posted on Dec, 20 2007 @ 09:26 AM
Just dropping this in for interest's sake.
Some years ago, I knew a highly-regarded hypnotist who wrote a weekly column in the paper. His services were sought by a number of city doctors and
dentists with regard to patients who, for one reason or another, could not be anaesthetised (sp?) and he had several times assisted women to give
birth with no other pain-relief than hypnosis. He was also called upon to hypnotise cancer-patients in order they could be operated on when it was
believed conventional anaesthesia was inappropriate, dangerous for the patient.
This hypnotist had been a NASA scientist, back in the heyday of US space exploration. Since early retirement, he'd practised hypnosis. He was a
quiet though warm personality, and determined to lift the profile of hypnotism. He deplored 'stage' hypnotism and the more sensationalistic aspects
of hypnosis. He had a keen mind and was interesting to listen to.
The only case of 'past life' emergence under hypnosis in which he'd ever personally been involved, he said, had occurred several months earlier.
He'd been contacted by a group of city psychiatrists regarding a patient who was demonstrating very convincing past-life recall whilst under
hypnosis. The first instance of the hypnotised man's past-life had occurred by accident while he was under hypnosis for another matter. Suddenly
though, the man had apparently begun to writhe and scream in agony. Alarmed, the doctor had asked him what was wrong. The man had gasped that he was
in excruciating agony .. that his leg had been almost blown off. Under questioning, he'd said that he was a British sailor on a man o' war which
was under attack from either the French or Spanish (I can't remember). The man's blood pressure was by now way up and he was certainly exhibiting
the signs of someone in great emotional and physical distress.
He was brought out of hypnotic trance by his doctor and asked to return for another appointment. At the next appointment, the original doctor had
arranged for other psychiatrists to be present. The man was again hypnotised and once again began recounting a highly dramatic scene on the man o'
war. During this, the man's speech (terms, accent, etc.) appeared to be very convincingly that of a sailor several hundred years ago. The
psychiatrists were recording this electronically and taking notes, photos, etc. They questioned the man.
He supplied them not only with the name and a description of the ship he'd been on when his leg was blown up, but also much detail of other ships on
which he'd served and a detailed account of his life history as a British sailor. Throughout, he remained in 'sailor mode' as far as his speech,
accent and terminology were concerned. He was asked to return for another appointment. After he'd departed, the psychiatrists were by now almost
convinced that they'd uncovered a genuine instance of past life recall. Prior to the man's next appointment, one of the doctors contacted 'my'
hypnotist and sought his opinion, based on the tapes made whilst the man was hypnotised and recounting his sailor experiences.
My hypnotist listened to them several times, he said and yes, the man sounded very convincing. There seemed little doubt that he'd genuinely been
suffering pain and his account of the close-quarters fire between the British ship and the enemy were enthralling and highly detailed.
My hypnotist attended the man's next session and observed ... and asked the man the occasional question whilst he was under hypnosis. The man's
sailor accent and terminology were consistent throughout. When he was awakened fully and completely in 'real time', he impressed my hypnotist as
being a truthful and sincere individual. He was not a sailor in his current life and had no knowledge or experience in that area. In real life, said
the man, he'd never had an interest in British history, maritime or other. He was intrigued by what he'd learned of his behaviour and claims whilst
The psychiatrists and others involved were intrigued also and several were of the impression they'd uncovered a verifiable past life case. 'My'
hypnotist said he sensed that one or two of the doctors were already of the belief there was a book in it as well as the opportunity to write the case
up in medical papers and publications. They were convinced the man's past life was genuine, in other words.
'My' hypnotist had arranged another appointment in order he may again observe and question the man. After the man was hypnotised, he again
'became' the wounded sailor. My hypnotist friend by this stage had researched many of the terms and ship names that had emerged in previous
sessions with the man and was aware that a lot of the terminology used by the man actually did date back to the time in question .. in other words, a
lot of the things said, words used, etc. appeared to be authentic.
When the man was under hypnosis and had been instructed that he could not feel the pain of his shattered leg, but could speak easily, 'my' hypnotist
began speaking with him. Then, my hypnotist slipped a length of rope into the man's hands, with the suggestion he would tie in succession, three
knots of different types. My hypnotist said to me that the knots the man was instructed to make were of a kind that would have been second-nature to
even a novice sailor .. something they could do in their sleep.
The man manipulated the rope, but in actuality he did little more than fumble with it, even though (as an old salt) he believed he'd completed the
task with ease. This experiment was repeated several times. Afterwards, the man was brought out of trance and thanked by the attendant doctors.
Privately, my hypnotist friend advised the doctors that in his opinion, despite appearing extremely convincing, the man's past life experience was
not genuine. There was no evidence that the man had set out to deceive the doctors, he said. He believed the man was unaware that at some time in
the past, via whatever source (movies, books, etc) he had absorbed information about British sailors and ships and warfare, including sailors'
terminology, living conditions, battle conditions, ship descriptions and numerous other details. The man's mind, without his being aware of it, had
creatively arranged these various details into a highly convincing first-hand account .. and this is what had emerged under hypnosis. After the
failed knot-tying tests, the other doctors agreed.
At that point, my hypnotist friend said there remained however one case of past-life emergence under hypnosis which appeared genuine. The case
involved a movie actor named Glenn Ford, who under hypnosis had apparently begun speaking quite fluently in a language which no-one involved was able
to identify. Finally, someone was found who could identify it. A Jesuit priest who was one of the few experts in that specific dead language,
identified it as an uncommon French dialect from the past. Ford apparently was highly disturbed by the entire thing and refused to discuss it. From
what I remember, it was later learned that way back in his family-tree, Ford had French ancestors who'd lived in the area in which the language had
been spoken .. although Ford had not been aware he had French ancestry.
So of course you're correct, Il Papa ... our minds are astonishingly inventive and creative .. truly astonishing. But then of course, all we are,
really, is Mind, wrapped in a body.
There are many cases of highly convincing past life recall which under investigation turn out to be unintentional creative-licence on the part of the
Glenn Ford, though, is apparently one scientifically accepted exception to the rule. And that's all it takes. Just as a 100% genuine recording or
other proof of a ghost (or 'alien', etc) will be all it takes. It only needs one.