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Elvis After Life by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., M.D.

Reviewed by Fleur Greene, M.A.
In JRT Issue 6, Fall 1988

Elvis Presley was a phenomenon in his life. He may single-handedly have aroused the sleeping eroticism of the entire Western world. (He was known, you may recall, as Elvis the Pelvis). For good or ill, it is obvious that rock-and-roll has liberated us from our Victorian moorings forever!

A legend never dies. It only becomes more magnified with time. We humans love the very idea of one of us unbounded by conventions. And given to magnificence, the legend of Elvis will, without doubt, become more fantastic with time.

As that happens, accurate descriptions of events that took place at the time of his death will become more and … Read the rest

Unconditional Love and Forgiveness by Edith Stauffer

Reviewed by Errol Schubot, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 6, Fall 1988

“Unconditional love and forgiveness” is the central theme of Edith Stauffer’s approach to healing. She bases her principles and practices on Psychosynthesis and on the concepts of the Essenes, an ancient sect whose beliefs are recorded in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Their practices integrated spiritual principles into everyday living, creating an atmosphere of peace, cooperation, and harmony within the group. Psychosynthesis, developed by Dr. Roberto Assagioli, carries a similar goal of bringing transpersonal concepts and awareness into practical application.

Stauffer understands the original purpose of spirituality, which is to create experiences and guidelines to bring the highest qualities into every aspect of daily life. She teaches the Essene … Read the rest

The Journey Within: Past-Life Regression and Channeling by Henry Leo Bolduc

Reviewed by Jon Klimo, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 6, Fall 1988

In The Journey Within, Henry Leo Bolduc provides some easy-to-read glimpses into his personal search for answers and, in particular, his exploration of the possibilities of hypnosis. Readers of The Journal of Regression Therapy should be able to identify with many of the experiences he presents in this informal, anecdotal odyssey. As Bolduc puts it, the first five chapters are “mainly about my years of research into past-life regression,” and chapters six and seven are about “what I have learned about hypnosis and past-life regression.” In the second half of the book, chapters eight through seventeen, Bolduc turns to focus on how some individuals, who have … Read the rest

The Children That Time Forgot By Peter and Mary Harrison

Reviewed by Carol Bowman, B.A.
In JRT Issue 9, Fall 1991

 

The Children That Time Forgot is one of the few collections of documented incidents of spontaneous past-life recall in children. Peter and Mary Harrison, of England, collected 29 cases of spontaneous past-life recall derived from interviews with the parents of British children. This book can be compared to the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson, who has done extensive research and writes about past-life memories in children. The Harrisons’ book is significant because the cases are exclusively from a Judeo-Christian culture where reincarnation is a less well accepted idea; Dr. Stevenson finds most of his cases in Eastern cultures where the concept of reincarnation is more prevalent.

At … Read the rest

Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson, M.D.

Review by Jon Klimo, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 9, Fall 1991

 

Readers of The Journal of Regression Therapy should consider Dr. Ian Stevenson’s book, Children Who Remember Previous Lives, from two perspectives. First, the book is a thoroughly professional, even-handed treatment of its subject, and the information it contains will be helpful to anyone seeking personal and professional support in the way of careful research evidence on behalf of reincarnation in general and on behalf of the reality of the previous lives of certain currently living people in particular. Second, and problematic for Journal readers, the book takes a decidedly negative tone with regard to the use of hypnosis in order to bring to light authentic past-life memories. … Read the rest

Exploring Reincarnation by Hans Ten Dam

Reviewed by Rabia L. Clark, M.A.
In JRT Issue 9, Fall 1991

 

Hans Ten Dam has written an exhaustive study about reincarnation, its history in various religions, Theosophical and Anthroposophical views, and karmic laws. There is quite a bit about both spontaneous and therapeutic recall of past lives, pre-birth memories and after death experiences. The last part of the book describes counseling techniques for past-life regressions, and effects and techniques of past-life therapy.

The author is honest about his biases, and he has a lot of them. He has read widely in the reincarnation literature, and attempts to present a broad scope of that material. There is a glossary of terms, an excellent and lengthy bibliography of books … Read the rest

Who Were You Before You Were You? The Casebook of a Past-Life Therapist by Garrett Oppenheim, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Evelyn Fuqua, Ph.D.  M.F.C.C. and Hypnotherapist
In JRT Issue 8, Fall 1990

 

Dr. Oppenheim’s book is short (162 pages), is written in an informal style and is easy reading—all of which, hopefully, will make it appeal to the general public. Its humorous title, Who Were You Before You Were You?, should attract not only those who are seriously curious about past-life therapy, but perhaps even the total skeptics, who may pick it up initially simply because it promises to be entertaining. It will give them much food for thought.

The book covers all of the important basic concepts of PLT. It also gives many of the author’s personal insights as a result of his own … Read the rest

Encounters by Edith Fiore

Reviewed by Hazel M. Denning Executive Director Emeritus of APRT
In JRT Issue 8, Fall 1990

 

Dr. Edith Fiore’s latest book, Encounters, is a superb report on a highly controversial subject. Coming from a background of traditional psychotherapy, she discovered past-life therapy only a few years ago and wrote You Have Been Here Before, an excellent volume delineating the value of PLT as a therapeutic tool. Next, confronted by evidence of psychic attack in many of her clients, she wrote The Unquiet Dead, a fascinating and altogether plausible account of this universal phenomenon.

One might almost believe that Destiny had a hand on this courageous lady’s shoulder, knowing that she would share these discoveries regardless of … Read the rest

Channeling by Jon Klimo, Ph.D.

Reviewed by Chet B. Snow, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 7, Spring 1989

 

Dr. Jon Klimo’s book Channeling tells us what we’ve always wanted to know about channeling but didn’t know where to go to find out! It is a welcome, well-researched look at this popular psychic phenomenon. An educational and counseling psychologist, Klimo presents a wealth of material in an organized and reasoned manner, thereby making his book especially valuable for teachers, therapists, and other professionals who may remain skeptical about the validity of information coming from self-styled psychic “channels.” At the same time, his easy-to-read style and frequent use of interviews and excerpts from channeled sources makes Channeling  accessible to anyone interested in knowing more about this … Read the rest

Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss, M.D.

Reviewed by Edward N. Reynolds, Ph.D.
In JRT Issue 7, Spring 1989

 

The late philosopher and mythologist Joseph Campbell (1904-87) drew public attention to the concept of the “hero’s journey” through his scholarly writings and his widely praised public television interviews with journalist Bill Moyers (published as The Power of Myth, Doubleday, 1988).

As described by Campbell, the hero’s journey is the drama of any individual male or female, who leaves the security of familiar people and surroundings for trials and adventures in some unknown realm. With the insights gained from these experiences, the “hero” returns to his normal life as someone transformed, deepened, and enriched. He is now able to add a new level of understanding to … Read the rest