Ethnopsychology is the bridge between Western Psychology and the ways of the African People. African people have specific problems that relate to their various belief systems; it is thus almost impossible for a psychologist to understand and treat the person, unless they have training in both fields, with a wider view of different religions and cultures.
Due to urbanization, we find educated Black Africans who have their roots in their rural cultural beliefs, now living in a modern work- and social environment, where they are bombarded by western ethics and demands. Working and living in cities, make it even more difficult to live according to the values that would give them protection against outside influences, as well as the curses, muti’s, bad thoughts and witchcraft, which has become the norm due to jealousy and greed in modern society.
In order to become an Ethnopsychologist, one has to have a basic understanding of how the mind works, and how we function as a soul in a physical human body. We have to start with the basics, and learn in Basic Trance State Therapy, how the conscious-, subconscious- and superconscious minds work, where it is, and how it stores and retrieves information.
We have to understand how to easily find events that cause emotional and physical problems, by bypassing the critical faculty, in order to get to the original event that is causing the problem today. Once we know how to get into the subconscious- and superconscious mind, we can assist our patient to re-live the experience, understand why and forgive all involved. There is value in giving positive suggestions; they have a cumulative effect, but will have very little value unless we can find the ISE (Initial Sensitizing Event), which is the cause of the problem.
The cause of a problem could be easy to find, but may be very complex, and require further tools and knowledge to relieve the patient’s problem. The western psychologist has a set of rules that are often tested and documented and with skills, can achieve a positive outcome, though it takes much longer that regression therapy.
In Ethnopsychology training, the student has to understand the origin of the human spirit and soul, as well as its place in the solar system and universe, but also its place in the journey of consciousness in all other forms of life.
Most people who are interested in Ethnopsychology or Trance State Therapy (generally called Hypnotherapy), have the need to develop some form of psychic ability or clairvoyance. This can be achieved by learning from a ‘Gobela’ and undergoing ‘Thwasa’ training, but it is limited, as the field of knowledge has so much more potential for human souls who have already been on the spiritual path for a long time.
Some spiritually advanced people have the ability to function in their higher minds, and are often close to developing their higher psychic abilities and intuition. The challenge for each step is different and becomes more complicated as the consciousness is expanding; thus the responsibilities also become more complicated and the working of karma (cause and effect) more intricate.
Ethnopsychology has many paths, depending on the interest of the practitioner, his/her ‘calling’, and choice of tools to diagnose or divine. Typical traditional healers/sangomas may use the bones to diagnose/divine, while others may use Iridology, Signs & Symptoms, Live Blood Analysis or other methods to find the cause of the physical or emotional problem.
In iridology a photo is taken of both eyes, where we see a definite line in the area close to the pupil. The line resembles what we would see on an ECG or Heart rate monitor. Every trauma or stressful event since conception can be seen, with a specific shape for specific types of traumas. The left eye gives us a ‘time-line’ from the ages 0-60, while the right eye shows stressful events from ages 60-120.
We can thus make an assessment of exactly what happened to the person in this life since conception, and can also look further and identify similar events coming in the future. The signs and shapes are the same for certain events that happened in the past, and as the patient is usually focusing his mind on the picture, they achieve a light trance state, and instinctively know what is going to happen in future. These are only ‘potholes’, and when aware of the opportunity that is again presented to overcome a certain weakness, the patient can be prepared to take better care of the body, make different decisions, financial planning, and thus survive such future event, experiencing much less physical and emotional trauma.
Hypnoanalysis gives us the tools to verify the events in the past, as we use Clinical Hypnoanalysis tools, consisting of a comprehensive Intake Form and a Word Association Test (WAT). The WAT test shows various events and where we store the emotion in the body; we can form a pattern of events, and make a short list of issues to deal with. From all the analysis, we often find that we only need to address 4-5 events in the past, as they are linked to other things happening in our life.
We use regression therapy to take the person back to the first time that something happened that caused the symptom; this event is usually not recallable by the conscious mind. It may go back as far as a time before conception, and it is possible to go back in time and relive the time in spirit form when we made the agreement with our parents for this life. It is possible to go back in time to various other events in current or past lives, to find the cause of an emotion, physical illness, fears and phobias.
The first part of the Ethnopsychology Course consists of the following 20 days classroom training:
After completion of the above modules, the person can be registered with EPASA as an Ethnomedicine Health Advisor, EHA. Only after completion of additional upgrade modules in conjunction with recognition of prior learning and experience, will the practitioner be eligible for registration as Ethnopsychology Practitioner, EPP.
Additional training includes another 30 days classroom training: