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Newsletter July 2008
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JA: Dr. Barrier, you have a truly illustrious resume including creating with your partner the doctoral program I attended (and loved!). Can you share with our readers some of your background, especially as it relates to attitudinal healing?
RB: I was first introduced to the Principles of Attitudinal Healing when I was 21 years old and read Jerry Jampolsky's book, Love is Letting Go of Fear. It immediately resonated with what I knew in my heart. I then went on to pursue my graduate degree in counseling and was able to do my practicum with an Attitudinal Healing center. Shortly after graduation, I was offered the job as Executive Director of a Attitudinal Center in Austin, Texas and on the board of the center in Dallas.
JA: What is attitudinal healing and why is it central to healing?
RB: The basic premise of Attitudinal Healing is that there are only two emotions, Love and fear. We can choose for Love, we experience a sense of connection and oneness with life and all its varied forms. When we choose fear, we experience separation and conflict. When we are in a fear state, it is a call for us to forgive ourselves for this choice and choose again. No arm, no foul. How this relates to healing is Love is the essence of our being. When we are aligned with our True Self, we no longer need the experience of dis-ease in order to grow. This does not mean that bodies won't become ill or age, but rather we will no longer be identified with that which is temporary and transient.
Allow me to share the following story as an example of that I mean by this.
I remember vividly the day that an elderly couple walked into my office. The wife was very quiet and in obvious emotional pain. The husband paced angrily about the office, not speaking. As we talked, it was revealed that they has just learned that their only son was Gay and dying of AIDS. The devastation of this was magnified by the fact that their religious beliefs condemned not only their son, but also them for "allowing" him to be Gay. If ever there as a clarion call for Love this couple was giving it.
We sat and continued to talk and I invited them to participate in our support groups. The wife jumped at the chance and the husband was a bit more resistant. After all, what would others think of him should they know about this situation? In spite of his trepidation, they began to attend the groups and with each week their hearts opened. As each week passed, Bud, the husband, began to transform from shame anger and bitterness to sharing from his heart.
They had been attending the groups for about three months and it was the week after Thanksgiving. I received a call from Evelyn, the wife, to let me know that their son had called the pervious day. While she had talked with him, Bud has paced back and forth nearby, She told her son that she thought his Dad had something to say and handed the phone to bud. In that conversation, Bud told his son, for the first time in 41 years that he loved him and accepted him as he was.
This is Attitudinal Healing. This is the power of Love to overcome fear, judgment and prejudice.
JA: With your academic and professional background, you could really pursue any of the forms of healing. What inspired your particular passion for attitudinal healing?
RB: Well, I have pursed a great many of the other healing modalities along the way. I'm a Reiki Master Teacher, A Certified Transformational Facilitator, Certified Hypnotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and the list goes on. What I have found though is that Attitudinal Healing is the philosophy that underlies them all. All healing is really an attempt to move from identification with the fear-based ego to a connection with our True Self or Soul. For me, this is done by recognizing that we are all Spiritual Beings having a human experience and as such have forgotten our true identify. By remembering that Love is the Essence of our Being and forgiving ourselves and others, we return to a profound sense of Grace and Peace.
JA: How are attitudinal healing and breath work related?
RB: Breath work is my favorite therapeutic modality. The ego is a very stubborn and tricky part of us and breath work bypasses it with great ease. In the creation story that most of us are familiar with, it states that God breathed the breath of life into the nostrils of man and he became a living Soul. This is a pretty good hint as to what the breath connects us to. I have found, not only for myself but with the many clients I've have the privilege of working with, that the most common experience of the form of breath work I do is a profound sense of connection and a deep and primarily focus and intent is on a reconnecting to Source. The release comes from all the "baggage" we have accumulated in this life and others that the ego uses to convince us that was are unworthy of Love and Compassion.
JA: How might someone get started on a path of attitudinal healing?
RB: Perhaps the easiest way is to simply pick up Jerry Jampolsky's original book, Love is Letting Go of Fear. Beyond that I would suggest that they find an Attitudinal Center such as the one we've started in Thousand Oaks, California that both practices and teaches the principles. We have a 12 week class called Foundations in Attitudinal Healing that provides a very experiential journey into the principles. I also utilize the Principles of Attitudinal Healing as a coach and this can be done either in person or on the phone.
To learn more about the Principles of Attitudinal Healing and my practice go to www.rustybarrier.com or by phone 805.367.6533.
Next month Dr. Carmen Bolanos and the NuNomad
the Mystical and Magical in Everyday Life by Dr. Jeanine
I saw a commercial today that made me laugh aloud. A man was beginning his day while a chorus of exuberant, if not completely over-the-top dancers, sang his day's praises. The man walked outside, admired his beautiful home and smiled happily at his steaming coffee. Suddenly, a giant tree branch fell on his car and completely crushed it.
Many of us have had the feeling of the magical in life and then something happens and we completely lose our mojo. Just like that, the ordinary, mundane and unpleasant has returned to be the focal point of our experience.
On the other hand, most of us can also relate to the feeling of the magical; suddenly our ordinary life takes on extra-ordinary qualities. Unfortunately, these experiences are often fleeting.
Just the other night I was taking out the trash and looked up at the full moon. I had an overwhelming feeling of connection, hope, and appreciation. It seemed as if something so impossibly beautiful was hung there only to communicate those feelings to me.
Not soon after returning inside the house, the feeling of connection to the mystical and magical was gone and forgotten. I was back to clipping children's toenails, making lunches for the next day, emptying and loading the dishwasher, picking wet towels off the floor and putting Spiderman Band-Aids on boo-boos.
Sometimes these experiences of feeling connected to the mystical last slightly longer. Most of us are familiar with the feeling of falling in love. Our lover's voice and touch transport us to another world where everything is alive, awakened and magical. The limits we once perceived for our lives seem to wash away and we bask in the appreciation of everything about our beloved. All the synchronicities and the shared experiences seem magical and mystical. While this is amazing time in our life, for whatever reason, it doesn't seem to last. For most people the goose pimply early stage of coupling is gone by the second year.
Most of us relate certain types of experiences to the mystical and magical while other experiences to the mundane and non-extraordinary. We may feel that a sunny seaside hide-away in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico is magical while a business trip in winter is undesirable. We may think a shopping spree to Dolce and Gabbana is magical while a new outfit purchased from Target is routine. Similarly, basking in a rose filled garden may seem magical but mowing the lawn may seem drudgery. We may think of life without our departing beloved as unbearable. How can we find the mystical and magical when he seems to have taken those possibilities with him?
The adage, "Happiness is not a destination, it is the journey" applies to accessing the mystical and magical as well. Mystical and magical experiences don't happen to us, we choose them. We don't have to wait until we go somewhere, fall in love, or appreciate something beautiful. At any given moment, the mystical and magical are there for us to appreciate.
The book A Course in Miracles discuses miracles as being shifts in perceptions. In keeping with this concept, if we open our hearts and minds, we begin to see our ordinary, temporal experiences, from of a perspective of the divine. We can decide that we will perceive our world as much as possible from this vantage point.
People who are enlightened may truly understand what it means to see the entire world as divine. An awakened individual would say that there really is no difference between a trip to Muleshoe and a trip to Tuscany. They describe the magical and mystical as not separate from the ordinary. Some may describe this phenomenon as a "one taste" experience. In other words, every taste or experience is one with the divine.
In order to experience more mystical and magical elements in life we may choose to see our lives as inherently mystical and magical. Those of us who desire more mystical and magical elements in our lives may deliberately decide that whatever our dharma is, we will commit to seeing all of our life's elements and nuances as divine, beautiful, mystical and magical; even when a tree branch crushes our car.
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Experience in a Native American Sweat Lodge
was 103-degrees outside in the middle of an Indian
first I felt out of place, the only caucasian and certainly the only
blonde wearing Gucci sunglasses and a long black slim-fitting sun dress.
I probably looked like "Carrie Bradshaw does a sweatlodge".
My friend, Bill*- who's the 'medicine man' of his tribe, was drumming
and singing in a circle on the ground with two of his "relatives"
(not necessarily meaning of blood relation). When the drumming stopped,
Bill saw me
and singing continued until everyone showed up (there ended up being
people of all colors and I was not the only female) and until the fire
was huge and blazing in front of a dark 4-foot- high hut covered with
black fabric and blankets -- known as the "lodge". Everyone
kicked off their shoes, if they were wearing any, removed any jewelry
(although I kept my rose quartz bracelet on), and grabbed their towels
and took their last sip of water before heading in. Bill invited me
to go in first with him and his crew. I
everyone was in, large glowing red rocks were shoveled into the center
pit. Drumming and chanting began. When it got to be almost unbearably
hot, the entrance was covered and it was pitch black -- you couldn't
see your hand in front of your face. Bill and his brother thanked everyone
for being there and began their prayers as they threw water onto the
"round" thereafter was more and more intense with louder drumming,
praying, chanting and singing -- everyone's energy was a lot looser
and freer. At one point I could hear Bill praying out loud for me and
giving thanks for bringing us together, for bringing me into their circle,
and for the healing work I do. I was blown away. I wanted to cry, but
I don't think my body had any more liquid left to purge other than the
sweat running out of every pore imaginable. At the
everyone left the lodge, they formed a circle outside and as each person
came out, they went around the circle to shake hands with everyone and
took their place at the end of the line so everyone could give their
gratitude. After the last hand shake, everyone took a seat on the outlying
benches drinking water as a couple little kids handed out triangles
of fresh-cut watermelon. Yum! Bill and I and a
was invited back next week. I was honored, they truly made me feel like
I was part of the community regardless of color -everyone in their circle
is considered their "relative". I look forward to my next
Bill* not his real name
Gayl Hyde is currently completing her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine at SCNM in Tempe, Arizona. Shes in her last few months of her internship, and will soon be turning her focus on finishing her degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
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