What are Sub-Personalities?
We all have a number of personalities that express themselves in different situations and by recognising them we can come to understand ourselves better and improve our relationships with others.
A sub-personality is, in humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology and ego psychology, a personality mode that allows a person to cope with certain types of psychosocial situations. The primary ‘ego’ aspect of the psyche creates split off parts or fragments of itself to hold the energy of specific traumas.
Many schools of psychotherapy see sub-personalities as relatively enduring psychological structures or entities that influence how a person feels, perceives, behaves, and sees him-, herself or themselves. Over the history of psychotherapy, many forms of therapy have worked with inner diversity representations or sub-personalities.
American transpersonal philosopher Ken Wilber and English humanistic psychologist John Rowan suggested that the average person has about a dozen sub-personalities.
From a spiritual perspective, for these fragments to exist independently, they require a small portion of the soul essence, which allows them to inhabit their own psychic space, as independent characters within the inner world.
They normally reside below the level of the conscious mind or primary ego self, except when they are triggered by an outer stimulus. When this occurs they release some of their emotional content that can generate physical, emotional and psychological responses.
Dr David Furlong, Healer, Therapist and author of many books, writes:
“For example, let us imagine a young child that is attacked by a dog. In order to deal with the trauma of this experience the psyche creates a sub-personality to hold the pain of the occurrence. When accessed in trance states these parts are often perceived at the age when the trauma occurred. So the adult, linking back to the sub-personality might recognize this part as a terrified child. Whilst this might be the norm, in practice, any form could be created. This split off part retains the trauma of the experience and only releases an aspect of the pain in response to an outer world stimulus, such as when the primary ego is again confronted by a dog, whether playful or aggressive. In these cases a feeling of panic or terror can spontaneously emerge, sometimes causing physical symptoms, such as palpitations or sweating.”
The metaphor of the house
“By incorporating the spiritual level we can use the metaphor of a house and its occupants to describe this process in action. Our Higher-Self (HS), the part of the spirit that resides in the spiritual realm, hands the keys of a new house to the soul for it to take on the role as tenant of the body, a process that normally occurs during the gestation period. In order to survive in the physical world the soul brings into being a primary ego part that acts as its polarity balance.
We might liken these twin parts to a husband and wife team; the wife, in this analogy, representing the soul and the husband the primary ego, which we can identify with our conscious mind. The children from this marriage are generated in response to specific experiences that the psyche wishes to remember and these are often the traumas that confront the infant and child as they move into adulthood. What needs to be clearly recognised is that like real children these sub-personalities, once created, also have their own free-will that cannot easily be over-ridden.
This process can continue on through the whole of a life, so that in some cases a house can be filled with many inner characters, each with their own specific demands. This is particularly true when the child has been confronted by many traumatic situations in its early years, such as with continued sexual abuse.
In such cases the primary ego finds it very difficult to maintain any control over what is happening to these traumatised parts of the psyche. Additionally, the most painful parts can sometimes be split off and ejected from the house, being then left to wander where they will. These parts might try to get back into the home and might then be perceived as attacking ‘evil’ entities. This generally occurs when a sub-personality has been ejected because it is considered malefic or too abhorrent to be part of the psyche. For healing and resolution to take place these parts need to be acknowledged, accepted, loved and forgiven.
The primary ego will sometimes also retreat from the ground floor of the house and move into the upper rooms, where it perceives itself to be in a safer place. Vacating part of the house through this process potentially opens the door to other spirit entities moving in to take up residence within the psyche. This is the first step to spirit invasion. Furthermore, some sub-personalities can make attachments to outside spirit entities or the rejected sub-personalities of others and invite them back into the home. This is not unlike one’s own children inviting a friend back for the night. There is normally not a problem about this type of experience as long as the primary ego self and the soul have a good command of the house and can expel unwanted guests when necessary. Problems occur when there is a lack of control or balance within the psyche. In these cases the children and their invited guests, or at least some of them, can start to try to take over the house. Moreover, some of these intruders are only interested in control and disruption; they will do everything in their power to cause inner turmoil for the individual.”
The process of healing sub-personalities can be very simple, and it is often followed by a spirit release. Spirit entities will often return because there is an inherent sub-personality aspect of the psyche that simply invites them back.
It may take considerable amount of inner work to be able to clear and bring all aspects back under the control of the soul and the primary ego self. This cannot normally be achieved in a single therapeutic session and often takes several and in some cases regular sessions to properly clear and balance all aspects of the self. Most of us have many sub-personalities or ‘ego states’ that need attention, including some that relate to past lives.
The key to healing these situations lies in clearing all trauma and imbalances. In this process the Higher Self of the person will not, under any circumstances, override the free-will element of any part of the psyche. All aspects need to be in agreement for the healing to take place. Nor will it interfere with the free-will decision making process of the soul and primary ego self.
The Higher Self can be contacted with a request to present an image of the sub-personality or sub-personalities that hold the trauma. As soon as this is recognised the person needs to send a thought of love and healing to this aspect, for it is normally in a traumatised state.
This can be challenging for the person, for sometimes these aspects appear as repugnant creatures. The healing will normally dissolve this outer shell casing and the original aspect can then be discovered within.
There are different ways that this can be done, and one of them is to call upon Holy Fire® energy. Holy Fire® is a spiritual energy that creates wholeness through purification, healing, empowerment and guidance. The Holy Fire® energy is noticeably more refined and comes from a higher level of consciousness.
Tom Zinser – Soul-Centered Healing : A Psychologist’s Extraordinary Journey into the Realms of Sub-Personalities, Spirits, and Past Lives
“A remarkable journey through the hidden dimensions of our inner world . . . Soul-Centered Healing: A Psychologist’s Extraordinary Journey into the Realms of Sub-Personalities, Spirits, and Past Lives When clinical psychologist Tom Zinser started working with multiple personality patients, he had no way of anticipating where his work would ultimately lead.
Using hypnosis, Zinser learned how to communicate directly with the sub-personalities that, he eventually learned, exist even in healthy individuals. Oftentimes this therapeutic technique would lead to healing and psychological integration. But other times, it would lead to confusing or frustrating results.
While he made substantial progress, Zinser also reached a professional impasse. The breakthrough came when Zinser was approached by Katharine Mackey, a secretary in his office, who channeled a spirit named Gerod through automatic writing. Gerod, it seemed, was interested in communicating with the psychologist. Zinser approached the suggestion of “meeting” Gerod with a cautious but curious mind, only to be astonished by the clinically useful information that Gerod provided. Gerod claimed the ability to see directly into the souls of Zinser’s clients, and provided very specific guidance on how to help each one.
Equally important, Gerod sketched out a map of the human soul, its structure, and destiny, far wider than models provided by clinical psychology.
What started out as an experiment turned into an amazing fourteen-year collaboration with more than 650 sessions between Gerod and Dr. Zinser. These sessions enabled Zinser to breach the impasse, guiding his clients to integration at a much deeper, spiritual level. The collaboration also lead the author to a wider understanding of the soul’s structure and journey, explained in this book. Soul-Centered Healing is not a book about channeling, but about the importance of seeing our own psyche in a larger context.
This compelling, mind-opening account – sure to be controversial – reveals the landscape of a larger psychic and spiritual reality, of which we are a part.”
Interview with Dr Tom Zinser Part 1 on Soul Centred Healing and Spirit Release with Dr David Furlong
Interview with Dr Tom Zinser Part 2 on Soul-Centered healing and Spirit Release, with Dr David Furlong.
Interview with Dr Tom Zinser Part 3 on Soul-Centered healing and Spirit Release with Dr David Furlong