The Three Faces of Regression Therapy
by William J. Baldwin, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Past Life Regression Therapy
Many people reject the idea of looking into a past lifetime for problems
as they claim to have enough troubles in the present life. This sounds
reasonable; however, in clinical practice, clients discover that present
life conflicts and problems often stem from traumatic events in prior lifetimes.
Past life memories may come to us in many guises: the deja vu experience;
recurrent dreams, either of a specific location, or of a frightening event;
a crippling phobia or unexplained, groundless fear. People who fear water,
public speaking, or heights (to name just a few common phobias) often uncover
the memory of a death by drowning, hanging or burning at the stake before
a crowd, or falling from a high place. As these past life traumas are explored
and resolved in therapy, the phobias cease to exist for the clients. The
process of past life therapy is being used effectively by mental health
professionals in many countries. Through the emotional feelings and body
sensations associated with an identified present life problem, the client
is prompted to locate the source or cause of the problem. This leads to
the discovery of a pain-filled memory in a past life. The client, in the
personality of the past-life character, is guided through the traumatic
episode in the lifetime, and finally through the death experience. The
therapist assists the client in resolving any remaining emotional issues,
any unfinished business in that life, and to integrate the experience into
the present life situation. The past life character, as a spirit, moves
away from the body and the death scene and fully into the Light. The narrative
is similar to descriptions of the near death experience (NDE).
Many emotional problems and conflicts are quickly and effectively resolved
through past life regression therapy, usually in far fewer sessions than
with conventional therapy. Many physical ailments are considered to be
psychosomatic, and these conditions may begin to diminish or cease altogether
through past life regression therapy.
In practice, the therapist trained in Past Life Therapy (PLT) and Spirit
Releasement Therapy (SRT) will recognize that some of the past life scenarios
are not those of the client, but of someone else, an attached spirit of
a deceased human being. There are specific methods of differentiating between
the two. This condition has historically been labeled spirit possession.
A more accurate term is spirit attachment, indicating an interference,
a much more common event than possession, which implies complete takeover.
Our language reflects an inner knowledge of this condition: "What got into
you?" "What possessed me to do that?" "I'm not myself today." Even the
comedian, Flip Wilson, expressed the concept with the comic line: "The
devil made me do it."
The possibility of spirit possession, that is, full or partial takeover
of a living human by a discarnate entity, has been recognized, or at least
theorized, in every time and in every culture. A disembodied consciousness
seems to attach itself and merge fully or partially with the subconscious
mind of a living person, exerting some degree of control on the behavior,
the mental functioning, and emotions, as well as producing sensations and
symptoms in the physical body.
Attachment to any given person may be completely random, even accidental.
An attachment can be benevolent in nature, self serving to fulfill a personal
need of the spirit, malevolent in intention, or completely neutral. Some
investigators in this field estimate that between 70% and 100% of the population
are affected or influenced by one or more discarnate entities at some time
in their lives.
Spirit Releasement Therapy
The treatment for the condition of spirit attachment consists of six distinct
steps. The first step is to discover and identify any and all (there is
never just one) attached discarnate spirits or entities. There are many
clues which assist the therapist in the discovery of an attached entity.
The second step is differential diagnosis. Most of the attached entities
fall into one of three categories: spirits of deceased humans, terminated
pregnancies, and mind fragments of living people; the dark force entities,
historically called demons; and aliens or ETs, that is, beings from other
worlds, dimensions or densities. There are others which defy classification.
The third step is dialogue with the entity. Each type requires the precise
treatment which will lead it to release willingly from the client and go
to its own appropriate destination.
The fourth step is the actual release of the attached entity; each different
type requires a different releasement process.
The fifth step is a specific guided imagery of Light for the client.
It is important to metaphorically fill the space left by the departing
The sixth step entails ongoing therapy for the client. More entities
may be found and released in subsequent sessions. Past life therapy and
fragmentation recovery are vital to restore balance to the client. It is
essential to resolve the conflict and to heal the emotional vulnerability
which first allowed the spirit attachment.
Recovery of Soul-Mind Fragmentation
Recovery of Soul-Mind Fragmentation (RSF) is a clinical approach to soul
retrieval, an age-old shamanic method of healing. Sickness was considered
to be caused by loss of one's soul, or part of it. The shaman journeyed
into the underworld to retrieve the soul and return it to the sick person,
restoring wholeness and health. The client is passive during the shamanic
work. In RSF, the client is guided to locate the original trauma, recover
the lost fragment, and welcome it back into the body/mind space. This approach
is empowering for the client who takes an active part in the process. This
condition is also reflected in our language, indicating an inner awareness:
"It was a shattering experience." "I'm just falling apart." "He's not all
here today." "I left my heart in San Francisco." And the healing of the
condition is also familiar to our inner knower: "Pull yourself together."
"He's a real together guy."
Physical and emotional traumas can cause fragmentation and formation
of sub-personalities, some of which literally leave the premises. The trauma
is processed to resolution, with no remaining emotional residue, and the
fragment is recovered and reintegrated. With the fragment safely home,
the client will report a feeling of warmth, peace, and a pleasant new sense
of wholeness. Fragmentation as the source of illness is an important concept
in the native healing traditions. It may prove to be an important thread
in the rich tapestry of holistic healing.
Results can often be seen immediately after using these three related
modalities. Many emotional problems and some physical conditions are eased
or eliminated through Past Life Therapy, Spirit Releasement Therapy and
Recovery of Soul-Mind Fragmentation. Regression therapy is a profound experience
for the therapist as well as the client. It is a gentle, loving, transpersonal
© 1996 Center for Human Relations, PO Box 4061, Enterprise, FL
Phone and FAX (417) 322-2086
Dr. Baldwin's book "Spirit Releasement Therapy -- A Techniques Manual"
also includes Past Life Therapy and Recovery of Soul-Mind Fragmentation.
It may be ordered from Center for Human Relations at the above address,
or Headline Books at (800) 570-5951. It is comprehensive, readable and
And no, I don't receive anything from sales of his book (smile).
Dr. Baldwin died 24 April 2004. Here is his obituary.
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