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Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma Paperback – August 17, 2005
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The book is filled with dozens of fascinating stories about patients who have seemingly communicated with deceased friends and loved ones by means of the induced after death communication method (IADC) developed by author Allan Botkin, Psy.D. As I understand it, this is an offshoot of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy discovered by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D. While focusing on the therapist's hand, the patient is asked to move the eyes left or right rhythmically and focus on a disturbing thought. For those people grieving the death of someone or otherwise disturbed by someone's death, the patient is asked to focus on that sadness. It was hard for me to believe, but Botkin claims a 98% success ratio with his first 84 cases of IADC.
The typical IADC involves the patient reporting having seen a deceased person and that deceased person having told him or her that everything is OK and not to grieve. In a number of cases, the deceased person relates information previously unknown to the patient. The patients included atheists and skeptics as well as believers and religious.
The authors are quick to point out that the technique does not involve hypnosis. While hypnosis slows down information processing, EMDR accelerates it.Read more ›
This is a fruitful area of exploration. In the meantime, I have no doubt that many people will benefit from this procedure. The book, by the way, is well-written and hard to put down, and will be of interest to researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in after-death communication.
While metaphysical books are my favorites, I'm a genuine skeptic. My mind and heart may be wide open to a larger spiritual reality, but I'm extremely selective as to the authors I'm willing to let guide me through these realms. Psychic and spiritual matters have to be presented in a clear-eyed and intelligent way to draw me in, and I need to feel that an author's work grows from a genuine desire to be of service.
Botkin (therapist) and Hogan (writer) have satisfied me on both accounts.
One aspect of the book that is of particular interest to me is what the authors call "core-focused EMDR." I know very little about EMDR, and I confess that the notion of a psychotherapy based on eye movements strikes me as odd. But what impresses me and feels absolutely right is Botkin's insistence that the way to heal grief is to allow oneself to feel it deeply. As someone whose life story is deeply intertwined with my experience in primal therapy, I know firsthand the healing benefits of allowing/encouraging myself to cry from the depths of my being, rather than analyzing my pain, discussing it, or acting it out.
But, as I've suggested, Botkin goes beyond the emotional and into the spiritual. An unexpected occurrence in a deep-feeling EMDR therapy session ultimately led him to a procedure that enables clients to routinely have the proverbial "five more minutes" with their deceased love ones.Read more ›
I wish I could have written a book that provides self instruction. In fact, that would have been possible. The problem, however, is that IADC therapy is based on a very powerful psychological/physiological procedure that has a potential for negative side effects. Since my first ethical/moral duty is to not cause harm, I decided to not provide individual instruction. Although I would probaby be rich by now if I had written a "how to" book, if one person (out of many thousands) ended up committed suicide, then for me, it wouldn't be worth it. While research indicates that the IADC procedure is VERY safe when used by professionals with adequate training, I am not willing to go beyond that and take chances with other people's lives.
If, however, you want to learn about an important discovery that has the potential to change the way we view trauma and grief, and that has important implications for afterlife research, then DO BUY THIS BOOK. Al Botkin
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Great book but interesting focus in the title; and I would guess that is establishing Botkin's nitch in the PTSD treatment spectrum using EMDR techniques. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hermit
A must read for those experiencing grief from losing loved ones through death, and all therapists. Full of inspiring stories of healing, usually in two sessions!Published 12 months ago by Patricia Murphy, aka Carlson
This is a great book about the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as a way to go back to the traumatic event of your loved one's crossing and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marki Chandler
Since new helpful techniques are always welcome, I would put this book on my recommended list.Published 17 months ago by Richard T.
Still reading book but finding it quite interesting. Always interested in stories concerning searching for proof of an afterlife, sounds like this man is certainly on the right... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Judy Sibley
Pretty awesome stuff. Almost makes me want to go out and because a therapist to learn this technique.Published 19 months ago by deadfoot
Allan Botkin is wonderful + rare human being -- I learned so much!
A MUST read for those serious seekers.
I found the book convincing that this process often works, but I learned more about the process itself by watching Botkin (and others) actually practicing it with various patients... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joseph Graham