Category Archives: Past Life Therapy

What is “Advanced Past Life Therapy”?

If you’ve been paying attention to my website at , or to my Facebook page, you may have noticed that I recently added the Advanced Diploma in Past Life Therapy to my qualifications – almost exactly ten years after my first past life regression certificate. What’s Advanced about it, and how has it benefited my practice?

Firstly, the basic techniques I’ve been using for ten years, although usually successful, do have a few limitations, so I’m making some minor changes to them which should give your unconscious mind a little more flexibility. I’m also increasing my standard past life sessions from “about one hour” to “up to 90 minutes”, as an hour was always tight. Generally this should allow for exploration of more than one past life, but of course that’s always going to be up to each client’s experience – and every experience is different.

Secondly, I shall be offering some new related forms of experience; here a few of the main ones:

Soul Retrieval

Broadly speaking, a soul retrieval exercise is indicated whenever a client suggests that something has been “lost” or is “missing” from their life, or perhaps the client will refer to a “broken heart”. It is also indicated where a client has suffered a severe trauma, such as a violent death, in a past life which may well have led to soul fragmentation – something left behind. In soul retrieval we find the missing element and restore it.


Life Between Lives (Spiritual Regression)

What happens after you die and before you enter the next life? This seems to vary enormously between individuals – I’ve heard many different stories from my clients – but if you want to explore this I can help you.

Future Life Progression

This is not as exciting as it may sound. I’m not a fortune-teller and I can’t tell you what will happen in your future. Whatever you may experience in FLP is only one of many possibilities based on your present life; any changes in your behaviour made in the present will affect that future. The mere fact that the future has been predicted by the progression will also change it. Any negative future that comes up is simply a warning that changes should be made now.

Time may be thought of as “the fourth dimension”, so that by taking ourselves out of the familiar three-dimensional universe we can perceive the whole of our past, present and future mapped out – but this does not imply that the future is fixed. A better analogy for explanation is that of the “multiverse”: there is an infinite number of possible futures, and any that we visit now are just probabilities based on our present circumstances. Any changes we make to our behaviour will affect which futures we enter.


You can meet and talk to your spirit guide, angels or characters from your past lives if you wish. These “entities” may or may not be “real”; perhaps they exist independently or maybe they are simply “archetypes” or “parts” of your unconscious mind, but this isn’t important from a therapeutic point of view. We can treat them as real and benefit from their guidance.

Cord Cutting

When two individuals interact and exchange energy, a bond forms between them which can be seen (psychically, symbolically or metaphorically) as a cord connecting the two of them together. If the attachment is having a negative impact on the your life, being unable to let go of a past relationship for example, it is essential that you should sever and destroy the cord in order to move on.

Future Choice Meditation

This technique may be useful in cases where you have to make one of two distinct choices about your future, such as a career or perhaps a partner. FCM is intended primarily for spiritually-inclined clients who believe in karma and life plans and wish to know which is the right path for them. It is designed for use after past lives have been explored and any blocks have been dealt with.

Finally, I should make it clear that one related form of therapy that I am not specifically offering, at least at the moment, is Spirit Release. This is a complex technique which should in general only be attempted by someone with detailed specialist training. If an entity clearly manifests during a session, I have enough knowledge of the subject to be able to negotiate with it, but I would only regard this as a “first aid” treatment and would advise the client to see a fully-trained spirit release therapist as soon as possible.

This article could have stretched to several pages. If you need any further explanation of anything I’ve mentioned, please ask.


How does the hypnotherapy community view the work of Michael Newton in past life regression?

Answer by Barry Cooper:

I seem to have developed something of a specialism in past life regression. I’ve conducted many sessions and my clients’ experiences vary enormously. My view is that it throws up information from the unconscious mind and can therefore have a beneficial and therapeutic effect. How the information gets into the unconscious mind remains for me an open question; I don’t need to know the answer to conduct a PLR session. As with hypnotherapy generally, it’s not important how it works, only that it does.

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Past Lives – the Evidence

The scientific evidence for past lives or reincarnation – from formal research rather than just anecdotal evidence – comes from two main directions.

The first is hypnotic regression, but this is not generally considered to have produced anything conclusive. The principal reason for this is that it’s relatively easy for sceptics to come up with alternative explanations, such as suppressed memories (from books, newspapers, TV programmes and films), false memories implanted by the hypnotist, or simply fantasy.* Having said this, past life experiences under hypnosis are usually very convincing to the person having them, and there is some useful research in this area. I can recommend the book Reliving Past Lives: The evidence under hypnosis by Dr Helen Wambach for a comprehensive description of her own research.

The second line of research, which is rather harder for sceptics to explain away, comes from studies with young, sometimes very young, children, particularly those conducted by psychiatrist Ian Stevenson, who published a number of books on his research. There are two reasons why these studies are more convincing than those involving hypnosis: firstly, the suppressed memories argument is not plausible when the subjects are two to three years old and secondly Stevenson’s subjects mainly lived in semi-literate cultures where access to other sources of information was extremely limited.

To give you an idea of this research I’d like to give a very brief summary of one of Stevenson’s classic cases – that of Imad Elawar.** Imad was born in in a village in Lebanon in 1958, and the first word that he spoke was “Jamileh”, the name of the mistress of Ibrahim Boumhazy, who had lived in a village 20 miles away and died in 1949 at the age of twenty-five. As soon as Imad learnt to speak in sentences he began to talk about his past life, and at the age of two recognised a neighbour of Boumhazy’s in the street. He also gave many details about Boumhazy’s house, relatives and his life. At that time the people of the region tended to do little travelling, and the members of the Elawar and Boumhazy families insisted that they had never met. After collecting as much information as possible from both villages, Stevenson took Imad (then aged five) to Boumhazy’s village, where he recognised many of Ibrahim Boumhazy’s relatives and addressed them correctly. They were amazed at Imad’s behaviour, which was just like Ibrahim’s.

Stevenson collated 57 factual statements made by Imad; of these, 51 were verified as correct. This case, and others like it, is very difficult to explain if it is not a genuine example of reincarnation. Communication between communities in the region was extremely limited at the time. Imad had never visited the other village and the two families were adamant that they had never met. Fraud was also most unlikely, as Imad’s comments were more of an embarrassment to his family than giving any benefit.

“Super-ESP”, i.e. telepathy from Boumhazy’s family, is of course a possible explanation for the information given by Imad; it’s the sceptic’s “Get out of jail free” card, as it can explain almost anything – except perhaps Imad’s behaviour. In cases like this, reincarnation is the most straightforward explanation, and these cases do give very strong evidence – but not, of course, conclusive proof.

*None of these arguments affect the effectiveness of past life regression for therapeutic purposes, for reasons that I have explained in other blogs and articles.

** A detailed discussion of this case can be found at

DIY Past Life Regression?

The Christos Experiment

The Christos Experiment is a technique popularised, but not apparently invented, by Australian author Gerald Glaskin. He wrote three books on the technique, beginning with Windows of the Mind. Although Glaskin’s experiments were framed as past life investigations, later writers have tended to regard the experience as an altered state of consciousness somewhere between an out-of-the-body experience and a waking lucid dream. The subject remains conscious throughout the experiment and is encouraged to describe his experiences.

The technique requires no special training but three people are needed:

  • The Subject (S);

  • Experimenter 1 (E1) – who guides S through the experience, and

  • Experimenter 2 (E2) – who massages S’s feet and is also available to take notes for the experiment.

S lies down comfortably on his back with his shoes removed. E2 massages S’s feet and ankles, quite firmly, while E1 takes his head and rubs his forehead vigorously for several minutes with the soft part of his clenched fist until S feels his head buzz and hum and he starts to feel slightly disorientated. His feet may tingle and his body may feel light or as though it’s changing shape.

Once this stage has been reached, S is asked by E1 to imagine his feet stretching out and his legs becoming longer by just a few centimetres. When he says he has done this he is instructed to let them go back to normal and do the same with his head, stretching it out beyond its normal position. Then, alternating between head and feet, the distance is gradually increased until he can stretch both out to 60 cm or more.

E1 then asks him to imagine stretching out both at once, and then to swell up, filling the room like a huge balloon. It may take up to 15 minutes to reach this stage.

S is now asked to imagine he is outside his own front door and describe everything he can see in detail and in colour, including the door, walls and surrounding scenery.

He is then instructed to rise above the house until he can see across the surrounding countryside or city. It is important to how him that the experience is under his control, so he should be asked to change it from day to night and back again. He is then asked to fly off, land wherever he wishes and describe all that he can see. E1 may ask non-leading questions to find out everything that is going on.

As the subject never loses consciousness, and remains aware of his physical surroundings, the experience normally ends spontaneously – he will just announce that he’s back and clearly remember everything. A few minutes rest should be enough to get him feeling fully back to normal.


What is Past Life Therapy?

Past Life Therapy, or Regression, is a safe, effective form of therapy which has many benefits. My approach is professional and non-judgemental. As a qualified specialist I can help you explore your memories in a safe, supported environment. Whatever your beliefs, we can work together from the point of view that it’s not important whether the past lives that we find together are “real” or not; any past life experiences are generated from information in your unconscious mind, but how that information entered your unconscious may be regarded as an open question. As the contents of your unconscious have a powerful effect on your life exploring that information is always useful. Even if you don’t need “therapy”, PLT can help you in other ways, such as discovering your life purpose, finding the origins of your interests or exploring present relationships.

The session itself begins with a brief chat about what you’re looking for and for me to answer any questions before we begin. You’ll then be deeply relaxed – you do not lose control or consciousness – and your unconscious mind will be invited to take you wherever (and whenever) it feels you need to go.

You’ll be aware of your surroundings in my consulting room as well as those in whatever past life you visit. You’ll be able to talk to me, to describe what’s happening, if you wish. The past life may not be a pleasant one, but you can always choose not to go through an unpleasant experience if you wish – you will stay in control.

Don’t expect anything exciting – not everyone has been someone famous in a past life! Past life experiences can seem quite dull, but there will always be a useful lesson you can learn.

For many specific issues, such as those listed on the “Benefits” page of my website, other therapeutic techniques may be faster and more effective, but PLT is highly effective for a deeper exploration of who you are or analysing and healing more complex life problems.