"Our deepest fears are like dragons, guarding our deepest treasures" -
to bring our gifts into the world, there is often a need to
lay to rest the demons, doubts and blocks that stand in the
way of our full human-beingness. If we are to believe the great
sages and spiritual leaders, then we know that our birthright
is a state of inner peace in our own lives - a place of spaciousness
where we know that we are a part of a vast interconnected living
system, we are in fact, held in this system and supported by
When this is not our experience in the world, then it is a good
time to begin the practice of releasing those memories and habits
that keep us from this experience. In my opinion, the most effective
and gentle method for making this shift is a combination of
body-centered practices, most notably Ron Kurtz's Hakomi, the
Internal Family Systems methods of Richard Schwartz, and the
Focusing work of Eugene Gendlin (see links). Hakomi, based on
Buddhism, Taoism and systems theory, focuses on practices such
as mindfulness and loving presence (or loving kindness) to assist
us in the process of self-study. We learn through time to be
aware of the beliefs and the past events that bind us to the
painful aspects of our current way of life and discover simple
and powerful ways todecrease the pain and increase the joy and
satisfaction in our lives.
Richard Schwartz's Internal Family Systems model is based on
the belief that each one of us has a "self" that is whole and
complete( what some systems refer to as the higher self). He
believes that the therapeutic process is one of strengthening
one's self and helping the self develop leadership over the
various "parts" within us. In combination with Hakomi and Focusing,
I believe that Internal Family Systems is the most gentle, respectful
and effective method available for personal healing.
is a method developed by Eugene Gendlin of the University of
Chicago. The method is a way of helping the natural process
of healing (which is always taking place) move more quickly
and effortlessly. It uses a process of focused awareness, harnessing
the wisdom of the body to help us shift painful experiences
and discover new levels of peace and freedom.
has an ability to help me navigate the depths of who I am.
I am now much more focused; I can manage my stress level much
better and calm myself. I am much more excited about the future"
- Cindy, Professional Musician
is the first time I have learned to take responsibility for
my own peace and happiness. I cannot thank her enough for
her caring, loving, gentle embrace"
- Erika, Homemaker, Teacher and Small Business Manager
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