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Carl Wickland
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June 13 2011
Dr. Carl A. Wickland, (1861-1945) was a member of the Chicago Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the chief psychiatrist at the National Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. Wickland specialized in cases of schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, addiction, manic-depression, criminal behavior and other phobias. After moving to Los Angeles in 1918, he founded the National Psychological Institute of Los Angeles with his wife Anna Wickland, who was a trance medium. Wickland treated many patients suffering from mental illness of all kinds, and after many years experience came to the conclusion that a number of patients he treated had 'attachments;' by that he meant that spiritual entities had attached themselves to unwitting mortals and influenced them (often) in the worst kind of way-leading them to alcoholism, madness, and occasionally murder. Wickland stated at the time; Spirit obsession is a fact - a perversion of a natural law - and is amply demonstrable. This has been proven hundreds of times by causing the supposed insanity or aberration to be temporarily transferred from the victim to a psychic sensitive who is trained for the purpose, and by this method ascertain the cause of the psychosis to be an ignorant or mischievous spirit, whose identity may frequently be verified. Having come to the 'spirit obsession' conclusion, Wickland and his wife set up a rescue circle, with Mrs. Wickland acting as the medium, and they set about communicating with lost souls who had passed away and were unaware of their post physical death condition and often in denial due to dogmatic religious and equally dogmatic atheist beliefs. In the introduction of the book the author writes, The change called death, the word is a misnomer-universally regarded with gloomy fear, occurs so naturally and simply that the greater number, after passing out of the physical are not aware that the transition has been made, and having no knowledge of a spiritual life they are totally unconscious of having passed into another state of being. Deprived of their physical sense organs, they are shut out from the physical light, and lacking, a mental perception of the high purpose of existence, these individuals are spiritually blind and find themselves in a twilight condition-the outer darkness mentioned in the Bible - and linger in the realm known as the Earth sphere. The book documents a number of cases of both anonymous and well-known communicators such as Helena Blavatsky; cofounder of the Theosophy movement, and Mary Baker-Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. A number of subjects are discussed including crime, suicide, materialism, selfishness, and narcotics.

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Dr. Carl A. Wickland, (1861-1945) was a member of the Chicago Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the chief psychiatrist at the National Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. Wickland specialized in cases of schizophrenia, paranoia, depression, addiction, manic-depression, criminal behavior and other phobias. After moving to Los Angeles in 1918, he founded the National Psychological Institute of Los Angeles with his wife Anna Wickland, who was a trance medium. Wickland treated many patients suffering from mental illness of all kinds, and after many years experience came to the conclusion that a number of patients he treated had 'attachments;' by that he meant that spiritual entities had attached themselves to unwitting mortals and influenced them (often) in the worst kind of way - leading them to alcoholism, madness, and occasionally murder. Wickland stated at the time; Spirit obsession is a fact - a perversion of a natural law - and is amply demonstrable. This has been proven hundreds of times by causing the supposed insanity or aberration to be temporarily transferred from the victim to a psychic sensitive who is trained for the purpose, and by this method ascertain the cause of the psychosis to be an ignorant or mischievous spirit, whose identity may frequently be verified. Having come to the 'spirit obsession' conclusion, Wickland and his wife set up a rescue circle, with Mrs. Wickland acting as the medium, and they set about communicating with lost souls who had passed away and were unaware of their post physical death condition and often in denial due to dogmatic religious and equally dogmatic atheist beliefs.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all Dec 18 2011
By Laura De Giorgio TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This book is a classic which started the follow-up research and emergence of others books dealing with spirit releasement.

In the course of 30 years, Dr. Wickland was conducting experiments in which his wife served as a medium for deceased spirits of humans who were attached to people diagnosed as having mental problems.

The method involved running a mild-electric current through the patient - the current was low enough to have any adverse effect on the patient, but it successfully evicted the attached spirit, who then entered Mrs. Wickland and spoke through her.

The spirits in this book are mainly just spirits of deceased humans who saw the light after they left their physical body, but were afraid to follow it and ended up stuck on the earth plane. Some, feeling quite alive and well, even though without a physical body, couldn't accept the fact that they don't have physical body any more and that they are what we'd consider "dead" - so when their previously deceased relatives came to assist them with the transition, they ran in the opposite direction - afraid that they are seeing the ghost. The situation as tragic as it is, is at the same rather humorous, and the entire contents of the book are just as entertaining as informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The work that started it all Dec 15 2009
Format:Paperback
Read this book to get the understanding of what the spirit is all about. Learn that we can be affected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A door opening book Jan. 16 2009
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In light of all different prophecies vehiculated at the beginning of 2009 regarging 2012, this book is a must for people to read. Even though this book was written early in the 1900, the related facts in this book are just amazing. It shouldn't be taken lightly though. I really loved this book and will strongly suggest it to all my friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book June 9 2006
By Amazon shopper - Published on Amazon.com
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I read and reread this book several years ago. It gave great insight into the realms of the spirits and their rather very serious impact on those living. The departed spirits communicated through an intermediary, medium, his wife. The stories told touched my heart and enhanced my understanding of the nature and character of the spirits. That provided wealth of information for my book, Secrets of Life, Beyond...

I would highly recommend this book not only to healthcare providers but the public at large.

Mohinder Goomar, M.D., F.R.C.S. (Ret.), author, Secrets of Life, Beyond...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing life to dead people Jan. 21 2005
By Edmund W. Poor - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book 15 years ago, so my memory may be getting dim. But it's about the author's experience treating cases of spirit possession. A typical case is a young man who felt the need to run away and go to sea. It turned out, as the author discovered, that he was being strongly influenced by a dead sailor. He asked the sailor to leave the young man alone, and that was the end of that.

Wickland claimed no spiritual powers but used an intermediary (I think it was his wife, who would go into a trance). His method was to interview the spirits hanging around the patient. He would inquire as to how their life had been, and what they are trying to do with the patient. He would then recommend that they leave him alone and go rather with the "Mercy Crew" (a multi-racial group of higher-lever departed spirits who chose to work with the Wicklands).

So he did confidently what Joel Haley Osmont (of "I see dead people" fame) did fearfully in "The Sixth Sense".

Forgive me if my memory deceives me in a few details. I think I'll order a copy and re-read it.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all ssychiatrists Nov. 27 2004
By Shawn T. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Carl Wickland MD would not have agreed with the conclusions of Dr. Stevens [...]. He specifically stated that all of the memories observed in such cases were actually originating from the discarnate spirit of the deceased, who was attached to the patient. He did not accept the case of the deceased spirit entering into a new incarnation. Of course Dr. Wickland was dealing with the psychosis of much older patients and did not to my knowledge examine any of the type of patients that Dr. Stevens did.

Dr. Wickland's work is of great importance to the understanding of Origenes' theory of "The Restoration of All Things." [...] But it only addresses one aspect and that is of the `Lost Souls". Early Christians had prayed regularly for the `Lost Souls', and Dr. Wickland gives us many reasons why we should do so today. When discarnate spirits do not accept the divine order and return to where they belong, they are able to `molest' people with whom they have had some sort of special relationship.

What does this have to early Christian teaching? First of all, it gives us a very good lesson in Free Will. As M. C. Steenberg [...] most rightly points out, if all souls were destined to go to heaven, then where does Free Will come in? Dr. Wickland describes in great detail the amount of havoc that these discarnate spirits were allowed to bring to his patients. He also shows how they must choose to stop their activities among humans and accept divine guidance.

Secondly, his work gives a hint of the order that exists in the divine spiritual world and gives us an idea as to how many angels are actually around us, active in the restoration process, guiding us during our life and afterwards.

The discarnate spirits that Dr. Wickland encountered in his work certainly represented only a small subset of the discarnate spirits. When their body dies, the majority submit to the divine order. To find out about these, we must look to different sources.

Shawn Murphy
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book that started it all Oct. 28 2004
By Laura De Giorgio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a classic which started the follow-up research and emergence of others books dealing with spirit releasement.

In the course of 30 years, Dr. Wickland was conducting experiments in which his wife served as a medium for deceased spirits of humans who were attached to people diagnosed as having mental problems.

The method involved running a mild-electric current through the patient - the current was low enough to have any adverse effect on the patient, but it successfully evicted the attached spirit, who then entered Mrs. Wickland and spoke through her.

The spirits in this book are mainly just spirits of deceased humans who saw the light after they left their physical body, but were afraid to follow it and ended up stuck on the earth plane. Some, feeling quite alive and well, even though without a physical body, couldn't accept the fact that they don't have physical body any more and that they are what we'd consider "dead" - so when their previously deceased relatives came to assist them with the transition, they ran in the opposite direction - afraid that they are seeing the ghost. The situation as tragic as it is, is at the same rather humorous, and the entire contents of the book are just as entertaining as informative.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heaven and hell is on earth! June 8 2011
By STACEY STEPHENS - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book! If you are haunted or believe in afterlife (or think you do) you should read this. It explains magnetic aura attraction and earth bound entities. It also explains the importance of your spiritual conciousness. A how the ability to move on to the spirit world is based on your level of spiritual conciousness. The multiple conversations in each chapter explain the topics and the level of conciousness of the earthbound entity. It also explains how they view the earth world while stuck here and also how they progress once in the spirit world. It took me months to find a book that contained all the information I was looking for to explain what happend to me, and this is it!
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