At the forefront of new healing consciousness is the paradigm of Reorganizational Healing (ROH) versus the very prevalent Restorative Therapeutic (RT) model.
Whereas restorative therapeutics is very powerful in life threatening situations and medical emergency’s, it does little to support growing into a new level of awareness, accessing internal wisdom and empowering a healing process that often looks chaotic.
Culturally we have relied upon RT for almost all conditions, illnesses, and traumas and that has purposefully kept the bodymindspirit connection polarized instead of celebrated and integral.
Even individuals who appear to have a high level of aware consciousness revert to a mechanistic body model when confronted with challenging physical conditions because of the cultural indoctrination of RT.
What is Reorganizational Healing?
Reorganizational Healing is the bodymindspirit in action. It recognizes that at the foundation of healing is an inner wisdom just waiting to be listened to and not ignored. It also recognizes that true healing is inherent within each one of us and the very energy that has wounded us whether physical or emotional in nature is the energy that liberates us.
ROH embraces wholeness as a value and sees having access to inner resources as imperative for further growth and evolution.
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Reorganizational Healing (ROH), an emerging concept for wellness, healing, and personal growth, is explored in depth in a seminal groundbreaking article and accompanying commentaries in the latest issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com).
The Reorganizational Healing articles are available free online at www.liebertpub.com/acm
Reorganizational Healing gives people the tools to create a map “to self-assess and draw on strengths to create sustainable change,” explain Dr. Donald Epstein, DC, Dr. Simon Senzon, MA, DC, and Dr. Daniel Lemberger, DC, in the article entitled, “Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice, and Healing.”
“Instead of being meaningless, people’s problems become diseases of meaning…helping them become stronger, to live more fully and with more understanding,” write the authors. ROH incorporates three central elements: the Four Seasons of Well-Being, the Triad of Change, and the Five Energetic Intelligences.
“There can be no doubt that we are witnessing the birth of a powerful method of healing, grounded in rigorous scientific fact, that will become integral to future systems of healthcare. This is a manuscript that deserves study in all teaching and therapeutic institutions,” says Dr. Kim A. Jobst, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
The Four Seasons of Wellbeing
The Four Seasons of Wellbeing—Discover, Transform, Awaken, and Integrate —refer to distinct rhythms or periods during one’s journey in life. As a metaphor for the journey, season is appropriate to ‘‘readiness’’ for reorganization just as seeds are planted or fruit ripens—all in their time. The seasons are different from developmental stages of life, although they may correspond at times to such stages. The seasons are used as part of the process of change by embracing the individual’s readiness for change in the context of the unique moment of his/her life. Thus, the seasons are not always sequential. They represent moments or periods in life. As higher baselines of reorganization emerge in the person’s life it becomes easier to live in certain seasons. After one has learned the gifts that each season presents, a new flexibility as a result of increased complexity, allows one to use each season to reorganize specific aspects of his/her life consciously.
The seasons appear to be universal in human experience as each encourages or influences unique perceptions, actions, thoughts, experiences, and energies. The seasons add timing to the self-assessment. This timing is distinct from other staged approaches to behavior change or any RET approaches. The influence of the season affects the type of intelligence one uses, the way a person goes about daily activities, and the resources available to that person. Each season represents the way a person receives and influences his/her environment and how this environment influences the person. Within each corresponding season, aspects of daily life are either encouraged or rendered difficult or impossible. The first three seasons, Discover, Transform, and Awaken, represent the stages individuals cycle through during stages of life and circumstances in life. The fourth season, Integrate, represents the ability to know and consciously choose the combination of seasons called for in various circumstances or life changes, and represents a high level of organizational integrity and communication across aspects of the individual’s life
The Triad of Change
The Triad of Change is the central focus of the map around which the other elements of reorganization occur. The premise of the triad is simple: All change includes structure, behavior, and perception. Plainly stated, for each structure, there is an accompanying behavior and perception; for each behavior, there is a structure and a perception; and, for each perception, there are certain structures and behaviors that define and support it.
Behavior is defined as an observable pattern of actions expressing or manifesting an internal state or meaning (the implicit becoming explicit) and purposeful movement toward a goal or objective. Behavior is the expression of a meaning and the outcome of the relationship between action and purpose=objective. All behavior is purposeful even if it is ‘‘unconscious’’ and not immediately apparent.
Perception is defined as a chosen perspective—a mode or style or manner of focus that defines meaning (the way one focuses one’s attention)—and the connections among body sensation, focus, and meaning. For example, pain is often associated with suffering. What causes the individual suffering is not always the experience of pain but the meaning attributed to it. Suffering is different from pain. Not everyone in pain experiences suffering. Suffering is a response to the perception of the pain added to a specific meaning associated with it. Perception is a consequence of focus and meaning.
Structure refers to any form serving as a carrier of information or energy. Structure relates to virtually every domain: consciousness; internal focus; body; posture; relationships; mutual understanding; business, organizations; and even schedules. As a resonant structure, the consciousness, perception, and behavior of the body is in relationship to the condition, tone, tension, and form of its structure. Structure defines the relationship between the physical and energetic systems of the body.
The real synergy that emerges with the congruence of the triad comes from understanding the power of two sides to entrain the third. Perception and Behavior entrain Structure and help to make new forms. Behavior and Structure entrain Perception, and help meaning to come from action and form. Structure and Perception inspire Behavior, which is an action born of meaning and form. The triad is not season-specific; an individual can work with the triad in any season. In fact, different sides of the individual’s triad could be in different seasons simultaneously. It is important to uncover what creates the greatest congruence for an individual and what that individual wishes to create or express in life.
The Five Energetic Intelligences
Mystics, yogis, healers, and shamans have observed energies within the body and multiple levels of energies around the body for ages. Scientific evidence of energy within and around the body is extensive. Uniting subjective observation of the body’s energies with scientifically verifiable observation leads to at least one significant insight; energies related to the complex biologic form are associated with states of consciousness. Combining this insight with the research into subtle energies, years of empirical practice using ‘‘energetic applications’’ and, more recently, correlating these applications to a preliminary survey instrument (questionnaire) designed to explore individuals’ aptitudes for certain types of energies, Epstein developed the terminology for EI as one way to describe this unique domain of human experience.
Driven by these factors, EI has been furthered by utilizing the recent writings of philosopher Ken Wilber and collaboration with another one of the authors of the present article (Senzon). The concepts of these ‘‘energetic applications’’ extend to the research of Jonckheere about the coherent and soliton nature of the waves in the spine during NSA entrainments, to the current literature on the biofield as a dissipative structure and complex dynamic standing wave, the use of solitons by the connective tissues to transmit energy, nonclassical forms of energy, the role of electron excited states in biologic processes, and the soliton and acoustic nature of the action potential.
With further study and verification of the survey instrument, EI may represent a developmental stream along other multiple intelligences. For now, it stands as a useful heuristic device to assist individuals to access their inner resources in the easiest way possible to create the most dynamic change in their Triads of Change and to have greater success as reorganizers. Research is planned to explore this energetic application in detail. There is enough consistent empirical evidence for this third component of ROH that it too can be applied across many disciplines.
One of the ways the individual may suspect incongruence in his/her Triad of Change is through the feeling of a drop in available energy and resources. With greater congruence in the triad, greater energy and resources become instantly available. With these greater resources, the system evolves and a new level of congruence/consciousness emerges, providing for what feels like a new life. Associated with each type of energy, there is an energetic intelligence.
ROH combines the wisdom of the ages with objective science by acknowledging that each individual is comprised of at least five complex fields of energy and information associated with specific EI; bioenergetic intelligence, emotional energetic intelligence, thought EI, soul energetic intelligence, and universal-spirit EI. Based on the background described above, it has been observed that each individual has competencies around specific energetic intelligences and these competencies are a way to harness important resources for the process of reorganization. In this way, the individual can learn to utilize resources efficiently and gain the intelligence associated with each.
Excerpt from “Reorganizational Healing: A Paradigm for the Advancement of Wellness, Behavior Change, Holistic Practice, and Healing” Epstein et al. The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 15, Number 5, 2009, pg. 484 Reprinted with permission from authors. References available in full manuscript.