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  • Writer's pictureClare C. Chan

Regression Therapy Series (10) — Fear of Crowds

In a chance encounter, I discussed past-life regression therapy with a client, Charles. He shared his experience from over a decade ago when he sought a hypnotherapist to help him explore the root of his persistent emotional pain through a past-life regression hypnosis session. During the session, he saw himself as a woman in the Middle East, pinned down by many stones, and feeling immense fear. The session ended there, and Charles didn't find it particularly helpful. His claustrophobia persisted and his emotional turmoil continued to plague him. The past-life regression hypnosis led Charles back into the memories of his past life, but it didn't offer therapeutic relief. Despite connecting to his past-life memories, there was no significant relief from his fears, including his claustrophobia or his current emotional struggles. I then shared with Charles my experience using regression therapy to address various emotional problems, which piqued his interest in trying regression therapy to deal with his issues.


Charles mentioned several issues that troubled him in this life, including claustrophobia—such as fear of being trapped in an elevator, fear of crowded places like subways, aquaphobia, and fear of separation from loved ones. He found his fears inexplicable and baseless. He recalls becoming fearful and panicky upon hearing news about children trapped in a cave in Thailand or incidents of stampedes. As a result, he tried to avoid such news or messages and would feel uncontrollable fear if he accidentally came across them. Charles also feared crowded places. Scenes of packed places like subways at rush hour triggered his fear, forcing him to leave immediately to calm his anxiety.


This time, Charles wanted to address his fear of public speaking. Being a successful manager in a multinational corporation, he often had to speak in front of dozens or even hundreds of people. Unfortunately, public speaking was his Achilles' heel.





He first discovered his public speaking anxiety during his university days when he had to present to his entire class, which triggered unprecedented fear. He vividly remembered the near-panic state he was in then. Due to his job requirements, he had to overcome his fear of public speaking, so for the past five years, he worked hard to combat his speech anxiety. His efforts bore fruit, reducing his fear of public speaking from eight out of ten to about three. However, he acknowledged that this remaining fear was a stumbling block in his career. Hence, Charles wanted to overcome his fear of public speaking through this round of regression therapy.


After understanding Charles's feelings when facing a crowd—feeling overwhelmed and scared by the sea of faces under the stage—I used this emotion as a bridge, guiding Charles into the root of his fear. Charles quickly returned to a past life where he was a Roman general. However, he saw himself already deceased. Thus, I guided Charles back to an earlier period to understand the life of this Roman general. He saw and felt himself in uniform standing outside his home, bidding farewell to his beloved wife holding their infant son. He experienced intense feelings of sorrowful separation. However, he knew he had to leave. The scene shifted, and he found himself at a dock, commanding soldiers to board a warship for a distant campaign. But soon, his warship was attacked. Enemies surged from all directions, overwhelming him like a sea of people, severely wounding him and rendering him immobile before throwing him into the sea. He felt his lungs pressured underwater, sinking deeper, and his life ended. At his death, he carried the fear of being crushed by the crowd, the fear of sinking underwater, and the pain of parting from his wife and child.


After understanding Charles's past-life experiences, I applied regression therapy's body therapy methods to release the fear stored in his body. During the process, Charles understood the connection between this past life and various emotional problems he encountered in this lifetime. His fear of crowded places, public speaking, and even his aquaphobia were all related to this past life. He also recognized that the pain of separation in this past life was brought into this life. Whenever he faced separation (e.g., business trips), it always felt like a life-or-death farewell, a feeling that persisted for many years. This regression therapy session brought profound understanding to Charles.


A month later, I contacted Charles to understand if the regression therapy session had helped him. Charles happily shared that he had to give some talks at work after the therapy, but this time, he didn't feel any fear or anxiety. He was very satisfied and expressed his wish to have more regression therapy sessions to help him overcome other emotional problems troubling him for years. I'm delighted that regression therapy was able to effectively and quickly help Charles completely release his fear of crowds, including his fear of public speaking. I hope that future regression therapy sessions can help Charles release other emotional problems that have haunted him for decades.



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