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Children's Sudden Panic Attacks

Trutz HardoA regression therapy case study by Trutz Hardo revealing how a phobia of the sound of cannon fire, relating to a battle in the Civil War, was carried over into the present-day life of a child.

In her book Children's Past Lives, which I recommend to all parents, Carol Bowman explains how she came to accept reincarnation by witnessing the panic attacks of her own children. She had a nine-year old daughter Sarah and a son called Chase.

July 4th, Independence Day in America, is celebrated every year with huge parades, various forms of popular entertainment, dancing and firework displays, and plenty of entertainment for the children. This National holiday was also celebrated with pomp and ceremony in Ashville, North Carolina, where Carol and her husband Steve lived with their children. For the children the day usually ends with youngsters setting off bangers and flares at dusk, before all eyes are drawn to a gigantic firework display that lights up the night sky. While the rockets were being fired into the sky sounding like cannons, and the crowd was cheering with amazement, the little boy Chase suddenly began to cry inconsolably. When his mother asked what had happened he did not answer. She then hugged and comforted him, but the crying did not stop, in fact it became worse.

Carol then felt that the best thing to do was to take Chase home immediately. She told her husband that she would go on ahead. The five-year-old sobbed so much that she had to pick him up and carry him home. Once they got there she sat down in a rocking chair with the boy on her lap. When his crying had subsided a little, she asked him what the problem was and whether he was in pain. He just shook his head. When she asked him whether the rocket noises had frightened him, his tears started flowing profusely again. It took a long time before he finally went to sleep.

His mother came to the conclusion that the crying was due to him having had a long, strenuous day, since he had never behaved like that during the same festivities in the previous years.

Several weeks later the same thing happened again.

The weather was hot, and Carol had taken her two children to a swimming pool, where hundreds of children were shouting loudly, screaming and playing happily. Chase once more began to cry terribly, sobbing and screaming almost hysterically, begging his mother to take him out of there. Once outside the swimming pool premises the five-year old gradually calmed down, but was unable to tell his mother the cause of his upset. When she suggested going back to the swimming pool he refused to go.

Carol now remembered the time he had cried like that at the Independence Day celebrations and asked him whether the noise of the divers jumping into the water and the general echoing noise in the pool had frightened him. Chase nodded. So that was it! Chase had developed a phobia of loud noises. How could this have suddenly developed in him? What would happen if she were not present to comfort him during such a crying fit? What should she do now to help him to overcome this noise phobia as quickly as possible?

As fate would have it, a hypnotherapist came to visit her a few weeks later. This man was holding seminars in the town and was also treating private patients in the Bowmans' home. He also conducted regressions into past lives, which Carol was now interested in finding out more about.

When she was sitting at the kitchen table with Norman, the hypnotherapist and her children, she told him about her son's strange behaviour when subjected to loud noises. She asked him whether he had any suggestions for helping her son. Norman asked her and Chase whether he could do an experiment right there and then. Since they trusted him they both agreed. Norman asked Chase to sit on his mother's lap and close his eyes. "Tell me what you see when you hear the loud frightening noises."

It is a real phenomenon that many children are able to go into themselves in an instant and access their subconscious, where they can retrieve the past-life information stored there. Adults often need a longer phase of inward contemplation to be able to reach the storeroom of their subconscious through the alpha mind state. Children are often able to tune into their inner images with surprising ease if they are not being highly energetic at the time. This may be because we as adults cannot imagine that it is possible to access the subconscious so easily and so automatically create a block which children simply have not developed yet.

Chase immediately began to describe his life as a soldier. He held a gun in his hand which had a sword blade on the end of it (he was describing a bayonet.) "What are you wearing?" asked Norman.

With his eyes closed Chase described that he was wearing torn clothes and brown boots. He described that he was in the midst of a battle and was hiding behind a rock. Now and then he would carefully peep out and shoot at the enemy with his gun.

Carol and Sarah looked at each other in amazement when hearing these statements. Chase had never said anything about war or fighting before now and had shown no interest in playing with toy guns like other boys his age.

He continued to describe what he was experiencing. There were loud bangs going off and flashes like lightning were coming from guns and cannons all around him. Calls and screams were mixed in with the general noise of the battle. With the dust whirling about and the smoke from the gunpowder he could no longer distinguish friend from foe. He was very frightened and shot at everything that moved. He kept saying that he disliked being in this battle where he had to shoot at other people.

It was amazing what was suddenly coming out of the mouth of this five-year-old boy, for he described this battle as if he was really experiencing it right then. How could he know about all this when he had never watched any war films? In films the war is usually glorified, whereas the description Chase was giving them was far from that.

Suddenly Chase shuddered on his mother's lap as he described how a bullet hit him in the hand. He was now holding his painful hand from which blood was flowing. Then he told them how another soldier took him to a kind of field hospital where the wounded had to lie on wooden stretchers. After receiving a makeshift bandage, he was sent straight back into battle with orders to assist in manning the cannon. He talked about his fears and admitted that he missed his family.

He suddenly became restless, opened his eyes, and looked around his familiar home with shining eyes as if he was glad to have escaped the battle unhurt. Then he leapt off his mother's lap and when asked how he felt he said, "Great", grabbed a biscuit and ran into his room.

Everything described here took place during only twenty minutes. Norman was sure that Chase had really relived a past life and that his phobia of loud noises may well have its roots in the life he relived. Had he not gone into that life quite spontaneously when asked to find the cause of his fear?

But Norman suggested that they wait to see whether there were any changes in the behaviour of the boy. He had never worked with such a young person before. He was surprised how easy it had been to transport the five-year-old into the past without the help of any hypnotic induction methods, which he would normally consider indispensable when dealing with other clients.

Sarah remarked that Chase had a patch of eczema in precisely the place that the bullet had hit him in his past life. This reminded Carol that Chase had had this rash on his hand since birth. This rash itched so much that he frequently scratched it until it bled, Carol had often found it necessary to bandage his hand. She had visited several doctors with her son because of this scratch wound, but none of the medications were effective. Even allergy tests gave her no indication of the cause of this irritating sore wound.

You will hear more about scars which children are born with relating to previous lifetimes. In short, birthmarks can be traced back to a past life in which we experienced a painful or even traumatic injury in the place where they later appear as birthmarks. This is usually the case in a so-called 'life spent as a victim'.

You can read about this in detail in my book, "Das Grosse Handbuch der Reinkarnation" (The Great Handbook of Reincarnation). These birthmarks may be dormant in the present lifetime or active such as the wound on Chase's hand.

During regression therapy the subject is asked to go back to the time and place where the root cause can be found which made it necessary for him to experience a traumatic event such as being shot in the hand. This then takes us into a so-called 'life of the victimiser', in which the same soul in a different life and in a different body committed something unloving with that hand. Perhaps he had chopped off someone else's hand, or committed a murder or some other crime with this hand.

Every regression therapist knows from the work he does that the law of karma always sees to it that a just balance is reached. If Chase had brought with him an active birthmark into his present life from which he still suffered, it shows that his karmic debt had not yet been fully paid for with the shot wound received in the war.

This means that some suffering still remained to be experienced in order to finally balance things out. If reliving the past injury should have dissolved the associated painful experience (in this case stored in the hand), then the corresponding karmic debt created in an even earlier life would usually also be dissolved.

Amazing as it may be, this is what happened. Within a few days the unsightly patch of eczema completely disappeared and never came back. At the same time an even greater miracle occurred: the fear of loud noises also vanished for good.

As a regression therapist I witness such miracles almost daily, so it came as no great surprise to me. Clients with all kinds of mental, psychosomatic or somatic disorders and malfunctions are able to experience the origins of their present-day problems, most of which can usually be found in their past lives. They can usually free themselves of these with the help of specific rituals of forgiveness and affirmations suggested to them by the therapist. Frequently a single session with a regression therapist will suffice to bring about the required healing.

The story about Chase does not end here. In the following chapter I will say more about the things that came to light when Sarah experienced a regression with Norman. Carol had made it clear to her children that they were not to talk to anyone about what they had experienced during regression, because they would surely be teased and would probably feel hurt by this. She explained to them that most people in their country were not ready to accept the possibility of reincarnation or memories of past lives.

Much is soon to change in the world in this respect, for the truth is being revealed at an increasingly faster rate, just like germinating seeds that have worked their way through the top layers of earth and now wish to grow bigger as quickly as possible. These seedlings are even happier to grow when there are gardeners present who lovingly water them and talk to them encouragingly.

A year later the Bowman family moved to Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. One day, when they had settled into their new home and the two children had made some new friends among their peers, the six-year-old Chase asked his mother, "Mum, do you remember that time with Norman when I saw myself as a soldier?"

Carol suddenly felt shivers down her spine. Her son had never talked about his past life since that regression with Norman, so she had assumed that he had most likely forgotten everything by now. He told her that during regression he had experienced his past life in detail. He remembered having used a particular dialect, common among blacks. He told his mother, "Yes, I was black." Carol was startled and asked him whether he had fought together with blacks. To this Chase answered, "Yes, black and white soldiers were fighting together." When his mother encouraged him to tell her more, he said that he had told her everything he could remember.

Whatever is spoken about during regression is often only a small part of everything that was actually seen, heard, smelled, tasted or felt by the client. This is why I suggest that you make notes immediately after regression about what has been experienced, for otherwise most of it will soon be forgotten.

Even so, snatches of half-forgotten memories may suddenly surface, like in Chase's case. Had they been able to question him more thoroughly, or had the chance to conduct another regression soon afterwards, he would probably have talked about these events in much greater detail.

After her son had come out with these statements, Carol tried to recall in which war blacks had fought together with whites. According to her son's descriptions the war he had experienced must have been the civil war between 1861 and 1863. But were blacks really recruited in those days?

As chance would have it, the papers published a detailed and richly illustrated article the following day, drawing attention to an exhibition, which portrayed the extent to which black soldiers had been involved in the Civil War. Carol showed her son these pictures and asked him whether they seemed familiar to him, to which he answered a laconic 'Yes'.

A year later, just when the ground troops in the Gulf had taken up arms against Iraq, Chase returned from school telling his mother, "I shall never let anyone force me to become a soldier again!" The boys in his class had been following the war with great enthusiasm on TV and were telling each other excitedly about the latest events. They identified with their compatriots fighting there, seeing them as heroes and role models.

Her son then asked her to conduct another regression with him, so that he could find out more about his past life. Carol had since learnt how to use regression techniques with Norman and Roger Woolger. She had secretly wished to take her son back into his past life once more, but had wanted to wait until he suggested it himself. Now she knew the time had come to do this with him.

We are dealing with an ideal case here, in which a mother who has learnt the regression techniques is able to take her own son back into his past lives in order to find answers to many questions. Under normal circumstances in whom could a child confide more easily than in his own mother? Only later on when children reach their teenage years and begin to have their own secrets, they may feel more at ease with a stranger than with their own mother.

In her book, Children's Past Lives, which has been an important contribution to the research into reincarnation, Carol writes, "I knew from having gone through regressions myself that there was no danger involved. The subconscious, where the memories of reincarnation are stored, chooses precisely what to present to the conscious mind of the person; it allows the person to go as far and as deeply as is necessary but no further."

She asked Chase to lie down and close his eyes. Then she began saying, "Go back to those images that you once saw with Norman, to the time when you were a soldier." This time Carol had a note pad on her lap ready to write down everything he said.

Almost immediately her son found himself in the midst of a battle, once more describing how he is hiding behind a rock only daring to look out once in a while. From time to time, when he thought he saw the enemy, he would point his gun at them and start firing. He was very frightened. Finally a bullet hit him in the wrist and everything went black around him. Until now he had made short statements about what he was experiencing, but now he became silent.

At the time of this event he had fallen unconscious from the injury in his hand. As a regression therapist, if I were to leave him in that state without giving him further suggestions, it could be a long time before he experiences anything else. His unconsciousness may have lasted half an hour or more. This is why in these situations I will often say, "I will count to three and then you will find yourself at the point in time where your next experience occurred."

"What is happening now?" Carol asked. Her son explained how he is being sent back into battle with a bandage on his hand. He was ordered to join a unit that was manning a cannon that was strapped to a cart. The fighting had apparently ceased for the moment. He watched chickens running around on the road, and once again felt the fear of having to be involved in the war. Everyone around him felt the same way.

Mrs Bowman then wrote that she felt inspired to ask her son, who was the black soldier at that time, to go back to the place where he had lived before the war.

Our invisible companions transmit this kind of inspiration to us, these being our inner spirit guides in most cases, for they are extremely keen to help us broaden our consciousness. Each regression serves us in this way.

Then the black soldier told Carol about his life, which I briefly want to outline here. He sees himself in a town with the name 'Colossi' or something similar and the year is 1860 (he even got the year right.) He lives in a suburb of the town where other blacks have settled. He owns a wooden hut with a veranda on which stands a rocking chair. He is about 30 years old and is very happy. He has a wife and two children and is smoking a pipe. He had arrived here as a child in a covered wagon. His work consists of painting, decorating and carpentry. In his spare time he makes clay pots.

Next he sees people in great excitement gathered around a poster on which is written, 'War'. Even though he is unable to read he knows what the word means and what it is about. The poster is calling for men to join the army and fight in the war. He is very excited. After all, this war is all about freeing the many hundreds of thousands of black slaves in the southern states. He signs up voluntarily and signs the papers even though he could not read the contents, which then committed him to serving in the army.

The saddest moment of his life is saying goodbye to his family and seeing his children crying. Finally he returns to talking about the events of the war. While manning his post behind a cannon he is shot and dies instantly. Then he described what happened to him after his death. "I am floating above the battlefield. It feels good to have left everything behind. I can see the battle and the smoke below me."

Most of my clients, whom I guided through experiencing the state immediately after death, floated above their earthly body. All the pain ceases, even if they had been tortured just before death. It is a wonderful state, which is particularly enjoyable if one has had to suffer terrible pain before dying. One then observes everything as if from a higher perspective. The most amazing experience consists of being able to go anywhere one wants to instantly.

Many soldiers who died in the war thought about going home shortly after their death and were instantly transported there. They could see their family and wanted to tell them that they were alright. There are thousands of cases in which the relatives at home could suddenly feel the presence of their husband, father, son, or brother who was apparently still at war. Some could even hear their telepathically transmitted thoughts to comfort them. A day later they would receive a telegram telling them about the death of the person in question.

Chase now continued to describe what he experienced immediately after death. "I am floating above my house and can see my wife and children. I say goodbye to my family. They cannot see me because I am in a spiritual body, but they know that I am dead."

Is it not strange to hear about real-life truths from a seven-year-old, truths about which most priests know nothing and yet try to appear as if they were the only ones to possess them? To whom should we listen more; to the children or the priests?

To his mother's amazement the young boy continued saying, "Everyone has to experience war at some time, because it balances everything out. You don't necessarily have to die in the war, but it is necessary to experience it. You can learn a lot about feelings in that situation. War helps you to understand how others are feeling. War is a terrible thing."

When the human mind is in the 'alpha state', even children will often be aware at a higher level of consciousness. In this state they may come out with things as wise as those spoken by the wisest people on earth. When someone reads channelled material supposedly from beings on the other side, then one could say that this wisdom comes from the subconscious of the medium. Therefore it is debatable whether the material thus transmitted is really based upon any higher truth at all.

By contrast, a child in his everyday state may know very little about how things work on a higher plane and may have great difficulty expressing these truths. So when you are fortunate enough to witness a child talking about this kind of thing while in a trance state, you will begin to wonder whether there is after all some truth in that which is written in many books of wisdom (most of which are repudiated by dogmatic religions).

A nine-year-old girl, who had already experienced a great deal during regression, was sitting with a group of adults one evening. They were arguing with each other about war. On her way to bed the girl said the following, "Wars exist so that we can learn about love."

Then Chase continued, "I avoided the Second World War. I was up there and was waiting to be reborn at a more peaceful time. I had another short life in between that."

So Chase remembered the life as a soldier that had been prior to another life. Most of the children, which professor Stevenson examined on account of their past-life memories, described the life immediately before their present one. It would be interesting to see whether Chase's incarnated soul also carried the same "active" birthmark on the hand in that other life in between.

Based on my research up to now, I must assume that we carry birthmarks around with us on the relevant areas of our bodies until the messages relating to the birthmarks have been fully understood by the soul and are therefore dissolved.

Then Chase opened his eyes again. He felt really good, leapt to his feet and disappeared into his room where he was building something with his new Lego set. Carol was speechless and remained seated. What had he meant by 'up there' where he waited until his present incarnation?

Even among people who believe in reincarnation, there often seems to be a great deal of confusion and half-baked knowledge passed around which is marked by prejudice instead of true knowledge. By means of regression, even if only children are chosen for this, we come to a new understanding of how things really work in this arena.

The Indians, for example, still believe that humans reincarnate as animals. I have never seen any evidence of that in the numerous regressions I have facilitated. Rabbi Luria, who lived and was teaching in the 16th century, claimed that as a Jew you would always be reincarnated as a Jewish person. I have regressed many of today's Jews and have seen for myself that this is not true. Regression will put an end to such erroneous ideas. Many others assert that one is forever reborn to the same people, the same race, the same religion or the same family. The example of Chase having been black in his former life is proof enough that this is not so.

If Carol Bowman now took the chance that presented itself to her through the extremely good regression qualities of her son, she could lead him during regressions *among other things into the planes 'up there' where we dwell in-between lives and could find out more truths from him than all the books of academia and churches combined have ever given mankind.

She did indeed conduct several other regressions with her children and gained a lot of insights into things that were new to her. After Chase had experienced death in another life Carol asked him about what happens when we die.

The seven-year-old replied, "When you die you can choose what you want to do. You can have another look at scenes from the life you have just lived, in order to gain answers to questions relating to that life. You can choose to see what happens to the people you have left behind, and you can return to them in spirit form and say goodbye and then observe what becomes of them in the future. If you see that everything is going alright for them you are then free to leave the earthly plane."

Carol emphasised that these were the exact words her seven-year-old had used. The only way to describe it is, 'unbelievable but true'. Even so she continued to ask Chase what happens if one sees someone one loves having problems. The boy whose consciousness was broadened explained with his eyes closed that it was possible to return to loved ones in a different body - he meant the astral body - in order to be with them. It was possible to move very quickly in this new body. You could choose to float to any place you used to live, in order to watch what happens on earth. Yet you live in a different time than on earth. After that you go back to heaven before deciding to return to earth in a physical body.

In this way our children can become like living books containing secret treasures and occult knowledge, if only we learn to open these books and read what is written there with an open heart. Carol Bowman, who grew up in an orthodox, Jewish family admits that the regressions she experienced served as a turning point



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Trutz Hardo is Germany’s best-known regression therapist and the author of many books, including the ground-breaking Seven-Colour Novel and Children Who Have Lived Before.
Children Who Have Lived Before
Children Who Have Lived Before
by Trutz Hardo

In this book children talk convincingly about their past lives. Subjected to scientific scrutiny and verification, their statements are invariably confirmed in every detail.

"The case for reincarnation moves up a notch in this absorbing, unique title, packed with case histories and reflections on how children's statements were verified." -- Midwest Book Review

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