by Eileen Watkins Seymour
Eileen Watkins Seymour began her work life as a Teacher, became a psychotherapist from the late 70ís and helped launch NLP in the UK and Europe when she co-founded the first NLP training centre in the UK in the early 80ís. Her pioneering approach to psycho-spiritual integration is now the subject of a practitioner programme, which she teaches with her partner Clive Digby-Jones at the Ravenscroft Centre in South Bucks, 01491 638767, email@example.com. They see clients as a healing duo in London and South Bucks and also work with corporate clients.
The following case study describes symptoms of multiple spirit attachment, namely a life-long deep melancholy prompting an attempted suicide, and the extraordinary story of the attached spirits whose forms were released, with healing light/energy being infused into the present, bringing lasting relief and release to the client, as she confirms.
In July 1999, I received a message on my answer machine from a young woman, saying, "I am having a bad time. I overdosed last week." She sounded weak and very fragile. When I talked to her, she told me that Social Services were sending some one to visit her, but that she wanted an appointment with me. This was arranged, and what follows is a record of what happened during our meetings.
As I gather information from Harriet, it isn't long until we find ourselves back at her beginnings, where it is revealed that her mother had had to cope with crisis after crisis as she carried Harriet. As a result, the decision Harriet made as a foetus was: "I am not happy and I can't be happy again". This was the start of her depression. "I can't see a way out of this," her foetal-self concludes. As the session continues, I help her to clarify a positive aim for herself and her therapy sessions. She starts with a desire to "value myself and be assertive." Then she realises that, in addition to judging her parents, she judges herself severely, which leaves her feeling demeaned and prevents her from feeling positive. We further learn that, when she was about three years old, her grandfather had abused her older sister. Becoming aware of this revelation seems to give her some relief.
Harriet reveals that her method of coping ever since she was a foetus had been to fragment her energetic being (fragmentation of consciousness is a well-known psychological process to deal with trauma). Some of her energy was cut off, compressed, suppressed; some of it was ejected entirely out of her body which, she argued, was a good thing as it enabled her to seek, find, recover and reintegrate her split-off energy. "My creative side is up there" (As she says this, she is gesturing upwards and towards the right, away from herself.) "I was crushed - disconnected from Mum. Mum creates a vortex. Some of my energy is outside; some is inside." (Splitting energy and creating a vacuum creates a space into which to attract other energy, as we shall see.) Harriet's goal then becomes "to not be negative - to know that, when I am unhappy, there is light at the end of the tunnel." (Note her particular choice of words.) At the end of the session, she says, "I want to be happy, fully relaxed, whole".
I introduce a scoring system - based on 1 to 10 - to see how close she feels she is to her goal, with 10 equal to being there, attaining it. She says she began the session with 4 out of 10 and now feels at 6, but is aiming for 10. To get a sense of her expectations, I ask her how many sessions she thinks she will need to reach 10. She prophetically declares "three".
We soon get back into the depths of her memories. She begins to recall an episode that took place when she was three. It hadn't made much of an impact, as far as she remembers, as she had been too young to appreciate what was going on. She then tells of the murder of Aunt Maureen and her three-year-old daughter, Harriet's cousin Joan. As she speaks, she begins to become aware of feelings of guilt - guilt that she is alive - and wonders whether they are jealous. "I'm here and they're not. I want to get away from that shadow of death that has grown, as I have got older. I was always a melancholy child."
Harriet explains that, in recent years, she has thought more and more frequently of her aunt and cousin, but did not understand why this was happening. I then ask Harriet to look into herself (literally) and she finds, much to her amazement, that her aunt and cousin are within the left hemisphere of her brain. This is no surprise to me as I had noticed her signalling in that direction as she spoke about them and suspected the presence there of a 'doorway'. I help Harriet to initiate a conversation in which I make direct contact with each entity in turn, asking her questions out loud. Each responds via Harriet, who speaks their words and is able to sense the truth of what they say. Harriet, like most clients, has no prior experience of this kind of psychic connection, which arises naturally through the process and without any formal or informal trance induction. The client is able to discern the rightness of the answers and the relevance of the developing story, the feelings involved, and the interactions between individual energies/entities. While Harriet is aided by my questions and comments, she receives the answers directly and is, thereby, increasingly empowered as a medium for her own healing. Maureen tells Harriet that they are there "to make her aware of what had happened to them and to get some completion. At this point, Harriet's new goal becomes "to make peace with Auntie and Cousin Joan, and to feel less guilty for being here... I want to get away from the shadow of death that has grown as I get older."
Aunt Maureen begins to tell Harriet the tragic story of her thwarted love. She and Khalid had been very much in love, but his parents were dead set against the union as she, Maureen, was not of their culture. Khalid was going to marry Maureen anyway. Khalid's mother, unable to bear the thought of this, had murdered both Maureen and little Joan by choking them to death while her husband stood guard. (They were both later imprisoned for the murders and died in incarceration.)
Further exploration of Harriet's 'internal universe' and various 'doorways' uncovers the presence of Zara, Khalid's mother, and her husband, both of whom have been residing in Harriet's right cerebral hemisphere. As we uncover Harriet's energetic construct and the 'energies' - these spirits that need to 'complete' to be at final rest - it becomes clear that they are the source of Harriet's negative feelings and that, on occasions, it is their words that she has been speaking.
Khalid, who had committed suicide after the murder, is found outside of Harriet's body, in front of her and slightly to the right. He is adamant in his refusal to connect with, talk to or forgive his parents. However, Maureen is willing to forgive Zara and tells her, "I really loved your son. It was such a waste". She then says to Harriet, "We know that we've caused you pain. We stayed as a link to meet them (Khalid and his parents) and to say what needed saying."
Khalid's father has remained silent, as has little Joan, but the links have been made and everyone is given the opportunity to say whatever he or she needs or wants to say. We talk about the unfortunate cultural barriers and the misfortune that arises because of them. Then, I get the sense that I must have Khalid's parents call their community together to both teach and heal them all. Harriet reports that hundreds of people are gathering as she continues to look into her right brain area. I suggest that a spokesperson be chosen from among them. We remind them all of the tragedy that had taken place. The spokesperson says, "We are all ashamed. We all think it was such a waste." Finally, Khalid is able to address his parents and tells them, "I forgive you, Mother and Father". "We love our son, we always have," replies his mother.
Aunt Maureen then says, "I'm glad it's been resolved, so that I can stop thinking about not being here and yet being here, growing up with Harriet". When I ask her what her next evolutionary step is, she answers, "To regenerate, to go out [come out of Harriet] to say goodbye". We discuss whether Joan's and her energies will recycle and integrate into Harriet to help her realise the benefits of expression and manifestation. Joan then speaks for the first time, saying that she wants to go to the Light. Her grandparents come for her. "Say hello to Maureen for us," they say. "We think of her, and we want to thank Harriet." "Goodbye," says Harriet.
And the other energies? They, too, want to move out of Harriet. I ask her to look inside them (using the 'x-ray vision' of the inner eyes that we all have) to find their Light, and help it to radiate through their metaphysical bodies to release them into the pure Light, which Harriet then senses expanding within her body.
Third and final session
We spend this final hour dealing with her obsessive desire to work and to overachieve which, in the past, had been the major way that she could feel good about herself. We deal with the dialogues in her head to allow her more creativity, a process that had begun since her second session. She has bought herself a piano. "I will learn to play it," she tells me. "I'm going to finish decorating my room and am going to buy a sewing machine. I look forward to being more creative at work. Before this evening I couldn't see where there could be any scope for it, but now I can see".
A follow-up phone call 8 November 2000
"I have also found, since receiving help from Eileen, that, although I still have lows which can be painful, I consider that the source is my being sensitive, rather than depressive. This is because I now have the ability to cope. Indeed, as my belief in myself has grown, I have found that I can actually cope with quite a lot.
"To summarise, I now have what I never had before - that is, a personal sense of proportion and perspective, essential tools for a happy mind and life."
Case reported by Eileen Watkins Seymour