Fears and Phobias
By Julia Ingram
“I’m in so much pain I can’t stand it. I’m screaming to the doctor to help me.” My regression client was clearly in pain. “Move out of that body and just observe what is going on,” I said. “I gave birth yesterday. I didn’t want to come to the hospital. I wanted the midwife. We know that mothers and babies die here—but this baby was breach. He said I had to come. But I have a very high fever and I feel like there’s fire in my womb.” She gasped and had difficulty just observing the scene. I asked her if she survived this ordeal and she shook her head no, so I prompted her to move quickly past her death.
She wept, “they didn’t know about germs. They didn’t use sterile instruments or even wash their hands between patients. They spread disease and death in the hospital. If they had known… if they had just washed their hands, my baby and I wouldn’t have died!”
This client washed her hands a hundred times a day until they were raw. She sterilized her kitchen utensils and her home reeked of Lysol. She had been diagnosed with a germ phobia and as obsessive-compulsive. Once she had recalled this lifetime of death by infection, she understood her fear of bacteria and her need to keep her environment germ free. She saw the cause and let it go. The tragedy did not belong in her current life. Part of her recovery was to show her past-life self that modern medicine and moderate personal hygiene prevents most infection and that most infection is easily treatable with antibiotics. She stopped the compulsive behaviors because the fear disappeared.
Strong emotions from previous lifetimes sometimes carry over into one’s current life. Because the emotions are tied to events from another life, the emotions don’t make sense to the person experiencing them. When something doesn’t make sense we judge it as nonsense or worse, as crazy. Psychologists call phobias irrational fears, which make the victim of this troubling problem feel, well, irrational and bad about themselves. Some common phobias are fear of closed spaces, fear of germs, fear of water and fear of high places. Any overwhelming fear which seems to have no basis in experience is a phobia, as differentiated by a traumatic event. For instance, if as a child you had fallen out of a boat and nearly drowned, that was a traumatic event. If in the years to follow you’d had a fear of water, your fear would understandable—it is tied to an event you know about. It’s the traumatic events you don’t know about that may be labeled phobias.
The source of the fears and phobias I have treated, are traumatic events or death in a past life, or repressed memories of trauma in the present. There are NO irrational fears, just undiscovered stories that are nevertheless effecting one’s emotions.