The Unconscious Mind's role in The Netherton-Paul Method of Past Life Therapy
The following excerpt is from the first published book of its kind titled Past Lives Therapy (William Morrow, New York, 1978) by Dr. Morris Netherton. Dr. Morris Netherton is the first person to incorporate past life regression with clinically based therapy referred to as Past Life or Past Lives Therapy.
Like many forms of psychotherapy, Past Lives Therapy assumes the existence of an unconscious mind. Freud and Jung discovered that our worst pain, our deepest fears, and our most affecting trauma are buried deep within us. We frequently cannot remember either the events that caused them, or the immediate results of those events. Only the scars are visible, in the form of behavioral problems. However, the events have not disappeared from the memory; they are recorded in the unconscious mind.
The Freudian analyst will reach back into the patient’s earliest years to attempt to find the source of his current problems. Other therapists, such as Otto Rank, believed that the events of a client’s birth, and even the nine months in the womb, prior to birth, were recorded in the unconscious. Past Lives Therapy simply takes the next step. We assume that the events of previous incarnations can have as a devastating an effect on a client’s current behavior as anything that has happened to him in this life. Those events are as clearly recorded as are the events of this life, and they are just as accessible for use in therapy.
The unconscious mind operates like a tape recorder. Indiscriminately, it records and stores any and every event that takes place. While your unconscious mind may refuse to acknowledge the more painful or terrifying events of your life, or “go into shock,” the unconscious mind never shuts down. Its bank of information provides the conscious mind and emotions with a basis for the entire personality. When the unconscious mind is tapped, and begins to “play back,” we find recall stretching far beyond the limits of this lifetime. The details of this recall make up the incidents a client relives during a session of Past Lives Therapy
Our first task in any session, of course, is to get the events exposed—to play back the incidents that the unconscious has recorded. Many psychologists have worked toward this end by using hypnotism and suggestion, but I find that this method handicaps the client. [A client must take an active role in resolving, rather than erasing, unconscious incidents and its survival-based scripts that no longer serve their well-being.] It must always be the client, and not the therapist, who does the work. To do so, a client must be fully aware of what he or she is playing back, and how they are affected. [Therefore, it is the objective of a past life therapist utilizing The Netherton-Paul Method to reach the unconscious without eliminating the presence of the conscious.]
Past Lives Therapy by Dr. Morris Netherton is available at PLTC Bookstore.
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