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.
Many hypnotherapists 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 percentage.
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 historians.
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 life.
"I don't believe in reincarnation; I know it." she boasted, in 1978, after being dazzled at the results.
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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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