by Janet Cunningham, M.S.
Practitioners of past-life therapy and research often report a perceived empathic bond with their clients during their sessions. It is not all that unusual for a therapist to report knowing what a client was experiencing before s/he actually described it verbally. Nor is it unusual for a client to report feeling the presence of the therapist during the past-life experience. In this article, the author presents an interesting extension of this, in that she felt obliged to enter into the client’s experience. The description of what occurred leaves us with perhaps more questions than answers.
Past-life therapy has broadened over the years as a result of the pioneers (APRT members and researchers at the forefront of the field) who have been open-minded and willing to learn from clients. As a result we are, hopefully, less likely to make quick judgments about what a past-life regression may entail. APRT therapists and researchers have learned that past-life therapy may involve (1) a past-life issue that was not resolved, (2) an issue that began in the womb or infancy—prenatal or perinatal, (3) repressed childhood memories of sexual and/or other forms of abuse, (4) psychic opening and experiences of the paranormal, (5) dialoging with an unborn fetus after abortion or with a deceased relative, (6) processing a near-death experience, (7) entity attachment, and/or (8) alien abduction. It is not uncommon for a therapist to begin a “typical” past-life regression, and to find himself with a very different set of circumstances than expected.