Back to the Cause of Physical Problems
The Case of George Downing: Chronic Hip Pain
I am especially happy with the beneficial results of hypnotherapy in the case of George Downing, a man who was advanced in years and had been living with chronic right hip pain that started two weeks after a major surgery. The surgery was performed one year earlier for an abdominal mass that was found to be densely adherent to the bowel and was thought to be malignant. Since the frozen-section biopsy that was initially taken during the surgery was benign, and since the mass was not causing any obstruction to the bowel, it was decided to leave it in place. George was discharged from the hospital and returned to his rather limited lifestyle, as he required a walker and was almost completely blind. Within two weeks he began to experience right hip pain, which required narcotics such as oxycodone and Neurontin. Eventually a tens unit, a device which gives off an electric current to help decrease the pain, was surgically implanted near the site of the pain.
When I first saw George I found him to be exceptionally pleasant and outgoing in spite of his chronic pain and blindness. His history revealed twenty years of active duty in the United States Navy, something he was very proud of. Once we figured out that we needed to turn off the tens unit, I was able to utilize hypnotic techniques to reduce his pain. Over the course of several sessions I was able to take George up to his super-conscious mind level, his Higher Self, and communicate with his Spirit Guide. Using the help of his Spirit Guide we were able to uncover four incidents that occurred in his present life that contributed to the negative programming of his subconscious mind regarding the right hip pain.
The cell memory residing in the right hip would surface and manifest when there was an injury in this area associated with a concomitant fear of impending death. Two such situations occurred when the subject was twelve years old. While on active duty in the Navy, the subject again experienced two more life-threatening situations associated with stress to the right hip. The cell memory within the right hip was so often associated with the fear of death, that when George faced the possibility of not recovering from a rather complicated surgery for a probable malignant mass, the cell memory of the right hip was triggered and the pain began.
Apparently discovering the relationship of this right-hip pain to the fear of dying was an important step in George’s treatment. His analytical conscious mind now concluded that root causes of his problem were buried in early adolescent memories and were reinforced by his close calls in the Navy, thus setting off the chain of events that led to his present situation.
The medical community might look at this case as an example of the Triple Allergenic Theory, popularized by Brian, Boswell, and others. It has to do with emotional disorders that start off with an initial sensitizing event that is not consciously remembered. Symptoms soon occur when reinforced by a symptom-producing event, which is usually remembered. Finally a symptom-intensifying event occurs, allowing the symptom to intensify and remain.
While recounting his Navy experiences, George mumbled, “I’m not worthy.” My thoughts on this pertained to his sense of duty and his macho attitude. I felt that George did not think he should feel afraid, in spite of the fact that he carried out his duty splendidly. Under deep hypnosis, I pointed out why he should consider himself worthy and begin to choose joy and a state of being pain-free.
Approximately three years later, George remains much improved.
The Case of Darlene Zorn: Chronic Headaches and Neck Pain
This 33-year-old white female was referred to me by a friend. She has had a problem with chronic daily headaches associated with neck pain for many years. When taken back to the source of this problem, the subject was thrust into a lifetime in the 1800s as a Saskatchewan Indian woman in her thirties.... <unrevealed material>
Three years later Darlene was still free of this problem.
The Case of Sally Severs: Fibromyalgia
This case involved a thirty-eight-year-old female who had been working in a healing capacity for the past several years. Some time earlier she was diagnosed as having fibromyalgia, a disease which is characterized by achy pain, tenderness and stiffness of soft tissue areas, such as muscles, tendon insertions, and adjacent structures.
The onset of fibromyalgia is often related to anxiety, tension, and depression; therefore, it is thought of as strictly psychosomatic by many physicians. Once the disease takes hold, the pain is very real, and damage to tissues can occur. Many of these cases are difficult to manage, and often physicians find that they have no choice but to treat fibromyalgia patients with various forms of pain medication, tranquilizers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and other symptomatic medications.
Personally believing that all illness has an emotional factor involved, I feel that the medical treatment of a disease should include whatever is necessary to satisfactorily handle this emotional component, even if it requires a form of alternative medicine. This particular subject was extremely disillusioned with the conventional medical treatment she had received so far. Instead, she came to me for past-life regression therapy. Working through her Higher Self, I instructed her to go back to the cause or source of the fibromyalgia problem. Sally recalled three lifetimes that contributed to the onset of this disease.
The initial image that she saw in her first lifetime was that of herself as a healer in England in 1843. She was a young girl in her twenties, caught in a raging river current. As she drowned, she felt her spirit leaving her body and saw her deceased mother coming to greet her and guide her to the light. Taking her back in time to determine how she came to be in the river, I found that her husband in that lifetime threw her into the river and drowned her to keep her from healing people – something that embarrassed and annoyed him. He despised her healing power. At that moment the subject’s conscious mind interjected that she had a flashback to this death in recent times when a friend had died in a flash flood.
Going back to the second life that contributed to this disease, the subject saw herself bound to a stake about to be put to death by fire for being a witch. This was occurring in France in the 1700s. Viewing her death from a third-person perspective, she could see that she forgave the people for what they were doing to her. As her spirit left her body and was greeted by her son from her present life, the subject wept profusely. In the light she felt much better and reiterated that she did not feel scorn towards those who had put the torch to her and ended her life so cruelly. She had been a healer, but the ignorance pervading society in the 1700s dictated that whatever was not understood could only be feared.
The third contributing life took place in Atlantis around 15030 B.C. The subject was a priestess named Rolana, who carried out healing inside a pyramid. Rolana was androgynous, being both male and female. Others like her existed in Atlantis, but this genetic make-up was especially helpful in her healing efforts. People also came to her for knowledge and in order to advance spiritually and attain longevity. She conducted her healing sessions telepathically or through touch, depending on how advanced the person was spiritually. The healing was carried out in centers within a pyramid, so she could utilize the energy from the many crystals of all sizes that surrounded her chamber. Also, the white-light energy that entered through the center of the top of the pyramid would aid in the healing process. (This description of pyramids is uncannily similar to those given in the sections entitled, “Insights from Spirit Guides” and “Atlantis”.)
The High Council of Atlantis, which controlled the consciousness of the people, became concerned that the priestess Rolana was elevating the consciousness of too many citizens of Atlantis. They felt that they needed to put a stop to this; thus, the Council decreed that the healing would cease immediately. Following this decree, Rolana said that she left Atlantis. I asked, “Where did you go?”
Rolana replied, “I don’t die; I just leave. I see myself as etheric; I can go from spirit form to physical form at will. It’s a place like the afterlife.” (The subject was describing what sounded to me like Lemuria. Some Atlanteans were thought to have originated from Lemuria; see Chapter 16.)
In summation, following the recollection of the three lifetimes contributing to her fibromyalgia problem, I told the subject that her present-day healing efforts probably triggered this pattern of cell memory, which was carried forward from prior lifetimes in which she had been prevented from using her healing talent. This cell memory set in motion the recall of physical pain and negative emotions, resulting in a fibromyalgia syndrome, which again was an attempt to put a stop to her healing others. I suggested to the subject that she release this memory, now that she understands how it relates to her present disease. By doing this, and thereby interrupting the neuronal brain-body connection pattern that had originated in the past, she would be able to eliminate the effects it had caused in her present life. I believe the subconscious memory carries over from lifetime to lifetime and imprints the current mind-body connection with the same neuronal pattern that was formed in prior lifetimes. While there is a tendency to repeat patterns from lifetime to lifetime, these patterns can be interrupted and dissipated.
Six weeks after the session I spoke to this subject and was happy to hear that she had over 90% less discomfort during the first month following her regression. Soon after that she developed an allergy which brought back some of the pain; however, by her own estimation she still remains at least 30% to 40% improved. In this situation, I feel that phone reinforcement and a repeat session would be extremely helpful in reestablishing the complete release of this devastating negative programming of the subconscious. Further follow up was not possible.
The Case of Lois Landers: Migraine Headaches
When taken back to the cause of her migraine headaches, this young female subject remained silent as she tearfully envisioned herself in an episode as an adult woman in the fifteenth-century, cringing and holding her bloodied head in a village square. People were yelling and throwing rocks at her. She was being stoned to death. It was only after I had brought her out of the hypnotic state that the subject could relate the events to me that she had experienced in that lifetime. I felt that the circumstances of that 15th century incident were so traumatic that they prohibited Lois from voicing the moment-to-moment details as she perceived them during the regression. The revelation that the stoning death was the cause of her migraines was understood by the subject and put into proper perspective by her conscious mind.
Subsequent contact with Lois indicated that she had experienced a great degree of improvement in her headaches.
The Case of Donald Mayer: TMJ Disorder
This thirty-one-year-old male subject came to me with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain. Besides analgesics, the subject was also taking antidepressants. Several years prior to the onset of the TMJ problem, he suffered from a panic disorder, which has since improved. The TMJ has been a direct result of grinding his teeth during his sleeping hours.
Under deep hypnosis, Donald’s higher self responded immediately to my request to go to the cause of his TMJ problem. He soon found himself in China in the late 1500s, where he was observing a wild tiger nervously prancing around a young Oriental woman fastened to a pole. In this lifetime, the subject was a middle-aged Oriental man who spoke about a frightened young girl he was looking at. He said, “She is afraid, but I am not.”
As I took him back in time so as to make sense of this scene, Donald saw himself on several occasions meeting with a particular man who seemed to be in authority and of royal status. The man wore lavishly ornamental clothing, and the immediate surroundings were very much like a palace, decorated in gaudy colors. This Oriental nobleman would give him tasks to perform, and by doing so would induce immediate flashbacks of the scene with the tiger circling the frightened young woman. The last time he was given a task, he flashed back to a scene where he was fighting the tiger with a spear and was sustaining many wounds from this large, ferocious beast. As he thrust his spear into the excited animal’s heart, he could see that the young woman’s face was frozen with fear. As the tiger fell dead, he could hear the roar of a large crowd. He stood there proudly, barely able to breathe, with blood oozing from his head and arms. He looked over to the girl, who showed no emotion, not even relief, and then to the crowd, who cheered loudly and applauded. A man soon led him back to a special room, where his wounds were attended to. At this moment, the entire lifetime became very clear to Donald. The man of royalty was the Emperor, who had decreed that the subject, whose name was Chu in that lifetime, face the tiger as a punishment for a crime that he had committed. The Emperor put on this bloody spectacle for his own entertainment, as well as for his people. The subject sensed that Chu was confined to that room, given good food and forced to face the tiger when called upon.
At this point, I asked Donald to go backwards in time to the first moment that he had faced the tiger. He became noticeably frightened as he saw himself in the arena with the tiger for the first time. There was no crowd, just the Emperor and his court. The tiger’s trainer was present, and this allowed the animal to exhibit a greater degree of calmness. As a result, the tiger paid no attention to Chu, who stood in the center of the arena, shaking uncontrollably with fear. The Emperor decided to repeat the performance in front of a crowd. This time, Chu had been given a knife and was told to kill the tiger. Again, Chu found himself standing alone in the center of the arena, facing the same trained tiger. The crowd roared in great anticipation of seeing blood spilled (a sickening sound reminiscent of the Roman Coliseum days). Chu was overcome with fright but noticed that the tiger remained docile. Deciding to take advantage of the situation, he suddenly lunged forward and plunged the knife into the tiger’s chest. As the tiger’s life slipped away, Chu felt great sympathy for the beast and then walked from the arena amidst loud cheers from the crowd.
The Emperor continued the performances, much to Chu’s dismay. The tigers became wilder and Chu’s wounds more severe. Sometimes he was given a spear, sometimes a knife. Little by little, his fear began to diminish. In an effort to please the bloodthirsty crowd, the Emperor decided to place a young woman in the center of the arena, tied to a stake. Chu fought many tigers through the years and in spite of his wounds became good
at what he did, to the point of becoming arrogant. The pain from his wounds appeared to increase his pride. Chu pleased the Emperor for many years and eventually was given his freedom. Upon leaving, Chu feared going back out into the world; he felt that he would miss the recognition and the security of his food and shelter. The remainder of his life was filled with pain and loneliness.
Speaking with Donald both during and after the session, I emphasized that the chronic doses of intense fear that accompanied that lifetime saturated his subconscious cell memory with an unfathomable amount of negative emotion. Like an explosive booby-trap, this cell memory was set off by something that occurred in his present life and set into motion the destructive nocturnal teeth-grinding as a response to the feeling of overwhelming fear. Another possibility is that the subject may have been having recurring dreams related to that lifetime and not recalling them. I felt strongly that the subject would improve, now that his conscious mind had witnessed and understood these past life circumstances and the mechanism by which they had affected his present life.
A follow-up call approximately two years later revealed that Donald’s TMJ pain had diminished significantly for several months following the regression; however personal problems that occurred later added undue stress to his life, with a resultant increase in his TMJ discomfort. I suggested a follow-up session for reinforcement.
The Case of Dan Whitman: Gastric Reflux
This middle-aged college professor presented with a gastric reflux problem that required medication almost daily. Pinpointing the source of this problem, his Higher Self revealed that he was unnecessarily suffering from stress that he was creating for himself. The stress was based on his compulsion to please others, to measure up, to be perfect. He was assuming the responsibility for the happiness of others in many of his relationships, primarily with his family and his students. Throughout his life, he had been unable to let go of this perceived responsibility, and as a result, continued to suffer the physical consequences of the stress it inevitably created. Ensuring that Dan thoroughly assimilated what had come through, I then emphasized that he forgive himself for adhering to this subconscious misperception and understand that every person is totally responsible for his own happiness.
Not every person will return to a past-life experience as a causal explanation of a physical or emotional problem. Sometimes the Higher Self, in its infinite wisdom, will lay out the problem in simple terms, without pulling any punches. It will often show the subject’s conscious mind how the problem relates to the subject’s personality and zeroes in to defects therein. The Higher Self thus exposes these personal defects without any apology or excuse and opens the door for the therapist to suggest solutions to correct the problem. These solutions will often be very logical and not offensive to the subject in the altered state of hypnosis, since he is more open to suggestions which are understandable. This case is representative of this type of Higher Self insight into this particular subject’s problem.
A follow-up phone call well over two years later revealed that Dan experienced significant improvement within the first year and complete disappearance of the gastric reflux after two years.
The Case of Vicki Larkin: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
This 45-year-old female subject was seen for the first time with irritable bowel syndrome, which she had had for several years
In a follow-up phone call three months later, Vicki exuberantly stated that she was very much improved. Order now