Spirit Release Therapy

Spirit Release Therapy is a clinical approach to clear a spirit entity from a persons energy field that has been affecting their well being. A spirit entity is the consciousness of a person who has died and left their physical body but remained earthbound. When it attaches itself to a building its referred to as a ghost and when it attaches to a person its often called a spirit attachment.


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The history of spirit release therapy involves many of the world religions and shamanic traditions that have mentioned removing spiritual entities. When performed by religious person such as a priest its called exorcism.

One of the first medical doctors using spirit release was Dr Carl Wickland (1) who in 1924 released an earthbound spirit with the help of mediumship from his wife, and spent the next 30 years pioneering this work. Among his recorded cases were patients diagnosed with psychosis that was resolved following spirit release. This is of particular interest because it represents a group of patients whose suffering is at the extreme end of the scale of mental illnesses, and the most difficult to treat using traditional medical and psychotherapeutic methods.

William Baldwin’s book Spirit Releasement Therapy (2) was a breakthrough in documenting many of the techniques that could be used with spirit release. Psychiatrist Shakuntala Modi (3) also added to this body of knowledge, and Louise Ireland-Frey in her book Freeing the Captives (4) introduced more respectability in the subject given her professional medical background. All gave examples of clients whose therapist followed a protocol assuming the presence of spirit attachments and their client’s symptoms of intrusive thoughts, loss of energy, and unwanted behaviours immediately improved.

Meanwhile in the UK Dr Alan Sanderson, a consultant psychiatrist at Fairfield Hospital, quietly used release therapy in the Health Service. Since leaving in 1997 (5) he gave talks of his case studies and successes with spirit release to the Spirituality Special Interest Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 2000 he established the Spirit Release Foundation (6) backed by a group medical practitioners and complementary therapists. It aimed to redress the imbalance between the experiences of professionals in private practice and the need for education in mainstream psychiatry.

Is Spirit Release Real?

The existence of spirit attachments is a controversial subject. Although there are few empirical studies to confirmed the existence of spirit attachments or the beneficial results of spirit release therapy, some medical practitioners, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and therapists have found it a very effective therapeutic approach.

Michael Newton, who introduced the amazing spiritual world between lives in his book Journey of Souls (7), takes the position that spirit attachments do not exist. This was based on the accounts of thousands of clients who, in their life between lives, never mentioned they had a spirit attachment. Past life and regression therapists belonging to Spiritual Regression Therapy Association and also of the Earth Association of Regression Therapy have found amazing reduction in client symptoms after releasing what appeared to be spirit attachments. Regression therapy pioneers including Hans Ten dam, Roger Woolger and myself teach it in our training schools.

Spirit Release Therapy Research

The research I did with Ian Lawton in the book Exploring the Eternal Soul (8) made a small contribution in untangling this subject. The research subjects had previously experienced a between lives regression to explore soul memories in deep hypnosis. In the second session interactive communication was established to the evolved spirits of light called by a variety of names such as Council, Elders, and Wise Ones encountered on this journey. I’ll refer to them as Elders in this article. These evolved spirits are beyond the need to reincarnate on Earth and review a soul’s life plan and the final preparation before incarnation. Working in a group they have a collective knowledge far greater than any individual spirit. Also, because the client is in deep hypnosis, conscious mind interference is minimised. Structured questions were asked about a range of subjects including spirit attachments. The reliability of the information was established by looking for consistency between the answers from ten different groups of Elders working through ten different subjects.

All the groups of Elders confirmed that after death some souls do not immediately return to the spirit realms and remain earthbound for a variety of reasons – they are not aware they are dead, wanting to stay with loved ones on the earth plane, fear of going to the light, the attraction of staying in the material world, and sometimes because the unsolved negative energy they hold makes it difficult to respond to the pull home. When a person with spirit attachments dies some attachments may leave of their own accord. Others remain attached until the soul has crossed over and gone for energy healing. At that time they are removed by a lattice work of energy filters and given a choice of continuing to be earthbound or going to the spirit realms. This happens without the client’s soul being aware of the process. It is worth remembering that following physical death consciousness is often in a confused state and in physical life most people are unaware they have a spirit attachment. So it is not surprising that life between lives clients do not mention they have had a spirit attachment removed.

The research confirmed that spirit attachments can either be lightly attached at the edges of a client’s energy field or are deep inside on a hook. The hook is when a client went through some emotional crisis earlier in life, which provided an opening in their energy field for the discarnate to enter. It’s like a form of psychic resonance – the unsolved emotions of the discarnate and the client’s current life issues. This is important to know because after the spirit attachment is removed the client’s current life issues need to be resolved to remove the hook. Otherwise this is an opening for other discarnate energies to attach to in the future.

Symptoms of Spirit Attachments

Fringe spirit attachments, where the energy sits at the very outside of a person’s energy system, may have little effect. But then there are other spirit attachments that can be much deeper, where the soul energy almost feeds off the energy of the person to whom they have become attached and they feel low in energy. They most commonly have an effect upon a person’s health, because their energy is being disrupted.

There can be a merging of thought processes if the attachment is deep enough and has dense enough energies, so that the person they’ve attached to starts to experience unwanted thoughts and emotional outburst which come from the spirit attachment. A person may feel drawn towards some behaviour they would not normally do. If the attachment has a large enough opening, they might be allowing that soul energy to really live through them, and even to take them over in some way.

Spirit Release Therapy Techniques

It may be worth reviewing the traditional techniques of spirit release before discussing new approaches. Detection using the client can be achieved by scanning their energy field, ideo-motor finger signalling, or various kinesiology tests. Whilst this is fine most of the time some spirit attachments can block the communication so they can remain undetected. The therapist needs to have independent methods of detection, including the therapist’s intuition, a pendulum, or using their own ideo-motor finger signalling.

The first check is to establish if any of the spirit attachments can be removed without communication. Normally these are on the edge of a client’s energy field and are ready to go to the light with the help of a spirit guide.

Other attachments may be unwilling to go to the light or want to stay with the client so communication is needed. Though some therapists may encourage the client to talk directly to the attachment, I find it easier to allow the attachment to talk through the client. This also causes the client’s conscious mind to disassociate taking them into deep trance – useful for later therapy work.

Communication initially is aimed at weakening the hold the spirit attachment has on the client – reminding the attachment it is dead, that it is not in its own body, and that the client does not want it. Following this initial step the strategy is to find out what is needed for it to go to the spirit realms – reunited with a loved one, recreating some aspect of the human world, or overcoming any fear. With these and other intuitive insights spirit attachments are eager to return home.

Finally the client’s energy field needs filling with healing energy and any hook removed through regression therapy. My book Healing the Eternal Soul (9) goes into these techniques in more detail. Students taught these approaches enjoy doing the work because it’s quick, done with love, and allows them to use their intuition. This is totally different from exorcism that uses fear to try and force the spirit attachment from the person, which often results in the spirit attachment jumping to another person.

Spirit Release Therapy Energetic Techniques

So what happens with spirit attachments that are unresponsive to leaving the client despite all the persuasive attempts of the therapist? When they are deep inside a client’s energy field the effects can be profound – Hans TenDam calls them obsessors. William Baldwin had a powerful technique of bringing down love/light to the spirit attachment that transforms them. The alternative is to simply ask for spirit guides to take them away. This could result in energy fragments left behind or the spirit attachment may break free from the guide and re-enter the host or another person. Not desirable and only used as a last resort.

Over the last ten years the increasing vibration of the Earth has been amplifying the dense energy of unresolved issues in the spirit attachments. Other forms of dense energy is being agitated – left over energies from war, torture, various earth energies, black magic, and residual energy from earlier civilisation energy experiments. I call all this Dark Energy. It is not to be confused with what Baldwin referred to as demonic possession. In the research I did with Ian Lawton the groups of Elders advice was that demonic forces are just in the minds of people. If they expect to encounter them they will. Dark energy on the other hand is simply a collective name for spirit attachments that are difficult to remove, including a range of intrusive energies or fragments that have a very strong energy source.

In 2009 I was fortunate to be one of a small group of therapists given channeled techniques from the Elders to clear dark energy. I did wonder when I first started doing this work why the Elders did not do all the work themselves. But it appears that reaching into the dense energy of Earth to remove dark energy is difficult from their higher vibrational levels. I’ve now used this technique with hundreds of clients, working in both one-to-one sessions and remotely. Feedback from clients and various independent checks I have confirmed it works in all cases. Indeed it has been so successful that its use has been extended by me to clearing dark energy from areas of land – in particular ancient religious sites and energy portals – in the UK, Peru, Singapore, India, South Pacific, Hawaii, and New Zealand.

To use this new approach the therapist needs to be able to use independent higher mind communication – their own ideo-motor finger signalling is best. This enables communication with Elders for assistance and enables checks to be made quite separate from interference from dark energy in the client’s energy field.

The therapist needs to be very careful to fully protect themselves and others energetically – including physical barriers, energetic barriers, and essential oils. Everyone is different so a therapist will need personalised protection. Therapists who don’t do this or think they don’t need protection are advised not to even consider doing this work because dark energy fragments can have a significant effect on them – depleted energy field, sudden exhaustion, the inability to think clearly, irritability, and lack of motivation. Prolonged exposure can lead to serious health issues.

The process of removal is creating an energy portal using high vibrational energy intuitively controlled by the therapist to flush way the unwanted energy through the portal. Afterwards healing energy is given to the client and the therapist needs to check they are clear of dark energy fragments.

One area needs further explanation. It is unlikely that communication will be possible with dark energy spirit attachments so these attachments have to be removed against their will. The free will of humans or spirit attachments is normally respected by the spirit world because this is how we experience and grow as souls. However, at this special time of energetic planetary change, dark energy is quite simply getting in the way. In certain situations the higher needs of humanity override the individual need. Nevertheless the therapist needs to ensure the Elders / Spirit Guide give permission and allow this aspect to be resolved at higher spiritual levels.

Another area that needs clarifying is working directly with high vibrational energy. Some therapists already do this. For others permission is needed. An intuitive check with the higher mind is needed, such as using a pendulum. Normally I find a therapist has to clear their unfinished business and work from the heart before these higher vibrations can flow safely through their energy field.

What Happens in Spirit Release Therapy?

Normally a single session is enough to clear spirit attachments by a professionally trained therapist. If the persons emotional issues have opened their energy field for the spirit attachment to enter this needs resolving to stop new attachments entering in the future, and more sessions will be needed

It is advisable that basic energy management is taught to minimise spirit attachments happening in the future. Clearing obsessive spirit attachments or dark energy is a specialist area and best left to therapists specialising in this area such as those belonging to the Spiritual Regression Therapy Association. Cost varies from country to country and is usually charged on an hourly rate.

Spirit Release Therapy Summary

Clearing spirit attachments from clients has grown in importance over the last few years. The traditional method of clearing spirit attachments is quick and effective for many types of intrusive energy and can be done in a single one or two hour session. However, there is a growing need to clear stronger more difficult types of energy called dark energy and energetic techniques can be used.

By Andy Tomlinson


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