Reviewed by Thelma B. Freedman, Ph.D.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume ΧIII, No. 1, Fall 1999)
“Most people carry a burden of guilt. If it’s deep seated enough, it can be like an insidious virus that infiltrates every aspect of your life, so that all of your responses to life and others are filtered through the guilty feelings. Many people have been able to eliminate their guilt through the technique of past-life regression, discovering that there are spiritual lessons to be learned in all past experiences. You will read their stories here, in Life Without Guilt.”
So begins Dr. Hazel Denning’s inspired analysis of pervasive guilt in all its destructive forms: its sources, its effects on lifetime after lifetime, and how it can be recognized, learned from, and eliminated. Unacknowledged guilt can be the cause of physical, mental, or spiritual problems, and if not dealt with it can sometimes be fatal.
Dr. Denning provides many transcripts of client sessions to illustrate the many problems she has worked with that were caused by past-life guilt. With her interest and expertise in metaphysics, these transcripts do not remain at superficial levels of past-life exploration; they move into areas of spiritual overviews of mission, soul lessons, and overall understanding of the continuing patterns from life to life. In one transcript, the client says, “God cares because I care.” This remarkable statement is a good example of the kinds of insight that Dr. Denning’s clients achieve, and the spiritual levels at which they gain understanding. Another client says, “I have some adjusting to do. Hate is just as important as love, and boy that is hard to say. It goes against my grain.” This deep understanding seems important in dealing with the kinds of lifelong, unrecognized guilt that Dr. Denning describes.