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Past Life Recall
Therapeutic Touch

How to describe a Past Life Recall experience?

Brian L. Weiss, M.D., in his book Through Time Into Healing had a beautiful way to explain what past life recall is:

” When you feel better as a result of a past life recall experience – whether a physical symptom has been alleviated, an emotional issue soothed, or you simply feel more confident and peaceful about your life and its direction, you don’t need to question the logical validity of the experience. You know it has empowered you to improve the quality of your life in a very tangible way…It is exhilarating when you realize how much greater you are than your current, confined ego or personality. The real you, the immortal you, is the you that is present from body to body, from life to life. How exciting it is to meet yourself! “

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a technique that helps reduce stress, initiates relaxation and also promotes healing. It was developed by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, who lived in the early part of the 20th century. It is administer by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through all of us and that it is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, while if it is high, we are more capable of being healthy and happy.

What is the origin of the word Reiki?

The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom” or “the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So the word Reiki in Japanese translates roughly to “universal life force energy.”

Does everyone use universal energy the same way?

Everyone has the potential to access the universal life energy, but over time most people’s systems become blocked and the energy becomes weakened in them. A Reiki practitioner is trained to be able to detect these blockages, and will use his/her hands, thoughts, and universal energy to improve the energy flow in a person.

Can a person be healed against his/her will?

According to the original principles of Usui, the recipient must also have a proper attitude for Reiki to work most effectively. The person must take responsibility for his/her own health, and must want to be healed.

What does a session of Reiki look like?

Reiki sessions can take various forms, but most commonly resemble typical bodywork appointments, where the receiver lies clothed on his or her back on a flat surface or massage table. A session generally lasts from an hour to an hour and a half. Reiki is a simple procedure, consisting of calm and concentrated touching, with the practitioner focusing on healing and giving energy to specific areas on the receiver’s body. Practitioners place their hands over positions on the body where the organs and endocrine glands reside, and the areas that correspond to the chakra centers. Practitioners also use mental visualization to send healing energy to areas of the receiver’s body that need it. In special cases or with injuries, a no-touch technique is used, where the practitioner’s hands are sometimes held just above the body without touching it.

What is Therapeutic Touch?

Therapeutic Touch, or TT, is a noninvasive method of healing that came from an ancient technique that involves laying-on of hands in order to rebalance the patient’s energy field. This is done through an energy transfer that moves from the hands of the practitioner to the patient.

What are the effects of Therapeutic Touch?

The major effects of TT are relaxation, pain reduction, accelerated healing, and alleviation of psychosomatic symptoms. TT is reported to have a positive effect on the immune system and thus accelerates the healing of wounds.

How Therapeutic Touch was developed?

Therapeutic Touch was developed in 1972 by Dora Kunz, a healer, and Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N, a nurse and professor of nursing at New York University. The year before, in 1971, when Krieger was working as a registered nurse in a hospital, she became very frustrated when one of her patients, a 30-year-old female, lay dying from a gallbladder condition. In desperation, she tried what she was learning from Kunz. Within one treatment, the patient’s condition began to improved and she lived, surprising the other hospital staff. Krieger and Kunz met during the study of Oskar Estebany, a world—renowned healer. During her research of ancient healing methods, Krieger concluded that the energy transfer between the healer and the healee that takes place in a TT session is prana, an Eastern Indian concept representing energy, vitality, and vigor. Krieger then combined her research with Kunz’s techniques to create TT.

How session of Therapeutic Touch looks like?

The TT session generally lasts about 30-45 minutes. Although the name is therapeutic touch, there is generally no touching of the physical body, only the energetic body or field. It is usually performed on fully clothed patients who are either lying down on a flat surface or sitting up in a chair. Therapeutic Touch treats the whole person: relaxes the mind, heals the body, and soothes the spirit. The principle behind it is that it does not stop at the skin. The human body extends an energy field, or aura, several inches to several feet from the body. When illness occurs, it creates a disturbance or blockage in the vital energy field. The TT practitioner uses the hands to assess the patient’s energy field, to release areas where the free flow of energy is blocked, and to balance the patient’s energy, by transferring energy from a universal life energy force to the patient. In a series of gentle strokes, the healer removes the disturbance and re-balances the energy to restore health.

Where Therapeutic Touch is used?

Therapeutic Touch is performed in many different locations, including healing centers, delivery rooms, hospitals, hospice settings, accident scenes, homes, and schools

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply a relaxed state of focused attention. By momentarily bypassing your conscious mind, it allows you to make behavioral changes on a deeper level than when you attempt to make changes at the conscious level. In a way you could say that hypnosis increases the communication between your conscious desires (like quitting smoking), and your subconscious mind (where your real power to make changes is located).

Is hypnosis a natural state?

Yes, it is. For example: You are in a trance state when, while driving your car, you miss your exit because you are daydreaming. Similarly, you are in a trance state when you are so absorbed in a book, movie, or TV show that you fail to hear what others around you are saying.

How we can benefit from hypnosis?

Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Also it can be used to gain an understanding about spiritual self. Hypnosis, called by different names in different cultures and times, has been recognized for thousands of years and used for many purposes. Clinically, hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain, depression, anxiety, stress, habit disorders, and many other psychological and medical problems. Hypnosis can also be useful for enhancing and strengthening purposes. It can help increase self-confidence, self-esteem, and feelings of mastery and control.

How does hypnosis compare to other forms of therapy?

Compared to other forms of therapy, hypnosis is the obvious choice for many issues. Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. reviewed the overall lasting success of various psychological approaches. This study revealed the following success rates:

• Hypnotherapy — 93% success rate after 6 sessions
• Behavior Therapy — 72% success rate after 22 sessions
• Psychotherapy — 38% success rate after 600 sessions

Can I be hypnotized?

People of average intelligence (unless there is some form of organic brain damage) can be hypnotized in most cases if they are willing and do not resist. If you are able to get “involved” in a good book, it is likely that hypnosis can work for you. If you choose to be hypnotized, it is usually easy to achieve. The depth of hypnosis varies with a person’s ability to respond. If you are not a naturally responsive subject, you can improve your receptivity to hypnosis with practice.

Am I going to loose control during the session?

No, you are not going to be asked to surrender your will. It is up to you as to how you interact with the sessions. Whether you can use hypnosis to your benefit is mostly influenced by your attitude towards it and the person helping you with hypnosis. You can’t use hypnosis if you don’t want to, because no one can hypnotize you against your will. The power lies in your mind, because while under hypnosis you have greater awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. You won’t do anything in a hypnotic state that you would not find acceptable in your normal awake state. You will be aware of what is going on and you will find you actually feel you have more control over yourself. The hypnosis is simply increasing your ability to communicate with yourself. Also nobody can make you reveal your secrets or personal information.

Am I going to be aware what is happening during the session?

Yes, you will hear what hypnotist is saying and it will be you who will decide what to do during session. Some people, after a session of hypnosis, don’t believe that they were hypnotized at all. This likely comes from misconceptions about just what a ‘trance’ really is. There are differences between the brain waves of people who are asleep and those who are in trance. In practice, people who are hypnotized often talk with the hypnotist, and can both answer and ask questions, hear everything that is said very clearly, and are perfectly well aware.

Am I going to feel different or strange during hypnosis?

No, there is no mysterious feeling to being hypnotized and our minds are not taken over nor controlled. This expectation and perhaps a demand to have some mysterious experience beyond conscious control or awareness seems to leave some people disappointed and even denying they had any experience at all. These same people may actually have received substantial results and unconscious change.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No. The induction of hypnosis is never dangerous to the person, although personal disappointments may arise because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived information. The experience of hypnosis is usually pleasant. It does not involve going to sleep, losing consciousness, or giving up control.