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Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy by Stanislav Grof

Reviewed by  Winafred Lucas
In JRT Issue 2, Fall 1986


From the vantage point of a past-life therapist, Grof’s impactful book needs to be evaluated on three parameters. The first of these addresses his breathtaking perception and integration of the multi-dimensional aspects of our changing paradigm. For those of us who have suffered lack of credibility because we felt forced to fit our thinking and therapeutic modalities into the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm which could not contain them, it is a relief to understand that it is no longer necessary to apologize because we have moved into a different way of conceptualizing the universe. Grof, drawing heavily on new trends in physics and biology, demonstrates in what way we are leaving … Read the rest

Living Your Past Lives: The Psychology of Past-Life Regression by Karl Schlotterbeck

Reviewed by Susan Shore
In JRT Issue 2, Fall 1986


It is a joy to welcome another book on regression therapy by a soundly-based psychotherapist to the slowly growing but still slim collection currently available. Karl Schlotterbeck’s careful exploration of the roots of past-life psychotherapy and his detailed instruction of appropriate therapeutic processes extend the earlier contributions of psychotherapists Edith Fiore, Morris Netherton, and Irene Hickman in the United States and Thorwald Dethlefsen in Germany. Because at the time, even though it was not long ago, there were so few regression therapists, these books were written largely for the general public. That this book is slanted strongly toward the professional moving into regression work shows how rapidly our group … Read the rest