SPIRIT RELEASEMENT THERAPY
Spirit Possession Syndrome |
Multiple Personality Disorder
Similarities Between MPD and SPS |
Comparison of Treatment | Book
This article by Dr. William Baldwin is a reprint
fromVol.4.1: Jan.-March 1995 of the Lifestream Letter .
Although it does not cover the application of crystals, it is a very in
depth overview of Spirit Releasement. We have available an mp3 of Marcel
briefly speaking about the use of crystals with entity attachments.
Throughout years of doing consciousness
exploration and energywork, with and without crystals, the phenomena of
entity attachment would often appear. As described in these articles an
attached being might appear as a behavior, a mental or emotional state,
or even a physical condition that would be non-responsive to any other
form of intervention.
On numerous occasions I would discuss such cases
with my friend and mentor, Marcel Vogel. Marcel had a protocol for
working with such situations which was basically to release or extract
and breakup these attachments using the crystal as a kind of surgical
instrument. This method, which consisted of using the crystal therapy
process he had developed, seemed to be reasonably effective when I would
encounter such conditions, but there were always those cases that did
not respond to this kind of intervention.
I was also concerned about what happened to the
released energy or entity. It seemed releasing and then dissolving or
destroying an attached entity was not particularly compassionate. Beyond
that, it was not always effective. The entity would often reappear for a
At the time I knew enough to be aware that such
energy beings could alter their form and appearance quite easily,
therefore the idea that such an entity was dissolved could be completely
erroneous. I knew that more was needed in terms of both information and
It was at this time that I met Dr. William Baldwin
at the Treatment and Research of Experienced Anomalous Trauma conference
in Atlanta, Georgia. Entity attachment and spirit possession definitely
fall under the heading of anomalous! I purchased Bill’s
manuscript along with audio cassettes of sessions and seminars and
proceeded to immerse myself in the work. Subsequently I participated in
several trainings with the Baldwin’s and incorporated the protocols of
Spirit Releasement Therapy into my work. I have found it to be an
invaluable and important adjunct to work with crystals.
The phenomena of entity attachment is prolific.
One of the greatest strengths available to any non-physical being
attached to a human host is our denial that such things are "real." One
could argue the philosophical aspects of this forever, but the clinical
experience is not just about words and philosophies, it is about actual
experience. If clients respond to and are helped by the process of
Spirit Releasement, the philosophical and theoretical considerations are
Spirit attachment is something that is dimension
specific and as long as we are living and focused in only the third and
fourth dimensions, it is quite real. As our focus shifts and we
integrate higher dimensional aspects of our being the phenomena of
entity attachment cannot occur. In the consciousness of One, there is no
other being that can attach or influence. As we come to experience,
accept, and integrate the totality of who we are as multidimensional
beings, the illusory nature of attachments becomes apparent. As long as
we live in a focus of being fragments of who we really are, the
existence of spirit attachment is quite "real," and the therapeutic
value of spirit releasement is enormous.
In the future I will discuss the nature of our
multi-dimensional Being and how we can access and integrate our totality
into the matrix of consciousness.
For more information about Spirit Releasement
Therapy you can contact Rumi
Spirit Possession Syndrome |
Multiple Personality Disorder
Similarities Between MPD and SPS |
Comparison of Treatment | Book
Dr. William Baldwin
Since the writing of this article and the
publication of his book SPIRIT RELEASEMENT THERAPY,
Dr. Baldwin has passed away and is now longer
teaching on this side
The condition of spirit possession, (that is, full
or partial takeover of a living human by a discarnate being) has been
recognized or at least theorized in every era and every culture. In 90%
of societies worldwide there are records of possession-like phenomena
Extensive contemporary clinical evidence suggests
that discarnate beings, the spirits of deceased humans, can influence
living people by forming a physical or mental connection or attachment,
and subsequently imposing detrimental physical and/or emotional
conditions and symptoms. This condition has been called the "possession
state," "possession disorder," "spirit possession," or "spirit
Earthbound spirits, the surviving consciousness of
deceased humans, are the most prevalent possessing, obsessing or
attaching entities to be found. The disembodied consciousness seems to
attach itself and merge fully or partially with the subconscious mind of
a living person, exerting some degree of influence on thought processes,
emotions, behavior and the physical body. The entity becomes a parasite
in the mind of the host. A victim of this condition can be totally
amnesic about episodes of complete takeover.
A spirit can be bound to the earth by the emotions
and feelings connected with a sudden traumatic death. Anger, fear,
jealousy, resentment, guilt, remorse, even strong ties of love can
interfere with the normal transition. Erroneous religious beliefs about
the afterlife can prevent a spirit from moving into the Light because
the after death experience does not coincide with false expectations or
preconceived notions of the way it is supposed to be.
Following death by drug overdose, a newly deceased
spirit maintains a strong appetite for the drug, and this hunger cannot
be satisfied in the non-physical realm. The being must experience the
drug through the sensorium of a living person who uses the substance.
This can only be accomplished through a parasitic attachment to the
person. Many drug users are controlled by the attached spirit of a
deceased drug addict.
Many spirits remain in the earth plane due to a
lack of awareness of their passing. At the time of death several choices
are available for the newly deceased spirit. It can follow the direct
path to the Light described in the near death experience. If there is an
attached spirit the process may be more difficult. The newly deceased
being can carry the attached earthbound to the Light thereby rescuing
this lost soul.
Often, the deceased is able to break away from the
attached earthbound spirit and go to the Light alone.
After this separation occurs the earthbound can be
lost again, wandering in the lower astral plane, often described as the
gray place or the intermediate place. It can await the next incarnation
of the being to whom it was attached. The entity can locate the being in
the new incarnation and reconnect. This repeated attachment can occur
for many lifetimes of the host. However, the earthbound can just as
quickly attach to another unsuspecting person alter separating from the
former host at the time of death.
If the newly deceased spirit cannot break away
from the attached spirit or hasn't strength enough to carry it into the
Light, it can become earthbound also, with the original earthbound still
attached to it. This pair can then attach to another living person.
After death, the spirit of this person also may be prevented from
reaching the Light due to the nested, or layered, attached spirits. This
spirit becomes part of the chain of earthbound spirits that can compound
until it numbers in the dozens, even hundreds.
An attachment can be benevolent in nature, totally
self serving, malevolent in intention, or completely neutral. Attachment
to any person may be completely random, even accidental. It can occur
simply because of physical proximity to the dying person at the time of
the death. In about half the cases encountered in clinical practice it
is a random choice with no prior connection in this or any other
incarnation. In the remainder some connection can be found, some
unfinished business from this or another lifetime.
Even if there is some prior interaction between
the host and the attaching entity, the attachment only perpetuates the
conflict and carries little possibility for resolution, though every
experience has the potential for learning of some kind.
Most people are vulnerable to spirit attachment on
many occasions in the normal course of life. Some investigators in this
field estimate that between 70% and 100% of the population are
affected or influenced by one or more discarnate
spirit entities at some time in their life.
Any mental or physical symptom or condition,
strong emotion, repressed negative feeling, conscious or unconscious
need can act like a magnet to attract a discarnate entity with the same
or similar emotion, condition, need, or feeling. Anger and rage, fear
and terror, sadness and grief, guilt, remorse or feelings of the need
for punishment can invite entities with similar feelings.
stress may cause susceptibility to the influence of an intrusive spirit.
Altering the consciousness with alcohol or drugs. especially the
hallucinogens, loosens one’s external ego boundaries and opens the
subconscious mind to infestation by discarnate beings. The same holds
true for the use of strong analgesics and the anesthetic drugs necessary
in Surgery. A codeine tablet taken for the relief of pain of a dental
extraction can sufficiently alter the consciousness to allow entry to a
Physical intrusions such as surgery or blood
transfusion can lead to an entity attachment. In the case of an organ
transplant the Spirit of the organ donor can literally follow the
transplanted organ into the new body. Physical trauma from auto
collision, accidental falls, beating or any blow to the head can render
a person vulnerable to an intrusive Spirit.
The openness and surrender during sexual
intercourse can allow the exchange of attached entities between two
people. Sexual abuse such as rape, incest or molestation of any sort
creates a vulnerability to Spirit invasion. Violence during the sexual
abuse increases the likelihood of intrusion by an opportunistic spirit.
A living person can have dozens, even hundreds of attached spirits as
they occupy no physical space. They can attach to the aura or float
within the aura, outside the body. If any part of the body of the host
has a physical weakness the earthbound can attach to that area because
of a corresponding weakness or injury to the physical body of the Spirit
prior to death. A spirit can lodge in any of the chakras of the host,
drawn by the particular energy of the chakra or by the physical
structures of that level of the body. Connection with an earthbound
spirit may be established by the purposeful choice of either the spirit
or the living human due to a strong emotional bond between them in this
life or in a previous lifetime together. A grieving person can welcome
the spirit of a dear departed one only to find the consequences
living human can be affected by an attached spirit in many different
ways. The discarnate entity retains the psychic energy pattern of its
own ailments following death and can produce in the host any mental
aberration or emotional disturbance and any symptom of physical illness.
Erratic or inconsistent behavior can result from a
shifting of control between separate entities. This behavior is similar
in appearance to the phenomenon of switching between alters in multiple
personality disorder (MPD). This condition can be extremely confusing
and frightening for a person and for their family.
An attached entity can be associated with any
emotional track of a living person such as anger, fear, sadness, or
guilt. The emotional energy of the entity intensifies the expression of
a specific emotion, often leading to inappropriate overreactions to
ordinary life situations.
A sub-personality, that is a splinter or
subordinate personality, can maintain a connection with an entity who
came in at the chronological age when the sub-personality splintered
away from the main personality due to a traumatic experience. The
discarnate spirit may have joined at the time of the emotional trauma to
help the child in the time of need. The continued connection with the
entity prevents healing and integration of this sub-personality into the
main personality system.
The mental, emotional and physical influence of an
attached entity can alter the original path of karmic options and
opportunities of the host. It can disrupt the planned life line by
hastening death or prolonging life, thus interfering with any specific
checkout point. An entity of the opposite gender can influence the
sexual preference and gender orientation. An attached entity can
influence the choice of marriage partners and the choice of a partner
for an extramarital affair.
Many areas of a person's life can be influenced by
one or more attached entities. In short, spirit attachment can interfere
with any aspect of the life of the unsuspecting host.
The host is usually unaware of the presence of
attached spirits. The thoughts, desires and
behaviors of an attached entity are experienced as
the person's own thoughts, desires and behaviors. The thoughts,
feelings, habits and desires do not seem foreign if they have been
present for a long time, even from childhood. This is a major factor in
the widespread denial of the concept and lack of acceptance of the
phenomena of discarnate interference and spirit attachment, obsession or
possession. This is equally true for people in general and for
most cases, a person can only experience and acknowledge the reality of
the condition after an attached entity has been released. The
realization may come some months after a releasement session as the
person suddenly notices the absence of a familiar attitude, desire,
addiction or behavior.
The symptoms of spirit attachment can be very
subtle. An attached spirit may be present without producing any
noticeable symptoms. Yet attached entities always exert some influence
ranging from a minor energy drain to a major degree of control or
interference. Complete possession and takeover can result in Suppression
of the original personality. The earthbound spirit does not replace the
rightful spirit in the body in such a case, it just usurps control. An
attached earthbound spirit cannot maintain life in a human body after
the original spirit being has separated from the body in the transition
A newly formed spirit attachment is usually more
obvious to the unfortunate host. An attached entity can cause any of the
following Signs and Symptoms:
- sudden onset of drug or alcohol usage,
- unusual and inappropriate speech, accent or
foreign or unknown language,
- any behavior patterns inconsistent with
- unfamiliar reactions to familiar situations,
- repetitive and unusual movements of the body
which are experienced as beyond one's control,
- unusual physical sensations or symptoms in
the absence of a medically sound organic cause,
- loss of the normal sense of one's personal
- a feeling that a spirit of some kind or
another person has taken over control of one's mind and/or body,
- noticeable personality changes, however
slight, following surgery, organ transplant, accident, emotional
upset or moving into a new home.
As a result of a newly formed spirit attachment or possession,
physical appetites for food, sex, alcohol or drugs can increase
drastically. Personal attitudes and beliefs can suddenly change as can
taste in clothing. The voice and even facial features and appearance can
These sudden changes in behavior can be a factor
in convincing the most skeptical person that there is an attached entity
Many people have the mistaken notion that there must be some bizarre
outward signs caused by an interfering spirit such as depicted in the
movie The Exorcist, based on the book of the same name. The movie
depicted a true case, but some symptoms and behaviors of the girl
actually came from two other cases, added for dramatic impact. The
incidence of such violent possession is rare.
Spirit attachment does not require the permission
of the host. This seems to be a violation of free will. It also appears
to refute the popular notion that each person is totally responsible for
creating his or her reality and that there are no victims. The apparent
conflict here stems from the definitions of permission and free will
choice. Ignorance and denial of the possibility of spirit interference
is no defense against spirit attachment. Belief or lack of belief
regarding the existence of intrusive entities has no bearing on the
reality of these beings and their behavior.
denial and ignorance, most people do not refuse permission to these
non-physical intruders. Individual sovereign beings have the right to
deny any violation or intrusion by another being. With limited, if any,
knowledge and distorted perceptions of the nature of the spirit world,
the non-physical reality, many people leave themselves open and create
their own vulnerability as part of creating their own reality.
It is fashionable today among many "New
Age" enthusiasts to attempt to channel some higher
power, a spirit teacher or master who will use the voice
mechanism of any willing person to speak "words of wisdom". Some
use the terminology "for my highest good" when calling for a spirit to
channel through. This activity constitutes permission and welcome for a
The identifiers such as "master" and
"teacher" and qualifiers such as "for my highest good," will be
claimed by the entities as personally valid identifications, qualities
or attributes. Unfortunately, some opportunistic spirits who respond to
this invitation refuse to leave at the end of the channeling session.
An afflicted person may report hearing voices,
internally or externally, or having spontaneous visual images of bizarre
or frightening faces or figures. Recurring dreams of being chased, being
urged to commit suicide by someone, often a loved one who was a victim
of suicide, may suggest the presence of an entity. A dream image of a
person injecting something into the veins may be an attached entity's
recall of the last memories before death.
During a session, a client described awakening
suddenly from a vivid dream in which she was a man who was shot by
another man. Unlike most dreams of death in which the person emerges
from the body before the moment of death by falling, crushing, or auto
accident, in this dream, she, as the man, saw the gun fire, felt the
pain of the bullet impacting the chest, fell to the floor, then stood up
Out of the dead body. He was very angry. This was the entity's
The clinical procedures and interventions of
Spirit Releasement Therapy seem to facilitate the release of the
attached spirit entity. After successful completion of the process, the
imposed symptoms are alleviated partially or fully, often immediately
The following case is an example of a phobia
imposed by an entity. The woman was a child of ten at the time of the
attachment. This session was done as a demonstration before a hypnosis
At 40, Amy suffered terribly from the fear of
flying. She had come by ground transportation to the class, which was
held in a location over a thousand miles from her home. At one time she
would vomit if she even had to drive to an airport, but with
hypnotherapy she released that problem. Still, she could not get near an
aircraft. Hers was a severe case.
- Client: Well, I have this terrible
fear of flying.
The panic showed in her eyes as she described the feeling.
- Therapist: What happened?
- Client: I was maybe ten years
old and I was at an air show. And a helicopter crashed just a
hundred feet in front of me. I watched the pilot burn. It was the
first time I realized I was psychic. As he came over the top Of the
curve to come down in this maneuver I saw that he wasn't going to
make it and I yelled at him in my mind. ‘Pull out! Pull out! You're
going to crash!’ And he did, the helicopter lust crashed right there
in front of me!
- Therapist: Is the pilot still here?
Is the pilot still here now?
- Client: No, he died. I was ten
- Therapist: I know. Is the pilot
still here now?
- Client: (pause) Well, maybe he is.
- Therapist: How do you feel, as you
think about flying?
- Client: I get a queasiness in my
- Therapist: If that queasiness could
speak, what would it say?
- Client: (shouting) I can't get
out! I can't get out! I can't get out! I can't get out! I can't get
out! I can't get out! (pause)
- Therapist: What's happening?
- Client: I can't get out! They can't
get me out! (pause)
- Therapist: What's happening now?
- Client: (more calmly) Well, I'm
outside watching my body burn. They couldn't get
me out. The controls were shoved in my gut. I
couldn't get out."
- Therapist What's
- Client: Robert.
Robert had followed Amy home because she was very upset. He had a
daughter her age and he understood the anguish she felt. So he followed
her home to comfort her. As he reached his hand out to her to soothe her,
he just slipped inside. He was attached and couldn't leave. Soon, Robert
was trying to run the household.
- Client: She was
lazy. I wanted her to work more. I tried to get
her to do her school work more. Her dad was a real...he was a
real jerk. Boy, I would have hit him, if I could.
(pause) But now, she works too hard.
In this statement, Robert revealed his
vulnerability. He was tired of his situation. The therapist recognized
this vulnerability and used it as the entry point for the release
- Therapist: Robert, you sound like
you're very tired.
- Client: Yeah I really am.
When directed to focus his awareness upward, Robert
quickly perceived the Light and he went into it, taking with him the
physical sensation of queasiness from Amy's guts. This had been the
residue of the crash when the controls rammed into his belly.
One of the class participants asked Amy, "How
is your fear of flying now?"
think it's gone... I think I’ll fly
The phobia disappeared with the entity who had
brought it as he went home to the Light.
Many people experience automatic writing,
during which the hand and arm seem to be under
separate control by an outside force. Mediumship or channeling presents
the phenomenon of control by a separate consciousness
often speaking with a voice that is distinctly different from the
person's normal speaking voice. Several other behaviors considered
as psychotic or drug-induced symptoms by the American Psychiatric
Association are specific signs and symptoms of spirit attachment and can
often be eliminated by releasing the attached spirit.
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is based on certain
symptoms defined as psychotic. This includes delusional thinking such
as: thought broadcasting, the belief that one's thoughts can be heard by
others; thought insertion, the belief that someone else has inserted
thoughts in one's mind; hallucinations, some visual, some more commonly
auditory such as hearing voices; being under the control of a dead
person or other outside force.
Multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia
are distinctly different conditions. Delusional thinking is absent from
the diagnostic criteria for MPD. The essential features of MPD include a
disturbance of identity and memory and the presence of two or more
distinct personalities within the person. These personalities may claim
different gender, race, present different IQ, age,
even specific mental disorders, and claim a different family of origin.
The belief that one is possessed by another person, spirit or entity may
occur as a symptom of MPD. The separate personalities may be able
to function individually and be totally unaware of the others.
Psychiatrist Scott Peck seems to confirm the
condition of demonic possession in some of his patients. He calls for
another diagnostic category for these people he feels are evil to be
included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of
the American Psychiatric Association.
In a 389 page dissertation, Craig T. lsaacs (1985)
states that present DSM-lll categories of psychopathology are inadequate
to describe the cases of demonic possession that he studied and
The differential diagnosis of these three
conditions requires an intelligent assessment of the signs of MPD, a
critical evaluation of the ostensible psychotic symptoms that partially
define schizophrenia, and also must include the consideration of
discarnate influence or spirit obsession,
possession or attachment as a factor. Certain
manifestations of the three conditions are similar enough to appear
identical. The etiology and history of the afflictions are vastly
different. the outcome of prognosis depend on the correct diagnosis and
Some interesting similarities become obvious when
comparing spirit possession syndrome, or SPS, and multiple personality
disorder, or MPD. An earthbound spirit attachment can develop at any
point after a being leaves the planning stage in the Light, even prior
to conception, at any time during a lifetime, and before arriving at the
review stage in the Light after death. Dissociation and formation of
alter personalities in MPD is nearly always the result of childhood trauma.
Though some steps in the
therapeutic process are similar, the final goals of
treatment of the two conditions are distinctly different.
Spirit Possession Syndrome |
Multiple Personality Disorder
Similarities Between MPD and SPS |
Comparison of Treatment | Book
SPIRIT POSSESSION SYNDROME and
MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER
The concept of divided or multilevel consciousness
has been studied extensively In recent years. Ego
states, subordinate personalities, or "sub personalities" are active in
the daily functioning of a healthy individual. However, an emotional
trauma can cause parts or "fragments" to split from a normal
personality. These partial personalities, or sub-personalities, retain
the person's age and characteristics at the time of the split. They
strive to fulfill the unfulfilled need that led to the split, and
continue to maintain the emotional mood of the traumatic event. These
sub-personalities are literally stuck or frozen in the incident.
Sub-personalities do not become the personality in
charge nor do they take control of the behavior. Rather, they manifest
as subconscious urges, and can cause variations in mood, physical
energy, or sociability, likes and dislikes in food and drink, unusual
eating habits, and many other aspects of physical and emotional
conditions and behavior. In cases of extreme physical, emotional, or
sexual abuse during childhood years, the dissociation can become
complete, resulting in two or more separate and distinct personalities.
The alter personalities "switch" as each recurrently comes and takes
full control of the person's behavior.
This condition is termed multiple personality
disorder, or MPD. between 95% and 100% of diagnosed multiple personality
cases have a history of childhood incest, torture or other abuse. Only
in recent years has the brutal reality of child molestation, incest and
Satanic cult ritual abuse come into public and professional awareness.
Pavelsky and others estimate
that one out of three females are sexually molested by age eighteen.
Coincident with the increasing recognition of widespread child abuse is
the growing acceptance of MPD as a tragic consequence in many cases of
this trauma. Currently, the condition is more often recognized,
correctly diagnosed, and successfully treated as a specific mental
disorder. In the dissociation of MPD, reality contact maintained through
either the central or primary personality or an alter personality. The
split is said to be massive or molecular; that is, each alter
personality is complete, or nearly so, with memory of its own history
and relatively distinct and integrated behavioral and interpersonal
Each alter personality has its own
psycho-physiological profile, which may include pain response;
handedness; ability to heal and rate of healing; response to any given
medication; allergic reactions; eyeglass prescription; diseases such as
diabetes, epilepsy, and arthritis, including swollen joints; appetites;
and tastes in food and drugs.
In rare cases, one or more of the alter
personalities speak and converse in a foreign language, modern or
archaic, totally unknown to the primary personality. These cases are
labeled responsive xenoglossy and suggest an intrusion by a discarnate
Dissociation is considered a coping mechanism for
a traumatic or overwhelming, stressful situation. Not all people who
suffer this kind of abuse develop MPD. It seems to depend on the
capacity to dissociate in response to the post-traumatic stress of the
Dr. Richard Kluft has developed a "four-factor
theory" of the etiology of MPD. The four factors he deems necessary for
the development of multiple personality are:
- A biological capacity of dissociation
- A history of trauma or abuse
- Specific psychological structures or contents
that can be used in the creation of alternate personalities
- A lack of adequate nurturing or opportunities
to recover from abuse.
Dr. Bennet Braun has proposed the 3-P model of the development of the
Two predisposing factors are hypothesized as
- an inborn biological/psychological capacity
to dissociate, and repeated exposure to an inconsistently stressful
- A precipitating event must occur -a specific
overwhelming traumatic episode to which the potential MPD patient
responds by dissociating
The perpetuating phenomena are interactive behaviors, usually with
the abuser, that continue for an unspecified time and are beyond the
control of the abused.
Hypnosis is presently the most reliable and
efficient way of discovering, diagnosing and treating MPD.
This treatment modality was fully accepted as a valid therapeutic
modality by the American Dental Association and the American Medical
Association in 1958, and by the American Psychiatric Association in
1962. However, its revival and general acceptance have been slow in
coming. the stigma of Franz Anton Mesmer ("mesmerism") and the acrimony
surrounding the birth of modern hypnosis still cloud the image of
hypnotherapy, as does the indiscriminate display by stage hypnotists.
The modern use of hypnosis is little understood by most
psychotherapists, physicians and psychiatrists. Only about 100/0 of
practicing mental health professionals utilize this technique.
Many professionals still deny the existence of
MPD, or explain it away with some other diagnosis. Two separate studies
have shown that correct diagnosis of MPD is established an average of
6.8 years after the patient first enters therapy.
MPD AND SPS
The study of Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD)
cannot be complete without a serious examination of the condition known
as Spirit Possession Syndrome (SPS). Comparison of MPD and SPS reveals
some indisputable similarities. Some signs and symptoms of the two
conditions are quite similar, some are distinctly different. Most mental
health professionals have considerable skepticism regarding both
The classic symptoms of MPD may be muted and
attenuated in childhood. The condition is often ignored,
misunderstood, misinterpreted or misdiagnosed. A child's complaints and
behavior are frequently disbelieved or passed off as childhood fantasy,
and may lead to punishment.
Recognizable symptoms may begin to manifest in the
late teens, but the condition is often not discovered and accurately
diagnosed until the mid to late thirties. Approximately 650/c of cases
are found between the ages of 20 and 40. The condition has a natural
history from the original traumatic episode(s) to full manifestation of
symptoms of MPD. The person with MPD usually holds a poor self-image of
mental and physical health. cases of MPD in the United States may number
in the thousands.
earthbound spirit of a deceased human can from an attachment to a living
person at any
point between conception and death.
The mental, emotional and physical health of the host has no bearing on
the potential for an attachment. Many cases of SPS are discovered in
therapy while searching for the cause of a chronic problem or unexpected
new conflict in the life of the client.
Some phases of the treatment of MPD and Spirit
Releasement therapy have a parallel intention, yet the final goal is
totally different. For the alter personalities in MPD, the final step is
either integration and fusion or at least cooperation and
co-consciousness. For the condition of spirit attachment, only the
release of the spirit can bring relief of the symptoms.
William James spoke on "Demoniacal Possession" in
his 1896 Lowell Lectures. Recapitulating his previous lecture,
"Multiple Personality", he mentioned three types of
mutations in the sense of self; insane, hysteric, and somnambulistic.
the fourth type, he said, is spirit control, or mediumship, which in the
past had been equated with devil worship and pathology.
History shows that mediumship is identical with
But the obsolescence of public belief in the
possession by demons is a very strange thing in Christian lands, when
one considers that it is the one most articulately expressed doctrine of
both testaments, and...reigned for seven teen hundred years, hardly
challenged, in all the churches. every land and every age has exhibited
the facts on which this belief was founded. India, China, Egypt, Africa,
Polynesia, Greece, Rome, and all medieval Europe believed that certain
nervous disorders were of supernatural origin, inspired by gods
and sacred; or by demons - and therefore diabolical. When the pagan gods
became demons, all possession became diabolic, and we have the medieval
In James' day, there was
"...much alarmist writing in psychopathy about degeneration," and he
suggested that "...if there are devils, if there are supernormal
powers, if is through the cracked and fragmented self
that they enter." Referring to the spiritualistic
activities of Boston and New York in 1896, James states that the
diabolic nature of demon possession now "...has
with us assumed a benign and optimistic form, [in which] changed
personality is considered the spirit of a departed being coming to bring
messages of comfort from the ‘sunny land’."
James further stated that:
The refusal of modern "enlightenment" to
treat "possession" as a hypothesis to be spoken of as even possible, in
spite of the massive human tradition based on concrete experience in its
favor, has always seemed to me a curious example of the power of fashion
in things scientific. That the demon-theory will have its innings again
is to my mind absolutely certain. One has to be "scientific" indeed to
be blind and ignorant enough to suspect no such possibility.
James’ prescient forecast concerning the
"demon-theory" is proving true. Dr. Ralph Allison, considered a pioneer
in the modern treatment of MPD, says bluntly that many of his multiple
personality patients have exhibited symptoms of possession. He has
described his encounters with aspects of their personalities which were
not true alters. He found it difficult to dismiss
these bizarre occurrences as delusion. With no "logical" explanation, he
has come to believe in the possibility of spirit possession.
Allison describes numerous cases of
apparent spirit possession in MPD. He has developed a conceptual scheme
which distinguishes five levels or types of possession:
- Simple obsessive compulsive neurosis.
- Thought forms and created beings.
- An aspect or fragment of the mind of a living
- The earthbound spirit who once lived as a
- Full demonic possession.
Dr. Allison states that he has corresponded with many professionals
who have come to similar
conclusions about the origin and purpose of alter
Arthur Guirdham, an English psychiatrist who is
also psychic, has been in practice more than 50 years and refuses to
consider the possibility of MPD as a viable diagnosis. He considers the
condition to be possession by one or more spirit entities. He considers
psychic influence or spirit possession to be the cause of many kinds of
illness, mental and physical and other conditions such as sleepwalking
It is interesting to note that the three subjects
- hypnosis, spirit possession, and multiple personality disorder - were
quite prominent at the turn of the century, then faded almost
simultaneously into obscurity. With the publishing of the book, The 3
Faces of Eve (Thigpen & Cleckley, 1957), MPD once again came into
public awareness. Hypnosis was accepted by the health professions in
mid-century. treatment of spirit possession never ceased but continued
quietly through the years without much publicity.
The connection between spirit possession and MPD
was brought back into public and professional awareness by psychiatrist
Ralph Allison (1980). Included in his book is a chapter entitled,
"Possession and the Spirit World." He describes the effects of spirit
interference and the process of releasing the discarnates.
Though considered an expert in the field of MPD,
he has been criticized by many of his colleagues for considering the
spiritual approach to the clinical treatment of MPD.
Dr. Richard Kluft has coined the term
co-presence, meaning an alter's ability to influence the experience
or behavior of another personality. This describes precisely the effect
of an attached earthbound spirit on the host.
Walter Young described a case of ostensible adult
onset of MPD. Duane, a veteran of World War II, began having
dissociative episodes after being discharged from the navy. Duane did
not drink or use drugs. He described an inner voice that had been
present since the war which sometimes advised suicide.
Duane had an unhappy childhood but there were not
the usual precipitating factors leading to MPD. Duane and a friend named
Max joined the navy together. In a tragic episode, Duane ordered Max to
stand Duane’s gunnery watch. A Japanese plane strafed the area and Max
was fatally wounded. Duane was with Max in the last moments and heard
Max promise, "I'll never leave you." Duane felt responsible for
the death of his friend.
With Duane under hypnosis, "Max" claimed to have
entered Duane because Max held Duane responsible for his death. He
claimed that he had a score to settle with Duane because "it wasn't may
time to die." He denied the presence of any other alters. He
acknowledged that he was the "voice" that Duane heard. He took control
occasionally and Duane was amnesic during these periods.
Max lived a hedonistic lifestyle when he was in
control of Duane’s body, riding motorcycles, having affairs with women,
and urging Duane to leave home on repeated trips. This fits the
definition of co-presence described above.
Previous psychiatric records revealed that a
dissociative condition was suspected. Max revealed that the former
psychiatrist knew of his presence and had attempted to "banish" him. He
just went away briefly and returned after the psychiatrist was gone.
This is the result of inadequate knowledge of the releasement process.
Duane left therapy with Dr. Young after three
months. His anxiety increased as hypnotic sessions were pursued with the
intention of exploring the war and early life experiences.
In the discussion, Dr. Young suggests several
unusual aspects of the case. Adult onset of MPD is little studied,
little understood and considered rare. A single alter in a case of MPD
is highly unusual. His discussion attempted to explain the case in
psycho-analytic terms but without concrete conclusions. The description
of the case of Duane and Max is typical of spirit attachment. There are
many specific indication, including the following:
There was no history which would indicate the
antecedents of MPD.
- The two were friends.
- Duane was present at the time of Max’s death.
- Duane felt guilt, Max felt blame. This is an
exact fit of emotions.
- Max promised "I’ll never leave you."
- Max stated that he had entered Duane. This is
a clear description which the therapist must accept as valid.
The voice urged suicide as a way of assuaging the blame and guilt and
achieving peace for both. This is typical of the influence of the dark
beings exacerbating the feelings of revenge. The idea of achieving peace
is a manipulative deception. With Max in control, Duane was amnesic of
the lifestyle adopted by Max. This is a case of occasional complete
takeover. Max knew he was a separate being and resisted the former
psychiatrist's efforts to banish him. Max was not at all confused by the
The situation worsened with further inadequate and
inappropriate treatment. Psychiatric intervention was obviously the
wrong treatment approach for the condition.
Spirit attachment, or possession, is not affected
by standard medical treatment, and traditional psychotherapy simply does
not apply. Psychiatric intervention, especially the use of mind altering
drugs, can exacerbate the condition. A process of releasing the attached
entity is the treatment of choice and indeed the only successful method
of alleviating the problem. the process is gentle, logical, methodical,
systematic and grounded in sound psycho-therapeutic principles.
Depossession, disobession, minor exorcism, or
spirit releasement procedures are not dangerous or frightening, once a
client is aware of the reality of the situation, and the therapist
harbors no fear of the subject. The condition of spirit attachment, if
properly treated, can be cleared immediately.
However, hypnotic suggestion can mask
organically caused symptoms, behavior can be altered by post-hypnotic
suggestion, and the placebo effect of any kind of treatment ritual is
well know. For these reasons a psychological evaluation is recommended
prior to the intervention and a thorough medical examination is
necessary if there are physical symptoms. This treatment cannot be
considered as a substitute for appropriate medical psychological
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Therapy with the multiple personality can be long
and arduous for the therapist as well as the patient. The therapeutic
alliance must be nurtured and strong trust established. This is the
foremost principle for the treatment of MPD and must be maintained as
the framework of the therapy.
Through the appropriate use of hypnosis, the
various alter personalities can be brought forward to the conscious
level. The focus is on the whole human being, and a contact must be
negotiated between the identified patient and the alters, agreeing to
commit to therapy, and to shun
suicide, homicide, or violence except in self
defense. Work must continue at a pace which is comfortable for the
patient, especially in sessions involving abreaction and catharsis of
traumatic experiences. A variety of therapeutic techniques can be used,
selected according to the uniqueness of the individual.
relationships among alters must be identified, and the overall
intrapsychic system determined.
All personalities must be accorded complete
respect as individuals, and each is afforded equal time in therapy.
Awareness, empathy, cooperation and communication are encouraged between
alters. All the parts are informed about their roles in the dissociated
system. This fosters a sense of the deeper unity which underlies the
apparent individuality of alternate personalities.
The end of successful therapy is fusion or
integration, and the individual must be protected following this. There
is a need for a quiet time for the body and mind to heal, like a wound
after surgery Experts disagree on the advisability of complete fusion or
integration of personalities as the treatment of choice, even though
complete and lasting integration has been accomplished in many cases. In
some instances, the alter personalities can maintain - and insist upon
maintaining - separate and peaceful coexistence. Sever stress can once
again lead to dissociation, even in a successfully fused multiple
The steps in the treatment of the multiple
personality can be listed as follows:
- Trust, establishing the therapeutic alliance
- Making and sharing the diagnosis.
- Communicating with the personalities and
honoring or validating them as individuals
- Contracting with the personalities to
continue therapy, not to harm self or others, including the
- Individual and system history gathering. This
means learning details such as the name; the age of the client when
the personality was created and its present age; the reasons for
creation and present function; where it was created - physically in
the real world, inside the head, and the present position in the
power structure; what functions it now serves; what problems and
issues arise; and how it was created.
- Therapeutically working the issues of each
- Special procedures, such as sand play, art
therapy, occupational therapy.
- Interpersonality communications, an early
step to co-consciousness and integration.
- Resolution and integration. After the
conflict areas are resolved, integration Is the goal. Some alters
refuse integrate, to be absorbed. Some fear they will die. An
acceptable but less stable form of resolution is a co-consciousness
or mutual cooperation among alter personalities. This is less than
- New coping skills.
- Social networking.
- Solidifying gains and skills.
- Follow up.
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, & 13 are also part of the treatment
process for spirit possession syndrome. Step 4 is less important, as the
release is most often accomplished during the same session as the
discovery of an attached spirit, less often, over a period of two to
five session. If the release is not completed during the session, it is
wise to request an agreement with the entity or entities to return for
another session. Regarding step 7, it is unnecessary to utilize adjunct
procedures for the attached spirits. Therapy with the entity is not
aimed at resolving its issues so it can lead a productive life; it has
left its physical body. It has no life. The goal is to bring about
sufficient resolution to release the emotional or physical bond which
holds the entity to the earth plane and sever its attachment to the
identified client. This will allow the next step to be accomplished -
that is, moving into the Light.
The point of widest divergence between the
therapies for the two conditions is step 9. After the resolution in
Spirit Releasement Therapy, the entity is sent on to its own evolution,
to its rightful place in the Light. One spirit cannot be fused with
another. it cannot be forced to blend or integrate with another by
separate, sovereign entity.
By letting go of something, releasing some
inappropriate connection, by getting rid of the burden of an attached
spirit, the client is left whole and complete in him or her self,
without the parasitic attachments. In therapy with multiples, the alter
personalities are fused, integrated, blended with the original
personality in the attempt to reestablish the wholeness which was
destroyed by early trauma.
The difference between MPD and SPS may be due to
the disparate theoretical frameworks, or therapeutic paradigms It may be
simply an artifact of the two distinct metaphors It may also indicate
that the two models are both valid and accurate in the description of
their respective conditions.
The two disorders have some characteristics in
common that appear similar in outward manifestations, yet are distinct
from one another in cause or precipitating factors,
onset, history, diagnosis, prognosis, and successful
treatment, and must be considered and treated differently. The treatment
for MPD is useless and confusing for a person burdened with attached
Releasing discarnates from the person afflicted
with MPD may allow for earlier success during treatment with the methods
appropriate to that condition. In fact, releasing attached spirits from
anyone beset by the lost earthbound souls will bring relief from imposed
ailments and behavior. It is the best recourse for the condition.
They agree to withdraw their operatives attached
to humans, recall their fleet of craft, and cease their intrusions on
our planet. With this release of the dark forces, an entire alien
civilization can also be liberated and turned toward their path of
evolution in the Light.
There is one power in the universe. It is the
Power of the Light; it is Flow, not Force. It is the power of love,
healing, and spiritual evolution. The power of the Light can be
distorted and misused by any being with such miscreant intention to
damage, control, or destroy others. This abuse is a violation of the
free will of the victim, the person who is the object of the distorted
force. It also violates the basic nature of the perpetrator; misuse of
the Power of the Light is a step backward in spiritual evolution.
At the core of every God-created
being is a spark of the God consciousness. Denial and defiance of this
spiritual heritage is a denial and defiance of God. At the innermost
core, each being knows the truth of its identity. This cannot be denied.
It is the way Home.
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SPIRIT RELEASEMENT THERAPY
(A Technique Manual)
WILLIAM J. BALDWIN. D.D.S. Ph.D.
This 450+ page book is required reading for all students of the
Lifestream Crystal Energywork Training and a must for anyone engaged in
working with others in a therapeutic setting. Dr. Baldwin has taken this
highly controversial topic and made it accessible to everyone with his
clarity, research and experience. This manual is extremely valuable to
both the lay person and professional therapist alike.
In this masterful presentation Bill has presented extensive
historical, theoretical and practical detail on a complete constellation
of spiritual work: present life recall, inner child work, regression
therapy, birth regression, past lives therapy, recovery of soul-mind
fragmentation, spirit releasement, remote spirit releasement, &
treatment of the demonic.
Dr. Roger Woolger, the author of Other Lives, Other Selves, has
rightly said that this manual "..illuminates the foggier borderlines
between sub-personalities, ancestral spirits, multiples, possessing
entities and past life selves."
Unlike many of the superficial popular treatments of this
extremely important topic, this book gives us an extensive historical,
theoretical, theological, and very practical foundation with which to
approach these phenomena.
Apart from the technical information, the fundamental of all
healing work is articulated quite succinctly:
"The final focus of our spiritual learning is love. The bottom
line of healing is love."
Bill has created for us not only a monumental synthesis of
psychological and spiritual understanding and insight, but a practical
presentation of how to implement the procedures and techniques that he
describes. Not only are the details of various methodologies presented,
but also the extensive requirements of anyone considering involvement
with this aspect of service.
Dr. Edith Fore, a pioneer in past life and entity attachment work,
author of "You Have Been Here Before", "The Unquiet Dead", and
"Encounters" says, in the forward of Dr. Baldwin’s book:
"Dr. Baldwin casts much light on the issue of differential
diagnosis, the starting point of any therapy in these fields. Without
this, an unsuspecting therapist might go off in the wrong direction.
"One of the aspects of Dr. Baldwin's work that sets him apart
from many of us who work along similar lines is his expertise in the
area of non-human entities. His fearlessness and years of experience now
offers the reader excellent descriptions of these beings and the
various categories involved as well as a step-by-step how-to approach to
freeing the client from their grip."
We wholeheartedly agree!
This is a "must read!"