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On the basis of a two-year research project involving "past-life regression" psychiatrist Moody ( Life After Life ) here argues that such experience, in some cases luring intrepid spiritual voyagers back to the Stone Age, are more common than is generally believed, and can be induced by hypnosis in almost anyone. Whether or not this makes a new case for reincarnation or merely represents the play of alternate states of consciousness, the author avows that forays into the past may trigger spiritual and psychological revelations, sometimes mirroring the subject's present life conflicts--or acting as a catharsis. In a book of interest mainly to the already converted, Moody offers an audio script as a guide to self-hypnosis, although better results, he stresses, are achieved with the help of a regression-trained hyponotherapist.
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Raymond Moody, Jr., M.D., received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. After teaching philosophy at East Carolina University, he received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976 and then served his residency at the University of Virginia Medical School. His works include Life After Life, Reflections on Life After Life, and The Light Beyond. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553070592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553070590
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Kivinen on August 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having respect for Raymond Moody, based on my prior readings of his work on near-death experiences ("Life After Life") and grief ("Life After Loss", with co-author Dianne Arcangel), I wondered what he would have to say about past-life regression. Aimed at the general reader, Coming Back provides a readable, informative overview that reviews a variety of perspectives on past-life regressions and comes down on the side of their therapeutic value regardless of their literal truth or falsity. His citing "The Journal of Regression Therapy" (including contributors Irene Hickman, Hazel Denning, and Chet Snow) throughout "Coming Back" provided helpful continuity with my previously reading Winafred Blake Lucas' "Regression Therapy" volumes.

Although trained in hypnosis, Moody had viewed it as "a way to deep relaxation, easy sleep, and nothing more" (p. 5) until a psychologist friend facilitated a regression for him that took him through a series of nine purported past lives. That he was "essentially an average person in each . . . shot down the theory that everyone who goes into a past life sees himself as . . . some . . . glamorous historical figure" (p. 27). This is congruent with Helen Wambach's findings, outlined in her 1978 "Reliving Past Lives: The Evidence Under Hypnosis." Through his subsequent research, Moody identified twelve traits of past life regressions, at least several of which one could expect to encounter in any genuine regression experience. These include an uncanny feeling of familiarity (p. 36) and the fact that these experiences often mirror present issues in the subject's life (p. 39).

Throughout the book Moody maintains an attitude of ambivalence bordering on skepticism toward past-life regressions as evidence of reincarnation. He attributes this (on p.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark on October 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despites Moody's research in NDEs, he was a "non-believer" in

Reincarnation until the late 1980's. A single regression session with a

hypnotist revealed 9 past lives to him at that time.

By the time he wrote this book he had performed over 200 regressions on

others. Relatively unique and special to his method is the use

of "scrying" or crystal ball gazing to gain access to past-life images

for himself and others.

Though it doesn't include an index, there seems to be a very excellent

recordable self-regression scripts at the end that, from an outloud

reading, appears to be very effective! :cool
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PeacefulJeff on January 15, 2007
A very easy read, considering the subject matter. Almost like sitting and talking with the author. Scientists and laymen will learn a lot and enjoy this book, and if either group reads only one book on this subject, this would be a good choice. Thorough examination of the subject including all the usual arguments against the reality of past-life regressions (I as the reviewer have never had one). Four stars because since its publication, the vast addition of information by the translation of texts of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as the science done on Tibetan Buddhism and altered states of consciousness could add to this work immeasurably.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Salva VINE VOICE on July 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
Here, Dr. Raymond Moody--author of the classic Life After Life, which virtually started the Near Death Experience movement--has turned his scientific and analytic mind to the study of past-life regressions. While discussing NDEs with people, he found many bringing up other subjects, including reincarnation. Having long considered past-life regressions a lot of hogwash, he changed his mind after having his own regression done and experiencing for himself the power of past-life impressions and the immediacy of their effect on the mind. (He notes, for instance, how he himself felt a deep sense of familiarity and nostalgia while watching the dramatic scenes of his own former lifetimes. The experience was extraordinarily real to him.) In Coming Back, Dr. Moody uses his standard clinical approach, listing and classifying the various effects of past-life regressions and questioning their validity. He livens his discussions with glimpses into the hundreds of regressions he has lead. An interesting and important book.

Richard Salva--author of Soul Journey from Lincoln to Lindbergh [UNABRIDGED]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on April 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Coming back" is Raymond Moody's exploration of a curious psychological phenomenon: past life memories. Moody discovers that past life memories can be accessed or induced by regression hypnosis and used therapeutically. Or rather realizes, since past life regression existed before Moody became interested in the subject. He admits of first being sceptical to the phenomenon.

On one level, Moody is still sceptical. He doesn't seem to believe in reincarnation on the basis of his scientific training and Christian upbringing. Rather, he considers "past lives" to be products of the subconscious mind. Moody is more interested in the therapeutic uses of past life regressions and makes connections to Jungian psychotherapy. In that sense, "Coming back" is actually Moody's most sceptical book. And this from an author who accepts near-death experiences and apparitions of the dead...

Interestingly, Moody has undergone past life regression himself and "discovered" nine previous lives under hypnosis. In one of those lives, he was an ape or monkey. It's not clear to me why the author nevertheless veers towards a sceptical or at least agnostic position. If the soul is immortal, logically reincarnation can exist, too.

Perhaps on some subconscious level, Dr. Raymond Moody doesn't want to come back. I'm with him on that one. Meeting Elvis in the Middle World would me more fun! Hopefully, one billion Indians *can* be wrong...

Coming back? Over my dead body!

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