Traditional Naturopathy recognizes that conventional medicine has value for individuals who are injured, suffering from trauma, suffering from congenital or genetic disorders, and otherwise need a highly-trained individual who can intercede to help them survive and recover. The traditional naturopath practices in a complementary fashion by applying natural means to improve the patient's health. Through application of good dietary and lifestyle practices, combined with the addition of modalities such as herbalism (American & Chinese Herbalism), bodywork (Clinical Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Therapeutic Massage, etc), spiritual and mental exercises, this type of naturopath enables an individual to take ownership and better control of his or her own health and well-being. Naturopaths consider these practices as being complementary rather than alternative. Traditional naturopaths are trained to work with individuals who can, by application of these techniques, either enhance or regain their good health. Traditional naturopaths do not diagnose and they do not treat diseases. For these, they rely on medical doctors.
Traditional naturopaths believe there is a crucial relationship between the body, mind, and spirit and by using methods and practices that they believe have been successfully applied for centuries and in many societies, traditional naturopaths attempt to empower individuals to regain ability to live in the best possible state of health. Traditional naturopaths and medical doctors can work with the same individual cooperatively in order to help the patient recover.
The basic tenets:
The healing power of nature
The healing power of nature, that the body has the ability to heal itself and it is the practitioners role to facilitate this natural process.
Identify and treat the cause
The underlying root causes of disease must be removed for complete healing to take place. These root causes can exist at many levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. It is the physician's role to identify this root cause, in addition to alleviate suffering by treating symptoms.
Treat the whole person
Every individual deserves a personalized healing plan, and all the complex factors affecting a person's health and illness should always be considered.
The practitioner as teacher
It is the role of the practitioner to educate an individual and encourage that individual to take responsibility for their own health. This cooperative relationship between practitioner and patient is essential to healing.
The ultimate goal of the naturopathic practitioner is prevention. The emphasis is on building health not fighting illness. This is done by fostering healthy lifestyles.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a science that correlates metabolic systems, glands, organs, and areas throughout the body to reflex points on the feet, hands, body and ears. By applying various specific pressure techniques to these reflex points the reflexologist can have an affect on the corresponding body part. The affect that reflexology has on the targeted part of the body is increased circulation, a reduction of stress, balanced para sympathetic to sympathetic response along with other benefits that promotie healing throughout the body.
What Does Reflexology Do?
Reflexology promotes more than just increased blood circulation in the body, it also promotes:
- lowers high blood pressure
- increased circulation in the limbs
- increased digestive performance
- balances hormone production
- helps detoxify the body on a cellular level
Reflexology Sessions for Specific Illnesses
Because reflexology can be targeted to specific regions, systems and organs in the body, the therapy is able to assist those suffering from various illnesses. Individual responses to reflexology therapies to address certain health concerns can vary, but at a minimum the stress reduction is worth the time invested.
Reflexology has been known to help the following health issues:
- Contraindications from Cancer Treatments
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Reflexology if not intended to replace medical treatment. Its function is not to treat or diagnose for any specific medical disorder, but to advance better health and well being. Reflexology should not be likened to a massage or any other kinds of manipulative approaches.
The History of Reflexology
This is a brief synopsis regarding the main points and key figures relating to Reflexology.
Reflexology dates back to ancient civilisations such as Egypt, India and China, but this therapy was only introduced to the West in the early 20th Century.
The oldest documentation of Reflexology comes from a pictograph in the tomb of an Egyptian Physician Ankhmahor (2500-2330 B.C.) at Saqquara near Cairo. The pictograph at the right shows two men working on the feet and hands of two other men. The hieroglyphics above the scene read‘ Do not let it be painful’ says one of the patients.‘ I do as you please’ the practitioner says
In China there is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy being practiced as long ago as 4,000 B.C., and the North American Indians have practised a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.
Had it not been for the enquiring medical minds in the late 19th and 20th centuries, the modern understanding of foot reflexology might never have happened.
Dr William Fitzgerald
Dr William Fitzgerald USA 1872-1942 was an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon. He practiced in the USA, briefly in London and Vienna for 2 years. He was the founder of “Zone Therapy”, an early form of reflexology.
Through research he discovered that if he exerted pressure on the tips of the toes or fingers, a corresponding part of the body would be anaesthetised.
From this theory he divided the body into 10 equal zones running from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. He found that by applying pressure using tight bands of elastic on the middle section of each finger, or by using small clamps that were placed on the tips, he could carry out minor surgery using this technique only. These were very controversial ideas at the time.
He wrote publications such as “To stop that toothache – squeeze your Toe” and “Zone Therapy or Relieving Pain in the Home”.
The next important person that played a major role in developing Reflexology was EUNICE INGHAM (1889 -1974) USA “The Mother of Modern Reflexology”
She was a Physiotherapist who worked in a Doctors practice and she used Dr Fitzgerald’s Zone Therapy method. However, she felt that the therapy could be more effective on the feet than the hands.
After extensive research she evolved a map of the entire body on the feet. Hence the saying ‘The feet are a mirror of the body’ In true pioneer style, Eunice Ingham travelled around America for 30 years teaching Reflexology first to Doctors and Nurses and then to non-medical practitioners.
She wrote 2 well known books “Stories the Feet Can Tell”(1938) and “Stories the Feet Have Told”(1951)
She developed charts and theories called the INGHAM METHOD that form the basis of modern Western reflexology today. Her work is carried on by The International Institute of Reflexology.
Eunice Ingham continued to work up to the age of 80. She died at 85 in 1974.
The Pharmanex Bio-Photonic Laser Scanner
What is the Bio-Photonic Scanner?
BioPhotonics: New Possibilities in Laser Technology
Recent advancements in laser technology have opened a world of opportunities for health and wellness minded people
across the globe. Through a process called Bio-Photonics, it is possible to gather key wellness data by shining a laser-light
onto the surface of a human hand. Because every molecule in the body interacts with light differently, each molecule reflects
its own unique optical finger print. Scientists have understood this phenomenon of reflected light for decades, but it has only
been in recent years, since the development of Bio-Photonic Laser Technology, that they have been able to gather
information at the "Site of Action"- in living people.
The Creation of the Pharmanex Bio-Photonic Scanner
After years of research and fine-tuning, several world-renowned physicists and engineers, have perfected the world's first ever
carotenoid scanning device-the Pharmanex Bio-Photonic Scanner. For the first time, carotenoid antioxidant levels can be
measured in living human tissue. When the purified blue laser light strikes a carotenoid molecule in the palm of the hand, it
is slightly shifted towards a green light because of the chemical make up of carotenoid molecules. Therefore, when a person's
antioxidant levels are measured, the amount of reflected blue light is gathered and assessed to produce a numeric reading
known as a Body Defense Score or Antioxidant Level.
This new technology allows for a noninvasive, rapid, accurate, and safe assessment of carotenoid levels in the skin, which
correlate with levels of carotenoids and other antioxidants in your diet, blood and tissues. Since the Bio-Photonic scanner
measures carotenoid antioxidants, the Body Defense Score is an important indicator of the strength the body's overall
antioxidant defense system.
A Focus on Carotenoids
Carotenoids are a family of powerful antioxidant nutrients that have recently become the subject of huge interest in the
scientific community. The orange pigment of carrots became the first of these molecules to be isolated, lending the name
carotenoids to the entire family of compounds. Since then, more than 600 carotenoids have been discovered in nature, but
only 18 are commonly present in the human body. While carotenoids represent a large percentage of antioxidant nutrients,
there are many others that make up the body's antioxidant network—such as Vitamins C & E,Alpha-Lipoic Acid and
Flavonoids to name a few. So why focus on carotenoids?
Recently, the protective effects of carotenoids against free radical damage have stimulated intensive research on several
specific carotenoids—Lutein and lycopene in particular. Lutein is important for eye and cardiovascular health, while
lycopene—the most potent antioxidant carotenoid—has far-reaching cell-protective and anti-aging benefits.
Is this score important?
Your Antioxidant level is a very important biomarker. Studies show that free radicals can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and can even speed up the aging process. Antioxidants are our body’s first protection against these harmful free radicals. Thus your Antioxidant score will show you if your current diet and supplement regimen is giving you the optimal protection that you need against these harmful free radicals. The goal is to raise your Antioxidant level to over 50,000 for optimal protection. Measuring your antioxidant levels can be just as important as monitoring your cholesterol.
Zyto's technology measures your body's responses to a specific library of nutritional products, asking your body which it prefers; this is called biocommunication. When you place your hand on the hand cradle, stimuli are sent to the body representing each individual product. The software then records your reponses whether positive or negative and ranks them from highest preferred product to the lowest. The Compass then generates a report showong which products your body prefers, guiding you toward better health and accurate supplementation.
What is Clinical Hypnotherapy?
Clinical Hypnotherapy is a procedure during which a qualified health professional or therapist guides a patient in a state of deep relaxation. In this relaxed state, the patient is aware of everything that is going on, but at the same time, becomes increasingly absorbed in using his or her imagination as directed by the hypnotherapist.
The Hypnotherapist uses carefully worded language to help the patient enter into a state of highly focused, relaxed awareness in which the patient is able to clear away mental "clutter" and focus on his or her problem and solutions to the problem. Hypnotherapists employ a body of techniques to help their patients acquire the self-control, self-mastery, willpower and confidence to visualize, realize and achieve their goals. Frequently, the Hypnotherapist teach their patients self-hypnosis methods that they can employ on their own to reinforce and continue the process of positive change.
The Hypnotherapist gives the patient suggestions to experience changes in behaviors, feelings, sensations, images, perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, and/or physical functions or symptoms. Suggestions are typically included for relaxation, calmness, confidence, increased self-control and well-being. I.
People respond to hypnotherapy in different ways. Most people report that they were NOT asleep, but instead, felt very relaxed and could hear everything the Hypnotherapist said. Some people describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Others describe the experience as being one in which they feel detached and deeply inwardly focused. Still others describe the experience as one in which their sensations and perceptions feel heightened and more vivid.
In the hypnotic state, which is an altered state of consciousness, awareness, and perception, suggestibility is heightened. Both parts of the mind (conscious and subconscious) are more receptive to acceptable, therapeutic suggestions than they are in an ordinary waking state. Even in a light hypnotic “trance”, with the patient’s permission, the “doorway” to his or her subconscious mind opens. This makes it possible for the hypnotist to provide information to the patient’s subconscious in a form that the subconscious can accept. The subconscious will only accept suggestions that are right for the patient. The patient is in control at all times.
Hypnotherapy is a safe procedure when it is employed by a qualified, certified, responsible and experienced health professional. It is also NOT magic! Nobody can be hypnotized unless they want to be and unless they are willing to be a cooperative subject. No one can be hypnotized against their will.
In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is because in order for a person to enter the hypnotic state, he or she must follow the hypnotist’s instructions, and his or her conscious and subconscious minds must accept the hypnotist’s suggestions and make them his or her own.
Anyone who can follow instructions and who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. The subject/patient is simply asked to suspend his or her disbelief and critical, analytical mind, and to allow whatever happens to happen without trying to make anything happen. The patient is thus asked to imagine and visualize the things the hypnotist says. Hypnosis occurs without effort on the patient’s part. It is the therapist/hypnotist’s job to analyze what is happening—not the patient’s!
If the patient’s mind wanders, that is perfectly all right. Hypnosis is among other things a state of controlled daydream-type thinking—a state of believed-in imagination. Mind wandering is what happens when a person daydreams. The patient is told that even when his or her conscious mind wanders, his or her subconscious mind will hear everything that the hypnotist is saying.
Practitioners use clinical hypnosis in three main ways as outlined by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
1. Encouraging the use of the imagination.
Under a focused state of attention, the human mind can use mental imagery to make the things we are imagining actually happen. For example, a patient with chronic back and sciatica leg pain may be asked to imagine what the muscles and nerves in his back and leg look like. If he imagines tight, twisted, knotted muscles and hot, pinched, inflamed nerves, he may be told in hypnosis to imagine this image changing to a more comfortable one.
2. Giving direct suggestions for therapeutic change.
Ideas are suggested to the patient in a form that the patient’s subconscious can accept. This is initially done in the waking state. Then, hypnotherapy is induced with the goal of fixing the suggestions in place in the patient’s subconscious. This is analogous to when an artist sprays a fixative on a painting to fix the colors in place and keep them from running.
3. Conducting subconscious exploration (or a Hypnoanalysis).
To promote understanding and insight about the roots of the patient’s problem using a technique called ideomotor analysis.
A therapist trained in this method of hypnosis can help a patient uncover, reframe and resolve (a) underlying motivations for self-defeating behavior, (b) subconscious inner conflicts, (c) key past experiences, and (d) subconsciously imprinted fixed ideas maintaining the patient’s problem and symptoms.
When will Hypnotherapy be beneficial?
While individual responses vary, and no guarantees of a “cure” can be ethically made, clinical hypnosis is beneficial when a patient is motivated to change and overcome a problem.
As stated by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, “It is important to keep in mind that hypnosis is like any other therapeutic modality: it is of major benefit to some patients with some problems, and it is helpful with many other patients, but it can fail, just like any other clinical method. For this reason, we emphasize that we are not ‘hypnotists’, but health care professionals who use hypnosis along with other tools of our professions.”
Clinical Hypnosis is employed for treating problems of:
- PREPARATION FOR CHILD BIRTH
- PREPARATION FOR TEST TAKING
- PROCRASTINATION/TIME MANAGEMENT/ORGANIZATION
Length of Hypnosis Treatment:
As with most treatment procedures, length of hypnotic treatment will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem. For some problems, such as smoking cessation or nail-biting, treatment can be as short as one visit. However, with other problems, such as weight loss, treatment requires several sessions.
For some problems (such as some types of anxiety and depression), hypnosis is employed as a tool in conjunction with some form of psychotherapy. By itself, hypnosis treatment is short-term, generally requiring anywhere from one to five visits.
People who desire efficient and permanent solutions to any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual distress. All ages are welcome. Guardians of minors please call prior to first appointment.
Time Line Therapy
What is Time Line Therapy?
The therapeutic process called Time Line Therapy is a methodology in which a series of techniques are used to bring about changes on an unconscious level and alter behavior. The intention of this therapy is to help individuals refrain from being reactive to present situations based on past experiences. Time Line Therapy is a reprogramming process that releases the effects of negative experiences and helps a person let go of past influences.
Benefits of Time Line Therapy
- Promotes living in the present
- Releases negative emotions based on stored memories
Health Conditons Treated with Time Line Therapy
- Indifference / Stagnation
- Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
Timeline of Time Line Therapy
- 350 B.C. - Aristotle is credited for first mentioning "stream of time" in his book Physics IV
- 1890 - American philosopher and psychologist, William James, spoke of "linear memory."
- Late 1970's - NLP Developers, Richard Bandler and John Grinde began combining the theory how memories are stored with hypnotherapy.
- 1985 - Time Line Therapy created by Tad James, M.S., Ph.D.
- 1988 - Time Line Therapy book written by Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall was published. Title: Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality
- Neuro-linguistic Programming
For many years now the Olympic teams and Pro athletes have been using the tool of hypnosis to gain the mental edge on their opponents. Tiger Woods for golf, Wayne Gretzky for hockey and now amateur athletes are using hypnotherapy for the mental aspect of the game. It has been said competition at any competitive level is 80% mental and hypnosis is the key to mental success.
Hypnosis is a relaxed state of consciousness. Through hypnosis a therapist can create an environment in the subconscious mind where stress and relaxation cannot coexist concurrently. For an athlete it is the key to realizing automatic reactions and achieving a hyper focused state during performance. When an athlete is focused and unaware of distracting thoughts his performance is automatic. Being in a relaxed state during play can mean the difference between success and failure. Achieving this paradox is the ultimate goal for facilitating peak sports performance at any level, no matter the age or experience of the player.
We have all experienced this state of automatic response naturally during a variety of everyday activities; while reading a book, during long drives, and every night before we fall asleep we all enter a state of hypnosis. Of course negative as well as positive reactions to events that occur can place themselves into our subconscious during this hyper suggestible state. This is where the Hypnotherapist can guide an athlete and assist them in "weeding out" any counter productive thoughts and responses that can get in the way of achieving the enhanced level of performance they seek.
There are two parts of the mind; the conscious and the subconscious. The former is where we store logic, reasoning, analysis and decision making. The latter is where we house identifications, associations and learned responses. We don't think about walking, we don't think about scratching an itch, this is the subconscious mind at work. If negative thoughts or enter the conscious mind during practice or play they can settle into the subconscious mind and potentially become automatic responses resulting in a reduced level of performance.
During play or performance, distracting thoughts and bad habits, can result in hesitation. Just a fraction of a second can mean the difference between winning and losing during a game. Ultimately an athlete wants to perform automatically as much as possible to ensure playing at their best. A player endures hours of repetition to engrain automatic reactions during practice sessions in the subconscious mind. Through hypnosis a therapist can access and guide the outcome to a response, so that an athlete reacts without compensation, hesitation and with the proper techniques, opening the subconscious mind to accept and achieve perfection. Changing these automatic reactions is where hypnosis can be a great tool.
"What you visualize you will materialize", Dr. Denis Waitley. His Studies have shown that when athletes are hooked up to a biofeedback machine and they visualize themselves going through their routines, a practice or performance; the same muscles are engaged as if they were actually going through the motions. For a performer it is crucial to train a physical response and store these automated responses in the subconscious mind. This gives athletes an innate level of confidence in their performances. Ultimately this allows them to be able to ask only one question, what's next. Using hypnosis in conjunction with guided imagery and visualization to train the mind to achieve these automatic reactions has shown great success.
Sports Hypnosis Is Now Mainstream
- Beijing 2008 Olympics: The only 2 shooters who won Gold Medals for the U.S. worked with a hypnotist
- Beijing 2008: A hypnotist cured Australian Gold Medalist, Steve Hooker, of his fear in pole vaulting
- Tiger Woods began seeing Jay Brunza at the age of 13 for hypnosis and mental training. Phil Mickelson was trained by mental coach and hypnotist Dean Reinmuth
- In 1984, Time magazine reported that Mary Lou Retton used hypnosis to prepare for the L.A. Olympics and to block pain in her injured foot to win the Gold Medal.
- 1983: The Chicago White Sox hired a full-time hypnotist and made the playoffs.
- Phil Jackson has used and still uses mediation and hypnosis for all his championship basketball teams with the Bulls and Lakers. He's been frequently called a "Zen Master."
- 1976: Rod Carew had a nagging injury that threatened his career. Through hypnosis, he turned the lingering pain into a .400 batting average.
- In baseball: Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Maury Wills, Don Sutton, Mark McGwire reported using sports hypnosis to be able to relax for his baseball games.
- Ken Norton used hypnosis to defeat Muhammed Ali (and broke his jaw) in the 1973 fight where Ken was a 7-1 underdog. Ali began using hypnosis soon after.
- Jimmy Connors used Sports Hypnosis for his U.S. Open Tennis wins.
- In 1967, a dentist, Dr. Raymond Abrezol, guided the Swiss ski team to 3 out of 4 members earning medals using hypnotic techniques.
- Ingmar Johannson used Sports Hypnosis training before wresting the heavyweight boxing title from Floyd Patterson in 1959.
- In 1956, Eleven hypnotists accompanied the Soviet athletic team to the Olympics in Melbourne.
- Greg Louganis, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Stone, Boomer Esiason, Freeman McNeil, Talmadge Griffiths and numerous NFL, MLB, NHL, Boxing, Olympic and Pro Athletes all use hypnosis today for that edge.
Do not get left behind your competition...
Reiki, like prayer, belongs to all traditions and no tradition. The word “Reiki”was coined by Mikao Usui in the early 1900s, but the healing energy has been available to us long before, wherever pain and human suffering existed.
Usui’s gift in passing down the ability of channeling Reiki to others, gave this process the structure while allowing it to expand through the world, after he was gone. This is a beautiful example of God showing up how and when He is needed in ways that we can understand and explain.
The combining of Reiki and essential oils is a powerfully enhancing and profound healing experience. Aroma- Reiki promotes the release of emotions, accelerates wound healing and produces a feeling of mental clarity and calmness.
Past Life Regression Therapy
(Regression Therapy/Past Life Therapy)
Regression Therapy is based upon the premise that our eternal souls carry forward learning and experiencing from one human lifetime to another and we experience physical life on Earth in a series of bodies and personalities.
Many people believe we only live one human lifetime. Whether uncovering 'real' past lives or not, this approach has helped people get past stuck points and resolve issues and that were resistant to other therapeutic approaches.
Many of us have experienced meeting or visiting a new person or place and immediately feeling unexplainably comfortable with a strange sense of familiarity. This may be an instance of re-encountering what was known to us in a prior lifetime. Unconsciously, we carry forward experiences, attitudes and relationship dynamics from prior lives into our present. These experiences can be beneficial, troubled or even traumatic. Attitudes and decisions may also be carried forward in ways that are detrimental.
Regression therapy is first applied to resolve experiences from the past that are blocking our progress and happiness now. It is also used to uncover and reinforce strengths and positive experiences we carry forward with us.
How Past Life Therapy Works
In Past Life Therapy, clients are directed to the time and place where the original activating event occurred. This process can be achieved through hypnosis, guided imagery, or deep relaxation where unconscious memories can be accessed.
Re-experiencing key events of a past life can help bring closure to the events of that lifetime, enabling us to move forward in the present. Even if it is believed that these "memories" are not true past life experiences, they can function as symbolic stories and are equally as effective in resolving current issues.
Regression Therapy, once considered a "new age" gimmick, has now become accepted in the mainstream as an extremely useful therapeutic tool. It is often a rapid approach that brings up material in very few sessions that might otherwise take many months of traditional counseling to address.
When Past Life Therapy Can Help:
- Troubling behavior and attitude patterns that have persisted over time, despite attempts to change
- Relationship dynamics that seem to have a life of their own (intense attraction/aversion to another person, deep-seated issues that defy resolution)
- Phobias – intense fears, such as fear of heights or fear of water, that seem unconnected to an experience in the current life
- Some chronic physical ailments, sensations and pains
- Dominant attitudes or emotions that seem to persist throughout your life
There are some newer areas in which past life therapy is being applied. The focus is placed on positive experiences rather than traumatic or troubling memories.
These areas include:
- Accessing strengths and accomplishments to increase confidence and effectiveness
- Re-experiencing a happy, successful lifetime to bring balance and peace when undergoing difficult times
- Clarifying life purpose and direction
- Exploring prior lifetimes shared with current loved ones, adding reassurance that we are never parted from those we love
- Aiding wisdom, guidance and peace, available from our "interlife"
Your belief system will not prevent this being a good technique for you. We can approach the material that comes up as a wonderfully powerful story or metaphor for whatever issues we’re exploring in your life. It is up to you to decide whether you wish to regard this material as a "real" past life, or something else. It does not matter as far as the effectiveness of the technique. I have been successful recovering past life memories with people from widely different spiritual traditions and belief systems.
Reincarnation and Karma?
Past life regression work goes hand in hand with theories of reincarnation. This concept has evoked a variety of reactions in the western world. There is nothing to fear from the concept of reincarnation and there can be a great sense of serenity that comes from knowing the deepest parts of us will always exist. You do not have to believe in reincarnation or karmic justice for past life therapy to work for you, as long as you hold an open mind to the experience.
History of Reincarnation in Christianity
Why is it that the Christian Church appears to be so opposed to the concept of reincarnation? As it turns out, this attitude is a departure from the origins of Christianity. Reincarnation is not repudiated in the Bible. In fact, it appears to be a concept pretty much taken for granted. In Matthew 11:14 and 17:11, Mark 9:11-13, Jesus speaks of John the Baptist as the return of Elias. The Roman Catholic Church and its doctrine may help us understand how the concept of reincarnation lost favor in Christianity.
For 300 years after Jesus’ death, there were many variations of the Christian doctrine as Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire. Factions developed, some believing in reincarnation, some not. These groups were frequently in conflict. In 325 A.D., Emperor Constantine attempted to unite his crumbling Roman Empire by offering support to Christians if they would settle their differences and establish a unified set of beliefs. The resulting Council of Nicaea, assembled the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church and established a new doctrine which omitted reincarnation. Christians were instructed to drop all beliefs not covered in this doctrine.
The belief in reincarnation persisted for centuries afterwards. Early in the 13th century, the Pope launched a crusade against the Cathars, a Christian sect believing in reincarnation, in Italy and Southern France, and wiped them out completely. This, and the ensuing Spanish Inquisition with its fatal intolerance for any deviance from strict church doctrine, was finally effective in forcing Christians to give up their belief in reincarnation – at least publicly!
Why would the early church care so much about reincarnation? One explanation could be the fear that reincarnation might undermine the power and authority of the developing church. Reincarnation believers assumed greater personal responsibility for their own spiritual evolution and relied less on influence of priests, confessionals and the various rituals for warding off eternal damnation. Reincarnation was never in conflict with the tenets of Christ’s teachings, merely in conflict with the control wielded by the early church.