I tested Martyn's methods - and I confirm their validity.
They work. But two challenges to helping people over DPI are the horror
movies that we and our clients have seen as children, and
ghost stories that seem to be part of every culture.
Unresolved childish fears can grow into into a full bloom of terror.
One symptom of dead person identification (or spirit possession) is may
appear to have psychic sensitivity. Although Martyn seems to
dismiss this as sensitivity to body language, I have frequently
observed people with DPI symptoms accurately describe secret past
events, current events elsewhere, and accurately predict future events
of previously unknown people.
Protection against Undead Spirits
Some people attempting to play games with ghosts or spirits of dead
people later find themselves obsessed or disturbed in ways that psychotherapy
does not recognize and cannot heal. Magical stories are full of warnings
about entities that expect to be paid for their services. (Inexperienced
therapists or healers may be wise to refer clients with DPI symptoms to
people with experience.)
Never Strike a Happy Medium
Talk to self-proclaimed mediums - perhaps at a psychic fair.
Many mediums seem to have exactly the symptoms and sensitivity that
Martyn describes as typical of identified people. This ghost
archetype seems common wherever I go. Perhaps 5-10% of living people
may be entangled with dead people.
Many mediums not only show symptoms of dead person identification
- they boast about spirit helpers - about dead people who aid or
protect them. Perhaps it's wise to consider the consequences before
entangling with dead people. These unpleasant consequences seem to include
identification (possession), miscarriages, cot death and
My boyfriend died in an accident ... my friends and I
bought a Ouija board to see if he would come through and he did. We talk to him
almost every night and he is always with us. He said he would never leave me and
he will always wait for me ... January 2006
entanglement with a dead partner will likely influence a future
partnership. Also, a future child may identify with the dead
boyfriend ... to bring him back into this woman's life.
Systemic coaching can
prevent and manage such consequences. January 2006
Which Witch is Which?
My studies into "Can the dead communicate?" brought
me to spiritualism, parapsychology and psychic research. Most people
were well-meaning with good intentions. For a few groups and cults,
however, you are prey to be exploited.
(If you have difficulty leaving an occult group - read
Shamans of many cultures claim to use the spirits of dead
people to harm the living. Solving these attacks can be wild
rides, mostly because of a client's fears and beliefs.
Cross Cultural Horror Show
All over this planet, people use similar ways to honor and
communicate with the quiet dead - and have similar unpleasant stories
about the unquiet dead - the undead. Central European vampires,
werewolves and Egyptian mummies may reflect Hollywood films, but
my talks with native Canadians and with immigrants from Cuba, Africa,
Vietnam and Afghanistan included eerily similar stories.
While Martyn says "Preoccupation with death and dying"
is a common symptom of dead person identification, there are other,
less scientific, explanations. What is the difference between a dead person
and a ghost? Or between dead person identification and possession?
Between dissociating a dead person and exorcism?
Or between a systemic coach and an exorcist?
Here are a few of my stories ...
Haunted House Curses Black Magic
Death and Dying
As I investigated the lives and family histories of people with symptoms
of dead person identification, a deep concern arose. These unpleasant
symptoms provide doors between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
Some of these doors can be easily opened, and not so easily closed.
The symptoms of dead person identification may predispose people towards
unusual behavior and suicidal depression. I met people with these
recognizable symptoms who tried psychiatry, spiritualism, psychotherapy and religion, but
I found long-term solutions in Martyn's Soulwork.
Ghosts, Ghosts & More Ghosts
Since I retired, I research ghost stories.
I have many first-hand descriptions of ghosts - and of the people telling
the ghost stories. A ghost archetype might include wide-open eyes, a
fixed stare - often downwards, dark skin under the eyes, slack facial skin,
lowered shoulders and down-turned mouths. And these are exactly the physical
features that Martyn associates with dead-person identification.
To go beyond second-hand stories into first hand experience,
I needed a bridge; and I found it in lucid dreaming. With
that I can do more than listen to ghost stories. Carruthers
teaches ways to join people in their dreams that he learned
while living in Hawaii
(see Hawaiian Spirituality).
It seems that shared dreams can overlap onto objective
reality! Changes made in the dreams seemed to cause, or at least
be related to, rapid changes in the reality in which we
live. My question became, "Where does a dream stop
and reality begin?"
Dead Person Identification concerns dead people. Yet our human
world includes many never-living entities that were once worshipped.
Can something die that was never born? Would a dead god be
different to a dead person? And how can we recognize a group
of people who are identified with a dead person or an
It is often said that man creates gods in his own image.
If so, the gods of identified people might appear to demand,
or at least request, that symptoms of dead person identification
be perceived as normal. Can Carruthers' systemic symptoms
(of DPI) explain recognizable belief systems?