From Chapter 4. Energy Healing as a Humanization of Energy
A sustained state of centered consciousness, unusual in our hurry-up time, is the focal point around which the practice of Therapeutic Touch revolves and the grounded source from which it gains its power. Through experience, we come to realize that Therapeutic Touch is an opportunity to touch another level of consciousness, a new path of self-realization of our ability to compassionately help those in need. We enter an inner journey toward what we are in the depth of our being. As has been stated, this understanding comes with the conscious liaison with the healer’s Inner Self. If the healer is doing Therapeutic Touch correctly, she will not be personally attached to the outcome of the interaction, for she is calling upon a source other than her self-willed persona.
Experientially Acknowledging the Friendly Inner Self
The consistent practice of sustained centering sensitizes the therapist to a recognition of the subtle world of the nonphysical. Very frequently the TT therapist, in an effort to understand this new perspective, will intensify her inner work, such as adopting the practice of meditation. Self-search practices reinforce her growing relationship with her most enduring Self. As this affinity ripens, Inner Self becomes a trusted ally, a friend, teacher, and reliable guide; and the therapist’s healing practice becomes more focused and coherent. This indicates a significant shift in perception that sensitizes her to higher orders of self, which now begin to act in her daily life.
What the healer is trying to do is reach beyond the usual locked-in viewpoint of things-as-they-are, and attempt to align with the more unrestrained perspective of her Inner Self. Now it becomes a different kind of intelligence one pursues, a perception beyond the six basic physical senses; it becomes a transpersonal healing as she becomes more acutely aware of the deep inner work to which she now has access, fulfilled and potentiated by her own Inner Self. In this deep-seated stretch to actualize personal potential for insightful and creative healing in the service of those in need, she perceives for herself the opportunity for significant transformative change, as that change is reflected in the quality of her healing interactions and also in her own life events.
This state often becomes noticeable to the TT therapist as she initially finds herself consciously aware of the need to help someone who is ill or injured, and then intentionally engages her sense of compassion-in-action to offer a healing session with that person. The therapist often begins to realize that change in her life events seem to be accelerating. Less obvious to the therapist herself--although it may be noticeable to others--is that she, too, has been going through a fine-tuned but transforming change.
Sometimes it is possible to catch a glimpse of the Inner Self by becoming aware of one’s own mood. In our culture, we often think of mood as a descriptor of one’s attitude, disposition, or temperament; however, mood is also a deep feeling, a state of mind dominated by a particular emotion. Feelings may be experienced as amorphous, undeveloped, and ill-defined. However, with diligence one can tease back sensations and capture some sense of its content. Most frequently this information will settle back into the unconscious, but with perseverance and sensitivity it can be coaxed to conscious awareness. It is then that the healer can begin to realize the extent of the reach of her own mindset, whose perspective is now so closely aligned with her Inner Self.
Intuition offers insight into the linkage one has with her Inner Self. Intuition has been a singular, incisive factor in my own life. In trying to understand its processes, my observation is that, like a muscle that one exercises, the potency of intuition increases with use and, although intuition thrives on uncontrived spontaneity, its accuracy sharpens under the lens of objective analysis. To test it, I simply follow its prompts every time (except twice in my lifetime, for which I later kicked myself very hard). . . .
Since the evidence of a subtle reflection of the healer’s Inner Self becomes clarified through a committed, sustained centering of consciousness--and such a proposition is supported by events occurring in the everyday happenings of her daily life, I urge that such occurrence be encouraged to go one step further. We recognize that the healee also has an Inner Self. During the healing session the therapist is encouraged to act as though this is an accepted reality. In other words, the suggestion is that during the healing interaction, as the healer feels herself deeply centered and in touch with her Inner Self, she brings the energy of intentionality into play and aligns them purposefully in an attempt to communicate mind-to-mind with the Inner Self of the healee. From this more impersonal stance she can reflect and, perhaps open up for the healee a glimpse or an impression of his own Inner Self.
How one fully engages this mindful act is difficult to describe, but the basic steps involve at least two factors. The healer needs a reliable sense of that inner connection as this experience plays through her consciousness, and second--and most necessarily--she needs the ability to translate that comprehension into a clear communication, mind-to-mind, with what she perceives to be a similar state of consciousness in the healee. The operative words in these instructions are “a clear communication.” The actual process is much like what occurs during mental telepathy; however, intentionality is called upon to make it an acutely conscious experience. During the mind-to-mind communication the healer may offer a direct, nonverbal message to the Inner Self of the client. Ultimately, this mind-to-mind communication depends on the willingness of the healee to engage; we have learned that this silent permission from the field of the healee may come more from his heart, his own experience of sentience, rather than from his conscious mind.