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The book chronicles my healing journey after a chance past life regression and the results of the current study. My book is available at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com in print and e-book format for kindle and nook.
Why We Are Here The concept of “reincarnation” or “past lives” carries many cultural, religious, and historical interpretations. It is not our aim to necessarily support any of these interpretations. The only postulate required to introduce reincarnation into the realm of rational inquiry is that information or memories of human experience survive, in some form, physical death and that this information can influence another physical human being. While no scientific theory can yet fully explain a mechanism for this, no scientific theory can yet preclude it. It is in the framework of this narrow interpretation that we investigate and use the term “past lives.”
How reincarnation arose, evolved, and was eventually dismissed by mainstream Western culture is a long and winding tale, one that reveals more about our hopes and fears than the concept itself. Reincarnation and past life memories is, for most of us, an unsettling mystery. It is hard to penetrate because there are few good one-stop sources of unadulterated information. The wheat seems almost impossible to sort from the chaff. The evidence for past lives often seems compelling, but there is no “smoking gun” that convinces the demanding skeptics. It is precisely this absence of “proof” that has allowed us to turn reincarnation and past life phenomenon into a Rorschach ink blot, an amorphous shape onto which we have projected our hopes, fears, and cultural myths. In the process we have made it difficult, if not impossible, to soberly and rationally inquire into its reality or true nature.
If we admit that our current scientific models of reality are incomplete, is the possibility of previous lives really so hard to entertain? And to do so in a rational or scientific manner? Perhaps it is not as hard to scientifically investigate as much as it is culturally and religiously hard to accept. To admit it into serious consideration would rub many of us the wrong way. And so we stigmatize, ostracize, and even demonize the thought of it. No real scientist would risk her reputation on raising it as worthy of serious investigation.
At the PLR Institute we believe that a good starting point for past life research is to follow some historical scientific precedents in areas that once shared the same ground. Let us begin by simply making cautious observations, careful data collection and measurements, and refrain from overextended interpretations and theories. Once plenty of consistent and repeatable data are present, then more scientists may become confident that a real unexplained phenomena is occurring. We and others can then begin to look for patterns that might point toward further experimental investigations and/or begin to suggest plausible theories for it’s occurrence.
“It is important to document the validity of past life regression therapy. Heather Rivera’s research has made an important contribution to this field, and I applaud her work.”-— Brian L. Weiss, M.D., author of Many Lives, Many Masters.
“Dr. Heather Rivera has written a much needed book for those interested in past life therapy or those practicing it. Her fine book is based on quantified research, rather than strictly case studies. It is a scholarly work that furthers the understanding of this extremely efficient therapy. – Edith Fiore, Ph.D. (Retired Psychologist) Author of You Have Been Here Before.
”Understanding how past lives impact our health is one of the most important movements for medical science, and Dr. Rivera leads the way.” -Charles Knoll, M.D. VP and Co-Director for the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies.
“Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera is one of the most remarkable torch-bearers of our times, bringing light into the dark recesses of our over-soul to which we are all connected into the universal oneness, through her scholarly quantifying research on reincarnation and past-life regression. She makes skeptics see and hear, and places the scientific dots on reincarnation and past life regression in such a convincing personal and touching way, by being the real experiencing person behind the rigorous scientist. Most would identify with her story and many will come to accept the truth of reincarnation and its healing and unifying power in our troubled world. A time will come soon when past-life experiencing and practicing will be required in the training curriculum of all helping professions, and common place with all people, for peace, tolerance, love and healing, for the good of humankind.” Adrian Finkelstein, MD, Former UCLA Psychiatry Professor Researcher and author on reincarnation and past-life regression www.adrianfinkelstein.com
“Healing The Present From The Past is an important addition to the books on past life regression therapy. I found it to be an extremely interesting read and powerful on many levels. First, in terms of Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera’s telling of her personal journey using past life regression therapy to heal herself of chronic physical conditions. Secondly, in terms of her sharing stories from other people whose past life regression experiences have empowered them, healed them and changed the way they approach life as well as death. Thirdly, in terms of the rigorous work she has done to quantify the positive effects people have had with past life regression therapy. It’s one thing for people to read about personal accounts of healing through past life regression therapy. It is another thing to see data that has been meticulously collected and organized which clearly demonstrates that something profound is happening when past life regression is utilized as a therapeutic technique. If one has doubts as to the efficacy of this treatment modality, Dr. Friedman Rivera’s book will likely eliminate those doubts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to people in the general population who want to get a greater understanding of this phenomenal treatment and to practitioners in the therapeutic community who may be reluctant to examine past life regression therapy and utilize it in their practice.” Walter E Jacobson, MD Psychiatrist, Speaker & Author of Forgive To Win!