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Healing Interventions Involving Deceased Persons by Peter Mark Adams

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Haunting ­ the connection of ‘deceased persons’ with locations, objects or persons intimately related with their earthly incarnation ­ and in particular, with the manner of their death ­ are not simple, unitary phenomena. The conventionalized notion of ‘haunting’ fails to capture the purposeful, intersubjective nature of the interactions between ourselves and deceased persons especially in healing contexts. Such phenomena cannot be understood solely in terms of their external (extensional) manifestations - temperature fluctuations, electromagnetic anomalies and so on. Such interventions are profoundly intensional patterns of activity. By ‘intension’, as distinct from ‘intention’, I refer to the cluster of concepts around our ideas of agency: deciding, intending, acting and so on - all of which give rise to meaning and, with that, ethical significance. This is a quite different order of understanding and being (ontology) than the world of measured activity. It is one that cannot be reduced to physical (extensional) description. Classifying hauntings solely in terms of their external manifestation leaves this essential dimension, their real significance, untouched.
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  Healing Interventions Involving Deceased Persons  by Peter Mark Adams This article appeared in: „The Journal of Exceptional Experiences and Psychology‟, Volume 1, No 2 (2013).  Haunting  the connection of „deceased persons‟ with locations, objects or persons intimately related with their earthly incarnation  and in particular, with the manner of their death  are not simple, unitary phenomena. The conventionalized notion of „haunting‟ fa ils to capture the  purposeful, intersubjective nature of the interactions between ourselves and deceased persons especially in healing contexts. Such phenomena cannot be understood solely in terms of their external (extensional) manifestations - temperature fluctuations, electromagnetic anomalies and so on.   Such interventions are profoundly intensional patterns of activity. By „intension‟, as distinct from „intention‟, I refer to the cluster of concepts around our ideas of agency: deciding, intending, acting and so on - all of which give rise to meaning and, with that, ethical significance. This is a quite different order of understanding and being (ontology) than the world of measured activity. It is one that cannot be reduced to physical (extensional) description. Classifying hauntings solely in terms of their external manifestation leaves this essential dimension, their real significance, untouched. One context in which the variety of interventions of deceased persons into the lives of the living is most pronounced is that of healing. It is the business of the healer to be aware of the intentional and ethical dimensions of phenomena in order to be able to formulate an appropriate response. In particular, energy based healing appears to provide a suitable  foundation for such interactions to take place. We can better understand this phenomenon by distinguishing between different manifestations or „types‟ of intervention involving deceased  persons in healing contexts. This will exclude the more usual type of haunting known as „residual‟  hauntings 1 . I propose that in a healing context the various types of intervention fall into one of four basic types: disoriented, petitionary, intercessory and protective, though there may well be others (for example, vengeful). Rather than theorize about these issues there follows four accounts that exemplify a range of interactions obtaining between deceased  persons and healers. Disoriented Interventions with the Deceased. Disoriented interventions are caused by deceased persons who are either unaware or uncomprehending of the fact that they have died. This can be due to their having experienced a sudden or unexpected death. “I had noticed a certain executive at work –    we had a „nodding‟ acquainta nce  –    though what drew my attention to her I‟m really not sure. We finally met thru a common friend and realized we had much in common with shared interests in spirituality, meditation and healing. Shortly after the big earthquake in Haiti, she approached me and asked if I wanted to help the people affected by it. I answered that of course I would. She then explained that she was a part of a larger group and that the nature of the help they provided was to assist people who had died unexpectedly and were still lingering, lost, on the Earth  plane to make their transition. The help that was envisaged involved projecting myself onto 1  Residual hauntings manifest as an extremely narrow band of repeated behavior, movement or activity. They demonstrate remarkable consistency with people reporting similar experiences over long periods of time. They do not respond to or interact with the people who observe them. They behave, rather, like a short video clip that constantly replays. Because of this they are widely understood as a psycho-energetic imprint on the  surroundings made whilst the person was still alive or the related events, such as a battle, were taking place.  the astral plane, gathering together those lost between the planes and bringing them to a certain place where their transition could take place. That night, during my regular meditation, I intended to project to that dimension to help those in need. I found myself in a zone which was not of this Earth. There was a lack of light  –   it was an unearthly greenish-gray color  –   but I could still see. First I saw an old man. He was crying and looked scared and confused. His eyes were red from crying. He didn‟t know where he was or what had happened to him. He was sitting on the rubble next to a fire. Crying, he asked me where everyone else was. I told him that he was safe. I asked him to wait there for me to come back and that I would bring help. At this stage I had no clue what else to say. As I continued looking for others, I saw another old man, holding the hand of a 5-6 year old boy. It was his grandson. I knew they were both dead but the old man was still trying to rescue his grandson. My heart sank for them. I told him that he should wait until I came back. Next I saw an old lady. She was still under the rubble (in fact this was how she  perceived her situation). I helped her remove the rubble. I felt that her lungs had collapsed. I helped her to sit up, brushed the dust from her clothes and did Reiki to her lungs until she felt  better. I asked her to wait for me until I came back. The next morning, the first thing I did was to share my experiences with my friend. At this point I wasn‟t even sure if I was making this up. I certainly didn‟t know how to help those people. She reassured me that my experience was valid and asked me to go back. She told me to do everything to convince them (if necessary to put a Red Cross vest on) to come with me. She then asked me to take them along a path to a park across from a large Library  building. She told me that this is where the Akashic records are kept. Once there, she asked me to invite the relatives and loved ones of those people to come and assist them to transition to the other side. I felt extremely nervous about attempting all of this. I didn‟t know if it would work or if I could really help them, but I had no choice but to try.  That night I returned to the same plane. It wasn‟t hard to find them. I told them I had good news and that I would take them to where they would be reunited with their families. It wasn‟t hard to convince them. I visuali zed the path and found myself across from the Library  building. Their loved ones came one by one and led them away to the Library. The next day when I awoke I felt exhausted, I was completely drained and felt very sad. I still wasn‟t sure if all of this had been a real experience or not. I again shared my experience with my friend and she said that she had seen me outside the library but that I wasn‟t ready to see her and the other helpers who had gathered there. She explained that they use different methods to convince people to make their transition, including creating an elevator of light or a bridge. She confirmed that I would feel exhausted since I was operating on a plane for which I was not energetically prepared and had fully exposed myself to their emotions. It took me a couple days to regain my energy, but it had been really worth it.” Petitionary Interventions with the Deceased. Petitionary hauntings can arise as a result of a deceased person bearing an unfulfilled sense of  personal responsibility for resolving some issue. The haunting may involve attempting to contact close friends or relatives who can resolve their unfinished business as the following case demonstrates. “I was working on a client‟s personal issues using energy psych ology when all of a sudden I felt something like energy come through me. I experienced a profound sense of sadness that made me feel like crying. Internally I heard the word „inheritance‟. I asked the client whether there was a problem with an inheritance and she immediately replied that there was. I had a sense of a person and asked her if this problem was related to a man. Again she replied that it was. I next sensed that there was an unfinished business relating to this inheritance and that the man was s aying to my client “please, you must take over”. My client
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