Do You Remember Bridey Murphy?
In 1952, Colorado businessman and amateur hypnotist Morey Bernstein put housewife Virginia Tighe of Pueblo, Colorado, in a trance that sparked off startling revelations about Tighe's alleged past life as a 19th century Irishwoman and her rebirth in the United States 59 years later. Bernstein used a technique called hypnotic regression, during which the subject is gradually taken back to childhood. He then attempted to take Virginia one step further, before birth, and suddenly was astonished to find he was listening to Bridey Murphy.
Are we not left to wonder what waits for us after death?
I remember Bridey Murphy well! When I was a kid, my best friend and I were fascinated by the paranormal, reincarnation, monster movies, anything and everything in short that was weird or fantastic.
The Book, "Searching for Bridey Murphy" was in our neighborhood library and we both devoured it.
Unfortunately, much later it was discovered that as a small child VIrginia Tighe lived across the street from an Irish immigrant woman named Bridey Murphy Corkell who used to tell her stories about her childhood and about Ireland.
Today, most psychologists are satisfied that Virginia was recovering memories from her early childhood, not from a past life. This in itself is interesting, since in other contexts some psychologists claim recovered childhood memories are false. So which is it, you know?
I think that hypnosis CAN recover memories but they can be imprecise and sometimes punctuated by fantasies or fears. I always thought Budd Hopkins pretty much contaminated all his data from the gitgo by making sure all his subjects understood what he expected to hear. But that doesn't mean other hypnotists don't discover credible facts. They just have to be checked.
However, what IS really fascinating is that researchers have also found that people who undergo past live regression in order to address a present day phobia or problem often recover whether or not the past life memory can be proven to be true. I find that absolutely amazing.
My son, who is the youngest in our family (and who is now an adult) used to 'remember' another life when he was very small. When he was an adolescent he twice fell into what looked like a trance and started speaking a foreign language in front of his friends.
Both times he had no recollection of doing this and his friends did not recognize the language, so I guess he could have been 1) speaking nonsense syllables, or 2) making this up, or 3) his friends were pulling his leg. I tend to believe it happened though, gauging from the rest of his childhood. Today he's a totally normal 25 year old. He cooks for a living in a popular local restaurant.
I think it's all really interesting. I have no idea what happens after we die, but I find it hard to believe that we just end, period. It surprises me when people act as though they know for certain that death is just the end, period, when really none of us knows. I suppose it's because so many other people obnoxiously act like they know every detail about what happens, so these two groups react to each other. As for me, I'm thinking death is just the beginning of something else.
I concur with Rockwood, in that it is an alleged fact that through successful hypnotism, or in case one is already a master of self-hypnosis, one could convey a false story as if it were actually true, to the extent that one could delude a lie detector. Hence, hypnosis testimonies were rejected and even banned by Supreme Courts several times, as in Canada and the USA. With so many conspiracy theories around, one can't definitely make his mind about whether it was the making of deep associations like the Illuminati or milder cults who manipulated some hypnotists to extract these kind of occult statements from people with mental disorders (or flunkies bought by these sects) to disseminate their ideology; of governments which aimed to divert the attention of their people to cover a huge scandal or another terrible truth OR the 100% correct testimonies of reborn souls? No need to remind that the rebirth theory is one we tend to approach very carefully because it scares us to death, just like the UFO's. I believe the best way one can draw a conclusion is by experiencing it in person. But obviously that doesn't happen to everybody.
by Violet Flame 6 years ago
Do you have past life memories/ recalls either through meditation, dreams, regression...etc?I have had a few past life dreams and a few from regression. How do you know it's for real?Thank you for any comments, insight, technique or past lives sharing.... xoxo
by Silver Fish 6 years ago
Can you remember a past life?
by docfred22 7 years ago
do you believe in past lives?
by fratjoe18 8 years ago
My favorite memory is meeting my childhood hero Stephen King.
by mindofjulie 6 years ago
What is a childhood memory that makes your heart still leap at the thought of summer?With summer fast approaching I remember my grandfather teaching us how to drink safely from streams. Mudding in my Sunday best and quickly being scolded by my mom ;-) to the thunderstorms that rolled through...
by Margaret Ann Tyler Johnson 7 years ago
How many times do you recall past events? and do you actually know why your recalling incidents, a particular place or location, scents, and ect...?
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