Master’s Thesis: Exploring the Effectiveness of Past Life Regression Therapy
The concept of “Past-Life Therapy” (PLT) probably conjures up quizzical, or more likely, quite skeptical reactions in most people, particularly among professionals in the health care industry. In mainstream, westernized culture, the notion of it may sound absurd. However, 80% to 90% of people experience vivid images that appear to be from a previous life while in a deep state of relaxation with a past-life therapist. What these images actually are and how they are interpreted remains up to debate. There is evidence that can support a number of different explanations. Regardless of interpretation, however, it is difficult to debate the effectiveness of PLT in helping clients overcome problems. It appears to be a swift, highly effective form of therapy for dealing with a number of different problems from phobias to relationship troubles. Practitioners of PLT use such words to describe it as: “Powerful, dramatic, spiritual, sacred, profound, transforming and exceptionally effective.”
This master’s thesis examines the effectiveness of PLT as a therapeutic modality by exploring past research, anecdotal case studies, and also experimental design studies that offer quantifiable data. It also describes the methodology, data and results of my questionnaire research study to statistically measure the effectiveness of PLT from the perspective of the practitioners who use it. Finally, this paper also addresses various interpretations of the past-life images, as well as theories that explain the images.