by Daniel W. Miller, Ph.D.
Cultural differences may manifest themselves in many ways. Of interest and importance to practitioners of PLT is the awareness of the cultural framework and reference points accepted and understood by the client. Dr. Miller has visited Brazil on many occasions and has used these opportunities to observe and explore some of these culture-specific assumptions as apply to the practice of PLT.
I’d gone to Brazil almost annually since 1981 to participate in Metaphysical Conferences in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro, conducting past-life therapy and training sessions afterwards. In 1991 I went to Sao Paolo for the Fourth Annual Metaphysical Conference to lecture, and conduct workshops and individual sessions again. From my work with the Brazilians, it became clear to me that, although many of them suffer from the same fears and blocks to accessing the paranormal dimension that North Americans do, many more have already reached accessibility to psychic levels of function. However, it sometimes turned out that what I thought would be a past-life regression took on other forms that I did not anticipate and had not encountered in my workshops with European or North American people.
Brazilians have a unique culture incorporating African, South American Indian, Portuguese, and Spanish influences. Their cultural life, religious beliefs, music, and art have been integrated and synthesized, interweaving all these energies into a tapestry whose form becomes purely Brazilian. Lately, North America has had a powerful impact as well, and this is most clearly evident in the unlikely combination of their music and psychotherapy.