Compassion, Healing, and
Have you heard the one about healing being a "spiritual trap?" It comes from reliable sources, by the way. Could this have something to do with "burnout?" And how about the relationship of compassion to responsibility; of sympathy to "protection," and of love to sacred energy? What is "a healing" and who does it? What would bring "permanent healing" versus a symptomatic alteration of pain or desease? I'm a practical person. What are the key elements of change and growth in a person, and what brings them about? I look for practical definitions for such concepts and situations, and for answers to such questions as regards my work. The following are some of the best I've found so far. On the other hand, discerning feelings and qualities (communicating them accurately) is not easy, so making this sound less than dogmatic, not to mention (overly) idealistic, was the major challenge here, as in many of my early writings, as I tried to find words and make statements that covered many kinds of situations (at least in retrospect, as I became aware of how some folks interpreted them) . But common sense can extract the wisdom even from dogma, and ideals can make fine guideposts, and so I hope some good may come from this. More on the aspect of *Ideals* is included at the end of the essay. As is the "Related Essays" section, where the essays referenced are described and linked to.
"Chalice Bridging" & "Synthesis" prose over "PiChal-on Sepia"
by Chris Pringer, Prose © 1990, Artwork © 2000
Originally Published by Chris Pringer, July 1988 in "The New Times" (Seattle)
Compassion is the (Higher-) Will empowered desire for the alignment in the flow of unconditional love. It is desire for love raised to the level of the Heart. It is the desire for the integration of, and therefore the Heart's understanding of, Divine Love. Compassion in healing does not weigh probable results of the healing alignment, but trusts that what results is according to the 'Highest Will'. Healing Compassion, therefore, does not involve the prescribing of what would be or what would constitute a healing of someone, except as previously stated. Simply put, Healing Compassion desires the realization of Divine Loving Will manifested in form. And only the receiver and his Higher Self/God knows (less or more consciously) what form/process that is to take from one point in time to the next. Therefore "a healing" might not necessarily appear as a healing at all.
Healing Compassion enables integration of/by/through the Heart: with the Mind and with the Body. It is said that when one truly understands through experience, then one does not have to remember through the mind. Integration enables practical living of that which is learned. Healing Compassion integrates the healing though the whole person - all levels or bodies - and is thus retained; it is permanent so long as the person retains the attitude(s) gained as a part of self. Emmet Fox said that the door to the soul opens from the inside, so we're not just talking about (the one playing the role of) the practitioner, of course.
One implication of the above is that an improvement in physical health (alone) is not necessarily "a healing". I am not referring only to basic symptomatic healing that occurs with drugs or other temporary treatments. Even total physiological health might conceivably be returned to a diseased person, yet if the healing is not a healing of Compassion, then the emotional and/or mental bodies have not been healed as well. As a result, the physical body will eventually reflect that contradiction by re-creating conditions related, if not similar, to the original challenge. This is because the attitudes were not integrated throughout the person. [More on the The 'Emotional-Body' in the essay, "Motivation on the Path and in Healing"]
I would like to make some distinctions to clarify the energy of compassion (from that of sympathy) due to some common misconceptions as to what it is and isn't. Many people say "sympathy" when they are actually talking about heart-level empathy and/or compassion. Compassion acknowledges the Highest in others and in self. It does not maternalize or paternalize, or in any way "take over" for another's learning process. However innocently intended on the conscious level, these serve only to temporarily addict the patient to the energy and/or to the "healer." Compassion honors each person's path, process, inner strengths, and connection to divine assistance and guidance. [Related: the essays, "A Gestalt Perspective" and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth"]
Compassion acknowledges each person's responsibility for his/her decisions and follow-through toward personal change, including healing. On the other hand, "sympathetic resonance" (sympathy or "feeling sorry for") harmonizes one with another's energies - regardless of another's level of health or disease. Sympathy tends to *take* responsibility for another's learning, change, and growth -- where it needs instead, to be given along with honor and trust). It would set unnecessary limits, and protect the patient from the inevitables of life and, in that way, can be a subtle form of condescension. Related keywords for sympathy as so defined: Co-dependence, controlling, fixing, care-taking, martyrdom, addiction, games.
Here is also where the "burnout" process begins: when one takes responsibility (credit or blame or sympathy) for another's process or results therefrom, one "picks up" the patient's energy. This is more evident when a care-taker is (consciously or unconsciously) identifying more with the "feeling level" of the situation at hand than with the "management level". True responsibility and care-giving for self and others is necessarily simultaneous or it isn't happening much at all. I believe that a true sense of responsibility -- understanding to what degree one is responsible for who and/or what -- is where a practitioner's "protection" actually comes from (read: proper attitudes, boundaries, and corresponding communication). [Invocative questions for alignment in this regard can be found in "Questions for Boundaries"]
From there I'll just comment that it can be challenging to learn that "the universe hands us no more that we can handle". Compassion is also a gift of experience, of pain if you will. And this is not to imply judgment of one who chooses on some level to share into a patient's karma via the healing process as a vehicle. EG: Shamans have been known to "take on" their patient's issues/desease and then process it, while resonating the healing process with the patient. In this way the shaman *consciously* works with the same energies at the same time, and in effect guides the patient (on an energetic level, and maybe also in practical and tangible settings) through the process. That kind of empathic exchange is actually more common than one might think, although it is done to a much lesser degree, usually unconsciously, and usually not with without a lot of pain for all concerned. It is not advised for the average healing practitioner to attempt, and it may be argued that just as effective (and less painful) means of healing facilitation are now used for most any condition.
Responsible compassion, then, raises the levels of both practitioner and patient by acknowledging the highest capacities and potentials -our worthiness to be all that we are. The pain of learning compassion comes from holding on to old ideas, habits, boundaries, and associations; from old ways of being and doing. It comes from the resistance to the changes that one knows deep within are best. One "new thought" philosophy likes to say, "Let go and let God," another "simple but not easy" opportunity. On the other hand, how can one defend the experience pain (against those who would make it "wrong") without increasing the experience of it? I believe that someone in pain needs one to be there and listen, not to either judge their condition or to agree with it. One thing needed then is a 'presence' that honors the path through which the person is learning to fully accept and unconditionally love all of self. I here refer you to the prose at the Inner Communications page, "Communications and Healing: Trusting the Connections" and "Bringing My Family Together".Compassion" essay continued after these resources:
"Silver Torquoise Bright ChaliCell Matrix in Flower of Life" © Chris Pringer 2012
"MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes (small) DarkBkGrnd" © Chris Pringer 2010,13
"If our habitual conditioning is to overcome our pain, we will have a tendency to feel overwhelmed when things don't go the way we wish. We may even feel a need to "beat" another's pain. We will find it difficult to connect with them just where they are. We won't be able to touch them with love because if we want anything from somebody, even for them to be out of pain, they will be an object in our mind rather than the subject our heart. If we can open to our own pain and explore our resistances and long-held aversions, there arises the possibility of touching another's pain with compassion, of meeting another as we meet ourselves with a bit more clarity and tenderness. We see in such instances how the work we do on ourselves is clearly of benefit to all sentient beings. Each person who works to open his heart touches the heart of us all. When we are no longer recreating the problem, we reaffirm the solution. We discover from day to day how the healing we do for ourselves is a healing for us all."
"Multi-Vortex Chalice over Chalice I" © Chris Pringer 2010
Compassion" essay continued:
Have you ever wondered why great teachers have contracted great diseases or created intensely painful experiences? Dennis Adams teaches that masters do this intentionally in order to lessen the magnetism of the planetary entity (thought-created consciousness) of that condition. Through unconditionally loving the condition as part of their chosen path, the teacher not only radiates great compassion into the world in general, but also magnetizes the energy of that condition with Love, and when the condition leaves his/her body it rejoins the planetary entity of that condition. But instead of feeding that entity with more helplessness, denial, fear, and shame, the returned Love-Wisdom energy permeates the thoughtform with Compassion-empowered Loving Understanding of it all as part of the planetary process of it becoming whole. This is the greatest means of transmutation and yet we can gradually learn to do this for the conditions we encounter in ourselves and others, including anger, depression, fear, helplessness, etc., not to mention physical situations. Related to integration of Spirit and Body-Mind is the writing, "Class Questions and Topics for 'Body-Mind Integration and the Chalice'
Whence comes compassion and understanding? From the pristine heights of the pure and perfect? That's not exactly the way things happen on Earth, according to the ancients: Sacred energy is the basic energy of all Life in manifested form. It is also called "Kundalini" or "Life Force," depending on the context and/or activity one is referring to. One could say that the Sacred energy gets divided into two paths. Yet these two paths are continuously dividing and crossing -- respectively setting and ceasing bio-electric charges along the way -- again and again. This brings about (certainly at least to the senses) a world of duality. Duality and the attraction of opposites is the basis of the manifested universe and even still, it is the platform/vehicle through which we realize unity.
The "Chalice Integration Art"page has a philosophical interpretation related to the Unity/Duality Paradox (you will need to use your browser's "Back" key to return here). Sacred energy in the lower centers might be felt/expressed as desire for sexual gratification (and perhaps only as that initially). It desires/attracts the level of love that corresponds to that level of relating. Sacred energy, when raised to higher levels, is felt/expressed as desire for higher levels of relating. The term "Sexual" originally meant "sacred", and not "profane," by the way. Therefore, it is as unlimited as we allow/will/facilitate that energy to be transformed - and to be expressed. More on related topics at "... Synthesis of Body & Soul... Psycho-Emotional Organization and the Body-Mind... Attitudes, and Chakras"
Sexual energy raised to the level of the Heart (energy center) expresses as desire for love at that level - "unconditional love." Sacred Energy brings up to the heart-level the gifts of the lower centers, including the drive of the center at the base of the spine, the creative passion of the sacral center, the discernment and discrimination of the solar plexus, and then combines the wisdom of the crown center, the insight of the "3rd Eye" center, and God's Will/Communications/EnergyManagement of the throat center, for transmutation and transformation at that interconnecting/integrating heart center. Whence comes compassion, a desire for Love's permiation - the love that asks for nothing in return, but desires the realization/greater awareness of Divine Love.
What has all this got to do with healing being a "spiritual trap?" In Bill Cosby's "Noah and the Arc" story, he joked that when a neighbor asked Noah why he was building the ark with all the dry land around, Noah answered, "I'll give you a hint: How long can you tread water (?) haa, haa, haa" So I might answer that first question with, "How long can you tread karma?" Here I am referring to intention, clarity, compassion, and responsibility in regard to what we consider our role to be in relation to other people's growth process.
I believe that this writing on healing would not be complete without mentioning the quality of Gratitude. One affirmation-prayer I would like to share here toward the healing of other and/or self: "I give thanks for your realization of your (inherent) worthiness to be perfectly healed in accord with the Highest Loving Will for your Divine Plan fulfilled." I have found Gratitude to be a sacred tool for realizing at once (a degree of) both Divine Power and Divine Humility -- another pair of qualities that I believe are either simultaneously realized or not at all. Giving thanks serves as a catalyst: it opens channels and magnetizes Joy and enthusiasm to bind the intender to the intention in Feeling (in the emotional body), and then to the intended (the actualization), transmuting time in the process, and it can bring ready opportunity for praising All Manifestion Present as Divinely Ordained.
The following poem was written from a state of consciousness that, I must say, I have not been able to maintain through many of my more difficult challenges. I include it here to complement the subject matter of this writing, and to state an IDEAL for attainment.
THE PRICE OF COMPASSION
Compassion is Allowing even of unallowingness,
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"The Most Difficult Forgiveness"
Readings by Lewis B. Smedes, a renowned author, ethicist, and theologian.
1. People who have been wronged badly and wounded deeply should give themselves time and space before they forgive... There is a right moment to forgive. We cannot predict it in advance; we can only get ourselves ready for it when it arrives... Don't do it quickly, but don't wait too long... If we wait too long to forgive, our rage settles in and claims squatter's rights to our souls.
2. If we say that monsters [people who do terrible evil] are beyond forgiving, we give them a power they should never have... they are given the power to keep their evil alive in the hearts of those who suffered most. We give them power to condemn their victims to live forever with the hurting memory of their painful pasts. We give the monsters the last word.
3. When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.
4. With... insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human being. When you see your enemy and yourself in the weakness and silliness of the humanity you share, you will make the miracle of forgiving a little easier.
5. Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future."
6. You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.
7. To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
In the arms of an Angel fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here
You're in the arms of an Angel; may you find some comfort here
Now may the love of truth guide you,
the warmth of love hold you,
and the spirit of peace bless you,
this day and in the days to come. Amen.
There are folks who have forgiven themselves, having paid in some way what they consider is sufficient recompense, and having accepted that God has forgiven them for one reason or feeling or another. There are folks that feel or believe they (themselves) will never be forgiven, but also tend to think of others as unworthy of forgiveness also, regardless of how much recompense they feel they have paid in either case. And there are those that forgive others easily, with little or no recompense paid, but do not for themselves.
However, you can divide the latter into two groups, those that are actually like group two, but believe they forgive, while unconsciously forgetting without forgiving, and those that have been "trained" by experience from childhood to always find the essential unforgivable fault within themselves.
And actually, all these groups are most influenced by their early experiences, whether or not their parents and/or guardians intended or even knew about any such belief formation, let alone about the future impact. We're keeping all this pretty simple here, but we could complicate the matter a wee bit - by further dividing these groups into those who tend to punish themselves first - after others victimize them (!!), and those who tend to punish others first. And then there's such questions of whether the harm-doer is required to pay or just anyone will do, which is a good place to stop digression; but all of which can effect the beliefs about, or the subjective (internal) influences upon, the nature of forgiveness.
IN ANY CASE, when someone is subjected to pressure from within or without to *ask for forgiveness*, the type of response to that pressure can depend greatly upon which group or groups that individual most falls into. In fact, we can probably easily imagine situations where two individuals, each from a different group, each expect the other to ask for forgiveness - and for the same event, or events they feel are the same or related in some way.
Ok, no big news flashes or insights yet, right? But now, based on the above, and upon how we have witnessed individuals acting, we can look at most wars down through history - groups of people who blame each other group for the cause of insult or damages to themselves - and we could trace their war(s) back to issues related to conflicting expectations, about who is "supposed" to ask whom for forgiveness and pay recompense, and/or whether anyone really needs to. That does sound familiar, right?
So, looking at all this pro-actively, the question might become how to mediate between individuals or groups that believe differently, not just about "the other", but about how forgiveness and recompense works, or whether it even happens, or whether it should happen. And perhaps, about what kind of recompense sufficiently prevents wrong-doing and when, or simply influences an individual to become the most productive, loving, contributive, etc. And if we determined that for each type of individual, we might gain insight about groups in conflict as well. [ Related Ref: "The Empathy Movement" at the "Chalice Integration Arts & Sciences" page,]
More On "Ideals"
"*Most Appropriate Questions* over 'Chalice Garden Tapestry'"
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""Intwined Hearts Chalice Shimmering Turquoise Vortexes" by Chris Pringer April'13
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That implies forgiveness for when oneself -and especially others- falls short of ones own ideals, even while maintaining the attitudes that work for oneself to keep trying. Including improving on one's ideals as needed. The latter may not fit some definitions of "idealism"- ie: when viewed as an empassioned never-changing set of fixed beliefs. Learning (here) implies ever-improving ones perception about principles, directions, and life purpose, efficiency for improving attitudes in focusing ones passion.
Shooting for perfection is like walking on a balancing bar, knowing you will fall off, but getting back on and trying to do it better anyway. Knowing your current limitations is the first step to succeeding to any degree. Otherwise "perfection" has problems for us - extremisms of various sorts result from troubles with the concept- ie: when one forces one's own unachievable concept of perfection upon others. Mainly because any real perfection is about unconditional love, which is a rare state of mind (if one is truly conscious of ones every motivation- which can be a life's work in itself), let alone manifested reality.
And perfection is just a concept, however valuable it can be for getting where we truly need to go. That is, ever *towards* the reality we want to create - knowing perfection itself will never be a physically manifested reality. Such a concept of perfection is a great vehicle, but if we confuse the vehicle with the destination, then brick walls arise on the path. That is, perfection is not a physical reality but a state of mind, not one to be foisted on others, but an individual state of mind, the state of mind that keeps us on the path in the most perfect way it that is possible for one to manage. And again, that is one with tolerance and compassion, because we will make mistakes, yet learning increasingly better to make increasingly fewer and increasingly lesser mistakes. The preceding is my attempt at summarising much more complete (Buddhist) texts on the subject. Keywords such as "Buddhist concept of perfection" may lead you to other *more perfect* sources.
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"A Gestalt Perspective," and "Seven Phases of Personal Growth" (2 Essays)
A perspective on an approach to and regard for life, one's past and present, as well as a basis for personal growth and/or therapy. I could've called it an integrated 'Gestaltist-Humanist-Buddhist-New Thought' perspective. (You could say these are my main sources, from among the various "schools" of psychology and correlating approaches to application of therapy.)
"Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing."
A Cosmology of what is here referred to as the 'Emotional-Body' - that which provides the motivation or 'drive' for any sustained focus, decision, stance or action. It is the degree of emotion that makes the difference between a held belief and a mere passing thought. Includes "Emotion, Fuel, & 'the Vehicle' - Fueling or Fooling Around?", "Reward, Punishment, Justice, & Change", "Emotion & Intention; Motivation & Detachment; Self & Others", and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?" (Rev'd Jul'13)
"WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial"
Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion. The title question could have been, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" or "Why deny pain?" or Why would I hold on to pain?" or "Why one should complain about pain?" There are no easy answers to these, if only because every individual has his/her own story and experience. I begin with basic, more physical-level concepts, and extend into other dimensions from there. There may be more proper medical terms for most of the dynamics I describe, but my purpose is to try to give ideas to help explain, a complex but common experience in a more understandable fashion -- perhaps even to give a little hope, motivation toward resources and some degree of relief. An exploration of concepts in empathy, caring, punishment and 'The Martyr Triad,' is included as well as essays: "Intro & Notes on Pain, Pain Reduction, Pain Elimination, Pain Desensitization", "A List Of Factors In The Perception Of Pain", "More On Referral Of Pain", "Delayed Healing", "Stress & Energy Related Pains", "Notes On Pain From Gestalt Perspective," "Internal Separation And Healing," "Anger - Some Modes & Complexities," "Pain Management & Body Parenting," "Pain, Relative to 'True Courage vs Toughness'," "A Message from the Masters" (a select collection of ancient wisdom in colloquial voice for balancing the adrenalised brain with the spiritual heart), "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment - and Healing the Pain," "A Metaphysician's Perspective On Pain, Emotion, & Change," "Why Deep Massage/Bodywork?", "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles...," "Should A Massage Be Painful?," and "Touch-sensitivity of Muscles - and Cell Congestion."
"Considerations and Strategies in the Management of the Emotional Body"
At three pages (!) each having their own particular areas of focus, with only as much overlapping as needed, including as related to coping mechanisms, as well as to working with *the Inner Child.* At the "Body-Mind Integration" page this assembly of resources are in the "Notes on Practical Application Of Gestalt Techniques in Emotional Release", and is the version more applicable for most any "issue", yet also tied in more closely with the somatic aspects (muscle and joint injuries and related conditions). At the "Efficient Body Sizing Strategies, Weight Management, Weight Loss" page, the focus is as per the title description. And the more eclectic version is at the page, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs".
Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility
Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & Easy Answers (not) - (Edited Feb 20, 2012); integrates a more gestalt psychology-based perspective (and practice) as regards the emotional body, which lends to certain modifications of the cosmology [relative to Buddhist or New Thought perspective] (incl. links for radio show w/interviews of "Hurricane" Rubin Carter)
"The Empathy Movement"
an assembly of resources and considerations, is currently at the "Chalice Integration Arts & Sciences" page. Also related on that page is 'The Lords of Culture' and Listening- a story about Language, Relationship and Communications, "the body-mind split," emotional intelligence (EQ) as related to IQ, implications and ramifications (cause and effect dynamics) in society, politics, foreign relations, suggestions/ considerations for pro-active response on individual and social levels, etc. Included at the end of the essay, is the chart, "Therapies and Levels of 'The Spectrum of Consciousness'" from Ken Wilber's book, *No Boundary.* Which chart illustrates and book elaborates on the "Left/Right brain split" (very related to the "body-mind split" or "mind-body split", but not exactly the same) and the psycho-spiritual significance of history and the evolution of consciousness during those periods. And "A Kind of Summary For Pragmatic Balance" - eclectically presented summary of links to (more) essays with considerations for pragmatic approach.
"Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer"
Or "Bridging Prayer & Science" - faith & intuition, Spirit working logic & emotion, and a little science to boot. Tools for working with the cells - self-healing on an energetic level, plus supportive science, concepts and references, a summary essay, "Cells & Healing Changes: How I Believe What I See; Building, Cleansing, and Paradigm Management; Body-Parenting & Healing Cell-Talk" (Rev'd Apr 2011) and "'Getting Super': Sample Personalized Visualization Prayer Chart" (more application of science than prayer in this case, as related to *Cellular Re-Organization* and engaging *neuroplasticity* (New Apr 2011). Also "Focusing Love-Organized Healing Waters", or Water-Charging (incl. a section for the Neuro-Endocrine System), based on some very inspiring scientific findings by Masaru Emoto, including Dr. Emoto's message for transforming the water (molecules) effected by nuclear radiation. [this page is finally beginning to say what I've always wanted it to! ie: more to come in time.]
"The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy"
Theory & Examples for Practical Application. Theory section explains how this (PRQ) system compares to other affirmation techniques and therapies - how and why they work, advantages of PRQ's, etc. Includes Lots of Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) for learning and affirming any desired knowledge, Simple How-To's in developing Pragmatic use of "the right question" -- from a test situation and/or from regular affirmations. Works well for the intangibles (Personal Growth oriented) which many would say has to come before you can truly enjoy the rest anyway. © `94
The "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.
"Integration" by Krysta Gibson,
about Common myths vs realities about psycho-spiritual integration; effective guidance about feelings and memories, 'living in the now', 'releasing' events and people, 'forgiving and forgetting' the past - for living the spiritual life fully and meaningfully. Originally published by Krista Gibson in "The New Times" of Seattle. Through the late 80's & most of the 90's, I always read Krysta's essays if I didn't have time to read anything else, and kept copies of various or her articles handy for my clients to take home with them. Still current...
"My Cells - My Children" & other metaphorical prose
Illustrates the dynamic relationships of Spirit, mind, body, and emotions, as well as the inner-child-parent-family, including the cells, organs, and body systems. New section on "Body-Parenting" in Mind-Body Integration and a powerful form of Preventative Health Maintenance [New 12/16/09). Based on the "Re-Parenting" approach to personal growth & self-healing, I consider it a powerful adjunct to Body-Mind Integration. The page also includes a little artwork in surreal symbolism, "The Chaliverse."
"Love Letter" self-applied journaling technique (Word doc format)
"Nice name, serious work": This letter format is useful for preparing and/or facilitating deeper communications and/or resolving conflict/issues within self or with another person (ie: parent, former mate, etc). This method can fill a special need for therapeutic dialog with someone who is currently not present, including those who have passed on. Because most of what any person can actually heal, or may be responsible to heal, is within ones own feeling body. It is also valuable for/during various strictly personal therapeutic processes, for simply journaling, including self-dialog between two or more parts of yourself that represent mixed feelings about something. Other benefits include introduction to and practice in additional valuable self-healing techniques: "Self-Parenting;" constructing practical, emotionally integrative affirmations; making decisions about your intention and direction for healing change; and verbalizing those decisions in order to etch them into ones being. The latter initiates the completion of (as yet unmet) essential need(s) of the Inner Child, and may manifest changes in related physical symptoms (ie: much less pain). Titled, "How To Write A Love Letter", this is Available in Word doc format or (Unformatted) Text format. [You may also be able to right click on either of those links, select "save link as" (or equivalent), and save the file(s) to your hard drive for later use.]
"Fibromyalgia - Theory with Examples" (NEW, Apr 28-30, 2011) at the Fascia Memory Theory page - a cause and effect theory - about Fibromyalgia's possible "relationship to a perfuse scattering of waste products throughout the fine interstitial spaces among the cells of the muscle tissues, due to their being chronically held *contracted* and under-circulated, including trauma induced contractedness over a broad-area (including by being forcibly tickled in early childhood)..." (Maybe it's no accident that this came along shortly after the visualization chart at the page, "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" or "Bridging Prayer & Science", healing prayer techniques, visual prayer charts.
"Opening the Bridges & Firing the Cauldrons"
Integrating Energy Work and Self-Healing Instruction into bodywork, is about a "Chalice-Bridging" style chakra balancing, and may include Reiki and/or very basic Qigong instruction. This approach is based in the view that we each are a bridge between Father & Mother GOD/ESSence, & thus form a chalice for the balancing & integrating of Humanity with the Divine. Or at least ideally so, as our systems are *attuned* & our batteries are *charged* & we fulfill our true role as human embodiments of Spirit. And in the belief that the body-mind can be a primary means of access for finding ones Way, developing appropriate and effective relationship among the three "lower bodies" (mental, emotional, and physical, which compose the "Body-Mind". Ref: "Triangle/Triad Interface" Chart above).
Yi Ren Qigong
Why I enjoy this approach and manner of treatment is explained via Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun's "Guiding Principle # 4: Assist Individuals to Identify and Treat the Root Cause of Their Health Condition. Illnesses do not occur spontaneously. Symptoms are not the causes of diseases but expressions of the body's internal miscommunications. Causes may occur on many levels, including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. To accurately identify and treat the root cause of diseases with Yi Ren Medical Qigong, there are specific practice routines which can help individuals recover completely. Yi Ren Medical Qigong practice increases both the therapists/practitioners' levels of awareness , assists individuals in identifying the fundamental underlying causes of dis-ease on all levels, and encourages practitioners to work on the root causes rather than symptoms." Articles at the Yi Ren Qigong Center web site include "Guiding Principles of Yi Ren Qigong", "Introduction to Yi Ren Medical Qigong", "Qi Cultivation for Healing Chronic Illness", "The Art of Internal Observation", "The Physiology of the Three Gates". Featuring Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD., Founder of the Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sun is currently engaged in mind-body medicine and energy medicine research at Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington. He is an expert in Qigong for Functional Pain (pain with no apparent organic causes).
"Effective Affirmation Therapy
The Use Of 'Positive Response Questions' (PRQ's) and Gestalt Approach"
There's more to Effective Affirmation than repeating positive statements, Attitude, Approach, and Technique can make all the difference, especially for highly challenging times, severe pain, etc. How's, Why's, of 'Positive Response Questions' (PRQ's) and Gestalt Approach, Samples, Ref-Links, & more
"Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs"
Basic principles and definitions for functionally clarifying the differences between ones beliefs, desires, & needs - and the implications for realistic goal setting, or "manefesting abundance" as related to personal growth, preventative health maintenance, and self-healing.
"Questions for INTER-RESOURCING
The Use of Personally Applied Invocative Questions (Invoc-Q's) for Multi-Dimensional Facilitation of Information Sharing, Integration, & Access"
Some of my artwork at Fine Art America,
where it can be viewed at full resolution as well as purchased as framed prints, canvas prints, greeting cards, and more. (Since Aug 2012)
"Multi 3D Chalice 3 (w2A&CntrHBI-v2)" © Chris Pringer 2013&16. Born out of the 3D geometric visual "seen" in 1985. The vision/ visual was complete with corrolations to deep (more original) symbology - which initiated the correlations to the legendary meanings of the Holy Grail (edited by "the Church"). The above is as close to that as anything I've put in art form so far.
"Resource Access Prayer Chart for Economy
24 prayers as of Dec 2011, Universal in approach,generally invoking Divine assistance, calling for citizen awareness & courage, truth, justice, accountability, related healing, learning, & balance, etc. They include a resource-connecting prayer chart for the Economy (Jan'11) , two that are specific to global climate healing, one to Iraq & Middle East, two for comprehensive planetary healing in general, two specific to media communications (latest Dec'10), and more. Page includes background and related information, links, and printing/downloading tips. (Yes, of course it's free, as I believe prayers are meant to be.)
"Q's Prayer 4 World Peace
"Archangel Prayer for Iraq-MiddleEast"
"A Global Climate Healing Fantasy and the Spirit of It All" On Sacred Earth Background. PDF versions available for Printing (is 2 pages long)
The "coverage" (via prayer text) provides a virtual summary of our current world challenges - hints to opportunities to gain the momentum we need to heal/transform the planet and mankind.
Broad Spectrum World Healing Prayer
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