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Hypnosis? Does it work?

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In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 7:25:02 AM PDT
S. Jones says:
I am a Dolores Cannon hypnotherapist, and I can tell you that this is not new. She has been doing this, and other related things, for over 40 years. Her method assists clients in transitioning from a regression or progression, to the period between lives, to the client's own Subconscious, which she defines as their Higher Self or Unlimited Self - the aspect that has all knowledge, and all of the answers. The client can tap into this to get the answers he or she is looking for.

Posted on May 24, 2012 8:11:08 AM PDT
Carlgo says:
So many replies slide easily into the whole past lives thing, like it is a given. Where is the scientific testing to throw some light onto whether there are past lives or not in the first place? If there is no evidence at all, that is one thing. If there is some verification of this, then that is perhaps the greatest scientific discovery of all time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 10:24:12 AM PDT
witchie+ says:
That is interesting. Are there any publications regarding this?

Posted on May 24, 2012 11:30:27 AM PDT
Human says:
Depends on who you are, the purpose of the hypnosis, and who is doing it. It worked for me once when I was a kid and had a minor surgery. It worked for a friend of mine when he quit smoking.

Posted on May 24, 2012 7:26:57 PM PDT
blueskies says:
Past life regression can be a metaphor for subconscious processes. It doesn't have to be literally true to be effective for the person to work thru conflicts.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:32:50 AM PDT
Carlgo says:
The use of the term "past lives" has been used here as just that, events in prior lifetimes affecting the patient's current one. There was mention of a person who was stabbed in a past life and that caused unexplained pain in the current one. Nobody chimed in to say that meant the patient was, say, betrayed as a child and this caused physical pain later in life, in this life alone.

My guess is that there are different schools of hypnosis and that there are "past lives" people and those that think this is just tabloid stuff and not serious.

Certainly in this discussion the mention of past lives was thrown out there quite plainly and was no metaphor for mere deep thoughts.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 9:43:15 AM PDT
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Posted on May 29, 2012 1:56:43 PM PDT
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Rich Martini says:
Well in my research on the topic, I try to examine what people say with regard to past life regression (or between life therapy) and see if there's some evidence to corroborate it. In each session that I've filmed (I've filmed over a dozen) I try to follow up on a detail - a name, a place, a street, or an address. It depends on the therapist and what kind of questions they choose to ask a client while they're under hypnosis.

Before the session begins, I usually have already mentioned to the therapist - who aren't really interested in verification of a past life, because after all, they're doing the work to help people - most therapists have told me they didn't really care how the process worked, as long as their clients were healed or helped by the process. So let's start there, that most sessions aren't about proving or disproving past lives.

However, because I'm a filmmaker, I'm curious about these details - and indeed have been able to look up and verify key incidents. In one case, a man claimed he was shot in a bar in Tombstone Arizona, had his name and his occupation. I was able to confirm that through news reports of this man being shot in Tombstone. In the case of a man who claimed to be a soldier who spied for France in the 1800's, I was able to trace that man's origins in France. In the case of a holocaust victim, I was able to find her name on a registry of victims at Auschwitz (as well as her family names). In the case of a man who claimed heritage with an Indian tribe, I was able to verify the names he was called, the appearance that he claimed to have by the number of feathers in his hair, and the battle he claimed to be part of between two indian tribes. I know for a fact these details were not known by the subject or were cryptomnesia, because I am the subject, and had details I spoke of during my own session confirmed by a historian of that tribe. When you look into the work of Ian Stevenson at the University of VA with regard to reincarnation, and look into the work of Brian Weiss and Michael Newton, the inevitable conclusion is that there is a mechanism for a continuity of consciousness which is more pronounced than any religion has described, and that appear to have the characteristics of quantum mechanics. At least to my mind. Flipside: A Journey Into the Afterlife

Posted on May 29, 2012 1:59:43 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 4:12:24 PM PDT
Captain says:
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Posted on May 29, 2012 5:24:19 PM PDT
Carlgo says:
Exactly why independent actual scientists and researchers need to do this work. If THEY had gone back and found out these things, then we would have something and could go on from there with random subjects and more data. Sorry, a film maker or author using himself as the subject and having a financial stake in matter how objective or certain you are, it just introduces doubt.

The statement that therapists ignore the past life thing and just care about their patients...either they are the least inquisitive people on earth or that is BS from somebody. I would be interested in knowing what the UVA guy did because I would guess a university would insist on objective methodology.

As an aside, how do they make Spam so bad?

Posted on May 29, 2012 8:13:18 PM PDT
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Captain says:
"As an aside, how do they make Spam so bad?"

By trying very hard. My theory is that it's a ploy to sell more salt and they just throw in the stuff they scrape up off the slaughterhouse floors as filler.

Posted on May 29, 2012 10:01:46 PM PDT
blueskies says:
Yet, some people love Spam. No accounting for tastes.

Posted on May 30, 2012 8:57:23 AM PDT
Carlgo says:
Still, all pig parts I have ever tasted are delicious, so the trimmings and whatnot should be no different and maybe even better as the rough cuts often have more flavor than the fancy cuts.

All this is OT, which I slide into (not referring to the conditions on the factory floor) too often, so do animals have past lives and are they always the same animal? A pig is always a pig, but just living in different places? I saw some wild boar the other day, bad-*** animals that scared the heck out of a herd of deer as they came barging down their trail! Hopefully, a poor domestic pig would have the chance to be a real pig and terrorize other animals for at least an occasional lifetime. How about snakes, what with all the religious and imbedded fear and loathing most animals have about them? Do they at least get a lifetime of being a Titanaboa (worth looking up if you don't know what they were like)?

And, of course, we hear of human past lifetimes and they always seem to be humans, just with different jobs. How does eastern philosophy work in here where we can come back as different creatures? And does the universe judge people's lives? Say your last life was being Hitler or Stalin. Would you come back as an icky worm? Judgement would have no meaning unless the worm knew about what it had done to earn its life.

Martini's description of past lives was kind of disappointing because there was no progression or punishment or anything, just random lives. Does everyone get a chance to be a rock star at least once? Is everyone therefore made to serve at least one life as an evil person, say Hitler? How far back do our lifetimes go? Do we serve time as an ape for awhile, then a more upright one and so on?

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 12:59:22 AM PDT
Rich Martini says:
"Martini's description of past lives was kind of disappointing because there was no progression or punishment or anything, just random lives. Does everyone get a chance to be a rock star at least once? Is everyone therefore made to serve at least one life as an evil person, say Hitler? How far back do our lifetimes go? Do we serve time as an ape for awhile, then a more upright one and so on?"

Glad you consider it Spam Captain. This film can is only going for $2 on Amazon. It's tasty too. A little salt and you might actually taste something. The book Spam is on kindle and smashwords - so you can read about 20% for free. So no Spam there mon ami.

As to Carlgo's observation that I neglected the Hitler question, actually it's covered quite extensively in the book and the film. (and if you can't afford the $2 there's a radio interview, book talk, etc as well as a ten minute free trailer on youtube). So if you're asking a question, I'll be happy to answer it. My research and book is based on Michael Newton's 30 years of interviewing over 7000 folks under deep hypnosis (as well as his trainees since he started training them in 2000). I've been working on the project for about five years now and have continued to film sessions of people under hypnosis with different therapists - from different walks of life. They all say the same things about the Afterlife and the process or reincarnation.

Sorry it's not as described in religious texts to date. Eastern philosophy is just that - not based on thousands of folks saying the same things about the journey (which doesn't include returning as animals - according to these folks, they have their own realms) We choose to come here as humans - and we haven't always been coming to just this joint called Earth. Again, it's not my philosophy - just what people are saying during their life between lives session.

And if you're asking why we choose particular lives - the research shows we do that to help others - despite what appears to be the contrary on the planet. There's plenty of progression - it's just not from your point of view. What you may think of as sin or negative behavior may have been asked in advance to happen for someone's spiritual progression. There are many such cases cited in the book.

And while we're taking the Hitler question - why would any one incarnate as Hitler? Or Pol Pot? Or Stalin? Or Jack the Ripper? It's not that there aren't consequences for actions - there are - people experience all the negativity they've engendered during their lifetime. They get to taste the blood in their mouths, or experience the broken teeth or whatever heinous event they've created - so they too can learn from the experience. But while they're feeling those shocks, pain, humiliation, sadness, anger - they're having a catharsis that's unique to them. And some people report asking to be put into isolation for sometime - and describe a kind of prison like environment where they are in complete isolation, experiencing the negative actions they caused, and stay there for as long as it takes for them to want to re-enter the stream.

The point is that the common description or right and wrong, of good and evil is not what it appears to be here on Earth - souls suffer because they need to experience the suffering they've caused. They aren't judged by others negatively - because we are all on the same path. And there are older souls, wiser souls, who help teach and help others to learn lessons spiritually. Everyone has a spirit guide, including you.

It's funny that you would describe as my "description of past lives disappointing" because there's no punishment - really? Is that what you look for in films and stories? "Ok, I've watching this thing for two hours now, where's the pain and torture?" And equally funny to visualize that being a rock star has some inherent value - what part of it? The crowds cheering? The playing of music? The cheap drugs? Actually between lives, yes! we're all rock stars. We can experience those emotions and feelings and whatever we want just by creating it. Want to play to thousands? Pick up your axe - they'd love to hear you. (I filmed a life between life session recently with a musician, who actually created the environment in some other realm - what she described as a 'crystal city' where she played for a huge crowd with 'the best sound system.'

Our lifetimes go back to our conception. For some folks thats before the big bang. For others it's after. Souls are always being created - the process is fairly uniform and simple (according to these sessions and what people say). I have a detailed description in "Flipside" - where a spirit guide takes us through the entire process, and claims that after we've lived all our lifetimes, we too get to graduate to become spirit guides for someone else - and our "graduation gift" is a new soul we get to watch over for all of its lifetimes.

Ultimately it's a matter of perspective. If you think of the world as from human perspective and human time, you don't really get the perspective of being outside of time. For example the fruit fly lives its entire life in a day - 24 hours to be born, mate, argue with friends, sign onto the fruit fly internet, maybe meet some other fruit flies and get drunk of grape juice, and die. To them our lives as humans is eternal - beyond their comprehension. It's a little bit like that - at the moment beyond your comprehension, but I guarantee (money back) if you pick up Michael Newton's books or even mine, the door will be open just a tad wider.

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Posted on Jun 8, 2012 8:16:16 AM PDT
Carlgo says:
Thanks for your informative and heartfelt answer. I just want a well-funded scientific investigation carried out by researchers who can follow up on the history and make sure the hypnosis procedure is carried out properly. We all know there have been abuses, people, even kids, making detailed and believable reports about abuse that later was proven to be completely false, the alien encounters that in some cases at least were totally manipulated by suggestion, and that sort of thing.

My interest in being a rock star was just for the groupies. None of the rest is that appealing. That brings up the question of sex and for some, not me, golf...

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 11:26:27 AM PDT
Rich Martini says:
Here's a pretty interesting link for you, an MD describes his near death experience.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 1:14:53 AM PDT
Rich Martini says:
More clips - "Flipside" is here Flipside: A Journey Into the Afterlife

Interview with Michael Newton - this is 10 minutes:

This is me talking about the book with questions and is an hour and 15 minutes:

And this is another book discussion, a little sharper for 45 minutes:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 8:58:59 AM PDT
J. Lent says:
Seeing as how warts are caused by a virus, I'm going to call BS on the idea that you can "relax" yourself into getting rid of warts.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 8:59:56 AM PDT
J. Lent says:
There is no evidence to support the idea of past lives. And until there is, anyone insisting there are past lives without producing evidence is a fraud of some type.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 10:45:58 AM PDT
witchie+ says:
It always fascinates me how the "past lives" issue bothers people so much. For the rest of us, having done hypnosis, it is just one of things that happens during regressions. It happens so often that it is very hard to claim that it does not exist. In fact, as a graduate student @ a Jesuit University, I was actually told to expect past lives in regressions and how to work with them.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 11:45:49 AM PDT
Carlgo says:
I am a skeptic, but what is interesting about this is that it seems you could actually do an objective study. Get random, ordinary people who have no real knowledge of hypnosis. Keep the nature of the test secret so that people don't feel they have to please the practitioner or compare notes with other testees. Pick the most recent past life so that the history of the time would still be available. Select those lives that took place in fairly obscure places and involving people who were not famous so that the testee would not have any idea of the history and events. Then, once the tests are complete, researchers would be dispatched to the little towns to check on things. Do the testee or people they describe appear in local records? Are there records of the events described? Do the descriptions of physical details match reality?

If this is done with a fairly large number of people, the results or lack of them will start to be clear.

Proof of an afterlife would be the greatest discovery of all time. Absolute proof might be elusive, but a huge number of people would pay attention if it seemed that there was at least a really strong suspicion, supported by good science, that this was true.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:54:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2012 11:55:55 AM PDT
witchie+ says:
Carlgo: "Proof of an afterlife would be the greatest discovery of all time. Absolute proof might be elusive, but a huge number of people would pay attention if it seemed that there was at least a really strong suspicion, supported by good science, that this was true."

And I consider past lives, lives inbetween lives, etc as pretty irrelevent. If you come from where I do, you would probably feel the same way. It is just one of those things that I have no interest in proving because within myself I have already established it. I personally, have had enough experiences with past lives both through hypnosis of others and my own meditation, that I just know it is real.

I think there is some research that has shown past lives to be sure out there, but I have never paid much attention to it. Meanwhile, past lives gets many Christians' panties in a huge wad because the Catholic church wrote it out of theology at one point. And, most Christians blindly follow that. I was brainwashed like everyone else until realized that the brainwashing by my culture was just plane wrong.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 3:38:12 PM PDT
Carlgo says:
Another anecdotal account. To me proof is everything and no proof is nothing at all.

The fact that many theologians and their followers would reject these studies doesn't matter. It would still be the most important discovery ever and billions of people would be transformed by it. In time, new religions would take hold and old ones would modify their theology.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 12:12:32 PM PDT
witchie+ says:
But, you, Carlgo, are still following the cultural brainwashing that we call received in the USA. Whether you get scientific studies or not is not going to change in that you have already accepted the western cultural brainwashing.
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