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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
November, 2002, Vol. 02, Issue 11
Heart Centered Therapy: Assume Only Love
Healing Relationships and the Emotional Component of Disease
By Alaya Chikly, CMT and LaRose S. Daniels, MSRPP
The diagnosis of cancer in June 2001 was devastating to Mary*. Doctors said it was so deep and aggressive they were certain it was in her lymph nodes.If this was the case, they predicted that with surgery and chemotherapy, she would have a 40 percent chance of surviving five years.
As a mother of two, death was not an option for Mary. She knew she had to reach deep within herself and understand her disease beyond the physical level. She had to ask why the cancer cells were multiplying inside her body. As a pediatric nurse, Mary had heard of psychosomatic factors in disease. Yet until now the idea had not been credible to her. Facing death, however, had opened her heart and mind to look beyond what she had always believed. She reasoned that if she could discover the cause of the emotional knot that had always been in her life, she could potentially affect her immunity and success in healing the cancer. A highly educated woman, Mary found that the concept of psychoneuroimmunology made sense to her. She took a chance to step beyond the familiar.
Perhaps it was synchronicity that her closest friend had heard of Heart Centered Therapy (HCT) and its effectiveness in addressing emotional issues and the emotional component of disease. She encouraged Mary to work with me.
When I first talked to Mary, I could tell she was frightened. She made it clear that the work we did together would not replace medical treatment, yet act as an additional component to her healing - one that could assist her on the path to recovery while her physicians monitored the disease.
Reconnecting the Disassociated Parts of Self
Heart Centered Therapy is a loving and gentle approach to emotional healing that offers profound insight into the "psychology of the human heart" and human potential. HCT uses dialogue techniques to bring awareness to areas of unconscious spiritual, emotional and physical disconnection. The work facilitates reintegration and wholeness through a gentle, respectful process that addresses core issues of the heart.
When working with a client who has cancer, a therapist may find that person bears a repressed and deep unresolved emotion, as was the case with Mary. Therapeutic sessions can be challenging because the client may have a tendency to deny that anything has been wrong in his or her life. The therapist has to be very gentle and precise to recover these memories without the client reliving the related traumatic experience. It is not necessary to relive a trauma in order to heal with Heart Centered Therapy.
In Western culture, attention often remains focused on the most superficial physical symptoms of disease. This habit seems to distract us from seeing the bigger picture. In HCT, therapists realize how important it is to clearly discern the true self from physical, emotional and spiritual disease and the confusing imprints they infuse into our psyche. This profound level of clarity can determine our health.
HCT also regards the family as one soul expressing itself through the different members. Healing, therefore, cannot be just about the individual. Every member and every relationship must be considered.
In Mary's session, I guided her to attune to her heart and open to her inner wisdom. We then began by working with the emotional component connected to the cancer. I asked her to connect to the cancer itself, focusing all her attention there. She began to feel the emotion of sadness. Using her imagination she gave the sadness a shape, density and color. It embodied a large area between her solar plexus and heart. The physical manifestation of this sadness had most likely expressed itself as cancer.
Once Mary became aware of this emotional component residing in her body, I asked her to give it imaginary eyes that could express the sadness she felt. This gave her the support she needed to project the painful emotion outside of her self and address it with a sense of distance.
The eyes also induced compassion. She repeatedly said, "The eyes are so sad. They are so sweet." Experience has shown that the eyes are always passionately honest, a true quality of the soul. She was now able to directly communicate with the disassociated part of her self that was associated to the cancer. This sense of reconnecting to her self brought her to tears. As she gained understanding and developed a sense of relationship with the eyes she was dialoguing with, I asked her how old the eyes were. She cried out, "Oh my God, I am three! I always knew something was wrong when I was three, but I could never go there. I never talked about it with anyone, not even my husband."
Mary continued to cry, and I knew she had accessed the knot that could determine her recovery. My heart was bursting. I knew at that moment she had a chance. The door opened. Her hidden trauma and little inner child had been found.
Unraveling the Lineage of the "SEvirus"
Further work with Mary revealed a trauma within the family that had particularly affected her relationship with her father. The trauma had ended in divorce, resulting in Mary never seeing her father again. Mary's pain and lack of closure with her father had been too much for the then three-year-old to carry. She had repressed the experience from her conscious memory for 40 years. A part of her self disassociated. She shut down and numbed parts of her body, mind and heart to protect her from feeling what was, to her, unbearable. This kind of self-abandonment had eventually made her vulnerable to disease. The question then arose: Could the cancer now be expressing for her that which had never been expressed?
It was important to Mary's process that she identify and heal the hidden emotion, trauma, relationships and SEvirus (spiritual-emotional disease) that had cast devastation upon her family. According to the HCT process, an SEvirus is displaced energy that is transmitted through the family lineage. It is vital in HCT to identify this virus to complete healing.
I have found that SEviruses can be identified energetically in a session through the eyes of the perpetrator. Mary was guided to see the spiritual disease energetically, including where it had settled into her father's body, and how it had driven and altered his behavior and ability to love. From her heart, she was also able to see how his anguish and remorse had never healed.
In Mary's ensuing "dialogue" with her father, he let her know that he wanted to heal himself and heal the rift with her. The dynamics of this session brought her to a profound revelation that freed her heart. Her eyes opened spiritually. She was able see her father on a soul level, free from the disease. She could see beyond the old judgments and hurtful constructs of her mind that had bound her all her life. And she could openly see him for who he truly was - her beloved father.
As Mary and her father stood free from this once-invisible, devastating spiritual-emotional disease, they were able to complete the process by clearing the family lineage. The process revealed how the SEvirus moved back in time through her family. Her father had received the SEvirus from his father. Indeed, it appeared that every member in Mary's family had been affected by a spiritual-emotional disease. Only invisibility can protect these destructive configurations of energy. Once the energy is seen, it can be healed.
Because the HCT process supported Mary in feeling the SEvirus inside her own body - and allowed her to witness how it held its ground in her body tissue - the intelligence of her heart could show her how to release the energetic body of the disease. She cried tears of joy as she experienced a black and heavy energy leaving her body. She felt lightness replace the darkness in her tissue. Forgiveness, love and compassion filled her body.
When Mary finally went in for her surgery, no trace of cancer was found in her tissues, and none had spread into her lymph nodes. She was able to go on to forge a new and wonderful relationship with her biological father. She says she is enjoying life in ways she never dreamed possible. We are both grateful to know that the wisdom of the heart knows how to heal what seems impossible to the mind.
*Name changed to protect confidentiality.
Alaya Chikly, the developer of Heart Centered Therapy (HCT), is a certified massage therapist who specializes in emotional release techniques. Alaya teaches HCT and other seminars throughout the world with her husband, lymph drainage therapy developer Bruno Chikly, MD, DO (hon.).
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