Multiple Personalities: An Esoteric Perspective

This month, I saw for the first time the not too recent movie, Little Buddha. Being attracted to the Tibetan world view, not a little because of the seemingly smiling, happy monks, I was prompted to write about multiple personalities in this issue.

In Little Buddha, the Tibetans are looking for the reincarnation of a revered Lama. They find not one, but three, simultaneous reincarnated projections of that Lama. Shades of the Seth material channeled by Jane Roberts. It was in this Seth material, incidently, that I first encountered the notion of having the core essence manifested in more than one physical body. In the last ten years, multiple personalities have been more accepted and studied. We know that under the influence of separate "alters", the body can display different physical characteristics such as allergies, diabetes, etc. We know a lot about the phenomenon, but not a whole lot about how to help the individual with multiple personalities. That is what I am going to talk about a little here. I lump this subject under the category of "fragmentation."

There are in my schema, several levels of fragmentation, that are necessary to distinguish. Necessary only in that it helps you keep things straight when you are trying to work with this phenomenon.

First of all, we all have "alters" (individual sub-personalities.) They are the result of a natural dissociative mechanism to keep the consciousness from coming apart under extraordinary stress. They get split off and "kept" in various compartments, depending on the severity of the dissociation. In the first compartment, we may find "inner others" and some paradigms name them "inner child, inner parent, etc." We are somewhat aware of them, as they seem to take over under certain situations of stress and pain to handle the added intensity. In some paradigms, we describe it as reverting to an earlier stage. At other times, we have named these sub-personalities with such names as the "Queen" or the "General." Sometimes we refer to their presence by saying we are in a strange "mood."

The second level of alters are the true, multiple personality alters. We are often not aware of these alters and they are prone to displaying very different personality structures, which we tend to give personal names such as John or Pauline. Sometimes, there is little or no recognition by the core personality, if there is a core personality, of the other alters existence. Often, if the fragmentation is severe, the core personality is identified as a shrivelled infant, with little or no personality in and of itself and with little or no sense of personal identity.

The third level of "alters" are pushed completely out of awareness of either the core or the separate "alters" consciousness and may exist as separate, individuated, ensouled beings. I call these fragments, to distinguish them from alters. They may or may not have incarnated in their own physical bodies and in the same space and time frame as the other fragments. To further complicate matters, there are two basic type of fragments. The first type I call "experience fragments" as they were created by a mechanism of the soul that was seeking experience or entered into an agreement to assist in the experience of another soul. The second type of fragment is the "denial fragment", a name borrowed from the works of Ceanne DeRohan. The denial fragment is an unwanted, unacceptable aspect of our self, that which is not "I." This denied aspect is so thoroughly pushed out that it takes with it a portion of the soul's "essence."

I might add here, for information, that dissociation also may also occur, without creating alters or fragmentation. But dissociation, in my schema, is a process of the soul leaving the body to avoid experiencing the trauma and not leaving a vivid memory trace at the subconscious mind and superconscious soul level. Although often the physical brain may retain the experience. There are special concerns when accessing dissociated memories and we will discuss them at some later time.

Of course, we also have the reincarnated experience fragments, the simultaneous projections, that are the subject of the Little Buddha. These are subset of the experience fragments. Fragmentation seems to occur in infinite variety of ways for many purposes.

The first type of fragment, the experience fragment, includes such concepts as twin souls, soul- mates, simultaneous reincarnating projections, etc. It may also refer to the original fragmentation of dual principles, the first individuation, and to the pairs that were created at that level. But most often not, because that is a spiritual level of consciousness not often accessed or understood.

Denial fragments bring with them as core personalities, the unwanted aspects of the parent entity. This can account for all sorts of personalities complexes, including criminal, sociopathic and other anti-social personality types. Let me hasten to add, that this is not the only mechanism that generates these personalities structures, as the complexities of karma, identification with planet of origin, the lack of previous experience in the earth plane and experience fragmentation, also are sufficient to generate these personality structures.

Which leads us to the first rule of CRST. Take nothing for granted in determining root causation. Simply be aware of the multiplicity of ways a personality structure can be conceived.

If I have not confused you by my exposition, you might be experiencing some cognitive dissonance, for these concepts come out of paradigm thats complexity takes some getting used to, let alone accept.

OK, so we got a whole bunch of little parts to ourselves. To paraphrase Gurdieff, we are not one I, we are many I's. What do you do about it?

First let us remind ourselves of some of the principles of CRST. First you must access the sub- conscious mind, and once having accessed the sub-conscious mind, you must also access the super-conscious mind, in order to resolve some of these aspects of self.

For alters, the basic technique is to create in the person's imagination, an analogy of the situation. One easy analogy is having the mainland be the location of the core personality and an island be the location of the alter. Have the person visualize the identified alter on the island. Ask the person to build a bridge across to the island and have the core personality walk across and talk to the alter. In the ensuing internal dialogue between the core personality and the alter, the emotions and cognitive judgments surrounding the original source of the separation can be discovered, remembered and cleared. Once the process of CRST has been completed, including bringing any helpers or guides, the core personality can escort or take the alter back across the bridge and heal the split. On occasion, the alter has become so individuated, that it may decide not to return. If the alter cannot be dissuaded from this course (very rare, but possible) then some sort of agreement for what role the alter will play in the physical must be agreed upon. This is an advanced topic, and we will not try to explain anymore here.

For denial fragments, there is no memory that is accessible from the subconscious. Much like the process of disassociation where the individual leaves the body, there is no conscious or subconscious memory. It must be accessed through the super-conscious mind. Often, the resolution, especially if there is karma associated with it, must be experienced in the physical. Remarkably, fragments tend to physically look very much alike and have very similar personality characteristics. Many times, the fragments just need to be accepted, the denial that caused them to split off accepted and cleare. There is also the need to recognize that the fragments will always be a part of the larger personality structure. There is often a great deal of clearing to be done around the twin soul. Because, this fragment, defined as an experience fragment, has a great deal of shared experience which may have many karmic overtones.

One level of resolution of fragmentation, especially with twin souls who are not simultaneously incarnate, often requires the person or the facilitator channel the disincarnate soul. Reconnecting and dialoging with the disincarnate soul is often very healing and releases the person from that search for that illusive perfect other.

I am very encouraged with our evolving experience with multiple personalities. Before I was taught how to work with multiple personalities, all I experienced was frustration and confusion. I had no reasonably logical cognitive framework to work within and I didn't have the necessary tools to work at this level. There is still much to learn here and it a subject that is ripe for discussion.

Written by James, M. Price, MSW, MPA

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