Will wrote:Hypnotism or mesmerism was known in the time of Buddha and before. If it were reliable for knowing past lives, why would Gautama spend all those years in meditation?
Luke wrote:Hi, I have seen many videos about people remembering past lives during hypnosis. This does seem like an easier method of finding out about one's past lives than experiencing them during deep meditation.
Luke wrote:Will wrote:Hypnotism or mesmerism was known in the time of Buddha and before. If it were reliable for knowing past lives, why would Gautama spend all those years in meditation?
Because his goal went far beyond just remembering past lives, perhaps? Knowing one's past lives does not equal Nirvana.
Will wrote:That past lives knowledge only came to fruition from the seed of years of practice, not from regression hypnosis.
Will wrote:Anders: "One method working doesn't rule out another working."
Unwarranted assumption that hypnosis is a method that gives accurate insights into our past lives.
Also you seem to be saying that it is just a matter of proper meditative technology to know past lives.
Wisdom and understanding, which Buddha gained under the Tree, are very different than passively letting a hypnotist mind-meld with you to gain a desired objective - "who was I before".
Will wrote:As you wish Anders; recline on the couch and have fun.
Anders Honore wrote:I think regression hypnosis is a viable method for remembering past lives for some. If you look at the studies, it is compelling. That said, what the studies don't tell you is how many it doesn't work for. The case studies in the books are the must illustrative examples. Far more get much less detail or nothing at all.
I am not sure there is that much to be gained from such regression though, unless you have a heavy karmic pattern that knowledge of the karmic origin might help illuminate.
Regression into the bardo before this life seems like it might be more useful but again, it is very uncertain and if you have the good fortune to have gurus and bodhisattvas monitoring your work here in the saha world, case studies suggest that they often block such things if they think you aren't ripe for it.
And besides one's own qualifications for such regression, there is the fact that many such therapists aren't actually qualified for it either and you end up being led by the therapists own narrative and paying handsomely for it.
One of my own teachers discouraged it unless I felt it was really necessary for all these reasons.
Dechen Norbu wrote:Interesting. Where have you heard this?
I assume he would help you himself right?