Beliefs, Past Lives, and Getting Out of Your Own Way
Alina Frank, EFT-ADV, EFT CERT-I
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I recently read about a study conducted over the last 25 years at the University of Virginia on children who have past life recall. Most of these children have clear memories from age 2 to age 7. These kids from around the world have quite a few things in common including shared verifiable traits of the previous personality, memories of unnatural causes of death, recognition of relatives from the same family circle, and birth defects or marks corresponding with injuries experienced in those past lives.
The most interesting similarity for me as an EFT practitioner is that these children often have a phobia that corresponds with the way they died in the last lifetime - for example a water phobia in a child who remembers drowning in a past life.
The work of Dr. Brian Weiss in the classic book Many Lives, Many Masters, describes the case of a woman with a severe phobia that was healed quickly when she was led through a
past life regression hypnosis session. Dr. Weiss, a traditionally trained psychotherapist, documents case after case in his subsequent books of how past life regression heals trauma, anxiety, phobias and more.
My hesitation in dealing with past lives with my clients who believe that their current issues stem from past life traumas was due to my own theory that we are given all the knowledge we need to heal anything with the experiences we have had in this lifetime. This was confirmed for me over and over again as each of those clients healed without the need for me to hear about their past life memories. Some of these “memories” were merely suggestions or interpretations of information from some third party source such as a hypnotherapist or psychics and rarely did it come from personal dreams or visions.
However my beliefs were challenged a few weeks ago when I worked with a client who had extreme separation anxiety whenever someone came to babysit her daughter. Her daughter seemed to be just as affected by the temporary parting. Their fear was irrational and had badly strained the family's home environment. In the middle of our session my client suddenly had a vision of standing in the middle of a line in a death camp during WWII. The baby she held in her arms was suddenly ripped from her arms. We tapped on the guilt that she felt at not having been able to prevent the tragic death of her daughter as well as related aspects of the memory. Her extreme anxiety immediately subsided and then disappeared.
A second recent case was with a woman whom I was helping with infertility issues. At one point in the session she recalled a past life memory of a preverbal sexual assault which she described as a bloody mess. I got the hit that she had made a subconscious association with a bloody mess and birth because after all couldn’t one, given the wrong viewpoint, interpret childbirth as a bloody mess?
The moral here is use what shows up and don't allow your own disbelief to get in the way of your clients' healing. If your client believes that the world is run by a red elephant and that elephant is causing them insomnia then use it in your wording. The most important thing to remember at all times is to became a clear channel and recognize that the work is coming through you and not by you.
Alina Frank, EFT CERT-I
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Posted April 22, 2010 01:46 AM
I was a past-life therapist for many years before finding EFT, so naturally I have always been open to the possibility of past lives influencing present life problems. I am happy to see that other practitioners of EFT are opening their minds to the possibility of past lives. My position has always been that whether or not the past life is "real" that there must be a good reason why a person has come up with such a story and that it can be useful to pursue it.
I totally agree with Alina that practitioners need to keep an open mind and accept what the client presents as "reality" without judgment. It can be very frustrating and even damaging to a client who recalls a past life if the practitioner tells her that it isn't real. There is much good information available on the subject and I would encourage serious EFT practitioners to at least acquaint themselves with it. Brian Weiss' books are indeed a good place to start.
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