In Stress and Coping

What Might Be the Roots of Our Irrational Fears?

A specific phobia is an irrational fear of specific objects or situation that markedly interferes with an individual’s ability to function. Many of you might be afraid of something that is not dangerous, such as going to the dentist, or have a greatly exaggerated fear of something that is only mildly dangerous, such as driving s car or flying. For this reason, most people can identify to some extent with a phobia. Recent surveys indicate that specific fears of a variety of objects or situations occur in a majority of the population.

In clinical psychology, specialists distinguish four major subtypes of specific phobia: 1) animal type; 2) natural environment type (e.g., heights, storms, and water); 3) blood-injection-injury, and 4) situational type (such as planes, elevators, or enclosed places). A fifth category – “other” –  includes phobias that do not fit any of the four major sub-types (e.g., situations that may lead to choking, vomiting, or contracting an illness). It is known that most people who suffer from phobia tend to have multiple phobias of several types.

In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Joseph Wolpe turned to Pavlov’s work and developed a variety of behavioural procedures for treating his patients who were suffering from phobias. His best-known technique systematic desensitization received an application in clinical hypnotherapy. When I was studying clinical hypnotherapy, the students were applying hypnosis on each other. In the sessions focused on dealing with irrational fears quite a large number of my classmates slipped into the images that are called our past-lives. In about 90% of those who reported to have phobias, recovered after one session of clinical hypnosis. Those who had severe forms of irrational fears had to attend a maximum of two additional sessions. The results were outstanding! Our instructor, Dr. Georgina Cannon introduced past-life regression as a technique that is useful for helping people to deal with a number of health issues. From that time, I started reading a lot about the past-life regression and the reincarnation phenomena.

According to Denise Linn, past-life regression sessions are healing because they allow you to get to the source of your problem(s). She assures that the vast repository of our previous experiences rules us all. Some people call this bank of experiences genetic coding or cellular memory, others – collective unconsciousness. All those who are practicing past-life regression therapy are solid in their view that many compulsions and phobias are rooted in the distant past. For instance, if you have always hated wearing anything tight around your neck, you might discover that you were choked to death in a previous lifetime. However, “[i]t’s not your past-life trauma that causes your present-day blockages; it’s the meaning you give to those events that haunts you through time. And it’s possible to travel back and change the significance of any event, and thus create a time/space domino effect that transforms your present life”.

Our subconscious acts as if it has been programmed like a computer. That’s why, many people cannot explain the fears and phobias they have, even after years of traditional therapy. Sometimes it is only working through traumas experienced during past lives that these problems can vanish.

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