By Lucy Jordan
A regression therapy case study resolving guilt.
About the Client
Johnny was 27 years old and had a difficult relationship with his mother all his life. He had a lack of confidence and perseverance, starting things and then stopping them through self-sabotage and being overly critical of himself. He tried to please people as well so had difficulty setting personal boundaries. During the interview guilt was established as the most pressing of Johnny’s emotional challenges because it was present all the time.
Johnny regressed in the past life of a 60-year-old Native American medicine man. Even though others admired him he thought of himself as a charlatan. He maintained the illusion of his healing with lies although his wife knew the truth. One of his pretences was for ‘spirits’ to help his patients even though he didn’t believe in them. At one point, a man came to him with a stomach pain and not knowing what was wrong Johnny gave the patient some medicine to rub into himself while Johnny chanted for healing to occur. Unfortunately, the man died three months later and members of the village, especially the women, whispered to each other that the man’s death was all his fault and that he was a fake. His wife comforted him but he died shortly afterwards still carrying the emotion of guilt. The past life events were transformed though transpersonal insights of the situation.
A series of current life memories were also explored and transformed.
Change of Symptoms
After the sessions Johnny's feeling of guilt disappeared completely and he felt more at peace with his life, became more honest and brave enough to express an opinion even if it was unpopular. He realised dishonesty was a symptom of his guilt. This is what he said about the experience, “Regression therapy really helped me remember the roots of my problems. Memories that were pretty blurry because of my young age, and then get over them on the spot. It was an excellent way to deal with my fears and all the things that kept me behind. It’s like gaining access to knowledge about yourself that you had forgotten you already knew, and finally realising who you really are; and when you know who you really are, feeling complete comes naturally.”