Lawrence uses accounts from hypnosis sessions and past-life regression exercises to compellingly illustrate the ways that such practices can change one’s mind and life path.
The debut author, a certified clinical hypnotist, offers a stunning series of dialogues between herself and her patients, ranging from successful authors to people with a history of self-harm. Each of them has something in common: a desire to move past a mental obstacle in life. Lawrence carefully guides patients into a hypnotic state and encourages them to unlock their keys to shame, pain, misery, and self-destruction. In one example, a woman who was abused as a child confronts her own pattern of abusive relationships and violent behavior. She recognizes the belief that she formed as a child—that love is synonymous with abuse. In another example, a man troubled by his desire to be a woman seeks to determine its origin, as it only developed in his adult life. Through hypnosis, he discovers a moment in childhood when he felt ashamed and came to the determination he would only be worthy if he was female. Once patients are able to locate the catalyst for their issues, the author says, they’re able to “re-wire” the memory by “healing” their young, past self. Lawrence explains that because the critical mind only develops after age 8, anything a child experiences before then is accepted as truth, with no judgment or analysis. Hence, the beliefs they form during this time solidify in their adult minds. Overall, the author skillfully weaves her clear explanations into the narratives themselves, so that any reader who’s intrigued by the practices shown here may better understand how memories are formed and “re-wired.” Readers who are already experienced in the areas of hypnosis and regression therapy will find these stories vivid and telling, and those who are more simply and generally interested in the topic will likely want to explore it further.
A gateway to understanding regression therapy that clearly depicts its power and potency.