Article 1: Exploring the After Death State, A Scientific Breakthrough

As a mental healthcare provider I specialize in deep-trance psychotherapy. This includes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a neurological technique which transformed whole areas of treatment throughout almost every country of the world.

During comprehensive research into EMDR it was discovered that a certain percentage of entranced test subjects was able to discern, or communicate with, deceased individuals.

Shocked though the conservative psychologists were, especially as some of the subjects were healthcare professionals, further research established that something like 60 to 70 percent of ordinary members of the public could be induced to experience this phenomenon.

The initial programs were carried out by Dr Allan Botkin, a psychologist employed at the Chicago Veterans Administration Hospital. His 2005 book, Induced After Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma (Hampton Roads Publishing Company) contains details. Dr Botkin discusses the fact that he and several dozen colleagues he trained in the specialist technique helped thousands of clients make contact with deceased people. The process is known simply as IADC®.

I found myself using this as a logical extension to my clinical practice because of my experience in the field, even as I switched focus to self-IADC® in order to pursue further empirical research. Many clients benefitted. Shortly afterwards my wife died.

Val had been in a high-dependency hospital unit for three years as a tetraplegic, able to squeeze words out only in a painful whisper and able to move nothing but her eyes. I visited her every second day from our home 45 minutes drive to the north on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. For three years I fed her the evening meal as once we had taken turns to spoon feed our two babies. But eventually Val took her leave. There were no more tears left, only a defeated deadness.

Three days later I sat by myself at home and initiated an IADC® trance, as I had so often in the past. Without trouble I came across Val. She gave me a hug. I experienced little else. There was no warning of the conflict which was to overtake our interface within two days.

Throughout his protracted research into IADC® Allan Botkin encountered little evidence of such conflict. Only one case reported acrimony between a communicator and a deceased person. This involved an immature and self-centred individual who wanted help to cope with the recent death of his wife. At the time he was experiencing a profound grief reaction producing anger.

During the IADC® session he met his wife, peaceful in an aura of white light. However she was more focused on their children than on comforting him or answering his questions. Further, she told him that his anger was not productive. It was only the intervention of the psychotherapist that drained his indignation and prompted him to complete the session.

During this process the deceased wife provided pointed advice about a business venture he was contemplating. To compound Client’s distress, his deceased father-in-law appeared to discuss family concerns. This caused jealousy and more indignation.

As an aside it can be seen that the IADC® experience was not influenced by Client’s narcissistic expectations, which would surely have led to his own selfish needs being met. By extension it seems unlikely that expectation on the part of any client plays a role in the IADC® process. Many other IADC® case histories support this contention.

Although there seem to be few researchers with my broad background in trance psychotherapy, including Dr Botkin who specialized in scientific research, nevertheless he provides an insightful understanding of one intricately-detailed and complex case history in particular.

During Client A’s childhood, his father sexually and physically assaulted him and his two sisters. One of Client A’s sisters killed herself as a teenager, and the other did the same just before Client A presented for therapy. Now Client A was contemplating suicide.

While engaged in the first IADC® session Client A came face-to-face with his recently-deceased sister, and afterwards commented, “It’s the first time I’ve seen her happy, although she is sorry for the distress her suicide caused.” Brother and sister then discussed other family members who had died. The sister concluded by providing encouragement and advice, and counseled him strongly against taking his own life.

During the next session Client A confronted his father, and found himself pushing the other away. Father’s presence was offensive. But the spirit personality looked so distraught. For the first time Client A found an awareness that his father carried the suffering he caused. He lived it!

Client A to Botkin later on: “He seemed so pitiful. So sorry. He kept repeating it. He said there was no excuse, and that he resorted to such appalling behavior because that’s how his father treated him.” Client A paused reflectively. “I really feel that forgiveness is possible. Our suffering makes some sort of sense now, because I know why he did these things.” Afterwards Client A felt much more reconciled and comfortable. Suicide was no longer on his mind.

Another client, a psychologist, was a skeptic at the personal level who nevertheless included IADC® in her clinical practice. So intrigued did she become that in consultation with Dr Botkin she decided to try it on herself.

Client B sought contact with her father who died several years before. Habitually he was anxious and unpredictable, and by no means the perfect father. Apparently without effort she encountered him “as much younger and more relaxed – quite unlike the father figure I remembered.” A conversation ensued about the family, but then shifted to Father’s continued sadness that he had not been a satisfactory role model.

Despite a newfound sense of peace, Client B felt some conflict at her father’s dilemma. After a further session of self-induced trance her conflict was resolved, and reportedly the discomfort suffered by her father as well. A year later Client B commented to Dr Botkin that she found an unaccustomed serenity, adding, “Almost certainly IADC® is a natural ability that can be tapped by most people.” No longer was the skeptic skeptical. [No direct or close quotations or references have been sourced from Dr Botkin’s book.]

It must be admitted that most people encountering IADC® have a much more fleeting experience, usually without detailed conversations. Everyone is different. It is rare, however, for someone in an IADC® trance to undergo what they expect to undergo. They experience what is offered. So it was with me when I encountered my wife in the after-death state.