by Bruce Goldberg, D.D.S., M.S.
The concept of progression hypnotherapy is discussed. Theoretical and clinical foundations are presented to illustrate the validity of guiding patients into future lifetimes through hypnosis to resolve self-defeating sequences.
Jung theorized that there are periods in which the past, present, and future merge in a kind of timeless state. He termed this phenomenon synchronicity. Ego analysts see the ability to relate past, present, and future appropriately as a function of the ego, termed integration (Pressman, 1969). It seems logical that some tasks necessitate clear separation of the time dimensions such as remembering (past), attending (present), and anticipating (future). Other tasks necessitate the binding of all three dimensions, such as planning or organizing; in these two processes the modes are seen as separate but interrelated. In a third group of experiences, such as mystical or peak states, past, present, and future are fused.
John Gribbin, in his book Time Warps (1980), takes hypnosis researchers to task for their failure to investigate future lives. Apparently he was unaware of my work in this field. While I have been using hypnosis for PLT for 15 years, I have also been doing progression therapy for 13 of those years to help patients overcome habits, phobias, and other self-defeating sequences (SDS) that began in a future lifetime.
Quantum physics attempts to explain regression and progression by a series of equations illustrating a space-time continuum in which all time is simultaneous. According to Wolf (1981), there is something other than space-time—something nonphysical, immeasurable, and beyond all laws of physics. It is pure consciousness. It is our alpha brain-wave level, which is, of course, what we deal with in hypnotherapy.
The new physics tells us that we influence our futures (and pasts) directly with thought. This is not will, but awareness; what we visualize is what we see. There is no physical world without our thoughts about it. If we are “hung up” on the past, we will choose to see the future as we saw the past, and the SDS will repeat themselves. If we alter our perception of the present via hypnotic programming (Goldberg, 1988) then our altered view will change the future.
The future is not predestined; it is mutable. With positive programming in the here and now, supplemented by the patient’s perception and cleansing away of energy blocks incurred in past and future lifetimes, one can help place the patient on a far more positive and productive path (Goldberg, 1988).
To understand this concept of time, just picture yourself in a helicopter above a major highway. Looking down, you see that traffic is gridlocked by an accident. Since you are in a helicopter, you are detached from the scene itself. But you could radio someone in a car five miles back from the accident to warn him of the oncoming problem. In a sense, you are reading the future to that driver. If he stays on the highway, he will get into a traffic jam. The helicopter represents another plane of awareness, and on that plane, time (as we know it here on earth) does not exist.
Sitting in that same helicopter, you can also observe the traffic flow behind the driver you are talking to. This, to him, represents the past, while the traffic ahead of him represents the future, and the traffic he is now experiencing represents the present. But you in your helicopter—i.e., in hypnotic trance—can read past, present, and future without the restrictions that occur on the earth plane.
The Case of Pete
Pete, a clinical psychologist, called me in August of 1984 for help on a hand-washing compulsion. He knew all about compulsions but could not help himself. Pete had spent years in therapy with no results. He would constantly wash his hands, day and night. He also changed his clothes two to three times, a day to “remove the dirt.” There was absolutely no logic to his fear of contamination or his feeling that if he didn’t go through his daily rituals he wouldn’t be able to function.
Another unusual aspect of Pete’s psychological profile was the number 8. This number haunted him. He was born in August (the eighth month). Every time he obtained a new telephone number or a new address the number 8 was always there. His grandmother had died in August as had many other members of his family. In addition, the name Teresa seemed to haunt him throughout his current life.
In Pete’s case, the most significant cause of his problem turned out to be in a future lifetime.
Dr. G.: What is your name?
Pete: Ben. Ben Kingsley.
Dr. G.: Where do you find yourself?
Pete: I’m in school, and I like what I’m studying.
Dr. G.: What is it that you are studying?
Pete: It’s a science course, and I like the work.
Dr. G.: Where do you live, Ben?
Pete: Tulsa. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. G.: What year is this?
Dr. G.: What do you want to do with your life?
Pete: I want to go to college and do something in the scientific field. I don’t know exactly which field yet.
Dr. G.: How do you like school?
Pete: I love it.
Dr. G.: What is your major?
Pete: Now I’m concentrating in nuclear physics.
Dr. G.: With what goal?
Pete: When I graduate I want to work as a technician in a nuclear power plant.
Dr. G.: With all your skills, why not become a nuclear physicist?
Pete: I couldn’t do that.
Dr. G.: Why not?
Pete: Because I’m not cut out for that kind of responsibility.
Dr. G.: Don’t you think you could handle the training?
Pete: I’m sure I could. But, you see, I get a little nervous sometimes when things don’t go well.
Dr. G.: What do you mean by a little nervous?
Pete: Well, every once in a while, when I get nervous and frustrated, I develop a panicky feeling.
Dr. G.: What do you do?
Pete: I lose my temper sometimes, and don’t think too clearly for a few minutes.
Dr. G.: This sounds like a real problem. Have you told your father about this?
Pete: Yes, he knows about it.
Dr. G.: Has he done anything about it?
Pete: I am seeing one of his colleagues, a Dr. Margolis.
Dr. G.: What does Dr. Margolis tell you about your condition?
Pete: He tells me it’s not very serious, but that I should keep my stress levels down and to avoid repeated confrontations.
Dr. G.: Doesn’t that preclude a career as a nuclear plant technician?
Pete: It would if it was found out, but that won’t be a problem.
Dr. G.: How so?
Pete: Dr. Margolis is a very good friend of my father. He owes dad a big favor. Also, he is well aware of my academic record.
Dr. G.: By that you mean he will keep your therapy off the record.
Pete: That’s correct.
Ben was a very happy man. He graduated from college and married Gail. His family was proud of him, and he was well on his way to achieving his lifelong goals. I next progressed him to his working environment.
Dr. G.: Tell me about your work.
Pete: I absolutely love it. I work as a technician in the nuclear plant outside of Tulsa.
As I progressed Ben forward in time, he reported a deep love for his life. Although his family was important to him, his dedication was to his job. In fact, I perceived a little too much dedication. Ben had an obsessive-compulsive personality, which is not uncommon among scientifically trained people. What concerned me were the excessive workaholic traits he was exhibiting, coupled with a high-strung nature that was potentially explosive and dangerous. I progressed him to a significant event in dealing with his emotions and his temper.
Dr. G.: Where are you now, Ben?
Pete: I’m at home and arguing with Gail.
Dr. G.: What is this all about?
Pete: She got into a car accident. It was so stupid. She just ran out of the house after we had words and didn’t think clearly about other vehicles.
Dr. G.: Was she hurt?
Pete: No, thank goodness.
Dr. G.: Did you have a temper episode?
Pete: Yes, and Gail was shocked. She didn’t really think it was a serious matter. She just wrote it off to the accident itself.
Dr. G.: Have you now thought of seeing Dr. Margolis?
Pete: No, and I don’t want to be told about me going back into therapy. Is that understood?
Ben was getting very emotional about his psychological state. He even threatened me. After years of calm, the storm began to rise on the horizon. I could understand his concern about his career, but felt he was acting irresponsibly in refusing to go back to Dr. Margolis. His therapy could still be kept confidential. Ben’s life quieted down over the next year or so. He felt better and naturally assumed that there would be no further problems. I didn’t assume that at all.
Dr. G: What is your career like now?
Pete: I have been promoted to chief technician at the research facility.
Dr. G.: Is this work classified?
Pete: No. We just research safe and more effective uses of nuclear power.
Dr. G.: What does the facility look like?
Pete: We have a rather large building, subdivided into various corridors. Each corridor represents a different division and all divisions are color-coded.
Dr. G.: Do these divisions have names?
Pete: Yes, of course. There is Norad-Alpha and Norad-Beta, Gani-Alpha and Gani-Beta, and my unit is Teres-Alpha.
Dr. G.: Is there a Teres-Beta?
Pete: Yes. Didn’t I mention that? I apologize for the oversight.
Dr. G.: Do you occasionally make small oversights at work?
Pete: Now, don’t you start that again (getting angry!) I am competent to do my work, and I don’t need to see Dr. Margolis.
Dr. G.: I didn’t say anything about Dr. Margolis.
Pete: I know, but you were going to, weren’t you?
Dr. G.: Ben, have you had any difficulties at all at work?
Pete: Sometimes I miss on a calculation and my men correct me.
Dr. G.: Does that get you angry?
Pete: Not enough that it shows. But yes, I do get down on myself.
Dr. G.: Are you a perfectionist? Pete: I don’t think so. I just want everything to be done correctly.
Dr. G.: What is the difference?
Pete: I guess none. I will admit to being a perfectionist. Does that make me mentally unfit?
Dr. G.: It could, if it makes you angry enough to let your emotions rule your behavior unchecked.
Pete: Well, that doesn’t happen, so I guess I’m OK.
Ben went on to tell me more about his position, He was in charge of the Teres-Alpha division, which dealt with researching ways to contain nuclear power and eliminate nuclear waste products more effectively. He was indeed a good supervisor—young, aggressive, knowledgeable, and totally dedicated. If you could ignore his emotional problems, he was perfect for the job. I couldn’t ignore his psychological profile, and my concern was growing by the minute.
As I progressed him forward, he described his many activities at the facility. He sat in on board meetings, participated in planning major projects, correlated the data from his division, and handled public relations, among other things. In short, Ben had a lot of responsibilities. Considering his emotional state, I felt he was biting off more than he could chew. I asked him to go forward to the most significant event in that life.
Dr. G.: What year is this, Ben?
Dr. G.: What’s going on in your life at this time?
Pete: I’m really excited about my project.
Dr. G.: What is it, exactly?
Pete: I’m working on a way to compartmentalize and quantify the flow of nuclear material from one reactor site to another.
Dr. G.: That sounds complicated and dangerous.
Pete: It is. But it’s also exciting.
Dr. G.: Are all of your men working on this project?
Pete: No, just me and Chet. I do most of the calculations.
Dr. G.: Are you putting in a lot of overtime on this?
Dr. G.: Have there been any problems?
Pete: Just the usual frustrations—nothing major.
Dr. G.: Does Chet work overtime with you?
Pete: No, he goes home on time. I stay late by myself.
Dr. G.: So you do work better when you’re alone?
Pete: You know, I never thought about it, but I do. I really do like it better at night when only a skeleton crew is around.
Dr. G.: You mean there aren’t people working there at night?
Pete: No, not really. We have the usual security people onboard in the evening, but very few researchers or technicians are around at night.
I now progressed Ben forward to an actual event that would be meaningful to him. He reported being at the facility late one evening in 2088. He was alone, and there were some problems.
Dr. G.: What is it, Ben?
Pete: Something is very wrong here.
Dr. G.: Exactly what is it that’s wrong?
Pete: The level of nuclear wastes has risen, and the diffraction chamber I developed isn’t working.
Dr. G.: What do you mean, isn’t working?
Pete: Apparently, my calculations were off and there’s an overflow of the backup of these waste products.
Dr. G.: Can you handle this emergency?
Pete: I’m sure I can. Wait…It isn’t working! What am I going to do?
Dr. G.: Move forward, calmly, to your actions.
Pete: The dials are going crazy. The danger signal is about to be reached.
Dr. G.: Can you call for help?
Pete: I can handle this. I can do this myself. After all, I am the chief technician.
Dr. G.: Go on.
Pete: It’s no use. The system is backing up.
Dr. G.: What do you do?
Pete: The signal is sounded. The security men will be here shortly. I can’t let them see what I’ve done.
Dr. G.: What will you do?
Pete: I will isolate myself from them.
Dr. G.: Is there anybody with you now?
There was silence for a very long two minutes. When Ben finally responded, he described a bizarre set of circumstances. There was a security guard making his rounds in the Teres-Alpha unit. Ben knocked him unconscious with a hard metal object. He then went completely out of control. The frustration of his personal failure had got to him. Ben couldn’t handle the situation. It was his fault that this meltdown and contamination were occurring. He alone had handled the calculations that resulted in incorrectly programming the computer. When he calmed down, I continued the questioning.
Dr. G.: What is happening now, Ben?
Pete: I’m totally isolated. I’ve sealed off this unit, and it will take hours for them to get in here.
Dr. G.: What will that solve?
Pete: Nothing, but I must be alone.
Dr. G.: What have you done to correct the situation?
Pete: I turned all of the power and diffraction switches on high.
Dr. G.: Won’t that add to the overload?
Pete: It sure will. This baby will blow, and I’m going with it.
Dr. G.: Don’t you want this to end a different way?
Pete: No. Nobody is going to fire me. Nobody is going to tell me I was wrong.
Dr. G.: What about the guard and the others?
Pete: I don’t care. I don’t care.
Ben had a nervous breakdown. Pete, sitting in my recliner, was in no danger. It was Ben who couldn’t listen to reason. As a result of his actions, there was a complete meltdown of the research facility. The skeleton crew and Ben were killed. The nuclear contamination from Ben’s miscalculations affected the entire Tulsa area. The water supply was contaminated. So were the food supplies, and so was everything else. I spoke to Ben from the superconscious mind level.
Dr. G.: Ben, what did you learn from this?
Pete: I learned how to contaminate a major city by my stupidity. I learned nothing but how to hurt innocent people.
Ben didn’t quite understand another connection from this future life. He died in August of the year 2088. The eighth month and the year 2088 were significant associations to the number 8. In addition, Ben worked in the Teres-Alpha unit. This spells out as Teresa, a name that haunted Pete most of his life.
Pete was brought out of trance feeling drained and unsure of what this all meant. I told him that this future life was the real cause of his present contamination compulsion and explained the origin of his difficulties with the number 8 and the name Teresa.
But he was still confused. How could this future life help him now? He sure didn’t want to experience that terrible life a hundred years from now. I agreed with him. Although I did effect some cleansing from the superconscious mind level, that wouldn’t solve his problem. The answer lay in the application of the principles of quantum physics.
That future was just one of at least five major probabilities. Pete had perceived a negative frequency, or probability, though he had at least four others from which to choose. The solution to his problem was really quite simple: All I had to do was to have him perceive the other four choices and then, after he selected the ideal frequency, program that frequency to be his reality. By doing this I would help Pete to switch frequencies so his future would be quite different than it was sure to be if we did nothing.
You may ask how I can do this. How can I change the future? What you must consider is that every time you make a choice you are, in effect, changing the future. In Pete’s case, progressing him to the other parallel existences he would have at the end of the 21st century would accomplish that very goal.
Pete progressed nicely to four other lifetimes in that same time frame. After each life was reviewed, he carefully selected the one he felt was ideal, and I then progressed him to that frequency. The various environmental factors can be quite similar in these parallel frequencies, as was the case here. However, there will always be major differences, and each action by Pete in a certain frequency will have a specific effect on the total outcome of his life.
There is no predestination. The soul always has free will. What is somewhat predestined is the basic framework of the frequency. The specifics can be changed by varying the choices along the way, but the basic framework can’t be altered. You cannot just choose the best aspects of all five frequencies. You can only choose one frequency and accept the good with the bad. That is one reason I always have the patient make the choice.
I won’t bore you with the details of Pete’s other frequencies—I’ll just tell you the one he chose. Remember, the basic environmental details were similar; his name, family members, and parents’ occupations were identical It was Ben himself in this ideal frequency who showed some noticeable differences.
Dr. G.: Where are you now, Ben?
Pete: I’m a senior in college.
Dr. G.: What is your major?
Pete: Nuclear physics.
Dr. G.: With what goal?
Pete: I want to go to graduate school and become a nuclear physicist.
Dr. G.: Do you ever get upset and lose control of your temper?
Pete: No. What a silly thing that is to ask.
In this frequency, Ben didn’t settle for being just a technician. He went for the brass ring and became a nuclear physicist. In addition, he didn’t exhibit any of the signs of emotional instability that he had shown in the previous frequency. Thus, there were no visits to Dr. Margolis and no temper episodes.
This frequency was indeed ideal and different. By August of 2088 things were very different. Ben had no emotional problems. All of the previous frequency’s problems seem to have been avoided.
I next progressed Ben to the end of 2088.
Dr. G.: Tell me about your work.
Pete: I have been working on a technique to help divert nuclear waste safely and to more effectively contain nuclear power.
Dr. G.: How is it going?
Pete: Quite well. Thanks to an excellent staff and my good friend Ralph, we have successfully tested the techniques.
Dr. G.: So, it is a success?
Pete: A great success.
Dr. G.: What is the name of your unit?
Pete: Why, it’s called Teres-Alpha.
So the pattern was complete. Pete passed the magical year of 2088 without causing the disaster he had precipitated in the previous frequency. He, as Ben, still worked in Teres-Alpha, but that name didn’t act as a jinx. In fact, you might say it was a good-luck charm.
Pete made rapid progress after this session. He no longer feared the number 8 or the name Teresa. He understood what they really meant and why the contamination compulsion had been so deeply ingrained within his psyche. Pete today is totally recovered. He accomplished this himself with a little assistance from progression therapy. I like this case because it illustrates the principle that the future is now. We can change the future, but we must perceive it first.
This new Age of Aquarius gives us tremendous opportunities. If you ignore them, your life won’t change much; you will stay on your average or below-average frequencies. However, if you follow the laws of karma, you will switch to a much more desirable frequency, which will not only assure you of a better life in this incarnation, but will result in more positive future lifetimes. The choice, as always, is yours.
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