Progressing the Future
By Bret Burquest
Past-life regression involves
placing a person under hypnosis and prompting them to regress back through
their childhood to a time before they were born. In many cases, the person is
able to recall his/her life (or lives) before the present lifetime, as well as
their experience between lives, including the planning of their present life.
This method is sometimes used to
deal with a current health problem. The hypnotherapist
is often able to "reconfigure" the past-life experience of the
patient, causing the psychological or physical ailment to disappear.
specialize in past-life regression., including Dr.
Dick Sutphen, Dr. Edith Fiore, Dr. Joel Whitton, Dr. Roger Woolger, Dr.
Hazel Denning, Dr. Winifred Lucas, etc. Many have written bokks
on this subject, including Dr. Brian Weiss who wrote "Many Lives, Many
Masters" in 1988. It sold 1.5 million copies.
Dr. Helen Wambach,
Ph.D. Psychology, had been a skeptic of past life regression. In 1975, she
initiated a study on over 10,000 people to find out if there was any truth to
reincarnation. Some of the results include:
1) 50.6 percent reported past
lives as males, 49.4 percent as females. The exact biological
2) The variation of people within
upper and lower income groups was exactly the same class distribution
proportionality within historical time periods. And the incidence of
"famous" people was extremely rare.
3) Recall of everyday life (food,
clothing, shelter, daily life, etc.) was highly accurate according to
In some cases, the person
regressed begins to speak in an unlearned foreign language (old dialect). In
some cases, the person being regressed remembers details of astonishing
accuracy which are verified by historians. In some cases, the alleged cause of
death in an immediate past life is reflected by a birthmark in the present
"I don't believe in
reincarnation; I know it." she boasted, in 1978,
after being dazzled at the results.
Dr. Chet Snow, of
Eventually, Dr. Snow and Dr. Wambach pioneered a new technique of hypnotically
"progressing" volunteers into future lives. Dr. Wambach
died in 1985 but Dr. Snow continued the project. There were 2,500 subjects who
were projected into two specific epochs: 2100-2200 A.D. and beginning in the
year 2300 A.D.
Only five percent of the subjects
experienced a lifetime within the first epoch and 11.5 percent in the second.
Dr. Snow concluded that there will
be a massive drop in the world's population, perhaps as great as 90 percent,
between now and the 2100-2200 time frame. However, the
population will then double by 2300.
One of the remarkable findings was
that out of the 500 possible future lifetimes there were only four probable
futures in the 2100-2200 era. This has all the signs
of a post-global disaster of some sort.
1) Some people (space voyagers)
would be living on sterile space stations or colonizing other planets
2) Some people (organized city
dwellers) would be living in underground or domed hi-tech cities
3) Some people (New-Agers) would be living in ecological-friendly communities
in temperate zones.
4) Some people (survivalists)
would be living in urban ruins or caves or isolated, rustic settlements
In the years 2150-2300, there
would be an emergence of clans or tribes of people born with enhanced
telepathic and psychic abilities. Ironically, the New Agers
in natural surroundings reported to be the happiest of the four groups and by
2300 the space voyagers seemed to have advanced beyond our solar system.
After 2300, there will be a period
called the "Outward Wave" where humanity will no longer be bound by
the solar system and the concept of 3-D reality will be overshadowed by an evolution
of human consciousness. This will also be the beginning of the human race
evolving toward immortality.
And if I had to guess, the
national debt will be $999 gazillion by 2150 and Congress will be in recess.
Naturally, these studies have
plenty of critics and it's hard to say how much validity to put into them.
If I come back though, I sure
don't want to live in a space station or an underground city or a domed city.
I'll probably be a survivalist,
scavenging for food, carrying a big stick, fending off outlaws and laying low.
In other words, my life will
pretty much be like it is now.
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Bret Burquest is an award-winning columnist and author of four
novels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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