In the Mission Valley office of Aura Exploration, clinical hypnotherapist and certified past-life therapist Sheila Moore was concluding a past-life-regression session with a female client, who, while leaving, appeared slow-moving and fatigued.
Moore later explained that after being in a deep state of hypnosis, "no one wants to come into that physical body. It's so heavy and cumbersome. One thing that does help to bring people back is something sweet.... We sit and talk, and I offer them a candy."
The energetic, British-born Moore-who immediately emphasizes that she is not a "psychic" but an "intuitive"-studied at San Diego's School of Healing Arts and received "past-lives-regression training" with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH) in Los Angeles. She now specializes in "body energy field," or "aura" interpretation, for which, over the past six years, she has developed her own method.
Moore said much of her philosophy derives from "my teachers and my knowingness," but that she also reads plenty of books with a scientific bent, the views from which she tries to tie in with spirituality. (She described Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber as her "bible.")
Many of the clients and students Moore sees every week seek her help with issues ranging from marital problems to attempts to stop smoking or nail-biting, but most come to learn more about what Moore termed their "life paths" and the connections between current and past lives. During her early work with past-life regressions, Moore said she'd observed clients under hypnosis who would randomly "hop in and out of half a dozen lives" during a session. These days, she asks clients to connect with a lifetime that has special relevance to their current incarnation.
Hypnotized clients can also go forward in time, "but I don't often talk about that. It's sort of too way out for most people," Moore said.
While not familiar with all of her own previous identities, Moore said she knows she's done the same kind of work she's doing now in one or more past lives. That's the reason, in fact, why "you will never ever see me with a turtleneck... or a scarf wrapped around my neck," she maintained.
"I spoke my truth," she said. "I was killed for it-garroted."
In 1998, Moore founded Aura Exploration, where she "continues to create new healing tools by employing some of the latest bio-energy field technology. Clients can see their full body auras change with each thought or feeling, observe changes in their thought fields as they change their perception of and re-action to a problem."
This is achieved via a computer program called the Aura Video Station (first developed in Germany for entertainment purposes). A session with this device is a prerequisite to undergoing hypnosis with Moore because it provides, she believes, a blueprint of her subject's subconscious-essential for progressing to past-life exploration.
During a session, the subject for aura evaluation sits in front of a computer monitor that displays a non-gender-specific human graphic surrounded by an oval-shaped background (representing the energy field surrounding the subject's body).
The fingers and thumb of the subject's left hand are placed in contact with 17 metal sensor buttons, arranged on the surface of a black box hooked up to a computer. This initiates a short period of "calibration" during which the human model and various onscreen charts (with names such as the "Emotiometer") flash color changes spanning the full spectrum.
"[Biofeedback] goes from the biosensor which you put your hands on directly into the computer," Moore said. "You can actually see the body drawing the energy that it needs from certain chakras."
The subject's thought patterns (jagged, suggesting "frustration") and emotions ("confident") are analyzed. Then Moore takes notice of a dull green, darkly rimmed dot located in the chest area of the digital manikin. This, Moore says, indicates the subject has a "sad heart."
"If someone hasn't released memories of past hurt," Moore comments, "there may be a circle around the heart, which means that they're protecting the heart."
Moore takes a large clip and attaches "an energy disk," resembling a blank, stainless steel credit card, over the subject's heart so that the heart can "feed itself" during the remainder of the session.
After further delving into possible past-life connections for this problem area, the subject is pronounced "an old soul" and asks Moore how many lifetimes are necessary for that designation. The answer (thousands) prompts another question: Why-with all the complications and pressures of not just one, but multiple lives-would anyone want to endlessly return and re-experience the whole mess?
Moore's response: "The soul, in its infinite wisdom... plans these lifetimes according to what you need to learn."In Moore's version of the afterlife, "You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you need."