History of Spiritual Response Therapy 

In late 1985, Dr. Clark Cameron, a sociologist, and Sharon, his wife, introduced Robert E. Detzler, a Unity minister, to the psychological therapy method they called Response Therapy.  Cameron had been experimenting with and using the pendulum and eight key phrases or areas to research and correct subconscious problem areas of clients.  (The original eight phrases include the Identification through Past Lives listed on the left side of Chart 4A.)

Cameron was introduced to a core idea that was behind this therapy by Davis Cheek and Leslie LeCron, who point out in ther book, Clinical Hypnotherapy, that an ideomotor response is extremely valuable for locating hidden messages that cause problems in daily life.  An ideomotor response is a physical signal such as a finger lift or eye movement made by the subconscious in response to a direct question, bypassing the conscious mind.  In Techniques of Hypnotherapy, LeCron specifically identifies the pendulum as a tool that may be used with the ideomotor response, without hypnosis.  Seven of the eight key areas for Cameron's research were taken from Clinical Hypnotherapy.

Stories about healing and the changes in people´s life´s that resulted from Cameron´s work interested Detzler and he scheduled himself for a clearing work and invited the Camerons to do two mini-workshops at the church for further testing of the system for results and interest.  Detzler persuaded the Camerons to teach a longer training course; Detzler gathered five other students and they each paid $2,500 for twelve Saturday classes spread over a six month period.  In addition to introducing Response Therapy, the class included reading and reporting on a great many psychological and counseling books and discussing how the mind works.

After about three months, involved in the class, was Detzler using this method primarily for counseling in the Unity church with great results and appreciation by the clients (although several board members were upset and disapproving).  As the positive feedback and increased size of donations per counseling visit became apparent to the Board, Detzler continues to do this method of clearing.  Before the class was finished, he had added efficiency of charts to the method, thereby saving time and money for the client.  He had also persuaded and demonstrated to the Camerons the necessity of clearing discarnates (earth-bound souls) and the importance of researching past lives with each and every client.

A second class given by the Camerons under the name of their Stress Research Institute of San Jose, California had eight or nine students including Mary Ann Detzler and Mary Marie Satterlee (also ministers of the Spiritual Response Association).

Robert began adding the spiritual aspects to the method and five additional keys (listed on Chart 4A).  He built fan-shaped charts to speed up the work.  He began writing about the system in a book, Your mind Net, which was published in 1988 shortly after he taught his first class in this method in March of 1988.  Later that book was revised and the name changed to The Freedom Path.  His work and requests for classes increased until he resigned from the church in May of 1989 to devote himself full time to Spiritual Response Therapy (as he now called his expanded spiritual version of the clearing work).  By this time, he had about eighteen charts and a fledgling study group seeking incorporation recognition as a church in California.

In January of 1990, Robert Detzler moved to Washington state and was traveling to various areas of the U.S. to teach classes.  He presented SRT to the West Coast Dowsers Conference in July of 1989 and 1990, and also to the National Dowsers Conference in Danville, Vermont in 1989.  By September 1991, he had taught about 500 students the basic principles of SRT.  In May 1991, the Spiritual Response Association was incorporated in Washington State and accepted by the IRS as a not-for-profit religious-educational organization.  The California church was the dissolved.  Robert and Mary Ann went to the United Kingdom for the World Healing Exhibition during November of 1994, where he was a presenter.  The following year they again went to the Healing Exhibition and, following the exhibition, Robert taught a basic SRT workshop.

As of December 2002, the Association has approciamtely 2,500 names on a general mailing list and 1100 for the monthly newsletter, "The Association".  Students/practitioners reside throughout the U.S., Canada, Venezuela, Columbia, UK, France, Holland, Czech/Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.  The Spiritual Response Association has truly become an international association of Light Workers.

After 1997, two of Robert´s books have been published in Spanish, and all three are being translated and printed into German and Greek in 2003.  The book Soul Re-Creation, plus class material have been translated into Spanish, Czech, Polish and Hungarian.  A few of the SRT family are translating charts into French, Chinese, Korean and Russian for possible future classes.

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