Transpersonal dimensions in healing trauma of the unborn child


This article explores the nature of the unborn child's transpersonal dimensions, including pre-existence, reincarnation, development of the body in utero, prenatal memory, and role at birth. Ancient to modern texts, research and casework are sources of perspectives mentioned. The paper addresses what may be happening in the pre/perinatal experience as well as what can happen in one type of therapy, (i.e., EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), to facilitate healing of pre/perinatal trauma. Concluding comments will reflect an adult client's transpersonal experiences and spiritual unfolding rendered during therapy for healing pre/perinatal trauma.

Third World Congress for Psychotherapy, Jul, 2002, Vienna, Austria, Material for this paper was originally prepared and partially presented orally, with transparencies, at the aforementioned conference under the title of Psycho-Spiritual Dimensions of Healing Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in Adults (MacLean, 2002).






Catherine Anne MacLean

Original Work Citation

MacLean, C. A. (2003, Spring). Transpersonal dimensions in healing trauma of the unborn child. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 17(3), 203-223



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