The value of regression hypnosis?

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The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Luke » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:17 pm

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.

What are your opinions about the accuracy of the information about one's past lives that one can get through hypnosis? Do most people just experience imaginary fantasies or are most people actually able to experience their past lives during hypnosis?

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:10 pm

Fantasies from our minds or from the mind of the hypnotist.

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?
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Josef » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:12 pm

I don't see any point in knowing about my past lives.
We don't need hypnosis or anything else to know we are very fortunate in this life.

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby catmoon » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:51 pm

In my opinion, what happens is, the hypnotist and the subject get together, create some interesting imaginations, and then re-label them as factual events.
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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Dechen Norbu » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:19 pm

Gullible and fragile people being robbed by professionals without scrupulous that should have their licenses revoked. Crudely speaking, it's a scam.

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby treehuggingoctopus » Sat Apr 21, 2012 1:59 pm

. . . there they saw a rock! But it wasn't a rock . . .

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Anders » Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:46 pm

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.
"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:59 pm

A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Anders » Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:50 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:08 pm

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".
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Anders » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:33 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:48 pm

As you wish Anders; recline on the couch and have fun. :shrug:
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Josef » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:57 pm

Who gives a shit about past lives anyway.
This is the one that matters.

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Anders » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:02 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby maybay » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:03 pm

Could you go through it without the slightest expectation?
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
- Machig Labdron

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Anders » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:52 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: The value of regression hypnosis?

Postby Dechen Norbu » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:19 am

Thanks Anders. That's cool.


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