at the point of death and beyond that the nature of the session changes from “being guided to retrieve and re-experience” to “processing and gaining deeper insight, understanding and wisdom”—and the healing and transformation unfolds.
Elaine Berk, MEd, CHt, CPLT, is the owner of Past Life Regression Therapy PA. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and many years of experience as a psychotherapist. She is certified by the American Medical and Dental Association as a hypnotherapist and has trained extensively with many pioneers in the field of Past Life Therapy. Location: 110 N. State St., Newtown. For more information, call 215-970-1534 or visit PastLifeRegressionPA.com.