Regression therapy states that every experience is stored in one of three layers of consciousness and that a person is at his or her healthiest when all three layers of consciousness are working cohesively and thinking similarly. Regression therapy was developed by J.L. Moreno, Dr. Morris Netherton, Dr. Hans TenDam, Dr. Roger Woolger, Andy Tomlison, Mario Simoes, Dr. Pavel Gyngazov, and Dr. Julio Peres.
The three levels of consciousness that are recognized in regression therapy include:
- The conscious mind, representing what a person does;
- The sub-conscious mind, representing what a person is;
- The super-conscious mind, also known as the spirit, soul, god, or higher element of a person.
Although this is a relatively new area of psychotherapy, many therapists are recognizing the validity of this technique. However, there is very little research in this field and as of yet, the primary focus of past life therapy is still in helping a client resolve the issues at hand rather than examining their past lives. Regression therapy is built on the foundation that people are born with a distinct set of emotions and definitive personality. Life experiences alter and reinforce those fundamentals in such a manner that they become part of our psychological blueprint. If the emotion is a negative one, it will eventually emerge in our adult life in the form of symptomatic behaviors or relational challenges.
Ultimately, all negative emotions will cause some form of harm to our physical being. The goal of regression therapy is to isolate these negative emotions and dissolve them so that the physical body can perform at maximum potential in order to prevent illness and disease. The process involves locating the physical symptom and following it to its related negative emotion. The client is instructed to regress to the point that the emotion was stored. But rather than experience it in its original form, with negative emotions, the client is allowed the freedom of choice to attach a positive and more beneficial emotion to it if he or she chooses. Imagination is enlisted for the creation of a new reality for the past experience. By doing this, the physical and emotional pain have lost their link to the negative emotion and are now connected to a healthier emotion that can affect change in the symptoms to promote an improved overall sense of well-being.