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The Kindness Cure for Trauma and Emotional Pain

By Hélène Demetriades, a therapist influenced by non-dual teachings Right from the beginning our biological urge for survival primes us to be guarded against life: one day our bodies will die. Until we fully embrace the flow of life, which includes physical death as part of that movement, we will continue to have the embedded belief that we are separate from each other, from life itself  – like a vase standing out from its background.  This goes hand in hand with the belief that there is something inherently wrong with us, that we are bad, unworthy, guilty of something undefinable, and that as a result something dangerous ‘out there’ will attack us. We were born into ‘sin’, or separation, or brought it upon ourselves like Adam and Eve. Our bodies contract, muscles and nervous systems pull back from life – beliefs  are reflected in bodies. Added to this to a greater or lesser extent, we have all lived through traumatic experiences that confirm the perception that …
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How a therapist with a nondual understanding can help – Rupert Spira

  Rupert Spira: “This path is equally available for everybody, for all eight billion of us, irrespective of the condition of the mind... [If] you're a therapist with a nondual understanding and [someone was] suffering terribly... just listening to them would be something huge in their life... [Everything] you did with that person... would be an expression of non-duality. If that's where you are coming from, you would be teaching nonduality... everything you said would be informed by your deep understanding...  [The] real non-dual teaching is totally free from any formula and it tailors itself sensitively to the moment...”   
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The Beginning and End of Spiritual Bypassing – Scott Kiloby

By Scott Kiloby

“When we learn how to be present with feelings, thoughts, mental images and sensations, and are no longer disembodied, we truly break free. And as a result, it is easier to live from and as present moment awareness because we are ready and willing to meet everything we have been trying to avoid.”

We grow up disembodied if our parents don’t teach us how to feel. Our childhood can condition us not to come down into our bodies to feel our feelings, and to rest with them. We don’t always learn that. When we come to spiritual teachings, including nonduality, it’s quite normal for us to continue in that habit. What we really need are the teachings and the methods that correct this disembodiment. Sometimes the teachings don’t work because the teachers themselves, or those that are bringing the method, haven’t themselves broken the habit. I have done plenty of bypassing. If it seems like I’m pointing a finger somewhere, I’m pointi…
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How to Truly Help Someone to Heal – Jeff Foster

By Jeff Foster  One of the most challenging experiences we could possibly have is when we’re sitting with someone we love - a friend, a partner, mother, father, a loved one - and they’re in pain. You may also be a therapist working with someone who has come to you in a lot of pain. The pain could be physical or emotional. They could experience intense pain in their body or be going through huge changes in their emotions. They might experience grief, anger, sadness, or a sense of loss or confusion. Perhaps they feel as if their life is falling apart, that their heart is broken wide open. Maybe they’ve lost something or someone they thought belonged to them, and they’re in a place of absolute chaos. It can be challenging enough to meet the chaos and discomfort within ourselves, but what about meeting it in a loved one? Often that can leave us feeling so powerless and helpless. Stop rushing to make them better When we face a loved one in pain, so quickly, we rush to solve the…
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The Dark Night of the Spiritual Journey

The article consists of extracts from Fiona Roberston’s book ‘The Dark Night of the Soul: A Journey from Absence to Presence’    The spiritual journey is not a matter of transcending or somehow overcoming our humanity, but of maturing into the depths of it, of realising and becoming who we really and uniquely are. There is no end to this unfolding; it does not conclude in some triumphant attainment or achievement, nor does it confer specialness in any shape or form. Such metamorphosis is unconditional; opening to life in the present inevitably entails opening to the unfelt pain of the past. Self-knowledge and even wisdom are forged in the embodying of pain in a way that cannot be taught. Finding balance and reclaiming our deepest being Much of modern spirituality has lost its balance. The cult of lightness and so-called positivity is endemic. Those emotions characterised as negative—terror, fury, fear, shame, angst, guilt, outrage, grief, resentment, sadness, horro…
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Nondual Therapy – an Inevitable (R)evolution

By Georgi Y. Johnson 

“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”

- Rumi

Therapy is about healing, which is the compassionate movement needed to return to naturalness and wholeness. Willow is not a mystical person, she’s rational, smart and practical. We’re sitting together at the university campus, discussing the science of pain. We’re reminding ourselves of the often mysterious and unreliable lack of correlation between the sensation of pain and physical disorder. Like all experience, pain is sublimely subjective. One person can have an injury in the knee and experience a life of ease. Another, with an identical injury, can be incapacitated by agony. Willow’s face changes and she seeks direct eye contact over her spectacles. She’s insecure but earnest: “At my father’s funeral, it hurt so much... It was physical pain. Literally, here in the body,” she said, banging her sternum and clawi…
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Move into alignment with your True Nature

"Nondual Therapy is emerging to address the collective need to unwind conditioning and to move into increasing degrees of alignment with our True Nature."

“Nondual Therapy is not about achieving a status, or becoming a new, improved person. Rather, it’s about undoing the web of personality to allow the flow of pure Nondual Qualities...”

“Rather than trying to fix the personality, it sees individuality as a precious manifestation of Source in motion – a flow of unique moments of experience that can be celebrated as part of the evolutionary dance of the whole."

- Georgi Y. Johnson

Untangle your personal story

"This fresh way of being is not just for enlightened sages or monks living on mountaintops. The nondual nature of reality is the essence of all present-moment experience, which means it is practical, real, and alive in you right now...

You feel hurt, rejected, disappointed, or ignored, and since these everyday experiences stick to you like glue, they need to be addressed... In my work as a therapist, I’ve seen many people cling to the belief that they are damaged and broken, playing it out in their daily lives with painful results...

The good news is that your personal story of unworthiness and even self-hate can be untangled, because it’s built on confused thinking and it’s not the essence of who you are.”

- Gail Brenner

Free of all pressure to change or be the same

"In the nondual approach to therapy, therapists facilitate the natural release of fixed beliefs and frozen emotions by creating a space that is free of all pressure to change or be the same. They offer people an open and nonjudgmental space that lets things be, just as they are.

We could say that therapists offer a clearing for a client’s suffering. From this experience of pure spaciousness therapists can authentically question the structure, the texture, the nature of someone’s suffering in a way that begins to dissolve a contracted and self-serving interpretation of the present moment."

- Peter Fenner

Heal by reconnecting to wholeness

"More and more of us are experiencing self as multiplicity, self with porous boundaries, self beyond definition… Many of us are willing to investigate our inner worlds, to let go of who we thought we were and learn to be simply as we are. Through inner inquiry and spiritual breakdown, we get to know ourselves as we are for the first time since childhood. We return to who we were before our stories and wounds. It’s not so much that we discover anything new about ourselves; it’s more that we remember who we have always been, as interconnected beings in presence. We heal by reconnecting to the wholeness that has always been."

- Jen Peer Rich

(From the foreword to ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’ by Fiona Robertson)

Bring the patterns of suffering into consciousness

"The hard truth is that spiritual realizations often do not heal our deep wounding… Often what is needed here is psychological work that allows us to bring the underlying psychodynamics that maintain these patterns into consciousness."

- John Welwood

Notice and welcome energies in the body

"We store memories in our body as sensations or feelings velcroed to thoughts (words and images). In Mindfulness Inquiry, we notice the energy in our body and welcome it. We attend to the sensations. We invite it to reveal thoughts and memories associated with it...

We look from awareness and see what arises. We become familiar with the transitory nature of our stored material and beliefs. We intimately witness the integrated mindbody experience of thoughts and energy. We know what is flowing through in the space of awareness and we begin to know the space itself."

- Lynn Fraser

Limiting beliefs, feelings and patterns unwind

"We welcome beliefs, feelings and patterns that dominate your everyday life and seem to confirm that you are a limited individual… Gently, mistaken beliefs at the level of the mind and habitual contractions at the level of the body are exposed, explored and begin to unwind naturally."

- Ellen Emmet

Clarification of mind

"The Supreme State is universal, here and now; everybody already shares in it… Who does not like to be, or does not know his own existence? But we take no advantage of this joy of being conscious, we do not go into it and purify it of all that is foreign to it. This work of mental self-purification, the cleansing of the psyche, is essential… It is useless to fight the sense of being a limited and separate person unless the roots of it are laid bare… Clarification of the mind is Yoga."

- Nisargadatta Maharaj

A sanctuary to explore your direct experience

"…psychotherapists are in a unique position in modern society to offer a sanctuary for individuals to sort out their lives and more intimately explore their direct experience. Further, people may be more at ease working individually with a therapist who has a nondual orientation than with joining a spiritual organization or community that has its own specialized rules, roles, and rituals."

- John J. Prendergast

There are as many nondual therapies as there are nondual therapists

"Nondual therapy is not a special method, approach, or set of techniques, and certainly not a particular viewpoint. There are as many nondual therapies as there are nondual therapists. It’s actually an interaction between two people that occurs in the absence of a viewpoint, agenda, or interpretive lens; if it’s truly nondual, it unfolds in a shared, resonant space or field in which the apparent separation between client and therapist has dissolved—or, more accurately, doesn’t apply."

- Stephan Bodian

A repertoire of techniques to assist the therapeutic process

"Therapists with a nondual perspective may have access to a repertoire of techniques... These techniques may arise spontaneously in the moment in a way that is naturally appropriate for the client, greatly assisting the therapeutic process."

- Sheila Krystal

A full-spectrum path of spirituality and healing

"These days, it’s clear that a full-spectrum path of spirituality and healing must address multiple dimensions of what it means to be an open, awake, and compassionate human being. Meditation, emotional healing, psychological work, relational maturity, and being grounded in the body are all required to live lives of freedom, connectedness, and presence...

...explore the ground of a loving, embodied, nondual presence – the place where spirituality and therapy meet, the Home we never leave."

- Matt Licata