by David Hammerman, Ph.D.
To take care of oneself is both prudent and vital. As the author of this article so rightly points out, therapists tend to be so attentive to the needs of our clients that they sometimes fail to practice appropriate measures to adequately protect themselves. The author, a licensed psychologist, has developed an interesting technique for therapists to use.
While much work has been done in hypnotherapy around safety and protection for the client, little has been done around safety and protection for the therapist. There has been recent clinical attention paid to spirits attaching themselves to people and the depossession work that was required to release them (Ireland-Frey, 1986). The following report illustrates the need for appropriate protection measures in relation to unanticipated spirit attachment for the therapist doing past-life work, as well as some useful shielding techniques.
About seven years ago, several years after the author became interested in past-life therapy, he worked as a therapist with a colleague on the issue of infertility. At the time, she and her husband were facing many barriers, both physical and emotional. Past-life work was done to explore some of the earlier sources of her infertility. Her present infertility appeared connected with a past life as an infertile midwife who led a lonely, isolated life. While some understanding was achieved regarding her present life situation, the past-life work did little to change the reality of her infertility. However, this brief work had a strong effect on the author/therapist.