Visiting the Past in the Present—Cheryl Tessari’s Hypnotherapy and Reiki Practice
by Stacy Thomas | September 8, 2020, updated 11 days ago
Heartbreak, eight months of depression, and ceaseless quest for knowledge are what has guided Cheryl Tessari towards her truest self—a successful hypnotherapist and reiki master, specializing in past life regression.
Tessari was a devout Christian and bible-study teacher when she had an experience that left her searching for answers—Tessari met an individual who resonated with her on a soul level, and who she was certain was from a past life.
The experience left her shaken and shifted how she viewed the world. It brought with it a deep depression, but Tessari ultimately used it to learn more about that connection, and what it could mean.
Discovering a connection to a past life had presented Tessari with spiritual challenges, but in 2010 another life-changing event would compete with that experience for impact on her life—she nearly died due to a blood clot. This, compounded with the other spiritual challenges she’d experienced, would utterly rock Tessari’s life.
While she worked with a healer to process her near-death experience, Tessari demonstrated an ability to see people’s auras, and find their soul families—which are souls that accompany each person into their life to help guide them, and teach them.
Change was a major theme for Tessari in this time, “I could feel my path shifting, going from a ladies’ bible study teacher to reiki master and psychic medium. That’s quite a contrast.” In 2011 Tessari became a reiki master, and would begin practicing as a medium as she unpacked her skills further and further.
“My level three reiki training was when I started being able to tap into the other side. It was just people that had passed who were trying to come forward [...] I started to meditate, channel, autowrite, do the readings [...] You can’t go through what I’ve gone through and have a narrow mind. You just can’t.”
In 2014, Tessari was able to complete her healing practice by adding hypnotherapy to her skillset. She found hypnotherapy in her pursuit of knowledge, and out of the desire to dive even deeper into the exploration of her past life experiences, and those of others.
“I thought to myself, ‘I need to help other people go through this kind of stuff, and the only way I’m going to be able to help them go through it is with hypnosis.’”
After taking the hypnotherapy program at the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts in Arizona, Tessari began working in clinics, where she began to specialize in helping victims of sexual abuse heal from trauma. Tessari is also a survivor of sexual abuse—
“I had healed from that before coming into this, but the fact that, that was coming to me and those were my clients—it was like the universe was bringing it to me.”
Through age regression and past life regression sessions, Tessari helps her clients connect with formative traumatic experiences, and releases them from the hold they have on their lives.
“When you can help them go through that—and yes they are reliving the experience temporarily—but they’re releasing the triggers, they’re releasing the charge, they can come to a point of forgiveness and understanding and compassion, and then they walk out of the session feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders—because it has, on a soul level. They’ve been carrying it around for years.”
Tessari explains that many people seek out past life regression hypnotherapy because they see certain patterns in their lives or in relationships—the same things that keep coming around again and again—and they want to break them.
Tessari stresses that her role is as a facilitator and guide. She is not the one doing the healing.
“As a hypnotherapist, you just get them to this deep state of relaxation, you just facilitate it, and get them on a soul level and a subconscious mind and higher-self level, and they go through that journey all on their own. I just sit, observe, facilitate, ask questions so they can realize where they are and what they look like, how old they are, what they do, how they died, even their gifts, their tools, their alchemy. It’s very cool to facilitate.”
Tessari explains that the purpose of past life regression therapy is to help people recognize the lessons they’re meant to learn, to advance them on their journey as souls, to a higher level of consciousness.
“We all have a divine life purpose in this lifetime, and as we keep going forward and keep evolving, the whole point of regression and past lives, and coming back is, if you haven’t learned the lesson, you’re going to come back and try it again.”
Tessari strives to help her clients on their journeys through healing and growth. “Every person is here for a reason,” she says. Through hypnotherapy and reiki, she hopes to help them find that purpose.
Stacy Thomas was born and raised among the orchards of the Okanagan Valley. She studied journalism in Vancouver, B.C., and has worked as a reporter in places such as Germany, Ukraine, Northern B.C. and rural Alberta. Passionate about nature, she now lives in Squamish with her partner Nicki and her rescue dog Harley. She is currently a student of creative writing at the University of British Columbia, where she draws comics and writes poetry.