‘Spirit Release Therapy': When Psychologists Conduct Exorcisms

exorcismI would try spirit release therapy but I am afraid of what might come out. Via the Epoch Times:

“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,” wrote Dr. Terence Palmer, a psychologist and the first person in the U.K. to earn a Ph.D. in spirit release therapy.

Some psychologists are returning to the methods developed by our ancestors to help patients with symptoms of possession. Dr. William Baldwin (1939–2004) founded the practice of spirit release therapy and he also used past-life regression treatments.

Dr. Baldwin developed a method of helping people exorcise their demons so to speak. It is thought that traumatic experiences can especially cause a person’s consciousness to withdraw and give the body over to other forms of consciousness.

In spirit release therapy, the patient is hypnotized so it is easier to access the other consciousnesses in the person’s mind. Dr. Baldwin has said that about half of his hypnotized patients could see silver threads, like those described in Ecclesiastes in the Bible as connecting the human spirit to the body.

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  • Thurlow Weed

    As an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church, Inc., I can see how $pirit Release Therapy would profit humanity.

  • New Monkey

    Can spirits get possessed by other spirits? Like you could have a bad spirit that is really a possessed good spirit…

    • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes

      You mean like Absinthe of Mugwort?

  • BuzzCoastin

    like psychologists don’t already deal in enough psychobabble bullshit
    they gotta add this to the mix

    • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes

      ADHD is my Super Power… they know.

  • Craig Bickford

    This is bull shit. I wonder if these are MK insiders who have publicized a treatment plan for their assets who stray off the reservation. That’s actually more believable than this silliness.

  • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes

    So basically Dr. William Baldwin studied world religion (poorly) and then used that knowledge to ritualistically abuse his patients?

  • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes
  • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

    Maybe a doctorate is the ticket to get people to just throw money at me…

  • Hoarfraust

    We don’t know what consciousness it or how it works. We know that our internal identities are entirely fictitious: “characters” created from bits and pieces of beliefs we have about ourselves. So why is it so shocking that in the realm of the subconscious we might find other beliefs posing as characters? I think it’s the word “spirit” that throws people off. I think these practices can be of great benefit to people, and that they (and consciousness itself) are due much more research.

    • Thurlow Weed

      Quackery supported by balderdash is all that this article describes.

      • Hoarfraust

        Haha Thurlow Weed. I read the article, but have had other experiences with this type of work through Deep Memory Process. I did’t say “this is real”. I did’t say “this is not real”. It’s a facinating sybject is all. I have little respect for the view of what I call “Flat Earth Scientists” who cling to what is already known now and parrot it ad nauseum so that they never have to challenge their identities as The Knower. These people will innovate nothing. Having said that, I agree that there is always someone somewhere looking to cash in on the gullible.

    • https://twitter.com/anti_euclidean ÿ

      ÿ will gladly pay you tuesday for a cheeseburger today…

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