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Rather, this is a study of the life stories, as told by the participants, to find if there are common themes that have influenced them to become spiritual healers, and how they experience doing their work. She tried this strategy in small ways in her own life, and found it worked Choquette, I am receptive to vision. Woodworth Etter — , held mass healing rallies in the Midwest with devoted believers prostrate at her feet. Getting any new ideas? The more you accept who you are.
I am not questioning their beliefs. I accept them. Literature Review This literature review grounds the narrative analysis of the life stories of ten spiritual healers within two specific areas of research. The first area of research traces the study of lives in the literature, primarily through psychobiography in psychology as an antecedent to the development of narrative analysis in the social sciences.
The second area of research reveals the historical record of spiritual healers as interpreted through archaeology, anthropology, and mythology. These two areas of research are then tied to reviews of the life stories of three famous contemporary spiritual healers: Through their published interviews, biographies and autobiographies, each of these three women has identified the threads in her life that led her to do this type of work.
Their life stories are included as they may reflect themes that also occur within the life stories of the participants in this research. The Study of Lives in the Literature The study of lives has fallen in and out of favor over the past century. The work of expanding scientific research models that are sensitive to the qualitative, less controllable features of living our lives has been the task of passionate psychobiographers Elms, ; Erikson, , , ; Freud, ; Jung, ; Murray, ; Runyan, , , ; Schultz, ; White, , Gergen, Josselson, and Freeman , point out that the new APA journal, Qualitative Psychology, further encourages qualitative investigations, such as research into the life stories of individuals and groups about which little is known, emphasizing a gap in the literature.
The study of contemporary spiritual healers fits this category. It is into this respectful climate for the study of lives that I have undertaken this study.
History of the Study of Lives in the Literature Our human fascination with the stories of lives, both our own and those of others, is evident throughout human history, through the oral traditions of the ancients Echo- Hawk, , cave art Gimbutas, , and the relevance of the vast mythologies of the past that Joseph Campbell so beautifully integrated into the living of our everyday lives Campbell, , , Two thousand years ago Plutarch 45 — AD wrote a series of biographical essays that includes Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and many other famous political and historical personalities Plutarch, Clough, In modern and post-modern times, through the application of psychological theories and qualitative research methods, psychobiography and narrative analysis have brought the popular literature genres of biography, autobiography and memoir into psychological and social science research.
How do we determine the difference between psychobiography and biography? Psychobiography or Biography? In other words, psychobiography uses the lens of an accepted psychological theory to interpret the life story of a subject. Biography, in contrast, usually portrays the entire life span of the subject without using a formal or accepted psychological theory in the analysis.
The psychobiographies chosen for The Handbook of Psychobiography are considered exemplary, and are categorized as the life stories of artists, psychologists, and political figures Schultz, , further highlighting the need for expansion into many other areas of human endeavor Achor, The subjects of psychobiography have traditionally been deceased, requiring research into public documents, books, articles, private journals and manuscripts.
Famous historical figures often have had several psychobiographies written about them, from a handful in the case of chess player Bobby Fisher Ponterotto, , to over 60, historical, non-theological, mostly biographical studies of the life of Jesus Anderson, How is she like all other human beings, like just some other human beings, and finally, how is she unique from all others? What is her own personality identity Murray, ? The psychobiographer must gather as much information as possible, continually going back into that data until the mystery is solved.
Researcher biases, including the psychological theory chosen for analysis, are to be made clear to the reader right from the beginning Elms, ; Ponterotto, Pitfalls in Psychobiography A major pitfall identified within psychobiography is a focus on pathology where none exists. According to Schultz, psychobiography is meant to read like a good mystery, where rich evidence leads to the solution in the conclusion Schultz, ; Ponterotto, Psychology before Sigmund Freud Johann Christian August Heinroth was the first professor of psychiatry and psychology in the western world, preceding Freud by 80 years.
He also introduced psychobiography to his field. Over a century ago Freud wrote his psychobiography of Leonardo da Vinci Freud, Psychobiographies of Freud take the reader outside of the professional image of the physician and psychiatrist and examine details of his personal life. We learn that he believed his relationship with his mother caused him issues with intimate areas of his life Elms, He had travel phobias and fainted in the presence of male friends he admired. Addicted to smoking twenty or thirty cigars daily, he died in from an overdose of morphine used to treat the pain from his oral cancer.
Some think this may have been a suicide Sheppard, Freud made substantial contributions to the study of lives and to the continuing development of psychological theories. It is also important to recognize the influence of the sexual repression of the Victorian era in which he formed his theories Schultz, He deeply explored his own psyche. Jung revealed a deep inner life in his autobiography Later, when the facsimile of his personal journal was translated and published, The Red Book, even deeper revelations of his personal inner world shed light on the nature of the theories he developed regarding the unconscious, collective unconscious, the anima and animus, shadow, and the archetypes Jung, Jung openly described the psychic connection he had with his mother beginning in childhood and continuing throughout his life.
As both a private person and as a psychiatrist, he made lengthy notes and drawings detailing his lengthy sessions spent in dialog with beings that he experienced as fully present with him, having physical appearances, well developed personalities, histories, brilliant ideas, opinions and stories. Instead, Jung theorized a collective unconscious, filled with archetypal characters that influence human development.
The Cultural Historical Climate of the Early 20th Century The Industrial Revolution peaked by the end of the 19th Century, resulting in a newly monied class emerging as a result of the success of industry. These were people with time on their hands and money to spend.
They were being lured through corporate advertising to turn away from the entrenched culture of the Protestant Work Ethic to a new Consumer Culture. This new focus on consumerism, while encouraging the development and purchase of products to fill leisure time, also included a push toward personal growth and development to be achieved specifically through psychological therapy Lear, The surrealist movement encouraged a rebellion against rigid traditions.
Writers Andre Breton — and Phillippe Soupault — used the works psychologists Frederic Myers — , Theodore Flournoy — and Pierre Janet — in their fiction. Yeats — used spiritualistic automatic writing to compose poetry. Henry A. Murray — Henry A. Murray was an avid psychobiographer of Herman Melville. As assistant director, and then as the director of the Harvard Psychological Clinic beginning in , Murray theorized that personality is based on both hidden and obvious needs that are influenced by external pressures, with patterns that develop around these themes.
Murray opened himself to become the subject of psychobiography when he invited Frank Robinson to interview him over the course of many years, and revealed his most private life of which few of his contemporaries were aware. He opened his personal journals and other documents to Robinson with the terms that he and other significant people in his life would no longer be living prior to its publication.
The TAT continues in use today, based on the theory that individuals project their fantasies onto objective stimuli Robinson, Murray grew up among the most privileged in New York Society. He was educated in the best schools, and his optimistic, charismatic nature carried him through his entire life as a favorite of many. He felt unloved by his mother who preferred his older sister, but was quite close to his father and his younger brother.
He was an avid athlete and exemplary volunteer, but a mediocre student until he discovered his first intellectual passion in diagnostic medicine with Dr. He married his college sweetheart, Josephine, as he began medical school, and they soon had a daughter.
He studied and wrote about Melville for the rest of his life, but never published his work. During this same trip, he began an affair with Christiana Morgan who introduced him to Carl Jung, whose psychological theories fascinated them both. Robert W. White made a major contribution to psychobiography with his longitudinal study of three unrelated living individuals. Their personal identities were kept anonymous, and the study began when the participants were college students.
He followed up with them 5—10 years later, and again near their 50th birthdays, applying psychohistory and psychobiography to understand the development of their life stories through time White, Building on Murray, White theorized that a wide diversity of social, biological and developmental factors impacted personality development. He also emphasized the theory of adult development of personality being formulated at that time by Erik Erikson Erikson, Coles, rather than the psychoanalytic or Freudian perspective.
He theorized that human beings continue to develop psychologically throughout their life spans, and that each developmental stage of life presents an archetypal dilemma or identity crisis, similar to the stressors theorized by Murray. How one coped with the dilemma of each stage resulted in strengths or weaknesses in the development of personality Erikson, Erikson was a young artist in Europe when he met Anna Freud and trained with her as a psychotherapist.
He studied with Native Americans in the Northwest, learning about their history, lives and culture. Erikson worked closely with his wife, Joan, crediting conversations with her as the initial inspiration for his ideas Erikson, Runyan was especially interested in ideas Robert White had proposed about psychology as public practice. The use of psychology to help people within social contexts rather than exclusively in private practice was timely.
It was a volatile period in American history with opposition to the Viet Nam War bringing hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets. The Civil Rights movement was raising both awareness and fear in American cities. Feminism and the demand for gender equality in all areas of society re-entered the awareness of women in America Freidan, His focus on psychobiography was met with opposition at Harvard, and he found his greatest supporters in Murray and White, who had retired by that time, yet were still available to students.
What could he have had in mind? Runyan was a graduate student at Harvard when he first met Murray in He admired Murray greatly, found him charismatic and inspiring, and imagined him to be on a par with Freud or Jung. Josselson has done exactly that with an analysis of the relationship of Murray and Morgan as told by each of their psychobiographers, Robinson and Douglas, and analyzes the authors themselves This presents a unique spiral of research into life stories involving psychobiographers and narrative researchers themselves.
Daniel Levinson — Daniel Levinson was the first psychobiographer to publish a study the lives of women. My research has added an additional twenty-five-year period of historical and cultural change. I realized much of what I thought was so unique in my experience was actually shared by generations of women, within a shifting cultural, historical environment.
Because of this, I will go into some detail about their study. The Levinsons studied forty-five women in their late teens to mid-forties in the mids. They were divided into 3 categories: As late teens and young adults, Traditional Homemakers were looking for marriage and children, managing the home, and not entering the workforce, with the husband and father as the breadwinner. Both groups of Career Women — Academics and Corporate, were looking at having it all: This study focused on the stage of Early Adulthood from age 17 — During the Early Adult Transition period, between 17 and 22, Traditional Homemakers differed greatly from Career Women when they pictured what their adult lives would be.
However, the actual events and experiences of Early Adulthood through age 45 rarely resembled those earlier imaginings and plans for either of the groups Levinson, The women who desired to be Traditional Homemakers found it difficult to sustain their vision as the values and social structures that had supported this life style changed rapidly during the s Levinson, The egalitarian life style that Career Women in this study valued, entering male professions as equals, family life, childcare, housework and finances, ideally shared between husband and wife, were also not yet supported by the slowly changing culture and institutions of the time Levinson, The women in each of these groups felt limited and dissatisfied.
By age 40, most of these women were changing their priorities and moving into the unknown Levinson, Levinson found a prevalence of gender splitting in the lives of the women in his study Levinson, He attributed this largely to the nature of patriarchal society, which is maintained by casting women as subordinate to men in all areas of life Levinson, We will revisit this within the history of women healers in the next section of this chapter Achterberg, Women had been voting in the U.
An entire generation worldwide was invited to open to ancient ways of knowing, to inner being, where soul and spirit are ever present. Both the Traditional Homemakers and Career Academic and Corporate groups of women experienced suffering and joy, ranging from bitter struggles for survival to the struggle for greater meaning and self-fulfillment. Overall, the study revealed intense hardship, anguish, and traumatic experiences that included major difficulties with marriage, motherhood, personal relationships and occupations Levinson, , loc of Levinson believed that the participants represented a garden variety cross section of worlds within our society and that the focus of the interviews did not emphasize problems or troubles Levinson, Gender splitting may explain why there was so much misery expressed by the women in this study Levinson, The research subjects did not discuss spiritual awareness or guidance, or it may not have been included in the report, if they did.
Popular Psychology In the late s psychology entered mainstream media in a major way. McAdams developed a life story model of identity, defining identity as an internalized life story McAdams, a. Narrative Research Narrative research is a method used to study and analyze life stories without using a psychological theory for interpretation. The nature of narrative research and its applications to this study are explained in the Methods Chapter of this dissertation.
Some of the women healers in her study described experiences while doing their work that would also be spiritual healing, because it involved prayer, reaching out to angels, guides, and a creator. She found six common themes that stood out for her in the lives of the women healers she interviewed for her study Pelicci, , p. Most important was that a healer needed a support network that allowed her to learn and develop her healing abilities Pelicci, This often included deeply personal physical and emotional healing.
Next, on-going learning and personal transformation were consistently pursued to continue the development of her healing skills Pelicci, Nature was identified as a teacher and a tool for learning. An integral approach to healing was taken, incorporating how all of the body, the mind, the emotions, and the spirit aspects of a human being come together Pelicci, Pelicci found that energy was seen as a universal language, where all the areas of life can communicate and bring healing and balance to all parts of the whole Pelicci, Finally, she found her participants had purpose driven lives Pelicci, They were called to their healing journey and practice like it was a mission that became the context in which the rest of their lives unfurled.
Pelicci and Reynolds both suggest through their research findings that much of what licensed psychology diagnoses as mental illness may actually carry the potential for breakthrough and growth Pelicci, ; Reynolds, Nicole Reynolds studied the life stories of three individuals who experienced spiritual emergency as described in the work of Stan and Christina Grof S.
Grof, Their work illustrates a view of human experience under- represented in the literature. The participants reported eventually healing themselves by their own inner processes, which involved self-acceptance.
Reynolds and Pelicci join other researchers Benor, ; Schwartz, , in calling for further studies into healing and non-ordinary states of consciousness. This study of the lives of spiritual healers also answers their calls.
Today, there are psychologists Currivan, ; Keeney, ; Stone, , anthropologists Harner, , Villoldo, , scientists and physicists Brennan, , ; Peat, that have become spiritual and shamanic healers, integrating these concepts into their traditional professions.
The history of spiritual healers is actually the history of all healers, the vast majority who have been women, throughout pre-history and recorded history, until the 17th Century ushered in the scientific revolution Achterberg, To provide this history, I draw on the phenomenal archaeological discoveries and interpretations of Marija Gimbutas — and the sociological, historical research into women healers of Jeanne Achterberg — The archaeological discoveries that have been made thus far reveal that during this time, women were the primary healers in their communities and flourished under a female deity or deities, goddess or goddesses, all over the world Gimbutas, The discoveries of tools, artifacts, statues, and decorated pottery show that women were continually associated with nature and the mysteries of reproduction and birth Gimbutas, The original creation myth, where the world was born from the goddess alone, is evident in these stone-age discoveries.
The original creation myth, where the world was born from the goddess alone, was followed by the second, where the goddess and the god joined together to birth the world.
Later, the third creation myth shows that a male warrior god fashioned the world from the body of the goddess. And finally, the fourth creation myth shows the world as the creation of a male warrior god, with the female being irrelevant Campbell, These changes in the creation myth, corroborated by the archaeological findings from these earlier eras, illuminate the deliberate suppression of woman and the feminine, by men, motivated by the compulsion for power over nature, power in politics and power through the economics of men Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, Earlier in this chapter this fourth stage is described as gender splitting, the patriarchy, and the domination of women by men Levinson, The Danes Archaeological discoveries in Denmark are an important point of reference for events worldwide, because its cooler climate and the surrounding sea isolated the culture of the goddess so that it continued rather longer than in the rest of Europe Gimbutas, The demise of the goddess coincided with natural disasters, cataclysmic geological events, and wars Gimbutas, The Danish Goddess Nerthus had reigned peacefully for years Gimbutas, In BC there were severe drops in temperature and the Scandinavian glaciers advanced Gimbutas, Over the next few hundred years rising seas destroyed harbors and people moved their villages to higher ground to survive Achterberg, The simple metal jewelry pieces of peasants, as well as the amber, gold, silver and bronze jewels of royalty were found in the bogs and were interpreted as ritual offerings Gimbutas, Nerthus did not bring back the beauty of the natural world Gimbutas, While the Danes were well isolated from the advancing Roman Empire, marauding tribes began to invade the weakened area Gimbutas, The gods of war, Thor and Odin, replaced Nerthus and the offerings left in the bogs changed to artifacts of war Gimbutas, Many Danes migrated to Switzerland and France Achterberg, By AD, Christianity had advanced into the region and the ways of the goddess were outlawed Achterberg, Visits to the healing springs and the sacred stones, and rituals to the old gods and goddesses, were systematically replaced with Christian practices, although Denmark was not officially Christian until 1, AD Gimbutas, However, even with these changes, Danish women continued to own property, practice in the healing professions, and obtain divorces.
In contrast, women in Greece, Rome, and Iraq had very few rights Achterberg, The Greeks Ancient Greece left a rich history of gods, goddesses, and the flourishing of women healers. Archaeological discoveries show that women healers had pharmacies of powerful pain relief and mood altering botanicals and developed surgical techniques Gimbutas, ; Achterberg, The Hippocratic Oath, taken by physicians to this day, is recited to Asclepius, his wife and his two daughters Achterberg, Patients entered the Abaton, or primary healing room of the temple, and went into a special kind of sleep or altered state.
The gods and goddesses then worked on healing them Achterberg, Around BC, coinciding with the environmental cataclysms of northern Europe, environmental catastrophes impacted Greece Gimbutas, The Greek fathers of medicine preferred the use of surgery and strong medications Achterberg, They ignored prevention, which included sanitation, nutrition, and prescriptions for healthy living that could be practiced by any person and within families and at the community level, without profit to physicians Achterberg, A priestess, called the Pythia, served for life.
Sitting on a stool that had a python wrapped around its base, the Pythia divined information about the past and the future Achterberg, Later, this shrine was reassigned to the god Apollo, who legends say had to kill the python Achterberg, Images around the shrine depict women Amazons fighting men Gimbutas, Archaeological evidence shows the worldwide destruction and smashing of artifacts honoring the goddesses Gimbutas, ; Achterberg, While women still practiced medicine and contributed to the field, most documentation of their work and writings was quickly hidden and attributed to men Achterberg, Queen Artemisia BC discovered the curative attributes of wormwood, and several women wrote medical books.
Achterberg, Agnodice dressed as a man so she could work publicly as a physician Achterberg, Even as botanical and biological science continued to develop, healing prescriptions generally included a spiritual component, primarily through prayer, invoking the help of the gods and goddesses Achterberg, Roman women were highly skilled as healers and were often from wealthy families Achterberg, They practiced openly during the first two centuries of the Christian era, supported by the teachings of Jesus, who worked with women, supported equality, and presented a challenge to the prevailing status quo of female inferiority Achterberg, ; Dowling, In AD, the Church wrote a new testament that removed all of the female and mothering aspects of God Achterberg, And yet in AD Fabiola founded the first public civilian hospital, and her friend and Christian colleague, Paula, founded a hospital for Jews.
Until around AD, Roman women healers could practice with little interference Achterberg, As the Roman Empire fell, the bubonic plague spread throughout Europe, carried by fleas brought by marauding tribes.
Soon the plague was compounded by small pox Achterberg, As the Dark Ages advanced, with increasingly poor sanitation and nutrition, just staying alive was a challenge. Women healers in these times were herbalists and used heuristic methods Achterberg, They passed on their healing traditions orally. During the Dark Ages much of the previously handwritten medical knowledge was destroyed in the frequent sacking and burning of libraries in the great cities Achterberg, Medical ingredients included human and animal body parts and excretions, as well as herbs and element Achterberg, When ordinary healers could not help, a local wise woman, who practiced secretively, had the potent and dangerous medicines associated with poisons and abortions Achterberg, Women were now healers, midwives, teachers, brewers, barbers, carpenters, lace makers, and more Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, They had moved from unpaid laborers to valued members of society, although they were paid less than men Achterberg, Most cities had one large public bath for everyone, while wealthy homes had their own tubs Achterberg, Trenches carried waste to rivers, and castles had simple sewers Achterberg, The relationship between sanitation and health had been forgotten, and most children died before they turned two Achterberg, , Gimbutas, The nobles and clergy suffered from the diseases of gluttony: These diseases are prevalent in all economic sectors of society in the Western world today Hyman, The most prescribed treatment in the High Middle Ages was to be bled by a male physician four or five times annually Achterberg, The poor and hard-working peasants had polluted water to drink, and suffered with dysentery, malaria epilepsy, influenza, diphtheria, typhoid, and skin diseases, including leprosy Achterberg, During this time, England closed the doors of medical education to women, and only men could be listed as licensed physicians in cities Achterberg, Dental care consisted of tooth pullers at county fairs, with the exception of the few who knew advanced Arab dentistry Achterberg, With few physicians available, the Noble Lady of the Manor served as doctor and pharmacist Achterberg, She had knowledge of herbs and basic first aid, and used wine and the sterile egg whites for antiseptics Achterberg, Midwifery was the exclusive domain of women healers, yet their skills were diminished from the higher levels of previous centuries when they knew how to turn a child in the womb and perform caesarian sections Achterberg, Jewish scribes translated the Arabic into Latin, and from there, Christians translated the texts into many languages Achterberg, This rediscovered medical knowledge resulted in the opening of new medical schools.
The most famous school was in Salerno, Italy, the great hub and port for pilgrims returning from Palestine Achterberg, Greeks, Jews, and Arabs, including men and women, were on the faculty and in the student body Achterberg, While a Christian institution, the medical information being taught originated from the times of Earth based spirituality Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, It was one of the only medical schools to remain open to women for centuries Achterberg, Trotula of Salerno, a woman physician, was the most distinguished teacher of the school during her time Achterberg, She wrote many medical books including studies of obstetrics and gynecology Achterberg, Later attempts to discredit her prolific work and assign a male author were unsuccessful Achterberg, Prescriptions of the time included rituals, chants and prayers with various items that seem odd to modern medicine, although many of the same herbs and salves are used in medicine today Achterberg, ; Bellebuono, The Pope promised absolution, a guarantee of entry into heaven, for all Catholics who went to the Holy Land Achterberg, Many women and entire families died trying to make this journey Achterberg, Millions of wounded and dying needed medical help.
The Church stepped in to meet this need Achterberg, John of Jerusalem Hospitalers was formed Achterberg, In the s the Order of Lazarus was formed to help lepers Achterberg, The Knights Templar was also formed at this time Achterberg, Many women served in nursing type conditions under the supervision of a male physician Achterberg, Infirmaries, hospitals and clinics were operating in war conditions with little medical knowledge Achterberg, The Church opened hospitals for patient care staffed by nuns who served as nurses Achterberg, The French royal family sponsored large gothic hospitals that featured adequate ventilation and drainage Achterberg, There are estimates that , nuns were serving as nurses in the Orders of the Catholic Church by the end of the 13th Century Achterberg, Healing roles became more defined, and male physicians formed guilds, identified by their healing tools of lancets, pills, and saws Achterberg, The pathway for women healers was through the Church Achterberg, This could be a good life for women.
Hildegard of Bingen, prolific writer and composer, is a famous Abbess among many abbesses that were healers in this time Achterberg, ; Brewer, Women healers had great freedom to practice during the High Middle Ages Achterberg, The 13th — 18th Centuries Archaeological findings from the 13th Century show another period of environmental catastrophe, similar to that of BC Denmark Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, Plagues raged across Europe, the northern hemisphere cooled, and the glaciers advanced along with rising seas Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, Starvation and plagues decimated the population Achterberg, ; Gimbutas, In October a dozen Genoese ships filled with dying men brought the bubonic plague, a disease that killed its victims within three days Achterberg, Nearly one-half of the European population perished Achterberg, Because men died more often, women were suspected of using magic to survive or to cause the deaths of men Achterberg, By bubonic plague had killed one-third of the remaining population, which was also struggling with syphilis, leprosy, small pox, measles, and sweating sickness Achterberg, Many starving and frightened people looked for help to their Church and instead were betrayed by that same Church, lured by forces of greed and the desire for increasing power Achterberg, The Church owned one-third of the landmass of Europe, largely acquired through the dowries of the wealthy when their daughters became nuns Achterberg, With the image of a masculine god, the doctrine of Original Sin, and charges of dualism or devil worship, the systematic persecution of women began within, and was enforced by the Church Achterberg, The demeaned position of women profited economic and political interests by providing the free labor of women and eliminating them as competition in the healing professions Achterberg, Original Sin We may wonder just what this is.
According to the Church, Eve seduced Adam to eat the apple from the one tree that God had forbidden to them. This is the Original Sin Achterberg, For this sin, the Church claimed that women deserved the pains of childbirth, the shame of nakedness, the shame of conception, birth, and life itself Achterberg, This sin, caused by woman, barred everyone from heaven, thus damning everyone to the fires of hell. Only by following the rules of the Church could they be saved.
The Church used this terror to solidify its economic power base and the obedience of its membership Achterberg, It quickly became illegal for women to do their healing work Achterberg, The beating of women increased Achterberg, Woman was an easy target of violence because of her inherent evil nature.
It was a crime to provide relief to a woman in childbirth Achterberg, She was to be made to feel all pain because of her original, sinful nature Achterberg, Women were conditioned to believe they were impure, and that menstruation, pregnancy and childbirth were shameful Achterberg, Lovemaking could not be enjoyed, just endured.
The feminine role in creation had been cursed Achterberg, Those who questioned Church dogma or the gluttonous life style of the clergy were labeled heretics Achterberg, Rampant killing of heretics and the confiscation of all their lands and possessions wiped out all the rich heretics by Achterberg, Science was born from religion Roger Bacon, a Franciscan priest, Thomas Aquinas and Albertus Magnus, Dominican priests, Michael Scot, high- ranking clergyman, physician, and court astrologer, and Arnald of Villanova, physician, alchemist, and counsel for the spiritual Franciscans and Popes, were the forefathers of science Achterberg, They established the philosophical basis for the persecution of women for concepts of dualism or devil worship, and original sin Achterberg, While they also recognized women and their contributions to herbalism, for example, their philosophy was used to demonize women long after their deaths Achterberg, Women were not allowed to attend medical schools and therefore could have no legitimate healing skills.
Any skills they had or used could therefore be attributed to devil worship Achterberg, The witch hunts began in earnest by the 15th Century and did not end until the 17th Century in England and America, and the 18th Century in Germany Achterberg, It is estimated that nine million women were tortured and executed in this lucrative business where numbers of women burned were a source of Church pride Achterberg, Germany built ovens even then to mass murder its witches Achterberg, Dominican inquisitors wrote the Malleus Maleficarium, Hammer of the Witches, Institoris and Sprenger, as a manual to aid in the capture and torture women accused of witchcraft.
Descartes developed a new science based on the separation of mind, body and soul Achterberg, While often maligned as the one who dehumanized healing through the separation of caring and compassion from science and medicine, from this historical perspective his thinking contributed much to wresting humanity from the extremes of a monolithic religious empire Achterberg, The scientific revolution followed with its theory of a mechanical universe Goerner, Descartes was certain that the final truth would be known by separating a thing into its smallest parts Achterberg, This offered fantastic discoveries along with dire consequences for the natural world and women as healers.
Spiritual healing was dismissed from healing practices, from medicine, at this time Achterberg, Medicine in America Centuries of witch-hunts diminished the view of women as weak and unintelligent.
In 17th Century Boston two women were listed as physicians. Both were denounced as witches. Jane Hawkins was banned from the city, and Dr. Margaret Jones was executed Achterberg, Not until was a woman, Dr. Harriet Hunt, allowed to practice medicine in Boston Achterberg, In the frontier of the colonies the help of healers was more welcoming to women Achterberg, Midwifery The witch hunts effectively eliminated women as competition from the healing professions Achterberg, Doctors scoffed at sanitation and refused to wash their hands, resulting in many women dying from puerperal fever from giving birth in hospitals Achterberg, Twenty-eight women out of one thousand died in hospitalized births in the s, while only five in one thousand were lost in midwife- assisted home births Achterberg, Yet having a male physician attend the birth was a sign of prosperity, and women who could afford it did so Achterberg, A male physician practicing midwifery held the key to his general practice, as successful births led to long-term medical care for entire families Achterberg, Even today midwifery is seen as a threat to the American medical establishment Achterberg, By pregnancy and childbirth were categorized as a form of disease, and male obstetricians attended most normal births Achterberg, Women were given a position of moral superiority to men, attributed to the evangelical revivals at the turn of the century Morantz, Women healers became freer to work in this climate of respect for women.
The criterion for achieving this enhanced spiritual role was the suppression of her sexuality Achterberg, The stereotype of woman changed from the darkness to the light. Men were advised to control their sexual desires and authorities advised sexual activity be limited to once monthly or only for conception purposes, or at the choice of the woman whose purpose was pleasing God Morantz, Sexual suppression led to a profitable pornography industry Achterberg, While conventional, licensed medicine in the United States at this time offered to rid the body of disease with leeches, lancets, and poisons, the Popular Health Movement worked to replace these dangerous treatments through public education about prevention, healthy living through cleanliness, nutrition and sunshine Morantz, This was understandably a very appealing approach.
Women were important reformers, and middle class women were empowered with the belief they could be responsible for their own health and the health of their families Morantz, During the antebellum period, just prior to the Civil War, many new reforms focused on temperance, nutrition, hygiene, and new cures Morantz, Through Ladies Physiological Societies dozens of women lecturers taught the laws of health to huge audiences Morantz, Feminists and health reformers were also concerned for the lower classes that worked fourteen-hour days in factories and coalmines Achterberg, Healing methods of hydrotherapy, homeopathy, and botanicals drew millions of followers Morantz, Homeopathy uses infinitesimal doses, undetectable in the physical properties of the medicine itself, to cure.
Two-thirds of these followers were women, and they used homeopathic domestic kits to provide medical treatment for their families Achterberg, Homeopathy continued as a major medical system and is used today with treatment kits available for family medical care Achterberg, American Medical Education Many women were practicing physicians in the second half of the 19th Century.
In Samuel Gregory opened a medical college for women that merged with Boston University Medical School, opening American medicine to a new breed of women healers Achterberg, By three hundred women were graduates of medical schools Achterberg, In male dominated co-educational settings sexual harassment of women was encouraged Achterberg, It seemed that while men accepted women as nurses, they did not support them in the equal role of physician Achterberg, To disprove this absurdity, women conducted their own scientific studies.
Mary Putnam Jacobi — did the first menstrual study, and medical journals refused to publish it. They only accepted men. Women had to design their own training programs or go to Europe Achterberg, Women also pooled their wealth and through large donations to medical schools and bought opportunities for co-education Achterberg, Women gave John Hopkins University a half- million- dollar endowment on the condition it would admit women equally with men Achterberg, John Hopkins Medical College opened and admitted women in Soon 75 percent of all medical schools were co-ed, and 42 percent of the graduates of Tufts Medical School in were women Achterberg, Male physicians were alarmed at the increasing numbers of physicians, and especially the competition of women Achterberg, As swiftly as these programs opened to women, as well as to Jews and Blacks, they closed Achterberg, Yet, hospitals needed workers to do the many tasks that physicians did not do.
Nursing as a Profession Women were encouraged to enter nursing and serve under male physicians, rather than train to become physicians themselves Achterberg, In the s, nursing became the profession for women healers.
Thomas Hospital in England offered the first one-year nursing program Achterberg, The American Nursing Association was established in , and the American Journal of Nursing was first published in , the same year 3, nurses graduated from hospital-based schools Achterberg, By nine types of nurses with various levels of training and specialty were well established Mason, Isaacs, Colby, Nothing of a spiritual nature is mentioned, except that a woman physician had difficulty obtaining office space for fear she was a spiritualist Achterberg, The Catholic Sisters Catholic nuns cared for the sick after the Reformation, and were represented by the Sisters of Charity, first in France, and by the United States Achterberg, Franciscan nuns opened the Rochester St.
American Catholics donated to their churches and within a century thousands of Catholic hospitals treated millions of patients each year, run by and worked in by nuns Achterberg, Homes for the elderly and nursing schools were funded with donations Achterberg, Faith Healers No longer threatened with torture and death for a few generations, spiritual healing again appeared more openly Achterberg, Woodworth Etter — , held mass healing rallies in the Midwest with devoted believers prostrate at her feet.
She was among the Pentecostals who were at odds with conventional, licensed medicine and saw the absence of their god as a direct impediment to healing Warner, Metaphysical Healing Concurrent with the Popular Health Movement and Pentecostal faith healing, the theosophical movement was growing through the writings of Helena Blavatsky - , who founded the Theosophical Society in , and Annie Besant — , prominent British socialist, feminist, and theosophist Achterberg, ; Hunt, The Theosophists offered metaphysical healing, a welcome contrast to Pentecostal pressure with threats of hell and damnation Achterberg, Metaphysical healing involved optimism and self-empowerment through positive thinking, and encouraged relaxation Achterberg, During this same time period, Mary Baker Eddy — founded of Christian Science, Ellen White — founded the 7th Day Adventists, and Myrtle — and Charles — Fillmore founded the Unity Church, welcoming all religions to meet together Achterberg, Helena Blavatsky Born in Eastern Europe, Helena Blavatsky — came of age during the popularity of spiritualism in the mid 19th Century.
She has been the subject of intrigue and biography for well over a century, revered as the mystic who opened the door for New Age Spirituality in the West Lachman, , and at times maligned as a charlatan Meade, She rejected her arranged marriage to an older man, left him, and traveled the world on her own, unusual for a woman in the Victorian era Achterberg, Blavatsky wrote about the Akashic Record, the Hindu concept of a field or dimension where everything is recorded, past, present, and probable future Lachman, New paradigm interdisciplinary scholar and philosopher Ervin Laszlo , suggests this field, which he calls the Akashic Field, provides a probable unifying theory for science and spirituality, although mainstream science has not yet embraced these ideas.
The original society quickly became a huge organization, divided into many splinter groups, and is now active in over countries Achterberg, The Theosophical Society translated major Hindu and Buddhist texts, bringing Eastern spirituality to English readers worldwide, even contributing to the revival of these belief systems in colonized India Achterberg, The organization also helped to pave the way for Eastern gurus to visit the U.
S Hunt, These organizations, with their spiritual healing side, survive and even thrive today, yet the hospitals and medical schools founded by women were quickly shut down by the early 20th Century Achterberg, The women of the metaphysical movement were confident that their intuitive truth was divinely inspired.
They were not trying to join an existing institution Achterberg, They had left religions whose dogma demeaned them and looked to the writings of poets and philosophers Emerson — , and Whitman — , the teachings of hypnotism and magnetism by Mesmer — , the spiritual writings of Swedenborg — , and the ancient religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and esoteric Judaism.
Emerson, , ; Whitman, ; Mesmer, ; Swedenborg, In the metaphysical movement, woman once again found her divinity Achterberg, By there were hundreds of mediums in each major city of the Western world, and by , there were over a million followers of spiritualism in the United States alone Hunt, Allopathic or conventional medical practices are legally sanctioned, and can by law be imposed on people, against their will, Goldstein, In the United States Federal government required participation in conventional medicine and individuals must buy policies issued by private corporate insurance companies.
Non-participation is fined through federal income taxes Tate, All other practices were severely restricted and prohibited by law until very recently, beginning in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.
Many forms of medicine still are prohibited. Other countries, worldwide, have demonstrated a benign attitude or outright acceptance of the many medical alternatives to conventional medicine Achterberg, Functional Medicine within Conventional, Licensed Medicine Licensed physicians in the United States have joined a movement similar to the Public Health Movement in the 19th Century, encouraging prevention and demonstrating cures through nutrition, exercise, and time in nature Hyman, ; Grisanti, While conventional Western medicine claims to have made major advances in monitoring body functions, diagnostic technologies, and antibiotics to help overcome some major infectious diseases, pharmaceuticals help maintain, but do not cure, chronic conditions like heart disease, epilepsy and diabetes Hyman, Re-emergence of Spirituality within Healing During the 20th Century, growing out of the theosophical movement, several influential thinkers from diverse perspectives further encouraged the reintegration of spirituality with Western philosophy, science and medicine.
Rudolph Steiner — formed a spiritual movement named anthroposophy in the early 20th Century, uniting spirituality and science as spiritual science Steiner, His many books are filled with his theories in philosophy, science, medicine, education, art, agriculture, and religion Barnes, Waldorf Schools are open worldwide Barnes, ; Lachman, ; Steiner, Paramahansa Yogananda — came to the United States to bring the Hindu spiritual teachings of meditation and yoga from India Ghosh, He established the Self Realization Fellowship, a worldwide organization that continues these teachings today Ghosh, Edgar Cayce — Bell, , achieved fame as a trance channel in the early 20th Century.
He claimed to have no conscious knowledge of the medical diagnoses and treatments that he accessed while in trance. He named the Akashic Record as the source of this information Sugrue, Science of Mind Magazine, still in monthly publication since , continues to teach people that what they think, their thoughts, result in what they experience. With eleven unidentified fellow scientists, Spalding journeyed through India and Tibet at the turn of the century, and wrote a series of books describing their incredible encounters and experiences with spiritual masters of the Far East Spalding, — He did give talks about these adventures to friends and associates in the Theosophical Society.
Contemporary Feminist Spiritualities In Margaret Murray published The God of the Witches, claiming that witches were not devil worshipers, but were practitioners of a pagan European female shamanism that had been suppressed by the Church Murray, This feminine spirituality has continued to grow within a segment of Western women and men who have sought to free themselves from a male dominated society and culture that continued to diminish women Hunt, This group is more closely aligned with the spiritual healers in this study.
Each of these women offers a first-hand account of her life story through autobiography, biography, magazine and television interviews. Each woman identifies the specific chain of life events that led her to do her spiritual healing work. Jean Houston Jean Houston was born in Today she is a world-famous leader and teacher of greater human potential to people from all walks of life through personal appearances, books, interviews, and the Internet.
She has travelled extensively, exchanging knowledge with indigenous leaders, healers and ordinary people from all walks of life. Now nearly eighty years old, she continues to travel, teach, write, and encourage people to reach for a higher vision of possibility in their lives. She attended Columbia and Fordham Universities and worked as a stock and bond statistician for the Hanover Bank, where she became known for her psychic abilities.
At night Maria secretly studied acting, while her parents thought she was studying at the Columbia library. Her father, after a checkered career as an inventor of gadgets and questionable entrepreneur, became a comedy writer Houston, He brought his five-year-old daughter to MGM studios while he attended a meeting, and she did not wait for him on the stairs as he had instructed. Instead she explored the studios, seeing characters she knew from books as they rushed to their scenes from differing historical periods, different cultures, with everything happening all at once in different locations within one place Houston, A world of incongruities existed right before her eyes.
Growing up in the entertainment industry, crisscrossing America by bus and train from Hollywood to New York City, she attended several schools each year Houston, She had roots in New York through her mother, and in Texas through her father. Her father taught her to swim by flinging her into deep water, to ride a bike by setting her off on her own downhill fast. Inner-world Enlightenment Houston identifies three specific childhood experiences that convinced her that the intensity and possibility she felt called to in life were attainable.
In first grade she annoyed her teacher, Sister Theresa, with outlandish questions and comments suggested by her father. When Sister Theresa claimed Jean had earned three hundred million years in purgatory as a consequence, she was devastated. Her father laughed, then for more amusement took her to see the s movie classic, The Song of Bernadette Perlberg, He embarrassed her with his loud snickering and guffawing, and she ran home ahead of him.
Inspired by the miracle of the Virgin Mary in the movie, she made a grotto in a small closet and prayed for the Virgin Mary to appear to her. She was disappointed. Two years later her father was writing comedy routines for Edgar Bergman and his wooden dummy, Charlie McCarthy. She and her father went to see him. Unaware of his visitors, they found him in deep conversation Charlie.
What is the nature of love? Is there any truth to be found? The wooden dummy answered with deep wisdom. Keller replied that she lived each day as if it were her last, and that this filled each moment with glory. All of this happened before she was nine years old. She was miserable because her parents were divorcing. While out jogging she crashed into an older man whom she came to call Mr.
The two became friends and regularly walked her dog together in Central Park. He shared his philosophy of cosmic connection and the depths of his love for life, encouraging her to dive deep into the potential for greatness in herself and others. Then one day he no longer came, and she learned he had died. In graduate school she read The Phenomenon of Man and she realized Mr.
At one of their meetings, she told the story of walking her dog with Mr. An elderly Jesuit priest approached her afterward to tell her that he had often asked Father Teilhard where he was going on these walks. At sixteen, spending the summer with her grandmother in Texas, she became the leader of an all boy motorcycle gang, which turned into an evangelical crusade as the group visited nearby towns and she preached.
The experience stunned her. University She barely got into Barnard, but once there, became a star student, a talented actor, stage designer and builder, and was active in student government Houston, Then her world fell apart. Her father, whom she had not seen for some time and missed terribly, wrote that he was out of work and selling phone books.
Her uncle killed himself. He had lost of both of his legs in WWII, and the suicide occurred after his wife left him for their priest. A young man she loved died suddenly of a burst appendix while camping. Then the theater set she was building fell on her head, and she sustained a serious concussion that blinded her for nearly four months Houston, She needed to use an umbrella as a cane to make her way around campus, and she felt thoroughly mortified.
Many people she thought were her friends, including some teachers, turned against her. She felt they were jealous of her previous success and relished her downfall Houston, Then one day Professor Taubes stopped her as she picked her way across campus. He believed she had a very interesting mind. She was back.
Adulthood Once in graduate school Houston found her niche studying psychology, mythology, consciousness, and altered states, and became involved with LSD research Houston, While she was doing LSD experiments in a Bronx hospital, she told her mother she was studying at the Columbia library, the same story her mother had told her parents while she was secretly taking acting classes Houston, LSD research became illegal, and she developed other methods for entering altered states.
She chose to mythologize extraordinary experiences rather than pathologize them Houston, At twenty-eight she married sexologist Robert Masters — He finds that all of them share a common ground that later led to their spiritual search.
The spiritual healer acts at the intersection between the source of healing energy and the person seeking the healing. Sonia Choquette Sonia Choquette has written two autobiographies. The one you imagine is the right one. Your soul will give you answers when your mind chatter is quiet.
The more playful. Once you create a soul image to talk to. Let your imagination guide your mind in envisioning this soul image. Create a psychic or soul persona to have dis- cussions with. If you want psychic guidance. Create a persona that will direct your mind to higher ground. Allow yourself great freedom in developing this image. We have had students use images ranging from salty old sailors to fairies. The key is to not make it serious. Whenever you need guidance.
Some will energize you while others will drain. When you can focus. Your intuition is energy and it is physical! As such. They are called blocks: Fear of the unknown. The energy we radiate is called our aura. Look at your blocks as the rules of the ordinary world. Some will leave you with a very bland feeling.
Pay attention to your physical reality! Learn to focus your attention to tune out the mental chatter which may be distracting you. We transmit and receive energy on all levels. When we are not conscious of them. Through our aura we all respond to the energies around us. Our mental chatter often overwhelms the more subtle vibrations that are available to us. I am an eternal being. Note how other peoples energy affects you during the day. This is not psychic.
I might make a mis. Belief that psychic powers are the work of the devil! I do not trust my feelings. Psychic ability is energy. I choose to listen to my inner voice and trust the take. Sometimes these energies accumulate and clog our own vitality. We are energy. I am a physical being in a me against them 1. It is an increased awareness of what is.
Belief that psychic powers are all a fake! It is important to cleanse the aura. Once you decide you would rather live in an extraordinary world—the world of psychic aware- ness. Every experience is directed by my soul. I have no direction. It must be your intention to break through! Living a life that is psychically directed and free of illusion requires a commitment on your part to let go of negative. My life is a mess. They are only mortal.
The source of love. Not people! People do human things. I open my heart to the loving guidance of the of my psychic feelings. The fall is the fall back into a dream which says that unless the world loves you. It comes from ourselves! If your mortal family gave you wrong information or made human errors as you were developing. I avoid risks. The problem with this emotional. Others will 6. I eliminate the unnecessary. I look forward to my day. If everyone is looking for it. TV and the media create in many people a sense of entitlement to happiness.
I am guided by my afraid. This calms my fears and reassures me. They help me choose the best course of action. It is very trendy to say. I feel out of control and 4. Higher Self. That is what is known. I choose what is I just want to run away from it all. You must learn to see your true nature and embrace the inner guidance of your Higher Self and the Divine over the words and opinions of others. The world should do this—and will do this for the lovable ones.
I am clear about my goals. I am calm and at ease. By accepting who you are—a spir- 9. I look forward to any opportunity to follow my psychic feelings.
Looking outside yourself for worth. Be neutral. The more you accept who you are. You must start looking at the conditions and events in your life without emotionally charged judgment. Stick to the facts. My favorite saying about this is from the book Alice In Wonderland: Those choices that are the consequence of damaging emotional experiences when you were young will proba- bly be the least satisfying.. You can even have degrees of satisfaction: Describe the events.
If you want to develop psychic ability. We are all basically the same. Realize that parents and other influential human beings are mortal and natu- rally will make mistakes.
Again and again when doing this exercise. Recognize both the negative and positive effects of each condition. The more you are willing to see the truth in yourself. You must objectively study how you got where you are right now.
One way to break free from damaging emotional habits is to accept that those conditions were pre- sent at the time you were a child and had an effect on you.
Try not to take it personally. No matter where you are. Once you begin to live life on the psychic pathway. Or are they unconscious choices reflecting bad habits that keep you sleep- ing.
I am a spiritual being. And infinitely loved by God.
The clearer your goals are. Others you will pass after many. Only then can you begin to move out of the maze. I know this sounds overly simple. The more capable people are of inflicting pain.
Stop at noon and reaffirm your truth: Before you open your eyes and greet the day. From other wide awake people. Protected by angels.
And to those who are still sleep- ing you can be more compassionate because you will be enriched by the pleasure you experience with those who are wide awake.
It will. Real healing begins and real awakening starts to happen when we stop living through emotion and start living through love.
Guided by my Higher Self. Love is what heals. When you wake up in the morning. The more complex and difficult. Remind yourself of the truth every day.
Look at your life path and all that transpired as your tests. But underneath all these errors and disruptions are souls just like you. You go in circles. As you wake up and begin to hear the voice of spirit. Love does not condone abuse. From those who are still sleeping you can expect confusion.
Helped by guides. As you wake up. You can move ahead toward a new place if you stop for a moment and locate where you are now. Human beings make mistakes—huge. All great lives are born out of great tests.
Love is the energy of acceptance. The world will still be the same crazy place. Some you passed the first time around. Are the choices you make supporting your goals. Take at least 15 minutes every day to meditate. It need not be a long written explanation. Be practical. These are Baroque composers. It is not. Simply notice and write down all unusual.
Study these setbacks without judgment. A simple word or two of acknowl- edgment will do. If you are having a hard time meditating. Psychic development is not a test of worth.
Self-care is loving and wise and the self-care of 15 minutes of meditation will be what ensures your break- through in psychic awareness. You are turning off the distracting chatter of the mind and going into a restorative.
You may have to overcome a stubborn hangover of the world of illusion. Write down every psychic impulse you have in your psychic journal. It is a subtle revolution taking place in the way you live your life. Find a quiet place. If you goof up. There are also many pieces of New Age meditation music available. It is as easy as it is important to you. What conditions influenced you? Were you: If you study setbacks rather than dwelling on them emotionally. Take a balanced approach and During this time you are shutting out the outside world and connecting your awareness to your Higher Self.
You must see the absolute necessity and benefits to this practice. Acknowledge every choice you make trusting your intuition. Find a time each day that will accommodate this minute break. It will help you heal. For me. Telemann or Bach. You should have plenty of tolerance and humor for your mistakes and goof-ups.
Concentrate on your breathing. Studying life objectively. Using affirmations. Recording all experiences in your journal. Getting organized and simplify. Studying your life. Getting rid of the old and unnecessary. Where are you now? Where are you going? Playing games. Learning more about metaphysics.
Setbacks will happen. Recognizing your blocks. Living by new. Expect it. Listen for your intuition. How many entries did you make in your psychic journal this week? Any surprises? Which block was the most difficult to overcome?
Study setbacks and learn from them. Lightening up. Being accepting and loving of yourself. How many days this week did you meditate? Anything new come up? Everything counts. Identifying your goals.
Valuing your spiritual nature. Which block dissolving exercise was most effective? Are you ready to dissolve it? Why or why not? Did any pieces of your True Self return? Describe them. This includes what you want to do. DAY 1: Focus on what you wish for. Write down everything you can think of. This includes forgotten but loved parts of your past. This exercise is designed to help you uncover and fulfill your deepest and most immediate desires.
All wishes count.. Once you are aware of the lesson or gift. I trust. Thank you. Repeat this affirmation every day for two weeks.
I expect. Part of the Psychic Pathway is remembering who you really are. I ask the Universe to guide me in the fulfillment of these three desires. After acknowledging your wounds. Repeat this exercise every day for six more days. Fill in the blanks: I am open. If you cannot forgive a person fully. Day 2. What was your favorite childhood experience with your mother?
What was your favorite childhood experience with your father? What was your favorite childhood experience with your brothers and sisters? What was your favorite childhood experience with your grandparents?
What was your favorite childhood experience with your favorite friends? What were your favorite childhood games? What were your favorite childhood interests? What were your least favorite childhood experiences?
Who was your first love? Who was your first date? What was your first job? What was your greatest childhood triumph? What is your favorite childhood memory?
What is your favorite memory of your teenage years? What is your favorite memory of your twenties? What is your favorite memory of your thirties? What is your favorite memory of your forties? What is your favorite memory of your fifties? What are your three most important desires? What were the problems you had to overcome?
How does it feel to be more aware? What is your favorite memory of your sixties? What is your favorite memory of last year? What do you love about your life today? Grounding means channeling into the ground just like electricity. Hug a tree. I wonder. Dance or jump rope. Cook or bake bread. Some hints to improve the outcome of this strategy are to: Take a brisk walk. You can clear away unwanted energy by grounding and clearing your aura.
Take an Epsom salts bath. Play with clay. Literally put your hands in the ground.. Go for a run. Try these techniques: For optimum psychic awareness: To cut away these psychic cords and free yourself of this negative energy. Imagine the inside surface of this energy shield reflect- ing a beautiful and healing golden white light which protects you from all negativity. Inhale once again. You can find them in many metaphysical bookstores.
Pay attention to the requirements of your body in order to be fully aware. As you exhale.
Simply shrug it off and return to wondering. The ability to tune in depends on how well the radio is working. Your radio is your body. These cords drag us down and create flashes of negative anxiety. See these cords falling to the ground in pieces and dissolving. Replace this energy in your aura with a golden white light. If it is exhausted.
Imagine that the outside surface of this aura is like a mirror. Repeat this two or three times. Use breathing exercises. Do visualization exercises and write down your goals. How is your meditation going? Is it changing? Getting any new ideas? Make sure you have an occasional change of routine and time to do nothing! Cleanse your aura. How many days this week did you make entries in your psychic journal?
Are you checking your energy? Meditate every day. Are you grounding yourself? How often? In what way? Get enough sleep to be fully rested. What are the results? Engage in physical exercise and recreation. Practice a grounding exercise. How about the energy of people around you? The etheric body also serves as a bridge to convey the energy of thought and feeling from the mental and astral planes to visible. Each is designed to send out and pick up psychic energy.
Because it very nearly duplicates the physical body. In an evolved soul. In an unevolved soul. Seven of these psychic relay stations exist in your body and extend outward in your aura. These etheric chakras keep the body alive and keep its consciousness moving. Without this bridge. These satellites are referred to as chakras. To describe their location we use the names of corresponding points in the physical body. This invisible part of the body is of tremendous importance to us.
When undeveloped they are small. When developed or activated. And they can be much larger in size. To the clairvoyant eye this body looks like a violet-gray mist emanating from and slightly beyond the physical body. If you are clairvoyant. Resting in this etheric body are satellites of energy that control the degree and quality of conscious awareness we possess. As it rotates see it warming your soul and filling you with self-appreciation and plea- sure.
Greediness Underactive: Close your eyes and place your attention on the mid-section between your navel and your tailbone. My body is balanced. I am warmed by the love of the Universe. When this chakra is balanced a person feels confident. I am completely grounded and filled with life force and vitality.
Imagine a feeling of profound security rush- ing through every cell in your body. It is the seat of sensuality. Let the energy flow through you and into every cell in your body. I love being alive. Envision this orb drawing in conscious energy to stimulate physical well-being. In your minds eye see this fiery orange satellite of energy spinning around and around.
I am balanced. It is the seat of focus. Paranoia Underactive: Close your eyes and place your attention directly on this satellite of energy. It controls the consciousness of survival and well-being. When the second chakra is balanced. My body is holy and happy. I enjoy the sensations of pleasure and comfort that flow through it.
I am open to all the loving goodness that God bestows upon me. As the chakra rotates. I do with love. Imagine that it rotates in a perfectly balanced state. To balance the heart chakra. Everything I do. Breathe this energy in and completely relax.
Please notice that this center is different from the center for emotion. Imagine that there you will find a perfectly spinning orb of about five inches in diameter. This can be felt through the hands.