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The Helen Reddy Interview (Page 2 of 3)
An Interview with Helen Reddy
What is fascinating is that it weaves
your professional career with the things
you had discovered even as a child.
I think you had your first out of body
experience when you were a young girl.
What was that like?
At first, I thought I had died because I
was out of my body. I was looking
at my body and my face. I am lying
there and I thought I had died.
That was kind of traumatic. But at
the same time, there was the realization
that life does go on; that we are simply
inside a body. In other words, I was not
the body; I was somebody who had been in
that body. And so that raised a
lot of issues with me because I had not
been able to get too many of my
questions answered by religion, and I
actually became an atheist at age nine.
Having that experience at age 11 really
brought me back to spirituality and led
me on a lifelong search. I learned
about reincarnation in the mid-fifties.
There was a book called “The Search for
Bridey Murphy“and that was fascinating.
I did not know anything about
reincarnation, but now here was an
explanation for so many of the things
that religion could not give me an
answer for. Having grown up in
show business, I had seen stage
hypnotists; but I had never thought that
maybe hypnotism could be a tool for
research, nor did I have any idea that
50 years later it would be an accepted
branch of science and I would practicing
The thought about reincarnation, about
past life, about all of us being on a
path has to be comforting to somebody
who has a loved one at the end of their
Oh, definitely, and to the loved ones
themselves, too, you know? That
life does continue. I believe that we
are consciousness, consciousness is
energy, and energy can never be
destroyed. It can be transformed,
but it can never be destroyed.
What benefit would you think that
caregivers might have from the services
of a hypnotherapist?
I have a dear friend in Sydney.
Her husband has Alzheimer’s. He is
in his nineties now and she could not
manage him at home anymore; but she
faithfully sees him every day, and has
every meal with him, but she herself is
pretty much at the end of her rope. I
have said to her, “Please come and see
me because one hour of hypnotherapy
equals eight hours sleep and I would
really like to give you some relief for
what you are going through.” I
think it can be tremendously helpful,
just purely from a relaxation point of
view, that somebody get to set aside
their gear and go to another place.
You have Addison’s disease. But, I
also know that you had to fight with the
medical community for an accurate
diagnosis and it is something we go
through as caregivers a lot. Do you have
any advice for caregivers who do not
think they are really getting the help
The problem with Addison’s is it is such
a rare disease. When I first went to
Norfolk Island, there were three
resident doctors and one of them took me
into the room where they all meet.
He said, “I want you to meet someone
with Addison’s disease” because none of
them had ever met anybody with it so the
symptoms can be confusing. Two
patients can have totally different sets
of symptoms. We have all heard
stories where doctors have simply
misdiagnosed or not known what it was or
accused us of malingering.