Tibor Magyar, Ph.D.
In this article, the author calls to the therapist/reader’s attention the importance of language in the therapeutic process and presents the reader with a series of timely suggestions, caveats and admonishments for the practice of past-life therapy.
There is a magic in words. Language has power. Every word has at least three meanings: connotative, denotative, and stipulative. Beyond the dictionary definition, each word is also defined by current usage and the experience/value system/understanding of the user and the receiver. To add further complexity, it is not only what is said, but how it is said. Ultimately, it is also what has not been said. According to Davis (1994) these are the three vital dimensions of any verbal message.
As therapists we are often fond of referring to the so-called medical model. It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss whether or not the medical model is the only appropriate framework within which the practice of past-life therapy should take place, but we can still draw from its wisdom. The first responsibility charged to physicians in their oath is to “do no harm.” This is a wise and appropriate tenet which we would be well-advised to heed.