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Conference held at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) on 9.6.08, jointly by the Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine section of the RSM and the Scientific and Medical Network, (SMN) attended by 144 people, under the chairmanship of Dr Martin Wall.
Dr Shaul Livnay, psychotherapist, Israeli Society of Hypnosis, opened the proceedings by speaking on the relationship / connection between the therapist and the patient. He uses hypnosis, meditation and trance to stay connected with his patients, yet detached, with no script. In answer to a question about boundaries, he said that he has to trust himself, and work on himself all the time to avoid letting his own baggage interfere.
Dr Kim Jobst, Professor of Integrated Medicine at Oxford Brookes University and editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, spoke on the subject of meaning and magic. As a practicing physician using holistic mind/body therapy techniques derived from consciousness studies, he has not prescribed any drug for 8 years.
He believes that disease is determined by how the patient unconsciously interprets the meaning of his life, and his unconscious intention for his life’s course. That meaning and intention has consequences (outcomes) for him, and determines (manifests) uniquely as his lifestyle. What then determines meaning?
Conscious thought accounts for only about 2% of brain activity, so 98% of it is driven, determined and empowered by unconscious patterns, habits and formulae. All those unconscious patterns have meaning too. In the typical patient the 98% majority of his thoughts are negative, contradicting and sabotaging those in the 2% minority.
All 100% of his thoughts have biochemical, physiological and neurological consequences in his body. If the majority are negative, they will manifest as a diseased body, as if caused by an unseen magic curse. Even if the 2% conscious thoughts are entirely positive (full of good intentions) the majority will determine the outcome.
The blessing of a healing ‘miracle’, transforming the patient’s life, comes when and if he divines and understands those unconscious negative meanings and intentions (curse) that made him ill, and sees new meaning in them. A mind stretched by new meaning can never go back to its original dimension, so he is immediately and permanently cured of his disease.
Prof Harald Walach, Psychology, University of Northampton, spoke on healing and non-locality. He said that the intentional healing effect between the therapist and the patient is often non-causal and non local, which is the new holistic paradigm. The understanding of how this works comes from the work of Bohr, Jung and Pauli, known as Weak Quantum Theory (WQT).
Healing can arise through synchronicity, which he defined as relationship through meaning. It does not rely on cause and effect, but can occur through quantum entanglement, simultaneously in two places at once, known as complementarity. Examples are spirituality v. religion, form v content, love v. justice, belief v. truth.
As said by Dr Jobst, healing is effected if and when the patient’s negative belief changes to a new more positive meaning as a result of the therapist or the therapy, which may be only placebo effect. This can happen not only by therapeutic transference when the persons are in personal proximity, but also over a distance, remotely in space and in time.
WQT explains distance healing and remote viewing because it predicts a non-local connection between individuals in which neither time nor space play a role. We should be careful about all our intentions, because they could all have a non-local (distance) component, whether or not those to whom our intentions are aimed are aware of them.
Short presentations (10 minutes each) from the floor
Charles Bourne (email@example.com) spoke of a study on spiritual healing which found that the inner state of health practitioners (their unconscious positive or negative beliefs mentioned above) play a larger part in their healing activity than is publicly recognised. Depending on their own state, they can have a positive, good (placebo) or a negative harmful (nocebo) effect on their patients.
Prof Ron Eccles (Eccles@cardiff.ac.uk) has researched the common cold for 30 years in Cardiff. He spoke on the placebo effect, which is the meaning that the patient applies to the treatment, and his belief in whether the treatment will work for him. His belief affects his immune system by psycho-neuro-immunology. (PNI) Negative meaning (eg side effects) has negative effects, known as nocebo.
His belief is heavily influenced by his environment, white coats, advertising. The placebo is the most effective medication known to science. It is subjected to more clinical trials than any other medicine, yet nearly always does better than anticipated. If you want to be well, believe in something good.
Dr Jean Galbraith, (firstname.lastname@example.org) is chairman of the Doctor Healer Network in London. She was a GP for 31 years, when she employed 4 spiritual healers in her practice. Over 500 of her patients received spiritual healing, and patients’ conditions healed included grief, anxiety, cancer, deafness, IBS, glaucoma and addictions. The healer has to let go of the outcome to enable the healee to heal.
To understand the process of healing intent between the healer and the healee, a different system of anatomical belief (the holistic paradigm) is needed, namely based on quantum physics, spiritual laws, forgiveness (letting go) of actions and identifications, past life, and karma. She believed that she was guillotined in the eighteenth century in one of her past lives, which gives meaning and intention to her present life.
Hugh Harrison (email@example.com) balances mind body spirit by combining homeopathy and craniosacaral therapy. The basis of his ‘homeocranial’ therapy is as follows.
‘The spiritual vital force retains all parts of the organism in harmonious vital operation so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can employ itself for the higher purposes of our existence’ (Samuel Hahnemann Oregon of Medicine 1815)
‘Within the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) there is an invisible element, the breath of life, which is a fluid within the fluid which has an intelligent potency, which makes the fluid move. (Dr G. Sutherland Teachings in the Science of Osteopathy)
No organ, no tissue, no cell, no molecule is independent of the activities of the others, but the life of each one of these elements is merged into the life of the whole organism, the whole man. (D.H.Roberts, 1930s)
The potency of the breath of life orchestrates the tides of the CSF, and embodies and restores original health. The vital force is intelligent and homeostatic. The totality of symptoms is what is to be cured. Cure happens from the centre to the periphery. The practitioner is an unprejudiced observer. (echoing ‘letting go of the outcome’, above)
Jacqueline Bradshaw-Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an art therapist, and former breast cancer patient. She understands healing as a force field that we combine with creativity, focus, passion, and responsibility. ‘It is no longer about my individual will, but is more about using my intelligence and imagination to work with universal energy. It is about re-creating a life using something which is beyond me as well as being within me. It is a journey that is intensely personal.’
Ingrid Collins (email@example.com) is a director of The Soul Therapy Centre, spiritual healer, happiness teacher trained by Patch Adams, and animal communicator. Soul therapy has healing intention as its focus, combining psychotherapy, spiritual healing, bio-resonance and other subtle energy techniques. Many positive changes occur in the personal, professional and social life of the clients, with no harmful side effects. She has taken part in significant research projects which demonstrate the effectiveness of these techniques.
Alison Easter (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a degree in psychology focussing on Buddhist studies. She is a PhD candidate at the Koestler Parapsychology Research Unit at the University of Edinburgh, and is investigating distance healing of arthritis sufferers, and is seeking participants.
Under its’ materialist, reductionist, mechanist paradigm, conventional medicine can only see sickness in the body. It is blind to the cause of that sickness, which is in the mind, because it is in denial of the existence of non-material mind.
The speakers broke the conventional mould by coming from the holistic paradigm, which accepts the existence of mind. They showed that the cause of disease is the unconscious limiting belief with which the patient is conditioned (enspelled, hypnotised) that he is a victim. The healing moment comes when the penny drops, and the limiting belief rises from his unconscious into his consciousness, and he understands why he was ill. This understanding frees him from the spell, and he now sees himself as a beneficiary.
This conference showed that sickness cannot be cured or healed unless and until that limiting belief is understood by the patient. The purpose of symptoms is to help the penny to drop. However, conventional medicine, as a sickness service, hinders that healing by masking his symptoms, so that he continues with business as usual.
As we celebrate the NHS diamond jubilee and Lord Darzi’s ambitions to change the NHS into a true health service, this conference illustrated the paradigm shift to holism required to bring this about.
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