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Dolores Cannon & her Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique

Dolores Cannon (1931-2014) was an American self-trained Dolores Cannonhypnotherapist who specialized in past life regression and something she called Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique (QHHT). She founded her own publishing company--Ozark Mountain Publishing, LLC in Huntsville, Arkansas--and published numerous books about her alleged contacts with Nostradamus, extraterrestrials, Jesus, and many other topics, which include:

the power of the human mind, what consciousness really is, the power of our thoughts and intentions, parallel universes, alternative realities, lost civilizations, ancient history, Earth mysteries (such as the Bermuda Triangle, Stonehenge and the Loch Ness Monster), details the experiences of people who were regressed to lives on other planets, beings who are made entirely of energy, how reality is merely a holograph, how we are fragments of multifaceted souls, lives in non-human bodies (as plants, animals and insects), how much help is being given to the Earth and humanity as we move through this period of transformation and maturity. How many people who live on Earth now are Volunteer Souls who have incarnated on Earth at this time to help raise the vibration of the planet and its inhabitants.*

Leaving no stone unturned, Cannon claims to have found the cure for cancer as well as

Cartilage being reconstructed between joints; AIDS being cured and eradicated from the body; Heart conditions being healed, afterwards surgery is no longer required; Deteriorated livers being regenerated and restored to full function; Damaged kidneys being regenerated and restored to full function; Open flesh wounds being regenerated with no scarring; Migraines being explained and their root causes removed; 20/20 vision being restored where people no longer need corrective vision; Diabetes being cured and the causes for it explained; Intestinal problems being cured; Lower and middle back problems being cured; Neck and shoulder pains being removed; Lung associated problems being cured; Skin problems.*

Cannon discovered all these medical marvels through hypnosis and entering the subconscious mind of her clients. No medical experience is necessary to cure cancer or AIDS, apparently. There are now hundreds of QHHT practitioners trained in her hypnotic methods plying their trade around the globe without any medical background or training.

According to the biography of Cannon on the dolorescannon.com website, her first encounter with reincarnation came in 1968 when a woman she'd hypnotized "unexpectedly began describing scenes from a past life where she was a flapper, living in Chicago in the roaring 1920s."

Over the next several months, Dolores and [her equally self-taught husband] Johnny regressed the woman through five different and distinct lifetimes back to when she was created by God. The entire story of this event is told in the first book Dolores ever wrote, Five Lives Remembered (2009). These sessions took place at a time when past life regression was a nearly unheard of concept. There was no New Age movement yet ... and there were simply no books, instructions to guide, or resources she could use for a case like this. 

It may be true that the Cannons regressed this woman back to when she was created by some god, but it is not true that past life regression was "nearly an unheard of concept" in America in 1968. Nor is it true that the New Age movement had not yet begun. It is simply false that Dolores Cannon had no book to guide her in her newfound career. Morey Bernstein, a businessman in Pueblo, Colorado, had published The Search for Bridey Murphy in 1956 and it was a best-seller by the time Cannon decided to jump on the bandwagon. Bernstein, also a self-trained hypnotist, began his past life regression sessions with Virginia Tighe (called Ruth Simmons in the book) in 1952. Under hypnosis, Tighe spoke in an Irish brogue and claimed she was Bridey Murphy, a 19th-century woman from Cork, Ireland. While under hypnosis, she sang Irish songs and told Irish stories, always as Bridey Murphy. She gave a birth date as 1798, described her childhood in a Protestant family in the city of Cork, her marriage to Sean Brian Joseph McCarthy, and her burial in Belfast in 1864. Investigations by independent parties were unable to find any evidence of a Bridey Murphy in Ireland during the nineteenth century, but an American newspaper, the Chicago American, found a Bridie Murphey Corkell in Wisconsin in the 20th century.  She lived in the house across the street from where Virginia Tighe grew up. What Virginia reported while hypnotized were not memories of a previous life but memories from her early childhood. Whatever else the hypnotic state is, it is a state where one's fantasies are energetically displayed. Many people were impressed with the details of Tighe's hypnotic memories, but the details were not evidence of past life regression, reincarnation, or channeling. They were evidence of a vivid imagination, a confused memory, fraud, or a combination of the three.

The reincarnation fad that started more than a decade before Dolores Cannon began to cash in on the phenomenon was not the only New Age fad that Cannon glommed and made her own. Later books latched onto the channeling fad as she claimed Nostradamus was providing her with interpretations of his prophecies. She latched onto the UFO and alien visitation fad as well. Eventually, she claimed to be in contact with beings who created our planet and she offered a bizarre cosmology on par with L. Ron Hubbard's story of Xenu, an alien leader who led a contingent of space ships to Earth 75 million years ago. The great leader parked the ships around volcanoes and blew them up. Something of these annihilated aliens remains as a sort of "original sin" to be passed on by humans, causing us continual spiritual harm. According to Cannon, we all come from the source.

Whatever else one might say about Dolores Cannon, she is the poster child for the New (Dark) Age, excelling at numerous New Age hallmarks: hypnosis and past life regression, channeling, Nostradamus, UFOs and aliens, an original cosmological myth, and a method for healing every disease known to man. She even added the word 'quantum' to her healing technique, though there is nothing quantum about it at all. Furthermore, she has created a small army of practitioners to carry on her work. Many people find her work inspiring. I find her work on par with that of Albert Abrams, Rosemary Althea, George Anderson, Zé Arigó et al., Arnall Bloxham, John Brinkley, Rosemary Brown, Sylvia Browne, Theresa Caputo, Edgar Cayce, Deepak Chopra, Allison DuBois, John Edward, Esther and Jerry Hicks, JZ Knight, T. Lobsang Rampa, James Van Praagh, and Patience Worth.

Whether Dolores Cannon was a charlatan, a fraud, or a sincere delusional person, I can't say. That she cured cancer and AIDS is as likely as her communicating with spirits of dead people or her rising from the dead to lead the armies of the lord in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

See also subjective validation.

further reading

Why do people believe in the palpably untrue?

Evaluating Personal Experience

Defending Falsehoods

Energy Healing: Looking in All the Wrong Places

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