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Book Reviews Perceptions Magazine, December 2022

Psychiatry and the Spirit World:
True Stories on the Survival of Consciousness after Death
By Alan Sanderson, M.D.
Foreword by Edith Fiore, Ph.D.

Inner Traditions
Bear & Company
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2022, 256 pages, 6x9 paperback, US $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-64411-576-3
Imprint: Park Street Press
Also available as an ebook

Reviewed by Brent Raynes

The author, Alan Sanderson, M.D., has been a consultant psychiatrist who qualified in medicine at London’s St. Thomas’s Hospital back in 1954. Following his retirement in 1998, he began lecturing on the practice of spirit releasement at London’s College of Psychic Studies and in 1999 even founded the Spirit Release Foundation.

Dr. Sanderson claimed that he had come to find that many of his patients were plagued by troublesome earthbound spirits and that he could communicate with them using hypnosis with the patients and persuaded the spirits to leave their hosts, describing remarkable success with this treatment.

This book is filled with many thought-provoking case histories, written by a practicing psychiatrist no less. A rare thing. As Edith Fiore, who wrote the book’s Foreword and is a retired Ph.D. clinical psychologist herself, the author of You Have Been Here Before: A Psychologist Looks At Past Lives, wrote: “Beautifully written and meticulously researched, psychiatrist Alan Sanderson shares the journey to his ultimate understanding that we survive death of the physical body… This is a brilliant book by a caring physician. It is a book for everyone, no matter his or her religion, current beliefs, or even knowledge of the subject.”


Grey Aliens and Artificial Intelligence:
The Battle Between Natural and Synthetic Beings for the Human Soul
By Nigel Herner

Bear & Company
A division of Inner Traditions International
One Park Street
Rochester, Vermont 05767
2022, 496 pages, 6x9 Paperback, US $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-59143-449-8
Also available in Kindle

The author, Nigel Herner (1946-2022), a screenwriter, journalist, and the previous author of Grey Aliens and the Harvesting of Souls, as well as The Song of the Greys, is a skilled researcher and writer who lays out his thoughts very well. This book was intended to be his last of a series of three books (first two just mentioned) dealing with the mysterious alien Greys. His wife of fifty years, who he pointed out has no real background in the sciences, requested this time he attempt to write a book for “normal people.” Nigel protested, “But Greys and ET aliens are not ‘normal people.” He explained how he strived to use science in his explanations and ideas on the subject, and that “science has its own way with words.” Her reply was immediate: “Then you’ll have to find your own way with words around that. It took me two years to get through your last two books on the subject.”

Nigel hammered away on this third book, with his wife’s request firmly in mind, and after reading his first draft she replied, “A bit better,” and then smiled. Nigel noted that might be “the only positive feedback I get in writing this book!”

I doubt that. He applies a lot of science to the subject, though its speculatively applied to a complex and difficult subject to comprehend its true meanings. A good many have even used the word “trickster” when discussing UFOs and aliens in referring to the nature of these things. But certainly, to his credit, Nigel delves deeply into a lot of interesting science and historical, comparative research, and its always worthwhile to lend an ear (or in this case one’s eyeballs) to anyone’s earnest thoughts and evidence gathering efforts upon this subject. Ufology is a subject that certainly needs sincere and earnest input from as many conscientious researchers as possible. We can agree to disagree, but always respect the sincere efforts of others. It's a very thought-provoking book, with controversial but intriguing speculations. It’s certainly worth the read.

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