My eclectic interests led me on a path through the hard, soft and pseudo sciences; shifting my bias from the objective and materialistic to the subjective and vitalistic. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy (studying everything from engineering and psychology to astronomy and biology), I served as a communications officer in Europe and Asia, before separating from the service to pursue therapeutic work. Since then, my formal training included therapeutic massage, myofascial structural integration, and chiropractic, but in the back of my mind I was seeking to understand how healing works.
There are many schools of thought claiming to teach “healing“; and I explored many sciences of healing: from the more left-brained modalities of applied kinesiology and functional neurology, to the more right-brained spiritual practice, energy psychology, emotional clearing, energetic/psychic readings, shamanism, and various forms of transformation. There are pieces of the healer’s paradigm scattered/hidden throughout all of these bodies of knowledge, but most consist of more technique than essence.
Developing the mindset of a healer can be quite a challenge; especially when one is trained to think like a victim from birth. The mindset of a healer covers the entire spectrum of consciousness: from subconscious beliefs to body awareness (sensation, emotion, thinking), and extends into the psychic and spiritual realms. When all of these are developed and integrated, you can make changes in your physical body and life circumstances. You don’t have to master the entire spectrum to be able to help yourself; it’s a gradual process.
This change requires that you live consciously; which takes motivation, attention and effort. It involves maintaining a beginner’s mind, even with topics that you may feel you are an expert… take nothing for granted; reevaluate everything you know; look for the essence, or root cause of your experiences. In this way there is always something you can do to help yourself.
My guiding question:
“What does any given thing imply about the nature of reality?”
If it exists in our experience, it belongs in our paradigm, so our perspective needs to make room for it. Take an audit of your life, and account for everything experienced. Everything must fit together as pieces of a puzzle. The mere shift to simple “appreciation” of all the mysteries of life we take for granted will start to change your relationship to our body and the world around you; creating new options.
My guiding assumption:
Everyone is right (to some degree).
I keep my eye on the pearls, rather than the stones,
and listen for a ring of truth in all ideas.
Examine the evidence presented by others, and spend a few moments peering through their lens. There is evidence to support even the wildest theories. It’s our paradigm that makes sense of things. Paradigms evolve – stretch yours as new things are learned – try on new ideas to see how they fit with your experience of the world. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong. Allow your paradigm to prove itself (allowing you to build upon it), or fail (indicating its time to change your mind).
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