The Healing Point: Applied Transpersonal Theory
"So the binary nature of life gives us a multiplicity of yes/no choices from which we choose our path, constantly branching in the direction of our yes decisions. Each minute yes/no decision is a binary decision. Understanding this helps you understand another binary, co-equal aspect of Life. When you want to enter a different aspect of Life, you wait for the point at which Particle becomes Wave. And just at that split second before the Particle is gone and the Wave takes over, you enter between, and you become Energy. At that point where the Wave becomes Particle again, you enter between, and you re-become who you were or you make a different choice. Which is possible. I think it is that space in which healing occurs." (Underwood)
In my professional practice of energy medicine and psycho-spiritual education, I frequently sense a mysterious duality. People are gifted with unique core qualities that are effortlessly expressed. These are characteristics that come easily, that are surrounded with ease and grace. It is my observation that these gifts are typically overridden by behaviors that elicit suffering. Rather than being in ease, we tend to "try" to be a certain way other than that which comes easily. There is a sense of forcefulness, a distorted communication of the self. Sometimes this distortion presents as the opposite of the inherent gifts, sometimes it is a defense against the ease and other times an exaggeration of the same. The 'dis-ease' is an indication that we are not in our ease, not living from our core; it is the "dis-ease" itself that can lead us home. By bringing awareness to the distress, the consciousness of the blessedness is also raised; with this increase in consciousness, there is grace.
The Essence"People begin their lives with the capacity for beauty, creative potential, honesty, and love. This is the essence of the higher self or core" (Wilner). Along with this inherent goodness, individuals possess related gifts that are unique unto them. While we all have degrees of all of these core qualities, some qualities come more naturally and effortless. One person may be particularly generous, while another might be sensitive to the feelings of others. Seligman (2004) calls these signature strengths; the more these strengths are accessed and utilized the more flow or ease you get in life.
Core qualities are subtly different from one person to the next; they are an expression of individuation. For instance, honesty can be expressed in an infinite number ways; how one person is honest is a beautiful personalized expression that is unlike any others'. There is a specific vibration and an exclusive combination of every particularity that add to a person's essence. The magnetic field surrounding a body, or the aura, is an energetic expression of this life force. Wilner (2005) suggests that energy is neutral by itself, but when accompanied with consciousness it reflects that consciousness. So, when honesty has come to consciousness it is manifested energetically and is palpable in the energy consciousness system of the person. It follows that if energy is infused with consciousness that is joyful, this consciousness will be reflected in the person's force field. Likewise, if life situations are held with consciousness that is angry, so will anger be reflected.
The DistressEarly in life, children are met with events and interactions that feel threatening to their true, instinctual responses. It appears that who they are is not accepted by the outside world. For instance, to cry in pain with an upset stomach may be met with impatience or any number of otherwise negatively interpreted responses. In an attempt to maintain positive relationship with those on whom he depends, in fact in an attempt to survive, the infant learns to mask, or suppress his natural reactions. Pierrakos (1987) refers to these as "lower-self" emotions; they become repressed in the body and stored in the consciousness. Outwardly, the personality begins to respond from a defended place, one that is not his true nature, but is perceived as more acceptable. The natural, flowing essence is blanketed under manufactured behaviors. As this becomes habitual over time, a person may no longer have access to their authentic responses; they lose contact with their essence. Even though suppressed the essence continues to vibrate in the force field.
Faulty BeliefsWhen the authentic self is overshadowed by habitual learned reactions that are defensive in nature, a confusion of identity results. Eventually, we come to believe we are the personality of the learned reactions. A belief is a principle or doctrine that a person accepts as true; a faulty belief is a self -image that one has come to believe is true, but in fact, is not. A faulty belief is a learned or conditioned response. If a child is rewarded for being quiet and constantly reprimanded for being noisy, the child may begin to believe that to be quiet is the only way to be loved. If this belief is sufficiently reinforced, the child may choose not to reveal his (inner) voice. The person forgets that it is his given nature to share his words with others; his natural inclination or perhaps even one of his core strengths of verbal connection is buried under the faulty belief that he must be quiet in order to be accepted. We actively defend against the development of our true potential. Walsh, Roger & Vaughan (1993) conclude that "The net result is that our latent capacities and geniuses may be covertly suppressed rather than encouraged and expressed." (p. 111). Seligman (2005) concurs that "As we turn our attention to the deliberate cultivation of character strengths, we should be as concerned with how to keep certain strengths from eroding on the journey to adulthood as we are with how to build others from scratch" (p412). Wittine agrees that we are estranged from our origin and the way to return is by remembering our true identity. (p.168)
The Healing PointThe pattern of distress, as well as the faulty beliefs, are evidenced physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually and are palpable in the magnetic field surrounding the client (the aura) otherwise known as the human energy consciousness system (Brennan, 1987). When a healer meets the vibrational frequency of the distress by intentionally modulating her frequency to match the client's, the child consciousness that is being expressed in an attempt for survival through this habitual pattern, is in similar company. The consciousness of the distress recognizes itself in the compassion of the healer. Spaciousness is created when the feeling of being separated is contradicted by compassionate vibrational company. When this occurs, the essence of the client may come forth. It is this blessedness of the essence that is the healing agent. In her essay on Healing and Wholeness, Frances Vaughan states that "Healing occurs when the rejected, disowned aspects of the self are accepted and reintegrated into a larger version of wholeness." (p.164)
It is the distress, that brings attention to the distortion in the field. This is the body's natural attempt to right itself. It is the symptom that will lead us full circle to the blessedness of the essence. When the healer is able to resonate with this core through the consciousness of the client, the feeling of non-separation creates spaciousness, or brings ease. This quite automatically increases the frequency of the distortion and the pain is cradled by its polarity. Though they may appear to be opposite one another, the gift and the distress are hardly distinguishable from one another energetically; it is as if they are the point on a circle where the circle meets itself.
The Contemplative EyeWalsh (1993) proposes it is with the contemplative eye or the direct non-conceptual intuition that is beyond words, concepts and dualities of the healer that the core is experienced. (p.223). It is not with the mind that true recognition happens, but with consciousness. By meeting the distress with consciousness, an opportunity for harmonic resonance with that consciousness is created and the illusion of separation is contradicted. In Selections from A Course in Miracles it is clearly stated that "Healing is the effect of minds that join, as sickness comes from minds that separate." (p.81).
Walsh (1993) suggests that contemplative training opens us to the hidden wisdom in ourselves and the world. When this contemplative focus is applied in healing techniques, and thereby all the levels of a distress are acknowledged with consciousness, the potential for healing, change and transformation is more thorough. We touch into the etiology of the distress, or the underlying faulty beliefs, thereby relieving it at its source, while the client is introduced harmonically to higher grades of significance.
"In transpersonal therapy, consciousness is both the instrument and the object of change. The work aims not only at changing behavior and the contents of consciousness, but also at developing awareness of consciousness itself as the context of experience. Ideally, a transpersonal approach aims at awakening from the consensus trance that perpetuates illusion. Since consciousness is often constricted by egocentric identifications, questions of identity and self-concept may also be explored."(p.160) Frances Vaughan.
The sensory and psychological skills that Targ (1987) refers to regarding remote viewing are similar to those of the healer who must learn to respond to gentle, fleeting impressions, feeling, and images without embroidering or editing the initial responses. The healer becomes aware of their responses to certain internal experiences, as well as expresses those responses in a recognizable fashion while distinguishing the correct impressions from mental noise. (p.44)
Recognizing DualityThink about what happens when you cut your finger with a sharp knife. The razor-sharp blade slices into your finer, through the skin and deep into the flesh. Perhaps there is numbness at first, then, when you realize you have cut yourself there is a searing pain. You see the blood, and upon examination, the depth of the wound. With all this sensory input, your entire body starts to react. The finger begins to throb, you may feel a tingling through your body as the adrenalin starts to flow. A number of things may be going through your mind like, "Oh my goodness", "I need to stop the bleeding", or "do I need stitches?" A sense of panic, of urgency, or doubt, vulnerability and tension all come to the surface. There may be tears or a call for assistance.
It appears that all of these possibilities are a natural, true response to the cutting of the finger. I propose they are learned responses and that there is an alternative available that brings to light what we have been discussing. With the recognition of the cut there is a call on consciousness. With this consciousness there is a choice to respond to the distress with more distress or with consciousness of presence. Meeting the reality of the injury, tuning in to the physical moment, and bringing awareness to the responses of the entire body is the first step. With sufficient attention to the pain and reactions of the present, a deepening of consciousness brings awareness to the stillness under the pain and outward panic. The self-healing mechanisms are at work physiologically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually but are most often overshadowed by the learned reactive panic. When the pain is truly attended to, there is space to find the calm underneath where the immediate healing comes from. This is presence. The meeting of the duality, or opposites, is where the healing occurs. The vibration of the pain is met with conscious awareness which in turn creates an opening for the potential life force beneath to come to the forefront. As Ken Wilber (2004) suggests, "the opposites cannot exist without each other, if you aren't aware of both of them, you will send the rejected pole underground."(p.120) When the life force that promotes healing is secondary to the attention given to the pain, there is consciousness around the pain but not the healing mechanism. When awareness is brought to both sides of the duality - both the pain caused by the cut, as well as the calm healing potential inherent in our beings, pain is reduced and healing is facilitated. Wilber agrees that the two sides are actually aspects of each other. It is at this point of recognizing the duality that consciousness evolves, transformation is possible and healing occurs.
The Hierarchy of healthBrennan (1993) uses the term essence to refer to the basic human nature of human being-ness. "Essence is subtler and less limited than what we call consciousness. Essence underlies consciousness. Consciousness is subtler and less limited than what we call mind. Consciousness underlies mind. Therefore it is essence that gives rise to consciousness, that gives rise to mind, that gives rise to matter." (p.35) An individual's reality then, does not come from the mind's interpretation of the world around him, but the consciousness or energetic signature that the mind translates via the senses.
The health or illness of a person follows the same hierarchical process. Rather than an illness being of the physical, it is a manifestation of the consciousness. The etiology of physical illness as expressed by an individual, begins with spirit, or with the illusion or faulty belief that we are separate from spirit. We create our reality according to our beliefs. For instance, in the illusion of separation from spirit, one might come to believe he is alone and that no one cares for him. If there is not resolve on the spiritual level, the dis-ease, or discomfort translates into thought concepts and is articulated in the mind. If we think something to be real, this belief then filters down to the level of the emotional body where the person will begin to feel lonely in some form unique to him. Without consciousness to understand these thoughts and feelings, the discomfort which originated at the higher level finally is manifested on the physical level as pain, illness or disease.
The transmission from one level to the next occurs through subtle energetic vibrations. As Brennan (1987) suggests, when there is a vibrational frequency on a higher level, the level next to it senses it and responds in kind. There is a harmonic induction that encourages the neighboring level to resonate similarly. For instance, think about the contagion of yawning, laughing, or crying. When there is authenticity in these activities, it is common that we can't help but mimic the behavior: this is an example of harmonic resonance.
ConclusionWhen the vibration of the defense, distress, or dis-ease is brought to consciousness through the contemplative eye of a witness, the frequency of the vibration is raised and space is created to allow for the essence to come forth. As consciousness is brought to the energetic distortions from the deeply held faulty beliefs that are created in the energy consciousness system, transformation occurs: the repressed emotions and thought forms are released, the dysfunctional belief system is challenged and the body is revitalized.
"In transpersonal therapy, consciousness is both the instrument and the object of change. The work aims not only at changing behavior and the contents of consciousness, but also at developing awareness of consciousness itself as the context of experience. Ideally, a transpersonal approach aims at awakening from the consensus trance that perpetuates illusion. Since consciousness is often constricted by egocentric identifications, questions of identity and self-concept may also be explored." Frances Vaughan (p.160).
"Recognizing the client's true nature, inner light and beauty, creativeness, power, and dignity, through eyes that are accepting, appreciative, and unconditionally loving É is the heart of healing in transpersonal psychotherapy." (Wittine, p.169).
The distress generally seems to be a distorted expression of a core quality. Wilber (2000) states "if you enter a lower state or even a defiled state with clear awareness, then that state will transform into its corresponding wisdom. So, if you enter passion with awareness, you will find compassion. If you enter anger with awareness, you will find clarity." (p 190) It is becoming more and more clear to me, through my clinical experience, that the point where duality meets itself is the healing point. The frequency of distress is very close in vibration to the frequency of the essence. The vibrations are close enough that there is a resonance that happens when both are recognized consciously and simultaneously. Wilber (2000) says that with "depth" psychology, we recontact these lower holons and expose them to consciousness, so that they can be released from their fixation and dissociation and rejoin the ongoing flow of consciousness evolution." (p142)
"But, there is a way out of that suffering, a way to be free of the opposites, and that involves the overwhelming and direct realization that Spirit is not good versus evil, or pleasure versus pain, or light versus dark, or life versus death, or whole versus part, or holistic versus analytic. Spirit is the great player that gives rise to all those opposites equally É. Spirit is not the good half of the opposites, but the ground of all the opposites, and our salvation, as it were, is not to find the good half of the dualism but to find the Source of both halves of the dualism, for that is what we are in truth. We are both sides in this great Game of Life, because we - you and I, in the deepest recesses of our very Self - have created both of these opposites in order to have a grand game of cosmic checkers." (Wilber, 2004.p86)
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