by Chet B. Snow, Ph.D.
There is no doubt that the concept of “rescripting,” or client intervention within the regression therapy process to alter seemingly “fixed” past life events and/or attitudes, is both controversial and exciting. Borrowed from the lexicon of hypnotherapy where such intervention into “real” or “imagined” events from the client’s current childhood is commonplace and often quite effective in leading to symptom removal, rescripting takes on new philosophical dimensions when applied to a past-life scenario. It seems to call into question such fundamental human issues as free will, karma, or the law of “cause and effect,” and even the chronological order of time itself. With such important matters involved, it is not surprising that this technique evokes strong reactions, both pro and con, from past-life therapists. Without pretending to discuss exhaustively, let alone resolve, these basic questions in this brief forum, I want to present some personal observations about the use of rescripting as a therapeutic device, drawing on personal experiences both as a regression subject and as a therapist.