Whether it’s for finding a lost object or taking one last look at the events that caused ongoing emotional discomfort, age regression is one of the most useful techniques in hypnotherapy. We remember distant events far more easily in hypnosis than in a waking state, and our enhanced memory even has a fancy name: hypermnesia.
Usually what we do is assume that the unconscious mind can remember just about anything that ever happened, and so we ask the client to be taken back to the most appropriate event. If you’ve lost an object, the starting point would be “the most recent time where you knew where it was,” while with emotions or behaviors that are giving you trouble, you key on the feeling that’s associated with the problem and find “the very first time you felt these feelings.”
With lost objects, this will get you into the ballpark of of when the item was lost, and you move forward in time until you get a clue about where it went astray, which works much better than usual when you’re in a hypnotic trance. With emotions or behaviors, it gets you to the event that set you up for future repetitions of the problem. In the majority of cases, this turns out to be before the age of ten, and often before the age of five. Every once in a while, people will overshoot this life entirely and end up, completely unprompted and unexpectedly, in a past-life experience.