Therapy is one of those words, like “healing” that brings to mind the application of some technique to alleviate some problem. Working in the alternative health and counseling field, with none of the titles conferred on followers of the well worn paths of institutional medicine, I have never been able to legally diagnose a disease or claim to treat or cure such an entity even if it had been diagnosed. But this whole methodology is contrary to the traditions I draw from, so it has never been an issue for me. In fact the naming of disease often does more harm than good, especially with all the associations most people have these days with the ever-increasing classifications of dis-ease.
My approach is always directed at helping people create a meaningful field of discovery in which they can grow through their “problems” or “illness”, or whatever they perceive their incoherence to be, to find a path towards wisdom, power, and a more dynamic state of equilibrium. The medical model, which even most alternative healing and psychoanalytic schools are at least tacitly influenced by, sets up a situation whereby this process can be indefinitely short circuited, and instead pushes people down a path towards a concept or feeling of themselves they were used to , or often, a self that the “patient” or “healer” projects as an ideal “whole” self, or worse, whatever self is found that will domesticate an energy whose true spirit does not rest until all limits are broken.
The temptation to find the easiest route to resolution is a difficult instinct to counter, though it is an instinct that can lead one to true health and freedom if it is guided through meditative practice and philosophical investigation. The natural desire to feel good is an important foil for that part of us attached to suffering, which can mire us in an attitude that identifies with, rather than learns from suffering. But to learn from suffering and truly overcome it, that impulse to stick with it until one understands and attains power over it, not just in one’s self but in the world, is crucial.
These instincts are only in conflict until they are taught to see that they want the same thing. The so-called death instinct is vital to the path towards a greater life that we sense must exist. We must learn to see that pleasure and pain both hide from the will, a bliss unassailed by either. We often imagine this as some abstract freedom, and we may achieve some transcendence in the mind, but few can ignore the heart’s calls to bring us back to the essential problem of life that is solved only when one fully embraces and devotes oneself to that blissful burden of service.
Traditions in both post-modern theory and tantra-inspired, relational mysticism, both confirm this higher path of opening through the wound to greater knowledge. It is not an easy path, in fact the post-modern academic thinkers seldom acknowledge what the spiritualists take as given, that the path, if followed wholeheartedly, leads to a living dynamic state of bliss. This state of what we call “quantum coherence” has aspects that can be measured with biofeedback analysis, though it is difficult to merely “entrain” someone to this state of equilibrium because it is a result of the skill of tempering the field itself as well as embedding within certain frequencies. The best method is no method at all, but a natural result of education and meditation, theory and practice.
As Kierkegaard said, “anxiety is the dizziness of freedom”. While the temptation is to sit back down on the well worn rhythms of our conditioned selves, or find the closest cliche to lean on and steady our spinning soul, the higher path calls us to spin through to the other side where the vortices form channels of blissful creative energy. I am here to assure you it is real and help you along any way I can.