Trance State Therapy in Ethnopsychology


Dr. Trudie Bartholomew
CMA, B.Msc, M.Msc, Msc.D, D.D, Cht, D.Emed, EPP, Rev, ThP

The majority of Hypnotherapists worldwide work only with the subconscious mind as far as the physical existence is concerned, mainly because they don’t believe in the unseen world that exists in an around us. However, more and more people are looking for answers on a deeper spiritual level, feeling that there is something missing, not understanding the emptiness and yearning from within their hearts.

Many people who suffer from Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar disorder or even Schizophrenia, visit an Ethnopsychologist as a last resort after many years of trying psychology, counselling, shock-treatments and also other more holistic modalities. Why did all this not work? The answer is that they were treating the symptom or effect, and not the cause of the problem.

The next problem that they may encounter is that they visit a Hypnotherapist who works with suggestive or what we call ‘band-aid’ hypnosis. To induce hypnosis is easy, and a phenomena that we naturally experience everyday, for example when we watch TV, read a story, pray and in many other ways. This would be what we call a ‘light state of hypnosis’ or ‘trance’.

A person, who is in the altered state which we call “hypnosis”, is usually quite suggestible, although suggestibility varies from person to person. It is possible that the person will accept the suggestions of the Hypnotherapist and that he will ‘feel more relaxed’, ‘sleep better’, ‘stop smoking’, ‘eat healthy low-calorie food’ and so on. At first it may seem that the suggestions were effective, as there may be a temporary improvement in the person’s condition, and if the suggestions are compounded for a while, it may last for a period of a month or two. To the client’s disappointment, the symptoms return, because the cause of the problem was not eliminated.

On the other hand we find the type of Hypnotherapist who has knowledge of Hypnoanalysis (Analytical Trance State) and can do age regression to the event that caused the problem. He will usually take the client back to the event to re-live the experience until it has no more emotional content, allow the person to forgive all involved, and then proceed to give the person positive suggestions to effect a change in behavior.

There is nothing wrong with this approach, but if the Hypnotherapist is inexperienced he may think that he found the cause of the problem, while it is in fact only what we call a subsequent sensitizing event (SSE). Here again, the effect of the suggestions will only be temporary, and he needs to go further back in time.


On the other hand, we find the Hypnotherapist who does Past-Life Regression, who knows how to get a person back into a past life, but does not know enough about Hypnotherapy to actually ‘fix’ the problem. Often they will use long induction methods, and let the person observe the past-life instead of re-living the events as they were experienced on a physical and emotional level. We have seen how people open up huge traumas in past-lives without dealing with it correctly, awakens the person and then let him leave the consulting room with all the fear and guilt associated with that past life.

One of the rules of the mind is that the mind cannot hold two opposing perceptions, and also that the subconscious mind is the goal achiever. If the person experienced trauma as a foetus in the womb, e.g. that the mother did not want a child, considered an abortion or the father had an affair while the mother was pregnant, an ISE (Initial Sensitizing Event) occurred. The ISE is usually not recallable by the conscious mind, but the subconscious mind, being the goal-achiever, will ensure that the goal is achieved, which could in this case be rejection or abuse.

However, this event could have occurred in a past-life. But how is it possible that we can still experience the effect of the trauma when we have a new life with a new physical body?

We are a soul who lives in a physical body, or a vehicle through which we manifest on the physical plane. In addition to the physical body we also have other spiritual bodies, e.g. an Astral Body (emotional), Etheric Body (electro-magnetic), Mental Body (mind), Buddhic Body (intuitional) and other higher spiritual bodies, which we cannot perceive with through our physical minds or imagination.

There are seven planes of existence through which our soul travels over millions of years, in order to gain experience, and through these physical and emotional journeys, eventually be able to leave the cycle of incarnation once we become the perfect man, also called a master. These dimensions are the Physical, Astral, Mental, Buddhic, Atmic, Monadic and the Adi planes, the physical plane being the lowest or densest.

Through Trance State Therapy, it is however possible to go beyond the veil of protection and re-experience past lives. It is possible because we are an atom in the mind and body of God, and thus part of what He thinks and feels. The whole video of everything that happened from the beginning of time is clear in the mind of this omnipresent Being, and is available for us to see. There is however a problem, because the images are distorted as we observe them in the lower, more dense dimensions. If we could travel to the higher Mental, Buddhic or Atmic planes, we would be able to just ‘zoom’ into some event, and see and experience the event very clearly.

The physical world that we live in is three-dimensional, while the astral plane is four-dimensional, the mental plane five-dimensional and the Buddhic plane six-dimensional. Can you imagine the multitude of dimensions as we move up through the higher heavens and the cosmic planes? For this reason, we will not be able to comprehend or verbalize what we see or experience on a five or six-dimensional plane.

Although, contrary to what some people studying quantum physics believe, we cannot alter the past while looking at these records, also known as the Akashic Records. We can only change our perceptions by re-living the event, forgive all involved and ask God or our Inner Wisdom to show us how the event of the past-life is affecting us in the current life.

The Ethnopsychologist who understands the ‘other worlds’, will intuitively know the level of spiritual advancement of his client and will take him through a past-life, through the death experience, correct the perceptions and negative effects of the trauma, and then go back and look at the person’s contract for the specific life. I believe that these contracts are made by our higher-self (soul), where the parents, husband, children or other parties were present as well as some higher spiritual being. Some are verbal contracts, while others are perceived to be written contracts, depending on the way that the person’s consciousness can translate the information.

Once a person can understand the contract for that life, the traumas, pain and disappointments are not so important anymore, as he knows that it was his own choice. We are now looking at the whole picture from the viewpoint of the higher self, while bringing the information down to our level of existence (the personality), to a level of consciousness that we can comprehend and verbalize.

Trance State Therapy on this level does not only deal with the person sitting opposite you as a physical being, but involves many other beings living in other dimensions. We now touch the world of Ethnopsychology.

The first part of therapy is to use age regression to go back and re-live the event until it is possible to forgive, and by using visualization, lift the emotion (colour) out of the body and send it up to the light or whatever the person wants to do with the emotion. This sometimes works, but often another astral-being moved into the same space (between the other astral atoms of the person), and seemingly occupy a space in the heart, head, stomach or other part of the person’s body.

In the case of an alcoholic or drug addict, we often find that an earth-bound soul who had an addiction in his last earth-life, moved in, trying to enjoy the effect of the substance through the person’s body. Inside this being is another entity that needs the substance, with another entity inside him, and more, until we get to the dark-force entity inside all of them; almost like peeling an onion.

There are different types of ‘entities’ who can attach to people, e.g. Earth-Bound entities, Dark-Force entities, and Extra-Terrestrial beings. We sometimes find a long ‘family-tree’ of entities, all affecting the person’s life. Sometimes the entity and the client have a contract from a past life, and the Ethnopsychologist has to regress both the client and the entity to the time when the contract was made. Once they can understand that it does not serve them anymore, they can let it go. It is often necessary for them to perform a ritual, relevant to the time when the agreement was made, to cancel the contract or vow.

When a person dies, the substance of the astral body is re-arranged, with the darkest, densest emotions in the outer layers of the astral body. The astral body will be attracted to the part of the astral plane that corresponds to the vibrations of the outer level of the body, where he will reside until the emotions are worn off to a certain extent.

The attached entity can speak to the Ethnopsychologist using the client’s voice, giving the therapist the opportunity to converse intelligently with the being, giving him a better option than the suffering in the lowest part of the astral plane (seen as hell). It is quite easy to move him, with the help of special angels who do this work, to a higher, lighter level of the astral plane, where he will still stay for a while before moving up to the lower mental plane (in devachan or heaven) to rest and then to the higher mental plane (in his soul body) to prepare for the next incarnation.

Ethnopsychology is an extension of Hypnotherapy, where the Ethnopsychology Practitioner is very comfortable to work with cultural issues. The problems of the African client are quite different from the typical patient which is treated by a Western Psychologist. An Ethnopsychology practitioner understands the ways of the forefathers, where they live in the spirit world, how they interact with their families on earth, and can communicate with them through the voice of the client.

Many people suffer from the effect of witchcraft, muti, curses and tokoloshes. To successfully work in this field requires a thorough knowledge and fearlessness, as well as unconditional love and empathy for these unfortunate beings that are trapped in the dark parts of the astral world.

We have seen many people heal physically and emotionally once the cause of the problem is eliminated, and the entities attached to them set free to the ‘light’. Many people who suffered from schizophrenia have been helped by assisting the ‘voices’ to move on to the light, after convincing both parties to let the contracts and agreements of past-lives go. The entities were forced by the agreement to follow the person life-time after life-time to remind him ‘how useless’, ‘filthy’ or ‘stupid’ he is, because they made the agreement a few hundred years ago: ‘promise me that you will always stay with me and remind me how useless I am’!

The Ethnopsychologist who specializes in this field is usually one who had many changes in his life, and is equipped through much effort, struggle, sacrifice and suffering, to understand the many things that can go wrong in people’s lives. In addition to this, he usually has a background of studying the deeper aspect of Metaphysics, Ancient Wisdom, and African Traditional Medicine, with knowledge of different cultures and religions. He also has no ‘ego/pride’, with no selfishness or judgment, working and helping all units of consciousness that come to him for help, serving humanity genuinely from his humble space. This type of therapist respects the client’s privacy, honours the confidentially and trust placed in him, moves away from lower psychism and clairvoyance, all the time striving for higher psychism, using his intuition.

Except from charging a reasonable fee to sustain himself, there is no selfish benefit, and he thus creates the effect of his labour in the higher heavens, in a substance that is so light and pure, that he can only reap the benefits in his higher bodies. The person who does this work only for money, pride and self-importance, is sowing in the astral (emotional) world, and can thus only reap the benefits in the astral-emotional worlds, thereby creating karma all the way. Karma binds us to earth and to other people. As long as we keep making karma, we will return to earth over and over again to try and balance the bank account.

What we create in the higher heavens, does not cause any karmic effect; in fact it pulls us up towards love, light, truth, beauty and more beauty.


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