Editor’s Note: Issue Four

December 4, 2018

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The theme of the December edition of Healers Magazine is Epistemological Equitability: The Democratization of Truth. Why? When you look at healing ideologies with your third eye you see that despite libraries full of interdisciplinary disputes, healers are all on the same side. You might even say that they’re all saying the same things which differ only in syntax. Let’s agree on this: every form of healing, no matter how unscientific it might be, no matter how far out it might sound, is exactly what some patients/clients in this moment need. In actuality all healing modalities have more than just that in common. Healers is here to ensure that you know what’s available to you and to help you reconcile ideas about healing that seem to contradict one another.

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“Newspaper” by Marc Olivella Llado

Sophrology is a new healing technique that is designed to help its practitioners find autonomous self-determination. As Leposava Todorova explains in A Beginner’s Guide to Sophrological Healing, even though sophrology’s main focus is mental health, the foundation of the practice is physical relaxation and thereafter emotional awareness. Now consider herbal healing. Ashley Maltz’s article, Herbs and Supplements for Stress and Anxiety, lists ways in which to hack your mood the all-natural way. At first herbalism doesn’t sound anything like sophrology and yet both of Leposava and Ashley discuss how one can relax one’s mind and body and claim that doing so is essential.

What if kava kava isn’t your cup of tea? That’s cool, yoga can relax its practitioners, disarming the sympathetic nervous sytem (SNS) by activating the parasympethic nervous system (PNS) which Anouk Prop describes in more detail in How Yogic Healing Can Help At-Risk Kids. She also says that breathing exercises paired with bodily awareness can increase self-control and improve self-efficacy. That sounds a lot like Brian William Smith’s article, Interesting Facts about Hypnotherapy and NLP, which claims that hypnosis can improve adult and especially child decision-making.

Relaxation and decision-making, as important as they are, are common elements of healing practices, underlying threads of truth that are easy to pull out. To demonstrate a more elusive commonality let’s take another look at the SNS, the area of the brain associated with flight-or-fight mode, which is affected by yoga. Tapping into this notorious nexus is to many therapists the key to curing abnormal psychology. As I address in my article, How to Cure Narcissism Psychoanalytically, modern analysts use tension and negative emotions to release repressed aggression. Many yogis and psychotherapists agree that it’s therapeutic to get your adrenaline going in a safe space.

You’re probably aware that acupuncture and acupressure involve “meridians” and that these are related to vital organs but did you know that organ imbalance can be tied to psychological blockages? This is what Justin Lee suggests in Acupuncture and Mental-Emotional Imbalance. That sounds an awfully like “sympathetic resonance,” a technique that Sally Hutchison takes up in Sound Healing: What to Expect as a Client. Sound healers use various acoustic instruments to target imbalances and try to transform the weak frequencies.

If you’re still skeptical regarding this hypothesis that, comparing any two healing modalities, archetypes that they both share can be extracted please allow me to close with the perfect example. In How to Meet Your Spirit Guides Kari Halvorson instructs you on discriminating between good and bad hyperdimentional beings and shares the fact that her helper angels are aspects of herself in the future. To me that sounds like the opposite of regression therapy because Dr. Gaurav Deka, in Into the World of Transpersonal Regression Therapy, says that his work is all about freeing patients from the past. They might differ temporarily but spiritual healing and regression healing are both open to the concept of communication with one’s not-present self on the astral plane.

When you recognize that you consciously know nothing you suddenly know everything. Once you recognize that your truth is not the truth then it becomes clear that every school of thought in regard to health and healing is right (and wrong) in its own way.

Still dubious? Leave a comment and include an example of two healing modalities that you think have nothing in common. Let’s see if other commenters can connect the dots.


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