August 31

Regression Review Technique

Regression to Cause Hypnosis


Here’s a technique I learned from comedian, Elvira Kurt.  No kidding! You can use it to get more detail during the uncovering process with clients. When what your client is reporting is somewhat vague or sketchy use this technique it works surprisingly well.  

Watch the video below.  And pay attention around the 8:00 minute because there’s a brilliant moment . . .

Did you catch it?

“I’m 5 years-old.  Been sleeping in my bathing suit.  And I feel fine.”

I call this “The Regression Review.”  Here’s how you can use it in your sessions with clients...  Once you’ve done the regression count back, begin the uncovering process using the first three questions in the uncovering process.

The first 3 questions of the basic uncovering procedure are:

  1. Does it feel like its day time or night time?
  2. Does it seem like you’re inside or outside?
  3. Does it feel like you’re alone or with someone?

These three uncovering questions help the client to associate into the image of the event.  5-PATH calls this “building the Gestalt.”  These questions also give you an opportunity to teach the client to share their first impressions before you start uncovering more emotional content.

The next 3 uncovering questions are about getting more detail about the event.

  1. First sense – how YOUNG might you be?
  2. What’s HAPPENING in this moment your mind now has you?
  3. What FEELINGS are you feeling?

There’s no particular order to the final three questions.  Just work with them according to what comes up in the uncovering process.  For example: 

“How YOUNG might you be that you’re here with Mom?”

“What’s HAPPENING that you’re here in the kitchen?”

“What FEELINGS are you feeling that you’re here alone?”

Notice the use of present-tense language?

HERE with Mom.  HERE in the kitchen.  HERE alone.   This helps to keep the client present and focused in the event. 

Where you use the Regression Review Technique is when the client really isn’t clear about some detail.  So, if you’re not sure what’s happening, or how that might be a problem for the client, or you’re just not sure what to do next, just instruct the client to repeat out loud what they just told you using a “here I am” statement.  “Here I am.  5 years old.  And I feel ….”

This is an autosuggestion technique.  

Have the client do a review of whatever they’ve just told you.  In other words,  “Here I am.  5 years old.  Been sleeping in my bathing suit.  And I feel good!”

Now what are we doing?  We’re validating the client’s perceptions.  We’re validating that they’re there in the event.  We’re validating however young they sense that they are.  And we’re validating whatever feelings their feeling. 

Validating makes the perception more real. 

It also makes the perception more acceptable.  It makes it okay to have that perception which makes more information accessible.  

The next logical step is to ask the next uncovering question, and that is – What’s happening?  So, let’s say the client says, “Here I am.  I’m one-years old.  I’m sitting in the high chair in the kitchen.  I’m feeling bad …”

The next logical question would be – “What’s happening that you’re feeling bad, ONE?” (Calling the Child by his or her age is a 5-PATH technique that helps to keep the client associated into the event.)

Notice I didn’t ask, “Why are you feeling bad?”?  This is because "why" requires reason and logic.  That’s asking the wrong side of the brain.  

That’s calling on the Conscious Mind. And the Conscious Mind doesn’t have the answers.  So it won’t help.  What we want to do is link all these pieces together. One by one.

Uncovering work is a lot like assembling a jig-saw puzzle.  

You get one small piece of information.  And then you go for the next fragment of information.  So, let’s say the next piece the Child reveals is, “Oh.  Mom’s talking on the phone.”

The one-year-old doesn’t know WHY she’s feeling bad.  All she knows is she’s in the kitchen with Mom.  Mom’s talking on the phone.  And those pieces are not connected yet.

So what do you do?

When the client doesn’t understand some aspect of the scene or situation they’ve found themselves in, continue with the uncovering procedure. Do another Regression Review.  Review the whole scene, the full image, and get the next piece. 

When your client stalls out during the uncovering process do a Regression Review.

When you want to associate the client deeper into the event do a Regression Review.

When you want to access more details use the Regression Review Technique.

Simple, right?

The Regression Review is a very useful uncovering technique.  

You can use it any time you want to access more information in an event from the past.  And if you’re not quite sure what needs to happen next, you can do another review.  Let the client’s Subconscious Mind tell you.

The Regression Review Technique is especially helpful when the client seems to “stall out” or lose focus.  You can use it to refocus the client on what’s happening in the event.

Increasing the focus will help to associate your client deeper into the image, thus deepening the hypnosis.  And it can give you access to deeper layers of perceptions, thoughts and feelings which are generating the client’s problem.

All in all, it’s a pretty handy-dandy tool for regression sessions.  So, take it out for a test drive in your next session!  You may be surprised at how easily you can grind down to the underlying issue.

About the author 

Wendie Webber

With over thirty years of experience as a healing practitioner, Wendie brings a broad range of skills to her approach to regression to cause hypnosis. She combines a gentle, yet commanding way of presenting with a thorough, clear and systematic approach to helping healing practitioners to make sense of regression hypnotherapy.