by Paul L. Fleming, M.S.
The following paper presents a suggestion for research that would examine correlations between past-life regressions and/or future life progressions and simultaneously-occurring brain electrical activity. In his approach the author extends the Mind Mirror research of Lucas, presented in the Journal, IV, 1, 1989, but widens the scope of that study. If you are interested in his idea, please write to Paul (he is in the APRT directory) or in care of the Journal.
This paper is prompted by two recent articles in the Journal, VII, 1, Clark (1993), and Goldberg (1993). These papers raise core issues challenging the credibility of past-life/future life therapy. The first issue is whether or not reported past lives represent legitimate past lives and the second concerns an attempt to establish a rationale to explain the phenomena. The diversity of opinions reported by Clark regarding the source of information produced in these reports demonstrates that there is no consensus among therapists on either issue; Goldberg’s attempt to “fit” past and future life reports into the frameworks of theoretical physics is interesting but essentially unprovable. Of course, at the present time there is no method for “proving” anyone’s view on these matters. Still, it would seem wise to at least attempt a more complete understanding of what is taking place during regression/progression sessions. This paper attempts to set forth a hypothesis and a means for exploration.