Spirit Releasement Therapy has become recognized
over recent years as vitally important to psychological healing
for certain individuals, mostly as a result of the excellent pioneering
work of William Baldwin. I highly recommend his book on the subject,
“Healing Lost Souls.” If you are a therapist, you will
want to read his “Spirit Releasement Therapy,” which
covers other valuable therapeutic modalities as well, compatible
with Emotional Clearing (EC) work, such as soul fragmentation
and past life work. (http://www.spiritreleasement.org/)
Spirit Releasement Therapy proposes that discarnate
entities sometimes come into contact with persons living on the
earth plane and become “attached” to them. “Discarnate”
means dwelling on the next plane of existence after the death of
the physical body. There are a variety of reasons for the
attachment, but generally the attached entities have known the person
and have unfinished business with them, often trying to help them.
However, the presence of attached entities is usually of a disturbing
nature to the person. Although the person is normally not directly
conscious of them, they can amplify difficult emotional states and
constitute a critical energy drain, contributing to depression.
They can make the person feel as if something outside them is taking
them over, making them do things they would not ordinarily do. Baldwin
maintains that the feelings of the entity can be passed on to the
person, so that the person takes on those feelings, making them
their own. He has cited numerous cases where rapid healing of stubborn
psychological symptoms has resulted from a spirit releasement, a
procedure in which the attached entity is contacted and directed
to its true home in the spiritual world.
Spirit releasement work for me occurred spontaneously while doing
standard EC therapy with clients. In a deeply relaxed alpha
state, clients sensed a distressed presence that seemed to not be
a part of themselves; i.e., not a split-off, suppressed, emotionally-based
fragment that needed primarily to be integrated. Investigation of
the presence – the attached entity – revealed it to
be a distinct personality that could be conversed with through the
client, and which had been drawn to the client on the inner psychic
We really don’t know whether to take this paradigm as being
literally true, or as just a particularly vivid, metaphoric mechanism
of the subconscious imagination that is activated when we go deep
into the unknown. However, literal, objective truth seems to be
beside the point. Spirit releasement work has proven to be an effective,
critically important part of the work I have done with certain clients.
In EC therapy, we accept whatever the client may uncover in
the exploration of the subconscious as being true for them, especially
when there is significant emotional content. This is the same approach
as when we uncover “past lives.” Past lives may or may
not be authentically valid, but there is no question that therapeutically
processing their emotional content can be highly beneficial to emotional
However, just as I do tend to “believe” in past lives,
I have been impressed enough by my work with clients to also “believe”
in the concept of attached entities, and the need, at least in some
people, to release them to effect a complete emotional healing.
This belief is based on first-hand experience with clients –
being there with them as they discover and then interact with, converse
with, and complete unfinished business with these attached spirits.
The reality of it is impressive – it just seems and feels
real, especially since the work can be quite emotionally moving.
On a more objective note, I have been impressed, for example, in
observing a client who had no previous exposure to any literature
on the subject - had not heard about, didn't know about spirit attachment
- go through a “textbook” release of a dark force entity
(DFE), with the entity responding exactly as Baldwin explains they
will to the steps of the spirit releasement protocol and particularly
to the discovery of the light within itself.
Baldwin and others have adequately described the theory and practice
of spirit releasement, at least in terms of Baldwin’s method.
I will not duplicate their work here, but will try to add to it
based on my own experience and my approach to inner emotional healing.
When I was learning spirit releasement therapy I brought in two
other professional releasement therapists at different times to
work with my clients, with me present, for special sessions that
I thought I did not have the experience to handle, to round out
the guidance I have received from Baldwin’s books.
The spirit releasement process in itself is actually fairly simple,
once the entity is contacted. They are usually eager to speak, and
to clarify why they have been attached to this person, and to be
helped. Even the dark force entities seem to respond readily to
standard procedure. The key here is in contacting the entity. Because,
in order to perform the spirit releasement, with Baldwin’s
procedure, the client must sense the attached spirit, and be able
to “hear” it speak. The client then channels the voice
of entity, repeating it to the therapist so that the therapist can
dialogue with it and direct it through the releasement procedure.
When channeling is happening, the client channels the entity in
the first person, and the therapist converses with it as if with
another client, finding out what it wants, what business it may
have with the primary client, and helping it to complete that business.
When completed, the entity is ready to leave on its own free will.
The malevolent entities that can be attached may be vindictive spirits
who have passed on from the earth plane, or may be true DFEs with
no previous earth lives. These DFEs are of demonic origin. Their
only purpose is to disrupt. Baldwin suggests they are always present
in cases with history of sexual abuse or violence, and in my relatively
limited experience, I would agree. When dealing with malevolent
entities or DFEs, Baldwin advises the therapist to summon the aid
of higher spiritual forces, such as Archangel Michael and the personal
spirit guides of the client, and I have found this to be excellent
advice. I have never summoned the Archangel Michael power without
feeling a shudder run through my body, and the client feels it too.
This powerful benefic force, summoned for impersonal healing purposes,
never fails to respond and to take charge on the inner planes. The
DFE is at the mercy of that power and eventually has no choice but
to leave. Indeed, once discovered, they are on their way out.
Actually, I have found so far that the kind of DFEs encountered
at this level are not intellectually bright and may be easily dominated
by the will of a savvy and assertive therapist. They may be likened
to a nuisance that may be readily attended to and resolved, once
attention is turned in that direction. However, if left unattended,
their continual unconscious presence and negative pressure can build
up and seriously add to tendencies of depression and destructive
acting out. Certainly, there is no need to be in fear of them, as
is usually our first uninformed reaction, based on exposure to such
sensationalistic sagas as The Exorcist.
Why do we attract such entities? This is a key point that I feel
needs to be recognized and emphasized more than Baldwin and other
spirit releasement professionals have, and is possibly an area where
I can make a contribution. This point also aligns spirit releasement
work very much with EC work. We attract inner-plane entities
because of the unreleased negative energies we hold within. These
negative energies, which can be equated to suppressed emotions and
feelings, attract discarnate beings with a similar or corresponding
energetic. Our weakened condition, because of the suppression we
carry, makes us vulnerable. For example, if we are carrying large
amounts of suppressed anger based on an unresolved authority conflict,
we can attract a similar discarnate being who will amplify our negative
feelings and urge us to act out the anger, in a misguided effort
to resolve its own dilemma. If we approach spirit releasement with
the intent of only releasing such an attached entity, we do not
resolve the inner condition that allowed the spirit releasement
to occur in the first place, and any spirit releasement is only
a partial step towards healing. What needs to happen is for the
inner suppressed negativity to be healed.
When this is understood, it puts a new light on spirit releasement
work. In fact, it has been my experience that the actual spirit
releasement is just a small part of the program. Even if we suspect
that an attached entity is present, we will take counseling time
to carefully address the emotional issue, bringing it through the
process, clearing the feelings. Most of the work requires subtle,
skilled, sensitive therapy. At a certain point in the process, usually
as intense feelings are called up from the subconscious for clearing,
it will become apparent if an entity is present and needs to be
released. We get to the entity through the emotion. The session
shifts to dialoguing with the entity, and the spirit releasement
protocol is used. Spirit releasement is typically just part of the
process, and is even somewhat mechanical compared to the soulful,
emotional therapy that has been done. Let me cite a few examples
from actual client work to illustrate:
It is desirable to release any attached entities as soon as possible
in the course of therapy, so they don’t interfere with the
emotional healing that the client needs, but this is not always
possible. As we invoked an attached entity that corresponded to
a client’s childhood sexual abuse trauma, we came upon the
perpetrator, her grandfather. We came to this point after several
sessions of intensely processing the incident, which in itself was
not at first within conscious view of the client, but only became
apparent as we explored feelings of sexual inadequacy and disinterest
with her husband. The grandfather had stayed with the little girl
out of guilt, and wanted to apologize, not only for abusing her,
but her mother as well. After we heard his moving apology, he left.
However, it was also the young girl’s/adult’s unconscious
blame that had attached the spirit of the grandfather. After the
client was able to finally and authentically drop blame and reach
forgiveness, did she release the spirit. So, it was a two-way deal
– the client was unconsciously inviting the spirit to attach
because of her blame, and the need to get even. In fact, I have
often asked a spirit if it is ready to leave, and it will say that
the client does not want it to go. This does not refer to the conscious
mind of the client, but to unconscious attachment of the client
to the entity. It does no good if the therapist urges the client,
“Are you ready for it to leave? / tell it to leave,”
etc. It’s the unconscious that invites.
Another client suffered childhood trauma with the loss of her father,
who died when she was young. Her severe grief was suppressed, and
the grief-stricken child part of her fragmented into the unconscious
with an intense call to him to not leave her. He heard her anguished
call on the other side, and has stayed with her until the present
in an effort to help her. However, his presence has not helped but
has only been a source of emotional confusion, pain, and burden.
Almost all of our work was on recalling the split-off fragment,
processing the grief and abandonment that the young girl experienced.
Several intense sessions were needed until the young girl/adult
reached the point where she no longer called out for her father
to stay. At that point, she had released him, and the spirit releasement
process took only a few minutes. But if we had simply barged right
in, trying to bring this spirit into a dialogue with the purpose
of “releasing” it, we would have done little good.
Another client discovered a husband from a previous life with her,
attached in spirit form. In that life, he had severely sexually
abused and humiliated her. His intent was to apologize and obtain
her forgiveness, but his inner turmoil was only compounding the
unresolved negative emotions in her. We were able to release him
as soon as we discovered him, but then she needed several sessions
to completely work through her own feelings of lack of self-worth
as a woman and being used, abused, and humiliated sexually. Taking
responsibility for the feelings, and ceasing to blame her husband
(from that life) was a critical element of the therapy.
Another client discovered a DFE whose only purpose was to hold him
down, make him fail, and make him depressed. It was easily released
with the help of the higher powers, but we had to do a lot of work
before and after the releasement regarding suppressed feelings of
lack of self-esteem, inadequacy, and guilt over early childhood
sexual abuse. These were the feelings that created the vulnerability
for the DFE to come in and to amplify the feelings, and if we had
released this DFE before the inner work was done and he was made
psychically strong, another would have come along to take its place.
The guilt, and the impulse to punish himself, was a central part
of what enabled the DFE to attach, and we had to work on releasing
the guilt before he could release the DFE, because he had, indeed,
formed an attachment to it and even unconsciously considered it
to be a part of his identity.
Baldwin’s method may be said to be somewhat confrontational.
The therapist brings the client into a hypnotic state, and in that
state of expanded inner awareness, may ask the client to look inside
and find anything that “does not belong there.” Or,
the therapist may ask that any attached entity come forward that
corresponds to the client’s stated concern, such as a recurring
emotional or bodily pain. Results can be obtained in this way, and
I use this approach if I feel the client has the capacity and is
ready for it. But if this direct approach is used too soon, it is
likely the client will not be able to respond – the capacity
to channel will not have been developed yet. It is similar to trying
to regress a client to a past life by simply telling them to go
there – to find the past life that is responsible for the
present condition, which many past-life “therapists”
think is all you need to do to practice past-life therapy. I have
found that, unless the client has a developed psychic ability, it
takes several, maybe five or even ten sessions to get to the point
where they can channel an entity or a past life. And then, I prefer
it to happen spontaneously, as a result of the raw, suppressed emotion
coming up and the guidance of the higher self, whom we always invite
to direct the session. It’s the emotion, rising from the subconscious,
in a skillfully directed therapy session, that opens the door to
the awareness of an attached entity or the memory of the past life.
For people who are reluctant to accept the idea of entity attachment,
or are totally unfamiliar with it, I have found that I am able to
incorporate spirit releasement in subtle ways without needing to
go through a long explanation of what it is that might get them
nervous and may promote performance anxiety. This may be my approach
unless I know that the client is at ease with the metaphysical concept
of spirit attachment. For example, I worked with one client who
felt guilt over an abortion. We processed the feelings behind the
guilt, and at the right point, I simply asked the client if she
was ready to release her child, and allow her to go into the light.
She said she was, and the spirit was released. I sensed right from
the beginning, as we went into the alpha state induction together,
that the child was attached to the mother, but we did not need to
Clients who have finished work with me, of course, still continue
working on themselves. I don’t believe there is really any
end to inner work as long as we are on the earth plane. They have
reported that they are able to perform spirit releasements on themselves.
The key is to get to the releasement through the emotion. Don’t
try to do a spirit releasement with the conscious mind. Sit with
your feelings, processing them, as I have described in detail in
my book Emotional Clearing. Surround yourself with white light to
protect yourself. Let the feeling build, and when the feeling is
intense, if you suspect an attachment, look inside. Allow that feeling
to become personified, and to form an inner image of some sort.
Any image will do, but seeing it as a type of being will probably
be most effective. Start to talk, inwardly, with the being. It’s
ok to use your imagination. Find out what it wants, why it’s
there, what it has to tell you. If you listen, you will hear it
speak. You may not know at first whether it is a split-off part
of your own or an authentic attached entity, but if it’s really
an attached entity, you eventually will be able to discern it. Any
feelings that come up, take as your own. FEEL them – move
them through the EC process by accepting, experiencing, and
witnessing them. Then, when it seems like the feelings are settling
or lessening, release the entity if you think there might be one
Again visualize brilliant white light around yourself, protecting
you inside your aura. Visualize the attached entity and put it outside
your aura. Now bring the light to the attached entity. If the being
is dark or ominous, the light will have an affect on it. It will
seem to get lighter. Keep surrounding it with light, watching it
get lighter. Ask your spirit guides (and Archangel Michael if the
entity seems very dark) to guide the process, to protect you, and
bring the entity to the light. As you continue to watch, the being
will vanish. All this can take only seconds.
At this point, it is important to keep bringing in white light to
fill up the space vacated by the entity. If the releasement was
successful, you should feel a bodily-psychic sensation of lightness
where there was heaviness. Keep filling the space with light, and
especially feel the joyfulness of the light. Let the joyfulness
empower you, and lift you out of the space of darkness where you
were. Thank your spirit guides and ask that they be with you always.
See the light surrounding you on all sides again and affirm that
it always stay with you, protecting you. Use any other image of
protection that may occur to you. I have used an army of ancient
soldiers with big rectangular shields close together with spears
pointing out from between them on all sides of me.
If you feel different after the procedure, consider it a success.
Don’t doubt the experience – asking yourself if was
it real, or if you imagined it. Treat it like a past life. We don’t
really know for sure whether these experiences are “real,”
but it doesn’t matter. At the very least, they are effective
metaphors for bringing up emotion for processing – this is
always the key, and this alone makes them valuable. Always go with
the emotion, or feeling behind any inner experience, and always
let your feelings bring the spontaneous experience to you. Don’t
push. Trust you are being guided. Peace.