Energy Tapping

This information is for educational purposes only and is not medical or psychological advice.  It is not intended as a substitute for seeking professional medical or psychological advice or services from an appropriate professional health care provider.

Trauma leaves its impact in thoughts and feelings. When it goes untreated, these negative patterns become embedded in the cellular tissue of the body and may produce dysfunctional life patterns, emotional disturbances, and physical illness. Soul Detective goes into the matrix these negative patterns are imprinted upon to delete the negative patterns. Thought Field Therapy (TFT), developed by psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan, and other developments in the cutting edge field of Energy Psychology use simple, non-invasive techniques to bring the matrix of body-mind-spirit back into the balance needed for health.

Fear is at the root of most psychological disorders. Anxiety is its offspring, and trauma is its sequel. Healing from these disorders is often a long, painful journey. Everyone knows that fear locks up the stomach. Thought Field Therapy gives us the key to unlock the stomach by gently tapping a point on the stomach meridian located on the occipital bone right under the eye. TFT treats the same acupoints as acupuncture; however, rather than puncturing the point with a needle, TFT just taps gently on the meridian point associated with a negative emotion a few times. Incredible emotional relief can come from this simple treatment, which helps dissolve the imbalances in energy which created the disturbing emotions in the first place.

Two pre-requisites to successful emotional release with tapping are getting centered and clearing limiting beliefs around an issue.  Then a person taps on his or her own face, torso, and hands on a series of points designed to release blockages in meridians.  A process called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) taps all of the energy points moving straight down the body to release energy blockages.  Because the process is so simple to learn, the EFT website offers a free newsletter and download of a self-help mini-manual explaining the process.  EFT is a simplified version of Thought Field Therapy (TFT), which taps a different sequence for each specific emotion.  For example, the TFT series of points used to release trauma is the beginning of the eyebrows, under the eyes, under the arms, and then under the collarbone.

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Centering and Muscle Testing


Therapy treatments either do not take or do not stick if the client is not energetically present for the treatment. If polarity is lost or reversed on any one of the three vectors of the Human Energy Field (up-down, front-back, left-right), the center of the energy field will be outside of the body of the person, and the client will not be truly present to himself or herself. Clearing these imbalances, bringing the client to center, is an essential prerequisite to successful, lasting treatment.

In my experience of using dowsing rods to measure the perimeters of the human energy field, I have found that when energy is not flowing through the system properly, a person’s energy field is literally off-center, lopsided. Dowsing rods show not only the configuration of the imbalance, but also the size of the cocoon of energy around the body. A pendulum held over any one of the seven major wheels of energy (called “chakras” in Sanskrit) will trace the energy flow to see how that area of the body is processing energy. These diagnostic tools add to the information provided by muscle testing to determine when a client’s energy is centered and ready to proceed with treatment.

Simple self-help exercises are used to correct imbalances each of the three vectors.  Seven Centering Corrections is a video I made demonstrating all of the corrections.

Muscle Testing

To find out exactly what needs to be corrected, one can use a form of kinesiology commonly called “Muscle Testing” to check the flow of energy in each vector.  Muscle testing, demonstrated in my video Muscle Testing Tips, gives us a way to dialog with the subconscious mind and the autonomic nervous system. When gentle pressure is applied to a muscle, true statements will result in the muscle holding firm, locking into place. On false statements the muscle will unlock, so the muscle gives a bit when pressure is applied.  Several factors can interfere with proper muscle testing, and a person needs training to master this delicate art and to avoid the problems that can decrease its accuracy.

Correcting All Three Vectors

Up-Down Vector

  • The Heart Massage with affirmations of self-acceptance and love corrects the up-down vector. With the right hand, circle the heart center going down on the left and up on the right, saying several times, “I deeply and completely accept myself with all my problems and limitations.” Here are two videos demonstrating this assessment and correction: Proper Energy Flow Up-Down, and Non-Polarization and Corrections.

Front-Back Vector

  • Corrections for the Front-Back vector include “Brain Buttons,” the “Over Energy Correction,” and the “Collarbone Breathing Exercise,” interventions from Educational Kinesiology, also known as “Brain Gym,” the work of Paul and Gail Dennison. These corrections are demonstrated in the video Proper Energy Flow Front-Back.

Left-Right Vector

  • Assessment and corrections for the left-right vector include the “Cross Crawl Exercise” and the “Scarecrow Cross Crawl,” a special intervention from Steven Rochlitz.  Proper Energy Flow Left-Right and Heart-Brain Integration demonstrate these corrections.

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Past Life Trauma

(This topic is covered in Soul Detective Level One Training)

  • Have you ever met someone new and felt as if you had known that person your whole life?
  • Have you ever gone to a new place and felt as if you had been there before, maybe even knowing where things were?
  • Have you ever had a physical problem that was unresponsive to treatments that usually cure that issue?
  • Have you ever had a fear or a phobia of something and you could not figure out how you got it?

Invisible Roots

All of these situations point to the possibility of past life connections to a person or a place.  Sometimes the root cause of an emotional problem or a relationship difficulty lies in unresolved trauma from a past life.  Quantum physics has made us aware that sequential ordering of time is an illusion, and all time is really NOW—so the emotional imprints of the unhealed wounds from our previous incarnations bleed through into our present emotional state.

For example, if a person died in a tsunami wave in a past life, that person might now be deathly afraid of water, even though they have never even gone swimming or gone out on a boat in this lifetime.  Another example is that a woman who died in childbirth in a previous incarnation might have a lot of fear come up around getting pregnant in the current lifetime, even though we now have much better obstetric care than was available in previous centuries.  These unexplained phobias are clues pointing to soul fragments that have split off and are stuck in other times and places.  Finding and healing these issues from past incarnations frees the client to move forward in this life, unencumbered by the chains of that problem.

Another example of the imprint of the past on the present is meeting a new person and immediately feeling uneasy and unsafe, even before knowing anything about this person.  The soul may be carrying a memory of a shared past life in which the soul essence of this person was on the council of the Spanish inquisition and condemned one to death for being an herbal healer.

Alternatively, sometimes one meets a new person and the heart just opens up with a flood of love for that soul.  One may feel one has known this person forever.  In this case, one has likely had shared past lifetimes filled with deep love for each other as mates, siblings, parents, or children.  All the love we feel for others goes into a spiritual bank account, and we never ever lose that love.  When you find the person again, it is all right there!

Finding the Information

The Soul Detective past life protocol I developed does not use hypnosis to access the information.  While hypnosis is an excellent tool, not everyone is able to go into the trance state necessary for hypnosis.  Instead, we get information through clinical kinesiology, commonly called “muscle testing,” to check the strength of a muscle.  When a client makes a true statement, followed by gentle pressure on a muscle—usually an outstretched arm—the muscle locks and remains firm.  When a client makes a statement that is not true, the muscle unlocks and loses strength.

Muscle Testing

Muscle testing is an art that students learn in Soul Detective Level One.  Here is a link to a Youtube video I made demonstrating Muscle Testing Tips.

How good would it be if you could get an answer to any question you wanted to ask?  Mastering the delicate art of muscle testing gives us access to the information stored in a person’s subconscious mind and lets us see how a problem is configured so we can unravel the emotional entanglements.

Identifying Factors

First, we muscle test whether or not the current problem comes from a past life.  If it does, then we muscle test for a number of identifying factors: gender, age at death, cause of death, date of birth, and place of birth.  The Soul Detective Level One training gives step-by-step instructions and lists to test to organize the information.  The Soul Detective Past Life Protocol is also in my book Invisible Roots.  By the time we know when and where and what happened, the client is usually able to open up the record of that lifetime that is stored in soul memory and consciously remember what happened.

Treating the Trauma

Once we identify the traumatic imprint, we use meridian or chakra treatments to resolve the emotional disturbance.  Usually we have the client tap on energy points that balance the meridian flows that got disrupted because of the trauma.  For example, we all know that fear blocks the energy to the stomach.  To unblock the stomach meridian, we tap on a point under the eyes, the beginning of the stomach meridian, to re-balance the energy flow to the stomach.  Soul Detective trainings teach students the exact points that correlate with each emotional disturbance and the proper sequence of tapping needed for each individual.


While each case is different and we can never guarantee results, clearing the origin of an emotional disturbance can open the energetic pathway for healing in the current lifetime of the issue—whether a phobia, a physical malady, or a relationship difficulty.

Here is a case example of the powerful results of healing a past life trauma:

Anna and the Priest

During midlife, Peter felt called to become active in a religious order to serve people.  He started the orders to become an Anglican priest, but that path became blocked.  Next he went to seminary, but again his path was marked by interference outside of his control. A short mission trip to Central America affirmed the call his soul felt to serve his fellow man.  He received a message from spirit to “return to the grounds of my people in the Mother Church,” which he knew was the Catholic church.  Again, he made some progress in becoming a priest, but then he was again held back.  We traced the invisible root of this pattern to a past life disturbance.  The following story emerged:

We muscle tested that Peter had a previous incarnation as a woman named Anna, born in 1328 AD in the area by the Mediterranean Sea.  The happiest time in that life was a family picnic celebration.  Dedicating her life to God, Anna joined a religious order and took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.  Then she fell in love with a priest.  They loved each other deeply and totally.   When Anna found she was pregnant from her connection with the priest she loved, she fell into despair.  She chose to continue the pregnancy rather than abort the child, which would have added murder to her guilt list.  When it was time for the baby to be born, the child was in breech position.  Both Anna and her baby girl died in the process of childbirth.  Part of Anna’s soul essence stayed trapped in the devastation of this event, which was proof that she had broken her vows to God.

We tapped energy points for Anna to release her trauma, rage, fear, shame, and guilt.  Then Anna made a very sincere repentance to God, who had already forgiven her.  Now she was able to forgive herself.  Then we asked the Holy Spirit to take Anna to the Light to be with her baby again.  Peter witnessed a beautiful scene of Divine Mother placing the child in Anna’s arms, filling a deep longing in her soul.



Anna was not able to fill this life lesson until our session, when she released the invisible blockage of her guilt which was binding Peter’s spirit from running true and free.  Resolving this past life trauma opened up Peter to staying centered on God, giving purpose and clarity to his life path.


In his current life, Peter was in love with a woman named Luz who was dedicated to humanitarian service and utterly refused to marry or to have children.  Currently Luz was suffering from a disabling illness.  She went to the Brazilian healer John of God for a cure, but he told her that the physical malady was karmic.  He could remove the physical aspect of the symptom, but if he did, the karmic burden would fall on her nieces.  Luz refused to make someone else carry her burden.  The soul essence of
the priest that Anna had loved resonated to the soul essence of Luz.  Although they had the opposite genders in this lifetime, the love connection between their hearts was still strong.  We could also see how the soul of Luz was experiencing physical suffering as repaying karmic debt for the lifetime of the priest breaking his vow of celibacy.  The guilt of the priest was compounded because his sexual relationship with Anna had resulted in her death and the death of their baby girl.  When he died, his soul stayed earthbound (see earthbound spirits).  No wonder Luz was suffering!

We gave the priest the opportunity also confess his mistakes and ask forgiveness.  Cleared of this emotional burden, the priest was then able to cross into the Light and be with Anna and their child.

Next, Peter rescinded the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience from his soul for his current incarnation (see vows).   Tremendous emotional relief came to Peter from this session.  A burden his soul had been carrying for many centuries lifted, opening the way to fulfill his soul’s mission this time around.

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Earthbound Spirit Attachments

(This topic is covered in Soul Detective Level Three Training)

Are spirits real?  The idea that the essence of a person could survive death of the physical body is not widely accepted in science, yet most religions teach about this realm of the spirit, the part of us that never dies.  The issue of spirits comes up in the real estate business, where the problem of haunted houses is so great that each state in our country has to decide whether or not a seller must disclose the presence of a ghost to a potential buyer.  In some states, paranormal activity in a house is not required to be disclosed, but in others, it is.  In Hawaii, because of their respect for the land and spirituality, a seller is required to disclose the presence of a ghost on the property to anyone interested in purchase.

Evidence of Spirit Presence and Communication

Sometimes a deceased person will attach to a place like a former home, but other times a person who dies and is not able to make the transition into the Light seems to attach to another living person.  Technology has been developed that can actually photograph the presence of earthbound spirit attachments.  An American engineer named Patrick Richards invented a device called the Luminator to make the air temperature in a room constant from the floor to the ceiling to save on heating and cooling bills.  The device proved to be too expensive to be practical for its original purpose, but it had a side effect of creating a coherent field of light in the room so that the presence of spirit phenomena could be photographed with Polaroid photography.  The book Supercoherence:The 7th Sense (2008) by Thrity Engineer explains the process in detail and has photographs.

Before his death, Thomas Alva Edison was busy working on a device to communicate with the dead.  He and his assistant Dr. Miller Hutchinson felt this invention would contribute more to the thinking of the human race than all of Edison’s other inventions put together–the electric light, the phonograph, and motion pictures.  Edison wrote, “If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume that it retains memory, intellect, other faculties, and knowledge that we acquire on this Earth. Therefore … if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.”(  Edison died before he could complete his communication device, but author Mark Macy was part of a group of people who went on to develop just such devices.  At first they began to receive messages through electronic voice phenomena (EVP) on tape recorders, and guess who was communicating on the other end: Thomas Edison!  In addition to Edison, other scientists who had fully crossed into the Light including Marie Curie appeared to be busy working to help those of us still on earth.  As the group of people involved in instrumental transcommunication (ITC) progressed, they began to receive messages by telephone, radios, TVs, and computers.  Sometimes whole pages of information would appear on their computer screens.  Macy notes that in order to establish this communication with the world beyond, the group of people receiving the messages needed to be in harmony with each other.  Later when the group went through personality conflicts and power struggles, they were no longer able to receive messages.  Macy’s book Spirit Faces: The Truth About the Afterlife (2006) goes into detail about the nature of their communication with those in the spirit realm and also has many photographs that show the presence of earthbound spirit attachments using Luminator technology.

At the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine (ISSEEEM) conference in 2011, Yale graduate psychiatrist Robert Alcorn presented a video of work he did with a patient whose grandmother’s spirit was attached to her.  The Luminator was running during the session, and photographer Jack Stucki took Polaroid photographs which showed visible evidence of the grandmother’s spirit attached to the patient.  As Dr. Alcorn worked to help the grandmother release and cross into the Light, the patient’s photograph became clear and coherent.  During the session an entity that said it was from the Dark Side appeared, blocking the healing process.  As Dr. Alcorn helped this entity to detach from the patient, a face that looks a little like the Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera appears to emerge from the patient’s torso on the Polaroid photograph.  Dr. Alcorn then helped the dark entity to transform and be filled with Light.  The script of this video and photographs from the session are in Dr. Alcorn’s book Healing Stories: My Journey from Mainstream Psychiatry Toward Spiritual Healing (2011).

John of God and Spiritual Phenomena

The Brazilian healer called John of God claims that 85% of all chronic illness is due to the presence of earthbound spirit attachments draining the vitality of the host.  He says that these spirits attach to the outer layers of the energy field and over time work their way further into the host, sometimes actually taking possession of the person.  I had heard many stories about this Brazilian healer and how the spirits of deceased physicians at his healing center did a process called “invisible surgery” on people to heal physical problems.  According to John of God, these spirits were doctors who had died and gone to the Light and then in the next world chose to work in a “celestial hospital” right above John of God’s healing center.  They came down to do surgery at the appointed times on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  This whole idea was really hard for my mind to believe, even though I saw videos and testimonies of people who had been healed there.  I thought maybe all the healing was placebo effect.  But to investigate further, my friend Bert Fellows and I traveled to Brazil to see for ourselves.   I went with a heart murmur that had been diagnosed several times by two different physicians.  John of God asked me to come for “invisible surgery,” and during the procedure I fell into a deeply relaxed state.  I noticed movement inside of my chest, as if invisible hands inside of my body were sewing up something.  After the procedure, I felt totally exhausted and gladly stayed in bed to rest for the following 24 hours that were recommended after the process.  I felt the internal stitches in my chest tugging when I reached for something, and I felt that same tugging disappear a week later when the invisible surgeons came and took out the stitches.  This whole story sounds so incredible that I don’t blame anyone who has trouble believing it!  However, after that invisible surgery, my heart murmur was healed.  I felt the difference in my body, because my heart no longer pounds with strong physical exertion.  My physician has also verified each year since then at my regular physical that I no longer have a heart murmur.

Once someone asked Carl Jung if he believed that God exists.  Jung responded, “I don’t believe, I know.”  Jung further said, “The word ‘belief’ is a difficult thing for me. I don’t believe. I must have a reason for a certain hypothesis. Either I know a thing, and then I know it – I don’t need to believe it.”

Likewise, now my belief in the spiritual healing work that happens at John of God’s healing center is not a mental construct, it is a direct experience of a supernatural reality that healed my physical body.  The evidence beats in my chest every moment of my life.

Earthbound Spirits

In ancient times, healing and spirituality were not divorced.  A sick person went to the shaman of the tribe to find the origin of the issue.  If a person had an earthbound spirit attachment, the shaman would do a procedure they called a “depossession” to help the spirit detach from the host and cross into the Light.  Depossession is also the first step at John of God’s healing center.  People in line for healing first pass through a room of people praying for any earthbound spirits attached to be taken up into the celestial hospital above the healing clinic.  The reason for this preliminary procedure according to John of God is that the person who has a spirit attachment will experience the imprint of the problems the deceased person had while still living.  Also, the presence of the spirit attachment drains the vitality of the host.  For example, if a parent dies of cancer and attaches to a child, the immune system of the child will be compromised from the energy drain of having an attachment, and the child will then be more likely to develop the same illness as the parent.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

One famous case of haunting is that actress Jennifer Love Hewitt believed her house was haunted and contacted paranormal investigator Mary Ann Winkowski for help.  Mary Ann has the gift of being able to communicate with the deceased.  She went to Love Hewitt’s home and found the spirit of a young man who had been killed in a car crash who said he was a great fan of Jennifer.  Mary Ann found out the man’s name and address.  Further investigation showed that a man by that name at that address had been killed in a car accident.  He had gone to high school with Jennifer, and his room was plastered with posters of her.  Reports on the internet say Hewitt felt that this ghost was watching out for her.  This incident was part of the birthing of the popular TV show “Ghost Whisperer” which ran on CBS from 2005 to 2010.  Mary Ann was a consultant to the show, and Jennifer Love Hewitt was an associate producer.

What I can say with confidence is that if my client feels that she or he has an earthbound spirit attachment, if I treat that problem as if it were true, the client gets better.  The story has emotional reality to the client whether or not the situation can be objectively verified.

In the theory of reincarnation, the soul essence sends part of its energy to incarnate into a physical body to learn lessons and/or complete a mission here on the earth plane.  When the incarnation ends and the spirit leaves the physical body, it normally moves into a higher dimension of Light, commonly called heaven, and returns to the soul essence from which it came.  But a number of different factors can block the spirit from moving into the next world and keep it stuck on the earth plane without a physical body.  While the common name for this phenomenon is a “ghost,” I prefer the term “earthbound spirit.”  This spirit may attach to a person or a place, or it may wander.  When it links to the energy field of a living person, we call the situation an “earthbound spirit attachment.”


A number of different problems can keep a spirit earthbound:

  1. Unresolved grief of a loved one. When a loved one such as a parent, a child, or a sibling dies and a person is not able to accept the loss, the unresolved grief of the survivor seems to make an energetic pull on the deceased that prevents the spirit from fully moving into the next world.
  2. Strong negative feelings at the moment of death. When a person dies in a state of terror, anger, or rage, these feelings are like lead bags holding down a hot air balloon that should rise.  They seem to chain the spirit to the gravitational field of the earth.  For example, civilians who are killed in wars often have very strong negative feelings, because soldiers are only supposed to kill other soldiers, not civilians.
  3. Not knowing what to expect. People with no spiritual training may not know what to expect at the moment of death.  They may think consciousness will end, as if the lights went out and they ceased to exist.  The spirit never dies, and after it leaves the physical body, one still has feelings and can hear and see everything.  Athiests may think that they are still alive and not notice that the body they are in is not their own.  In fact, Gary Leon Hill, author of People Who Don’t Know They Are Dead quips, “Being dead is so much like being alive that many people die without realizing their condition.”
  4. Confusion or disorientation at the moment of death. Other factors that may contribute to a person not realizing what is happening when everyone stops talking to them (except Soul Detectives!) are situations that impair cognitive brain functions:  head trauma such as a car accident, Alzheimer’s, or drug stupor at the moment of death either from a drug overdose or from opiates given to ease the pain of the final stage of terminal illness. Please note that most people who die make the transition into the next world just fine.  Not everyone who dies from one of the situations listed above becomes earthbound—just a few.
  5. Fear of punishment. When people have done things they know are wrong, they may turn away from the Light because they fear they will be sent to a place of punishment.  People who have been raised in strict religious traditions often believe that God is an angry God who will punish them for all of their sins.  The Catholic Church has taught that after death, the soul goes into purgatory, a place of fire, where one’s sins are burned away to purify the soul before it is ready to go into heaven.  Sometimes people are so afraid they will go into purgatory or hell that they refuse to budge and stay earthbound.
  6. Unfinished business. The television show Ghost Whisperer and the movie Ghost portray people who stay earthbound because of unresolved interpersonal issues.  Once the situation is resolved, they are at peace and can cross into the Light.
  7. Attachment to material possessions. Some people become so attached to their material possessions that they do not want to leave them when they die.  Real estate agents know that sometimes the deceased former owner of a house has not vacated the premises and is still “living” in what that person considers his or her home.  The new occupants may hear footsteps and noises, and lights may go on and off—all signs of poltergeist activity.



How would you know if you had an earthbound spirit attachment?  The following symptoms are clues, but Soul Detectives use muscle testing to determine whether or not someone else has invaded one’s energy field:

  1. Constant Fatigue. Feeling drained of energy is the primary symptom.  While alive, we get energy from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the electromagnetic field of the earth.  People without bodies cannot eat or drink, so they have no way to get their own energy.  They need to plug in to someone else’s energy, which drains the host.  The situation is somewhat like a vampire who steals energy from other people.  An analogy is that a living person with an earthbound spirit attachment is riding a bicycle up a hill and carrying a hitchhiker on the back of the bike who has no pedals to help push!
  2. Cold Chill. Earthbound spirits drain energy, also called “chi,” from the spaces they occupy.  When entering a room where an earthbound spirit resides, one may feel a cold chill that penetrates right to the bones.  Also, the hair on the back of the neck may stand up—a very uneasy, unsafe feeling.  When I am with someone with an earthbound spirit attachment, I notice that my hands feel cold and even with turning up the heat, I still feel chilled.
  3. Not Feeling Like Yourself. When someone else has invaded your energy field, you may notice that something is wrong, as if someone else’s thoughts are in your head.  The statement “I don’t feel like myself” is a clue to check whether or not you have picked up a spirit attachment.
  4. Exacerbated Grief. Following someone’s death, one member of the family may have a sudden downward turn in their emotional functioning and become very confused and depressed.  The earthbound spirit of the deceased may have attached to this person, who is now experiencing the feelings of the earthbound spirit.  People often become very confused when they die and people stop talking with them and act like they do not exist anymore.  They may get very depressed, not knowing what to do next, and these feelings imprint onto the person to whom they attach.



  1. Go to a bar and drink so much that you lose consciousness. While you are “out,” the earthbound spirits of deceased alcoholics who are hanging around the bar craving another drink will fight to see who can jump into your energy field while you are unconscious so they can vicariously taste the next drink of alcohol you take.  They will also push you to drink more and more.
  2. Don’t get healing for your emotional wounds. Unresolved emotional trauma leaves a “chink in the armor” of our emotional body.  An earthbound spirit with a similar emotional wound can connect through this portal.
  3. Have an operation. Anesthesia during surgery also opens the psychic gate, as if leaving the front door of one’s house open so anyone  can walk in.  Hospitals regularly  have earthbound spirits of people who died there looking for some nice
    person to go home with.
  4. Get an organ transplant. Once in awhile the earthbound spirit of the organ donor will come along with your new organ.
  5. Don’t let go of your  loved ones when they die. Tell them, “Stay with me!  I can’t survive without you!”  They might just honor your request and attach  to your energy field.



Call In Spiritual Help

When Soul Detectives work with earthbound spirits, we always call in trans-personal helpers—angels, guardians, and religious figures.  When working with spirits, we need spiritual help!

Treat the Spirit First

First we treat the discarnate spirit as if that person were the client. Since the spirit is attached to a living person, we can find the exact nature of the spirit’s past life trauma (their immediate past life) with muscle testing.  Also, because their energy system is linked to that of the host, when the client taps, the earthbound spirit also receives the benefits of the tapping!

Once the emotional trauma of the earthbound spirit is dissolved, we call in loved ones already in the Light to accompany them on their journey into the next world and spiritual helpers to make a safe transition back into the Light.

Treat the Wound in the Host

The last step in the Soul Detective Earthbound Spirit Protocol is to treat the emotional wound in the host which allowed the spirit to attach to prevent further invasion of the energy field.  This protocol to release earthbound spirit attachments is elaborated in my book Invisible Roots: How Healing Past Life Trauma Can Liberate Your Present.

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Energetic Cords

(This topic is covered in Soul Detective Level Two Training)

Some energetic cords are beneficial.  When we ask for help from the spiritual realm in the form of angels, spirit guides, ascended masters, and other Beings of Light, we are establishing beneficial energetic cords through which information can flow to guide our lives and help us with specific missions.  Mothers frequently have energetic cords to their babies through which they communicate so they can understand the baby’s needs.  Healthy mothers have cords to the hearts of their children through which love flows, all of their lives.   These cords are all beneficial.  But sometimes energetic cords between people are detrimental.


Cords of Control

For example, if a parent still has an energetic cord of wanting to control the behavior of a child when that child has reached adulthood, this refusal to “cut the apron strings” will damage the child’s ability to learn to fend on one’s own.  Bosses may try to control the behavior of their employees through yelling, episodes of irrational outbursts, and unrealistic demands which set up a fear pattern in their workers which then leaves them vulnerable to their power center getting corded to the boss.  Unscrupulous gurus may use cords of control to get their devotees to give them money.

Sexual Cords

Sexual union creates energetic cords between people.  In a healthy, committed marriage, these cords help strengthen the marriage and family ties.  When a couple goes through a divorce, dissolving the legal aspect of the marriage does not release the energetic cords between the two people.  Sometimes former spouses are so hurt by the separation and settlement of property and custodial rights for the children that they hate each other and use the energetic connection between them to channel anger and rage to the ex-spouse.

Casual sexual encounters also create energetic cords between the two parties.  Cultures disagree on how long these energetic connections last.  The longest time I have heard is that they endure throughout the entire lifetime.  The shortest time I have heard is that they last one month.  In Russia, the traditional belief is that they last for seven years.

When a relationship ends and one person cannot stop thinking about the former partner, the two people are probably still corded with one or both unable to let go of the energetic connection.

Energy Straws

People who are feeling depleted may unconsciously send an energetic cord into the power center of another person to suck out energy, even if the other person is just a friend and not a sexual partner.  This kind of cord usually dissolves once one is no longer in the physical presence of that person.  We talk about feeling drained after having spent time with a very needy person.  One partner in a dysfunctional relationship may draw on the vitality of the other one on an ongoing basis rather than building independent sources of energy.



The Soul Detective protocol to release detrimental energetic cords uses muscle testing to count how many energetic cords are present and to determine exactly where each one connects in the energy system—whether to biofields, chakras, meridians, or
organs.  The person then senses into the cord to get more information on how it is configured and perhaps why it is there.  Then we call in trans-personal help to do whatever is necessary to release the cord and heal and seal the place of attachment.

Another kind of specialized detrimental energetic cord is a curse or a hex, explained in the next topic.

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Curses and Hexes

(This topic is covered in Soul Detective Level Two Training)

Curses and hexes are specialized types of energetic cords which have detrimental effects.

A curse may be made in a moment of anger, when the well of pain inside of oneself throws an energetic “slime ball” at the energy field of the target with the words, “Damn you!” or some other malevolent thought.   A curse may also be consciously sent from one person to another.  One can hire practitioners of the dark arts to curse or hex someone you do not like.

For example, in Africa, a person who is angry with a neighbor can hire a Native Doctor to “bewitch” the neighbor, either putting something into the neighbor’s food or sending the bewitchment through the air.  When the neighbor begins to feel ill, he will go to the Native Doctor to purchase the antidote to the bewitchment.  Who is profiting from this system?  You figure it out!

A hex is a consciously configured detrimental program usually created by a professional to bind the life energy of the target in a specific way.  The beautiful hex signs on Amish barns are placed there to bring good luck, and also to protect the family and the farm from hexes.  An example of a hex would be a Latino woman in love with a man who is involved with another woman hiring a practitioner of the dark arts, a witch or bruja, to place a hex on the other woman so she will get sick.  The woman is hoping that when her rival gets sick, the man she loves will lose interest in the other woman and come to her.

I do not recommend the practice, because of the law of karma is that “What you sow you will reap.”  Whatever you do to others will come back to you.  She may get the man, but then another woman who wants her out of the way may hire another bruja to place a hex on her!

By the way, the law of karma works both ways.  If you do good things for others, a blessing comes back to you.  But if you cheat or hurt others, that negative energy falls back on you—and practitioners of earth wisdom say it comes back threefold!

Protection from a Curse

When I visited Rwanda on a humanitarian mission in 2009, our translator told us about a curse that had come upon his family.  Many people in Africa worship their ancestors and dialog with them, asking for favors.  Our translator’s father asked his ancestors for something specific that he wanted.  The ancestors agreed to give it to him, on the condition that after he received it, he would sacrifice a bull in their honor.  His father agreed, and he got what he wanted.  Then he reneged on his part of the agreement and did not go to the expense of purchasing and sacrificing the bull.  The ancestors became angry with him for not keeping their bargain and placed a curse on his children.  One by one, six of his seven adult children died of illnesses and accidents over the course of the next year.  Our translator was the only surviving sibling.  In amazement, I asked him, “Why didn’t you die too?”

He explained, “That is easy.  I am a Christian, and the blood of Christ protects me from harm.”


Adrienne was a chiropractor whose beloved older sister Iris had just been diagnosed with end stage ovarian cancer.  Iris lived at a distance, but she gave Adrienne permission to do remote surrogate energy healing work on her.  Adrienne started doing an energy technique she had learned called Neuromodulation Technique (NMT) (online at  Several days later, as Adrienne was washing the dishes, out of the blue, her framed NMT certificate fell off of the wall with a loud bang.  This crash scared her at first, but then she decided the angels of healing were trying to tell her to keep doing more NMT on Iris.

The Firstborn Dies Young

The two weeks between the time Iris was diagnosed and the time that her entire family of origin gathered to say goodbye to her were filled with emotional turmoil.  Adrienne could not figure out how her dynamic, energetic sister Iris could be dying from cancer. On the flight to her sister’s home, she was reading a book her husband had given her titled Love’s Own Truths by Bert Hellinger about family patterns being handed down through the generations.  She noticed a pattern on her father’s side of the family that formerly had seemed like isolated, unconnected events:

Grandfather Albert had three children: Christopher, Linda, and Paul, Adrienne’s father.  In the first generation of Albert’s descendents, his firstborn child Christopher died young in his 40’s of kidney  complications from diabetes.

  • In the second generation of descendants,  Christopher’s firstborn child died of cancer in his 40’s.
  • Linda’s firstborn died in an accident in his 30’s.
  • And now the doctors were saying that Paul’s firstborn, Iris, was about to die in her 40’s.

Adrienne realized that her family had a pattern of the firstborn child dying young.

The pattern seemed to also be extending into the next generation as the firstborn of Iris was having life-threatening asthma attacks, unresponsive to medication and to the finest allopathic and complementary health care treatments available.

With the family all gathered together, Adrienne explained the family pattern she had spotted, and everyone agreed to a family healing session. Adrienne used Bert Hellinger’s family constellation healing protocol.  She first inquired whether anyone in the family had died in an unusual manner.

Getting Away with Murder

Her father disclosed that his father’s brother Henry had been murdered.  Uncle Henry had taken a woman who was separated from her husband to a dance.  The woman’s husband became enraged and ambushed their horse and buggy after the dance.  The man shot and killed Henry.  Grandfather Albert was heartbroken.  His brother Henry was over a decade younger, and Albert had always taken care of him growing up.  Albert was almost like a father to Henry.

The murderer was never punished, as the attitude in the early 1900’s was, “You don’t mess with a man’s wife.”  Women were considered the property of the man, like a horse, and if somebody tries to steal your horse, you have the right to shoot him.

“I Want the Death Penalty!”

Adrienne next asked family members to role play their ancestors to find out how the energy had constellated.  The surrogate who stood in Grandpa Albert’s place felt cheated in life because his brother had been killed and his first wife died a few years after they were married from a sudden illness.  The energy peaked when Albert’s surrogate exclaimed the curse,  “I want the death penalty for the man who killed my brother!”  The family fully understood this feeling from Albert’s deep grief and loss.  However, Albert wanted the authorities to execute the man who had murdered his brother.

He wanted the murderer to die young, just like his brother had. Because the energy of this curse did not land on the person intended, the early death pattern boomeranged back to Albert and fell upon the one he loved the most—his firstborn child Christopher.  The curse also fell on the firstborn of all of his children and was starting to affect the firstborn of his grandchildren.


Adrienne did healing work with Albert, his brother Henry, and the man who murdered Henry, who were all now united in death.  Grandfather Albert was able to release his lack of forgiveness, which cancelled the curse.  The three men involved were reconciled.  The family felt as if a heavy, dark burden had dissolved.

Iris had been unconscious and on the brink of death before this curse was lifted.  Too weak for chemotherapy, the cancer was advancing rapidly, and the doctors said her chances of dying from this illness were 99.9%.

The Time Is Now!

Adrienne called her husband, who was also an NMT practitioner, to tell him the bad news about the prognosis for Iris.  Spirit had been urging him to do remote NMT healing for Iris all day, even though he had a full schedule.  So over the phone, he surrogate tested what to work on, and Adrienne did a surrogate treatment for her sister on her own body while standing in the hospital hallway outside of her room.  When he muscle tested, “She wants to live,” the answer was negative.  When he tested, “She wants to die,” the test was again negative.  He realized Iris was divided within herself on whether to live or whether to die.  He felt that had Iris been unified in wanting to die, she would probably not have survived her surgery, which removed tumors the size of several oranges.

Adrienne’s husband felt a transfer of energy happen from him to Iris during this treatment and was absolutely exhausted afterwards, almost as if the physical system of Iris had so little chi of its own that she would not have been able to enter the NMT corrections into her nervous system if he had not sent some of his own personal chi to her out of his love and care for her.

When the family arrived at the hospital the next day, to their surprise, Iris had improved enough to take out her breathing tube!  Instead of telling them all that she loved them (the expected goodbye speech of the almost deceased), Iris muttered that she wanted to brush her teeth.  She glared at the family awhile, with an expression like, “Why are you all standing around acting like I am going to die?”   Then she sent everyone home.


That night Iris called in her firstborn and told her, “I’m not going anywhere!  I’m going to beat this illness.” With her energy field unified, she had chosen life with her whole heart.  Before the curse was lifted, it blocked the NMT protocols Adrienne had done for Iris.  But once the curse was lifted, the NMT that her husband did worked!  The physicians had not done anything to treat the cancer, but it was going into remission.

Adrienne contacted the originator of NMT, Dr. Leslie Feinberg, to work with Iris over the phone because of his highly successful work with cancer patients.  He was warm and engaging and gave them an appointment that very day even though it was Christmas Eve.  Iris improved so rapidly that she was able to leave Intensive Care and go into a regular hospital room that same day.  Iris told Adrienne, “That Dr. Feingold is really good.”

Adrienne answered, “He sure is, but his name is Dr. Feinberg.”


Iris ordered the exact health food she wanted to eat for Christmas dinner the next day.  Then her four children had a problem: since Iris had been unconscious and not expected to live, nobody had bought a Christmas present for her!  So they did an emergency shopping trip.

Adrienne stayed overnight in the hospital with her beloved sister Iris.  When the others left, Iris looked at her and beamed a radiant smile, from ear to ear.  Iris and Adrienne had a long heart-to-heart talk in the middle of the night about their relationship as children, their parents, and their present lives.  When Adrienne told Iris about the curse they had lifted from the family, she responded, “That is chilling!”  Iris told Adrienne again, “The work of Dr. Feinstein really helped me.”

Adrienne answered, “Yes, he’s terrific, and his name is Dr. Feinberg.”

The next morning, Christmas Day, two of the doctors from the hospital came into her room and found Iris perky and smiling.  They knew that they had not done anything to treat her cancer.  They looked somewhat dumbfounded and remarked how sick she had been in ICU just a few days earlier.  She told them, “I’m very happy to be alive, and I thank you for saving my life.”  Not wanting to appear weird, nobody in the family mentioned anything about the NMT treatments to the hospital personnel!

The physicians inquired, “Do you have any pain?”

As Adrienne stared at the swollen belly of Iris, her colostomy, and the six tubes coming out of her torso, Iris replied, “No.”  She was not on any pain medication and had no pain.  This event in itself felt like a miracle.  Adrienne could visibly see the swelling in her sister’s belly going down and the light coming back into her eyes.

NMT Treatments

Dr. Feinberg worked with Iris on each issue as it came up.  To the great amazement of her physicians and the joy of her family, in a matter of weeks, Iris no longer needed any of the drainage tubes.  She improved so much that she was discharged from the hospital and airlifted to an alternative cancer treatment clinic in Mexico.  Unfortunately, on the way to Mexico, the chartered plane flew too high, and she had difficulty breathing at that altitude.  Her heart rate spiked at 250 beats per minute.  She had to land only half way to Mexico and then relapsed.  Still, in the two months from the time of lifting the curse until her death, Iris did a tremendous amount of personal and family healing work.  Her daughter’s asthma also cleared.

Healing Gifts

When the time came to unplug the machines, Iris had given her whole family an enormous gift: release of “the firstborn dies young” curse on the next generation of Albert’s descendants.  Dr. Feinberg also made an important discovery through his work with Iris that benefited others who came after her.

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