The Role of the Human Essence In the Healing Process
Ralph B. Allison, M.D.
PO Box 957
Paso Robles, California 93447-0957
Presented at the
22nd Annual International Conference on the
Study of Shamanism and Alternate Modes of Healing
Santa Sabina Center
San Rafael, California
September 3-5, 2005
Abstract: Much has been said at these meetings about the effectiveness of one healer or another,
and about one treatment or another. We need to recognize the existence in each patients (as well
as in the treater) of an Essence (a.k.a. Soul or Spirit) as well as a Personality (a.k.a. Mind or
Ego). This paper will endeavor to provide some information as to how the patient's Essence and
its spiritual supervisors operate to create human illness and /or injury and how they operate in
curing the patient, or letting the patient physically deteriorate.
To understand the drama in which healing, or lack thereof, occurs, one must know the
cast of characters, so that one can determine which role each one plays.
The first character is the human being who is the Identified Patient. But each of us is
composed of three parts, body, mind, and spirit, according to the philosophers I agree with.
The body is one of those characters, and it is a mighty complicated collection of systems,
including the brain, neurohormones, and the immune system.
The mind I call the Personality. Its basic content is something immaterial called
Consciousness, which I consider to be "intelligent energy." It also has the capacity to exercise
Free Will to make decisions which are against its own best interests and in violation of its Life
Plan. A Master Life Plan is assigned by The Creator to each Personality before its first
incarnation. A portion of that Master Life Plan is the Life Plan of this one incarnation. Because
each Personality utilizes neurohormones, such as adrenaline, it can manifest emotions of all kinds.
This gives it the means and drive to exercise Free Will to violate its best interests. It also has a
gender identity because it uses sex hormones and identifies with its physical body's sexual organs.
One other attribute of the Personality is its belief system. Each one of us needs a belief
system to function in society, and it seems that each belief system contains within it tests which
prove to its believers it is correct. Therefore, all other belief systems have to be incorrect. It is
only the Personality which has this socially learned belief system.
The spirit I call the Essence. It, too, is composed of "intelligent energy" or Consciousness.
It, too, is capable of exercising Free Will to ignore directives of its supervisors. However, since it
does not have the capacity to experience emotions, operating without connection to
neurohormones, it is less likely to exercise its Free Will. But it can and will do so under certain
circumstances. It is the supervisor and mentor of its assigned Personality, which it considers its
Each Essence used to be a Personality which completed a full series of incarnations itself.
Then it was upgraded to be an Essence. This freed it of its connection to sex hormones and
neurohormones. Thus it no longer has a gender identity nor the capacity to experience anger,
greed, etc. It operates in one of two modes, blissfulness or watchfulness. It is blissful when its
Charge is doing well and following her Life Plan, and it is watchful when its Charge is emoting
and making bad decisions, thus getting off the path required to complete and fulfill her Life Plan.
Other upgrading of the Essence includes being given the ability to communicate in the
Original Language with all other Essences and with its supervisory spirits. It also is the life
energy, ki, or kundalini of its Charge's body. It has the ability to deal with all bodily disorders
because it can control the immune system, as well as production of all hormones. Its control
center is in the brain's pineal body, which produces melatonin, which is involved in many
important bodily functions, including sleep, pregnancy and response to infections.
The Essence also has the ability to create both positive and negative hallucinations for its
Charge. When it creates a negative hallucination, the Personality really does not see the rock on
the pavement of the parking lot and trips and falls, injuring her back. The Essence can also create
a positive hallucination of someone who suddenly shows up to instruct her how to behave when
she faces a severe crisis.
The Essence knows the Personality's Life Plan and what she needs to do to complete it. It
also knows her personality traits completely and what buttons are available for the Essence to
push. It also knows what karmic debts she needs to pay back.
All these facts are taken into account by the Essence when it decides if and how its Charge
should become sick or injured.
In the 2002 meeting of this group, I described the supervisors of the Essence, who have
asked me to call them Celestial Intelligent Energy or CIE. Religions have called them angels, but
they prefer the acronym CIE as a collective name. I have talked to three of them when they
borrowed one of the bodies of two of my patients with MPD (multiple personality disorder). They
call themselves Faith, Hope and Charity and told me they are CIE assigned by The Creator to
monitor the human race. Each can work separately in her area of expertise, but, in a crisis, they
combine energies and work as one strong force.
Whereas the Personality of most people lives full-time in this material world I call
Physicalspace, the Essence travels back and forth between here and what I call Thoughtspace.
That is a nonmaterial universe which coexists with Physicalspace, but it lacks time or distance. All
residents of Thoughtspace communicate by thought alone, and none have the capacity for
emotional expression. Neither do any of them consider themselves male or female. Most
interestingly, the CIE who taught me emphasize that there are no rules in Thoughtspace. All
decision are made on a case-by-case basis, using the principles of Situational Ethics.
Just as there are the CIE of the humans, who were created when The Creator placed the
first humans on Earth, there are also CIE assigned to run every other aspect of the universe,
including the weather. There are, therefore, CIE of bacteria and CIE of viruses. These CIE
communicate with the CIE of the humans to decide which humans shall be infected with which
All of the CIE take their directions from The Creator, who also created them. In contrast
to the nature of Personalities and Essences, The Creator did not give the CIE the capacity to
exercise Free Will. Therefore they cannot rebel against The Creator. However my CIE teachers
wish to make it clear that they are not robots with The Creator telling each one what to do in all
situations. They are given an assignment but are free to use whatever means they think will
accomplish their goals. If they need to perform a miracle, then a miracle it will be. They have
powerful energies available for which there are no human labels, I am told.
For all ailments, these factors must exist:
1. Predisposing features. What condition(s) must the person have to be able to suffer this
ailment? The predisposition may be primarily in the bodily structure, which is built according to
the DNA coding of the inherited genes. One example is PKU or phenylketonuria, which my
brother-in-law has. This was due to his inheriting the same recessive gene from both parents,
which gene became dominant when he received one from each parent. The other predisposition
relates to karmic debts which need to be paid.
2. Precipitating features. What trigger(s) must be pulled, and by whom, to bring the ailment
3. Continuing features. Considering the built-in repair mechanism all our bodies have, what
must happen to hamper the automatic repair mechanism?
One of the CIE of the humans is called the Spiritual Guardian of the Essence. This CIE
has the job of putting two people, who should marry and have children together, in the same
location. Then the Essence of each one causes them to fall in love with each other and want to
mate. In this case, since my brother-in-law's Life Plan included him having PKU, the Spiritual
Guardians for his parents had to get them together, make sure they married and bred this son. His
Life Plan included his being severely mentally retarded, so he would be taken care of by state
hospital nurses all his life, which is exactly what has happened.
But his nurses have to understand that his Essence is not retarded or defective in any way,
and they can get its cooperation in solving any problem whose solution is essential for his
survival. They discovered that when he had a colostomy, and they decided to instruct him in
colostomy care as if he were a normal patient. He learned how to take care of his colostomy with
no trouble at all, but he still cannot open a door by turning the knob. His colostomy care was
needed for personal survival, but there was always a staff member there to turn door knobs for
him. This is a man who has an IQ of 10 and no ability to talk in any language.
The other hereditary factor is the karmic debt built up by the Personality. In 2000, I
talked here about "How Reincarnation Really Works." If one exercises Free Will to cause trouble
and hurt others, this karmic debt must be paid back sometime. What goes around comes around.
So a serious illness or injury might be needed to be experienced this time around to pay off some
of that debt.
Now everything I have said about patients with diseases goes for those of us who have
spent our lives attempting to heal them. If my Life Plan included being a psychiatrist, then going
to college and medical school was the right thing to do. If using shamanic means to treat patients
was part of my Life Plan, then those patients with MPD were the best ones to have in front of me,
since I had no training in how to treat them appropriately. I could not have helped any of them get
better if I had not been advised by my Essence to use shamanic methods.
So what are the elements needed for healing of an ailment which is not self-limiting
because of our own immune system?
1. Inherited factors are of two kinds. One is the DNA inheritance which is unique to each
person. The other is the existence of karmic debts from one's previous lifetimes.
2. The Personality has its belief system. It is well known in medicine that, for any treatment
method to work, both the doctor and the patient must believe it will work. If one of them does
not, it will not work in that patient. Does the patient believe she is curable, worth curing, or fated
to suffer forever? Is she paranoid and "knows" someone else caused her to suffer this way? Does
she believe in psychic attack from her enemies? Does she believe a TV evangelist can heal her
from his studio to her living room? Does she believe in a certain treater, or in a certain method of
3. In the opinion of the Essence, will its Charge benefit spiritually by suffering this exact
ailment? Does this Personality need to get out of a noxious work situation, so falling and hurting
herself in the company's parking lot will get her out of there for good?
Each Essence is in charge of only one body and can cause the immune system to fail to
combat the cause of the ailment. It may want its Charge to meet someone in a certain doctor's
office. One man I saw because of his suicide attempt after he broke his back in a fall from a
telephone pole eventually married his orthopedist's nurse. How else could he have met his proper
future mate if he had not broken some bone?
4. The CIE of the humans can orchestrate epidemics by agreeing with the CIE of the viruses
or the CIE of bacteria to infect certain people with a certain strain of these organisms. After
enough of the right people have become infected, the CIE pull back the infective agent and the
epidemic stops without human intervention.
The CIE monitor the reincarnation process. Sometimes they orchestrate many deaths in
mass disasters. This allows enough Essences and Personalities to be available for planned
reincarnations. The Creator's plans must be fulfilled.
On a personal level, I attended four years of college as a pre-med student, then four years
of medical school. There it was drilled into me to first make a correct diagnosis and then I should
apply the appropriate treatment, as long as it was approved by the FDA and/or my professional
I was not taught that every patient was different, but that became apparent during my 30
years of practice.
I was not taught that some patients needed their illness for karmic reasons, but that is true.
I was not taught that some patients believed God was punishing them for their sins by
giving them their illness. The Creator does not operate that way, I learned from the CIE. But that
belief system had been taught them by other humans.
I was taught that anyone could apply any treatment if taught how to do it, and his patients
should get well. I was not taught that any physical means of treatment, such as pills, must be
administered by other human being. I was not taught that an unpleasant treater can void the
effectiveness of the treatment.
Psychotherapy cannot be taught as a standardized treatment procedure, as what a therapist
says and does his Personality decides at the moment. I wasn't taught to listen to my own Essence
tell me what to say to patients. One of my MPD patients told me she could see my Essence
talking into my left ear, telling me what to say to her in therapy sessions. Her complaint was that
usually I didn't listen to him and follow his directions.
In addition there have been other spiritual sources of advice I ignored. Here is the text of a
letter left at my office in Santa Cruz, allegedly composed by the spirit of a patient of mine who
had died by a gunshot wound to her head four months before.
"I have been asked to communicate with you. But my dear friend, I have many times. I've
spoken with you. You need to listen for me. I have been in your office 14 times since I passed on.
I'm deeply sorry for the grief I caused you. (For the record, I did not take my own life, and I was
not murdered!) . . . I have tried to help you with many different patients. I've been in your office
for as long as 4 hours at a time. I've put words in your mind to speak and write. I've read minds
and tried to feed information to you. Please listen! I sit by the door on the carpet. If you do not
care for my assistance, simply tell me.
"I feel you do not have the knowledge to visualize me yet. But you can hear me, and if
you desire to do so, you can feel my presence."
In medical school, they teach students that doctors are supposed to cure all patients or we
should feel like failures. In nursing school, they teach that nurses are to care for patients, but they
are not expected to cure them. The reality is that curing is the province of the Essences of the
patients, not of the healer. If a cure is required to fulfill and complete the patient's Life Plan, then
the patient will recover.
In my Life Plan, I was directed by my Essence and CIE to become a doctor and then a
psychiatrist. I have learned much from my patients. To cure them was the primary goal of my
Personality but not of my Essence. Knowledge about these patients and of myself was the goal of
my Essence, and cure was an occasional side benefit. Knowledge about those humans I treated
cannot be taken away from me and is why I was led to treat them in the first place.
The Essence of the patient is in constant thought communication with the Essence of the
treater. We who are usually treaters must allow those messages to get into the consciousness of
our Personalities so we can decide how to behave best with that patient. Sometimes the message
will be to do something we have never done before. Sometimes it will be to do something we saw
work in a previous patient. Sometimes it will be to do nothing to cure, but to be there while that
patient experiences whatever her Essence wants her to experience.
While any specific method of treatment is important in its own right, all of these other
factors involved in the relationship between the two parties involved are of even more importance.