by Ernest Pecci
Often the emotional state of a patient closes doors to allopathic and other forms of healing. Whatever is attempted to relieve or reverse physical distress will then fail. Expression and healing of the emotions change the energy field of the patient so that help with healing can come through. There is no sudden “cure,” no miracle, but conventional ways of healing open up that are effective. This emotional reframing can take place on any level—in examining current relationships, in looking into childhood or birth distress, or in living through other lifetimes. In the latter case the reframing of the emotional situation in other lives makes possible a more effective intervention in this one.
Les, a young man in his twenties, demonstrated how working through blocked emotions in earlier lives can open up healing where none had previously been able to take place. At the time he came to me he had begun coughing up blood and the pleural cavity on his left side filled up. Extensive medical tests could find no cause for this. One of his friends suggested the condition might have karmic roots and Les came to explore this. He was eager to try anything that would help and put up no psychological blocks to the regression process. Because he was so open and motivated, induction into an altered state was easy. I told him I would relax him gently and suggested that he let his thinking mind take a vacation. I had him take a deep breath and close his eyes, suggesting that his eyes were very heavy and that with each breath he would let go more and finally surrender totally. Then I proceeded through my usual induction, which took him into a medium depth of trance, enough for the work we were to do. At this point, using the feelings and discomfort in his chest as a bridge, I went directly into a past life.
Therapist: Get in touch with the anxiety and the discomfort. Put them both into one strong feeling and let this feeling build a scene that will give us a clue about your present condition. I will count from one to ten and while I do this let your feelings take you into that scene.
Patient: There’s a room, a great empty cold kind of room. A low light. There seems to be nothing in it but a table.
Therapist: Does any year come to mind?
At first Les thought he was alone but when he looked at the table he saw a person on it and recognized him.
Patient: He’s a friend (heaving). He’s dying. I’m a doctor. He’s on the table and I can’t help him (crying).
Therapist: What’s he dying from?
Patient: (Sobbing) TB or something. (Gasps for breath)
Therapist: Why are you so upset?
Patient: He put himself in my hands.
Therapist: You feel responsible. What are you experiencing?
Patient: Guilt. He counted on me. I did all I could all the way, but it wasn’t enough.
Therapist: You feel guilt even though you did the best you could. He really thought you could save him?
Patient: It’s all dark. His breathing is sharp. He’s gasping for air.
Therapist: Get in touch with the emotional connection you had with this man.
Patient: (Sobs too deeply to talk)
Therapist: Try to listen. You’ve taken on God’s responsibility without having God’s power.
Patient: I let him die.
Therapist: Come to this doctor as Les in this present lifetime and be his helper.
Patient: He doesn’t want to hear me.
Therapist: He needs to listen. Guilt will not help his friend. Guilt is going to cause him to take on the suffering of his patient. Can you explain that to him? The results are out of his hands. He is only a channel. Tell him. It’s important you do this until he realizes he can’t be responsible. He needs to be given to and helped. He’s lost a friend. Have him put his hands on his friend and know his friend is going to his peace. He’s really helping his friend now to leave. His friend doesn’t want to leave when this doctor is so guilty. Make a love bond, not a bond of pain and suffering. Can you feel this?
Patient: Yes, a little.
Therapist: Now I’d like you to take a deep breath and relax and go back even further to where you began with this chest difficulty. Is there any other thing related to this chest difficulty?
Patient: It’s a kind of open court within a building, a courtyard Grecian or Roman. And there’s a taper burning on the wall. There are two figures. One is a huge shining black man. He’s lying on this bench. He’s just huge, beautifully muscled, a gentle, huge man. Off in the shadows some distance away is a boy. The man is sick and the boy is holding his head in his hands and he’s crying.
Therapist: Is the boy you? How old are you?
Therapist: What century is it?
Patient: I think it’s the fourth century AD. The boy is the son of the owner of the house. The black man is a slave but the boy’s constant companion, his guard.
Therapist: What are you experiencing?
Patient: The man’s dying. The boy is losing his only real friend. He can see him over there but he can’t go near him because the priest came and said he had the “affliction.”
Therapist: Something wrong with his chest?
Patient: He can’t help him. He can’t even talk to him.
Therapist: He’s feeling helpless. Is his friend in pain?
Patient: He’s in agony. He’s gasping. How cruel! How can somebody so marvelous die?
Therapist: Look and see if there is some special bond with his body.
Patient: The boy wants to help him, give him anything. He wants to take the pain away. The priest says nothing can be done but the boy doesn’t want to believe it.
Therapist: The boy actually wants to take his friend’s pain. Get in touch with that. Get in touch with wanting to share that pain. Pain is a bond. You practically do take the pain on, don’t you? It is a bond. You think you might be able to help him by taking on his pain. But taking on his pain doesn’t help him. The black man wouldn’t want to die thinking the boy took on his pain, would he?
Therapist: He would like to die with the feelings of love but not with the boy taking on his pain. Go ahead in that lifetime. Was the boy ever concerned about his chest in any way?
Patient: He had a physical distortion. He was shy about exposure…A strange thing happened in this lifetime now. I had a friend named James, the most beautiful man in town. He got a chest ailment at the age of twenty and died.
Therapist: Is he related to the black man? Do you have a sense it was the same person?
Patient: There is a sense of familiarity. We were always very close and nobody understood it. He was about four years my senior. When he died was when my chest pains began.
Therapist: You see the connection there. Go back into that lifetime and as Les talk to that little boy and tell him he doesn’t have to take on a friend’s pain, that you have learned to love, not bond through pain.
Patient: I can tell him that. I can see that it is true.
(Some time is spent with Les communicating this message to the boy).
Therapist: I will count to ten. Come back into the room, feeling really good, realizing that the real bond is love, not pain…How do you feel?
Patient: Such a deep sense of relief. Amazing. Amazing. I never thought about it, the connection with James’ death. When I went to the hospital it was just months after he died.
Therapist: Let’s see how it goes from here. If it is necessary, we can work through it again later, intensifying everything you have done.
It is important to realize that what had to be reframed was the emotional state in which the physical condition existed, not the physical condition. The emotional attitude of wanting to take over his friend’s illness grew up in Les over several lifetimes. This had to be exposed as inappropriate and then released and a more appropriate response developed instead; namely bonding with his friend through love.
Another thing worth noticing is how easily Les shifted back and forth from the consciousness of the other lifetime to consciousness of his current life. It is a good example of how time frames often overlap without any loss of clarity. All states of consciousness exist simultaneously.
After this regression Les did not immediately lose his chest problem but he was able to find a physician who could treat it; something he had not been able to do before. With this new medical intervention the lungs drained and healed. Working through the emotional blocks set up in the other lifetimes had made it possible for treatment to be effective. A physician can only heal when the person is ready. Release to find effective help is just as truly healing as a more magical remission of symptoms—and probably the more usual way that such healing processes occur.