Ronald Wong Jue, Ph.D.
Dr. Jue suggests that the acceptance of past-life therapy as a legitimate therapeutic modality will depend not only on the gradual modification of society’s attitude but also upon the responsible definition of professional relationships and standards of training. The competent therapist must have a conceptual model of the past-life process and an adequate repertoire of clinical skills.
In the last decade past-life therapy has come out of the closet. This change has been due primarily to the efforts of the Association for Past-Life Research and Therapy as well as the effort of various therapist-authors who have been willing to share their experience in working with past-life material. But as a form of therapy, this new modality has a long way to go in gaining acceptance among traditional therapists, as well as with the public at large. The philosophical and epistemological assumptions underlying past-life therapy are so radically different from conventional Western-styled therapy that it may take time for our society to shift and accept this approach as a legitimate form of therapy. But time is only one factor under lying change. Therapists involved in past-life therapy can facilitate understanding and change by defining their professional relationships among themselves and within the therapeutic community.