Healing

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Healing is the process of repairing physical and psychical (i.e., emotional, psychological, and spiritual) damage incurred by the Physical Unit, either accidentally or as a consequence of this planet's Toxic Socialization process. Healing restores the Physical Unit to a condition of health, Alignment, and Connection. Healing is part one of a two-part reconnection process referred on the LP simply as The Work. On the LP, healing is guided by the LP HEALING Framework.[1]

Syncretic Terms Healing

Healing > Healing Moment

Related LP Terms

Healing > Alignment Rule Set, Attachment Analysis, Disconnection, Essential Needs Rule Set, External Resistance, LP HEALING Framework, No-Buts Apology, No-Violence Rule, Physical Unit, Psychic Infection, Psychic Sepsis, Psychic Wound, Psychological Pathology, Right Environment, Seven Essential Needs, Sufficient Satisfaction, The Work, Toxic Attachment, Toxic Burden

Non-LP Related Terms

Healing > Essential Needs, Health, Human Development, Medical Model, More-Than-Human, Neurodecolonization

Healing Outcomes

Emotional Cleansing, Emotional Satisfaction

List of Healing Practices

Healing Practice > ACT Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Fusion Therapy, Integral Medicine, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology, Spirit Canoe, Transpersonal Nursing

Notes

The struggle begins with men's [sic] recognition that they have been destroyed." [2]

Healing, whether that is of physical or Psychic Wound is a straightforward process that involves cleaning, repairing, scaffolding, and protecting the wound.[3]

Healing is facilitated via Connection.

Jung

"Jung saw the task of the therapist in helping to establish a dynamic interaction between the client’s conscious ego and the Self, a higher aspect of the client’s personality;"[4]

In LP terms we would say healing is facilitated via Connection with some Monadic Node or location within the Fabric of Consciousness. This could be one's own Spiritual Ego or some other relevant/help identity, like a guide, or a specialist in a specific area of trauma.

Grof

Grof notes that the first step in the healing process is the "manifestation of emotional and psychosomatic symptoms..." Only by freeing oneself of the traumatic imprints of birth and life can one heal and return to full function and Connection[5]

Further...

"If the trauma that is being processed is of major proportions, such as a difficult birth that lasted many hours and seriously threatened biological survival, the emotions and behavioral expressions can be extremely dramatic. Under these circumstances, it might seem more plausible to conclude that these manifestations are the result of some exotic yet unknown pathology rather than realize that they represent a potentially beneficial process. However, properly understood and supported, even such extreme symptoms can be conducive to healing, spiritual opening, personality transformation, and consciousness evolution. The emergence of symptoms thus represents not only a problem, but also a therapeutic opportunity."[6]

Grof notes that traumatic imprints, what he calls COEX Systems, may derive from one of his three Dimensions of the Psyche, i.e. the Transpersonal, Perinatal, and Biographical dimensions or "realms."

Healing and Connection

Healing is one aspect of Authentic Spirituality. All authentic religions, all authentic spiritual practices whether they be institutionalized or indigenous, modern or ancient, concern themselves with healing. See the LP's substantive definition of Religion.

"Prior to colonial subjugation of AI (American Indian) cultural and spiritual activities, AI communities maintained therapeutic knowledge for 'doctoring' (or healing) a wide variety of maladies."[7]

Indigenous cultures used Connection Practices ("chanting, breathing, drumming, rhythmic dancing, fasting, social and sensory isolation, extreme physical pain, and other elements") in " shamanic procedures, healing ceremonies, and rites of passage – powerful rituals enacted at the time of important biological and social transitions, such as circumcision, puberty, marriage, or birth of a child."[8]

"Many cultures have used for these purposes psychedelic plants. The most famous examples of these are different varieties of hemp, the Mexican cactus peyote, Psilocybe mushrooms, the African shrub eboga, and the Amazonian jungle plants Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, the active ingredients of yagé or ayahuasca."[9]

Robbins, Hong, and Jennings point out that mystical perspectives go together with the healing traditions in fol and tribal worldviews.[10]

Healing is a common outcome of authentic Connection. "Such transpersonal states can have a very beneficial transformative influence on the recipients and their lives. They can alleviate various forms of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, as well as difficulties in interpersonal relationships. They can also reduce aggressive tendencies, improve self-image, increase tolerance towards others, and enhance the general quality of life. Among the positive aftereffects is often a deep sense of connection with other people and nature."[11]

Shamanism, as practiced in ancient and modern times, revolves around the healing power of connection and connection supplements. Krippner provides an interesting survey of healing practices in various contexts, and by various actors, including shamans, priests, mediums, sorceres, witches, and the like.[12] For more, see the page on Shamans

Healing, whether that be physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual, is a critical and pervasive component of all Authentic Spirituality. It is central to traditional Sioux spirituality[13], a key component of Alcoholics Anonymous,[14] which is traditionally deeply spiritual[15]...

Meredith McGuire points to several studies where Connection and Connection Experience have led to significant personal healing, mostly conceptualized superstitiously as attunement to agencies responsive to human communication.[16]

Connection often leads to significant, even miraculous, healing. Bill Wilson recounts the Connection Experience that cured him of his alcoholism and activated him to create Alcoholics Anonymous. He notes that after the experience, one of his unmet needs, the need to feel love and belong, was instantly met. [17]

The Yoga Sastra of Hemacandra (Jain) speaks of the miraculous healing powers of connection (yoga). "Moreover, the splendour of this "Yogic dance"3 [transforms] the [seven] magic powers - phlegm, excrement, secretion, "touch" and "every [part of the body]" - into remedies4 and [develops also] miraculous powers [such as] the acquisition of an undivided sense-organ (sambhinnasrotalabhdi)."[18]

St. Teresa of Avila speaks of the healing power of connection:

God does not allow us to drink of this water of perfect contemplation whenever we like: the choice is not ours; this Divine union is something quite supernatural, given that it may cleanse the soul and leave it pure and free from the mud and misery in which it has been plunged because of its sins.[19]

Bobbi Parish notes that the "spiritual discoveries...and the self-esteem they gained [from Connection Practice was healing in ways standard therapy had not been."[20]

Deloria speaks of the centrality of healing practices in indigenous religions and notes that "the healing disciplines came originally from religious beliefs and ...practices."[21]

The LP HEALING Framework offers a framework for understanding the core issues of the healing process.

Related LP Courses

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Footnotes

  1. Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. https://www.patreon.com/posts/lp-workbooks-and-91290808
  2. Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum, 2005.p. 68
  3. Lightning Path Workbook Two: Healing. Lightning Path Press. https://www.patreon.com/posts/lp-workbooks-and-91290808
  4. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 32. https://www.spirituality-studies.org/dp-volume2-issue1-spring2016/#2.
  5. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 29. https://www.spirituality-studies.org/dp-volume2-issue1-spring2016/#2.
  6. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 29-30. https://www.spirituality-studies.org/dp-volume2-issue1-spring2016/#2.
  7. Gone, Joseph P. “Decolonization as Methodological Innovation in Counseling Psychology: Method, Power, and Process in Reclaiming American Indian Therapeutic Traditions.” Journal of Counseling Psychology 68, no. 3 (2021): 259–70. p. 260.
  8. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 5.
  9. Grof, Stanislav. “Psychology For the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.” Spirituality Studies 2, no. 1 (2016): 3–36. p. 5.
  10. Robbins, Rockey, Ji Hong, and Aaron M. Jennings. “In the Pause and Listening to the Little People: A Folk Healer’s Journey.” The Counseling Psychologist 40, no. 1 (January 1, 2012): 93–132. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000011410892.
  11. Grof, Christina, and Stanislav Grof. The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth Through Transformational Crises. Penguin, 1990. https://amzn.to/2UtkgP1. p. 41.
  12. Krippner, Stanley. Spiritual Dimensions of Healing. New York: Irvington Publishers, 1992.
  13. Rice, Julian. Before the Great Spirit: The Many Faces of Sioux Spirituality. University of New Mexico, 1998. https://amzn.to/2C9fM5E.
  14. Wilson, Bill, and Bob Smith. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Kindle. New York: Renegade Press, ND. https://amzn.to/2tVJ1nY.
  15. Alcoholics Anonymous. ‘PASS IT ON’ The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A.A. Message Reached the World. Kindle. New York: AA World Services, 1984. https://amzn.to/2XKQNP5.
  16. McGuire, Meredith B. “Discovering Religious Power.” SA. Sociological Analysis 44, no. 2 (1983): 1–9.
  17. Alcoholics Anonymous. ‘PASS IT ON’ The Story of Bill Wilson and How the A.A. Message Reached the World. Kindle. New York: AA World Services, 1984. https://amzn.to/2XKQNP5.
  18. Quarnstrom, Olle, trans. The YogaSastra of Hemacandra: A Twelfth Century Handbook on Svetambara Jainism. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2002. p.20.
  19. St. Teresa of Avila. The Way of Perfection (Dover Thrift Editions) (p. 67). Dover Publications. Kindle Edition.
  20. Parish, Bobbi. Create Your Personal Sacred Text: Develop and Celebrate Your Spiritual Life. Harmony, 1999. p. 21 https://amzn.to/2I4zRi7.
  21. Deloria, Vine Jr. God Is Red: A Native View of Religion. Colorodo: Fulcrum Publishing, 2003. p. 294.