Write-up on PLR Talk (1 Dec 2007)

Source: Sasanarakkha Newszine, Issue 9, January 2008


Be present – but then the present is inextricably linked to the past. So, do you want to ignite the link? Lu Xiufei brings you some ideas.

Hear the word “hypnosis” and this conjures up for me an image of someone in a state in which she is totally unaware of the present moment, but is instead reliving the past, at times, with very traumatic outcomes under the guidance and prompting of a therapist. The classic image connected with hypnotism made popular by the media is that of fixing your gaze at a pendulum, usually a watch, dangled in front of you, by a hypnotist who leads you into a hypnotic state with suggestions and commands. These images were dispelled after listening to a talk by Dr Selina Chew on past life regression using hypnosis. 

Dr Chew promised an interesting experience for those joining a past life regression workshop that she will be conducting in SBS. One of the sessions will be to experience a happy past life. This was conveyed to the 50 odd people who had gathered in the multi-purpose hall in the Main Office Building on 1st December to listen to her talk “Past Life Regression for Present Life Healing”. The workshop will be held in early January 2008. 

In this talk, Dr Chew, a certified hypnotherapist and a certified past life regression therapist, righted some of my (and I think, that of many others’) perceptions about hypnotism and the hypnotic state. She said, “Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration. There is narrowed focus and diminished peripheral awareness. It is called an ‘altered state’. Hypnotism is a deliberate effort to produce, deepen and sustain such a mental state.”

You are actually in a hypnotic state, when you are among other things, daydreaming, engrossed in a really interesting book or film, enraptured by a painting, and the list goes on. Your senses are one with whatever task at hand, i.e. you are so engrossed in it that your mind is not receptive to other stimuli. 

In the coming past life regression workshop, she will be using a method know as “progressive relaxation”, whereby the subject is guided to relax body and mind. This helps to focus the mind inwards. In such a relaxed state, the conscious mind recedes to the background allowing images from the subconscious mind to arise. Dr Chew says that a light to medium state of hypnosis is sufficient to access past life memories. She assures that in this state, a person is at all times aware and conscious of the present. Even after coming out of the regression, the subject will be able to recall all that she has experienced. 

Hypnotism is by no means the only method to get information about a person’s past lives, I learnt. Some other ways include acupuncture, kinesiology (muscle testing), dreams, psychic reading, spontaneous recall (usually in children between two to five years old) and triggered recall (a feeling of déjà vu), and meditation. Some of these methods are DIY. Meditation is one – so keep practicing and get to know your past lives. An easier way is, of course, to participate in a past life regression workshop.