CUTTING-EDGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND INTEGRATIVE SPIRITUALLY-ORIENTED APPROACH FOR RESTORATION AND SUPPORT OF MENTAL HEALTH OF THE INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY AND SOCIETY
- Spokoinyi Natalia (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Director of the International Institute of Systemic Constellations, Berlin; WCP and EAP registered certified psychotherapist, teaching therapist at DGfS (German society of Systemic Constellations), master trainer at INFOSYON (International Forum for System Constellations in Organisations), international level instructor and full member of PPL, Systemic trauma-therapist and author of the 4-part BEMS-Model (Body-Emotions-Mind-Spirit) method for short-term therapy for severe trauma, systemic sex therapist, Merilyn Murray method certified therapist, master of theology (Alexander Men University), participant of the Ecumenical congress (Bose monastery) of all Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican churches, mathematician, Germany, Berlin.
This article describes an integrative spiritually-oriented approach to mental health. The author’s method of short-term therapy of trauma was created for not only a person, but also a family, a group and a society. Its goal is to restore the integrity of a person at all levels from the body and emotions to the intellect and spirit. It is shown why and how the spiritually oriented systemic constellation uses Cutting-Edge Information Technologies. A specific example is used to demonstrate the use of this method for the short-term therapy of a childhood trauma. In this example a 60-year-old client remembers her sexual abuse at the hands of an orderly when she was 5 years of age in the course of a 40-minute session. The article also provides a concept of training specialists in this field.
Keywords: systemic constellation, spiritually oriented systemic constellation, structural constellation, integral therapy of trauma, integrative therapy of trauma, integrated therapy of trauma
Three generations of science
We have been privileged to become witnesses to the third generation of science.
The first one is Aristotle’s science, which is based purely on observations.
Conclusions were drawn from statistics, quality criteria are relevant and an observer is not included in the observation, being outside. The second generation is Galileo’s science. It is based on formal logic, research into causes, measurements and on calculations. This is science in the classical sense. An observer here is also not included in the process that is under consideration. Quality criteria of Galileo’s science are objectivity, recurrence and validity.
The third science type is the Resonance Theory. Linus Carl Pauling (1928) is regarded as the founder of the study. It is the theory of the chemical compound electronic structure. According to the theory, electron distribution, geometry and all the other physical and chemical features of the molecules do not have to be described by one possible structural formula, but by combination of all alternative structures.
Hartmut Rosa is a professor of sociology at Jena University who uses the Resonance theory for the explanation of social phenomena and has introduced the concept of three resonant axes. The horizontal resonance takes place between two (or more) individuals. It also may exist in love, friendship, family relations and the political space. The diagonal resonant axes indicate the attitude toward things and activity, whereas the vertical ones refer to a higher collective singularity such as nature, art, history and religion. The Resonance Theory he stated has become fundamental. In 2015 and 2016 he published the Sociology of world relations [7, 8].
What conclusions can be drawn from the Resonance Theory? The task is to start interacting with the world and establish intercommunication with system elements. One of our most important tasks is to build resonance and use connection logic with an observer as a part of the process. Basically, quantum physics is already a science of this type. Its quality criteria are resonance, coherence and energy. At the same time the observer and observed are closely related.
Systemic constellation in its classic comprehension and proper performance is precisely the space for the observer of the resonance interaction with an observable system. In a similar way, we watch the resonance in quantum physics . Nowadays scientists have come to the conclusion that objectivity does not exist. There is no observable system without an observer. We all influence everything where the verity index is the resonance of an observer with an observable object.
One of the most significant scientific breakthroughs is the statement that our whole world is a single information field where all people are interconnected. We are living in the era of information technologies where global communications and information networks are possible with fundamentally new challenges to humanity as a whole and to science in particular. The contemporary society form, its mode of thought and values has changed. Information prevalence has to be compensated by the strengthening of the spiritual component, which means the necessity of using the integrative systemic approach.
Integrative spiritually oriented approach to humanity and its advantages
“When the needs of the soul are ignored, the body starts screaming”, – the famous therapist and cardiologist, Doctor of Medicine, Ilze Kuchera wrote in her book entitled “What is the matter with me?”. A good doctor does not treat just a symptom or a disease but the whole organism. In a similar fashion, the main focus of integrative psychotherapy is not only on any separate problems or processes of personality but it also deals with the whole person.
The contemporary world is witnessing an increasing tendency towards differentiation and focused specialization where a doctor does not treat a person as a whole but takes care of a specialized area of his organism. We can examine thoroughly in greater detail each definite area. However, when looking through a microscope and studying a specific bacterium, we lose sight of the disease itself and, what is worse, we lose the person as a whole.
In light of this, patients search for a doctor who does not treat a symptom or a disease but the organism as a whole. The specialists dealing with helping others have to set themselves the objective of integrating various methods and approaches towards treating a human being. The integration of various methods and approaches that include a spiritual component will be the most effective. Moreover, we should regard it as of paramount importance. This is a creative, spiritually oriented and most commonly personally created work that combines different western and eastern approaches, the best achievements of natural and human sciences as well as spiritual practices. Now is the time to integrate both a scientific approach and spiritual one especially given that in science all new discoveries are made at the frontier [1, 2].
In 2014, the MANIFESTO OF POST-MATERIALISTIC SCIENCE was published, in it a group of world renowned scientists from different scientific fields such as psychology, medicine, psychiatry, neurobiology, physics etc declared the necessity of the urgent refocusing onto the new post-materialistic paradigm of science. The Manifesto was given to the world in English, but it was translated into other languages, including Russian https://opensciences.org/about/manifesto–for–a–postmaterialist–science.
“However, the nearly absolute dominance of materialism in the academic world has seriously constricted the sciences and hampered the development of the scientific study of mind and spirituality” (p.5) “Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints” (p.9).
But how can we forget about systemic constellations!
“Scientists should not be afraid to investigate spirituality and spiritual experiences since they represent a central aspect of human existence” (p.15).
Indeed, whatever a man of today wants to do – he may care for his health, harmonise relations, seek inspiration or new opportunities of personal fulfilment, basically, this refers to search for life meaning and his position in this world [1, 2].
Standard methods of work with trauma have a number of the following weaknesses: therapy takes an extended period of time, significant material expenditures are necessary with the assumption that a client lacks vitality, more often than not he is unemployed and out of money. A client may fail to notice progress for a long time resulting in frequent deterioration of well-being and re-traumatisation. This experience suggests that it is possible to help such a client only by abandoning the use of “homeopathic” doses and making big moves . Therefore, this raises the question of possibility of using a short-term psychotherapy to treat a severe trauma. The therapy has to combine advantages of the spiritual approach and digital technologies.
Specifics of the systemic approach to the mental health of a person, family or society in IIS-BERLIN
At IIS-Berlin a person is seen on the systemic level in connection with his family, organization and society, so we are talking about the recovery of the mental health of not only a single person, but also about family and society. Mental health is seen as one of the aspects of integrity which includes a spiritual component as a core element. It is known that all mental trauma splits a personality, distorting the person’s view of himself, of other people and of the universe. In the same way a family trauma destroys a family, an organisational trauma influences an organisation’s well-being and societal trauma causes harm to society, for instance, the appearance of national and religious conflicts. Therefore, we use trauma therapy not only with a person, but we also deal with family, organisation and society. The integrative therapy’s objective is to restore an individual’s personality with its integrity intact, from body and emotions to intelligence and spirit.
Cutting-Edge Information Technologies
The information age has launched new information technologies based on quantum physics and neuroscience achievements. It is known that any cell contains information about the whole universe and is perceived by a person according to a hologram principle (“everything is in each part”). It is therefore possible to gain fundamentally new ways to obtain information.
Examples of Cutting-Edge Information Technologies
- Kinesiology (appeared in 1964, by George Joseph Goodhear) – information comes from the body more precisely from its muscles (plus fascia etc.).
- Linguistic-wave genetics (the early 1990s by Peter Garyaev) is the study of “How DNA speaks”.
- Systemic constellation (the end of 1970s by Thea Schönfelder and Les Kadis) – reception of information on all levels of human perception which are physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.
There are physical devices which trace the fundamental changes of a client’s biofield (its wave characteristics) after a systemic constellation.
Systemic constellation as a Cutting-Edge Information Technology – use of psychotherapy (soul therapy) with instruments of the Spirit.
By using systemic constellations we obtain unique and precise information about a client and his system. A client and people absolutely unfamiliar to him
(representative and constellator) receive the information in some miraculous way. It has been proven by numerous facts. It is like a kind of MRI of a client’s subconscious mind that extracts the information about the system from it. It is nothing more nor less than Cutting-Edge Information Technology. On the basis of my long experience (about nine thousand systemic constellations, approximately half of them were conducted in online groups) [1, 6]. I can say that this type of information may only come from above. However, any individual can identify this Source in accordance with his own views such as God, a Higher Dimension, the Universe, Destiny, etc.
Creation is based on hierarchy. It is only the superior that can form inferior! The Spirit creates its own form. Therefore, a soul therapy is most effectively implemented by spiritual instruments. Data from contemporary physics supports this point as higher spiritual frequencies can have a positive impact on lower ones such as intellectual, emotional and material. Information about this phenomenon is also stated in The Manifesto for a post-materialist study.
Genetic research studies and especially epigenetics provide information that the clients undergoing one or several similar therapy sessions as well as participants of constellation groups experienced genetic changes [1, 5]. (https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/howgeneswork/epigenome).
At IIS-Berlin an innovative physical instrument called WinAura Pro is used to conduct research on bio-field physical parameters of clients and participants of constellation groups, in particular, colour and wave characteristics of the bio-field. Numerous data indicate that the bio-field of the client as well as of the group participants and observers underwent fundamental changes (frequency vibrations) on a subconscious level.
This does not necessarily mean that we lead the client away from reality. Therefore, spiritually oriented psychotherapy should give high priority to questions of order, discipline, personal productivity, time management and completion of launched projects to result. The Systemic approach has a prominent place here.
Provided below are images from the video recording made by client N using the WinAura Pro device at one of the constellation seminars. These images illustrate the changes undergone by N during a systemic constellation session. The image is mirrored that is to say a client’s left-hand side is on the right and vice versa. On the left a colour shows a sort of inner light of the person. And on the right is how he shows himself. And the right shows us how he presents himself. The image on the right (picture 1.1) had been taken before the seminar started. In picture 1.1 we can see that on the left it is the yellow colour which dominates (colour of intelligence). And on the right the blue colour is predominant, it is the colour classically associated with the throat chakra. The most strained is the throat chakra, which is orange. And this client specifically came to solve the problem concerning his personal fulfilment, which is under the control of that energy centre. Apart from this, the client had frequent tonsillitis and thyroid gland problems.
The second image in picture 1.2. was taken during a break after N acted as a representative in the course another client’s constellation. We can see what the effect was due to his participation in the constellation with the result that the vibrations of all chakras increased significantly: with the throat colour changing from orange to yellow and from yellow to green and turquoise in most others and on the left.
The third image that is in picture 1.3. was taken after implementing of client N’s personal constellation. We can see how much his bio-field changed. The left and right sides became symmetrical, both of them had a light purple colour. Note that purple is the colour of spirit and white is the colour of balance, combining all the colours of the rainbow. The crown chakra that is the uppermost has an indigo colour, the throat is turquoise, the rest are blue and pale blue. And I have hundreds of photos like that with similar results. I have been dealing with similar work for eleven years and have collected sufficient statistics. Note that during the constellation all the participants change the colour of their bio-field, even those who were not a representative.
Constellation information field – primary characteristics: coherence (interconnection), trauma depth and constellations field size
The universe possesses an information field that is common for us all. As mentioned above any cell in our body possesses information on the entire universe. The client has access to his own field. The greater the volume of the field, the more information it possesses and the more accurate it is.
Each constellator creates their own area with a corresponding volume and size. The greater the field the clearer and higher quality the information the constellator receives.
We all exist in a four-dimension space: three physical dimensions and time. In a constellation we can draw information on the past and future of the client’s system into the present. It could be said that time is two-dimensional in constellations.
We can see that constellations materialise in five dimensions as a minimum. Experience shows that five dimensions are also insufficient: in a classical constellation a minimum of 6 dimensions are used (the 6th being the area of emotion and intellect). Indeed, systemic constellations are already something other than psychotherapy, it is not therapy of the soul but therapy of the spirit.
Spiritual vibrations are the highest frequency. They can be used to raise (heal) the lower vibrations of the intellect, emotions and body. The spirit can overcome any disease or grief. The spiritual space is the 7th and 8th dimensions. It is only there that it is possible to perform an effective constellation on severe trauma.
To enter the 7th and 8th dimensions the constellator must consistently work on themselves, on their traumas and their limitations: only those who fall low and work with their own deep traumas can obtain the resources required to rise higher and work in higher dimensions with the severe traumas of the client.
Integrated approach to short-term therapy of the psychological traumas of people, families and societies – the BEMS-Model (Body-Emotions-Mind-Spirit)
Any of the client’s problems can be regarded as the consequences of his own trauma or trauma of his kin. Standard methods of treating psychological trauma contain serious disadvantages – long duration, significant material costs (given that the client has little strength and commonly lacks work and funds); the client will not notice any progress for a long time. The result – aggravation of symptoms and retraumatisation.
Our conclusion: truly helping this sort of client requires abandoning work via small “homeopathic doses” and taking large steps with him. Thus, the question becomes one of the possibility of short-term therapy of severe trauma.
It is known that all trauma splits personality, distorts the person’s view of themselves, others and the world. Parts of their personality get stuck in the trauma and the client, as a rule, disavows them. The task of the therapist is to help the client find these parts, accept them, love them and integrate them into themselves. The task of an integrative trauma-therapy is the restoration of the personality in its entirety, from body and emotion to intellect and spirit. My “BEMS-Model or 4-part model of the Body-Emotions-Mind-Spirit” serves this purpose (the method is over 12 years old and has been repeatedly demonstrated by me and my students at IIS-Berlin) [1, 3, 4]. The method was developed on the basis of personal therapeutic, spiritual (this includes theological) and constellations experience for the purpose of working with serious traumas caused by events such as rape, incest and painful loss.
Work with the inner parts of a personality such as body, emotions, mind and spirit allow the client to observe himself from the side, to observe the traumatised parts. It further allows the therapist to avoid the client’s subconscious resistance and find the optimal resources, which will allow them to provide harmonious interaction between these parts and restore integrity. All this in a short period of time.
The model consists of:
Body – the physical body.
Emotion – everything in the psychological sphere.
Intellect – the mind and logical thought.
Spirit – the most powerful and mysterious Force in man, the highest vibrations of the human personality, a sense of inner religiosity, intuition, love, compassion etc. Spirit takes the central place within the model. A strong spirit is that which gives one the strength to act even when one is very afraid; when everyone around you disagrees. But the individual with a strong spirit knows what must be done and does it.
The structural constellation format allows us to observe the inner parts of a client, including the spirit. A representative is chosen for each inner part from the people and objects in the room as well as a focus for the personality of the client for the purposes of the given request (a problem or situation). Each figure finds itself a place within the space provided.
The arrangement of the parts is used to analyse which parts are traumatised and how deep the trauma is, then the method by which this should be treated is chosen (collaboratively with the client). Before the work begins it is important to orient the space and direct it towards the will of the client’s highest power: God, Fate, the Universe etc. The direction can also simply be Life.
Next, the spirit figure is introduced and the direction it is facing is noted. Often, in the presence of severe trauma it looks in the opposite direction of the higher power’s will or life. Which is to say towards death. Immediately after the introduction of the spirit figure it becomes apparent what the real issue of the request was and what exactly needs to be worked on.
Orientation towards the highest power allows us to look at the difficult situation and understand why these events happened and why they are important to the client.
Having understood why he “carries a burden” the client can, through gratitude; move onto a new level and transform blind love (loyalty) into a conscious one, obtain the resources of his kin and become happy.
We call this kind of work spiritually-oriented constellation or spiritually-oriented psychotherapy [2, 3, 4]. A spiritually-oriented constellation can be regarded as not only a psychotherapy but also a spiritual therapy. This is because an orientation “towards life” allows for work on a spiritual level.
The role of the Intellect as defender within difficult dynamics
From my observations it follows that when all other parts fall apart and/or sink into trauma the intellect stands firm like Andersen’s steadfast tin soldier and takes on the responsibility of the defensive role, protecting the life and psyche of the individual.
The “Intellect” figure is generally larger than the other parts (its mental layout being disproportionately developed compared to the other parts). The intellect’s control helps the individual not to sink too deeply into trauma.
Turning to the intellect for help is important if a difficult dynamic becomes obvious during the treatment process – for example incest, physical or sexual assault within the family – that is difficult for the client to accept (loyalty intervenes, especially if the aggressor is a family member). It is important for the client to accept that this is the heavy price for their life. Only after this acceptance can he gradually allow himself to feel. After it has effectively completed its task the Intellect “diminishes” and takes a more harmonious position in relation to other parts.
An Intellectual bridge over the chasm of trauma An example of a resolving phrase in the case of incest
To give an example a client can say to their great-grandfather, who sexually assaulted his own daughter:
“Dear great-grandfather, I see all the difficult things you have experienced. And my soul shudders, because it cannot accept this. But in my mind I understand that if there had not been such a situation, I wouldn’t have been born. And I bless you for my life that was given to me at such high costs. And I bow low, with all my love and respect, to all the difficult things you have experienced, to such a high price you have had to pay for my life (there I usually explain that it is much more difficult for a person to be an aggressor than a just man)”.
When the client thinks over the meaning of the words that establish the fact that if there had been no incest, this girl would have married another man and the client might not have been born at all, he has an insight and gathers his strength to bow (I saw this in my constellations many times). After bowing to his ancestry, the client “diminishes”, comes down from his pedestal, is able to face the aggressor (rapist) and attain the corresponding resources. Then we can say that the client’s Mind was transformed from being a guardian to being a co-worker.
In some cases the spirit can take on the controlling function. The Spirit does this much more intensively than the intellect and while doing so experiences the same increase in dimensions in relation to the other parts.
In my experience people with particularly difficult dynamics are often very spiritual. It is very difficult to work with such clients but this model helps us do so as it shows an individual that their spirit is, as a rule, extremely distant from the other parts, especially body and emotion. The spirit sets the tone for the other parts: all of the inner parts are, in the end, oriented around spirit.
Extension of our capabilities to treat severe trauma while oriented towards Spirit: Clarity, precision, energy
The systemic-constellation format allows us to observe the inner parts of a client’s personality, including their spirit. A representative is chosen for this role, one who communicates what they feel. The therapist, client and group observe their movements.
Before beginning it is important to orient the space and direct it at the client’s values – the highest will: God, Fate, Universe (the terminology is given by the client). The direction can be simply “Life”.
Immediately after the introduction of the spirit figure it becomes apparent that:
- What is truly behind the request
- What are the real obstacles to progress in life
- How can the difficult (including the difficulties of family members) be transformed into a resource (Aikido)
- How to best accept the acquired resource and integrate it into one’s life
From here we can perform a systemic constellation in the required format. Other psycho-therapeutic methods can also be used.
Implementation of the 4D model in working with requests: the algorithm
- Performance of a preliminary test to fix the placement and well-being of all the inner parts of the client and his focus.
- Continuation of the interview, allowing all figures free movement. This allows for more precise observation of the client’s reactions to whichever subjects and to evaluate the degree and form of their influence on the client. In case of difficulties in formulating a request and a lack of energy within it the final effectiveness of the work, in whichever direction, needs to be checked.
- Introduction of the “Figure of good result” (of the resource), which can be obtained via successfully working with a given request. Ask all the figures to; take a vital resource from it, get a feel for their new condition and find a fitting place for themselves within the constellation field.
- If there are several request variations they should all be checked sequentially, taking note of how the integrity of the client changes in each case.
- Comparison of the position and well-being of the parts and focus with the pretest variant and drawing of conclusions about the effectiveness of the constellation for each variant.
Orientation towards the spiritual values or highest power of the client allows the therapist to use systemic constellations to successfully treat severe traumas such as: some types of schizophrenia, lupus erythematosus, tuberculosis, hepatitis C and other systemic psychosomatic disorders such as cancer, infertility, sexual traumas and other difficult dynamics [1, 3, 4]. Feedback can be found on the website of my institute, IIS-Berlin https://iis–berlin.ru/en/feedback/.
Orienting the systemic constellation around the spiritual dimension helps the client not to simply get rid of their difficulties, which is impossible due to conservation of energy, but to transform the difficulties into resources. In my 10 years of experience with this method I have learned that the deeper the trauma, the greater the resources gained from it. To express this figuratively, we turn a hole into a mountain, and the height of the mountain is equal to the depth of the hole. Due to this the individual truly understands why we should “be thankful for everything” .
This same framework can be used not only for personal trauma but for family, group, and societal trauma. To do this we choose 4 parts and a focus of the family, group or society in question. However, the definition of some of these concepts may pose some difficulty. The easiest to define is the group’s Spirit – this is the values of the group. By orienting the space around the client’s highest power in conformity with their values and the values of the group we help the client correctly define the goal of the procedure.
Working with groups is much more difficult than working with a single person as it leads to a certain multi-dimensionality. At present IIS-Berlin has the experience to state that this procedure is highly effective. Feedback on our work can be found on our website.
Conception of education “Integrated spiritually-oriented approach to integrity restoration and support of psychological health of people, families and society”
The training program for this specialisation can be found on the OPPL website.
It is designated as:
- Educational – for psychologists, psychotherapists, coaches, medical doctors, social workers, mentors and others interested in the spiritual aspects of psychotherapy.
- Therapeutic – for clients with various symptoms, problems and difficult dynamics that are difficult to treat using standard methods of psychotherapy.
We strive to ensure that our students are not only highly qualified in the theoretical and practical aspects but also develop a certain internal position involving, first and foremost, a spiritual orientation in their work. This requires not only professionalism but also the recognition of their work as a spiritual endeavour.
We believe that it is as important to develop the intuition and sensory capabilities of our students as their ability to quickly “ground” themselves, exist in the moment, empathise with the client in an impartial manner and to keep balance while working with difficult dynamics.
Especial attention is given to teaching skills related to the safety of the therapist, client and group. To draw energy from one’s work is the best prevention of professional burnout.
The program includes an overview of the most modern methods and instruments – integrated methods that combine systemic constellations and other forms of spiritually-oriented psychotherapy such as the use of the BEMS-Model. The program is oriented towards the immediate integration of new knowledge and practical ability. Participants will begin working with real clients from the very first module.
Example of working with a hidden trauma caused by sexual assault at 5 years of age
Client E, female, Mainz, Germany, 60 years old. Psychologist, systemic constellator, manager of the DGfS regional group. Divorced many years, outlived two children, only one child remaining, an adult son, has grandchildren.
The work took place within the framework of my training seminar for the regional group of systemic constellators in Rheinland-Pfalz . During the first day we worked with a small group under her management. E’s request – to find a partner. Up to this time she had taken on a motherly role in relation to the men in her life.
Start of the therapy using the author’s method of working with trauma – the following figures were introduced: Body, Emotion, Intellect and Spirit as well as a representative for E’s Focus in the context of her request.
Only three participants took on the role of representatives therefore I used objects in the room and stood in for some “roles”. When I stood in as the Focus I felt as if I was 5 years old. But E could not remember anything noteworthy about herself at 5 years old at that moment. Emotions immediately lay down and two separate dynamics came from it. The first in regard to her grandmother, the second to the client’s childhood. The grandmother had lost three sons, one out of a pair of twins during childbirth, a second in war and the third, the client’s father, to disease (he was 40 years of age). E had lost two adult daughters and it became clear that this was a case of “I am no better than you”. E only saved her son (for her grandmother) and lost two daughters.
When the grandmother was introduced into the constellation, she lay down next to emotions. Emotion, however, stood up after E spoke a phrase along the lines of “Thank you, dearest grandmother, for giving me life at such a price”. Only part of E’s emotions stood, however. In that moment E’s representative felt and displayed two parts – the first pointed to a connection to her grandmother, the second at a connection to E at the age of 5.
E told the following story. In her early childhood she was her father’s little princess. But after (most likely at 6 years of age or somewhat earlier, when children begin school or kindergarten) she stained a wall with ink and her father punished her severely, beating her. E did not understand why something so small upset her father that much. From that point on he began to use beatings as punishment.
“From that point on I stopped being his princess – said E sadly. In that moment I again felt 5 years old and… that I was sexually abused (I had thought that I was becoming delusional, but given my experience in working with sexual assault I forced myself to stay in the moment). I, of course, said nothing out loud, such information requires double checking in any event.
The intellect stood “steadfast as a tin soldier” and did not allow anyone near emotion, who began to slowly turn towards life.
Standing in as emotion I understood that it was important for me examine something on a chair – a rolled up piece of cloth, like a ribbon. I asked E to simply come over and look.
When carefully examining the ribbon with the client I suddenly felt sexual assault.
E suddenly said “I REMEMBER, AT 5 YEARS OLD I WAS HOSPITALISED. A throat operation”. Then she stood still for about 10 seconds, paled and quietly said “AN ORDERLY THERE VIOLATED ME… tall, in white scrubs.” I exhaled, everything lined up, what I felt and the facts which E remembered.
Everyone present was stunned, something miraculous had happened before our very eyes. After only 40 minutes of therapy the client remembered such an event… In that moment emotion and spirit turned towards life.
E quickly added that from that point on she had felt dirty, stained and ashamed. Before she simply could not understand where this feeling came from, but now everything fell into place. We understood at the same time as she did why she stopped being her father’s little princess and why he started beating her for no reason.
After several resolving phrases and bows she thanked God, fate and her aggressor in spite of everything. E understood that if this had not happened, she would have married a different man and would have had her children and grandchildren. Her whole life would have been different.
The next day before a session, she said that feelings of worth, happiness and fulfilment that she had not felt in a long time had returned to her and that she is attempting to get used to this new state.
This is undoubtedly a beginning, she still has a long way to go. After such stories serious work is needed in the area of accepting one’s body and I recommended finding a good therapist to accomplish this.
The given example of using the 4-part model shows how effectively and swiftly it is possible to work with such childhood traumas.
After half a year, E called and informed me that she felt well and certain, her feelings of causeless guilt had almost disappeared and she felt more feminine. She noticed changes in her body: she became more relaxed, old gynaecological problems began to disappear, her chest felt warmer, her frozen inner child was brought back to life, she felt happiness and ease and was getting male attention. Three months ago she found herself a partner and is happy with him and is considering marriage.
The human body is a powerful resonator. It can resonate with other people and the universe. This is widely used in areas such as kinesiology, physically-oriented psychotherapy, systemic constellations etc. Therefore, an important task of spiritually-oriented psychotherapy is to integrate various kinds of short-term psychotherapies, combining the creative abilities of the body (breathing, sound and shades of emotion) with the heights of intellect (mathematics, physics…) and spirit. It is at the intersection of various fields, forms and methods of work that something new is created. We are called to connect the best of that which has been achieved by humanity in the fields of science, art, philosophy and religion (multiconfessionalism, openness and respect to other faithful are important here) with the goal of obtaining, for each given person, psychological health, specifically peace and harmony within oneself, others, the Universe and the highest power (however the client expresses it).
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