Dr Terence Palmer PhD
Spirit Release Therapy, as a clinical alternative to religious exorcism and traditional shamanistic practice is largely unknown by mainstream medical practice and psychiatry. This is due to several interrelated factors. Primarily, materialistic science does not recognise any concept of a spirit world and doctors are therefore not yet trained in SRT principles and techniques. SRT sits uncomfortably between the disbelief of a materialist secular society and the subjective experience of spirit possession: whether that experience is a symptom of psychosis, symbolic representation, socio-cultural expectation or a veridical manifestation. In contrast to the monism of mechanistic science, every culture and religious belief system throughout human history has its traditional beliefs of spirit possession in some form or another with corresponding rituals for the release or exorcism of spirit entities. It is common knowledge that Christianity has its angels, devils and demons (although the majority of modern so-called Christians probably don’t believe they really exist). Islam has its Jinns and the Hindus have a variety of evil spirits.
The clinical experience of SRT practitioners reveals that the most common form of spirit attachment (an alternative term for possession) is the influence of spirits of the deceased who have not completed the progression from an earth life to the spirit realms where they ought to be. These discarnate spirits are termed by SRT practitioners as 'earthbound' spirits.In such cases the SRT practitioner treats the earthbound spirit as a client and helps them to progress to where they ought to be.
People can be influenced by other forms of spirit including the thoughts and emotions of the living where there may be a strong emotional connection or what may be called a 'sympathetic resonance'. Sympathetic resonance can be initiated by a relationship with another person that could have originated in a family relationship, an intimate relationship with a past lover, or an enemy, and could originate in this earth life, or a past life.
There are cases where the possessing entity has actually been created by the individual themselves from their own creative thought processes and powerful emotions. These entities are known as autogenic (self created) and can take on an autonomous nature whose purpose is to punish the creator for a variety of reasons including transgressing social, religious, family or cultural taboos.
The first task of the SRT practitioner is to uncover the nature of the attached entity and ask it to reveal its objective.The next step is to negotiate a resolution to the conflict that exists between the host and the attached entity.
SRT resolutions can be effected often in a single session, but could take several in more difficult cases. Very often there are psychological factors that enabled the entity to be attracted or created in the first place, and these factors will need to be addressed. The client will also need to learn how to protect themselves from further problems.
Consultation and Intervention Methods
Consultations with clients or patients in most psychiatric or other therapeutic situations are usually conducted in a face to face interview when the normal waking cognitive abilities of both therapist and client are engaged in mutual dialogue. Apart from the initial consultation where base-line data is collected, SRT sessions are very rarely conducted in this way, but may comprise of one or many of the methods listed below:
1. The Intuitive Therapist method. With the intuitive therapist method, the therapist listens with intuition to information that is given to him / her from a source that is beyond the threshold of normal waking consciousness. The therapist may be accessing information from the subliminal mind of the client, from the client’s Higher Self, from a spirit guide that has volunteered to assist, or from a discarnate entity (or entities) that are the cause of the client’s distress. Although the therapist is using his / her abilities to communicate at frequencies beyond the threshold of normal waking consciousness it is not always necessary to artificially induce an altered state of consciousness. The fact that communication with discarnate entities takes place and information is received from any of the above sources is an indication that an altered state, or an the very least a change in mental frequency has been achieved. Where the term intuitive may be a little weak or misleading this method is sometimes called channelling. Using this method the therapist will be using acquired natural skills in telepathy (mind to mind), clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), or clairsentience (clear physical sensation).
2. The Interactive method enables the therapist to engage with discarnate entities with the client acting as intermediary. In this method it is the client who will be using abilities in telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience. It is common for clients to be unaware that they have these abilities, and there is a tendency for them to believe that what they are experiencing are the effects of an over-active imagination or a form of mental illness. Whilst using this form of communication it is important to be able to encourage the client to trust their own intuition and to permit the expression of thoughts and feelings that are not their own without allowing their own conscious analytical mind (critical faculty) to interfere.
3. The Direct Interactive method is where the client and therapist are in a face to face situation and where a communication with the attached entity is effected through the client acting as communication medium whilst in an altered state of consciousness. Using this method enables the entity to speak through the client using the client’s voice box and neurological infrastructure. This method is a form of positive possession where the client voluntarily permits the discarnate entity to take control of the speech centres.
4. The Remote Method. This method is where a remote scanner is not in direct contact with the client, and is used as an instrument of communication between the facilitator (therapist) the client’s higher self, the entity, and any guides that may be present to offer guidance and advice. The remote method is useful when the client is unable (for whatever reason) to facilitate communication with attached entities.
5. Group soul rescue. This method involves a group of spirit release practitioners who collectively are more able to deal with the case.
Sessions with clients may progress through all of the above methods of consultation, and because of the dynamic nature of spirit communication, there is no way of predicting the nature of the communication or the course of action that results.
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