Awareness Healing   Essays

An Awareness Healing essay in the series, "Subtleties of Effortlessness."

Healing by Releasing the Intent to Heal

"Setting Intentionality" is sometimes used to effect change in the healing context. But the intent to change places the practitioner in a double-bind: completely accepting the client just as the client is, then judging that some part of the client is not acceptable, and intending that the part must change. However diplomatically it is presented, the intent to change contains a fundamental make-wrong of a part of the client. Any effort applied to change this part might be perceived by the client as an attack rather than as a support, further compounding the dilemma. The client might sensibly respond to this attack by resisting the intent to change.

This dilemma, and the effort to change, may be averted by expanding the meaning of "healing" into a larger context. In the pursuit of its survival and maintenance integrity, the body automatically tries to change its physical and emotional patterns into ideal patterns. The intent to change in the direction of survival and maintenance that comes from within the self has integrity. The intent to change that comes from outside the self potentially doesn't have integrity. A larger context would honor and support the body's pursuit of its integrity, without judging what form that should take. The approaches to healing would expand to enable the body's self-healing, without forcing an intent for a specific change.

For the application of healing, the practitioner may offer to the client the state, "I see only Goodness, on what is shown." This interaction conveys an unconditional acceptance of the client's pursuit of integrity. It can neutralize the memories of make-wrong, unworthiness, and disconnection.

The application of healing may expand to offer "Being and Inviting," to demonstrate on the practitioner's body that a different state with integrity is possible, then to invite the client's body to try the state for itself. For example, the state on the practitioner might include a deepening calm and an expanding self-awareness. The quality of the invitation is based on the degree of the practitioner's own development of this state of being.

The application of healing may expand to offer "Adding, not Taking-away." The release of a part, tension, or blockage might be interpreted as a loss to the client, or as a lessening of integrity, e.g. if the client was using that part as it is for support or for the comfort of consistency. The practitioner may speak, not at all about loss, letting go, or release, but rather about adding more resources, more options, and more choices. The practitioner might offer the resources of calm, safety, and the support of self-awareness, from the practitioner's own "presence" in this state. (These particular resources can be presented as a positive "substance" that can be felt, rather than as a removal of something bad.) The practitioner might offer the option of interpreting experiences in a range from high intensity to low intensity, by making all levels of intensity acceptable for different applications for integrity. The practitioner might offer the option of applying focus in a range from closed-focus (narrow, effortful, on the other person) to open-focus (wide, effortless, on the self), again by making all levels of focus acceptable for different purposes for integrity. The practitioner might offer awareness of the choice of integrating the different sides of the brain, the body, and the experiences in a range from completely separating the sides, to fully integrating them, as it serves the client's integrity.

By offering examples, resources, and options in an expanded context, the practitioner can accept the client just as the client is, and can trust the client to pursue the client's own integrity... for healing.


A description of an Awareness Healing group healing session:

A Healing Place in My Heart

Tension in the body can affect our health. A tension might be described as an "intent to express" pushing outward, contained by an "intent not to express" pushing inward. The opposing efforts might be generated as a defensive reaction to the experiences of harm, or threat, or devaluation, or disconnection from other people.

Between these opposing efforts is a layer neutral of intent, to which we can add our own effortless healing intent. We can avoid adding to the defensiveness of the opposing efforts by offering our healing intent indirectly, from within the heart. The heart has a neutral layer between the heart muscle on the inside and the pericardium tissue that surrounds the heart muscle on the outside. From this layer, we can offer the antidote to the experiences with other people in the tensions.

In this healing session, we will invite into our hearts an experience such as, "Someone perceives my built-in value, in support, in safety." The neutral layer of the heart will connect with the neutral layer in the tensions by analogy. Each side of the tensions can begin to perceive this effortless experience instead of the opposing effort. The defensive experiences in the tensions can find peace, releasing their efforts... for healing.

Another description of an Awareness Healing session:

A Profound Healing-Awareness

#1. Our consciousness may be described as having two modes of awareness: the duality-mode and the unity-mode of awareness. We normally alternate our awareness between these modes easily, perceiving the same things in different ways. The two modes may be distinguished most simply as the presence or the absence of comparison. A consciousness in the unity-mode of awareness perceives only absolute value on itself and on others. Absolute value is value that simply is, in the absence of comparison between persons. Connections between persons who are in this mode are simple and effortless. Having an environment of safety and calm on the outside can bring us into the unity-mode of awareness, which then generates safety and calm from the inside.

#2. We use the duality-mode of awareness to make our way in the world, comparing objects to choose the best path. When paths between people come into conflict (stress), the conflict can be held in the memory, creating tension (distress) in the body. The pattern of the "people" having conflicting experiences can become stuck in the moment of the memory, with effort, in the duality-mode of awareness.

#3. In the healing session, we will invite ourselves easily into the unity-mode of awareness from within an environment of safety and calm. We will then invite the "people" in our tensions likewise, with an open question such as, "What is your experience like, from the unity-mode of awareness?" This can add more resources to the "people" in the tensions, from which they may choose the simple and effortless option. This can lead to gentle resolution of the stress held in our tensions... for healing.

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