I’ve been re-reading a book called, “Dark Night, Early Dawn”. (SUNY Press, 2000). It is a book about individual and collective healing written by a professor of religious studies at Youngstown University. The book focuses on wide range of things that are all related to the metaphysics of relationships and healing. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it!
In the early parts of the book the author, Christopher Bache, talks about psychological healing processes brought about by Stanislov Grof’s holotropic breath work. He points out that in states of expanded awareness, we feel ourselves to move beyond the individual and we can tune in to and be aware of the suffering, pain, joy, bliss of the whole of human kind, both in our current time and across the ages.
And given this, Bache suggests, when an individual experiences healing, that healing must extend out to that broad network.
On page 78 he says, “In psychotherapy, therapy heals the patient present. Following this simple logic, we must speculate that if the patient in these intense states of awareness has expanded beyond the individual person, then the healing being realized through these exercises also reaches beyond the individual person. If the awareness experiencing these ordeals is genuinely beyond-the-personal, as many have testified, then the healing that is taking place is also focused beyond the personal level. . . (we have been blinded) to the possibility that these experiences might also have a therapeutic impact on systems that transcend the individual. . . (these systems include) the concept of a centralized, integrating intelligence, an anima mundi, or “World Soul”.
It seems so important and crucial to me in this world we inhabit together that we see our healing work as having an ongoing impact so that we see, understand and FEEL that our healing energy is part of a larger healing. The healing of our World Soul.
Thank you for your love, your hope, your daily contributions of healing energy, however they occur.