Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted November 14, 2010

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My Past Life Regression Therapy Training With Dr. Brian Weiss - Part 2

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It is not my intention to convince anybody that reincarnation is something that happens to each of us. For those of you who are cynical, I encourage you to temporarily turn off the logical, analytical part of your mind and just let the events described in this blog bathe your consciousness. There will be time enough later to be judgmental and critical.

Keep in mind that perhaps it doesn't matter if reincarnation is real and if past life regression is a true phenomenon if we learn something from the experience, if it enlightens us, if it makes us wiser, more loving, more mindful, and more present. After all, that is the whole point of being here: to make sense of this life, to maximize our experiences, and to grow in wisdom and love.

On the first day of the past life regression therapy workshop, Dr. Weiss did a group regression. Then and throughout the week, approximately two-thirds of the 129 participants experienced past lives. Many of them shared those experiences in great detail and it was all very profound, moving, enlightening, and inspiring, not to mention mind-boggling.

I, personally, was unable to be regressed during the first few days. Dr. Weiss explained that some of us are very left-brained, very analytical, critical and judgmental, and that this often prevents some of us from initially going into an hypnotic state and recovering memories from past lives.

Despite my being one who embraces the unknown and the inexplicable with an open mind and open heart, I'm also a psychiatrist with a job that requires judgment and critical analysis, which is why Dr. Weiss's explanation for my difficulty regressing resonated with me.

Nonetheless, during the first regression exercise I did have an image that came into my mind two times. It was shocking to me because I have always been inept at visualization and imagery. The image that came to mind was that of two cupped hands. More on this later.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." ~ Shakespeare

On the first day, Dr. Weiss also did a psychometry exercise during which people were paired up, personal items were exchanged, and each individual had the goal of acquiring information about their partner based upon the object they were holding in their hands.

The impressions I received were sparse and fleeting: A small brown and white dog growling. A howling wind. The word book came to mind. And the left side of my face was tingling and hot for several seconds.

When the exercise was over and I shared what I had experienced with my partner, he did not relate to any of it. Dr. Weiss remarked that sometimes, even though we are focused on our partner's object, we may pick up images and experiences from the minds of others in the room.

And with that, Dr. Weiss described what he and his wife Carole had observed during the break prior to the psychometry exercise: He and Carole were walking through the woods. The wind was howling and they observed a small brown and white dog growling while chasing a buck through the woods.

I commented that the words buck and book are similar. Dr. Weiss concurred that words can get distorted in these situations. He also said that while observing the dog chasing the buck he had also observed a man who seemed to have something wrong with the left side of his face.

On the fourth day, Dr. Weiss offered to do a past life regression on individuals who had had no past life experiences. I volunteered to be one of these subjects.

During the break, prior to this happening, I decided to kill some time by walking through the bookstore. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the back room of the bookstore and, upon looking down, saw a perfect replica of the two cupped hands I had envisioned during the first regression exercise on the first day. The sculpture was titled, "The hands of God."







After the break, when I was on stage with Dr. Weiss, we decided that it would be best if he used a rapid induction technique rather than the progressive relaxation technique he had been using during the group regressions so that my analytical mind would have less time to be distracted and derail me.

This rapid induction was a shocking experience for me. I had seen it performed on other people and never, in a thousand years, did I think it would work on me, but it did! Within a matter of seconds, I fell back in the chair and was in a deep state of relaxation.

Dr. Weiss decided to use the image of the hands as a starting point. He remarked that when people have hands they usually have feet as well, and he guided me to look down at my feet. The imagery I received was not clear. It was difficult to discern. It was as if I were looking through a thick fog.

Nonetheless, I did get the sense of feet in leather sandals, that I was a man, and that I was wearing a garment of cloth. When Dr. Weiss asked me why I was cupping my hands, I perceived I was by a river and that I was cupping my hands to give water to my dying dog who was laying on the ground beside me.

When he asked me to fast forward in that lifetime I found myself alone. The dog had passed. I felt very sad. Dr. Weiss asked me if there was a lesson from that lifetime. The word "Love" entered my mind. He suggested that I would receive additional information regarding that life and he advised me to signal him with my left index finger when I had finished receiving the information, which I did.

Was the experience real or did I imagine it?

As far as I'm concerned, it's a moot point: When the regression was over and I opened my eyes, I was in an elevated state of consciousness. I was euphoric and giddy. I was giggling uncontrollably for several moments.

Several of the workshop participants who had observed my regression commented that when I was on the stage at the beginning of the regression I had appeared anxious, contracted and pale, and that afterwards I appeared radiant and joyous.

When one of the participants asked about the additional information I received during the regression, this is what I shared with them: "Love others fully and with all your heart and do not fear disapproval or rejection. Do not hold back. The more you give the more will be returned to you." People applauded. People were exhilarated. People were inspired.

The rest of that day and the following day as well I experienced an incredible lightness of being. I was relaxed and joyous, I was truly in the moment, feeling very mindful of all the blessings in my life and feeling great love for those around me.

I truly was transformed by the experience and not just for a few days afterwards. When I returned home to the business of my life I was different. I am different.  I am calmer, less reactive, more appreciative, more patient, more loving, and more devoted to the care and well-being of others. My soul journey has changed me forever.



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Very interesting, Dr. Jacobson. What were the regressions like of others who may have shared with the group? How did they vary? Did some people have a lot of detail or even see themselves as an identifiable individual from the past?


There was a wide range of experiences. And, yes, some people had a lot of detail, and some did see themselves as identifiable individuals in the past, in very specific locations and described intense events occurring over time... i am too tired right now to share my recollections. I will respond with more specifics tomorrow....


Just curious, maybe another article in this? :-)


i'll see what i can do.


your suggestion is a good one, jeff. i was reluctant at first because there's only a million or two things i've got on my list to do, but this is a good idea and i will do it. may take a week or so but it'll be worth the wait.. thanks!


14 years ago I had a past life regression with Dr Weiss, and it truly was life-changing. It was not a private session, but an Omega weekend retreat. Not only did I get to touch on a few different lifetimes from my past, I also was given the opportunity to see my Dad, who had passed away a few years before. Not only was that wonderful and unbelievable, but my Dad introduced me to this incredibly pure white luminescence light .... that I knew to be God.


thank you, kathie, for sharing your experience... you are very fortunate.....


"Love others fully and with all your heart and do not fear disapproval or rejection. Do not hold back. The more you give the more will be returned to you." Indeed! Thanks for posting about your experience, Dr. Jacobson!


Has it occurred to you that transmigration is at once an explanation and a justification of the evil of the world?" wrote W. Somerset Maugham in The Razor’s Edge.

"If the evils we suffer are the result of sins committed in our past lives, we can bear them with resignation and hope that if in this one we strive toward virtue our future lives will be less afflicted."

Reincarnation IS compatible with Christianity. The NT describes one as a spirit, entangled in a body of flesh. The NT distinguishes between the carnal and the spiritual. “It is the Spirit that giveth the body life,” taught Jesus, “the flesh profit nothing.” (John 6:63) Paul taught Jesus had both an earthly and a spiritual nature (Rom. 1:3), and referred to his own spiritual self. (Rom. 1:9)

The spirit is a prisoner to sin and the flesh in a body doomed to death. (Rom. 7:18-24) Christians are to behave in a spiritually, rather than in a fleshly way. (Rom. 8:4; 13:14; I Peter 2:11) The desires of the Spirit and those of the flesh are opposed to one another. (Gal. 5:13,16-17) Christians have “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires;” they “live by the Spirit” and are “directed by the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:19-26)

To be carnally minded is to die. One must transcend one's lower, bodily nature. (Rom. 8:5-14) Saving the spirit of an individual differs from the destruction of the person’s flesh. (I Cor. 5:5)

God’s kingdom is not carnal, but spiritual: “...flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, neither does the perishable inherit the imperishable...For this perishable must put on imperishability and this mortal must put on immortality. (I Cor. 15:50,53)

The body is like a lump of clay. (Rom. 9:21; II Cor. 4:7) The body decays, but the self is renewed in spiritual life. (II Cor. 4:16-17) The body is a temporary tent in which the spirit resides; the spirits of the faithful will soon be clothed in everlasting, heavenly bodies. (II Cor. 5:1-3) The spirit resides inside a body of flesh. (II Cor. 10:3) To identify with the body is to be absent from the Lord. (II Cor. 5:8-10)

Paul wrote of being “caught up as far as the third heaven...whether in the body or out of the body I do not know...” (II Cor. 12:2-3)

Being with Christ differs from remaining “in the body;” one’s self is separate from the physical body. (Philippians 1:21-24) Christians are to set their sights on heavenly, not earthly things, and to put to death their earthly nature. (Col. 3:1-5)

The flesh decays, but the word of God is eternal. (I Peter 2:23-25) To love this world is to alienate oneself from God’s love, because the passions of this world are temporary. (I John 2:15-17) This world belongs to the devil (II Cor. 4:4); this present world is evil (Gal. 1:4).

God rewards each individual according to his deeds. (Rom. 2:6) One reaps what one sows. (II Cor. 9:6; Gal. 6:7) Some souls remain entangled in decaying flesh, while others turn to the Spirit. “The one who sows for his own flesh will harvest ruin from his flesh; while the one who sows for the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit.” (Gal. 6:8)

A kernel of spirit is placed in a body:

“...God gives it a body as He plans, and to each seed its particular body. All flesh is not the same; but one kind is human, another is animal, another is fowl, and another fish.” (I Cor. 15:38-39) The NT also distinguishes between earthly bodies and heavenly bodies. “There are heavenly bodies and also earthly bodies; but the radiance of the heavenly is one kind and that of the earthly is another kind.” (I Cor. 15:40)

Resurrection in the NT is not the reassembling of dust into living bodies, but rather, the clothing of the spirit with a new body; the placing of a kernel of spirit into a new body, from where its existence continues.

The NT emphasizes the distinction between the soul and the body, the clothing of the soul with a new body, and the eternal nature of the soul and its relationship to God versus the temporary nature of the flesh and the material world. These concepts can all be found in the doctrine of reincarnation.


thank you, vasu, for taking the time to elaborate and detail the references to reincarnation... my understanding, according to brian weiss, is that there were many references to reincarnation in the bible at one point in time, early on, that were very clear and that they were removed by some council of priests who didn't want the masses to believe in reincarnation because then they wouldn't be as easy to control; much better to have people believe in an eternal hell rather than eternal spiritual journeys, so they censored the passages out of the bible


Dear Walter & Kathie,

I have read all of Dr. Brian's books and have recorded his relaxation and regression script on my mobile and have been listening to it everyday for past few weeks in the hope of an experience . I do get deeply relaxed, no doubt, but so far, a past life experience is till eluding me. Since both of you are fortunate to have experienced it, please advise me . I live in Mumbai, India. If you know somebody in India, who might have attended Dr. Weiss's sessions, please do let me know. I'd greatly appreciate any other helpful tip .

Regards, Neha

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