reply to post by woodwytch
WW. Thanks for the detailed reply.
In a way having a unique spelling is supportive of your thesis, that this is a real event, involving movement of a soul or essence to another body.
(edit: it shows you just didn't copy the name of an Egyptian royalty for example, maybe)
Is that the 'mechanism' that you sense or do you not bother to try and give a technical breakdown of reincarnation and past lives?
On the other question of 'what would you do if...proved impossible', I'd offer that maybe you haven't fully thought about that, b/c your reply
seemed too pat - that you'd think you had lost your mind or were deluded.
I'd suggest that you'd probably still stick with this behavior/ideation and either rationalize it or say that for you it's functional.
And you know what, I'd agree. If a fantasy has a function for you, then keep to your dreams. It really doesn't matter if there's an objective
nature to it. I would suggest that in the hypothetical case of it proven impossible that you'd want to tell your 'patients' that 'this is not
real, you won't come back in another body' or 'you weren't a warrior-princess in a past life, but if that gives you energy and purpose then we'll
go with it.'
IOW, you're not giving someone false hope, except for giving somene the (mistaken?) belief that there's an afterlife, maybe.
This is in contrast to organized religion for one thing and in contrast to the fakers like Van Praaugh and Edwards who knowingly fool people into
believing what is patently false - they are doing cold readings and eavesdropping on their 'victims' and not doing real 'phone calls from the
Organized religion says 'it's ok to suffer on Earth now, because your reward is in Heaven' It sickens me to hear this, b/c I suspect 90% of the
'ministers' that say this don't believe it and use it as a soporific.
Now I'm not especially in favor of promoting people who do regressions and past-life stuff who do it for money and aren't up front and maybe don't
even believe it themselves.
You sound a little different in that you were prepared to think you'd made this fantasy to survive your bad marriage, but due to your experience you
decided it was real enough to adopt as a lifestyle and credo.
I'm sure you've heard the criticisms of some regressionists, where skeptics say 'all these people find out they were warriors and royalty and
famous people and we rarely see someone who finds out they used to be a crimnal or a low-life or something like that.'
Would you say you 'see' a typical distribution of past lives being ordinary folk and not a preponderance of the famous or courageous? In your
practice? In the 'field' in general?
IOW do you see some evidence of fakery within this discipline and are there 'tells' such as money-driven operatives who have 'all famous people
Props to you for coming here and discussing this and for continuing to examine your beliefs and for your candid comments.
I'm sure it's very difficult to keep the 'fairwitness' aspect going, b/c it's clear you do obtain solace (nothing wrong with that) and, of
course, make a (modest) living from doing this.
The other question I asked (I think) was how do you know that hypnosis works? IOW, you think you are accessing the subconscious, but how are you sure?
If you're not sure then it's got to be non-specific and maybe even dangerous, no?
Have you ever regressed someone and discovered they were a serial killer or a very bad person? What do you do if this happens?
Thanks for your thoughtful analysis and commentary and I hope my comments also gave you food for thought. Sounds like you're doing good things here.
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