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Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Healing Grief and Trauma Paperback – August 17, 2005

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"Dr. Allan Botkin's [Induced After-Death Communication] probes the profound therapeutic and spiritual implications of apparent contact with departed loved ones. This book is a must read for all serious students of death and dying." —Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life After Life: The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of a Bodily Death and Reunions: Visionary Encounters with Departed Loved Ones

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (August 17, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571744231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571744234
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Tymn VINE VOICE on September 9, 2005
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When the pilot announced that we were only 30 minutes from landing, I was stunned. I was so enthralled with this book on my flight from Honolulu to Portland, Oregon that I had completely lost track of time. I would have guessed that we still had two hours to go before touchdown in Portland. While I'm always anxious to escape the cramped confines of the plane, I was disappointed at the announcement because I didn't want to put the book down.

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.
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I am a psychologist who is trained in EMDR. Recently when using EMDR with a client he experienced what appeared to be a spontaneous after-death communication from a friend who had died in a car accident. That was not my first experience of such a phenomenon but I was at a loss to explain how it happened--or even IF it happened. I was therefore fascinated to read Dr. Botkin's findings in this area. Dr. Botkin admits that it is not yet possible to prove that these experiences are actual after-death communications but the experiences he writes about demand attention from researchers. I admire Dr. Botkin's courage. These topics are not automatically accepted by the scientific community and many scientists scoff at anyone who believes that after death communications are possible.
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.
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I've read a lot on the subject of afterlife communication, but it's rare that an author breaks new ground in this field. Botkin does so in spades, while at the same time telling a story that is perfectly consistent with both modern research and the historical record.

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.
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It appears that the people who have been disappointed by this book expected it to provide a way to self induce "after death communications". I apologize for any confusion. In fact, and to be clear, the reader will not be provided with personal instruction. If that is what you are looking for, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.

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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