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Spirit Release - Mystical Experiences and its Value in Psychology

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The Scientific Approach of F.W.H. Myers to the Study of Mystical Experiences, and its Value to Psychology
by Terry Palmer

Towards the end of the nineteenth century there was a flurry of activity in the scientific exploration of a wide variety of anomalous experiences including mesmerism, spiritualism, dissociation, spirit appearances and related unexplained phenomena. Leading lights in scientific investigations into these areas included such names as William James of Harvard University in the United States, Pierre Janet of the Salpêtrière mental hospital in Paris and Edmund Gurney, Frank Podmore and Frederic Myers of the Society for Psychical Research in London. Frederic Myers maintained that the emerging science of psychology in the late nineteenth century had lost its way by abandoning its most fundamental question – what is the nature of mind? Myers, in his determination to use robust scientific method was careful to avoid philosophical argument or religious belief systems. Myers’ scientific method also aimed to bypass the influences of expectation, suggestion, preconceived assumptions and socio-cultural belief systems in order to arrive at an objective understanding of all subjective experience. This paper summarises Myers’ use of trance as his scientific method and is a reminder to both experimental and clinical psychologists of the value of using this method in their work.

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About the Author
Terry Palmer Terry Palmer is an independent therapist with a batchelor's degree in psychology from Christchurch University at Canterbury, a master's degree in the study of mysticial experience from the University of Kent, a doctorate in spiritual philosophy from Bedworth University and a professional qualification in therapeutic hypnosis from the Proudfoot School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. He is engaged in research for my doctorate (PhD) in the psychology of religion at the University of Wales, Bangor

Background Reading
The following books are recommended as further information to the above article.

Spirit Releasement

Spirit Release

The Unquiet Dead

Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits

The following links to other website may be of interest:

Terry Palmer - http://www.transpersonalpsychologist.net/

Background Articles
The following articles are the process of development and will be added to and updated on a regular basis.

The Soul Journey

Soul/Body Link

Health Issues

Death & Transition

Copper Beech Tree
Stone head
Sunset - Egypt
The articles here explore the recent developments in understanding the journey of the soul through various incarnations as well as information about its sojourn in between lives in the spirit realms.
The Soul's Journey
In order to experience the Soul needs to be energetically linked into the body. The articles here look at various models that explains how this might occur, providing a further insight into the Soul/mind/body link.
The Soul/Body Link
Soul Fragments and Retrieval
Imbalances between the Soul and the mind/body can lead to a large range of health issues including mental and psychological problems. Mental imbalances include 'Dissociative Disorders' and 'Trance States'.
Causes for Attachments
Electromagnetic Pollution
One of the most challenging experiences that we will all have to face is the death of the physical body. The Near Death Experience or NDE tells us what should happen and provides insights into why spirits get trapped.
Death and Transition
Near Death Exp.(NDE)

Trapped Souls

Psychic Issues

Spirit Attachments

Spirit Release

Graveyard - Scotland
There appear to be many reasons why Souls fail to make a full transition and become trapped or 'earthbound' and still able to influence the physical planes. We explore here some of the issues involved.
Earthbound Souls
Sensitive people can be aware of a whole range of 'subtle' energies that can cause them considerable distress. The articles here explore these various states and the way that negative energies can be deliberately created.
Geopathic Stress
Individuals suffering invasions or spirit attachments claim a wide variety of different types of attaching entities, in addition to normal human Souls. We look here at some of the claims that have been made.
Spirit Attachments
Shadow Entities
We explore the processes that can be adopted to help release trapped or 'earthbound' spirits. The articles here also considers the differences between spirits that attach to people and those that are stuck in places.
Spirit Release
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 - Places Part1
 - Places Part2
 - People Background
 - People
 - Demonic Release Pt1
 - Demonic Release Pt2


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