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The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch

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From Section I:

Consciousness and Healing

Centered Healing

Centering the Consciousness

Before we start Therapeutic Touch, we take a moment to be quiet and to center our thoughts and feelings in the heart. In that moment of silence, we try to dissociate from our own troubles and concerns and to feel at peace with the inner self.

Those who work with people who are ill--particularly in hospitals and other places where several sick persons are being given care--sympathetically try to help them by sending out energy to encompass and embrace the ailing persons with whom they come into contact. The nurse, for instance, may feel sorry for a patient and want to take away his or her pain, sadness, or troubles. This approach very often drains one’s vitality.

When we do an assessment and try to determine what the problem is with a person, we are stretching our subtle energy fields and taking in, or being sensitive to, the other person’s energetics. We are also going outward when we heal, in directing energy to the ill person. Centering is essentially the opposite approach. When we center, we lessen the flow to the outside and go inward. Even without thinking about the inner self specifically, we can feel its characteristic peace and quiet working through us.

If as a TT therapist you are quiet within yourself before touching a patient or getting involved in an emergency situation, then that center of calmness and peace protects you from taking in chaotic energy, even if you pick up the fear, panic, or anxiety of the persons involved. Having centered first, compassion will be directing your energy flows outward and simultaneously helping you to connect with the patient at a deeper level even before you begin. This is not an easy state to maintain, but to the many thousands who practice it, it has become an essential feature of their practice of Therapeutic Touch and of their inner growth.

Centering in the Heart

Focus your attention in the heart and feel very quiet. In that quiet, envision a symbol or sense of your own inner self and dwell in the feeling evoked for a full minute. After a few moments, affirm to yourself: I am that peace. In this meditation you will experience that within yourself there is a center of peace and quiet.

Staying with that feeling of peace, send your energy to someone who might need your help. In other words, project your thoughts to that person. Stay with the sense of peace radiating from within you as you continue your meditation on the stillness you feel in the region of your heart. When you have finished your meditation, take a deep breath and open your eyes.

You may be working with people in a great deal of pain, but you cannot work well with TT if you are only responding to the pain. You can be aware of the pain, and you are doing your level best to alleviate it using Therapeutic Touch. However, it is the centering that is the most important factor to have in place, and you will confirm that for yourself through experience. If you do not learn that, when you come upon someone who is suffering, you automatically take in some of that suffering. If you are centered, you will be aware of the suffering, but energetically you will not take it in while you work to help the healee dissipate it.

When we are centered, we do the healing from a place of profound peace and stillness and with a sense of certainty. If you are calm within, then you can encounter with equanimity another person’s hostility, sadness, or any difficult emotional pattern the patient is facing. It is from this centered state of consciousness, which invites the presence of the inner self, that we can help the patient meet the necessities of his or her karma. At first one may find the act of centering difficult, but with time it becomes an ingrained way of life that can be called upon when needed.

The Patient’s Role in the Healing Process

In the practice of TT there are times--no matter how much you want to help--when the patient’s body will respond very little and not be able to absorb the healing energy flow. The prime factors in the patient that impact the healing flow are: his own destiny; his willingness to engage himself in the healing process, that is, to allow it to happen; and his ability to relax or to permit others to help him relax, so that the healing energies can most easily and smoothly permeate his body.

Very often what blocks the effect of healing energies is that the patient has become completely identified with his disease and it has become an intrinsic part of his consciousness. Many patients who have been ill a very long time have made a picture in their mind of their sickness, and they have begun to think of it as part of themselves. They may want to be healed, but at that mental picture-making level they have a persistent image of themselves as sick. Everybody who has pain or who has been sick for a long time is hooked to a cyclic, repeating pattern of pain. The "hook" itself has something cyclic to it, and it catches the patient unawares. Then he begins to identify with the hook. When you project healing energy, that identification with illness acts as a barrier and prevents healing from happening. It may take more healing force than you had expected to break through that mental picture.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591430254
Author:
Kunz, Dora
Publisher:
Bear & Company
Author:
Krieger, Dolores
Author:
Dolores Krieger, Ph.D., R.N.
Author:
Krieger, Ph.D., R.N., Dolores
Location:
Rochester, Vt.
Subject:
Mental healing
Subject:
Mind and body
Subject:
Touch
Subject:
Vital force
Subject:
Healing - Energy (Chi Kung, Reiki, Polarity)
Subject:
Therapeutic Touch.
Subject:
Mind-Body Relations
Subject:
Spiritual Therapies
Subject:
Alternative Therapies
Subject:
Mind-Body Relations (Metaphysics)
Subject:
Metaphysics-Healing
Subject:
Health
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
73
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
900x600

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"Synopsis" by , Since 1972 Therapeutic Touch has been taught to tens of thousands of health care professionals. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touchteaches how to rebalance the body’s energy through touch and visualization and provides an intimate glimpse into the work of Dolores Krieger and her mentor, Dora Kunz (1904-1999). Included are previously unpublished lectures by Dora Kunz, with commentary from Dolores Krieger.
"Synopsis" by , HEALTHTherapeutic Touch is a powerful technique for rebalancing the body's energy through touch, visualization, and spiritual acceptance of life's inevitable cycle. Developed by Dora Kunz (1904?1999), medical intuitive and fifth generation clairvoyant, and Dolores Krieger, pioneer researcher on the dynamics of healing, this extraordinary method has put authentic healing into the hands of health care providers. It has been taught in hospitals and at universities to tens of thousands of health care professionals since 1972. This book examines the dynamic interrelationship between healer and patient and the vital role of expanded levels of consciousness as they relate to the healing process. It provides an intimate glimpse into the life work of Dora Kunz in an engaging series of her never-before-transcribed lectures and case studies, accompanied by insightful commentary from Dolores Krieger. During their years of shared research and healing practice, the authors found illness to be rooted in specific subtle energy imbalances. They developed a transpersonal energetic approach to healing physical pain using centering and self-awareness practices. The practices and exercises they share in The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch will help practitioners achieve the sensitivity and spiritual empathy necessary to effectively access and respond to energy imbalances in themselves and in their patients, to promote physical healing as well as mental and spiritual peace. DORA KUNZ, former president of the Theosophical Society of America, was the author of The Personal Aura, editor of Spiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts, and coauthor of The Chakras and the Human Energy Fields. DOLORES KRIEGER, Ph.D., R.N., is the author of The Therapeutic Touch, Accepting Your Power to Heal, and Therapeutic Touch Inner Workbook and is a professor emerita of nursing science at New York University.
"Synopsis" by , During years of research and practice, Krieger and her mentor--the late medical intuitive and clairvoyant, Kunz--found illness to be caused by energy imbalance. This guide teaches readers to rebalance the body's energy through touch, visualization, and a spiritual acceptance.
"Synopsis" by , Explores the extraordinary technique that put authentic healing into the hands of health care providers- Examines the relationship between expanded levels of consciousness and the healing process- Contains healing exercises for treating common ailments such as stomachaches and back pain, and practices for managing chronic stress- Based on transcribed audiotapes of lectures by medical intuitive Dora Kunz (1904-1999), with commentary by Dolores KriegerSince 1972 Therapeutic Touch has been taught in hospitals and at universities to tens of thousands of health care professionals. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch provides an intimate glimpse into the life work of Dora Kunz (1904-1999), medical intuitive and fifth-generation clairvoyant, who used her gifts to reach out to others in her capacity as healer and teacher.During their years of research and healing practice together, Dolores Krieger and her mentor, Dora Kunz, found illness to be caused by specific subtle energy imbalances. The Spiritual Dimension of Therapeutic Touch teaches how to rebalance the body’ s energy through touch, visualization, and a spiritual acceptance of life’ s inevitable cycle. These exercises can be used both to heal physical pain and to achieve mental and spiritual peace. The authors also examine the important interconnected relationship between healer and patient. The book includes never-before-transcribed lectures by Dora Kunz, with commentary from Dolores Krieger, exploring expanded levels of consciousness as they relate to the healing process.
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