PLTC Actors/Artists Development Program is an extension of PLTC's general therapy services for the entertainment arts community.
Past Life Therapy (PLT) utilizing clinical hypnotherapy or de-hypnosis methods encourages actors/artists to access past experiences and the emotions related to them. With each regression session, an actor actualizes a greater sense of self.
PLT develops inner confidence as the actor becomes self-knowing, which is accomplished by making conscious any memories from the past that bring about a deeper understanding of one's self. This heightened awareness is evident in the eyes, body language, and emotional connections a performer makes with co-performers and the audience. It is obvious which artists have done the inner work for they can more readily and authentically project their emotions and awareness through the media of film, photography or live performances.
Through this higher sense of self, actors may realize they already know how to act; they just need to further develop their innate abilities in a therapeutic setting in conjunction with professional training and acting experience. Therapy will enable an actor to reveal and learn to freely express emotions in order to 'present reality' instead of 'acting.' Great actors, dancers, singers, etc., fully allow themselves to feel the reality of a situation. If an artist feels insecure, fearful or not fully present during certain roles, Past Life Therapy helps the artist discover if a past-life experience is creating a block preventing them from performing at their highest level.
PLT allows actors to re-experience an array of past life scenes they can readily access during challenging roles that require them to embrace a character or situation from a specific time period; roles they may have experienced in a past lifetime or in a similar context which can be used as source material for their performances.
Actors are often unconsciously or consciously attracted to particular roles as a way of working through a former experience that was unresolved. For many, resolution is not achieved in the acting process since the scripted scenes usually do not include the actual dialogue from the past-life experience or an opportunity for closure. This keeps the actor from performing at optimum when a scene unconsciously places them back into the past-life trauma/emotionally charged event with all the confusion associated with it.
Past Life Therapy clears the confusion and resolves the issues stimulated by an acting scene using clinical methods. This will allow the actor to remain focused and fully present in their future performances if confronted with any similar type scenes. If the Past Life Therapy process is completed towards full resolution, an artist can reach a level where there are very few or no situations that upset their balance and overall presence. An actor can remain in character, perform at optimum, and maintain their inner calm and resolution achieved from Past Life Therapy in both their professional and personal life. They can also readily choose to replay an array of emotions and previous experiences recalled from PLT sessions as tools to access for performances. For writers and directors, PLT offers a forum for them to reveal and resolve their own story they are unconsciously trying to express and finish. It can also encourage greater creativity, focus, or a change in direction.
"An understanding of human behavior is important. You can't work as an actor unless you understand yourself first. If someone looks at a role and says that's not me, there is a part of themselves they don't see [or don't want to see]." Howard Fine, Acting Coach to Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Connelly, and Sela Ward among others.
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, and talented? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God [or what you define as 'God']. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us. It is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others." Marianne Williamson, inspired by Nelson Mandela