...and now please... Focus on Your Birthmark...
ATHANASIOS N. KOMIANOS
2, Filellinon St., Corfu, 49100, Greece
Regression therapists use whatever means are readily available to them in order to tune in their clients with their presenting issue. They may focus on a physical pain, an emotion, a "catch-phrase", a slip of the tongue and use it as an affect bridge. In this paper I want to suggest using more of a technique (already in our arsenal), which I find fascinating.(1) That is encouraging our clients to focus on their birthmark (or birth-defect). You will be surprised how many people around us have birthmarks (not moles). Include a question in your intake form and if there is one, you may use it as a trigger to produce regression, if you think conditions are ripe and time is proper. Most of the time you will have wonderful results.
Keywords: survival of consciousness- birthmarks- birth defects - regression- paranormal - metaphysical.
Any responsible practitioner in our field must be prepared literally for everything. When our clients enter altered states we should be open to a vast variety of unlimited experiences reactions and expressions. It seems that a huge stream of consciousness is running underneath us right under the level of awareness, and when we shift our attention to this stream a multitude of possibilities spring up to surface. Their range is tremendous resembling pure Light which when analysed through a prism some parts of the spectrum can be seen while others cannot. But the fact that ultra-red or ultra-violet cannot be seen does not imply that they do not exist. What I' m suggesting here is that from our scope we must come to terms with (what others call) the paranormal or the metaphysical. Simply because one phenomenon is inexplicable or no devices have been manufactured to measure its existence that does not mean it is metaphysical. But we not only as therapists but as researchers as well have to indulge to all the relevant and credible literature offered around us (and there is a lot) in order to be prepared and alert for the multifaceted manifestations of the unlimited. To do this one has to study all schools of thought that deal with this borderline material. At first glance these schools may give the impression to be conflicting but upon further probing one will realize that the time is not far that all this will mould together. So we have the Spiritists versus the Spiritualists, the Parapsychologists versus the Hypnotists, Stevenson's school against Regressionists and so on with each school having its own subdivisions. All of them look upon the others with distrust. My point here is in the spirit of Istanbul. We must start building bridges.(2) In order for us to do it we have to study not only our school of thought but the others as well. By doing that we are building blocks to establish communication. Then it won't be a long time before we shake hands(3)...
So overwhelmingly "possessed" by that spirit, three years ago I was reading Ian Stevenson's Book "Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect". (4) I was impressed if not, shocked by the findings. In short it seems that when a violent unexpected death occurs a part of consciousness of the deceased incarnates to another body (without the necessary catharsis) but at the same time it imposes on the newly acquired body (or, fetus) marks or defects that correspond to the traumas of this premature death. Not only that, but when the newcomers to life reach the speaking age of two or three through statements they make, they reveal detailed information which concerns the former personality. Also, the young children exhibit a strange behaviour unlike that of their peers. Some of them have abilities and skills that have not been acquired by normal means. Others have seemingly inexplicable phobias that cannot be accounted for in the context of biographical experiences. Others may develop gender dysphoria. Stevenson's task with the help of his colleagues was to investigate upon the children's statements and to everyone's surprise most of the cases (we are talking about 2600 from all over the world) matched beyond coincidence or any doubt to the lives of the deceased personalities in question. I would do an injustice to the late Stevenson even to try to summarize fifty years of research and hard work in a paragraph. For an excellent introduction and overview of his work look for Dr. Jim Tucker's book "Life before Life" who is an associate of Stevenson. Why though should we limit ourselves to children's statements?(5)
"...So now as you breathe deeply and relax even more, focus your mind on your birthmark (or birth defect), let your mind reveal how this birthmark developed..." That was the suggestion given to my guinea pig (that is my wife) because if children could recall their former life and the cause of their birthmark why would it not happen for adults also if you regress them? As I was reading Stevenson's fascinating stories it came to my mind that I should try it with adults also so I told her nothing about the book and the impressive findings. My wife has two distinct round birthmarks, one on her hip and one on her thigh so it was now time to understand why. There started an impressive regression by participating at a ceremony of initiation of young Indians now about to become fighters and hunters. They were dancing in circle around a fire singing entranced. The shaman was at the centre of the circle and had in the fire a burning wooden rod, which he used to brand with it each young man at three different spots. No matter how deeply entranced the young man named Hanok (?) was in deep pain and he managed to avoid the third burning brand on his arm to affect him as much. The initiated man distrusted and did not like or respect the shaman at all. After the ceremony he had the right to mate with his beloved girl (Umak?) and it was a rather strange and bizarre feeling for my wife to feel the satisfaction that a male gets through sex. She could not only feel the difference by comparing the sexual feelings of this life as a female to those felt while regressed as a male but also she felt all the passion for her (his) female wife, a feeling that certainly is absent in her current life. The story is long and beautiful with a sad ending like a nice fairy tale. But, did she make all this up, or did she really tune in one of her past incarnations? We will never know. There can never be a way to prove this. There are no written records of those North American Indians and it is too far in the past that no one can provide us with verifiable information. But I will tell you this, the particular regression lasted for more than an hour and a half and it took us another session of about the same time to come to the end of the story. If you were in my shoes, you would certainly feel it in your guts that this was a deep and real regression with extreme detail, feelings and emotions. For her, all kinds of tiny, ostensibly insignificant questions about her behaviour were answered. Why had she been hating white, blonde, Anglo-Saxons all her life? Why did she dislike the English language? Why did she always sympathize with Indians and non-white tribes? For one thing the end of the story is that the "stinking and dirty" white people moved in the West and chased their tribe and killed all of the Indians after they found them, with the help of the Shaman. He became the traitor who gave away their position and fought on whites' side. But she insisted that she (he) was a very good fighter and that his strong point was the throwing of the axe either for hunting or for killing at war. He was in fact the best in the village. So here pops up another question. Is there a possibility to retrieve a skill, which was not acquired in this lifetime? And if so, can we test on this hypothesis? This is exactly what I did. The next day after the second session I took her in the forest gave her a small axe and asked her to throw the axe on a cypress tree. Not only her success rate was overwhelmingly higher than mine with a mean average of eight hits for every ten attempts (mine was a disappointing three to ten) but her style was totally different than mine. I was throwing the axe as if I were trying to pin the dart. She on the contrary was using the momentum of her whole body to guide the axe, a process unlike any other that I have seen even in the movies. Impressive!
"So what", a sceptic would exclaim. "Why did you even bother to share this story with us"? Because it seems there is always a meaningful story behind these birthmarks.
I asked a client of mine who is a painter on his fourth regression session to focus on his birthmark which was located on the right side of his back and had the shape of an olive tree leaf. He immediately found himself in a battle. Named Agon (?) he had taken over a village burned it down and he had ordered his troops to decapitate all the males of the village. The troops were reluctant to execute his order while he had moved for a walk in the forest. At that time a young boy (Thoro ?) hits him with a spear at the particular spot of his birthmark. Agon was shocked, in deep pain and astonished in disbelief. Thoro was an orphan because earlier in his life on another plunder attack Agon had killed both of his parents. Agon did not die there and then. He was found by the villagers and his troops and was thrown into a ditch while still alive. He was buried heavily bleeding with curses, spits, hatred and contempt and finally suffocated. What does his birthmark want to tell him?
In another story a young man was told to focus on his birthmark on the right side of his chest. He found himself standing tied on a place where two blacksmiths were working on metal when one of them placed an iron rod upon the flesh excruciating him till he fainted. But why did this happen to him? He was a worker at a port, probably Southampton, centuries ago but for some reason he was out of work and got extremely hungry and stole a piece of meat at the grocery. He was soon arrested and with no trial he was simply branded. At those times thieves were branded so everyone would know… What does his birthmark want to remind him?
Don't all of these stories remind us of the sad stories discovered in the regression literature? Why should someone come here, pay me and make up such a sad story? Would she do it to satisfy my non-existent suggestions? Dr. Woolger has a motto "Focus on what you dislike". He uses this (and not only this) focusing as an affect bridge to help his client to reach a disabling complex and then proceed with the cathartic therapy.
What I suggest here is to focus on the birthmark or birth defect and use it more often than not, as a bridge to a core issue when needed, or, when other bridges don't work. What do these marks remind us of? What are they representing? Why are they here in the first place? It seems that birthmarks are stamped on our bodies in this life to remind us of "unfinished business" in another lifetime. Like pain, body strains, migraines, phobias, allergies, etc, birthmarks are here to show us that there is a psychic residue, a leftover from the past. They encode messages waiting to be revealed. Could they be a lesson we should never forget? Could these bodily imprints be the physical counterparts of a psychic valence? And if we were to work them out and bring to the surface all the emotional weight and charge and finally relieve our clients would these marks disappear on the next incarnation?
We have to look for the first feeling that comes up in association with the origin of the birthmark. What was the feeling in the Indian story? It was hatred, mistrust, dislike of the Shaman. Where did this feeling lead to? It led to the feeling of betrayal, treachery and dismay. To the feeling of a harmonious and balanced world falling apart, becoming forever history, sealed by the arrogant, disrespectful, expansionism of Western "civilization"…
What were the feelings of our cruel and mean leader? Astonishment, disbelief, dismay. He could not believe what was happening to him. It had never occurred to his mind how mean, harsh and brutal he was on his people. All his current life my client was distrustful of everyone…
What was the lesson of our miserable, hungry thief? Is he to be reminded by his birthmark never to steal again? Woolger would ask what is the story behind the story? I think this should be another story…
I thank Hans TenDam for his comments and remarks: "The word re-mark triggered the question if re-birth marks would exist."
1) At the time I was discovering this technique on my own, I had no idea of the fact that a long time ago Hans TenDam had been already using it in the context of aura exploration. This was a technique he devised to locate and treat psychic charges (TenDam 1996).
2) "Building Bridges" was the title of the second summer school conference in Istanbul of the European Association of Regression Therapists (EARTh).
3) I think a very good job on this respect, has been done by Carol Bowman.
4) At an interview given later Stevenson was asked what was the thing that he regretted more in his life. He replied that he should have never given in to the pressures that were put upon him for the publication of this particular book, which was a summarization - popularization of his magnus-opus Reincarnation and Biology.
5) I suppose that Stevenson would not go that far to employ hypnosis or regression in order to avoid attracting further attacks and criticism from his opponents.
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