Healing with Purpose.
The View from Conventional Healthcare
A Healing modality for a new Millennium
I am a nurse and have practiced my profession for 23 years in a variety of institutional and community settings. In the institutional sector my primary area of practice was critical care. I have spent 17 of my 23 years in either tertiary or community based critical care units comprising both medical and surgical/trauma client populations. I always enjoyed the work within a critical care environment. The attraction to this area of nursing came from my own fascination with the logic and "simplicity" of the sciences and my own skills in the area of analytical thinking and problem solving.
Critical care is an environment that deeply embraces the sciences and the thinking processes that are required to engage in the complex analysis and problem solving that is required to resolve the multiplicity of physiologic problems being experienced by the client. This type of medicine and nursing require the use of complex mathematical formulas, highly evolved pharmacological preparations and sophisticated machinery. The use of mathematics and technology to provide data for decision making and the application of complex treatment modalities make critical care a unique area of medicine and an area where the integration of mind, body and spirit are particularly challenging.
Traditional medicine and often nursing continue to insist that the cause of disease can be found in one place or through one investigation strategy. As practitioners of the healing arts we often accept the outcome of dis-ease within the mind/body/spirit triad. However, our care delivery systems are woefully ill equipped to deliver health care services that address the integration of mind/body/spirit and base the approach on partnering with the client and the complimentary practitioners. Although nursing has accepted treatment modalities such as therapeutic touch we are still quite skeptical about other forms of intervention. We still tend to utilize those alternatives in client groups who are not likely to respond to traditional interventions. Palliative care and mental health are two groups who we often feel it is safe to expose to alternative therapy because the outcome is known and/or out of the control of more traditional and understood treatment modalities or traditional medicine has already exhausted its repertoire. Working in an environment that is founded in principles of true science does not often lend itself to spiritual musings or the exploration of alternative treatment modalities. Thankfully much of that is changing. The work of physicians like Bernie Segal or nursing theorists like Jean Watson have moved the medical and nursing communities towards a more open and accepting posture in terms of alternative or complimentary therapies.
My experiences in traditional environments began to teach me that science, although certainly necessary for the treatment of many disease conditions, did not have all of the answers. All of the mathematics and machinery and all of the combined talents of the many skilled practitioners I have been privileged to work with over my career have often been insufficient to the challenge of relieving distress and disease for many clients. I have observed on many, many occasions that clients, who should have died, did not and those who should have responded to our efforts died for no reason we could explain. Most practitioners of traditional medicine will tell stories of clients who defied the odds or who were unaffected by the combined efforts, talents and sophisticated treatments of a modern hospital. We could never come to an understanding of how that came to be and many of us simply explained it as "not his turn" or "some things are not up to us".
Surely then, I began to wonder, there must be something we are missing or we do not fully understand. The impact of the client’s belief system and personal "will" could clearly impact on the outcome. But, how did that work?
I was first introduced to Richard and the concept of Bio-Energy Therapy in June of 1998. Possessing an open mind and a healthy skepticism, I listened to Richard’s explanation of quantum physics and its concomitant impact on disease processes and healing modalities. Similar to critical care, the attraction of this Bio Energy theory is its basis in logic and science. Science has clearly demonstrated the existence of energy within the body and its physical manifestation outside the body. In critical care and traditional healthcare we treat and manipulate energy in the form of drugs, machines and the application of mathematical formulas for determining, for example, the strength of heart contractions and lung capacities. Bio-Energy Therapy uses similar processes for the diagnosis and treatment of dis-ease. However, the distinct difference with this form of treatment is the integration of mind, body and spirit as fundamental to the process of diagnosis and treatment. My experiences in critical care and now, working within a community setting, have illustrated the impact of dis-integration of the mind, body, spirit triad. The world of community care is significantly different from our traditional forms of "health" care in that the medical model of one-cause-one-cure has not yet been institutionalized in this setting. The use of alternative or complimentary therapies is seen as a viable adjunct to traditional medicine, in large part because the client has the option of applying his or her own belief system to the self-management of health care. In addition, the complexities of "life in the 90’s" and the daily assault to the human body and spirit are often resistant to or not compliant with, a simple, one-cause-one cure approach.
My own experience with Bio Energy and Richard’s treatment or therapy has been enormously positive. In terms of my body I had been to a traditional medical practitioner for the treatment of chronic knee pain. From a mind/spirit perspective I was working towards the resolution of personal issues and I had sought the help of a traditionally trained counselor. Both individuals were helpful within the scope of their respective area of expertise. The physician offered surgery and the counselor medication. Neither alternative was inviting so, I learned to live with the pain and to deal with the personal issues with the use of self-healing, episodic counseling and "tincture of time".
In discussion with Richard and following two energy treatments, the chronic knee pain resolved, as did the acute distress I was experiencing with the personal issues. Now I admit to being surprised and still skeptical. After all, how could those issues and that kind of chronic pain be so quickly relieved with only "conversation" and the application of energy? As I continued to explore this Bio-Energy Therapy and Richard’s approach to the resolution of personal issues he began to teach me how to link with universal energy, to understand the interdependent relationship with mind/body/spirit and how to change my perspective on problematic personal issues. I began to realize that the role of traditional medicine although very necessary in many cases is only a part of holistic health care. In addition the explanation of energy fields, chakras and the integration and interplay between and among energy fields resonated with what I understood of eastern medicine. As a cautionary note I will share that this form of therapy is not a "quick fix" in terms of personal issues or challenges as this is the arduous domain of self-work. However, it does equip the client with the tools to understand causal properties and to develop techniques and thought processes that allow the client to view the issue from a health and integrated perspective.
Bio-Energy Therapy is one of the most empowering healing strategies I have ever encountered.
Coming from a background in science and critical care I was quite prepared to relegate Bio Energy to the "this makes no sense and I don’t understand it" compartment. Originally, it was something not to be taken seriously. After learning, questioning and discovering the foundation of the Bio Energy process, and experiencing the positive outcome it has had on my health, I would invite traditional health care practitioners to put aside the temptation to dismiss "bio-energy" and changing thoughts as a treatment modality and to truly explore Bio-Energy Therapy. I believe the effort will be not only personally rewarding but beneficial to development of true mind/body spirit healing practices.
Heather Bruce RN, BScN. (age 45) Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, October 1998
The Journey to Self-Empowerment with Bio-Energy Therapy I wanted things to be different. I wanted to be different. I wanted my world to be different. How?' How was I going to do that? That was the BIG question. How could I be what all the magazines, books and day-time shows told me I should be? Empowered. I should be empowered. If I were empowered I would be happy. I would be satisfied. I would be self-actualized. I wouldn't be in pain. This is a brief glimpse into my journey…its beginning and middle. Come, have a read - it may not resonate. Perhaps though, my journey will affirm your own, perhaps it will encourage you to take a step - perhaps it will help…
Empowerment -- The word brings to mind many images. It is an oft and ill-used word in today's management vernacular and has been a foundation principle of the self-help movement for almost two decades. The dictionary says to 'empower' means: to authorize, delegate authority, to enable, to permit. How odd that at the dawn of a new millennium we struggle still with gaining permission to be in charge of our own lives.
I, like many of my generation, have been both blessed and cursed with the desire and perhaps the expectation of satisfaction, of happiness, of knowing the meaning of my life. At no other time in history have men and women had the freedom, the finances and the role exchanges to allow them the opportunity to engage in a life that is concerned with something other than survival. As a society we are moving from rigidly defined social roles, gender-based expectation and punitive action for differences to a time of exploration, discovery and the hunger for spiritual food for the Soul. We are seeking, and for many what we find when we turn to traditional healing, sanctified psychological exploration and group identification is more confusion, more attempts to translate the old into some new language.
Relationship. The crux of the matter. The heart of the struggle. Everything occurs and comes by way of relation. Its presence or absence defining who and what we are. There are no single definitions for the individual. You are always in connection to someone else. You are a daughter, a son, a wife, a father, a sister, a friend, a boss, a lover, a worker. In all of that, where are you? Can you define yourself as separate yet a part of the whole? Traditional thinking would say no. Look at the popular media as a society we espouse independence and reward the entrepreneurial free spirit all the while bemoaning the loss of family and the ever-widening gap between the genders. We try to feminize men while vilifying them for their masculinity. We tell women they must be strong and then assault them with endless messages than deride their lack of femininity. In some bizarre attempt to keep a changing world the same we seem to have determined that some odd combination of strong gender identity with just the right mix of androgyny will define ‘normal’ and provide the tool to ‘fix’ what we cannot truly diagnose.
We can label ‘it’ though, and diagnosis ‘it’: anxiety disorder, co-dependence, obsessive-compulsive, inadequate gender identification and social isolation. It has many names and just as many faces. ‘It’ -- the cause of our unhappiness, the thing we wish to fix, change, heal. ‘It’ with all the labels is still illusive. Who are you in all of this? Are you crazy? In need of vitamins or Prozac? The world says, “Have a relationship, that's what you really want.” Ignore that 50% of them ‘fail.’ “Don't have a relationship, find yourself.” Now sing along, “you're nobody til somebody loves you.” Is anyone else feeling just a little confused? What could be wrong with this picture? First and foremost it isn't a picture. This is not a ‘snapshot’ of a real life. It's a painting - a computer generated wanna-be reality. Most of us live in the real world expecting a virtual reality. A world that can be hard, joyful, sad, funny and very, very real. Most of us are doing our best with pretense - trying to get above and beyond our fear, even though the pretend world of the media is out of focus. Gazing too long at the falsehood is what can make you go blind. We are all individuals trying to make sense of our world, our lived reality, in a world that tells us every day - it's out of control and so are you - something is wrong with you. This, now this politically correct, hard-abbed, bran-flaked, recycled way, is the way to behave, this is the way to think. Follow this doctrine, this religion, this fitness guru, this way of being. Many of us tried - squeezing our minds and Souls into the latest version of the “Happy Factory Fashion House” - never mind that your Soul might be feeling pinched and your mind out of air from the too tight, too narrow doctrine of the day. Just do-it do-it, do-it. OK, OK I'll do-it! Now somebody tell me what the hell 'it' is?
In the middle 80's, I found myself in a unique position. Free of responsibilities, financially neutral and standing at the beginning of something. I wasn’t clear on where I was going, I was just certain it would not be a journey back to where I had been. Where I had been was a place where many of us have lived for a very, very long time. It was a place of confusion, judgement, self-righteous and sanctified anger, denial and division. It wasn't a happy or peaceful place. True joy rarely resides there. I was tired. I wanted to feel something different. Peace perhaps, or maybe just the absence of heartfelt pain. I tried a number of things: academia - where I succeeded, work - where I succeeded, relationships - where I in concert with my partner achieved the 'norm' and then I tried freedom - where I found both comfort and confusion. Something was wrong, something was missing. I was missing - absent from my own life. The popular press determined I could achieve some kind of nirvana - I could learn to: live a life without fear, without self-doubt and without loneliness. This sounded good. I was beginning to awaken from the traditional upbringing of the 50's and 60's. That crazy making schizophrenia of: be good, be free, follow the rules, and follow your heart. Is it any wonder many of us began the “Awakening Journey” with a terrible hunger?
I tried counseling. It helped, was even a lifeline towards understanding but still it took me back to traditional roles and traditional understanding of relationships. Blah, Blah, Blah. I tried self-help, I read every self-help book I could find. I discovered “I'm OK,” I learned the “Dance Of Anger,” I joined hands and sang the co-dependents anthem, I meditated and medicated, I ran, I ate my greens and took whopping great doses of B12. I analyzed my handwriting, my stars and the iris's of my eyes. I numbered myself and my friends, shuffled the cards, threw the stones and drank tea for the leaves. I eschewed men and embraced them. I danced with the woman warriors and had my nails done. I was on a journey and moving quickly in tight little circles. What happened? Well, I got some better - at least I looked better. And nothing changed. The longing persisted, the loneliness was as great, and the feeling that something was missing was like a guest who overstayed their welcome.
In 1997 I met Richard. It was one of those odd quirks of the universe. A friend met him and thought I should meet him. The search for the elusive ‘relationship’ being alive and well, I and my female, ‘women of the 90’s’ friends were ever vigilant for any walking survivors of the gender war. A good man is hard to find - just ask any good woman! We met and talked. Then we talked more. At first I thought - ‘oh Lord - now quantum physics is going to tell me what and who I am - I'll have a list of my deficiencies (politically correctly called challenges) - things I need to learn to live with. This could be yet another affirmation that the gender war is alive a well with another tool for the front line freedom warriors. More tools to pre-judge others - not understand mind - to judge that they are prone to coldness, are emotional, tend to dramatize or are from Mars. I will get permission to be misunderstood, mistreated and miserable!
I could not have been more wrong! As we talked I began to hear what I had not heard before. I listened to Richard describe quantum physics, electromagnetic energy, and chakras as a spiritual construct with purpose and the possibility that I and I alone could be in charge of my life. That indeed... that might be the point - that might be the goal - not an aberration, but a purposeful goal. A goal that could be explained scientifically!
So, true freedom was attainable. Life wasn't about judgement. It was all with appropriate purpose. It wasn't predestined; I was in charge. I didn’t have to go to a certain church or synagogue. I didn't have to eat a certain way or walk a specified number of miles. I could just be myself - I could learn who that is. I could make choices accordingly. I could make those choices from a learned and conscious place. This, now this was what I had been looking for, this was a grounded truth I could understand. I didn't have to be from Venus, I wasn't at the mercy of my past. I wasn't a victim of pre-destiny or fashion - I could be in charge of my life. I could be free of physical pain. I could empower myself with spiritual truth from within - I could achieve authentic power and no one had to shuffle cards, move to a new planet or loose 20 pounds!
I know - it sounds too good to be true, and for about a year I was a tried and true skeptic. I questioned. I argued. I fought. I got mad. I looked for ways to dispute what Richard was explaining. I challenged the logic. I challenged that way he lived his life. I judged. I was smug in my pain. I held tenaciously to the past I wanted to leave behind. I was a skeptic. I was also someone who kept coming back - because I kept getting better.
The learning kept coming. I kept seeing the changes it engineered. Chronic Pain I had endured for a decade left and has not returned. My relationships became better, more authentic, deeper. Friendships moved to a new level - were infused with a new power, the power of compassionate understanding. It was not nirvana. There was and is pain, hurt, disappointment. What precedes those experiences though is knowledge and conscious choice. What no longer follows is judgement, self-recrimination, anger and denial.
Through Bio-Energy Therapy and KarmicDNA comes knowledge. True understanding of the self. There is an answer to ‘who I am’ that confirms all that I live. There is also compassionate understanding of ‘who is he/she?’ It is not a mystery. It is understandable in scientific terms, provable theorems, and comes from many sources. This is not a new religion, a fad or a phantom. It is real! And true empowerment is achievable. The authentic empowering of the self. This does not happen overnight, there is no quick fix, no one-size-fits-all. True empowerment, like all truths, comes from genuine desire to know and a pursuit to be fulfilled. There is compassion in the process and integrity in the outcome.
The flow of energy, body symbology, the chakras, the power of thought -- none of these things are new. They have been with us for as long as we have been here. What Bio-Energy Therapy with KarmicDNA does is conjoin them, the pieces fitting together like a magnificently intricate and simple puzzle. There is an answer.
How to find the answer is simple. Through Bio-Energy Therapy the individual is given, (without judgement), self-knowledge, the foundation of self-empowerment. As the journey continues self-knowledge deepens. Bio-Energy Therapy with Body Symbology, KarmicDNA, and your own history, identifies Cause for events or illness allowing you to make significant knowledgeable change with efficient accuracy that breaks down the blocks to clear energy flow - allowing the known power of the body to “heal thyself.”
In my own journey this process has taken time, three years so far - each encounter deepening my understanding of who I am and how I am in the world. With this knowledge comes the opportunity to make authentic choices - to stand in my truth - to keep what I now know as my personal prime directive. No longer a victim to some label, worn expectation or politically correct behaviour - I am free to make choices I know to be right for me.
As my knowledge of who I am deepens so does my capacity to understand those with whom I have relations. I am free to remove the need for judgment and recrimination. I am able to move from self-evaluation to self-valuation and in so doing release anger and hurt. As I grant myself permission to be self-compassionate I am able to extend that compassion to others.
Bio-Energy Therapy allows the individual to know themselves in a holistic way - in their own unique totality; the trinity of body-mind-spirit is the foundation of Bio-Energy Therapy and true empowerment. The fragmentation of the self is not supported - integration and therefore strengthening of the self is the natural conclusion.
I have been using Bio-Energy Therapy tools like KarmicDNA for over two years. For much of the time I was waiting and expecting the tools to fail. This could not be this true! Well, it could be true - but momma didn't raise no fools - statistically it would have to be wrong at some point. There would have to be some behaviour, some situation, and some experience that KarmicDNA would not be able to logically, accurately and without judgment explain. If that behaviour, situation, or experience exist, I have yet to discover it.
The process of Bio-energy Therapy and the knowledge of KarmicDNA have fundamentally moved my life to positive process and positive outcome. I no longer have the questions I posed at the beginning of this article. I don't pretend to have all the answers. What I do have now are the tools to find the answers - in a compassionate, logical and rational way. If you have similar questions, if you are similarly skeptical of what seems ‘too good to be true’ I encourage you take the time to learn these tools. Be open. Question, seek, and delve into what is offered here. Challenge the information, put it to your test. What you will find may surprise you, I know it will enlighten and empower.
Heather Bruce RN, BScN. (age 47) Brantford, Ontario, Canada, October 2000
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