In 1995, Dr. Allan Botkin, a psychotherapist at a Chicago VA hospital, was startled when one of his patients described having an after-death communication while sitting in his office. The procedure Dr. Botkin was using to help reduce the man’s grief was eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). In EMDR, the psychotherapist has the patient move his eyes back and forth rapidly as he would in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The patient then closes his eyes and usually experiences profound breakthroughs in understanding. No one is quite sure how it works, but it has been proven to be one of the most powerful therapeutic tools the discipline of psychology has ever discovered. To date, 30,000 psychotherapists have been trained to use it and it has been endorsed by many psychological and health organizations, including the American Psychological Association and United States Veterans Administration.
The Vietnam combat veteran he was working with had been experiencing devastating grief for decades from intrusive memories of a young Vietnamese orphaned girl he had come to love as a daughter, but who died in his arms from a bullet wound. During a normal EMDR therapy session, Dr. Botkin’s combat vet said that while his eyes were closed, he saw the girl he had come to love in Vietnam as a beautiful young woman, not the child he had known. That matches what the mediums describe happening when children die—they grow up in the life after this life. The combat vet’s experience healed his grief instantly, and he was certain the girl was alive in the life after this life.
Over the next few weeks, 15 percent of his patients experienced similar after-death communications. He named the experience an induced after-death communication (IADC™).
In the next months, Dr. Botkin learned how to use the therapy method intentionally and had a high success rate with grieving patients at the VA hospital. In the next several years, he trained hundreds of psychotherapists in how to administer the therapy. Thousands of people have now had induced after-death communications. In virtually every case, they alleviate the experiencer’s grief almost immediately. Most emphatically state that they have had a real communication with their deceased loved ones, and they view the life after this life differently, even those who started the therapy as atheists.
We describe the therapy method and 84 cases in the book, Induced After-Death Communication: A New Therapy for Grief and Trauma (2005). The website describing the therapy method and listing contact information for therapists who use the method is at www.induced-adc.com.
Remarkably, in many of the sessions, the patients learned things they weren’t expecting to learn and couldn’t have known. In other words, the source must have been the deceased. Five such cases from among the 84 in the book follow. In each case, the person experiencing the IADC™ was given EMDR eye movements and then sat quietly with eyes closed. The IADC™ unfolded naturally without prompting from Dr. Botkin. He didn’t learn about it until the experiencer opened his or her eyes and described it to him.
In the first case, a reporter had a session with Dr. Botkin as part of her interview of him. She reported having an induced after-death communication with a deceased friend in which she saw him playing with a dog. The deceased friend told the reporter that the dog was his sister’s dog. The reporter said to Dr. Botkin that she didn’t know her friend’s sister had a dog. After the session, she called her friend’s sister and asked whether she had a dog. She said, “Yes, I had a dog, but he died.” She then described the dog and it was the same breed and color as the one the reporter had seen in the after-death communication.
Dr. Botkin also explained that the reporter looked exactly like an old friend he had known years ago. He kept having flashbacks to his old friend as he was talking to the reporter. During the induced after-death communication, the reporter told Dr. Botkin that her deceased friend said, “That was a long time ago Dr. Lil.” She didn’t understand what that meant. Dr. Botkin knew immediately, however. His patients called him “Dr. Al,” so that is what the reporter was actually hearing, but she didn’t hear correctly his nickname that was used by patients only. The deceased friend knew what Dr. Botkin was thinking about the reporter’s resemblance to his old friend, “a long time ago” (Botkin with Hogan, 2005, pp. 82-84).
In another case, during the therapy session in Dr. Botkin’s office, the patient’s deceased father had a conversation with him during the IADC™. His father said to the patient, “Forgive me for being so cold when we adopted you.” That made no sense to the patient because he remembered his father as always being warm and close to him. That evening, he asked his mother, “Was Dad cold to me when I was young?” His mother gasped and said, “Yes. How could you have remembered that? You were only a tiny baby.” She explained that his father had been cold to him when he was an infant and wouldn’t hold him, but after a few months, everything was fine and the patient grew up to have a very close relationship with his father. He had learned something in the after-death communication he couldn’t have learned from any source other than his deceased father (Botkin with Hogan, pp. 84-85).
In a third case, a blue-eyed Swede Vietnam combat vet asked Dr. Botkin to help him have an after-death communication with a black soldier in his platoon who had died in a firefight. There had been racial tension in his platoon, but in spite of that, he said he was experiencing some grief over the black soldier’s death. Dr. Botkin agreed and induced an after-death communication. The patient closed his eyes and sat for a couple of minutes. Then he opened his eyes, shaking his head and looking perplexed. “The guy saw right through me,” he said. He then explained to Dr. Botkin that he just wanted to find out the black soldier’s name so he could put the name on paperwork that would get him additional money for the grief he was suffering. The VA gave money monthly to vets who could prove they had some trauma that was causing them grief. But when he asked the black soldier for his name while in the after-death communication, the soldier said, “Why do you want my name now? You didn’t want it then.” The vet muttered again, “The guy saw right through me” and never brought the issue up again in the therapy sessions.
The deceased black soldier said what Dr. Botkin’s patient was not expecting, a statement that could only have come from another living person who was not willing to cooperate with the subterfuge (Botkin with Hogan, pp. 86-87).
In a fourth case, during a normal EMDR session, not an IADC™ session, a combat vet wanted therapy to reduce his consuming anger with his commanding officer over sending him into combat without a rifle. Since he believed the commanding officer was alive after Vietnam, Dr. Botkin couldn’t do an IADC™ to communicate with the commanding officer about the anger. So Dr. Botkin did a normal EMDR session to work on the anger.
But when the vet closed his eyes after the EMDR eye movements, he was surprised to see the commanding officer with whom he had conflict standing before him in his mind. The commanding officer said he was very sorry for what he had done, and he realized the problems that it caused for the vet in later life. “He looked like he really meant it,” the vet said. “I believe him.” With that forgiveness, the anger resolved itself for the first time in 31 years. But Dr. Botkin was surprised to see that a living person came through in an IADC™ session.
The next day, the vet checked the lists of everyone who died in Vietnam. He discovered that his commanding officer had died soon after the vet left Vietnam (Botkin with Hogan, pp. 87-88).
The final example is a very touching story of a man named Jim who had an IADC™ with Dr. Botkin to resolve grief over the death of his friend, Simon. He had been very close to Simon and his wife, Darlene. In the after-death communication, Jim first saw Simon and talked with him. After he opened his eyes and told Dr. Botkin what had happened, he said, “I feel he’s OK. But you know, I was really hoping to have a message for Darlene. She’s not doing well at all.” Dr. Botkin induced another after-death communication so Jim could ask Simon for a message for Darlene, but this time, Jim saw only two hands: one broad and masculine hand over a feminine hand. He felt they were Simon’s and Darlene’s hands, but there was no message. Jim was disappointed that he didn’t have something for Darlene, but elated at the contact with his friend.
After the session, Jim went to Darlene’s home and told her he had a communication with Simon, but was disappointed that he didn’t have a message to give her from Simon. He said he just saw Simon’s hand on top of her hand. She began to cry, smiling and nodding her head. She said to Jim, “Last night I had a dream. It was so clear it didn’t seem like a dream. I felt, really felt, Simon holding my hand. Jim, he did give you a message from him to me. He was saying that it really was him holding my hand last night” (Botkin with Hogan, 2005, pp. 88-89).
These experiences are connections with the living person who has never gone very far and is just not using a body any more. The IADCs™ occur when the psychotherapist helps the patient set aside anger, guilt, shame, and other negative emotions using the powerful EMDR therapy method. That leaves only the deep, underlying sadness. The psychotherapist then takes the person into that sadness, plumbing its depths without flinching from it, until the person has experienced the most painful reaches of it. The person, most often in tears, then closes his or her eyes and remains open to whatever will happen.
When all negative emotions and the deep sadness are out of the way, what is left is the compassion and love that created the sadness. That compassion and love drops the veil between the Earth plane and the life after this life; the after-death communication occurs. Then the loved one, who has always been alive, well, loving, and caring, is able to communicate. The results are rich, inspiring, loving reunions that heal grief. Those we love and feel compassion for are never far from us. We just can’t quiet the noise of the Earth plane to communicate with them. The IADC™ psychotherapy method does that.
Video of People Who Have Had Induced After Death Communication Experiences
In the video that follows, you will see accounts by people who have experienced after-death communication during sessions with Dr. Botkin.